West Ham United Vintage 1964-70

EnglandWith the astute Ron Greenwood at the helm, the 1960s heralded the arrival of West Ham United as a force in the English game. The 1964 FA Cup win over Preston was – surprisingly – the club’s first major honour and it was swiftly followed up just a year later with success in the European Cup Winners Cup.

While never a team that threatened to compete for the English title, few teams were better on their day in Cup competitions than West Ham and their lauded World Cup-winning trio of Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst – all of whom feature in our latest Vintage gallery.

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Chelsea Vintage 1951-63

EnglandThis is the first in our set of Chelsea Vintage posts spanning three decades in the life and times of the Stamford Bridge club.

This post focuses on the 1950s and early 60s and include images of some of the players who helped inspire the club to the 1955 championship – the first major trophy in Chelsea’s history. The club’s young, up and coming striker Jimmy Greaves features heavily too.

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Bukta Football Shirts 1968-72

A Word From Our SponsorsToday we publish our second collection of retro Bukta advertising from the 1960s and early 1970s. A big player in the UK market, Bukta lacked the financial clout to compete with some of their bigger rivals further afield which left them as a more marginal presence in mainland Europe.

One notable exception was their tie-in with the great Ajax teams of the early 70s which gave them their only association with a European Cup winner. Whether it was Johan Cruyff or the latest Bukta Buxflair shirt technology driving that European success; well, we wouldn’t care to speculate.

Pelé v Spacemen

Scoring one thousand goals in a professional football career is well beyond the capacity for most forwards to even imagine, yet alone achieve. It’s a milestone that has not been hit often, unsurprisingly, and to have the remotest chance of running up this sort of tally, players need to squeeze in a lot of games and count goals from the most spurious of sources. Pelé certainly benefitted in his own quest for the thousand from being the ringmaster in the touring Santos circus, forever traversing the globe and playing low intensity, high-scoring friendlies. The questionable strength of some of the opposition notwithstanding, his goals had still flowed from the start of his career at an incredible average of 77 each year.

When you score this prolifically and this consistently then the numbers quickly rack up and this meant that, by late 1969, Pelé was approaching the milésimo: his thousandth goal in all games for club and country. This was a notable landmark that had previously been achieved only by Franz Binder, Josef Bican and his Brazilian compatriot, Arthur Friedenreich. Pelé himself was never particularly interested in his own statistical achievements, but the Brazilian public at large maintained a fascination with the numbers behind his every kick of the ball. The countdown to the thousand duly became a huge national event, one that would capture the imagination of the Brazilian public like little else outside of a World Cup.

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Red Star Paris Vintage 1937-83

FranceOur latest Vintage post features a selection of images from the history of a French club that’s a lot more iconic than it is successful – Red Star Paris.

With four decades having elapsed since their last Ligue 1 appearance, it’s fair to say Red Star a club without any great modern competitive pedigree. Their heyday came much earlier, back in the 1920s, when they won the Coupe de France four times between 1921 and 1928.

Red Star FCAnd of course the club isn’t and never has been actually called Red Star Paris; that’s a title commonly used as a catch-all to encompass the eleven different names it has played under since its foundation in 1897 by Jules Rimet. Since 2012 it has been known as Red Star FC and this season plays in Ligue 2.

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Dynamo Kiev 1975 & 1986 Eleven

UkraineThe era from the 1960s through to the 1990s was an incredibly productive one for Dynamo Kiev who produced four distinct teams of exceptional quality in that time, one in each decade, that established the club in the heart of the European mainstream. In the 1960s there was Biba and Byshovets, part of Viktor Maslov’s breakthrough side that broke Moscow dominance by winning three Soviet titles in succession between 1966 and 1968. Fast forward to the late 1990s when Shevchenko and Rebrov formed the best attacking pairing in Europe and almost took the club to its first Champions League Final.

Soviet UnionTalented teams these undoubtedly were, but it was in the decades in between when Kiev produced its most seminal club sides: the brilliant 1975 and 1986 teams that both peaked with European Cup Winners Cup success. Legendary forward Oleg Blokhin was the sole player whose career spanned both, meaning he was in a unique position to comment on their respective qualities. His considered view was that while there was more individual talent in 1975, the 1986 team was a better unit overall.

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So we set out to ask the same question in our latest Eleven post by looking at both teams in detail and creating what we think is the best combined one. Our result closely mirrors the view of Blokhin: the 1975 team is better represented in the creative positions while the 1986 team contributes more players to our eleven overall, albeit by a narrow six to five margin.

On the image the players marked in blue are from 1975 and the players in red are from 1986. We have selected the 1975 version of Blokhin as he was at the peak of his career then. The formation we chose could only be the classic Kiev 4-4-2.

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Belgium Vintage 1961-76

BelgiumBelgium becomes the latest nation to feature in our regular Vintage series and we have collated images featuring some of their top players and teams from the 60s and 70s.

Anderlecht’s Paul Van Himst became Belgium’s first true internationally recognised star in the 1960s and he was part of a generation that inspired the rise of Belgian clubs in European club competition.

Click here to watch the new generation Belgium player in the Premier League.

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