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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.


The sore heads of the Neapolitans were only starting to clear when the team completed their first Italian double when they clinically and professionally dispatched Atalanta 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final. In less than twelve months Maradona had won the World Cup in Mexico and then came back to domestic duties and proving to be a major part of the fairy tale in usurping the mighty North of Italy as part of the

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.

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When Diego Armando Maradona joined Barcelona following the 1982 World Cup for a then world record transfer fee of £5m it was for most, a logical and evolutionary move for a player already deemed one of the best players in the world and one who's star was most definitely on the rise. Leaving his native Argentina and his boyhood heroes Boca Juniors for Catalunya this, as the world’s football media speculated, would prove to be the move that would elevate him to the very top of football’s table of the elite.

Friday, 13 February 2015 15:34

How Barca's Halo Slipped Part Two of Two

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How Barcas Halo Slipped

Rosell himself would go on to play the main role in another saga that was to go on to affect Barca’s mythical status in the eyes of the world. Well, actually his Presidency was never one that had the looks of one that was befitting of the head honcho at the Camp Nou. It was, for Rosell, an extremely challenging Presidency filled with scandal and tragedy. There was the public slanging match between him and club legend 

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