We take a look back at the glorious career of Vujadin Boškov and why he will be remembered forever in the folklore of Calcio. Hours after Sampdoria’s victory against Chievo this Sunday, the club was rocked by the news that Vujadin Boškov, the man behind the Blucerchiati’s glorious era of success between 1986 and 1992 sadly passed away, aged 82. When he was appointed in 1986, Sampdoria were in Serie A for four seasons and had been living in the shadows of neighbors Genoa for almost all their history until Boškov took charge. His achievements for the club was nothing short of outstanding. Vujadin Boškov was born on May 16th(1931) in a village named Begec, 15 km from Novi Sad, in what was then known as Yugoslavia. His playing career was spent largely controlling the midfield at unfashionable Vojvodina. Winning anything was impossible given the official and unofficial aid provided to the two Belgrade sides – Red Star and Partizan […]

History mostly remembers winners. Teams winning the European Cup or Champions' League have been immortalized by fans and critics. Some top quality sides which have come very close to winning the title but have fallen short are often forgotten. TheHardTackle takes a look at five such great sides who were never crowned European champions.