Le chef d'oeuvre de Florian MAURICE

La scène prend place le 10 avril 1996 au Stade de Gerland. L'Olympique Lyonnais reçoit le promu Guigampais. L'OL a perdu de sa superbe, l'après Jean TIGANA est dur à gérer et les rhodaniens sont onzième du classement, très loin de leur rang de vice-champion en titre. Leur saison va se jouer dans quelques semaines au Parc des Princes pour la finale de la coupe de la ligue mais en attendant il faut s'occuper des affaires courantes et gérer au mieux cette rencontre à domicile pour le compte de la 34ème journée. Si la saison fut morne en championnat, il y a une grande satisfaction pour les supporters la confirmation de tout le talent montré par Florian Maurice lors de l'exercice précédent. Avec 15 réalisations à la veille du match, Flo MAURICE est en seconde position du classement des buteurs, à trois unités du bastiais Drobjnak. Et pour son seizième but de la saison, Maurice va réaliser un geste incroyable. A la 19ème minute, sur un centre ras de terre de son copain Florent Laville, Maurice réalise une talonnade incroyable, qu'on ne peut définitivement pas appelé une Madjer. Sa talonnade est bien plus difficile à réaliser que l'ex-joueur de Porto. En effet, Maurice prend le ballon du talon alors que celui-ci est à terre et en effectuant son geste, il y ajoute une incroyable souplesse de sa cheville, qui lui permet de faire une pichenette et lever le ballon par dessus le portier breton (Angelo Hugues) sortit à sa rencontre. L'ex capitaine du PSG, Raï a déjà inscrit des buts de la sorte mais sur des centres où le ballon n'étais pas au sol et en l'air. Le spécialiste de ces buts du talon, l'argentin Hernan Crespo, lui se contentait de simple déviation (déjà un geste très difficile à réaliser) comme je l'avais déjà évoqué dans ce sujet : La spéciale d'Hernan Crespo. Mais selon moi, le geste de Florian Maurice est plus difficile à réaliser, de toute façon assez parlé de ce but, je vous laisse le découvrir ou re-découvrir en vidéo :

The day when Nery PUMPIDO lost his finger

The 7th July of 1987 during a River Plate's practice session, Nery PUMPIDO (Argentine goalkeeper and World Cup winner with Argentina the year before) under the direction of trainer Luis Maria Bonnini, was performing a simple exercise: jumping under the crossbar and touching it with both hands. In one of the jumps his wedding ring was caught in one of the hooks that holds the net. Pumpido was left hanging from the ring, until his ring finger was separated from his hand. The player fell to the floor and passed out from the pain. After going to a nearby hospital he was moved to Mitre Hospital, which has the best facilities for microsurgery in Buenos Aires. Doctor Enrique Penner, considered one of the best specialists in this topic, worked during four and a half hours trying to reattach the finger. The surgery, which ended after midnight, was considered a success, but the doctors warned that there must be a wait of at least one week, to follow up on how the skin reacts and the extent of the damage due to the hours the finger was separated from the hand without blood flow. The day after in the newspaper “Pumpido’s chances of playing again are good, though the doctors warn of a reduction of sensitivity and mobility in the hand.” And it was true. Pumpido continue his career with River Plate some weeks after this curious accident then he moved in Spain and player for Real Betis. Meanwhile he continued to be Argentine's national goalkeeper until the 1990 World Cup. During this World Cup in Italy, Nery Pumpido broke his leg in the eleventh minute of Argentina's second game against the USSR. He was replaced by substitute Sergio Goycochea (also his understudy at River Plate), who had not played a game in eight months. Ironically, Goycochea eventually became key to Argentina's run to the Final, saving penalty shoot-out kicks in the quarter final win over Yugoslavia and the semi-final victory over hosts Italy. But this is another story....

