Part 2 in our World Cup blog series. The focus of this one is remind you of some of the most iconic figures that football has ever seen. We have some fantastic DVDs to go along with the icons and so if you want to know more about the people behind the footballers, make sure to grab a copy. Football fever is taking over the nation and we love it!
If you missed Pt.1 in our blog series - Simply Guide to the World Cup - click here
It’s been over 50 years since that glorious day at the old Wembley. Few remember the details: that Germany went 1-0 in front, that Martin Peters got the equaliser, and that an 89th minute equaliser sent it to extra time. But who cares? Nobody! We won it and so the image of Bobby Moore lifting Jules Rimet with his teammates became immortalised forever. This DVD is the story of the man who is one of the few who can lay claim to being Britain’s greatest sporting hero ever.
“There should be a law against him. He knows what’s happening 20 minutes before everyone else” – Jock Stein
There are those who say that Messi and C.Ronaldo have now entered the conversation alongside Pele, Maradona and Cruyff about who should be seen as the greatest of all time. If you’re in any doubt about how good Pele was, then perhaps you need to give your head a wobble, have a sit down, and then watch this fantastic sports drama to remind yourself of the story behind the legend. The name ‘Pele’ has transcended football for decades and will do for years to come.
“Pele was on the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries” – Andy Warhol
Fans still affectionately sing his name across the nation to the tune of Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky – “When I die and they lay me to rest, I’m gonna go on the p*** with Georgie Best”! It’s hard to believe that there once was a man more universally loved, talented and idolised on these shores than ‘Gazza’ but that’s exactly who George Best was. We all have those friends who will swear by him as the single most talented footballer that they had ever seen, who sadly never hit the heights he was destined for. This DVD highlights the drama that surrounded the rock ‘n roll footballer and why he was such a flawed genius.
“What he had was unique. You can’t coach it. If you go back to the basic qualities, he was exceptional” – Johan Cruyff
“Some people think is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that”. The man who rebuilt Liverpool and laid the groundwork for them to become a European force. He represented the beginning of the ‘Boot Room’ that saw Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Roy Evans carry on what he started. But Shanks was much more than just a football manager, he was a man who embodied a city psychologically, spiritually and politically.
“The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they don’t know the game” – Bill Shankly
The Two Bobbies? Bobby bookends? Say what you want about us having two ‘Bobbys’ in this list, but Sir Bobby Robson more than earned his place. As far as anyone can tell, there’s not a person on the planet who has a bad word to say about him. Respected as a true gentleman of the English game, Sir Bobby Robson was a man who always had his teams punching above their weight. Probably the biggest disappointment of his career was a semi-finals exit to West Germany at the World Cup on penalties. We know he’d be watching Russia from above, and willing England to go that one game further.
“It is difficult to accept such a person is no longer with us – but he is immortal because he leaves in everybody who knows him a mark of his personality – a great coach but, more than that, a great person” – Jose Mourinho