Sinisa Mihajlovic, the Serbian left-footed free kick specialist who knew to combine power, accuracy and swerve all together. He made freekicks seem like penalties. He holds the record for the most free kick goals in Serie A history (27). In his Lazio days he managed to score a hatrick of free-kicks. A recorded feat that hasn’t been matched yet.
Video of the hatrick… Continue reading
Remember when Bafana Bafana were sponsored by Kappa?
Italian forward Roberto Baggio also known as ‘The Divine Ponytail‘, because of his unique hairstyle. Widely Regarded as one of the finest footballers of all time Baggio won both the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993. Roberto Baggio starred for Italy in three World Cups but left each one empty-handed.
This song was released in the run-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and samples greatly on “The Final Countdown” and features the smooth vocals of Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy…
2002. World Cup Quarter Finals, Brazil VS England
Everyone knew the winner of this game promised to tell volumes about the eventual winner of the 2002 World Cup trophy.
Wembley Stadium 1995, international friendly between England & Colombia.
England’s Jaimie Redknapp takes a shot at the Colombian goal, the keeper René Higuita lets the ball pass over his head, then launched himself into a sort of swallow dive, flicking his heels up to connect with and clear the ball.
The commentator covering the game spoke for everyone who witnessed it when he described it as the most most remarkable piece of goalkeeping he had ever seen.
The begining of lightweight boots.
Debuted in France 98 by Ronaldo (The original) the Nike Mercurial R9’s were released in three colour schemes, Silver/Yellow/Blue, Black/Silver and Black/Blue.
The R9 was the first boot to use entirely synthetic materials for it’s construction, this resulted in what was probably the lightest boot available at the time. Another feature was that the blue part that snaked around the boot was coated in a sticky substance. This, in theory, would help give closer ball control and swerve when striking the football.
Due to its lightweight, the boot was highly preferred by strikers and wingers looking to get an edge over their opponent. This has been the case ever since. The R9 set the precedent for all the newest lightweight boots that you see the current superstars in, from Messi in his Adidas F50’s to Cristiano Ronaldo in the newest form of the Nike Mercurials.