Tag: Juventus

Heysel: Requiem For A Cup Final

There is no pleasure to be had in this evening’s second post, which is a BBC documentary of the story of the 1985 Heysel Stadium Disaster, which happened twenty-five years ago this evening. Even at a quarter of a century’s remove, and speaking as someone that watched the events of that appalling evening unfold live on the television, the capacity of the such events to shock remains undiminished. The crowning glory of years of English hooliganism laid bare in front of the whole world. “Heysel: Requiem For A Cup Final” is about as good a documentary on the subject as you could hope for. It has interviews with many people that were there that evening and treats the subject with rare sensitivity and grace.It may not seem like perfect Saturday night viewing, but if you are looking for an overview of a tragedy so stupefying that it continues to defy comprehension to this day, this is a very good place indeed to start looking. As ever with videos hosted on YouTube, it is divided into handy nine minute...

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What A Night To Be A Fulham Supporter

Spring is in the air, and the good news stories just keep coming. Former Chester City supporters seem to have a decisive upper hand in their battle to get their own club, run on their own terms. Durham City of the Unibond League end a run of twenty-nine successive defeats with two wins in a row. And now Fulham have beaten Juventus in the UEFA Cup. It wasn’t just a victory, of course. It was a monumental night of drama that started disastrously for them and could have swung either way until the closing seconds, but ended with a sublime goal, one of the best of the season anywhere and the sight of a small (by Premier League standards) club getting to the last eight of a major European competition. When David Trezeguet gave Juventus the lead in the second minute, it seemed to puncture the atmosphere at Craven Cottage. What might, with a tea-time kick-off, have been expected to be a slightly dislocated atmosphere, proved to be anything but, though. Perhaps it the accumulated caffeine imbibed by twenty-odd thousand office workers and the like was still coursing through their veins as kick-off arrived. It took just seven minutes for Bobby Zamora to bring Fulham level, and even then the feeling that there was something in the air was starting to crackle even through the television screens of those...

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Turin Brakes

So, the prosecution have spoken, and it’s bad news for at least three out of the four. Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina are all down. It’s a kick in the teeth for those that had argued – including Silvio Berlusconi – for “clemency”, because Italy won the World Cup. Hmm. Nothing to do with your interests, surely, Silvio? Are you sure? Ironically, his Milan team have avoided the worst of the punishment (which will doubtlessly have tongues wagging still further in the Nerazzuri half of Milan), but even they have been docked fifteen points and booted unceremoniously out of the Champions’ League. Given the damning indictments of all of four clubs’ behaviour, Milan can count themselves very lucky indeed. For Juventus, it’s what could well turn out to be an extended stay at the nursing home of Serie B for The Old Lady – a thirty point deduction and relegation more or less rules them out of an immediate escape from life amongst the also-rans, and it will now take quite a spectacular performance just to avoid a second relegation. The prognosis could be very serious for them. Playing on the outskirts of town in the deeply unloved Stadio Delle Alpe, they struggled for crowds at the top of Serie A. They are, perhaps, more dependent on TV and prize money than any other major club in Europe. They may...

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