The Bosman ruling.

Since we are getting close to the UEFA Champions league finals , it os a good time to look back at one player who has had a major impact on European and indeed world football. But ironically this player never played in any of the Champions league finals, he didn’t even get close. However theContinue reading “The Bosman ruling.”

Sjaak Swart-The football legend that nearly didn’t happen.

For the size of the country it is astonishing how many football greats come from the Netherlands. Names like Johann Cruijff,Johan Nesskens,Ruud Gullit,Marco van Basten and Arjen Robben to name but a few, but the name Sjaak Swart certainly belongs in that list. Sjaak (Sjakie) Swart was pivotal to the successes of Ajax in  1971Continue reading “Sjaak Swart-The football legend that nearly didn’t happen.”

Hamburger SV-Altona 93:Final score 4-2. The match on April 29, 1945.

There was a bit of a scandal this week in Dublin. On of the Dublin based soccer teams,Ballybrack, pretended that one of their star players was killed in a car crash. The team wanted to postpone an up coming match and came up with the death as an excuse. The ting is though there wasContinue reading “Hamburger SV-Altona 93:Final score 4-2. The match on April 29, 1945.”

Matthias Sindelar-Protest through football.

It is often believed that the Austrians accepted the annexation lying down. For a big part that was true however not every one was so enthusiastic about the ‘Anschluss’ Of Czech descent, Sindelar was born Matěj Šindelář in Kozlov, Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the son of Jan Šindelář, a blacksmith, and his wife Marie (née Švengrová). Despite occasional claimsContinue reading “Matthias Sindelar-Protest through football.”

Eddy Hamel- Player of AFC AJAX,killed in Auschwitz.

AFC Ajax is one of the most well known football clubs in Europe if not the world.Aside from dozens of national trophies it also won 12 international trophies, a feat repeated by only a few other clubs. Historically, Ajax was popularly seen as having “Jewish roots”. Although not an official Jewish club like the city’sContinue reading “Eddy Hamel- Player of AFC AJAX,killed in Auschwitz.”