• History of the World Cup: Tactics Explained 1982-1990

    Football was now a truly global, visible sport as the 1970s had proven, and the World Cup its most significant event both in terms of prestige and viewing figures. However, while the first six World Cups saw an average of 4.28 goals per game, peaking in Switzerland in 1954 with 5.38, the 1960s onwards saw a general trend of decline that reached its lowest ebb in Italia ’90, where a paltry 2.21 goals per game were scored. Defence was king as the free-scoring ‘50s receded from view, but Spain ’82 did provide some respite from the doldrums. ...

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  • World Cup Classic Goals: Carlos Alberto 1970

    Carlos Alberto's goal in the finale of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup win is still celebrated as one of the finest moments in football. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Youth In The Premier League

    The 2016/17 Premier League season was the first to see a player born this century to make an appearance; 16 year old Angel Gomes for Manchester United. On the other end of the spectrum, 41 year old Shay Given was the oldest player to make an appearance. Here we crunch the numbers to see the broader picture. ...

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  • History Of The World Cup: Argentina 1978

    "The more one knows about the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the more obvious it becomes: the tournament should never have been played." - David Winner.  ...

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  • History Of The World Cup: Tactics Explained 1970-1978

    The 1970s showed that, tactically, ideas could take football almost anywhere. It was an intoxicating time when the beautiful game truly became just that. ...

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