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Bonjour à tous,

 

C'est peut-être passé inaperçu, notamment pour ceux ne fréquentant pas la partie "Problèmes et suggestions" du forum, mais notre hébergeur nous demande de limiter l'activité sur les topics à + 1 000 pages.

 

Cela permettra encore une fois d'améliorer la fluidité (retrouvée depuis des mois) de notre cher Soccers.

 

Voici le message détaillé de @Bocar sur le sujet : 

 

Les topics de clubs PL à + de 1 000 pages sont, sans surprise, les suivants :

  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • tottenham

 

 

L'idée serait que chaque topic soit recréé par des membres supporters du club en question (+ sympa, et permet de donner les informations principales sur le club en première page).

 

Par exemple, pour le type d'informations que vous pourriez renseigner : 

 

 

Je vous propose de vous inscrire en citant la liste et en vous inscrivant pour chaque club.

 

L'idée est qu'une personne soit responsable de la création de ce nouveau topic, idéalement d'ici ce week-end  ;) 

 

Merci beaucoup d'avance à tous de jouer le jeu :) 

 

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Je le fais pour Manchester United.


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il y a 13 minutes, ExoCitizen a dit :

Je ferais City des que j aurais 5min

Laisse faire @Mister A. :P

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Il fait deja l'Inter et ses histoires de fesses

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Allez je me dévoue pour Chelsea.

Je vais essayer de faire mieux que notre superbe présentation actuelle .

 

Le 17/03/2005 à 11:04 PM, Bocar a dit :

Voici le Topic de l'équipe à Mourinho...le Bloc de Glace Alias Chelsea

 

 

 

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Je suis dispo pour City et Liverpool n'hésitez pas les présentations seront courtes ça devrait aller, en revanche Smith a du taff bon courage. 

 

 

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On 6/18/2016 at 6:30 PM, Dandelion said:

Enerz a raison, le cul c'est ce qui nous unit

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il y a 26 minutes, eNerz a dit :

Je suis dispo pour City et Liverpool n'hésitez pas les présentations seront courtes ça devrait aller, en revanche Smith a du taff bon courage. 

 

 

Laisse ce club tranquille, il est gentil fait un bisou ! :kiss:

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il y a 4 minutes, Xa' a dit :

Laisse ce club tranquille, il est gentil fait un bisou ! :kiss:

Par contre aucun se dévoue pour créer Everton, le plus grand club de Liverpool ? allez je me donne en sacrifice ils le méritent après tout. 

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On 6/18/2016 at 6:30 PM, Dandelion said:

Enerz a raison, le cul c'est ce qui nous unit

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il y a une heure, BluesArmy a dit :

Allez je me dévoue pour Chelsea.

Je vais essayer de faire mieux que notre superbe présentation actuelle .

 

T'a intérêt a bien faire et surtout n'oublie pas nos légendes, qui nous ont fait chavirer :wub:

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il y a 28 minutes, eNerz a dit :

Par contre aucun se dévoue pour créer Everton, le plus grand club de Liverpool ? allez je me donne en sacrifice ils le méritent après tout. 

Se donner en sacrifice c'est desfois une expression très lourde tu sais... Mdr


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Merci pour les nouveaux sujets Officiels de Clubs.

Quant à moi je vais faire celui des Girondins de Bordeaux :tony:.

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Nous sommes l'avenir qui se souvient du passé.

Soccer's C'est le Football

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J'peux me charger d'Arsenal si Nati est trop occupé


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Il y a 14 heures, ExoCitizen a dit :

Je ferais City des que j aurais 5min

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 En comparaison, Roman Abramovich passerait presque pour un nécessiteux. Avec sa fortune estimée à quinze milliards d'euros, te président russe de Chelsea fait figure de manant devant l'enveloppe amassée en quelques mois sur le marché de l'immobilier par le nouveau boss de Manchester City, un certain Suleiman AI-Fahim, agissant pour le compte d'Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), un groupement d'investisseurs des Émirats Arabes Unis. Le contenu de la tirelire du nouveau patron des Citizens (rôle les 600 milliards d'euros. Certains parlent même de 700 milliards ! Dans la nuit du 31 août au 1" septembre 2008, le divin mécène s'est porté acquéreur des Sky Blues pour une valeur estimée à 258 M€. Une paille pour cet homme d'affaires ambitieux : « L'objectif est de permettre à Manchester City de remporter la Champions League. Cela prendra peut-être dix ans, mais nous y arriverons ! », a-t-il déclaré à son arrivée.
 
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Dans les heures qui ont suivi son arrivée au club, Robinho est arraché au Real Madrid, au nez et à la barbe de Chelsea. Le tsunami est en marche. Depuis, une ribambelle de stars ne cesse de venir grossir la liste des recrues potentielles. Les têtes tournent à en attraper le vertige ! Villa, Buffon, Henry, Kakà, Fabregas, van Nistelrooy, Messi, Torres, sans oublier Cristiano Ronaldo, sont déjà annoncés à ManCity. Partout en Europe, on se frotte les yeux. Et du côté d'Oid Trafford, on apprécie moyennement. À l'image d'Alex Ferguson, le manager de Manchester United, ulcéré par le coup de force de ce voisin devenu encombrant. « C'est très bien d'avoir tout cet argent, lâche, amer, le technicien écossais des Red Devils, mais ils ne pourront pas acheter tout le monde. C'est absurde d'évoquer un possible recrutement de Crisiiano Ronaldo. De toute façon, vous pouvez acheter onze Robinho, cela ne formera jamais une équipe ! » Dans une interview au quotidien brésilien Folha de Sào Paulo, "El Fenomeno" s'est déjà dit prêt à céder aux chants des sirènes mancuniennes. « J'ai parlé avec des émissaires de City, révèle Ronaldo dans l'entretien, et je sais que les portes du club me sont ouvertes si je retrouve ma meilleure forme. » 
 
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 En attendant, le buteur carioca s'entraîne d'arrache-pied avec Flamengo dans le fol espoir de redevenir le meilleur attaquant du monde. Bref, Manchester City est devenu l'attraction de la Premier League, au point de faire de l'ombre, non seulement à Uniîed, mais aussi à Chelsea, Arsenal et Liverpool. De plus, les Citizens, dont la manne financière provient du Moyen-Orient, paraissent moins menacés par la crise économique mondiale qui secoue les places fortes du foot anglais, soutenues, pour la plupart, par des propriétaires britanniques ou américains ébranlés par le krach boursier. De retour sur le pré, le groupe dirigé par Mark Hughes, un ancien de la maison d'en face (attaquant de MU de 1980 à 1986 puis de 1988 à 1995), ne manque évidemment pas d'atouts offensifs, notamment avec son trio brésilien Elano-Robinho-Jô. City s'appuie aussi sur deux autres joueurs d'exception pour créer le danger dans le camp adverse : le polyvalent Stephen Ireland et le lutin Shaun Wright-Phillips, percutant et malicieux côté droit. Du coup, Manchester City n'a plus du tout le format d'une équipe britannique classique. Désormais, les Sky Blues varient en permanence jeu court et jeu long, sans pour autant multiplier les centres aériens. Car, mis à part le longiligne Jô, l'équipe ne possède pas suffisamment de joueurs puissants devant pour user de cette tactique. 
 
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 Après sept journées de Premier League, Manchester City affichait déjà la meilleure attaque (avec 18 buts), loin devant Chelsea, West Ham (14 buts) et Arsenal (13 buts),.. C'est en défense que Manchester City pèche par manque d'expérience, malgré l'apport de Vincent Kompany au milieu. En dépit d'un axe central robuste, composé du capitaine irlandais Richard Dunne et de l'Espoir Micah Richards, les Blues demeurent assez tendres. Les défaites à Wigan (1 -2) puis face à Liverpool (2-3, alors qu'ils menaient 2-0 à la pause) montrent leurs limites du moment. Un sujet de réflexion pour les nouveaux dirigeants dont l'erreur serait effectivement de ne miser que sur des champions à vocation offensive pour renforcer, à l'avenir, leur effectif. Avec les moyens aujourd'hui mis à la disposition du club, personne ne s'inquiète des capacités de City à attirer, prochainement, les as de l'arrière-garde. Des défenseurs généralement moins coûteux que les buteurs vedettes du football mondial. Une aubaine pour Suleiman Al-Fahim toujours enclin à sortir quelques liasses de dollars pour faire briller son nouveau jouet.
 
