Welcome to a new weekly feature on 5WFootball, where we will look at some of the best crests in football. When you think of past teams, the first thought may well be the players, but secondary, the thought turns to the identity: the kit, the crest, the stadium, the fans. The emblem, like many elements in football, is rather cliché like – yes, some look nice, but nobody really knows what they mean. They are the symbol for the passion shared between fans and teams. This weekly feature celebrates the best, from all over the world. Welcome to week 1: Sampdoria.
£4.5m. What would that get you in the upcoming January transfer window? A 34-year-old full-back who has made just one substitute appearance all season at West Ham? A goalkeeper you’ve never heard of from the Greek league? Well, obviously inflation is huge, but even in 1996, Gianfranco Zola was a bargain for Chelsea. In fact, in that year, the Stamford Bridge club could have bought, for example, one third of Alan Shearer, or three quarters of Nicky Barmby. He was a bargain of epic proportions and had a memorable career.
By Andrew Misra
Seventeen is not a number that many players will rush to have assigned to them. Indeed, you may find yourself scratching your head and racking your brains to even think of elite players who have adorned the number. Perhaps Pedro at Barcelona, or his former teammate Alexis Sanchez in his first two seasons at The Gunners.
Loyal fans of Juventus, however, are the exception. Arguably their most cherished foreign player wore the number 17 shirt with distinction for eleven seasons. That player is David Trezeguet. Continue reading “Advent Day 17 – David Trezeguet, ‘Trezegol’”
Paul Gascoigne’s transfer to Lazio in the early 1990s brought the Roman club to the immediate attention of football fans, not just in the UK but all over Europe. While Gazza had a spell in the Eternal City, never really showcasing his talent, there was one teammate who outshone him at the Stadio Olimpico. That man was the explosive Italian pocket rocket Giuseppe “Beppe” Signori.
By Jack Perry
Pavel Nedved won the Ballon D’or. Pavel Nedved had the most glorious, thick, flowing blonde bob football has ever seen. When was the last time he was mentioned in a pub debate? Not recently enough is the answer.
Appearances may not directly impact a player’s ability but they can certainly dictate how a performance is received. Maroune Fellaini rarely escapes an underwhelming performance without criticism, partly no doubt, due to the fact his mistakes will never be attributed to another 6ft 5ins centre midfielder sporting an afro – perhaps this is the real motivation behind his recent trim. Similarly, when Nedved collected the ball, twisted and turned before firing an obscenely clean strike into the top corner, his blonde locks would bounce delicately and unmistakably behind him. However, when struggling, the Czech midfielder suffered the wrath of the Italian press who produced such inventive headlines along the lines of ‘All hair, no skill’ during difficult spells. Though he never shied from spotlight that was fixed on him whenever the ball was at feet. There was never a moment’s doubt as to who had effortlessly glided past another defender and played a cutting a final ball – it was the man with floating blonde curls. He could not easily fade into a sea of 22 men nor would he ever have wanted to. Nedved sought out the action and grabbed games by the scruff of the neck whenever necessary.
“Zanetti is better than all of us put together.” These are the words of Diego Maradona and it’s hard to argue.
By Lewis Steele
“There are great players and there are world-class players. Then there are those who manage to go beyond that term. Paolo is the perfect example. He is the symbol of Milan” – Alessandro Del Piero, one of the most decorated icons of calcio history described the great Paolo Maldini as one to fit the bracket above world class.