When Was Football Best? (Or At Least Least Worst?)


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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10 Responses

  1. mnb098mnb says:

    “It is often said that the best World Cup is that one that was held ten years after you were born.”

    I had never heard that expression before but it is spot on. My favourite World Cup by far is 1990. I am 28 years old.

  2. daryl says:

    Same age and same World Cup for me mnb098mnb. Though impartial observers now tend to say Italia ’90 was pretty dull, which I think further proves the point.

  3. Revolutionary Biscuit says:

    Indeed 1982 will be remembered as my epiphany of football. The time I realised that football was also played by our continental counterparts, and in a somewhat superior way at that. Rossi, Zico and Boniek ; Robson’s 27sec goal, Schumacher’s assault and Falcao’s veiny arms. Oh dear, that was a bit ‘jumpers for goalposts’.

    Man City also won the League in the 60’s.

  4. Sp3ktor says:

    I’m 39 and, for me, Italia 90 was amazing and proof that i could enjoy the game as an adult. I’d fallen back in love with the game during the late eighties despite the horrors – but liking football was about as socially acceptable as selling drugs to school kids. The 1990 World Cup made the country love the game again – but it wasn’t because of the football – these things rarely are – it was about New Order, Gazza and tellies being wheeled into pubs (they never left after that).

  5. roswitha says:

    Does that hold good if you come from or support a country which has won a World Cup at any point in time that you were over ten years old?

  6. admin says:

    Roswitha, being under the age of 52, I couldn’t possibly know (and I have checked my family tree).

  7. FB says:

    I have to disagree about the ten years old thing, but only pedantically.

    I was 8 and the 74 WC was a feckin belter. Gerd Muller. Cruyff. Neeskens. Beckenbauer. Zoff (what a keeper!).

    Legendary names. No sponsorship hype. Proper tackling. Lots of dodgy barnets.

    Ahhhh them was the days…

    Nurse! Bring my medication and a bedpan!

  8. Rob Marrs says:

    Great post – have linked to it, and will sort out a link to the site.

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Michael Oliver says:

    The ’60s were the best decade for football in England- until England won the World Cup and managers up and down the country began to choose functionality over freedom of expression. England’s win played a large part in ushering in a new era of systems and what some would refer to as negative tactics.

    Some argue that the 1990s were a better decade, since football was reborn, and became a much better experience for the spectator with the advent of all-seater stadia. Italia ’90 and Euro ’96 captured the public’s imagination, and although Sky’s millions were beginning to filter through into the Premiership, the money had not yet corrupted the soul of football. Unlike today at the fag-end of the noughties.

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