 
 
 
 
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  If the 1979-80 season had ended on a comparative high - three wins and a draw in the last four games - the start of the 1980-81 season was in stark contrast. The Blues did not win a game until 22 October when Tottenham were beaten at Maine Road. It was a run of 12 games and it finally saw the end of both Tony Book and Malcolm Allison. Book left for a short spell with Cardiff City and Allison returned to former hunting ground Crystal Palace. The new man in charge was John Bond, a former playing colleague of Allison's at West Ham in the 1950s. Bond quickly made three signings: Bobby McDonald and Tommy Hutchison from Coventry and Gerry Gow from Bristol City. All were experienced campaigners and City lost just four more league games before the end of February. In the League Cup, City had beaten Stoke  City  and  Luton  Town  before destroying Notts County 5-1, thanks to four goals from Dennis Tueart. West Bromwich Albion were then beaten 2-1 to set up a two-legged semi-final against Liverpool, and City were unlucky to lose the tie 2-1 on aggregate. In the first leg at Maine Road Kevin Reeves had a perfectly good goal ruled out for a foul on  Clemence  and  the  Merseysiders went on to win 1-0. In the second leg Dave Bennett hit the bar and the game finished 1-1.
 
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The irony of football brought Malcolm Allison back to Maine Road with his Crystal Palace side for the third round of the FA Cup in January. Bond's revitalised City easily won 4-0  and a  further irony brought Bond's former side Norwich in the fourth round. City won even more convincingly this time, scoring six without reply from the visitors. A   potential   banana   skin   at   Fourth Division  Peterborough  was  successfully negotiated thanks to a solitary goal from Tommy Booth and it then took a replay to eventually beat Everton. Paul Power was the hero of this tie, scoring in both games. He would prove to be so in the semi-final as well. It was still goalless in extra-time when he curled a beautiful free-kick around the Ipswich wall to send City to Wembley. City's opponents for the 100th FA Cup Final were Tottenham, a team including two of Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning side - Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa. When Tommy Hutchison gave City the lead with a flying header it looked as though it would be City's day and the events of recent years would soon be forgotten. However, with just 10 minutes left the hero turned villain he deflected a Glenn Hoddle free-kick past Corrigan who was diving in the opposite direction. 
 
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 The following Thursday the two teams met again for the replay at Wembley. Villa gave Spurs the lead early on in the game only for his effort to be surpassed just moments later by a superb volley from City's Steve MacKenzie. Five minutes into the second half Bennett was fouled in the Spurs penalty area and Kevin Reeves scored from the spot.For the second time the Blues had one hand on the cup. Regrettably though, again it wasn't enough. Garth Crookes brought the scores level before Villa scored perhaps the most replayed goal ever at Wembley. Joe Corrigan was spot on with his assessment: 'We should never have let him get that far.' For the second time in four days, Lady Luck had deserted Manchester City. The final position of 12th showed a marked improvement on the past couple of seasons - City even managed to take three points off neighbours United who finished eighth.


 
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Il y a 14 heures, Smith a dit :

Je le fais pour Manchester United.

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 L'Histoire aime rappeler les temps anciens. La fin du XIXe siècle, par exemple, époque à laquelle des employés de la société de chemins de fer Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company décidèrent de fonder un club de football et l'appelèrent Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Cricket and Football Club. Mais, très vite, ce club connaît des difficultés financières et, dix ans après sa fondation, il est en dépôt de bilan. Il réapparaît peu de temps après sous le nom de Manchester United, en dépit d'un lobby local très actif favorable au nom de Manchester Celtic. Un titre de champion en 1908, une Coupe d'Angleterre en 1909, le club s'installe dans le paysage anglais. Premier drame de la légende des Reds, leur stade, Old Trafford (inauguré le 10 février 1910), est bombardé et détruit en mars 1941. Ultime insolence du destin : les joueurs de Manchester United doivent, pendant trois saisons, disputer leurs matches officiels sur la pelouse de l'ennemi de toujours, le stade de City à Maine Road. Des supporters des Rouges refusent même d'aller assister à une rencontre dans les gradins de Manchester City. A la même époque, à « MU », on recrute un nouveau manager, Matt Busby, un ancien milieu écossais qui a joué à Manchester City et à Liverpool. Il arrive avec en tête la même idée que son homologue de Liverpool, Bill Shankly : construire une équipe capable de pratiquer un football moderne, un jeu plaisant et efficace, réaliste et personnel. Seule condition : il faut du temps. Impossible d'obtenir des résultats immédiats. En attendant l'éclosion de jeunes prodiges, il va donc s'appuyer sur des valeurs sûres (Jack Rowley, Stan Pearson, Johnny Carey) qui offriront au club une Coupe d'Angleterre (1948) et un titre national (1952). 

 
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 La logique du manager se met en place. Sur le terrain et au-dehors, il joue son va-tout : tout.sur la jeunesse! Et, entre 1953 et 1957, il ne recrutera aucun joueur d'un autre club. Il forme, il couve ses jeunes joueurs, que l'on a surnommés les Busby's bobes, les «enfants de Busby ». Et, comme si la victoire était programmée, ces « gamins » remportent le championnat en 1956 et 1957. Dans le lot se dégage un petit génie, Duncan Edwards, qui a débuté en championnat avec Manchester United à tout juste seize ans. Avec le maillot rouge, on repère aussi Bobby Charlton, Tommy Taylor et Eddie Coleman, le meneur de jeu. Et c'est logiquement que « MU » devient, en 1957, la première équipe britannique à disputer la Coupe d'Europe des clubs champions. Les Anglais tombent en quart de finale face au Real Madrid, mais ils ont laissé voir, au premier tour, leur potentiel énorme en infligeant une raclée ( 10-0) aux Belges d'Anderlecht. Puis surgit le drame, le 6 février 1958 : au retour d'un match de Coupe d'Europe contre l'Etoile rouge de Belgrade, l'avion qui ramène l'équipe de Manchester United doit faire escale à Munich. Dans la tempête, il tente de repartir. De décoller, une fois, deux fois. A la troisième tentative, il ne décolle pas, mais finit sa course en percutant une maison. Sept joueurs meurent sur le coup; un huitième, grièvement blessé, décède deux semaines plus tard. Le manager Matt Busby est, lui aussi, grièvement blessé. 
 
ManUtd+twb22.blogspot.com-----420+%25284Le temps s'est arrêté à 3 h 40 pour Manchester et, aujourd'hui encore, l'horloge du stade d'Old Trafford est bloquée à cette heure maudite. Mais la vie est plus forte que tout. Busby se remet au travail et reconstruit Manchester United, qui gagne la Coupe d'Angleterre en 1963 avec Bobby Charlton (survivant du drame de Munich), Denis Law (buteur de génie et ancien de Manchester City et de l'AS Torino) et un jeune ailier irlandais, George Best. En 1968, cette même équipe gagne la Coupe d'Europe des clubs champions, en dominant (4-1 ) les Portugais du Benfica Lisbonne, dix ans après Munich. L'année suivante, Matt Busby décide de prendre du recul et devient manager général du club... H va falloir attendre de nombreuses années pour qu'Old Trafford chante à nouveau. En 1986, l'Ecossais Alex Ferguson débarque à Manchester. En 1983, il a mené Aberdeen à la victoire en Coupe d'Europe des vainqueurs de coupe. Il arrive chez les Red Devils avec les pleins pouvoirs, comme le lui a promis le président Martin Edwards. Il met en place son système de jeu, de gestion des joueurs. Résultat : en 1990, victoire en finale de la Cup et, la saison suivante, victoire en Coupe d'Europe des vainqueurs de coupe. Plus fort encore, en juin 1992, Ferguson réussit ce qu'il appellera « le transfert de la décennie » : il fait signer le Français Eric Cantona, alors à Leeds, pour une somme dérisoire (10 millions de francs). C'est le début d'une formidable histoire, perpétuée par de jeunes joueurs grandis dans le sillage d'Eric le Rouge : Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, les frères Neville, Nicky Butt et David Beckham. Pour boucler le XXe siècle, Alex Ferguson a été anobli par la reine Elisabeth II, et Manchester United a été le premier club du monde à créer sa chaîne de télévision....
 

