July 25, 2021

Which football coaches have weathered the tough divisions of the derby?

“The appointment of former Liverpool manager Rafa Benítez at Everton was a surprise. Is there a more surprising example of a coach who filled a severe gap in the derby (perhaps directly)? “ George Jones asks.

Andy Grace is a Southampton fan who never forgets. “Benítez, once from Liverpool now from Everton? Not even close. Derbies are not much sharper than those on the south coast. Harry Redknapp goes directly From Portsmouth to Southampton and back to (his spiritual home) Portsmouth is definitely taking a beating. “

Chris Richardson highlights West Midlands. Ron Saunders led Aston Villa to their first (and most recent) first division title in 71 years during the 1980-81 season. After leading Villa to the European Cup quarter-finals the following year, he resigned due to a contract dispute and moved 3.5 miles to his archrivals Birmingham City (also in Division I) Birmingham’s first home game after Saunders ‘arrival was a 1-0 loss to Villa, where much of the chant from opposition fans (to the beat of Bread of Heaven) was’ Ron Saunders, Ron Saunders, you should be. [eff]Mad ing ‘. This may have been justified because Saunders assistant Tony Barton won the European Cup with Villa de Saunders’ team, while Birmingham immediately dropped. Birmingham got a promotion the following season, but left them to replace arch rival West Brom, who were also immediately relegated. “

Ron Saunders questions the referee during the 1985 Birmingham vs West Ham game. Foto: Colorsport / Rex / Shutterstock

The North London derby can give us some examples of crossover derby coaches. Mitchell Sandler wrote: “One of the good things is that Terry Neill is a fan of Arsenal.” “Having left Highbury in 1970 to become a player-coach at Hull, it impressed him enough to become Bill Nicholson’s successor at Tottenham in 1974. Perhaps inevitably, after Bertie Mee retired two years later, he was in the league. top of a very short list. when the board looked at Arsenal, they managed to find a replacement and seize the opportunity to take over Arsenal’s position. ” Meanwhile, Ed Mortimer introduces George Graham. Former Arsenal player and coach, took over at Tottenham [via Leeds]. It is clear that the Spurs have even won some trophies, although technically that is where the trophies won obviously cannot be counted by the responsible Junior. Oh, act, Ed.

Radomir Anteo managed Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona, ​​but never moved directly between those clubs, and Ernest Mangnal, the glorified mustache, crossed the Manchester derby tie in 1912. He began his 12-year stint at the City after spending nine years at the club. . United, where they twice won the league title and the FA Cup. He didn’t win anything at City.

Qualification to play in multiple national teams

Which player (active or retired) is eligible to play for as many different national teams as possible? Ben Janison asks. “Apart from Alfredo Di Stefano, have any players played for three different national teams (except in situations like USSR / Russia or Yugoslavia / Serbia, etc.)?”

Let’s start with the first part. “Adnan Januzaj qualified to play in six different national teams (Belgium, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey and Croatia), but not England, despite what was said at the time,” says Jerry Higgins, raising his bar so high that could. I need someone extraordinary to beat it.

“Rio Mafuba was born on a raft of refugees and qualified to receive them all,” wrote Steve Hyde, at the perfect time. Mafuba was born in international waters off the coast of West Africa while fleeing the civil war in Angola on his way to France, where he settled and won 13 international matches. glaucoma After turning down the opportunity to play for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While it may be true that Mafuba could, in theory, represent any country, FIFA’s eligibility rules state that a stateless person must have lived in the country they hope to represent for at least five years and demonstrate that moving to the territory of the association was not With the purpose of participating for their representative teams. Therefore, in practice, a stateless person does not qualify for any state until they have settled somewhere for a long time. “

As for the second component, Milton contributed a goal that was almost missed by Daniel Alberto Bryulovsky, who played for Uruguay Under-20, unofficial matches for Argentina and then 18 times for Israel, scoring three goals. But David Walker has another famous striker for Di Stefano’s match: “Laszlo Kubala, the famous Barcelona striker, played for Czechoslovakia, his native Hungary and Spain. Like Stefano, despite playing for three different countries, he never appeared in the final stages of a World Cup or European Championship.Both players were included in Spain’s squad for the 1962 World Cup in Chile, but neither player due to injury. two appeared in a match.

Laszlo Kupala played for Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Spain.
Laszlo Kupala played for Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Spain. Photo: – / Environmental Protection Agency

Win big with a nation you’ve never played soccer in.

“Despite winning Euro 2020 with Italy, Marco Verratti has never played a Serie A match. Has anyone else won a major international tournament with their national team even though they have never played a top flight match in this country?” Dan Almond asks.

“This happened the day before with a player shorter than Verratti,” wrote Thomas Wendt, clearly building something. “An unknown player named Lionel Messi won the Copa América, despite not playing a club game in Argentina. Also on the same team was Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez, who never played a first division game in Argentina, having signed with Arsenal as a young player.

“Paul Pogba never played in France, but he won the World Cup with them. He was signed by Manchester United from La Havre as a player for the youth team. Antoine Griezmann shared the same glory even though he never played a big game in France. He was signed by the Royal Society (from Macon in the French sixth class) when he was 14 years old.

Knowledge Archive

“I’ve been wondering for a while what I should call a potential son to give him the best chance to succeed in professional soccer,” he added. Nick Pepper wrote, August 2010. “So my question is what is the most successful name and title in football in terms of titles and titles won?”

“While I am inclined to say that for the English at least Robert, short for Bob (for), should top the list (having had World Cup success with Charlton and Moore, and exceptional management feats for Paisley and Robson) , there is no proof of that, wrote Robert D. Marriott. “The most successful English player in terms of titles won is Phil Neal, who has accumulated four European Cups, one European Cup, eight League titles, four League Cups, one European Super Cup and five Charity Shields, and one, the Sherpa Van Cup. [while managing Bolton]. The runner-up medals have no end. Besides that, his nickname can also be used, so I hope that Philip George Neal Pepper will play for England in about 20 years.

Can you help?

“We all know footballers who played cricket, but which one of them participated in the Olympics?” Harvey asks perhaps, what it probably means in other sports.

“With Rogelio Funes Mori making his debut in Mexico this week, does that make him and his brother Ramiro the first identical twins to play for different national teams?” Logan Casey asks.

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