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three more footballers...

Pim Verbeek (1956 - 28 November 2019)
cancer. much traveled Dutch football manager notably w/ Australia @ 2010 World Cup.
Pim Verbeek - Wikipedia
'An amazing human being': tributes flow for former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek

remember Kobi Kuhn (1943 -26 November 2019) from Ireland's
2004 Euros and 2006 WC qualifiers ?
played all his career for FC Zurich and won 63 Suisse caps.
managed Zurich and Suisse U-21 team before taking national job from 2001-08.
took Suisse team to Euro 2004, 2006 WC and Euro 2008.
Köbi Kuhn - Wikipedia

someone i never heard of:
Bruno Nicole (1940 - 26 November 2019)
Bruno Nicolè - Wikipedia
Bruno made his debut in Serie A as a 16 year old for Padova.
he quickly joined Juventus where he won three Scudetti in his
6 years there and played regularly (141 League games / 47 goals)
despite the presence of John Charles, Sivori and Boniperti.
after some injuries he left Juve in 1963 and retired aged only 27.
he won 8 caps (2 goals) between 58-64.
a debut brace against France makes him still the youngest
goalscorer for the Azzurri.
 

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very sad to hear about Poulidor - only just found out.

surely the most popular French cyclist ever he finished 2nd in the
Tour de France 3 times and 3rd 5 times in his 14 starts (also a record at the time).
his poor farming origins in Limousin made him a popular cultural icon for hardcore
cycling people in France who were mostly boggers like he was.

in his final Tour in 1976 he got on the podium by a few seconds after a strong ride
in the final TT aged 40.

despite being nicknamed 'The Eternal Second' he had a great palmares inc. -
the 1964 Vuelta, San Remo, Fleche Wallonne, Paris- Nice x2, Dauphine x2,
Criterium International x5 and 7 Tour stages.
he was at his greatest in the mountains but was also a great TT rider.

his name will be forever linked with Anquetil with whom he had a rivalry has echoes
the Bartali / Coppi of a generation earlier.
who you prefered said things about who you yourself were.
as the underdog he was by far more popular than the aloof, calculating Anquetil.
his career also spanned the Merckx years.

he popularity remained after he retired and Raymond has heavily in demand
for media work inc punditry and many adverts and PR work at the Tour.

Raymond's daughter Corinne married Dutch 80's classics star and cyclocross
great Adri van der Poel and their son is 2019 Amstel Gold winner (among many other wins)
is Mathieu van der Poel.
the three generations were featured in a memorable bike advert which the
side of me which makes me type these things loved.

i knew Poulidor was getting old but i didn't expected this.
apparently he has been in hospital for two months with heart problems.

stay tuned i'll find some good links of him.
Our buddy Poulidor got his due with an obit in the Economist



Obituary: Raymond Poulidor died on November 13th


[General Thumped Note]
Even if you've never heard of the person, the obits in the Economist, are always worth a look.
One per week, on the back page.
They are always exceptional.
 

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Henri Biancheri - Wikipedia
Biancheri won two championships and two cups with Monaco in the early 1960's.
and won two caps for France. he later returned to Monaco as technical director
during Wenger's time as coach.

Francesco Janich - Wikipedia (Italian wiki w/ extra info)
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Battle of Santiago (1962 FIFA World Cup) - Wikipedia

Francesco Janich was a libero who played for Atalanta, Lazio
(winning 1958 Coppa Italia) and from 1961-72 Bologna.
there he won Serie A in 1963-64 winning a play off (only time this ever happened)
against 1964 Euro Champs Inter and the 1970 Coppa.
Franco never scored a goal in his career.
Janich was later sporting director @ Napoli and Bari.
Bologna was a major power in Italian football but the '64 scudetto
was their 7th and last.
Janich won 6 caps for the Azzurri and played one match each in 1962
and 1966 World Cups. both of which are infamous/legendary in WC history.

Chile 2-0 Italy. the Battle of Santiago was his first cap :
famous commentary by David Coleman.

Janich's final cap came @ Middlesbrough in 1966
against North Korea - Pak Do Ik !
key moment in the match was the captain being stretched off.
Giacomo Bulgarelli (also a Bologna Legend) fouls a Korean
player and is injured.
the Italians who have to continue with ten go into a panic.
no substitutions were permitted at the time.
for the record Bulgarelli was 5"10. the Koreans were all little guys.
 
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Janich's final cap came @ Middlesbrough in 1966
against North Korea - Pak Do Ik !
key moment in the match was the captain being stretched off.
Giacomo Bulgarelli (also a Bologna Legend) fouls a Korean
player and is injured.
the Italians who have to continue with ten go into a panic.
no substitutions were permitted at the time.
for the record Bulgarelli was 5"10. the Koreans were all little guys.
Fuckin love the goal celebration for Korea's first goal, another Korean runs in, boots the ball back into the net, and then falls into the net himself, amazing! AND ANOTHER!!
 

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the documentary about North Korea's 1966 campaign is one
of the greatest sports documentaries.
the 66 team even came back to visit Middlesbrough in 2002
a film crew was part of the 1966 North Korean entourage in England
and the footage they shot is superb.
The Game Of Their Lives (2002)
and when you think Italy were European champs in 1968, runners up in the
1970 World Cup and AC Milan (63 and 69) and Inter (64 and 65) were both
European Champs in the decade...

the poor atheist Korean's moved to stay at a Catholic Sanctuary near Liverpool
after they won (they expected the Italian's)
the players impressions of this completely alien environment are interesting.

sadly another Italian player has died of Motor Neuron Disease :
Giovanni Bertini - Wikipedia
 

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Ron Saunders
i thought he was dead for a longtime.

after playing in lower divisions as a striker mostly w/ Portsmouth, Saunders'
first success as a manager was gaining Norwich's first ever promotion
to Division One (aka PL now) in 1972.
after a brief unsuccessful time at Man City he moved to Aston Villa in 1974.
there Saunders led Villa to promotion in 74-75 after eight awful years out of D1.
in the six years he won two League Cups and in 1981 a surprise League title -
Villa's only one since 1910.
with Liverpool suffering an Injury plagued season, Ipswich looked set for
the title particularly after winning at Villa in spring.
but losing 7 of their last 10 matches after a fixture pile up gifted the title to
Villa on the last day of the season.
Villa only used 14 players in the entire 42 matches.
In early 1982 Saunders resigned after falling out with board.
when Villa became European Champions a few months later his assistant
Tony Barton was in charge....

not a guy afraid to upset people (including his own players) he quickly joined
Birmingham City and in 1986 left them for West Brom (both clubs were relegated
that season)
in 1986 he sold Steve Bull and Andy Thompson to arch rivals Wolves for £65,000.
Bull went on to score 250 League goals for Wolves and play for England
(inc.1990 World Cup).
Saunders then left management completely in 1987.
he died on Saturday having long suffered with dementia.
 

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I saw them making a Sesame Street in Washington Sq on the way into work.
I stopped, and decided to fuck work for a bit.

Even when you can see the whole deal, performers, all the set, you still ignore it. You're still looking at the muppets, they are still the stars. My brain did this whole thing where I was semi expecting Abby or Elmo or whatever to go strolling back to the crew for a coffee after they'd got the take.

Sesame Street is so legit, seeing it getting made doesn't change anything.
 

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