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  1. Grazie Gazza

    In a move that would have left the British Tabloids proud, the German paper Bild ran a story that the Dutch players indulged in a party the night before the final with, shock horror “Naked girls and Champagne”. None of the allegations were ever proved but it must have had an unsettling effect on the team. So at 3pm BST on the 7th July 1974 English referee Jack Taylor led out the two teams into a full Olympic Stadium in Munich. Game on, or not quite. Someone had forgotten the corner flags, and a desperate search for them took 7 minutes.


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  2. World Cup Breakout Players

    Though only a small sample-size, the World Cup can be career-altering. Franck Ribery was a surprise inclusion to the French squad in 2006. A few great performances for France later, he was one of the biggest stars in football and …


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  3. Portugal, welcome to South Africa

    Maria from South Africa emailed us about something very interesting her daughter has been up to. Her daughter’s name is Levonne De Freitas and she happens to be a big Portugal fan. In a bid to welcome Portugal to her …


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  4. Aon and Manchester United

    Today’s article on Aon was supposed to be about the numbers, a dry analysis of the pros and cons plus the usual refutations needed for every major sponsor – no, they’re not selecting the team or picking who United can …


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  5. It was 40 years ago today

    1970 – Mexico I was just 6 months old when England took the real/fake Jules Rimet trophy out to Mexico to defend their crown of 1966. We moan today about the distractions off the pitch for players, but it was …


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