The principle of sport in football – a phenomenon quite relative, as anyone and would never seriously compare the clubs who have radically different budgets. Especially in recent years, it proves the story “Manchester city and Paris Saint-Germain”, which is the money their rich owners opened the way not just for the top national Championships, but in a cohort of the best clubs of the continent.
However, occasionally in soccer do occur exceptions. History is replete with teams that surprised everyone, but whose star afterwards went pretty fast… this Happened due to the fact that the best players in the corny lured the “powers that be”.
Many believe that the top clubs and the top clubs is the Foundation of modern football. From the marketing point of view this does not arise the slightest doubt, but from the point of view of adrenaline, emotions and expectations of the unpredictability of the tournaments, where it would be useful to competitive teams as possible. For example, such as those about which we will tell today…
AJAX of the 70’s
The Amsterdam club has long been known for their fantastic youth academies, which gives “Ajax” regular makeup top frames. In the early 70-ies of the last century, the Dutch team managed to reach phenomenal heights – three times in a row to win the European Cup, which is the predecessor of the current Champions League. In 1971 Ajax in the finals defeated the Greek Panathinaikos (2:0), in 1972 the Italian “inter” (2:0), and in 1973 – one more representative of Italy to face Juventus (1:0). In addition, in 1970, 1972 and 1973, Ajax won the Dutch League, and in 1972 and 1973, the UEFA super Cup.
Fantastic success has led to the fact that during the three seasons Ajax have left a number of the team leaders. First in 1973 left who later became the legendary Johan Cruyff, whose 1.8 million pounds was signed by Barcelona. A year later, the Catalans took to himself another top player of “Ajax” Johan Neeskens, and in 1975-m have left the team three important players — johnny REP in Valencia, Horst Blankenburg at Hamburg and Ari Hahn to Anderlecht, then in Amsterdam, in fact, had to start to build a new team…
In the mid-late 80-ies of Johan Cruyff, finishing his football career, made the decision to coach, beginning his path in native Ajax. In the end, the Amsterdam team in 1987 won the Cup winners ‘ Cup, having won in the ending “the locomotive” from Leipzig with the score 1:0. In the composition “Ajax” was allocated three players that summer changed clubs – Marco van Basten’s £ 1 million moved to Milan, Frank Rijkaard 2 million in Lisbon “sporting”, and Sonny Force went to Paris “racing”.
A year later, in 1988, left Ajax and Johan Cruyff, who, as once in agricul when he went to Barcelona, where for eight seasons he won four titles of champion of Spain and one European Cup.
In the early 90-ies of the “Marseille” has twice won the title of champion of France, but the main achievement of the team, led by Raymond Gutelzon, was the victory in 1993 in the Champions League. Two years before the triumph of the “blue and white” reached the final of the European Cup, where they lost the Yugoslav “Tsrvena zvezde” in a penalty series. But the conclusions were, and in 1993, “Marseille” has not left the field defeated, making those “Milan” (1:0).
Successful the game has led to the fact that for two years from the Marseille left seven key players: Alain Bokshich purchased “Lazio”, Marcel Desailly, Milan, Franck sauzee – Atalanta, of Abedi Pele Olympique Lyonnais, Didier Deschamps – Juventus, Rudi Feller – Bayer and Bazil Pain – “Rangers”.
Crvena Zvezda 90s
In the late 80’s and early 90’s “Crvena Zvezda” was non-replaceable champion strong enough at the time of the championship of Yugoslavia, and in 1991, as mentioned above, have achieved a sensational victory in the European Cup, defeating in the final of Marseille. Subsequently, the “red Star” has lost “Manchester United” (0:1) in the match for the UEFA super Cup, but won the Intercontinental Cup, beating Chilean “Colo-Colo” (3:0).
The team lyubko Petrovich pretty quickly “sold out” in all directions. The trainer went to Spain to work with Espanyol, it is not surprising that his players have chosen other options for a career: Robert prosinecki went to real Madrid, Dejan Savicevic – Milan, Vladimir Jugovic in Sampdoria, Darko Panchev – in “inter”, Miodrag Belodedici in Valencia, and Sinisa Mihajlovic in Roma.
In the 90-ies of the last century, concluding a sponsorship agreement with the famous Italian dairy producer Parmalat, Palmeiras was one of the most financially powerful clubs in Brazil. It helped the team win two national championship in a row in 1993 and 1994.
A scattering of talent, which grew up in the “Palmeiras”, was quickly appreciated by the scouts of foreign clubs, so very quickly the green-whites began to receive tempting offers. In the end, from 1994 to 1997, Palmeiras left seven players subsequently gained significant popularity outside their native country. It’s about Mazinho (left Palmeiras in Valencia), Signo (“Yokohama”), César Sampaio (“Yokohama”), Roberto Carlos (inter), Antonio Carlos Zago (“Kashiwa Reysol”), Rivaldo, Flavio conceição and Jasmine (all moved to Deportivo in 1996-1997).
