A To Z Of Celtic

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 Artur Boruc  –  Goalkeeper ….


Artur Boruc (Polish pronunciation: [ˈartur ˈbɔrut͡s]; born 20 February 1980) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Bournemouth.

He began his career in the Polish third division with hometown club Pogoń Siedlce. He joined Ekstraklasa teamLegia Warsaw in 1999 and, whilst still a reserve, had a spell on loan at Dolcan Ząbki in 2000. Boruc broke through to the Legia first team in 2002 and by 2003 had become the club’s first choice goalkeeper. In the summer of 2005, he joined Scottish Premier League side Celtic. In his five years in Glasgow, Boruc made 221 appearances for the club,[3] winning the league three times, the Scottish Cup once and the Scottish League Cup twice. He found himself at the centre of sectarian-related controversies for his conduct in Old Firm games against Rangers. Celtic fans nicknamed Boruc ‘The Holy Goalie’ for his devout Catholicism. He moved to Italy in 2010 to join Fiorentina, spending two years at the Serie A club before returning to Britain in 2012 to sign for Premier League sideSouthampton, moving to Bournemouth in 2015 after a season on loan.

Boruc made his international debut against the Republic of Ireland in April 2004 and became a regular in the Polishinternational squad, earning over 50 caps. He represented the nation at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008.


 


Honours with Celtic

Scottish Premier League

Scottish Cup

Scottish League Cup

2005-06, 2008-09

221 total appearances for celtic between 2005-2010

 


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Brother Walfrid
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Walfrid was born of John Kerins and Elizabeth Flynn in Ballymote, a village in south County Sligo in north west Ireland. His ancestors, the Ó Céirín (later anglicised as “Kerins”), were anciently Gaelic lords of Ciarraige Locha na nÁirne, with a long history in Mayo.

He studied teaching and in 1864 joined The Marist Brothers Teaching Order. He moved to Scotland in the 1870s and taught at St. Marys School and the Sacred Heart School where he was appointed headmaster in 1874. He also helped found St. Joseph’s College, Dumfries.

 

In 1888, he founded The Celtic Football Club as a means of raising funds for the poor and deprived in the east end ofGlasgow. In 1893 Walfrid was sent by his religious order to London’s East End. Here he continued his work, organizing football matches for and showing great kindness to the barefoot children in the districts of Bethnal Green and Bow. The charity established by Walfrid was named The Poor Children’s Dinner Table.

He died on 17 April 1915, leaving a surviving brother, Bernard, in Cloghboley, County Sligo. Walfrid is buried in the Mount St. Michael Cemetery in Dumfries.


 

 

 


 

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Celtic park

Celtic was formed in November 1887 and the first Celtic Park was opened in the Parkhead area in 1888. The club moved to a different site in 1892, however, when the rental charge was greatly increased.

The new site was developed into an oval shaped stadium, with vast terracing sections. The record attendance of 83,500 was set by an Old Firm derby on 1 January 1938. The terraces were covered and floodlights were installed between 1957 and 1971.

The Taylor Report mandated that all major clubs should have an all-seated stadium by August 1994. Celtic was in a bad financial position in the early 1990s and no major work was carried out until Fergus McCann took control of the club in March 1994. He carried out a plan to demolish the old terraces and develop a new stadium in a phased rebuild, which was completed in August 1998.

Celtic Park has often been used as a venue for Scotland internationals and Cup Finals, particularly when Hampden Park has been unavailable. Before the First World War, Celtic Park hosted various other sporting events, including composite rules shinty-hurling, track and field and the 1897 Track Cycling World Championships. Open-air Mass celebrations and First World War recruitment drives were also held there.
More recently, Celtic Park hosted the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and has also been used for concerts, including performances by The Who and U2.

 

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Dixie Deans

Goal machine John ‘Dixie’ Deans would prove to be one of Jock Stein’s most astute signings. The Celtic manager caused a sensation in Scottish football when he signed the controversial Motherwell forward in October 1971 for £17.5k in the aftermath of the disastrous defeat to Partick Thistle in the League Cup Final. The robust and gutsy forward had earned himself a reputation as a troublemaker for his on-field antics with the Lanarkshire club and at the time of Stein’s surprise swoop Deans was serving a six week ban.

