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Month: April 2021

Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Complete head-to-head record
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Complete head-to-head record

Thomas Tuchel has done a pretty sparkling job as Chelsea manager so far, most people would agree.The German led a Premier League resurgence after things had gone a bit south under Frank Lampard, and he even reached the final of the FA Cup in his first half-season in charge. That didn't work out as planned but he did win the ultimate prize in European football - the Champions League.Tuchel saw off the mighty Real Madrid, then managed by Zinedine Zidane, en route to winning the trophy, maintaining what is currently an unbeaten record for the Blues against Los Blancos in continental competition.They will duel again in the quarter-finals of the 2021/22 Champions League, so here's a rundown of their meetings to date.The two sides walk out for the European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1971 / Keyst...
Eric Cantona ‘wishes he’d have kicked Crystal Palace fan harder’
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Eric Cantona ‘wishes he’d have kicked Crystal Palace fan harder’

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona only has one regret about the infamous ‘kung fu’ incident on 25 January 1995 when he leapt into the stands at Selhurst Park to kick an abusive Crystal Palace fan - he wishes he had kicked him 'even harder'.The flashpoint came as Cantona was being shown a red card after finally losing his temper with the close attention of Palace defender Richard Shaw and lashing out at his marker. Palace fan Matthew Simmonds had then run down 11 rows to front of the stand to hurl obscenities at Cantona.The Frenchman, who had been the catalyst for United winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 1992/93 and 1993/94 and on course for a third, jumped over the hoardings at Simmonds, connecting with a high kick, as well as landing some punches.Cantona was immediately s...
90min’s football films Academy Awards
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90min’s football films Academy Awards

It's Oscar season baby! Wooo!Ok, maybe that 'wooo' was a bit forced because, truth is, it's not exactly a vintage year for the Academy Awards. Dune? Basically half a film.West Side Story? A better version was released 50 years ago.The rest? Well, there's a classic in the form of Licorice Pizza to be fair, a nice-but-forgettable film in the form of Belfast, a three hour film that did-not-need-to-be-three-hours-long in Drive My Car. And the others are fine. We guess. So, with all of this in mind, we at 90min decided to make our own 2022 Academy Awards for films that we've actually like. And of course, these films are all about football. [embedded content]The Damned United - Peter MorganThe story of Brian Clough's tumultuous time at Leeds United was detailed (somewhat accurately...) in a boo...
The 16 countries that have qualified for Women’s Euro 2022
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The 16 countries that have qualified for Women’s Euro 2022

All 16 qualifiers for Euro 2022 in England have now been decided.The competition was originally supposed to take place in 2021, but the knock-on effect from the coronavirus pandemic saw it pushed back by 12 months and re-branded to mark the new year. It is almost the exact line-up as in 2017 - 14 of the 16 countries are the same - with Scotland and Portugal replaced by Finland and plucky Northern Ireland.Here, 90min breaks down everything you need to know about each side, detailing their routes through to the tournament.England are hoping to improve on three consecutive semi-finals since 2015 / Marcio Machado/Getty ImagesHow they qualified: HostsPrevious best: Runners-up (1984, 2009)England go into this tournament on home soil with high expectations of winning their first major internatio...
The best FA Cup semi finals of all time – ranked
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The best FA Cup semi finals of all time – ranked

You can gush over competitions like the Champions League all you like, but the FA Cup will always have a special place in the heart of most football fans.Over the years we've been treated to some absolutely incredible FA Cup ties and the semi-final stage in particular has thrown up some classics.With teams just one win away from securing their place at the showpiece event of the world's oldest football competition, the drama and passion on display is at a level you've possibly never seen before.Here's 90min's ranking of the ten greatest FA Cup semi-finals of all time, all the way down to the best of them all...[embedded content]Coventry vs Leeds may not be a fixture that jumps off the page as a classic but their meeting back in 1987 was exactly that.David Rennie handed Leeds the lead at H...
The best WSL goals ever – ranked
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The best WSL goals ever – ranked

During its opening decade, the Women's Super League treated us to a number of spectacular goals. Whether you prefer solo efforts, cheeky chips or long-range rockets, the WSL has been kind to goal lovers of all stripes. With so many strikes to choose from, narrowing down a top ten is not an easy task. Here at 90min though, we love a challenge almost as much as we love a worldie. So without further ado, here they are - the top 10 best goals in WSL history. So far, anyway...[embedded content]When painstakingly precise free kick routines do not come off you tend to look stupid - very stupid in fact. However, on the rare occasions that practice makes perfect they can be a thing of beauty. Ellen White proved this in 2015, finishing off this deceptive routine with a tidy finish against former cl...
Northern Ireland qualify for Women’s Euro 2022 with 2-0 win over Ukraine
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Northern Ireland qualify for Women’s Euro 2022 with 2-0 win over Ukraine

Northern Ireland booked their place at Women's Euro 2022 on Tuesday night by securing a 2-0 win over Ukraine.Going into the game, Kenny Shiels' side only required a draw on the night after they won 2-1 in the first leg thanks to goals from Rachel Furness and Simone Magill.It is the first major tournament the team have qualified for / Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesThey nearly took the lead inside six minutes when goalkeeper Kateryna Samson flapped at a corner, but Laura Rafferty narrowly poked wide. Magill then forced Samson into a fairly routine save just before the half hour mark. Ukraine struggled to carve out many chances with the scores level at 0-0 going into the break.Early in the second half, Northern Ireland would find the breakthrough with Cliftonville's Marissa Callaghan showing...
The best looking stadiums in world football – ranked
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The best looking stadiums in world football – ranked

Football stadiums come in all shapes and sizes, so how do we go about deciding which ones are the best looking? Many factors need to be considered: the scenery, the stands, the ambience and that most elusive of characteristics, a wow factor.Below are 30 stadiums that satisfy these criteria, ranked in order of their beauty. Enjoy. The Mané Garrincha was opened in 1974 / SERGIO LIMA/Getty ImagesNamed after the legendary Brazilian, the Mane Garrincha is a real gladiatorial arena.Seemingly held together by a series of concrete matchsticks, it is architecturally fascinating.We like it, okay / Heritage Images/Getty ImagesLocated at five minute walk from the train station, Fratton Park is a wonderfully old school English football ground.Two stands even back onto terraced streets and, for many ye...