Tag Archive: In Pictures

In Pictures: Hughes and Rush beat Spain

Wales take on Portugal in the first semi final of Euro 2016 tonight. Making it to the last four of a European Championship surely surpasses the wildest dreams of even the most optimistic of Wales players. After all, for decades even qualifying for a major tournament has proved a pipe dream for generations of Welsh internationals. For all the European trophies players like Mike England, John Toshack and Ryan Giggs won with their clubs, they never played a World Cup or European Championship with their country. Neither did Ian Rush and and Mark Hughes, even though they formed a impressive…
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In Pictures: Gascoigne scores against Scotland

Paul Gascoigne had stormed onto the international scene at the 1990 World Cup. Six years later the days when Gazzamania had swept the country, seemed like an eternity away. Problems with alcohol and injuries had started to overshadow his career and there was a widespread belief he was past it. In the second game of England’s Euro 1996 campaign, Gazza replied to his critics in the most effective way: with his feet. Passing a Scottish defender with a superior flick, he proceeded to volley the ball into the net, scoring one of the most memorable goals in the history of…
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In Pictures: Michel Platini during Euro 1984

It’s stated quite often that Diego Maradona won the 1986 Wold Cup on his own. But insofar as anyone can actually win a tournament on his own, that distinction would apply to Michel Platini at Euro 1984 much more than to Maradona two years later. The gifted French playmaker scored in every one of his team’s five matches. In total Platini scored an astonishing number of nine goals in the course of the tournament, including hattricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia. Platini celebrates his goal in the opener against Denmark (1-0) Shielding the ball against Belgium (5-0) Platini celebrates one of…
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In Pictures: Gullit captains Holland in 1988 final

With Holland missing out on the 2016 European Championship, it’s time for fans of Dutch football to reflect on the good times of the past. In 1988 an impressively mustachioed Ruud Gullit captained the Dutch national team to victory at Euro 1988. The powerful forward might have expected to be the star of that team, but found himself outshone by Marco van Basten. Gullit contented himself to play in the service of his team, fully living up to his captaincy, but did produce one crucial goal when he opened the score in the final against the Soviet Union.