How David Beckham Became Football’s First Truly Global Brand
Though many players of the nineties and noughties were at least as iconic as Beckham, and several more talented, ‘Golden Balls’ broke the corporate mould like no other. Here’s how he ceased to be a footballer and became a brand instead.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy Recalls His Favourite Champions League Game
We asked former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy to pick a favourite Champions League encounter from his illustrious career.
Gary Lineker at Barcelona: When Leicester’s Favourite Son Went Overseas
Having made his name with Leicester and Everton, the mid eighties saw Gary Lineker snapped up by ‘El Tel’ at Barca. Together, they would stir a slumbering Catalan giant, and restore glory to the club once more.
Total Footballer, Total Rebel: Johan Cruyff and The Resurgence of Catalonian Pride
Several months on from the passing of one of the game's greatest icons, Shirsho Dasgupta examines how Johan Cruyff's upbringing in sixties Amsterdam prepared him for hero status among the Catalan people.