 

 

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  One man who did break through at the start of the 1951/52 season was Johnny Berry, but the winger was hardly a kid. When Busby signed him from Birmingham City, Berry was already 25 and a seasoned professional. He slotted in seamlessly at outside-right. Another newcomer, Roger Byrne, came into the side straight from United's prolific talent academy, a vindication of the far-sighted policy to nurture youth that had been set in train years before. The left-back from Gorton seized the number 3 shirt in November 1951 and made it his own. By the New Year of 1952 United were level on points with Arsenal and Portsmouth at the top of the First Division table. United went clear in February, but the club's faithful fans must have feared another disappointment. They had been here before. In March and April the team suffered a stutter in their form when they lost consecutive games at Huddersfield and Portsmouth, and followed those up with a draw at Burnley. All the time Tottenham, Arsenal, Bolton and Pompey were threatening to overtake them at the top. But Busby kept cool and freshened up his team with a couple of astute positional changes: Aston was moved up front, but the real stroke of intuitive genius involved Byrne. The boy who had only broken into the side as a full-back a few months earlier was switched to the left wing for the last six games of the season. He responded by scoring seven goals in United's decisive dash for the finishing line. With two matches remaining United were within touching distance of the old silver trophy they had last won in 1911. Their opponents for the penultimate game of the season were Chelsea, and United held their nerve to win 3-0, with the old stalwarts Johnny Carey and Stan Pearson scoring the goals (there was also an own goal). 
 
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 The last match of the season brought their nearest challengers, Arsenal, to Old Trafford - but the only way the Gunners could deprive United of the title was by pulling off a seven-goal win. Arsenal's task was made even more difficult when they were reduced to ten men by injury midway through the first half, and they were down to nine by the full-time whistle. United swaggered to a 6-1 victory, with another of the old guard, fack Rowley, bagging a hat-trick, and a delirious crowd of 53,651 saw Busby's team take the title in a carnival atmosphere. It was the perfect culmination to a glorious season for Rowley, who had made a speciality of scoring hat-tricks in the title-winning campaign. He scored two in the first two matches of the season, against West Brom and Middlesbrough, and netted four in all. Rowley ended the season as the Champions' top scorer with 30 and Pearson contributed 22. The only ever-present in the side was the evergreen, ever-reliable Chilton, but a few significant names of the future made a handful of appearances. In a o-o draw at Anfield Jackie Blanchflower made his debut at right-half and Byrne also played his first game that day. It was the first occasion Tom Jackson of the Manchester Evening Nous wrote about the 'Babes' in the United line-up - a phrase which went on to have some resonance. Another new boy, Mark Jones, played three games at centre-half. The great Busby Babes side was waiting to be born.
 
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United celebrated their Championship triumph with a short tour of north America. The football was hardly the most competitive United had been involved with all year and they lost two matches against Tottenham by wide margins. On 14 June rg52 they lost 5-0 to the Londoners at the University of Toronto, then travelled overnight to play them again at New York's Yankee Stadium the following day. In a bizarre ceremony Johnny Carey and Tottenham's captain, Ron Burgess, were obliged to lay a wreath on the memorial to America's baseball deity, Babe Ruth, and then stand to attention while a lone bugler sounded a lament. The funeral spirit extended to the match, as United were buried 7-1 after Rowley had given them the lead. Despite the results, United's pioneering jaunt to the States was considered a success. More than 25,000 saw them play at Yankee Stadium, and the game attracted plenty of interest in the local press. The match report in one paper was headlined, The Mangling of the Manes'. The 1952/53 campaign was an anti-climax after the heroics which had gone before. As late summer gave way to autumn, Busby could already see that his ageing team was past its best. By October United were in one of the relegation places and in the fourth round of the FA Cup they were embarrassingly held 1-1 at home by amateur side Walthamstow Avenue. They won the replay, but lost to Everton in the fifth round. Busby made up his mind to let loose the gifted youngsters who were pushing for selection. As the season progressed a flood of talent burst into the first team: i/-year-old outside-left David Pegg was handed his chance; defender Bill Foulkes made his first mark on the team aged 20; ig-year-old centre-forward Dennis Viollet broke through; another extravagantly-gifted forward, Tommy Taylor, an old timer at 21, joined the club from Barnsley; and a i6-year-old wing-half named Duncan Edwards played his first game.
 
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To be precise, Edwards was aged 16 years and 185 days when he took the field for United at Old Trafford to play Cardiff City on 4 April 1953. The Bluebirds took the shine off the tale somewhat by winning 4-1, but nevertheless it was the beginning of one of the great United careers. Many shrewd observers judge that he remains the club's greatest player ever.
Edwards first captured the attention of league scouts when he was a teenage star for Dudley Boys. Jimmy Murphy, especially, was desperate to sign the boy. Busby's assistant watched him on numerous occasions, and marvelled at the youth's maturity and technical ability. Finally, the manager himself travelled to the West Midlands to offer a deal to the player and his parents: but the Edwards family needed little persuading. Edwards had already-decided he wanted to play for Busby, i think Manchester United are the greatest team in the world. I'd give anything to play for you,' he told Busby. He signed for the club in June 1952, aged 15, but he already had the physique of a well-built man. Edwards combined physical strength with a fine eye for a pass, a thunderish tackle, natural athleticism and an equable temperament. He was also versatile; although nominally a left-half, Edwards was a good enough all-round footballer to fill any jersey from 2 to 11.
Busby's plan to play the youngsters was especially bold for the time, when players generally developed later. Edwards himself was struck by how youthful United's dressing room was. He said, The first time I entered the dressing room to meet the other players I wondered if I was in the right place. There were so many other youngsters that it seemed like being back at school.' The changes worked and United recovered to end the season in eighth place. The country was already growing impressed with the ability of the boys emerging together at Manchester United By the end of the 1952/53 season, the phrase 'Busby Babes' was already common currency and the world was about to witness the explosion of a sporting phenomenon - one of the finest club sides ever to grace a football field was about to burst into the world.

 
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There was the sense of an old era coming to an end when Gentleman Johnny Carey played his last match for United and quit the club to manage Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1953. His Old Trafford career had spanned the grim pre-war years, exile at Maine Road, the Cup glory of 1948 and the club's first Championship for over four decades. It was a sign of the club's new accent on youth that his replacement as raprafn AmiM be the 25-year-old Roger Byrne. The 1953/54 season saw the Busby Babes begin to grow and develop into the cohesive force which would come to dominate English football in the 1950s. The runaway Champion Stan Cullis's utilitarian Wolverhampton Wanderers, a formely thletic and direct team, the polar opposite of Busby's team of young cavaliers. United ended the season in fourth place behind West Brom and Huddersfield in second and third, and they left the FA Cup in the third round, beaten 5-3 away at Burnley. But the campaign represented a significant forward step for Busby's radical young side. The Babes were learning all the time and some of their lessons were painful The following season, 1954/55, they finished in fifth place, just five points behind Champions Chelsea. Before the start of the 1955/56 season, some football sages suggested that Busby's strategy was all wrong. As if to prove that there is nothing new in the game of football, many critics stated that the manager was putting too many youngsters in his team. The phrase might have been unfamiliar in the 19505, but the gist was that you don't win anything with kids. How wrong they were. The campaign turned out to be a glorious vindication of everything Busby stood for, as his fresh-faced, homegrown team - average age just 22 - stormed to the Championship. The extent of Busby's brilliant rebuilding job was revealed in the number of survivors from the title-winning side of four years earlier: there were just two, Byrne and Berry. The new players were almost all Mancunians or Lancastrians who had emerged from the youth programme; aided by a handful of key, relatively low-cost signings. The keeper, Ray Wood, had cost just £5,000 from Darlington; Berry had cost £15,000 from Birmingham; and the most expensive was Taylor, who cost £29,999 from Barnsley (Busby held back a pound from his transfer fee to save the player the burden of breaking the psychological £30,000 barrier!).
 
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The Championship was won largely on the back of the huge volume of goals harvested by Taylor, the centre-forward, and Viollet at inside-left: Taylor scored 25 in 33 games, Viollet 20 in 34. United were also helped mightily by an impregnable home record - they went through the entire season without losing at Old Trafford, winning 18 games and drawing three. United surged to the title on an especially hot streak of form, which lasted from the first week of February 1956 right through to the end of the season. A Championship-clinching i4-match unbeaten run began with a 2-0 home win against Burnley, and the run-in featured 10 victories and four draws. They made sure the Championship was coming back to Old Trafford on 7 Apri! 1956, when Blackpool were the visitors. A match watched by a rapt audience of 62,277 ended 2-1 to United, with the goals coming from Berry and Taylor. By the season's end United had opened up the biggest title-winning margin of the century - 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Blackpool. All the hard work begun by men like Davies, Crickmer and Norris before the war, then taken up by Busby and Murphy, saw its fruition in this season of seasons. It shows how far United's clear-minded planning had paid off that the Club also won the Central League easily and the Youth Cup for the fourth successive year. The fact that the Babes had grown up together and learnt their trades alongside one another at Old Trafford proved a huge benefit. The club was shot through with an unshakeable team ethic and a fierce will to win for the sake of the club. The players were gifted footballers as individuals, but everyone's ability was harnessed for the good of the team: that was the Busby philosophy and his players imbibed it from the first minute they walked through the gates of Old Trafford when they were boys starting out with the club. The captain, for one, was certain it contributed to their success. 'One of the secrets of Manchester United's success is that nearly all of us grew up together as boy footballers,' Byrne said. 'The Manchester United way is the only way we know.'
 
