Friday, July 17, 2009

The Red Devils - in kaleidoscope

Argh, the Red Devils will descend upon our shores shortly, much to the irritation of a huge number of Malaysians, especially the tormented souls of Liverpool fans.

James Wong and Co versus Martin Buchan's buccaneers

Remember him? He scored the winner against South Korea in the 1980 Olympic qualifiers

I remember Buchan's skirmishes with his fellow Scot, Kenny Dalglish and his partnership with Gordon McQueen

Those who grew up in the 70s remember with affection Coppell's tireless runs on the right flank wearing the No 7 jersey, before the days of Kanchelskis, Beckham and Ronaldo

This chap played three matches in Malaysia in 1981

The price tag is still there...

I wonder if a genuine Red Devil my age still has this Shoot! annual. The cover has Butch wearing an adidas jersey, not sure about the club though...

A treasured gift from Kak Lin

A special issue for a football purist, regardless whether he follows Ligue Un, La Liga, Liga Malaysia, the EPL or the Bundesliga

King Eric was born the same year my late parents got married

When former New Straits Times and Malay Mail sports editor Khoo Kay Soon invited me to write an article for NST's Euro mag in 1996...

I came up with an in-depth analysis of Les Bleus' tactical formation in the absence of King Eric and how Aime Jacquet's decision to drop him would affect France's prospects...

and true enough, the French were good, but only for the semi-finals. But in hindsight, Euro96 marked the beginning of a new and exciting era for the Tricolores. I guessed because of this article, Husin Rahman and Chandra Segar Pillai persuaded me to leave Berita Harian and join the Malay Mail, which I did, in September 1996


Haizul Azmi said...

You should watch the movie "Looking for Eric".

Cantona's brilliant in it.


The France team of Euro 96 of Duggary, Zidane, Loko (i think he was in the team) and Lama in goal (wasn't he?) impressed upon me that you don't need a proper striker in international football (they had Guivarc'h playing, remember him)... you just need Zidane :)

Anonymous said...

The strikers of tomorrow.

For the Game. For the World.