Freeman embraced the Brann challenge. The club was struggling when he arrived, not least because of the six-month suspension imposed on Jensen for booting a referee during a pre-season indoor tournament. Jensen was one of Norway’s best-loved sportsmen, the first of their footballers to make an impression in Britain, having had an eye-catching but injury-plagued stint at Hearts. Known as “Kniksen” (“Juggler”) because of his trickery, he was celebrated by fans for his maverick larks: one story says that during a victory over Rosenborg that condemned Brann’s arch-rivals to relegation, Kniksen took off his boots and played on in his socks so as to deepen Rosenborg’s humiliation. He was so good that even though his ban meant he featured in only 10 games in 1972, he won the league’s player of the season award. Years later, in 1990, the annual award was officially renamed the Kniksenprisen. … [Read more...] about The forgotten story of … Ray Freeman, the ‘madman’ manager and trailblazer
Playable leagues in football manager 2019
We have found a few, Stephen. “David Connolly played for five (or six depending on whether the last counts) Watford, Wolves, Wimbledon, West Ham, Wigan and AFC Wimbledon,” writes Tony Marsden. “Interestingly, or maybe not, I have held a season ticket at some time for four of the clubs he has played for – the two Wimbledon clubs and his Dutch teams: Feyenoord and Excelsior).” Unfortunately we’re a stickler for accuracy and AFC has to be scratched off, Tony. … [Read more...] about Footballers celebrating in communal baths: a Knowledge special
That’s not all United have in mind, either. They’re keen to try and attract the Belle and Sebastian dollar by bringing in New York-born Canadian forward Jonathan David – Canada’s player of the year, don’t you know? – who has 22 goals so far this season for Belgian side Gent. The 20-year-old has already attracted a £5m bid from Porto, which was roundly laughed at. And the Old Trafford scouting tentacles also found their way to Real Sociedad’s win over Valencia last weekend, to have a look-see at all of Ferran Torres, Carlos Soler, Willian José, Martin Ødegaard and Alexander Isak. Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira could be among those making way for what is sounding like being a LOT of new arrivals this summer. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to offer Kepa plus £25m for Jan Oblak?
The prolific Pole has been banging in goals for fun this season. 38 goals in 32 competitive matches to be exact. However, you would have to go back to February 20, 2018 for the last time he scored in the Champions League knockout stages. That's 597 minutes without a goal - almost 10 hours! … [Read more...] about Champions League: Serge Gnabry produces latest London masterclass as Bayern Munich crush Chelsea
The oldest club in Libya, Al-Ahly had its roots in the Omar Mukhtar society, a sporting and political association inspired by the colonial-era resistance hero whose life was celebrated in the 1981 film Lion of the Desert, starring Anthony Quinn. Though it never achieved the same success as the big Tripoli clubs, Al-Ahly enjoyed passionate, boisterous support, with up to 30,000 fans attending local matches. … [Read more...] about Libya: A donkey taunt, the Gaddafis and a fatal footballing rivalry