football

When UEFA banned English clubs

This day in football history On 2 June 1985, the governing body of European football, UEFA, banned English clubs from participating in European competitions. UEFA enacted the ban in response to the Heysel Stadium disaster four days prior. On 29 May, at the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, …

Rosario Central fans throw dolls on pitch, forcing match to be halted

When football matches turn into horror movies Lots of strange things have been thrown on the pitch during matches this season alone. Toy pigs, dead rats, a severed bull’s head—but the dozens of plastic dolls Rosario Central fans threw on the pitch during their match against Racing might be the creepiest yet. Last week, Rosario Central …

The most magnificent own goal you might ever see

Who hasn’t dreamed of scoring a bicycle kick in a cup match? Even better—from a tight angle, and into the side netting. Adrien Gulfo of Pully Football did just that. Against his own team. Oh well. Strip out the sound and play it for your grandkids, Adrien. Nobody has to know. https://medium.com/media/30dac58b887dae9b646f8b01d0f1c29f/href

When a Scottish international was (briefly) lost at sea

This day in football history On 15 May 1974, Scotland midfielder Jimmy “Jinky” Johnstone had to be rescued by the Coastguard after a prank went wrong. Johnstone and a few teammates were out in the early hours of the morning in Largs, a town on the Firth of Clyde, about 33 miles from Glasgow. They had beaten …

When England’s players gave a Nazi salute

This day in football history On 14 May 1938, England opened their European tour by defeating Germany 6–3 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium before a crowd of 110,000, including several high-ranking Nazi officials. But the match is best remembered for the English players giving a Nazi salute at the start of the match. The salute was an effect …

Dirty Tackle podcast

Football. Culture. Nonsense. This sport takes itself too seriously. Everything from pre-match handshakes to the very name of the game (soccer? football? futbol? calcio?) gets scrutinized and debated. We’re here to pop that balloon and give the beautiful game the podcast that it truly deserves: One that’s childish, nonsensical, and occasionally funny. Hear weird news, …

The Accra Sports Stadium disaster

This day in football history On 9 May 2001, 126 football fans died at the Accra Sports Stadium, making it Africa’s worst ever sports-related disaster. It was one of several such incidents in Africa over a period of less than a month, including similar disasters in South Africa (43 killed on 11 April), the Congo (14 …