Team Of The 90s

We finally reach our team of the 90s show, as the guys pick the best XI of the decade. Ash is joined by Joel Young, Rob Gallagher and Andrew Raeburn, plus former Chelsea and Southampton striker Neil Shipperley is on the phone.

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Team of the 90s; The Strikers

You may have listened to our listened to our latest pod on Strikers this week – If you haven’t, you really should and links are at the end – well that is the first in a series of weeks where we’ll be discussing different positions that will ultimately lead to us picking our ‘Team of the 90s’. The planned ‘Team’ podcast is penciled in for 21 December’s pod, and before then we’ll have pods on Midfielders, Defenders and Goalkeepers where we’ll be discussing contenders and picking a shortlist of five to bring forward to the final pod.

After some lengthy discussions on this weeks pod, the guests unwittingly – as we’ve only since decided on the forthcoming team element – shortlisted these five strikers who will pick from in 2015’s final pod. So as they say, in no particular order;

 

Dennis Bergkamp

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 22.32.23Having already nabbed the AK90s ‘goal of the 90s’ gong (read here!) the non-flying Dutchman is a contender for team of the decade as well. He began the 90s at Inter Milan, but it was at Arsenal where Bergkamp not only became one of the best players in Europe at the time, but also one of the best to ever grace the Premier League. The 1997-98 double season was perhaps Dennis at his very, very best, as he scooped PFA Player of the Year and scored more memorable goals in one season than most do in a lifetime. However he left his crowning glory to THAT goal at World Cup 98. Not the typical striker in the 90s sense of the term, but more than worthy on this shortlist.

 

Ronaldo

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 22.32.50For anyone like us who lives the 1990s, then there really is only one Ronaldo. R9, ‘the phenomenon’ or Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, whatever you want to call him Ron was a bona fide superstar of the decade. Where as we’re used to the goal stats that a certain namesake now produces, the Brazilian was tallying them up at ridiculous speed long before anyone heard the name Cristiano. In his one season at Barcelona he notched 47 goals in 39 games, and was the true star of World Cup 98 (if you forget what happened in the final). A born goal-scorer and I quote from this weeks pod ‘If it weren’t for injuries, would have been talked about in the same breath as Pele and Maradona’.

 

Alan Shearer

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 16.28.33A man simply born to score goals, and lots of them – over and over again. I think thanks to Alan’s later day role as the bordering annoying Match of Day pundit, we forget just how bloody good Shearer was in his heyday. Twice a British record transfer holder (and once world), money was always well spent when it came to Alan Shearer. His goals and partnership with Chris Sutton led to title success with Blackburn in 1995, while his exploits at Euro 96 saw a record-breaking move back home to Newcastle – where he became the clubs record goal-scorer. His 260 Premier League goals record is unlikely to be beaten, and in an era of truly great English strikers Shearer was the very best.

 

Jürgen Klinsmann

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 16.29.15Perhaps not talked as much on the pod as perhaps he should have been – even if we did speak about old Jurgen during our transfers show back in episode three – there wasn’t much Klinsmann didn’t do successfully in the 1990s. The decade kicked-off with a World Cup winners medal at Italia 90, before becoming a key man in Inter’s Serie A charge. Somehow he was persuaded to join Spurs in 1994, and lit-up the Premier League in his solitary season picking up the FWA Player of the Year in the process. More international success was gained at Euro 96, before more goals and medals at Bayern Munich. An ice cool finisher, and one of the decades very best.

 

Gabriel Batistuta

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 16.29.45A legend in Florence and a scorer of 184 goals in 318 Serie A matches, ‘Batigol’ is the best striker Diego Maradonna has ever seen – that’s a direct quote too. Ok, so Diego is a little biased but that’s no discredit to Gabriel, who is still his country’s record goal-scorer with 56 Argentina goals to his name, a feat not even Lionel Messi has reached. Spent nine years with Fiorentina, even staying when they were relegated in 1993, and now has a bronze statue of himself in the clubs town. To this day possibly still underrated, but there’s no questioning his place on our final shortlist.

 

 

To listen to Ash Rose and guests Rob Gallagher, Peter Hunt and Xaiver Cantegreli talk through the decade’s very best strikers, you can download this weeks pod on iTunes or listen here. Don’t forget you have your say on Twitter to, tell us who you would have up front in your dream 90s XI

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The Top 10 Greatest Goals of the 90s

10 David Platt

England v Belgium, 26 June 1990

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtqiBAg2biw

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 11.23.39We kick-off with a goal right at the start of the decade, where our football education begun, at Italia 90. This second round game between England and Belgium was seconds from going to a penalty shoot-out until Paul Gascoigne floated a free-kick into the box, which was met on a spinning volley with his back to goal from David Platt. Gary Lineker’s beaming face in the subsequent celebration bundle a lasting image from the game.