L'affaire BERETA


Au sortir de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le football professionnel français est réformé et dispose notamment du "contrat à vie" qui lie un joueur à son club jusqu'à ses trente-cinq ans, âge qui correspond d'une manière générale à la fin de carrière. En 1963, une contestation des joueurs menée par Just Fontaine sont les prémices qui aboutissent en 1969 à la mise en place des "contrats à temps" qui s'apparentent à des CDD et permettent au joueur une fois le contrat expiré de choisir de prolonger ou de quitter le club sans l'accord du président, unique décideur jusqu'alors. Lors de la saison 1972-1973, les présidents de club décident sans compromis de revenir au "contrat à vie" et cela conduit à une grève des joueurs en décembre 1972. Cette liberté de choix amène à des transferts de joueur de Saint-Étienne vers Marseille, les deux clubs phares du football français lors des années 1970. Ces transferts interviennent en fin de saison comme Bernard Bosquier ou Salif Keita ou en milieu de saison comme Georges Bereta. Les mœurs du grand public envers les transferts sont réticents et ces départs sont considérés, au mieux, de manière incompréhensive, ou au pire, comme des trahisons. La presse sportive entretient ces affaires en en faisant les unes de ces titres. L'affaire Bereta désigne l'ensemble des faits entourant le transfert de Georges Bereta de l'AS Saint-Étienne vers l'Olympique de Marseille. 

Né à Montreynaud, licencié à l’ASSE dès onze ans, il a remporté la Gambardella chez les jeunes et joue avec les pros à partir de ses vingt ans. Depuis, il règne sur son aile gauche, fait parler la puissance de son pied (gauche, monstrueux), accumule les succès et les titres et fait lever le public de Geoffroy-Guichard. L‘apothéose? En novembre dernier, son penalty tiré en force au centre de la cage aide à faire capituler Hadjuk Split, dans ce qui est peut-être encore aujourd’hui le plus beau match vu au stade. Mais quelques jours plus tard, Roger Rocher ne lui laisse pas le choix: pas de prolongation à l’ASSE. En revanche, il a fignolé avec son homologue marseillais Méric un amour de petit contrat assorti d’une indemnité bienvenue pour le club stéphanois. Bereta cède et signe, à la surprise du grand public, chez le rival. "Le transfert, je ne l’ai pas vu venir. On avait battu Split. Je savais qu’il y avait des propositions de Benfica, Moenchengladbach et surtout le Standard Liège. Mais Rocher a tout refusé". Et puis l’offre marseillaise est rapidement acceptée sans l’avis du joueur. Depuis, il s’est murmuré que le marché du chantier du métro marseillais (Rocher est entrepreneur de travaux publics) avait joué dans la balance. Pour le grand public, et les journalistes de l’époque en sont également fautifs, l’ASSE n’a pas transféré Bereta à Marseille, c’est Bereta qui est parti dans les Bouches-du-Rhône. "Je suis devenu le premier joueur français transféré au mercato". Entre Rocher et lui, c’est fini. "Je ne lui ai plus jamais reparlé ni serré la main. Je suis d’origine polonaise et les Polonais sont revanchards". Mais le plus risible dans cette affaire ce fût le match entre l'Olympique de Marseille et l'OGC Nice qui a suivi ce transfert en décembre 1974. Si Fernand MERIC et Roger ROCHER ont trouvé un accord, la fédération elle n'a encore rien validé et décide de reporter cette rencontre. En colère contre cette décision, le président Marseillais, Fernand MERIC, a demandé à son équipe et au public de se présenter au stade Vélodrome à l'heure du match et a fait constaté par un huissier l'absence de l'équipe niçoise. Dans ce contexte insolite, les Marseillais ont même donné le coup d'envoi et  bien sûr marqué dans le but vide en réalisant une vraie action. Il faut à tout prix voir cette vidéo hallucinante et se poser une vraie question, sans adversaire, l'attaquant qui marque dans le but vide peut-il être sifflé en position de hors-jeu ?  Pour la petite histoire Fernand Sastre en rentrant de Polynésie tapera du poing sur la table et le match se rejouera en mars 1975 avec une victoire de l'OM 4 à 1 et Georges BERETA dans les rangs olympiens. Tout est bien qui finit bien. 

Before their coaching careers : Euro 2016 Managers

On the road to Euro 2016 and especially for Old School Panini's sixth annivesary here it comes all the managers of the next UEFA European Championship before their coaching careers. I found only 19 stickers for the 24 managers it's missing : Leonid SLUTSKY (Russia),  Pavel VRBA (Czech Republic), Ante Čačić (Croatia), Erik HAMREN (Sweden) and Lars LAGERBACK (ISland). For all of this missing stickers, only reason, this five managers never played in high professionel level. For example, in Russia, Slutsky's playing career ended at just 19 years of age. Ante Čačić for Croatia graduated on the Faculty of Physical Education but never played as a professional football player, etc....
Now group by group the stickers of all the managers of Euro 2016 before their coaching careers.

