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The World Cup starts today! So apropos of nothing, here’s the whole of the 1986 final

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Morocco to host Club World Cup

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Morocco will host both the 2013 and 2014 FIFA Club World Cups.

Iran, South Africa and the U.A.E. all withdrew their bids, leaving FIFA to bring the competition to Africa for the first time. The hosting is set to be rubber-stamped in Zurich in December.

The North African nation has a strong soccer tradition, and the national team memorably became the first African nation to win a group in the World Cup Finals, topping England, Portugal and Poland at Mexico '86, before losing to a late Lothar Matthaus goal from eventual finalists West Germany in the next round.

Was Maradona The Right Man For Argentina?

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Argentina yesterday Hammered World Champions Spain 4-1 in Buenoa Aires. This result has of course raised questions on whether the country's football legend Diego Maradona was the right man to coach the national team.

Winning their first game under caretaker coach Sergio Batista resoundingly does question the tactics used by former coach Diego Maradona.

CaughtOffside Q&A With Steve Hodge: Maradona, Clough and the Last Age of Football Innocence

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As the big game draws ever nearer we talk to former Nottingham Forest, Tottenham and Leeds United midfielder Steve Hodge about 1986, Brian Clough and his best ever XI.

So what have you been doing since you hung up your playing boots and what did it feel like when that chapter in your life was over?

England Should Beware Slow Start (and Germany) in Rustenberg

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Whether it is the fear of losing, lack of fitness or early tournament nerves England have consistently struggled to grab all three points in their recent opening matches at International tournaments.

The predictions for the England squad are varied when you compare football opinion, but one is for certain and that's a quick look at the history books shows that since 1986 The Three Lions have only won their opener on two occasions – against Paraguay in 2006 and Tunisia in 1998.

England Should Beware Slow Start (and Germany) in Rustenberg

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Whether it is the fear of losing, lack of fitness or early tournament nerves England have consistently struggled to grab all three points in their recent opening matches at International tournaments.

In fact, a quick look at the history books shows that since 1986 The Three Lions have only won their opener on two occasions – against Paraguay in 2006 and Tunisia in 1998.

A TWISTED HISTORY OF THE WORLD CUP – PART FOUR

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Mexico 1986 – The World Cup's greatest goal ever, the death of Golden Wonder Crisps and Paul Weller's biggest fan. Mexico '86 will be remembered for many things and by many people, but not Peter Reid. As Maradona was scoring the greatest goal of all time, old monkey head clearly had his mind on other [.

Argentina Will Win The World Cup

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Argentinians know that Brazil took 24 years to win their first post-Pele World Cup, and precisely after their own World Cup triumph in Mexico 86', they feel that their time has come again.

The parallels are striking. Maradona is still with the team, albeit in the dugout, and it's very likely he will run onto the pitch during the tournament!

12 Days To Go: Protracted Edition

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We're less than two weeks away from the 2010 World Cup and we here at 'Road to 2010' pause to reflect during a holiday weekend in the USA ...

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And how was that for everyone?

Today, a short edition of the blog as it's Memorial Day in the US and we'd like to get our BBQ on.

A-Z World Cup Superstars – F is for Just Fontaine

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With the World Cup less than 2 months away, we have decided to start the build up early doors with an A to Z list of our favourite players who set the World Cup alight. Some are recent stars, some are relics from the days of black and white TV but all were mustard. The thing is, each week we will be using just stars whose surname was that week's letter, eg: this week it is letter D which gives us loads of Frenchies & oldies.

Messi or Maradona? Pointless debate.

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With three electric performances and eight goals against Valencia, Stuttgart and Real Zaragoza, debate is rife in Spain about whether Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer ever? He's certainly the best I've ever witnessed, but Diego Maradona, Pele and Johann Cruyff were before my time.

