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Legends: The greatest managers of all-time - No. 8: Bill Shankly

31 Aug 2012

Players often have the sensational skill and will normally take the plaudits from the press for a major success. However, to have a world class player and a team that is a winning success, you need to have a tactical...
 

Legends: The greatest managers of all-time - No. 9: Guus Hiddink

30 Aug 2012

Players often have the sensational skill and will normally take the plaudits from the press for a major success. However, to have a world class player and a team that is a winning success, you need to have a tactical...
 

Legends: The greatest managers of all-time - No.10: Vicente del Bosque

29 Aug 2012

Players often have the sensational skill and will normally take the plaudits from the press for a major success. However, to have a world class player and a team that is a winning success, you need to have a tactical...
 

Legends: Johan Cruyff

4 Apr 2012

Johan Cruyff, the godfather of the playing style ‘Total Football’. Technical ability, speed, acceleration, dribbling all grace the Ducthman but none of his great qualities compare to his extra-ordinary vision. His ability to find his...
 

Legends: Paolo Maldini

14 Feb 2012

When Channel 4 began broadcasting Football Italia in 1992, many of us fell in love with Italian football. At a time when Serie A was the best league in Europe, we were dazzled by the skill, style and sophistication of the football we...
 

Legends: Gary Lineker

17 Jan 2012

After 16 years of tedious crisp adverts and 12 of even more tedious Match of the Day links, it is easy to forget that Gary Lineker was a great striker. Well he was. In fact, not only was he great, he is England’s greatest striker of...
 

Legends: Garrincha

6 Jan 2012

Whenever “great footballers” are discussed a few Brazilian names will always add flavour to the conversational mix. You can expect to hear about Zico, who was both graceful and disciplined. Socrates, on the other hand, was one of...
 

Legends: Alan Shearer

1 Dec 2011

It's time we all raised one arm to salute Alan Shearer, one of the greatest goalscorers England and the Premier League has ever seen. It's astonishing that a man who scored so many goals only picked up one major team honour throughout...
 

Legends: Ryan Giggs

21 Nov 2011

As the most decorated player in English football history, winning 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League winners’ medals, Ryan Giggs is easily a member of the prestigious collection of the game’s...
 

Legends: Peter Schmeichel

12 Nov 2011

Peter Schmeichel is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, but is the Great Dane Manchester United’s greatest ever keeper? Schmeichel began his career playing for junior team Høje-Gladsaxe, who were...
 

Legends: Bobby Moore

30 Oct 2011

Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore, a name that may not be instantly recognisable to football fans, however change the Robert to Bobby and drop the middle names and he becomes the biggest icon English football has ever known. The late great Bobby...
 

Legends: Dennis Bergkamp

26 Oct 2011

One night in 2005, a handful of Dutch legends gathered for a dinner in an Amsterdam house. As the night wore on, the conversation inevitably turned to ‘who was the greatest Dutch player of all time?’ Instantly, the great...
 

Legends: Zinedine Zidane

23 Oct 2011

Throughout this series, Total Football will be looking at the legends of football. But what constitutes being a legend? In football it can mean a number of things. It can relate to someone who has played the game at the highest...
 

Legends: Patrick Vieira

20 Oct 2011

Patrick Vieira is one of the all time great midfield generals. He had everything. Power, strength, vision, skill - the whole package. Born in Senegal, Vieira moved to France when he was eight years old and he would eventually...
 

Legends: Vinnie Jones

18 Oct 2011

This name may well cause a few sniggers and certainly look significantly out of place in comparison with other names in this section. Yet, legendary status should not be awarded for pure footballing talent alone, a good job really as...
 

Legends: Ferenc Puskas

15 Oct 2011

It was not until Lionel Messi began to realise his true potential that one individual swept away opposition with such ease as Hungary and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas. A player who was of such...
 

Legends: Ronaldo

8 Oct 2011

Pele said in the build up to the World Cup in South Korea and Japan in 2002: “I’m Ronaldo’s number one fan as a Brazilian but you can compare him to me only after he has won the World Cup.” Ronaldo rose to the challenge and...
 

Legends: Zico

1 Oct 2011

Total Football is bringing you a series of features on some of the greatest players to have ever played the beautiful game. From Pele, Diego Maradona, Bobby Moore, Ferenc Puskas, George Best and Michel Platini, to...