“If Liverpool reach the Champions League final, they will end up playing every game in every competition they have entered this season.” explains Niall Carey. “Has any other team accomplished this feat before?”
This has happened more often than we realized. Let’s start with a harrowing example from the Northeast. “In the 1996-97 season, Middlesbrough reached (and lost) the final of both the League Cup (after a replay) and the FA Cup and were relegated from the Premier League,” writes Paul Brack, with a single tear rolling solemnly down her face. cheek. “They hadn’t qualified for Europe, so they played every game in every competition they took part in.”
Boro played 54 games in total: 38 in the League, seven in the FA Cup and nine in the League Cup. Unfortunately, a Boro party originally not to play – away to Blackburn in the Premier League, it ultimately led to them being relegated.
If Liverpool play every game this season, they will be following in the weary footsteps of their treble-winning team from 2000-01. “Liverpool reached the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup finals, winning each competition,” writes Steve Williams. They played 63 times that season: 38 in the Premier League, six in the FA and League Cups and 13 in the UEFA Cup.
From Liverpool to the Lisbon Lions. As Iain Pearson (and others) point out, Celtic won an unprecedented victory. quintuple in 1966-67. They won the First Division (34 games), the Scottish Cup (six games, including a replay), the League Cup (10 games), the Glasgow Cup (three) and, magically, the European Cup (nine). It’s 62 games. For the record, they won 51, lost just three and scored an absurd 196 goals.
Celtic have something of a link to our next answer: the Porto team that beat them in the fractious 2002–03 UEFA Cup final. “In two consecutive seasons (2002-04), Porto played every game in every competition in which they participated,” writes Alan Gomes. “These were the José Mourinho years: Porto reached the Portuguese Cup final in both seasons, as well as the 2003 UEFA Cup and the 2004 Champions League final. big problem for them: except for one of the domestic cup finals, Porto won all those competitions and the Portuguese league in both years too”.
Mourinho’s team played 54 games in each season, not counting mental games.
The origins of shit
“Where and when was the term ‘shithousery’ first used, and do other languages have a word for it?” Brian asks.
Before considering the contemporary phenomenon, we should probably look at how the word from which it is derived, shithouse, became part of the English language. According to our own John Ashdown, who wrote about the S word during the last World Cupdates back to Scouse slang used in the 1960s. The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang has an entry for “shithouse”, with definitions “an extremely unpleasant individual” and “a coward”.
He had certainly come to the East Midlands in the 1970s. In Duncan Hamilton’s wonderful book, Provided You Don’t Kiss Me, he talks about Brian Clough’s penchant for using the word. “The phone rang. ‘Where are you, shit?’ Clough asked. (He used the word ‘shit’ as often as other people use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. ‘It’s a term of endearment,’ he explained, though he didn’t always use it that way.)” of the Clough stories told by Mark Crossley in his hilarious interview from Undr the Cosh.
Jack Charlton also liked the phrase. In 1990, during a prescient remark about how the media could ruin Paul Gascoigne, he said, “Journalists… they’re all shit anyway.” A couple of years earlier, he had said during an interview that there was no room for “shit” in his Republic of Ireland team.
John Hartson, then at Arsenal, was sent off against Middlesbrough in January 1997 after calling referee Mike Reed “a piece of shit”. But the neologism for shithousery only emerged in the 21st century. “The word does not (yet) appear in the Oxford English Dictionary,” writes lexicographer John Williams, “but by reference to the always excellent Jonathon Green’s Dictionary of Slang, we see that its the first date is from 2014with Nicolás Otamendi as the presumed culprit.
“Since this is a quote from Twitter, I looked further back. The first football personality accused of bullshit appears to be Arsène Wenger in 2011, the accusation coming from The Guardian’s own Daniel Harris. However, the oldest quote I could find (2009) is from another branch of the entertainment industry…”
It began to become a larger part of the football lexicon in the 2010s, most notably when Crystal Palace “He joked Arsenal for 90 minutes with shit” in August 2014, according to a Gunners fan. Arsenal actually won that game 2-1 so God knows what he would have said if they had lost.
Soccer players named after politicians (2)
In last week knowledge we look at footballers who have been appointed by politicians. And there are many more…
“Bismarck made 13 appearances for Brazil in what was certainly not a classic era, and was on their team in Italy 90,” writes Pádraig McAuliffe. “It is named after the 19th-century statesman Otto von Bismarck.”
Will Van der Byl notes that former Wolves and Huddersfield winger Rajiv van La Parra is named after former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, while Andy Hyans explains that Southampton and Scotland striker Che Adams is named after him. of Che Guevara. “My mom really liked the name,” Adams told the guard in 2019.
And then there’s Sagi Burton, a defender who played for Port Vale and Peterborough United, among others. “Osagyefo Lenin Ernesto (Sagi) Burton could hold the record since he is named after three,” notes Barry McCarthy. “Osagyefo was a title for Kwame Nkrumah, the first post-independence leader of Ghana. Lenin is the obvious one and Ernesto is Che Guevara’s real name.”
“Has any player ever used a corner flag to attack an opponent?” asked Pedro Salinas in 2007.
Stepping up is Canadian Paul Peschisolido, who threw a corner flag into the face of an El Salvador player during a World Cup qualifier in 1997, and duly received a red card for his troubles. “I got kicked a couple of times and the referee didn’t give anything, while every challenge we made seemed to end in a foul,” he explained later. “I was very upset and frustrated so I decided to elbow one of his players. He went right into the corner and I actually elbowed him in the face with the corner flag.”
Martin Keown pulled off the next best thing in January 2002, tossing a corner flag into the stands during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Elland Road. Early in the game, Keown conceded a corner kick; when he got up, he grabbed the flag and casually tossed it behind him into the front rows of fans. Despite the uproar from the supporters, the FA ultimately decided that it did not intend to hit them and handed out no punishment.
Can you help?
“Have two teams in the top flight ever played the first of their home-and-away matches against each other until May? Villa and Burnley have yet to meet in the Premier League this season and are scheduled to play on May 7 and May 19.
“Having recently discovered that former Southampton player Jo Tessem is continues to appear (semi) regularly at the age of 50 for Hythe & Dibden in the Wessex League, are there ex-senior pros still plying their trade in the lower leagues? Chris Williams asks.
“Two questions inspired by the wonderful world of League One,” begins Michael Peters. “Sunderland won three games in a row by a single goal, and in each case, the winning goal came in the 89th minute or later. Has any team ever had a longer consecutive streak of late winners? And in MK Dons’ 3-2 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday, the first four goals were scored at 10, 20, 30 and 40 minutes respectively. Can any match boast a longer series with the same interval?