Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sparky’s spotlight: Shaka Hislop

Goalkeeping can be a lonely business; for most of that ninety minutes while your fellow teammate’s muscles strain to cover every blade of grass, pressing the opposition and fighting for possession, you stand focused, hands in your clammy gloves waiting for that moment to shine. It takes someone of great character to stay poised when your contribution can sometimes be so small.

It can however be an even desolate existence when you and your gloves don’t even make it off the bench. When you get the call you really have to seize the moment, none more relevant to the Hackney-born goalkeeper who has for much of his professional career had to wait to show his worth whether it be pulling on the colours of his club or the red, black and white of his country.

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History of Football: Winners of the World Cup 2002

World, Cup, 2002, Brazil, Germany,

Oliver Kahn, regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers to grace the modern game, draws an imposing figure at six foot, two inches and with an almost innate ability to stifle the persistent endeavours of the most talented strikers he can be a frustration for any manager whose team have had the disgruntled pleasure to face him. His performances in the 2002 World Cup for Germany en route to the final looked to be rewarding the Lev Yashin goalkeeper of the tournament with the international silverware he so dearly craved to accompany the numerous honours won at club level.

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History of Football: FA Cup final 1985

FA, Cup, Final, 1985, Manchester, United, Everton

With much of the talk of a 1984-85 season dominated about the growing violent behaviour on the terraces, on the pitch, Everton were drawing the plaudits as the FA Cup became the only trophy that stood in the way for Howard Kendall and his impressive team to secure a historic treble.

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