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Discussion in 'General football forum' started by roy.or.r, 2 Apr 2020.
Johan Cruyff, best player i've ever seen 'live'
Not counting any City players (Spanish Dave hands down no 1) Back in the late 60's, early seventies, Kendall, Harvey, Ball at Everton were top class as a midfield unit.
I bet yer liked Bebe, too! And that stopper, or non-stopper Taibi!
yep he was some player no doubt!!
Some good names, surprised whenever these thinks come up that Rijkaard isnt mentioned. Slightly more defensive than most of the names but had it all both in defence, midfield and attack (scored the winner in a European Cup final from memory). Miles better football player than makelele for me. Also hated zee germans (Voller)!!
M Laudrup also!!
Laudrup is so highly spoken of, I remember more of his brother unfortunately. Just didn't see enough clips of Michael.
Rijkaard, always remember him flobbing in Vollers curly monstrosity
I take it you mean Ronnie Whelan not Glenn the full back
Xavi, Iniesra, Zidane
Rivaldo, Figo, Rui Costa, Sammer, Andreas Muller.
In 90 it was Holland 1 Ireland 1 when the England result against Egypt came in 1-0. So as it stood Egypt we’re going out and the rest of us progressed. So Ireland Holland pretty much stopped playing, Tony Cascarino didn’t get the message that the game was decided between the two captains, McCarthy and Gullit, and big Cas was still milling gym about for 5 mins before the rest of the players told him to relax haha. it got so bad the red was stopping the game to tell the players to attack
We went on to knock Romania and Hagi in the next round, John Aldridge has pulled a muscle and was coming off at half time so he nearly took Hagi out of the game with a tackle. Hagi battered us that day. Packie Bonner was my hero for years after as a result of that penalty save which looking back now, it was more of a bad pen than a good save.
Schillachi knocked us out in the next round. For a few years after in Dublin, the was still T-shirt’s going around which just said “Fuck Schillachi”
we did get our own back in 94, and Ray Houghton did score a belter, I’ve always enjoyed playing Italy.
In 94 the Dutch knocked us out 2-1 in the 2nd round. We’d beaten them in a warm up a few weeks before the tournament. But in the US, McGrath was immense that day and had a late goal disallowed. But 2-2 was never a favoured Irish result, we generally leaned towards 1-1.
But yeah man, Italia 90 was epic. Interesting I watched the Maradonna doc recently. There’s a good chunk documenting Italia 90 which is worth a watch