Archives for category: History

It’s been eighteen months since the completion of The Equaliser’s 20 Greatest Managers series, a list which attempted to rank football’s most significant pioneers, thinkers and tacticians according to their strategic and philosophical legacies. While the series proved popular and sparked some healthy debate, I’ve always had some nagging doubts about the order and have wanted to revisit it, to amend oversights and update the order, for some time.

What follows is a revised list featuring many of the same names as before, but with several shifts in position and the odd new entry to amend weaknesses in the original series and hopefully reflect some of the changes in opinion and developments within football that have taken place over the last year and a half. Read the rest of this entry »

by David Bevan

David Bevan recently picked up a book about the England national team entitled ‘Young England’. The following quotes are taken from it, but can you guess when it was written? Read the rest of this entry »

This is the second article in a superbly in-depth two-part look at the Real Madrid side of the 1980s by Michele Tossani. Featuring interviews with the members of the famed ‘Quinta del Buitre’ , the second instalment documents the later years of the ‘Quinta’ era and their desperate attempts to win Los Blancos’ seventh European Cup. Part I can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

This is the first article in a superbly in-depth two-part look at the Real Madrid side of the 1980s by Michele Tossani. Featuring interviews with the members of the famed ‘Quinta del Buitre’ , the first instalment charts the rise of the five young prodigies from Castilla hopefuls to first-team regulars. Read the rest of this entry »

by Annie Eaves

I’m a United supporter. I’m from Manchester, well Salford to be precise.

I don’t like Liverpool. That’s the plan isn’t it? The script we all adhere to. Something only people from one of the two cities could understand. Our city is better than yours, yes you have the river and easy access to a beach but we’re Manchester. We started the industrial revolution, we invented the computer, we split the first atom. You played a major part in the slave trade. Read the rest of this entry »