The greatest football debates live on forever because there is never a right answer either way. For fans, there is nothing better than arguing with some your friends about these topics, as everyone is an expert and everyone’s side has a case to be made.
England has been knocked out of the World Cup in 1990, 1998 and 2006 and the European Championship in 1996, 2004 and 2012 on penalties. Some say, England often has worryingly few players eager to take penalties.
Instead of relying on technique and the confidence that comes with repetitive success, some managers preferred to look in players eyes and make it a test of the bottle with predictable results.
4. Can Gerrard and Lampard play together?
Although individually they may be arguably legends for club and country, whilst playing together they’ve adopted another label. It’s been the curse of English football to date. Gerrard and Lampard simply cannot perform alongside each other at the heart of the England team.
From Euro 2004 until Frank Lampard’s injury ruled him out of Euro 2012, three England managers spent eight years trying to prove they could without seemingly once giving them an ultimatum over the consequences of positional ill-discipline.
3. Can he do it on a cold, wet Wednesday night in Stoke?
The phrase originates from a pre-match TV show/discussion before a Manchester City vs. Everton match. Richard Keys asked Andy Gray about 2010 Ballon d’Or nominees Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Andy Gray in that show says that Lionel Messi will struggle to score against a Stoke City at their home in Britannia Stadium on a ‘cold winter night’ as he feels Messi is perhaps not that good enough. Since then this phrase has been used widely to represent the difficulty of EPL.
2. Did it Cross the line?
Almost 50 years of dispute over Geoff Hurst’s second goal during the 1966 World Cup final to put England 3-2 ahead have yet to reach a consensus. A Recent analysis of the available footage suggests that the whole ball did not make it across.
However, all that really matters is that Tofiq Bahmarov, the linesman, was convinced it had gone in.
1. Who’s better: Ronaldo or Messi?
Much like the Joker and Batman, polar opposites who are defined in each other’s image, Ronaldo vs. Maradona is a reboot of the old Pele vs. Maradona debate with the advantage of being able to make a judgment between contemporaries.
The considered answer to which one is the greater is, of course, “it depends”.