His last to the present time victory in the Champions League, Ajax has produced a good quarter century ago – in 1995. And if last season, many were impressed with the Amsterdam players that were able to get into the Champions League semi-final 25 years ago, “Ajax” in the playoffs eliminated from the road “Hajduk” and “Bavaria”, and in the final match out “Milan” (1:0) through a goal of Patrick Kluivert.
In addition, the “Ajax” for three consecutive seasons (1993/94, 1994/95 and 1995/96) became the champion of the Netherlands, and also won in 1995, UEFA super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup, beating “Zaragoza” and Gremio respectively. It is not surprising that the demand for the players of the “Ajax” was unusually high, which led to the departures of Clarence Seedorf to Sampdoria, Finidi George in Betis, Nwankwo Kanu in inter, Michael Reiziger, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert to Milan, and Marc Overmars to Arsenal.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 90s
In 1995 Borussia Dortmund for the first time in the previous 32 years got the title of champion of Germany. The triumph of the “black and yellow” gave Ottmar Hitzfeld, who led Dortmund through the season to defend the title, and in 1997 he won the Champions League, sealing in the final Juventus (3:1) Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, Christian Vieri, Alessandro Del Piero and other stars in the squad.
After the triumph of Ottmar Hitzfeld left the post of the head coach, going to the athletic Director, and Dortmund staged a major garage sale. In particular, Karl-Heinz Riedle moved to Liverpool, Paulo Sousa in “inter”, Paul Lambert – in Celtic, Joerg Heinrich – Fiorentina, Steffen Freund – Tottenham and Stefan Klos in the Rangers.
DYNAMO KYIV 90s
In the 90-ies of the Kiev “Dynamo” was a real hegemon in the domestic arena, having produced seven titles of the champion of Ukraine of the eight possible. Someone might find it surprising, but not having strong opponents in the domestic League, Valery Lobanovsky managed to create a formidable team that in 1999 was close to reach the final of the Champions League. All those years in the framework of the tournament “Dynamo” successfully resisted “real”, “Barcelona”, “Arsenal” and some other giants of European football. Was close to the “white-blue” and to overcome Bayern, but in the end, fatal was the home draw with Bayern 3:3, although in the course of events on the field the score should have been much more convincing for the Dynamo.
The real stars of the teams were Andriy Shevchenko and Serhiy Rebrov. First in the summer of 1999 for $ 25 million went to Milan, the second a year later left for Tottenham. In addition to them, not to mention the departure of Oleg Luzhny to Arsenal and Kakhaber Kaladze in Milan. There was talk of interest in other leaders of the white-blue team (shovkovskyi, the Belkevich, and Vashchuk, Holovko, Kosovo), but they remained in the ranks of “Dynamo”, which recently edition of FourFourTwo have included in the top 10 what is missing football from the 90’s.
In 2000, Lazio under the guidance of Swede Sven-göran Eriksson a sensationally claimed their second victory in the championship of Italy. That season was perhaps the best in the history of the eagles, which added to the “gold” of the championship victory in the Cup and the Supercup of Italy, and in 1999 won the Cup winners ‘ Cup and UEFA super Cup.
Over the next three years, European giants and is simply more economically powerful clubs like to be “pinched” part of “Lazio”, the result of which he was only able to dream of trophies. The first “swallow” in 2000 were the departures from the eagles ‘ Alain Bokshich in Middlesbrough, Sergio Conceicao and Matias Almeida in “Parma”. After a year Lazio left Juan Sebastian Veron (“Manchester United”), Pavel Nedved and Marcelo Salas (both Juventus) and in 2002 in “Milan” has moved stunningly promising centre-back Alessandro Nesta…
At the beginning and the middle “zero” the strongest club of Portugal was Porto, which is more often won in the domestic arena. However, the interest in this would be small, if in 2004 the dragons sensationally wouldn’t win the Champions League. In the final the team, led by Jose Mourinho, beat cute Monaco (3:0) a young coach Didier Deschamps. By this victory the “Port” then added the winning of the Intercontinental Cup, in a dispute over who had won the penalty shoot-out Columbia “once Caldas”.
After those victories, Jose Mourinho made the decision to work with Chelsea, getting yourself in England the status of “Special”, and among players of “Porto” left Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira, who followed Mourinho to Chelsea and Deco (Barcelona), Derlei (Dinamo Moscow), Carlos Alberto (Corinthians) and Pedro Mendes (Tottenham).
The last decade also gave football a lot of good teams, “second echelon”, which are then literally dismantled for parts moneybags. This, of course, and Monaco, and still the same, “Ajax”, and partially “Lester”, but they’ll be time to talk later, when they are due to successful careers of their ex-players will have a few “bronze” in the history of…