 

9 Eric Cantona

Manchester United v Sunderland, 21 December 1996

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1uOZbH2qNg

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 11.23.59Football is wonderful when just a goal can sum-up a maverick footballer like Eric Cantona. From the skill and strength of getting past two Sunderland defenders, the vision of the one-two with Brian McClair and the audacious chip finish. All topped off with a non-celebration that screamed ‘all in a days work mate’.

 

8 Tony Yeboah

Leeds United v Liverpool, 17 August 1995

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK2aU9m4nW8

1960872762This goal was beaten to Goal of the Season by another Yeboah strike against Wimbledon weeks later, but we’ve plumped for this worldy that Sky continues to show to this day. Tony Dorigo’s ball was headed on by Rod Wallace, and the Ghanaian met it with an explosive volley that hit the underside of the ball and went in.

 

 

7 Matt Le Tissier

Blackburn v Southampton, 10 December 1994

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-bxrIoxg-w

Matt Le Tissier- Southampton v Newcastle United, 1993–94We could have done a whole countdown just of Matt’s goals alone, with both his strikes against Newcastle at the Dell missing out. However this goal is probably his best, a couple of jinx past the Rovers defence was followed by a thunderbolt from all of thirty yards into the top corner, and past best mate Tim Flowers.

 

6 David Beckham

Wimbledon v Manchester United, 14 August 1996

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R3f5OW2mN4

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A goal that an footballing icon was born out of, who knows how the David Beckham story would have gone if this goal hadn’t kick-started it all. The young Becks received the ball on the halfway line, took one look up and launched the ball down field and beyond a helpless Neil Sullivan. A goal so good it should have been a shoe-in for Goal of the Season, however……

 

5 Trevor Sinclair

QPR v Barnsley, 25 January 1997

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpXWKKOVQWs

sinclairpa_3148502kYes, it was this acrobatic effort from QPR’s Trevor Sinclair that beat Becks to Goal of the Season, and unbiased loyalties aside, rightfully so. John Spencer hooked the ball towards goal, and with his back to goal Sinclair met the ball with an overhead/bicycle kick from outside the box that looped over the Tykes keeper.

 

4 Michael Owen

England v Argentina, 30 June 1998

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPC6Yv3BPVY

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 11.26.09An 18 year-old with no fear, against one the world’s best on the grandest stage of them all. This was the summer the Michael Owen announced his arrival, with this mazy run past three Argentine defenders and the cool slamming the ball into the top corner. Paul Scholes never had a chance of getting that ball laid-off to him.

 

 

3 Ryan Giggs

Arsenal v Manchester United, 14 April 1999

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quI_LkMj4HI

giggsThe image Giggs chest-wig may be the more iconic image, but it remains because one of the all time FA Cup goals. In the closing seconds of this Semi-Final replay, Giggs took advantage of a misplaced pass from Patrick Vieria, to skip past four Arsenal defenders and then smash the ball past England’s number one.

 

2 Paul Gascoigne

England v Scotland, 15 June 1996

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0NT6aUwN8c

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 11.26.43The 90s was all about Gazza, and this goal was one his finest moments of the decade, during the glorious summer of Euro 96. From Steve McManaman’s through ball, Gascoigne flicks the ball over Colin Hendry’s head and then volleys the ball into the bottom corner. Followed by the now infamous, but brilliant dentist chair celebration. What a summer.

 

1 Dennis Bergkamp

Holland v Argentina, 4 July 1998

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsZkCFoqSBs

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 11.26.58We’ve overlooked Dennis’ stunning goals against Leicester and chosen this peach of skill as the decades’ finest goal. Frank de Boar launched a ball fully sixty yards down field, which Bergkamp controlled in one of the greatest first touches ever seen, then nut-megged Roberto Ayala with the next touch, and then calmly lifted the ball into the net. The greatest goal of the 90s, and so say of all us.

 

You can listen to @AshRoseUK and guests @SiRothstein, @DavidEFraser and @vsanger talk about the decades greatest goals on the latest podcast. They also joined by former Middleborough midfielder Craig Higgnett on the phone.

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