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It was also a season when United remembered how to beat City. After a lean spell in derby encounters the Busby Babes beat City 2-1 at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve 1955 in front of a vast throng of 60,956, with 20,000 outside the gates unable to squeeze in. City went ahead in the first half, but Taylor and Viollet scored to give United their first derby victory since September 1951, and their first at Old Trafford since September 1949. The Babes scored 83 league goals on the way to the title, but perhaps the most memorable goal by any United player that season was scored by the incomparable Edwards in the white of England. The date was 26 May 1956, the occasion a friendly with West Germany at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin. The Germans were a powerful side, the reigning World Champions, but England had pretensions to their crown, with a team full of great players, including the Wolves centre-half Billy Wright a^d the izSaentia; Fulham inside-forward, johnny Haynes. Fnglanri also fielded a strong United contingent, with Byrne at left-back and Taylor at centre-forward. But the best of the lot was Ecwsrds. wirsisg his ninth cap, and still only 19. The score was o-o after 2 5 minutes when Edwards took control of the game in the way only great players can, with a few seconds of instictive genius. He won possession close to his own penalty area and began a progress up the field, which German after German tried and failed to interrupt. As the brawny left-half slalomed down the pitch, some of the best footballers in the world were made to look like novices as Edwards, superbly balanced and with faultless control, breezed by them. Finally, 25 yards from goal, he was ready to shoot and his effort flew past the goalkeeper. England won the game 3-1 and with Edwards in this kind of form, they looked likely contenders for the Jules Rimet trophy, to be contested in Sweden in the summer of 1958. Edwards, certainly the greatest teenage player in the world, and perhaps the greatest of any age at this time, had the world at his feet.
 
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The 1956/57 season was the longest and perhaps the most satisfying season so far in the story of Manchester United. The 56-match campaign began with a 2-2 draw at home to Birmingham City on 18 August, the start of a second successive victorious Championship campaign. United retained their title with football that delighted neutral supporters almost as much as United diehards. Their play had been scintillating on the way to the title the season before - now they took it to another plane. Busby's team didn't lose a match until 20 October, when Everton won 5-2 at Old Trafford, but by then United already had a handy cushion at the top after winning 10 and drawing two of their first dozen matches. It was during this run that a young forward from the north-east, who had been on the club's books since January 1953, made his first-team debut. Robert Charlton deputised for Taylor and took the number 9 jersey for the home game against Charlton Athletic on 6 October 1956. The i8-year-old scored twice in United's 4-2 win and, although he didn't manage to command a starting position in his debut season, Charlton still managed to score 10 goals in 14 games. Goals were scored from every position for United that season. The inside-right, Liam Whelan, top-scored with 26 league goals, Taylor scored 22 and Viollet popped up with 16 from inside-left Among the season's highlights was a resounding 4-2 win over City at Maine Road on 2 February, with Whelan, Taylor, Viollet and Edwards getting the goals. The Championship was wrapped up at Old Trafford on 20 April, when Sunderland were routed 4-0. A crowd of 58,725 saw goals from Edwards and Taylor and two from Whelan win the title, and there were still three matches of the league season left. United finished the campaign with 103 goals - the first Champions to break a century since City did it in 1937.  The 1956/57 season was not just a record-breaking title-winning season - it also marked United's first experience in European competition. The European Cup had been launched the season before - without English representatives, because Chelsea had cravenly accepted a Football League order not to take part. The domestic game was still dominated by narrow-minded Little Englanders, who looked upon foreign club competitions as a threat to the League's own prestige, and the game's bosses wanted their Champions to ignore the new contest. They tried to exert pressure on United to boycott the European Cup, just as they had done with Chelsea. A League statement sniffed, 'Manchester United's participation is not in the best interests of the Football League.' Busby and Manchester United, though, embraced the concept of pan-European competition. Busby retorted, 'Prestige alone demands that the continental challenge should be met, not avoided.' After United won the title in 1956 the board had voted unanimously to accept the invitation to take part in the 1956/57 edition of the European Cup. United's first-ever European match was a preliminary round first leg tie played on 12 September 1956, away to the Belgian Champions, Anderlecht Goals from Taylor and Viollet gave United a 2-0 win in the Pare Astrid, Brussels. The return was played at Maine Road, because Old Trafford was still without floodlights, and United raced to what remains their biggest-ever win in Europe. They smashed the pride of Belgium 10-0, with Viollet scoring four and Taylor adding a hat-trick. United were handed a tough task in the first round proper - they had to face the Champions of West Germany, Borussia Dortmund. But United carved out a 3-2 lead in the first leg at Maine Road and shut out the Germans o-o in the second leg to reach the quarter-finals. 
 
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 Athletic Bilbao were their next opponents in an extraordinary two-legged encounter, which began with a hair-raising adventure to the Basque country. In a chilling presentiment of the events of February 1958, the plane carrying the United party flew into difficulty on the descent to Bilbao. The pilot battled through a blizzard all the way and at journey's end he found that the airport runway was out of action. He was obliged to put the plane down in a nearby field. The nerve-shredding experience was no preparation for a big European tie and United slid to a 5-3 defeat in a topsy-turvy encounter at Bilbao's Estadio San Mames. Before they were able to fly home, United's players had to grab shovels and help shift snow from the runway, another episode that takes on a macabre aspect with the knowledge of what was to take place at Munich. Despite the trip and the poor first-leg result. United did enough in the home leg to reach the semi-finals. In one of the great United comebacks, the Babes pulled the match back at Maine Road winning 3-0 to squeeze through on aggregate. Now they faced the biggest challenge of the lot - Real Madrid - rightly crowned the best team in Europe. United travelled to the Bernabeu for the ultimate test in club football and did their best not to be dazzled by the frantic crowd of 135,000, or an opposition line-up featuring such stellar names as Kopa, Di Stefano and Gento. For an hour United kept out the swarms of white shirts that danced toward their goal, but finally Madrid found a way through and finished the game the victors by 3-1. But while Real were blessed with sumptuous talent, the British press were shocked by the Spaniards' physical approach to the game. Among the lurid headlines that dominated the next day's papers was one in the Daily Herald, 'Murder In Madrid', with the sub-heading, 'Manchester United hacked and slashed'.
 
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The first, and still one of the greatest, European nights at Old Trafford unfolded on 25 April 1957, when United faced Real Madrid in the second leg under the ground's new lights. In one of the greatest exhibitions of football the old ground has ever seen, the teams fought out a scintillating 2-2 draw. Real Madrid raced into a 2-0 lead, which seemed to put the result beyond doubt. But the Busby Babes remained undaunted and hit back through Taylor and Charlton to level the scores on the night. The comeback wasn't good enough to send them through, but it was magnificent nevertheless. Frank McGhee wrote in the next day's Daily Mirror, 'Brave failure. Fighting failure. Glorious failure. But that doesn't make it taste any better to those who cherished a proud illusion that in United England had the greatest football team in the world. They are not. 'Real Madrid are the real McCoy. They gave Matt Busby's League Champions a lesson in the basic arts and crafts of the game. They had the edge in skill and stamina. And above all they had a man called Alfredo Di Stefano.' United's first continental odyssey was over, but the memories of an enthralling night's sport would linger long in the memory. Busby was wise enough to realise that his young team had exceeded expectations and there was no shame in losing to a team as talented and as seasoned as Real Madrid. 'A great experienced side will always beat a great inexperienced side,' he observed. The exit from Europe was a disappointment, but United were still in the hunt for the Double. All season long they had looked like Champions in waiting, while making significant strides towards another FA Cup final appearance. In the third round they had suffered a scare away to Hartlepool United of the Third Division (North) and only just made it into the next round with a jittery 4-3 win. There was more opposition from the same lowly division in the fourth round, but United made shorter work of the assignment this time, winning 5-0 at Wrexham. That set up a fifth round clash with Everton at Old Trafford and once again United had to sweat to make progress, with Edwards scoring the only goal of the game. United came up against another Third Division side in the quarter-finals and played Bournemouth, who had reached the last eight after beating top sides like Wolves and Tottenham. United survived yet another tight encounter at Dean Court and edged through 2-1 with two goals from [ohnny Berry. Birmingham City were the last obstacle between United and Wembley and the Babes were guaranteed a difficult match. City were a mid-table First Division side, but they had reached the FA Cup final the season before and saved their best football for the competition. But in front of 65,000 at Hillsborough goals from Berry and Charlton were enough to send United through.
 
