Shahan Petrossian

It is almost impossible for any soccer fan born in the past two decades to envision European Football Competitions predating the Champions League.
When the 1990/91 season started, Red Star Belgrade were hardly anyone’s favorites to win that season’s edition of the Champions Cup.
When one evokes Denmark in Footballing terms, most people’s thoughts immediately turn to the early to mid 1980s when a West German

The end of the Great War in Europe ushered in another War between competing ideologies. While this new War was not fought on the battlefield, a new ideological War was being waged and Football was not immune to it.
Long serving goalkeeper Rudi Kargus and defender Peter Nogly left Hamburg during the summer.
The near double relegation of SV Hamburg and VfB Stuttgart this past season took my memories back to more than thirty years earlier when both teams left an indelible mark on me as a new Football fan.

June 5 -1977- Buenos Aires -La Bombonera-Argentina 1-West Germany 3

 

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.

Messi 1 World Cup 2014.

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It has been generally assumed that for a player to make his mark in Football History, he should have excelled in the Finals of an International Tournament (World Cup, European Championship, etc).

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