A-Z of World Cup Super Stars – E is for Eusabio

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Struggling a bit this week trying to drop some E's into the mix, oioi!! So only got a couple but feel free to add some. To make up for the lack of players, I've put some goal action in here for you, and not may come better than Brazilian Eders efforts at 82. Éder Aleixo de Assis was a star of the brilliant Brazil team that missed out in Spain despite it being one of the finest collection of players ever assembled.

32 For 2010: Denmark

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For some reason, it feels like Denmark has been one of the world's best footballing teams since the dawn of time. The truth of the matter is they've only ever reached three World Cups (two of them being as recent as 1998 and 2002) while their first (in 1986) was where they finally achieved any real prominence on the global stage.

Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi Yet To ‘Reach His Peak’, Brazil Squad Arrives In London and Afellay’s Exit Strategy

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Lionel Messi resumed his preseason training at Barcelona's Ciutat Esportiva gym yesterday and almost instantly drummed up comparisons to Maradona. After examining his condition, Fernando Signorini, the Argentinean physiotherapist who masterminded Diego Maradona's fitness plan at Mexico 86′ (which Argentina won, of course) declared that Messi has yet to reach his peak as a player.

Falling Out Of Love With England

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The last week or so has said a lot about England, the state of the country, its sporting culture and the team that is supposed to represent it on the stage of international football. Apathy levels with the national team, however, are growing to the point at which it may become pertinent to ask the question of what the England national football team is actually for.

Falling Out Of Love With England

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The last week or so has said a lot about England, the state of the country, its sporting culture and the team that is supposed to represent it on the stage of international football. Apathy levels with the national team, however, are growing to the point at which it may become pertinent to ask the question of what the England national football team is actually for.

My Favourite Kit: Denmark 1986, Hummel

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By Jeff Livingstone

Denmark's Morten Olsen in action against Scotland at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

IN amongst the angst I felt re: Bryan Robson's shoulder and Ray Wilkins' general shiteness during the early stages of Mexico '86 was the revelation that was Denmark.

World Cup player to watch - Argentina

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Lionel Messi will celebrate his 23rd birthday during the World Cup, a reminder of how young the Argentinean is to be an established world star. The 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year will be one of the major attractions at this summer's finals, as it seems inconceivable that Messi will miss out as he did in 2006.

Lionel Messi

Should Ronaldo and Messi Be Considered All Time Greats, Even Without International Success?

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There is little doubt that both Ronaldo and Messi have been the best two footballers on the planet the last five years. So, why do many followers of the beautiful game, especially those over the age of 30, myself included, bristle at the "he may be the greatest ever player" comments periodically laid, particularly at Messi's feet?

Can Argentina Win The World Cup?

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It is perhaps one of the most intriguing stories of a World Cup with many intriguing stories. Steered by the unsteady hand of Diego Maradonna, Argentina qualified for the finals by the skin of their teeth but boast some world class players that make them genuine contenders in South Africa this summer.

Messi y La Permanente

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Que es esto? Hay gente que dice que el exito de papa Maradona en el mundial '86 no era por su gran talento o por los jales que se daba antes de los partidos, no señor! El exito siempre era debido a su cabellera y ahora quieren que Messi se haga la permanente para que le traiga los mismos poderes misticos que una vez ayudaron a Maradona volar en Mexico '86.

Videos

La Mano De Tevez

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Estos dias muchos niños que estan aspirando a ser futbolistas no saben mucho sobre la historia del futbol y no hablo de los años '50, me refiero a la historia reciente como los '80s y '90s. Gracias a Dios que tenemos a alguien como Carlitos Tevez, que tomo su tiempo durante el partido entre Manchester United y Manchester City para demostrar a los niños del mundo lo que se sintio ser un Ingles durante el Mundial de Mexico '86 cuando Maradona, con su mano, destrozo su sueño de ganar su primer Mundial en 20 años.

Cafecito con Elizabeth Lambert

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Decía manolo el otro día que sabe quien había declarado que el futbol femenino ni era futbol ni era femenino, tenía toda la razón adentro.
Aguas chamacas! porque parece que el coreano rivera ya reencarno, nomas que en mujer pero sigue aplicando su arte por las canchas de estados unidos.

