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Pele vs Ronaldo: Choose Your Winner In The Lap of Luxury

Pele vs Ronaldo: Choose Your Winner In The Lap of Luxury

Consider your all time footballing greats; the likes of Diego Maradona, Eusebio, Lionel Messi. Now, we all know how very difficult it is to pick that one special player to rise above the rest, but had you considered that the players themselves are just waiting for your adulation, and can even become embroiled in a […]

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Is Erick Thohir what Internazionale need to return them to glory?

With the talk of a boardroom takeover at arguably one of Italy’s biggest clubs having been constant since the beginning of the summer it now appears as if we are ever closer to reaching a conclusion to the saga surrounding Internazionale of Milan. The current owner, the enigmatic Massimo Moratti confirmed in the last few […]

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Hodgson hoping not to follow in Taylor’s footsteps

Brazil 2014. As World Cups go, it’s probably the one you don’t want to miss – either as a supporter or a player. The tournament is being billed as a “festival of football”, full of “colour” and set with the backdrop of a “carnival atmosphere”. One suspects that these are just some of the clichés […]

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VIDEO: Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United, April 30, 1996

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VIDEO: Portsmouth 7-4 Reading, September 29, 2007

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VIDEO: Arsenal 2-3 Leeds United, May 4, 2003

Leeds United needed to beat Arsenal to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Manchester United legend Irwin on Ferguson, Moyes and signing Ronaldo/Bale

How would you assess United’s season overall? It’s been a fantastic season. Given what happened last season, the league was the priority. Van Persie was a huge signing but the first few months were strange. There were 3-2 wins away at Southampton, Villa, City and Chelsea. 4-3 away to Reading and at home against Newcastle. […]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Manchester United legend Irwin on Keane, signing for United and the Cup Winners’ Cup

In part I of our exclusive interview with Manchester United legend Denis Irwin, we discuss his time at United, the reasons behind him signing for the club and who he got along best with. Whenever fans and pundits reflect on their best ever Manchester United XI, your name always gets a mention. How does it […]

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Match reports from Mourinho’s last game in charge of Chelsea

Sam Wallace, The Independent: Chelsea 1 Rosenborg 1: Mourinho left with egg on his face after Chelsea held by Rosenborg The pressure is on Chelsea, Jose Mourinho admitted last night, after his side failed dismally against Champions League minnows Rosenborg in an embarrassing 1-1 draw with the Norwegians. After his third successive game without a […]

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Memories of Manchester United’s Brian Greenhoff as an 11-year-old in Barnsley

The sad, early death of Brian Greenhoff took Ken Gambles back half a century to the makeshift pitch on South Yorkshire wasteland where the future star paraded his precocious skills. Greenhoff went on to play more than 290 times for Manchester United and Leeds United and 18 times for England. He ended his career as […]

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155 years after football began: Sheffield Wednesday

In memory of football’s first pioneers, Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest,who founded the World’s First Football Club on October 24th, 1857: Sheffield FC.

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When Arsenal beat Manchester United 5-2 in 1960, was the match fixed?

I was lucky when I first used to go to Manchester United matches, over fifty years ago. Although the team was in the painful early stages of recovery from the Munich Air Crash they still often managed to play wonderfully expressive football in keeping with the finest traditions of the club.Take this description of United’s […]

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Rebuilding Manchester United, Almost Conquering the World and Turning Down Pele

“Jimmy Murphy has never been given the accolade he deserved for enabling Manchester United’s revival. He was destined to live in Busby’s shadow but there is no denying the debt Sir Matt and the club owed him even though today he is sometimes forgotten by revisionist historians.” Michael Parkinson “Whatever I have achieved in football, […]

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Let me introduce you to AFC Ajax…

I don’t need to introduce AFC Ajax to you. I’m pretty sure you all know this club, its rich history, its world famous youth academy, the legendary players the club has produced. You are all football fans with knowledge in your bags, you know your stuff. But if I asked you to name three players […]

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If you had a football ground…

If BFTGT‘s followers on Twitter were in a football ground, they would fill Mill Lane, home of Pickering Town FC, who were founded in 1888. Currently playing in the top flight of the Northern Counties East Football League, they have a ground with a capacity of 2,000 (200 of which are seated, don’t you know). […]

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World Cup rings – 1930 to 2010

World Cup rings – 1930 to 2010

by Hyperakt. Following a 5-0 win over Moldova, England continue their World Cup 2014 qualifying bid with a game against Ukraine tomorrow night. The last time they met was in the Euro 2012 group stages when Wayne Rooney returned from his suspension to score in a 1-0 win. The infographic above shows the history of […]

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Did Del Piero really turn down Liverpool because of Heysel?

Earlier this week, Alessandro Del Piero was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, only for him to opt for Sydney FC instead. Liverpool are in desperate need of a striker after selling Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy, as well as loaning out Andy Carroll to West Ham. Brendan Rodgers even refused to rule out […]

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Who else has worn #20 at Manchester United?

It was announced this afternoon that Robin van Persie will wear Manchester United’s number 20 shirt this season, following speculation that he might be given Dimitar Berbatov’s number 9, despite the Bulgarian still being at the club. Who else has worn this shirt and what did they win when they wore it? 1993-1994: Dion Dublin […]

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