Sepp Blatter just might be the most powerful sports figure in the world. He's been president of the FIFA, the governing body of soccer, for 17 years,
Brian Howard Clough, OBE 21 March 1935 -- 20 September 2004 was an English footballer and football manager.As a player Clough was a prolific goalscorer with Middlesbrough and Sunderland, scoring 251 league goals from 274 starts. He also won two England caps, both in 1959. Clough retired from playing at the age of 29, after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage. He remains one of the Football League's highest goalscorers.
Like many celebrated football managers, Bearzot was only a moderately successful player, capped for Italy just once. It wasn’t until he put on a suit and strode the touchlines did he become football legend.
Shahan Petrossian asks What went wrong with the Azzuri (Before, after and even during the 1982 World Cup?) The 1982 Italy squad is forever immortalized in history as World Cup Champions, Italy’s first in the post-war era. The names Paolo Rossi, Dino Zoff, Bruno Conti, Antonio Cabrini and manager Enzo Bearzot are forever part of Italian soccer folklore. Their victory over the purists’ favorite Brazil (containing Zico, Socrates, Falcao, etc.) regularly ranks as one of the greatest World Cup victories ever.
In the Summer of 1977, Argentina’s World Cup was one year away. Argentina as hosts, were condemned to Friendly matches in preparations for their World Cup. To test themselves against worthy European Competition that they would surely be facing, the Argentine Federation invited many European nations to play vs. the national team that summer. Argentina under the control of a Junta led by General Videla was beset by political problems and terrorism. There were questions about their ability to host the event. The authorities wanted to showcase these friendlies to display to the world, their competence and willingness to host the Main Event without any problems.