Copa del Mundo

México y la tanda de penales

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No es nada nuevo para nosotros escuchar que perdimos en tanda de penales. Tampoco es relevante que en las competiciones más importantes se haya perdido bajo esa instancia.

La incapacidad mental de los jugadores mexicanos para guardar la calma en un momento tan crucial nos ha costado mucho.

Los Demoledores: Preben Elkjaer Larsen

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En esta sección incluiremos a jugadores de zona de definición, arietes cuya característica principal es la potencia para reventar esquemas, parados y aparatos defensivos, tal es el caso de Preben Elkjaer Larsen, portentoso danés con todas los atributos de un ariete pero con dribling de extremo, del cuál a veces exageraba provocando la desesperación de compañeros y la rabia de los contrarios, además buscaba picar al espacio para encarrerase y era muy difícil pararlo inclusive a base de hachazos o segadoras.

The Rest

Héroes: Film oficial de la XIII Copa del Mundo, México 1986

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Guionada y dirigida por Tony Maylam y estrenada el 2 de julio de 1987, la película HÉROES (film oficial de la XIII Copa del Mundo) plasma el campeonato logrado por Argentina en México 86, con un Maradona en su cenit profesional.

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Best of the Blogs: January 2013

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If you're a ground-hopping-obsessive-compulsive-disorder type football fan then you might just be interested in taking in five games over two days in beautiful Nottinghamshire.

Is it possible to stop watching the Premier League? James Longhurst investigates.

UEFA U21 - Great Danes spread a little happiness

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The 2-1 comeback win for Denmark against Belarus in Aarhus underlined the importance of the host nation progressing in a tournament.

While it might be too big a leap of faith to credit Danish Football Association chief Allan Hansen's claim that the UEFA U21 tournament "has caught the imagination of the Danish public," - too many of them were enjoying the Pentecost weekend holiday to watch their Under-21s lose to Switzerland - the Denmark v Belarus clash was an 18,000 sell-out, double the crowd of any other game so far.

eBay Watch: Prostars and so much more

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The best in Chelsea Football Club this week, on the biggest online auction site in the world. So, so much good no, great stuff.

Buy me something. Please.

Chelsea Prostars Champions 2004-05
• Fantastic set. Historic set. The kicker?

My first world cup final

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It was 1986. Mum and Dad bought a video recorder, which enabled us to watch Mexican time football after school in England. One of my first memories was waking up and finding a note on my pillow: "England won. Gary Lineker scored a hat-trick" and if that doesn't set you up for the day when you're ten years old, nothing will.

SPAOTP's Advent Calendar: Day 18

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With just one week to go to the big day, we've got something to tax your brain cells over the festive season in the shape of SPAOTP's Big Advent Calendar Crossword!

All you need do is click on the grid below to expand it to it's full size, print it out, then fill it in with the answers that fit the clues we'll be giving you below - just like any normal crossword.

Let's Play Guess Sepp Blatter's Hidden Agenda!

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What is Sepp Blatter's damage? Thierry Henry's handball slowly churns past the media news cycle, we're all delighted by a weekend of derbies and El Clasico's and the world seems right again. And then we get news that Blatter thinks it wasn't Henry's "responsibility to tell the referee [Martin Hansson]" about the handball, less than twenty four hours before telling the world, "there is a lack of discipline and respect in the game by the players because they are cheating.

Algeria Through

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The Desert Foxes (not making this up either) beat Egypt 1-0 with a first half goal from Anthar Yahia of Germany's VfL Bochum. Last appeared in the finals in Mexico 86, where they drew with Northern Ireland but lost to Spain and Brazil.

Video Refs – No Thanks

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The World Cup Final, 1966: England's Geoff Hurst strikes the ball off the underside of the bar. As fast as a bullet, it lands over the line if you are English, and on the line if you are German. The referee looks to the linesman. The linesman looks to the Queen of England sitting in the stands.