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The Munich Air Disaster and the Anglo-German Relations

In Anglo-German Relations on February 12, 2018 at 10:00

Besides the tragedy that has struck Manchester United in Munich in February 1958, there is a chapter that is rarely talked about: The Anglo-German relationship.


Book Review: Wembley 1966 – The Myth in Photos

In Football on October 31, 2017 at 09:00

A book about the World Cup final 1966 at Wembley: A collection of photographs which show the match from various angles.

Finland – England in 2000: Parlour’s 1966 Moment

In Football on October 11, 2017 at 08:00

As England have qualified for Russia 2018, this clip from 2000 shows, although shaky, how England struggled to get to grip with Finland. The game came a few days after England were beaten at the old Wembley by their all time foe Germany, 1-0 thanks to a Didi Hamann free kick. The England keeper David Seaman demanded his team mates to place a wall, which was ignored as the latter thought the ball was too far out to be dangerous. How wrong they were they realized when Hamann stepped up and kicked the ball low and hard. Seaman could not stop it. 1-0. Keegan resigned in the wake of the defeat and Howard Wilkinson took over as careaker manager.

His first game in charge was the trip to Finland. It was here where England had another 1966 moment when Ray Parlour hit the crossbar and the ball bounced down and according to the English players behind the goal line. The referee did not give the goal.

The moment where Parlour hit the crossbar comes at 10:18. The coverage is shaky and it is not clear to see if the ball really bounced behind the line or not.

The magazine Soccer America reported on the match saying that England lacked togetherness and that doom was to descend on England. The article finished by stating

Wilkinson made much of a late strike by Ray Parlour that appeared to bounce down over the goal line but was not given as a goal by French referee Alain Sars. After a period of sustained England pressure, Parlour’s shot from eight yards hit the bar and ricocheted down.

“Clearly the team thought they were denied a victory,” Wilkinson said. The incident was reminiscent of Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany that was given by a Russian linesman. The Sun showed Wilkinson with a telephone and a speech bubble: “Is that FIFA? Give me a Russian linesman,” it said.

The Curse of Wembley struck again and denied England.

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