Revisited

Swan Songs: Matthäus at the MetroStars

WORDS: CHRIS NEE

After establishing himself as one of the all-time great playmakers with Bayern Munich, Inter and the German national team, Lothar Matthäus arrived in New York to much fanfare in 2000, but he departed under the radar a few months later after just 16 largely forgettable games for the MetroStars…

Swan Songs: Larsson At Manchester United

WORDS: WAYNE FARRY

It seemed as though Henrik Larsson’s big league days were over when he departed Barcelona and returned home to Sweden in 2006, but after two seasons with his hometown club Helsingborgs, he fancied one last crack at the big time and he got it with a three-month dream loan at Old Trafford…

Swan Songs: Litmanen In Liverpool

WORDS: RICH NELSON

Jari Litmanen arrived at Anfield after a testing spell at Barcelona had led to the loss of his place and his beloved No.10 shirt, but the all-time great of Finnish football suffered more bad luck in Liverpool, the place he had always dreamed of playing. For many, it is hard not to imagine what might have been…

THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO WEBSITE/INTERNET USE UNLESS SITE IS REGISTERED WITH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE.  Liverpool's Jari Litmanen celebrates scoring his first goal against Manchester City during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Scotland 74: A World Cup Story

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Richard Gordon’s latest book is a celebration of the closest a Scotland side has ever come to progressing from the first stage of a World Cup finals, when their team of superstars somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the dying seconds. Forty years on, it still hurts…

Bremner vs Zaire

Arthur Hopcraft: The Football Man

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

We are hardly short of football writing nowadays, but sometimes it pays to look back at what our predecessors had to say about the game. In the late 1960s, Arthur Hopcraft found the perfect balance of anecdotes and analysis as he profiled the game’s great characters in The Football Man

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Kurt Hamrin: The Little Bird Who Soared

WORDS: EMANUELE GIULIANELLI

From signing for Juventus through a Fiat dealership in Stockholm to nurturing a young Gianni Rivera at AC Milan, via European triumph in the viola of Fiorentina, Kurt Hamrin enjoyed an incredible career. We caught up with the World Cup finalist who must go down as one of Italian football’s greatest imports…

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The Legend of “Wee” Hughie Gallacher

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

From Airdrie to Newcastle and Chelsea to Derby, Hughie Gallacher was a footballing hero from a bygone age. One of the game’s first truly controversial characters, he lit up the stage for club and country before falling to depression when his playing days were up, but Wee Hughie’s legend lives on…

Hughie Gallacher at Newcastle

“Great Players Never Tell You What They Did”

WORDS: LAYTH YOUSIF

Shortly before Scotland met England at Wembley this summer, one of the greatest players in the history of the rivalry passed away. Lawrie Reilly, Hibernian legend, will forever be remembered north of the border for his achievements on the pitch, but the humble hero never told the stories himself…

Lawrie Reilly

Marco van Basten: Prins van Oranje

WORDS: LAYTH YOUSIF

The start of the infrequently aired second verse of the Netherlands national anthem runs: “I am a Prince of Orange, fearless, ever free”. They should think about using those lines more frequently, in honour of Marco van Basten, the man whose name has become synonymous with the perfectly struck volley…

Marco van Basten scored a hat-trick to dismiss England at Euro 88

Revisited: Chelsea vs Vicenza (1998)

WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

In 1998, Chelsea reached a major European final for the first time in 27 years when they sent Italian surprise package Vicenza packing in the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. However, it took a comeback of epic proportions to secure a victory that Blues fans will never forget…

Mark Hughes was Chelsea's hero as Vicenza conceded three dramatic goals at Stamford Bridge in the 1998 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final

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