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 Their opponents at Wembley were Aston Villa and United were warm favourites to win back the Cup they had last held in 1948. After all, they had just won the Championship by a street and Villa were a largely anonymous, middling Division One team. But the odds lurched Villa's way after just six minutes when United lost their keeper, Ray Wood. Villa's outside-left, Peter McParland, recklessly challenged Wood for the ball and in the collision the keeper's cheekbone was smashed. Even for those times when keepers were afforded less protection than they are today, McParland's was a shocking foul. Wood had caught the ball and was standing in his six-yard area when the Irish international followed through and sent Wood crashing to the ground. In those pre-substitute days United were down to ten men and centre-half Blanchflower volunteered to go in goal. Wood, concussed, bravely staggered back late in the first half, but the dazed keeper was able to do no more than stand ineffectually out on the wing. Blanchflower performed manfully between the sticks and made several impressive saves to keep his team in the game, but in the end the odds proved insuperable. United held out courageously for an hour before McParland scored twice in five minutes midway though the second half. But the Babes were not quite beaten. Taylor pulled one back late in the game, heading home a corner taken by the makeshift centre-half. Edwards, to set up a late onslaught. United pinned Villa back into their own half for the rest of the game. Byrne even gambled outrageously by putting Wood, suffering from blurred visionback in goal to give United ten fit outfield players. But the ploy was in vain. There would be no Double for United this season as Villa hung on for a 2-1 win.  If you could borrow a time machine and travel back to re-live any football season in history, a few campaigns would spring to mind. An obvious one would be 1998/99 and the Treble, but as that armus mirabilis lies fresh in the memory anyway it might be a wasted choice. Of course you could plump for 1967/68 and that magical night at Wembley when Benfica were defeated, but you would also have to put up with City winning the league again. Overall, it would be hard to beat 1956/57, the season when United retained the title, reached the FA Cup final, and enjoyed a first bravura foray into the European Cup, crossing swords with the might of Real Madrid in the semi-finals. This was the high-water mark of the Busby Babes - was football of a higher order ever played on these shores? For two seasons the Babes played football like young gods... and then they were destroyed.
 
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The events of that black day in Munich have been rehearsed 19; many, many times, and the stark cruelty of the event never fades. Even now, the scale of the tragedy barely seems credible, the enormity of it no easier to absorb. It breaks the heart to wind back time to 3 p.m. on that fateful, fatal Thursday, 6 February 1958. The BEA Elizabethan airliner had tried twice and failed twice to take off on the main runway at Munich airport, only for the pilot to abort both times because of the weather. It is easy to imagine the joshing banter and the nervous jokes shared by the young men inside the aircraft, as the plane revved its engines for a third take-off attempt. Then at 3.04 p.m., the crash, the explosion, the flames and the finest generation of footballers Britain had ever seen lay dead or dying in the burning carcass of the aircraft.  As always in large-scale catastrophes, it is the little details and ironies which grab the heart, because the full picture is too horrid to comprehend. The imagination seizes on tiny snapshots, which, all together, produce a nightmarish collage of grief. Like the image of Edwards's broken body in the German hospital bed and the young colossus valiantly flinging to life for two weeks, until his giant heart gave way at last At the airport he had taken the trouble to telegraph the landlad)- of his digs in Manchester to sar what time he would be in for his tea. The thought of that telegram lying on the mat while its sender was proceeding to his doom is almost too much to contemplate. Edwards stirred into consciousness briefly in hospital, and spied fimmy Murphy on the ward. Edwards called out, 'Is the kick-off three o'clock fimmy?' Doctors could not understand how Edwards stayed alive for so long with such grievous injuries: his kidneys were chronically damaged, a lung had collapsed, his ribs were smashed,his pelvis and leg were crushed. His fierce grip on fife was finally loosened at 2.16a.m. on 21 February 1958. There was poor Liam Whelan, the sunny 23-year-old from Dublin, whose last recorded words were,'If the worst happens, Iam ready for death.' And the courage of Busby, who was not given a hope of life by the doctors and received the last rites. In extremis he whispered to Murphy, 'Keep the flag flying Jimmy. Keep things going until I get back.'  The final death toll stretched to 23 names: of the players, Roger Byrne, Geoff Bent, David Pegg, Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor, Eddie Colman, Mark Jones and Liam Whelan all perished; and from the club's staff, Walter Crickmer, Bert Whalley and Tom Curry also died. Eight journalists were among the dead: Alf Clarke, Don Davies, George Follows, Tom Jackson, Archie Ledbrooke, Henry Rose, Eric Thompson and Frank Swift. At first it looked likely that Busby would join the roll call of the dead. But even though he fought back from the brink of death it would be a long time before the manager was fit enough to contemplate a return to work, and Busby wondered if he could ever face it. The feeling of guilt, that he had brought these extraordinary young men together only to see them die together while he survived, was crushing. He said, 'I was lost and sorrowing, and for a short period utterly defeated. A man's help at such a time is not his experience, but his faith and the love and encouragement of his friends.' Busby had a great and trusted friend in Murphy, who stepped in as caretaker manager following the tragedy. Murphy would have been sitting next to the manager on the plane at Munich, except by one of those strange quirks of fate that had taken him to Israel for a World Cup qualifying match with the Wales team he managed.
 
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Murphy was the quiet hero in the black weeks and months following the disaster, as he faced up to the task of rebuilding the shattered club with a sober determination. He confessed he did not feel ready for the job. 'At first I felt I was going out of my mind, not knowing where to start,' he said. But Murphy found some solace in hard work and he pulled together a new coaching staff to help the recovery. Jack Crompton, who had been United's keeper in the first years of peace, was coaching at Luton Town, but he answered the call and turned up to help Murphy. And, somehow, United were able to put a team on the field for the first match after Munich, an FA Cup fifth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday on 19 February 1958. Two survivors from the disaster were in the side; the new captain, Bill Foulkes, and the goalkeeper, Harry Gregg. The rest of the team were players promoted from the reserves or emergency signings. Stan Crowther joined from Villa an.d Ernie Taylor came from Blackpool. It was only 13 days since the carnage at Munich and, on an extraordinary afternoon of raw emotion United won 3-0, with Shay Brennan, a reserve team full-back playing on the left wing, scoring twice. With United now in the quarter-finals of the competition, the entire nation was willing them to go on and win it. Murphy's hastily assembled team was more than just a collection of n footballers: it became a vehicle for catharsis, as millions of people, whether they supported United or not, yearned to see something good, something joyful, emerge from the wreckage of Munich. It was as if United themselves held the antidote to the numbing grief that had gripped so many. Murphy's makeshift team went to the Hawthorns next and drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion, winning the replay i-o at Old Trafford. They then faced Second Division Fulham in the semifinals and, after a 2-2 draw at Villa Park, they reached the final with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Hillsborough in which Aberdonian centre-forward, Alex Dawson, scored a hat-trick. The world watched and willed United to beat Bolton Wanderers in the 1958 FA Cup final, but it turned out to be a fairytale written by the Brothers Grimm, rather than Hans Andersen. There was to be no happy ending. Nat Lofthouse put Bolton i-o up after just three minutes and United were sunk by a second goal 10 minutes into the second half. It was the most unpopular goal Lofthouse scored in his long and illustrious career as a centre-forward, as he barged into United keeper, Harry Gregg, forcing him to drop the ball over the line. United were never able to find a way back into the game.
 
