Tag: Barcelona

Video of the Day: The 1961 European Cup Final

Since the turn of the century, Spanish football clubs have dominated European club football, with eight wins out of sixteen tournaments in both the Champions League and the Europa League. Even this level of domination is as nothing in comparison with the formative years of competitive European club football, though. By the end of the 1959/60 season, Real Madrid had won each of the five European Cup competitions that had been played out whilst Barcelona had won the two Inter Cities Fairs Cup competitions played. The following season, however, saw that stranglehold start to loosen slightly. The introduction of...

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Video of the Day: Leeds United vs Barcelona, April 1975

The departure of Don Revie in order to take on the England manager’s job in the summer of 1974 was a culture shock for Leeds United that was always going to take some time to adjust to. This situation was arguably exacerbated by the decision to appoint Brian Clough to replace him. It isn’t that Clough wasn’t an extraordinary manager. His record stands for itself. At Leeds United, however, he was clearly and evidently the wrong man for the job at that time and Clough’s forty-four days still live in infamy as one of the most extraordinary managerial appointments...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Barcelona, March 1984

Manchester United travel to Denmark to play FC Midtjylland in the Europa League this evening. Whilst many may be looking forward to having a run in a different competition without the perils of having to play the likes of Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, there will doubtlessly also be some United supporters who would happily jettison their involvement with this year’s competition in order to focus on their increasingly uphill battle to maintain their Champions League place for next season. A win will be the very minimum expectation for supporters wearied by a season that still hasn’t quite got...

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Barcelona: Football As Art

My father is of an age when small comforts mean a lot; and when missing out on them can be very uncomfortable indeed. FC Barcelona in general and Lionel Messi in particular have been two such small comforts, ever since the little genius’s run of outrageously skillful hat-tricks in 2011 (Arsenal among the victims), timed perfectly for the arrival of Sky Sports in our family home. And with Messi playing with more guile than style these days (no bad thing) and resembling Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (a bad thing), Dad has found increasing comfort in the tricks and...

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