On Saturday, Poland beat Germany for the first time in their history to take control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. The match, which ended 2-0, featured goals from Milik and substitute Mila, and marked the first time the Poles beat their neighbors in 19 attempts. One of those attempts was during the group stages of World Cup 2006. The Germans and the Poles found themselves in Group A with Ecuador and Costa Rica, with Poland and Ecuador vying for the second spot into the last 16. With this in mind, the Poles arrived in Dortmund to stymie the hosts, who fielded five of the players who would go on to win the World Cup 2014. Germany 1-0 Poland Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany June 14, 2006 In front of a home crowd of 65,000, the Germans dominated possession but couldn’t take the lead, with Miroslav Klose coming close on two occasions in the first 15 minutes. In the tenth […]

El Clasico is one of the biggest rivalries in the footballing world. From culture to history, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF have been at war and continue to battle for supremacy. Two periods in the past, amongst others, helped shape the rivalry you see today. The year was 1943, General Franco had become dictator of Spain. Back then the domestic league cup was called the Copa del Generalisimo and it was widely known that anything other Spanish culture was being given ‘the treatment’ by Franco and his thugs. The semi finals of the cup saw eternal rivals Real Madrid meet Barcelona. In the first leg of the match in Les Corts (Barca’s stadium before the Camp Nou was built), the visiting side lost to the Catalans 3-0 and this was unacceptable to Franco who was already in the process of oppressing any culture other than Castillian (like Catalan and Basque culture) and therefore, sent his head of state security […]