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There was one pleasing aspect of the day for United. The match was attended by Busby, who had left hospital a fortnight earlier. He was well enough to watch from the touchline, although he was still unsteady on his feet and walking with the aid of sticks. The boss was still convalescing slowly after his dreadful ordeal - but he was alive and taking an interest in football, and United, once again. Busby was on his way back to resuming control of the club he loved. The FA Cup final of 1958 was important, too, because it held out hope for the future of Manchester United. The Busby Babes were gone and nothing could replace that lost generation. But Murphy and his assistants were building a new United and the club endured. The crushing sense of loss was still there, but life, football - and Manchester United - would go on. It says much about Murphy's resolve and skills as a team builder that his hastily assembled United side finished second in Division One in the first post-Munich season. Wolves finished the 1958/59 season as Champions by six points, but United showed plenty of fight to stay in the hunt almost to the end. Busby returned to the helm during the campaign and a new group of United heroes emerged on the field. Gregg became the first-choice keeper and missed just one game; Charlton came through as the team's most dangerous striker and topped the club's scoring lists with 29 goals from inside-left; Viollet, who was back to fitness and filling the number 9 jersey brilliantly, contributed 21 goals; Albert Scanlon, too, had overcome injuries received at Munich and was an ever-present at outside-left. Ronnie Cope at centre-half, Foulkes at right-back, Wilf McGuinness at left-half, Ian Greaves at full-back on either side, Fred Goodwin at right-half and Albert Quixall at inside-right (a rare big-money Busby signing - he cost £45,000 from Shefield Wednesday, a record transfer between two British clubs) were all valuable members of the reborn United. The personnel might have changed, but the team's approach to playing the game had not. United continued to attack and they scored 103 league goals in their courageous pursuit of Wolves. As United prepared for the 1959/60 season, they could look back on an era that brought the club its greatest glory and its deepest grief. The 19505 had been the best and the worst decade in the club's history. The conflicting experiences had left Busby with a burning desire to conquer one final mountain: he wanted to build one last, great team capable of winning the European Cup. He had lost one team in pursuit of the dream. Now it became an ambition bordering on an obsession to claim the prize that would surely in time have gone to his peerless Babes. The quest for the greatest prize in club football would define the 19603 and the rest of Busby's time in charge of United.
 
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Il y a 6 heures, Rom's a dit :

J'peux me charger d'Arsenal si Nati est trop occupé

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Ian Wright made himself an instant idol at Highbury on the back of his showmanship, commitment and finishing ability. A hat-trick for Arsenal on his League debut set him on his way to becoming the leading goalscorer in the club's history. George Graham, the Arsenal manager, considered him indispensable to the Gunners side which reached four major Cup finals in three seasons in the 1990s. 'No successful Arsenal side had ever been so dependent on one man,' Graham said. In a last hurrah at Highbury, Wright helped the club win the Premier League title in 1997-98. Graham rated him as 'one of the top-dozen strikers I have ever seen', as an instinctive finisher in the mould of Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law. 'Just like them, Ian is a natural,' Graham said. Following his £2.5 million transfer from Crystal Palace in 1991, Wright finished the season as the leading goalscorer in Division One, with a total of 29 goals. Three years later he scored for Arsenal in 12 consecutive games, a club record, between 15 September and 23 November 1994. 'Ian had all the qualities you want from a striker: lightning pace, sharp reflexes, courage, and an eye for goal,' Graham said. 
 

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Wright played in two FA Cup finals, both of which went to a replay, scoring four times. Two of those goals were for Crystal Palace in their final against Manchester United in 1990, a game which Palace eventully lost. He also netted in both finals against Sheffield Wednesday in Arsenal's FA Cup and League Cup 'double' success in 1993. In European competition, Wright experienced mixed fortunes. In 1993—94, he missed Arsenal's victory over Parma in the final of the European Cup-winners' Cup because of suspension. The following season he scored in every round of the competition up to the final, only for Arsenal to lose against Real Zaragoza.Ian Wright was already 21 years of age before he made his breakthrough into full-time professional football. He would make up for lost time in spectacular fashion. Wright had been working as a plasterer when Crystal Palace invited him for a two-week trial in 1985. After three days Steve Coppell, the Palace manager, offered him a three-month contract on £100 a week. 'On his first day at Selhurst Park, Ian told me that he wanted to play for England, which was quite a bold statement for someone who had just walked in off a building site,' Steve Coppell, the Palace manager, recalled. Less than five years later Wright fulfilled his ambition, winning the first of his 33 caps for England, and scoring a total of seven goals. 

 

 

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 In his six seasons at Palace, Wright scored 90 League goals in 225 appearances, helping the club to promotion from Division Two in 1988-89. Soon after making his international debut in the victory over Cameroon at Wembley in February 1991, Wright was on his way to Highbury. George Graham went to great lengths to secure his transfer. To keep his interest secret, and ensure his rivals were not tipped off about Wright's availability, Graham attended the Football Writers' Association's annual golf tournament on the day the deal was finalised. 'I didn't want anyone to guess what we were up to,' he said. At Highbury, Wright's scoring rate increased dramatically. In his first 79 gamtl for Arsenal, he scored 56 goals. Within two years of his arrival, he became the quickest player to register 100 goals for the Gunners, beating the record set by Ted Drake six decades earlier. In total, Wright scored a club-record 185 goals for Arsenal. 'Throughout my life I have always been caught up in the emotion of the game,'

 

 

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 Ian Wright said in 1997. 'Sometimes my mouth runs away with me.' The force of his character had an immediate impact at Arsenal. 'Ian lit up the pitch and the dressing room with the electricity of his performances and his personality,' George Graham said. On the downside, Wright also found himself at odds with opponents and referees, a behavioural trait that is reflected in a blemished disciplinary record. That same competitive edge got me into fights at school, even at primary school,' Wright said. 'Sometimes I just can't help myself; I just have to tell referees where they are going wrong.' 'He has a touchpaper temper to go with his fizzing spirit,' Graham said. 'I had to douse the fire that was always burning within him. His bubbling enthusiasm could run away with him, but while getting him to control himself I had to be careful not to rob him of his natural desire to compete.' Graham always highlighted the positive aspects of Wright's character. 'There is not a thimbleful of cowardice in him. He is barely five feet nine inches tall which, by modern standards, is quite small for a striker, but there is a lot of power packed in his muscular frame. He also has the courage to go in where it hurts if he feels his reward might be a goal,' Graham said in 1995. 'You couW not ask for a more genuine., honest professional than Ian Wright,' he added.

 

 
 
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Image de la désolation et du courage mal récompensé que celle de Graham Rix, planté sur la pelouse du Heysel et regardant fixement le point de penalty, d'où venaient de s'envoler les espoirs des canonniers d'Arsenal. Image de la contradiction, aussi, de voir le meilleur joueur de cette finale échouer sur un geste technique réalisé et réussi des centaines de fois. Enfin, l'image de la solidarité, que cette course du capitaine anglais Rice entraînant avec lui tous ses coéquipiers pour venir récupérer Graham Rix, qui ' s'était mis à pleurer au milieu de la suface de réparation. Car, s'il est vrai que tout au long de cette finale, il ne s'est pas passé grand-chose de palpitant, la faute n'en revient certainement pas aux joueurs d'Arsenal, qui ont cru jusqu'au bout que le destin allait pencher du côté des plus méritants. 
 
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 L'état de fatigue des « Canonniers » était tel qu'ils n'ont jamais pu passer la vitesse supérieure, qui aurait, sans doute, fait éclater la défense de Valence. Mais le championnat anglais avec vingt-deux clubs, la Coupe de la League, le marathon de la Cup (avec notamment quatre matches contre Liverpool) , bref la répétition accélérée de matches, a fait qu'Arsenal, au soir de cette finale ne disposait pas de tous ses atouts sur le plan physique. C'était sans doute aussi le cas des joueurs de Di Stefano. Cette finale était leur dernière chance de participer à une Coupe d'Europe l'année prochaine. Devant Nantes, et surtout au stade Saupin, ils étaient passés très près d'une large défaite. Plutôt que d'imposer leur manière, dont ils n'étaient pas très sûrs, ils ont préféré subir le match et contrer les Anglais. Cela explique que Mario Kempès, esseulé à la pointe de l'attaque espagnole, ne toucha en tout et pour tout que dix fois le ballon au cours du temps réglementaire. 
 
