The Bhoys from Seville

by Paul Fisher

I’d bet the majority of you would remember 2003 with relative ease. I was only 11 years old when the football season came to an end, but it was one of my most vivid memories of that year. I started secondary school in 2003, the same year as the start of the war in Iraq and when Australia won the Cricket World Cup.

Living in the west coast of Scotland I was brought up supporting Celtic Football Club and 2003 was a successful year for the club, in European terms at least. They missed out on the SPL title to bitter rivals Rangers by just one goal. The Ibrox side also clinched the League and Scottish Cups. They defeated Celtic 2-1 in the first Cup Final of the season, with first-half goals from Claudio Caniggia and Peter Lovenkrands before Henrik Larsson’s effort after 57 minutes. They then clinched a famous treble following a 1-0 victory over Dundee thanks to a goal from defensive stalwart, Lorenzo Amoruso.

So Celtic, domestically, had a season to forget, but the UEFA Cup run that the squad put together was simply fantastic. We actually got knocked out of the Champions League Qualifying Round by FC Basel, on away goals I might add. But this turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Read the rest of this entry

Ronaldinho – The man who plays with a smile

by Gary Linton

Headers & Volleys - Ronaldinho - The man who plays with a smile

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known to the world as Ronaldinho, was at one time or another a favourite of every football fan. With his skill, goals, and stylish looks (maybe just his smile), everyone of a certain age wanted to be Ronaldinho. Who could blame them?

Born in the city of Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Ronaldinho lost his father at the early age of eight to a heart attack and was raised by his mother, Dona Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos, with the help of his big brother Assis and sister Deisi. The first time anyone really took notice of him as a footballer was when he was still a young boy and managed to score an incredible 23 goals in a match that his local side won, well, 23-0. He was certainly noticed again at the 1997 under 17′s World Championship which Brazil won; he scored two goals in the tournament. People started whispering how young Ronaldinho was like past players Garrincha and Didi.

Read the rest of this entry

The Bucket List, part eight

8. These are the Champions de de de de de deeeee

Welcome to the Headers & Volleys Bucket List. World football is a big place and sometimes there seems almost too much to see. In this series we will be looking at the top things to see and do, before you pop your clogs. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below, or contact us here and we will feature the best entries on the site.

Ryan Leverton of SportsLeviathan.com concludes his journey through his own Bucket List with today’s final instalment. Here, Ryan looks at one of the world’s most prestigious club competitions, the Champions League.

Milan lift the Champions League - catch a Champions League game as part of your Bucket List

Read the rest of this entry

Didi: The Ethiopian Prince

by Rob Fielder, from the superb Ademir to Zizinho as featured on IBWM
Didi - Master of the "Dry Leaf" free-kick

Didi - Master of the "Dry Leaf" free-kick

When remembering Brazil’s World Cup winning sides of 1958 and 1962 it is easy to focus entirely on Pele and Garrincha. The twin giants of Brazilian football made such an impression at the two tournaments that so many other great characters fade into the background. For the emergence of a boy who would be king and a little bird so captured the imagination of the world at large that many other heroes were forced into the periphery.

The result of the natural fascination with Pele and Garrincha is the marginalisation of a host of other legends. From goalkeeper Gilmar, to full-backs Djalma and Nilton Santos and the likes of Mario Zagallo and Vava in attack, Brazil possessed all-time greats in every position. No man’s legacy has been more frequently forgotten though than Didi.

Read the rest of this entry

The Bucket List, part seven

7. International Football Fever

Welcome to the Headers & Volleys Bucket List. World football is a big place and sometimes there seems almost too much to see. In this series we will be looking at the top things to see and do, before you pop your clogs. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below, or contact us here and we will feature the best entries on the site.

Ryan Leverton of SportsLeviathan.com continues his journey through his own Bucket List. In today’s penultimate instalment, Ryan looks at the biggest global football competition, the World Cup.

Headers & Volleys Bucket List: Brazil and Portugal fans at World Cup 2010

Read the rest of this entry

Norwich City: The 59ers

by Tony Pye

March 18th 1959.

I’m in my final year of primary school and up to now, I’ve not really been much aware of professional football. Until Norwich embarked on this amazing Cup run that is. Earlier in the season, I’d listened on the radio when we had beaten Matt Busby’s Manchester United and I was hooked. A few days ago, we were held to a draw by a lucky Luton Town. Today is the day of the replay, held on a Wednesday afternoon - a school day – so no sitting glued to the radio today for me.

Read the rest of this entry

The Bucket List, part six

6. Passion and Atmosphere

Welcome to the Headers & Volleys Bucket List. World football is a big place and sometimes there seems almost too much to see. In this series we will be looking at the top things to see and do, before you pop your clogs. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below, or contact us here and we will feature the best entries on the site.

Ryan Leverton of SportsLeviathan.com continues his journey through his own Bucket List. In today’s instalment, Ryan looks at the derby match, including some of the biggest rivalries in world sport.

Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce in the Headers & Volleys Bucket List

Read the rest of this entry

The Bucket List, part five

5. Out with the Old and in with the New

Welcome to the Headers & Volleys Bucket List. World football is a big place and sometimes there seems almost too much to see. In this series we will be looking at the top things to see and do, before you pop your clogs. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below, or contact us here and we will feature the best entries on the site.

Ryan Leverton of SportsLeviathan.com continues his journey through his own Bucket List. In today’s instalment, Ryan looks at the traditional method of watching a football match – on the terraces.

Football Terrace

Read the rest of this entry

The Bucket List, part four

4. The Home of Football

Welcome to the Headers & Volleys Bucket List. World football is a big place and sometimes there seems almost too much to see. In this series we will be looking at the top things to see and do, before you pop your clogs. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below, or contact us here and we will feature the best entries on the site.

Ryan Leverton of SportsLeviathan.com continues his journey through his own Bucket List. In today’s instalment, Ryan looks at taking in a game at one of the most state of the art all-seater stadia in the world, the home of football, Wembley.

Wembley Stadium, The Bucket List

Read the rest of this entry

The Headed Hat-Trick Hero

With Newcastle United flying high in the Premier League ahead of tonight’s trip to Stoke, even the most pessimistic of fans might be tempted to think of Europe and of the Magpies returning to the heights enjoyed under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.

In the latest ‘Classic’, Rich Pye remembers Newcastle’s first foray into Europe since the late 1970s, and a particularly unique performance by their future England midfielder, Robert Lee.

Read the rest of this entry

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.