game changers

the blackburn precedent

Game Changers: Blackburn Rovers and Jack Walker’s Millions

In 1995, Blackburn Rovers were crowned Premier League champions. That success was financed by industrialist owner Jack Walker, who was in many ways the last of his kind.
Will Magee
the lions of lisbon

Game Changers: Jock Stein's Celtic

From 1965 through 1974, Jock Stein's Celtic were the unquestioned kings of the Scottish game, racking up nine titles without reply – as well as a European Cup and numerous other domestic honours.
Jim Weeks
rangers' golden age

Game Changers: Walter Smith’s Rangers

Under Walter Smith, Rangers came to dominate Scottish football in almost unprecedented fashion. The tables eventually turned, however, and his dynasty took a spectacular fall.
Will Magee
the greatest penalty of all time

Game Changers: Antonin Panenka and Czechoslovakia at Euro ‘76

Czechoslovakia won Euro ‘76 as huge underdogs, defying both the West and the Soviet Union in the process. Meanwhile, with the last kick of the tournament, Antonin Panenka made history.
Will Magee
Euro 2004

Game Changers: Greece's Underdog Victory at Euro 2004

The Greek team of 2004 was full of guys who recognised each other from the many levels before you step out for the senior team, who inhabited the same neighbourhoods and lived the same defeats and triumphs. That summer it all fitted together perfectly.
Toby Sprigings
game changers

Game Changers: Arrigo Sacchi & AC Milan

Arrigo Sacchi led AC Milan to successive European Cups in 1989 and 1990. "I didn't do it because I wanted to write history," he later recalled. "I did it because I wanted to give 90 minutes of joy to people."
Daniel Storey