Group A
France : Didier DESCHAMPS
Romania : Anghel IORDANESCU
Albania : Giovanni DE BIASI
Switzerland : Vladimir PETKOVIC
Group B
England : Roy HODGSON
Wales : Chris COLEMAN
Russia : Leonid SLUTSKY
Slovakia : Jan KOZAK
Group C
Germany : Joachim LÖW
Ukraine : Mykhailo FOMENKO
Poland : Adam NAWALKA
Northern Ireland : Michael O'NEILL
Group D
Spain : Vicente DEL BOSQUE (With a mistake in his name's spelling)
Czech Republic : Pavel VRBA
Turkey : Terim FATIH
Croatia : Ante CACIC
Group E
Belgium : Marc WILMOTS
Italy : Antonio CONTE
Ireland : Martin O'NEILL
Sweden : Eril HAMREN
Group F 
Portugal : Fernando SANTOS
Island : Lars LAGERBACK
Austria : Marcel KOLLER
Hungary : Bernd STORCK

Les ratés Panini : Lakhdar BELLOUMI

On continue la série des loupés Panini. Aujourd"hui sur l'album Panini de la coupe d'Afrique des Nations 1996. En ouverture de l'album, une série de vignettes des plus grands joueurs africains de ces dernières années (Roger Milla, Rabah Madjer etc...) et le ballon d'or africain 1981, Lakhdar BELLOUMI. Sauf que si vous suivez OSP régulièrement vous savez qu'on a déjà fait plusieurs sujets sur Belloumi et on a du mal à le reconnaître : 
Et pour cause, le joueur à gauche n'est pas Belloumi mais Abdelhakim SERRAR a fait les beaux jours de l'ES Sétif avec qui il remporte de nombreux titres (Championnat d'Algérie, Coupe d'Algérie) mais surtout la Ligue des Champions de la CAF en 1988. Ses bonnes performances l'amènent à évoluer en équipe nationale avec qui il remporte la CAN 1990 où il sera titulaire en défense centrale lors de la finale face au Nigéria. Voici ci-dessous une photo avec l'ES Sétif (il est en couleur) :
Un grand merci à Toufik Soeraser de DZ Foot pour l'aide sur ce sujet. A ce titre je vous invite à lire ce sujet sur la finale de la CAN 1990 et la victoire des Fennecs grâce à Cherif Oudjani : Un but, un jour : Oudjani contre le Nigéria en 1990. Et voici la couverture de l'album Panini de la CAN 1996

BATISTUTA's last game with Fiorentina


The season 1999-2000 was the last at Fiorentina for Gabriel Batistuta. After the last day of the season at the end of Fiorentina-Venice Batigol anounced that he really wants to leave Florence. His manager, Settimio Aloisio shared this information after the last game and announced, waiting to meet with purple executives to begin to discuss and define the future of the Argentine champion, who with his hat-trick versus Venice and 'joined even more' in the history of the club lilies, beating Kurt Hamrin record (152 goals in Serie a against 151 the Swede) and thus becoming 'the purple player most' prolific of all times. But who is this swedish player ? Kurt Roland HAMRIN is a Swedish retired footballer who played several years in Italy's Serie A, he was known in particular for his incredible dribbling ability with both feet, and for being prolific in front of goal. HAMRIN joined Juventus in 1956 and played 23 games during his single season there. After that one season, he joined Padova on loan, where he scored 20 goals in 30 games. He would only stay there for one season again, however, as he was sold to Fiorentina in 1958, where he stayed until 1967, playing 289 Serie A games and scoring 150 goals. While at Fiorentina, he won the Coppa Italia in 1961 and 1966. He was the highest scorer in Fiorentina in Serie A until the 15th may 2000 and Gabriel Batistuta's last game ! With a hat-trick last day of the season, Batistuta became, with 152 goals, the highest scorer in Fiorentina in Serie A, beating the Swede Kurt Hamrin , who had stopped at an altitude of 151; This performance, which also coincided with his last appearance with the team, earned him a score of 9 by de La Gazzetta dello Sport. After nine years, BATIGOL needed new motivations and moved to AS Roma where he won his only champion title in Italy. With Fiorentina Gabriel Batistuta have played a total of 332 games between leagues and cups scoring a total of 207 goals and stayed in Florence in 1994 when the team played in Serie B in a drama relegation. And now the video of his last game and his historic hat-tric to became the all-time highest scorer in Fiorentina :

