Welcome to Football History, the site dedicated to the history of the beautiful game. On this site you'll find stories about every aspect of the history of soccer: great matches, legendary footballers, glorious defeats, cult heroes, and more. Check out the list of recently added articles below.
Football Who is Who
: Gary Lineker
By far the best English striker of the eighties, Gary Lineker was the 1986 World Cup top scorer. Surprisingly, his club career was light on silverware, with a top flight league championship eluding the tree times English top scorer. Lineker was never shown a single red or yellow card during his lengthy career.
European Footballer of the Year
Michel Platini was named European Footballer of the Year in 1983. The gifted French midfielder topped the goal scorers list of the Serie A that year, having scored 16 goals during his first season in Italy. Platini also helped his club Juventus win the Coppa Italia and reach the final of the European Cup.
The World Cup
: FIFA 1994
Brazil won their fourth World Cup in a style more reminiscent of German and Italian teams than the beautiful football of earlier Brazilian teams. In the final Italy and Brazil succeeded in producing a match even less interesting than the 1990 edition. Penalties were needed to decide the game.
Pelé made his league debut at the age of 16. He promptly went on to become top scorer. It earned him a place in the Brazilian squad for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, where the Brazilians ended up lifting the trophy. Pelé would go on to win two more World Cups and score more than 500 league goals.
: AFC Ajax
Few clubs can boast a trophy cabinet as richly filled as that of the Dutch football club Ajax Amsterdam. As if the abundance of silverware wasn't enough, Ajax have produced some of the most prodigiously talented players in the history of the game, like Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, and Dennis Bergkamp.
: Euro 2008
In an exciting tournament, the host countries found themselves unable to progress beyond the group stage. Holland, Portugal, and Croatia were impressive early on, but all three crashed out in the quater-finals. In the end it was the Spanish that won the championship, after beating Germany 1-0 in the final.
The European Cup
: Benfica - Barcelona
The 1960/61 season saw an end to Real Madrid’s domination of the European Cup. In a match so thrilling that Benfica's inspirational club president, Maurício Vieira de Brito, suffered a heart attack during the second half, Benfica were able to secure the prestigious trophy with an 3-2 victory over Barcelona.
: Ernst Happel
Ernst Happel is widely recognized as one of the greatest coaches in the history of European football. Happel was the first coach to win the European Cup twice, lifting the trophy with Dutch giants Feyenoord in 1970 and then repeating the feat in 1983 with unfancied HSV of Germany.
Football Who is Who
: Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman was an outstanding sweeper and a renowned dead-ball specialist. In 1988 he won the European Cup with PSV and the European Championship with Holland. In 1992 his goal from an extra-time free-kick brought FC Barcelona the European Cup for the first time in the club's history.