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 Ce n'est pas par hasard si le portier Pereira fut le meilleur joueur de son équipe, détournant des tirs de Priée et Brady et s'opposant aux coups de tête de Stapleton, Sunderland ou Talbot. Mais les « Canonniers » étaient singulièrement émoussés et leurs capacités physiques n'étaient pas à la hauteur de leurs intentions. Ils auraient sans doute mérité de rejouer cette finale deux jours plus tard. A ce sujet, il faut regretter que l'U.E.F.A. n'harmonise pas ses règlements en ce qui concerne le déroulement des finales. Mais les Anglais ne sont pas footballeurs à pleurer sur leur sort. Tout juste ont-ils estimé que les Espagnols auraient dû être un peu plus dignes et un peu plus reconnaissants dans leurs déclarations d'après-match. La défaitel ne les a pas empêchés d'aller se mêler à leurs supporters, pendant que  Bonhof et  Kempès brandissaient la Coupe d'Europe..
 

 
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What a season ! For the second time in two years the Football League Championship is back at Highbury. This time it happened with two gaines to spare after a roilercoaster season of high dass football, banner headlines and, of course, thé traditional neck and neck race with great rivals Liverpool. Champions traces this marvelous season, with the best action and all the goals from the League campaign, the FA Cup and Rumbelows League Cup trails and the pre-season Makita tournament, at Wembley.
With exclusive interviews with Manager George Graham and the Arsenal players, plus specially shot behind the scènes material throughout the season, it's the only official record of the Gunners' dream season.
 Arsenal won the league. Runners-up spot was achieved by Liverpool, who had led the table for much of the first half of the season but had been shell-shocked in February by the sudden resignation of manager Kenny Dalglish. Ronny Moran was appointed caretaker manager, but was unable to bring a major trophy to Anfield. Third place in the league went to Crystal Palace, who occupied their highest-ever finish, but were denied qualification for the UEFA Cup due to Liverpool being readmitted to European competition a year earlier than anticipated.
 
Newly promoted Leeds United had a good season back in the First Division as they finished fourth but never really looked like challenging for the title. They did, however, reach the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they lost to Manchester United.
Down at the bottom end of the table, Derby County went down in bottom place with just five wins all season despite the 17 league goals of Welsh striker Dean Saunders, who was then sold to Liverpool. The final relegation place went to Sunderland on the last day of the season.

 

 

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Emirates Stadium Opening,
London
22 July 2006

The day was started by Wenger doing this shitty, cheesy opening of ‘Emirates’ event. He was handed a toy plane from this bloke from Emirates and then he kicked a giant football which was remote controled and was meant to be steered into the North Bank Goal, but it hit the bar. It really was a game of two halfs, we had the reserves in the first 45 and the legends in the other. The reseves idea was just crap, they should of just scrapped it. If thats what I wanted to see I would’ve gone to a reserve game, not at the first ever game at Emirates. Also it didn’t help build the atmosphere because nobody knew who the fuck was playing. Bergkamp did start both halfs though which was a bit stange, also his dad kicked off the match. We did see some good young talent in the first half like Traore had a good game but this was not what I wanted to see on the day. They should have played the Legends all game. It was a bit risky playing the reserves because Ajax came close a couple of times to scoring the first ever goal at Ashburton Grove. 
 
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 Then at about 25 minutes played (I say about because there was no clock inside the stadium which was the most annoying thing, sort it out Arsenal) the teams made about 7 changes each, no way am i going to list them all but Bergkamp came off to get ready for the first half, Poom came on for Almunia, Bentner came on and looked poor and there was some other people…Then Ajax did score which really annoyed me, the first goal at Ashburton Grove was by Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Oh Goody. Then a few minutes before half time we made a load more subs and then soon after the half time whistle went so I don’t understand what the point in that was… In the concourse at half time is as quite busy and I didnt either bother trying to queue up for a drink, however there was loads of toilets which was good, no queues. Then Bob Wilson came on at half time to Introduce the Legends teams which included fo Ajax: Frank and Ronald de Boer, Frank Rijkaard, Stefan Pettersson, Edwin Van der Sar and Edgar Davids who both obviously got booed and with every touch of the ball got booed too. For Arsenal we had David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, Gilles Grimandi, Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Edu, Ray Parlour, Ian Wright, Oleg Luzhny, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Alex Manninger, Patrick Vieira, Glenn Helder, Kanu and a suprise apearance from Thierry Henry. 
 
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 This was more like it this is what I came to see today We lined up with: Seaman, Dixon, Bould, Grimandi, Winderburn, Overmars, Edu, Petit, Parlour, Henry and Bergkamp. I’ve never been to a testimonial before so I really enjoyed it, seeing all the old players and singing all the old songs. Especially Seaman who was playing with the crowd, there was a round of “Seaman, do the twist. Seaman Seaman do the twist!” and he did. And also “England’s number one. England’s Enlgand’s number one!” The acoustics of the stadium were very nice and it did get quite loud at times, I can’t wait untill the proper season starts where the games have meaning, it’s going to be a great atmosphere in there. 8 mins into the second half we equalised. Bergkamp gave it to Dixon who was out on the right wing, who crossed into Henry who controlled it and shot past Van der Sar. 1-1, Arsenal’s first goal at Ashburton Grove scored by who else but Thierry Henry. I have no doubt that we’ll see plenty more of them. After the goal we were on top and were playing well and Overmars looked as if he was 25 again running down the left flank, we had a few chances but to no result.
 
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Then Tottenham Davids who I don’t think realised it was a testimonial game managed to burst through our elderly defence and flicked it passed Seaman and had an open goal. Then Gilles Grimandi had a flash of genius and clipped the foot of Davids to trip him up in the box and not score the goal, the crowd went mad and I’m sure there was a few Grimandi shirts sold in the Armoury afterwards. A truely legendary moment. From the resulting penalty Ronald de Boer blasted the ball over the bar I’m not sure whether it was on purpose or not but we were happy none the less. There was a few subs in the second half too, Edu came off for Vieira who got an amazing reception, maybe the loudest out of everyone, I had goosebumps all over me. Also Luzhny, van Bronckhorst, Manninger, Helder, Kanu and Ian Wright came on who as you would expect got a massive cheer. Manninger made a great save down on the floor to stop Ajax taking the lead and then collected the spilled ball quickly. Then 10 minutes before full-time the crowd were treated to two true legends of the game – Johan Cryuff and Marco van Basten. The crowd gave them a deserved cheer and they showed they still had a bit of they’re magic left in them with van Basten flicking the ball over Stevie Bould at the near post Alex Manninger making another great one-handed save. 
 
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 In the final 10 minutes we had lots of chances and we seemed to play the rest of the game in their half, Ian Wright hit the side-netting coming agonisingly close to scoring the winner. However, not long after Kanu got an eye of goal and struck the ball which took a massive deflection off Jaap Stam to beat keeper Stanley Menzo at the near post for the winning goal. A chorus of “Noooooooooo” went around the stadium as it had a few years ago in Highbury. There was nearly a fairy-tale finish with Bergkamp through on goal with a bit of an angle, he shot to the far post but Menzo denied Dennis the perfect end to an amazing 11 years. After the game there were some presentations, a few words to say from the great man himself and then a lap of honour before being lifted on the shoulders of Vieira and Henry before the 54,000 Arsenal faithful. And with fireworks off the stadium roof that was the end and for the last time we saw the Bergkamp 10 shirt walking down the tunnel. It was a special day a the perfect way to open Ashburton Grove which looked magnificent with everyone wearing red, white and orange t-shirts. So that’s the end of Dennis Bergkamp. One of Arsenal’s greatest players, for whom the word ‘legend’ isn’t really fitting enough. (the-cannon.com)

 
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First-half Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Justin Hoyte, Pascal Cygan, Matthew Connolly, Armand Traore; Alex Hleb, Alex Song, Mathieu Flamini, Ryan Smith; Dennis Bergkamp, Jeremie Aliadiere
Subs: Mart Poom, Sebastian Larsson, Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba, Joe O'Cearuill, Mark Randall, Vincent Van den Berg, Arturo Lupoli, Anthony Stokes.
Second-half Arsenal squad: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, Gilles Grimandi, Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Edu, Ray Parlour; Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Oleg Luzhny, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Alex Manninger, Patrick Vieira, Glenn Helder, Kanu.
 
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First-half Ajax: Maarten Stekelenburg, Zdenek Grygera, John Heitinga, Jaap Stam, Thomas Vermaelen, Hedwiges Maduro, Kenneth Perez, Wesley Sneijder, Jan Vertonghen, Tom de Mul, Klaas Jan Huntelaar
Subs: Olaf Lindenbergh, Urby Emanuelson, George Ogararu, Ryan Babel, Edgar Manucharyan, Robbert Schilder, Markus Rosenberg.
Second-half Ajax squad: Edwin Van der Sar, Stanley Menzo, Danny Blind, Wim Jonk, Frank de Boer, Marciano Vink, Aron Winter, Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Jan Wouters, Stefan Pettersson, Bryan Roy, Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkaard, Marco Van Basten.