Les ratés Panini : Abedi PELÉ

Ce raté Panini n'est pas issu d'un album de la marque Panini mais d'un album portugais de 1992 sur les grandes stars du football mondial : "Estrelas do Futebol Mundial". A la fin de l'album il y a un chapitre sur les vedettes du football africain et Abedi Pelé qui va remporter à la fin de cette année 92, son deuxième ballon d'or africain est logiquement représenté. Mais il y a un souci, le joueur sur la vignette ne lui ressemble pas une seconde et surtout il porte le maillot de... la Cote d'Ivoire. Ce qui rend à mon sens ce loupé impardonnable. En effet confondre deux joueurs cela arrive, on le voit souvent dans cette rubrique mais confondre un joueur ivoirien et la vedette des Blacks Stars du Ghana c'est vraiment pas professionnel. Peut-être que la confusion vient de la finale de la CAN 1992 qui opposait les deux pays et remporté par les éléphants lors d'une séance de tirs aux buts dantesque avec un score de 11 à 10. Voici cette vignette et au fait vous savez qui est le joueur ivoirien sur la photo ? Un indice il a joué la finale de cette CAN 1992 et a même inscrit son tir au but. 
Il s'agit du joueur passé par l'AS Monaco Dominique Sam ABOUO qui portait le numéro 19 lors de cette finale face au Ghana. Voici la fin de cette séance de tir au but et Sam Abouo est le tireur qui va inscrire le 7-6 pour les éléphants
Par contre pas évident de trouver une vignette Panini,  il a évolué en France et en Belgique, essentiellement dans l'antichambre de la première division à chaque fois. La seule que j'ai trouvé est avec Geel en D2 belge lors de la saison 2001-02
Enfin voici la couverture de cet album portugais, au demeurant de très bonne facture.  

UK Football Team - Newcastle United F.C 1984-85

In summer 1982 Keegan joined Newcastle United and spent two seasons there, during which time he was extremely popular with the supporters. He played 78 times, scored 48 goals and helped them to promotion from the Second Division in 1984, within a team which also contained Peter Beardsley, Chris Waddle and Terry McDermott. His contribution to Newcastle's promotion, which ended their six-year absence from the First Division, earned him hero status on Tyneside. The move of a player of his stature to a Second Division Club was unheard of, which caused euphoria on Tyneside. The international superstar's £100,000 move to lowly United from First Division Southampton on the eve of the 1982-83 season was greeted with disbelief, but sparked a surge of excitement and brought full-house crowds to watch Arthur Cox's enthralling side. Keegan, who had done it all in a career with Liverpool and Hamburg before Southampton, relished the challenge that presented itself at Newcastle. While he produced leadership and inspiration in 1982-83, it was only in 1983-84 that the team, with important player additions such .as Peter Beardsley and David McCreery, swept to promotion. Keegan, a scorer on his debut against QPR in 1982, netted 21 times alongside 22-goal Imre Varadi in 82-83, but United fell short of the promotion places, finishing fifth, and 78 appearances, announced his retirement and was awarded an emotional testimonial against his old club Liverpool in May 1984, which ended with his spectacular departure from the pitch in a specially-commissioned helicopter.
In summer 1984 Newcastle United started their first season back in the top flight under the leadership of World Cup winner Jack Charlton after previous manager Arthur Cox left in the close-season due to lack of funds from the board for squad strengthening. Hopes of success were high due to the emergence of local youngsters Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley and later Paul Gascoigne. Chris Waddle would win international recognition during this 1984-85 season before being sold to Spurs. 

Jack Charlton, is the new manager, England 1966 World Cup winner, and lifelong Newcastle fan. Big Jack once declared of United: “There’s only one club in the world I’ll leap off my feet for if they score.” As a manager, he brought the tough, no-nonsense approach of his playing days with him, but he had secured the promotion of second division Middlesbrough, and later Sheffield Wednesday, to the top flight. As the season dawned, there was room for some optimism. Kevin Keegan had gone, but in Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle, the club had two of the finest ever Geordie talents on their books. Three wins on the bounce, against Leicester, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa as the campaign commenced, also gave United a welcome foothold in the tough new environment of the First Division. To be fair to Charlton, it was a season when United were never really in trouble. There were hidings, including an almost perennial 5-0 hammering at Old Trafford, and a crazy see-saw 5-5 draw at QPR, but the Magpies largely resided in mid-table. 

