Freeman’s playing career was ended prematurely by a broken leg. It began at Cambridge United and included spells with Stevenage, Romford and San Diego Toros, where he played against Pelé and was a teammate of another Brazilian World Cup winner, Vavá. His manager at San Diego was George Curtis, who knew him from Stevenage and who would later take charge of the Norwegian national team. It was he who recommended Freeman to Brann in 1972, aware that his former player was an excellent leader and educator: Freeman had, after all, become the youngest person to gain full coaching qualifications from the FA, graduating at the age of 21 from a course run by Bobby Robson. … [Read more...] about The forgotten story of … Ray Freeman, the ‘madman’ manager and trailblazer
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“To expand on the answer of Bristol Rovers playing at Ashton Gate, the game against Swindon happened on 11 April 1987 but the most interesting fact is why it occurred,” begins Paul Biles. “As part of the transfer of striker Trevor Morgan from Rovers to City, one of the terms of the contract was that Rovers could use Ashton Gate free for one game. I’m presuming the terms did not extend to the local derby that was played the following week at Twerton Park.” … [Read more...] about Footballers celebrating in communal baths: a Knowledge special
Now, with the worst defensive record in the Premier League’s top nine, Bayern Munich cutting through them like a hot knife through already melted butter, and – crucially – former Manchester City figure of fun Willy Caballero suddenly being preferred to the Spaniard, the Do One door at Stamford Bridge is not so much slightly ajar than off the hinges with an industrial garden vac on the other side. Hence word that Frank Lampard is sanctioning an eyecatching Arrizabalaga-plus-£25m deal to Atlético Madrid to land Jan Oblak. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to offer Kepa plus £25m for Jan Oblak?
"The Tottenham game showed that Chelsea have got a bit more stable with three center-backs," he told Sky. "They have a good mixture of experience and youth and they try to put the opposition under pressure. But we're coming here to stamp our own authority on the game. It will be important to get an away goal - or maybe even two." … [Read more...] about Champions League: Serge Gnabry produces latest London masterclass as Bayern Munich crush Chelsea
Though he did not attend the demonstrations, Bashoun, then 60, was among those arrested. He was sentenced to a year in jail without ever knowing the charge. Of the other 31 Al-Ahly fans or staff sent to prison in Tripoli, most were given sentences of between three and 10 years. Three men received the death penalty. Though it was never carried out, one of them killed himself, according to prison officials. … [Read more...] about Libya: A donkey taunt, the Gaddafis and a fatal footballing rivalry