 

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@Rom's

Il y a 12 heures, hicham1204 a dit :

 

T'a intérêt a bien faire et surtout n'oublie pas nos légendes, qui nous ont fait chavirer :wub:

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Il y a 12 heures, eNerz a dit :

Par contre aucun se dévoue pour créer Everton, le plus grand club de Liverpool ? allez je me donne en sacrifice ils le méritent après tout. 

be my guest :salut:

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Liverpool in the 1870s was a city at the height of its industrial might. Sailing vessels from all around the world cruised past the Mersey Bar and sailed down the river and into the port. Queen Victoria, then approaching her sixties and in the fourth decade of her reign, ruled supreme over the nation and its expanding Empire. The docks were all named after the great figures of the age, Huskisson, Albert, Victoria, Canning, Stanley and Coburg. The days of the slave trade may have been long past, but the port prospered even more now as four-masted schooners, Baltimore clippers, Cape Homers and barks brought sweet-smelling timbers from India, grain and wool from Australia, cotton from the Americas and sugar from the Caribbean. And in exchange Liverpool exported industrial equipment and machinery to the flourishing Empire overseas. Just across the River Mersey, in Birkenhead, the Cammell Laird shipyard was constructing not only sailing ships but iron vessels to transport this wealth of goods around the world. Passengers flocked into the city bound for the ships and 315 guinea passage that would carry them to America, Australia or India, while the Cunard and White Star liners vied with each other in the race to capture the coveted Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. In the city there was work for thousands, with the population increasing each week to meet the demand for labourers. New homes were springing up to house the city's growing numbers, roads were built, glamorous shops were opened, while well laid out parks were cultivated. Victorian England was at its peak. Men and women worked long, arduous hours for only meagre rewards. But there was time for pleasure. Theatres and music halls were becoming the centres of mass entertainment. Any evening you could wander down Lime Street and see the likes of Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Terry, Sir Henry Irving or Grimaldi in any one of a dozen theatres. And on Sunday the churches would be bursting to the aisles as the hard-working nation gave thanks for its pitiful returns.

 
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 For the first time in British history this new-found prosperity among the masses had made the nation leisure-conscious. Not all could afford the luxury of a one-penny seat at the Prince of Wales or the New Star Music Hall but had to take comfort in devising their own fun. And so it was that out of Victorian England sport sprang up as a popular pastime for the young and not so wealthy. Games, of course, were nothing new. Real tennis, bowls and boxing had been devised by the Elizabethans, but the Victorian era brought a flow of new sports into the public arena. Rugby, golf, cricket, hockey and association football suddenly emerged to satisfy a hungry nation. In Liverpool rugby was the most important and socially acceptable team game, with clubs such as Waterloo, Wavertree, Liverpool and New Brighton. Baseball, too, was popular, though in time it would be overtaken by cricket, while baseball was being taken up with unparalleled success across the Atlantic. At the centre of all these sporting activities you could usually find the church, organising and motivating the young. Clerics believed earnestly that clean, healthy bodies automatically led to clean, healthy minds, and so encouraged as many sporting activities as they could fit into the calendar. On Sunday afternoons groups of young people could be found in most of the city's new parks, playing baseball or cricket, or simply wobbling unsteadily on old iron-framed bicycles. 
 
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 Some churches had organised football teams as early as the 18705, with St Peter's, St Benedict's and St John's of Bootle quick off the mark to field sides, but it was not until late in the decade that St Domingo's organised a team and took the first steps to creating what was to become Everton Football Club. It was Methodism, the booming religion of the time, that was at the centre of so much of this activity. With its less rigid, more relaxed approach, the Methodist church appealed to working people, encouraging them to enjoy themselves. Three Methodist churches had been built in Liverpool during the latter half of the eighteenth century, at Bevington Hill, Chatham Place and Hotham Street. But, with the growth of Methodism, it was decided in 1869 to close them all down and build a new and larger church on a chosen site in Breckfield Road North, Everton. That year, the foundation stone of St Domingo's (and of two of Europe's greatest soccer clubs) was laid, with the church formally consecrated in May the following year. Six years later the Reverend Chambers was installed as the new vicar, in a move that was to bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the church. Chambers was one of a new breed of clergymen - young, keen, outgoing and athletic. Not surprisingly, like other Methodist ministers, he wanted to introduce his parishioners to sport and within a year had set up a cricket club. But cricket was essentially a summer game, and when some of the younger members of his congregation asked in 1878 if they could organise a football club, Chambers readily agreed. And so St Domingo's Football Club kicked off in a small corner of nearby Stanley Park that winter, playing against a variety of local church teams. They carried their own goalposts to the ground, marked out their pitch and changed in nearby huts. It was typical Sunday League soccer.
 
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A year later, as 1879 wound to its wintry conclusion, the club - flushed with their early success and keen to recruit the many non-churchgoers who wanted to play for them - took a step into the wider world by discarding their old title and adopting the name of the district where their church was situated, Everton. And so just a few days before Christmas, on 23 December 1879, Everton Football Club played its first match against St Peter's. Auspiciously, Everton won by six goals to nil and so began a sequence of events that was to lead to glory and fame which would spread well beyond the confines of Stanley Park and Liverpool. There were no reports of that game in the local press. Instead, the papers concentrated on a dangerous mutiny that was sweeping across India, and just a few days after that first match the Tay Bridge tragically collapsed, killing 75 people.
The names of the players in Everton's first-ever team will probably always remain unknown, but those who took part in the second match, another victory over St Peter's four weeks later, were W. Jones, T. Evans, J. Douglas, C. Hiles, S. Chalk (captain), R. W. Morris, A. White, F. Brettle, A. Wade, Smith and W. Williams. Fifty years on, Arthur Wade still had a link with the club as a director, while Will Cuff, another youngster playing in some of those early games, later served the club as secretary, director and chairman. During 1880 Everton joined the thriving Lancashire Association and began playing against much tougher competition, with matches as far away as Bolton and Birkenhead. Drawn against Great Lever in the Association's cup, they returned home with a creditable i-i draw, only to be thrashed 8—i in the replay at Stanley Park. But there were victories, principally around Liverpool, where they were fast becoming the most feared side in the city. Only 'Brutal Bootle' (so nicknamed because of their style of play) could offer Everton any serious challenge, and the clashes between the two could guarantee as many as 2,000 turning up in Stanley Park on a Saturday afternoon. It was the problem of such large crowds and the need for an enclosed ground which finally forced Everton to abandon Stanley Park and look for more suitable accommodation for their matches. A meeting was held in March 1882, in the Sandon Hotel, owned by John Houlding, to discuss the matter, where it was decided to rent a field owned by a Mr Cruitt off Priory Road for the following season.
 
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John Houlding had started taking an interest in Everton when they began to use his public house for changing before their matches in Stanley Park and it had quickly become the club's unofficial headquarters. Houlding was a wealthy brewer and a self-made man who had started life working in a brewery before venturing out on his own by purchasing a small public house. Out of the success of that business he financed the purchase of a small brewery and profited comfortably for the remainder of his life. He was also a prominent member of the Working Men's Conservative Association and an Orangeman, and even represented the Everton ward as a Conservative Councillor for many years, finally becoming Lord Mayor of the city in 1897. But, although Houlding was to play a minor role in the early years of Everton Football Club, it was as chairman of Liverpool Football Club years later that he was to achieve greater notoriety. Life at Priory Road began in earnest. A dressing-room and small stand were constructed and the first match, in which a Liverpool representative team drew with Walsall, brought gate receipts amounting to the grand sum of 14 shillings. The club continued to play matches against local teams like the Liverpool Ramblers and Haydock, as well as those from further afield, such as Hartford St John's from Cheshire and Burslem from the Potteries. And in that season, 1883/84, Everton won their first trophy. They had been playing in the Liverpool Cup for a number of seasons without much success. In the previous year Bootle had beaten them in the semifinal, but this time Everton took their revenge with a 5-2 win and went on to defeat Earlestown i-o in the final. It was to be the first of many trophies. Success or no success, by the end of the season Mr Cruitt had grown weary of the noise and crowds that were flocking to Priory Road and Everton were told in no uncertain terms that they had to find another ground for their matches. Their next move would help create one of the greatest football teams of all time and one of the most famous grounds, but it would not be Everton's...

 

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