If long-ball tactics and the arrival of giant forwards Tony Cunningham and George Reilly in the second half of the campaign were, quite frankly uninspiring, they served an end as the Toon battled towards top-flight survival. And let’s face it, Charlton wasn’t given wads of cash to throw around. The fees for Reilly, Cunningham and Nottingham Forest midfielder Gary Megson amounted to less than £400,000, at a time when Everton paid Sunderland more than that amount for one player - Paul Bracewell. On the plus side, Big Jack’s team secured a stirring 3-1 victory over Sunderland at a raucous St James’ Park on New Year’s Day, 1985. And then, in mid-April, Charlton gave a supremely talented local teenager his first team debut. Dunston-born Paul Gascoigne came on as a substitute for George Reilly and a star was born. Newcastle United finished in comfortable 14th place while, down the road, Sunderland were relegated. Before watching all the Panini stickers of Newcastle 1984/85's squad here it comes the video of the outsanding and disappointing game versus QPR when Newcastle led 4-0 before the Incredible QPR Comeback finished with a 5-5 draw !

The integral of Gary LINEKER

Lineker began his career at his home town club Leicester City after leaving school in 1977, turning professional in the 1978-79 season and making his senior debut on New Year's Day 1979 in a 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic in the Second Division at Filbert Street. He earned a Second Division title medal a year later with 19 appearances, but played just nine league games in 1980-81 as Leicester went straight back down. However, he became a regular player in 1981-82, scoring 19 goals in all competitions in the 1981–82 season. Leicester's top moment for him is when he finished as the First Division's top goalscorer in 1984–85 with 24 goals. He then moved to League Champions Everton where he developed as a clinical finisher, scoring 30 goals in 41 games. His first team honours came at Barcelona, where he won the Copa del Rey in 1988 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1989. He returned to England in 1989, joining Tottenham Hotspur, and over three seasons he scored 67 goals in 105 games and won the FA Cup. Lineker's final club was Nagoya Grampus Eight and he retired in 1994 after two seasons at the Japanese side. Lineker made his England debut in 1984, earning 80 caps and scoring forty-eight goals. He was top scorer in the 1986 World Cup and received the Golden Boot, the only time an Englishman has achieved this feat. He is also the only player to have won the English golden boot with three different clubs (Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur). Even though he enjoyed a long career, Lineker was never cautioned by a referee for foul play and never received a yellow or red card. As a result of this accomplishment he was honoured in 1990 with the FIFA Fair Play Award. In a senior career which spanned 16 years and 567 competitive games, Lineker scored a total of 282 goals at club level. Added to the 48 goals he scored in internationals, he managed a total of 330 goals. After his retirement from football he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. He later led a consortium that invested in his old club Leicester, saving it from bankruptcy, and was appointed honorary vice-president. Here it comes his career with OSP's stickers for each season. Clik on the pictures for a better quality.
Source : Wikipedia for the short biography

FC Sochaux legend : Bernard GENGHINI

Bernard GENGHINI is a french former football midfielder who started his career at Sochaux. In the 1979-80 season he was the leader of this amazing team of Sochaux who finished at the third place in the domestic league just behind the two giants of the decade Nantes and St-Etienne. The following season, Genghini knew a second fantastic season in a row and Sochaux made a fantastic UEFA campaign where they lost only in semi-final and Genghini scored so many crucial goals all season long. Bernard Genghini became a french international player but there is a major problem. Genghini played as a number 10 like....Michel Platini and Alain Giresse. But the french manager Michel Hidalgo had the solution. For the 1982 world cup the trhee number 10 played together ! That a reason why french loyal fans loved deeply this team because with trhee attacking midfielder, France played so well until the penalty shootouts versus West Germany in a drama semi-final.Revealed to FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, he has the difficult task of succeeding Michel Platini after the 1982 World Cup at St-Etienne. Genghini left Sochaux after 212 games ans 71 goals. But the famous club of the 70's is in major dofficulty and Bernard GENGHINI lost his french international starter rank. Here it comes all the greatest Genghini's goals with Sochaux. It's brilliant :

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