 


However under the guidance of Stein the player cleaned-up his act and although he would remain a ferocious competitor his discipline improved beyond recognition. He made a scoring debut for the Hoops at Partick Thistle as the Bhoys cruised to a 5-1 league victory on November 27th 1971. From that moment on, lovable rogue Deans was an idol to the Parkhead support and he repaid their devotion in the best possible way – by scoring goals.

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The 1967 European Cup Final was a football match between Italian team Internazionale and Scottish team Celtic. It took place at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon, Portugal on 25 May 1967 in front of a crowd of 45,000. It was the final of the 1966–67 European Cup, the premier club competition in Europe. The match was Celtic’s first European final and Internazionale’s third; they had won the tournament in two of the previous three years.

Both teams had to go through four qualifying rounds to get the final. Celtic won their first two ties comfortably, with their second two rounds being tighter. Internazionale’s first tie was very close but they won their next two by bigger margins. In the semi-final Internazionale needed a replay to win the tie.

Internazionale scored after seven minutes, when Sandro Mazzola converted a penalty. Celtic equalised through Tommy Gemmell after he scored on 63 minutes. Stevie Chalmers then put Celtic in the lead after 84 minutes. The match finished 2–1 to Celtic. It was said to be a victory for football because Celtic’s attacking football overcame Internazionale’s defensive-style “catenaccio” which was considered to be a less attractive way to play the game. Celtic’s manager Jock Stein and the team received acclaim after the match and were given the nickname the Lisbon Lions; considered to be the greatest side in the club’s history.

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The Man Who Saved Celtic’
The Legend of Fergus McCann

Rebels: Fergus McCann and Brian Dempsey

March 1994. ‘The Rebels have won!’ It was a message splashed across the headlines, that only weeks, days, and even hours before that had seemed so impossible had indeed come to pass. But winning control at such a critical time in such a spectactular manner meant there was much to do. This was not to be the end. It was just a beginning, and at the centre of it all was an expatriate, Canadian-based businessman and Celtic supporter, Fergus McCann.

The man who saved Celtic.

This is no small statement, nor is it an exaggeration. Quite simply, Celtic does not exist as we know it today without McCann. Indeed, it can be very reasonably argued that without ever having laced a boot, McCann’s was the single most important signature that the Hoops have secured since the foundation of the club in 1887. Without McCann, Celtic were hours away from becoming but a memory.

For every goal scored by Larsson or McGrory, every trophy won by Maley or Stein, every piece of Jinky wizardry and Lubo magic that has added to the Celtic story, McCann’s 5 year association was every bit as crucial and profound. He lifted the club from the brink of oblivion and left us with perhaps the greatest tangible legacy of them all – ‘Paradise’ as we now know it.

Football and business. The genesis and ideal of Celtic may belong with Brother Walfrid, but it was businessmen such as John Glass that made it every bit as much a reality. Indeed, it could be said that McCann was the re-founding father. Yet even after so long, after he came, saw, resurrected & left, McCann remains still something of an enigmatic figure to many. A fighter, a renegade, a rebel and an administrator of the highest quality, who could also be obstinate, lack sensitivity and almost Machiavellian at times.

When he arrived, donning his soft cloth cap from which derived his nickname, he spoke of what he planned to achieve and when he departed in April 1999 it was indeed mission accomplished.

During his youth McCann had watched the Hoops through a period where they were far from dominant, leaving an understanding of what it was like to support a struggling Celtic side. During the late 1940′s & early 50′s the club had struggled on the pitch and had even come close to relegation. Perhaps some memories of these struggles had lingered in his memory, as more than 40 years later when the ‘Bunnet’ returned there was an opportunity to help his boyhood heroes. McCann emigrated to Canada and made his fortune in golfing holidays, but continued to follow the fortunes of the club from afar.

McCann had initially approached the board in the late 80′s. As a certain club on the south side of the city had begun its expansion under David Murray, the Bhoys were showing the strain in attempting to keep the pace. Parkhead at the time had large areas of terracing and really only the one stand for seating. McCann proposed building a second stand for seating on the opposite side of the ground and would leave either end available for standing. As the board dithered on the details, the fallout of one tragic day in 1989 would make such plans immediately moot.

Hillsborough 1989

In the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans had perished, the need for a review into the safety practices of stadia across Britain was called for. The Taylor Report recommended the implementation of all seater stadia for all top flight football venues by 1994. Celtic, who were already in financial turmoil, would now need to find a way to do a massive redevelopment also. McCann made an approach in the early 90′s about financing the redevelopment, in exchange for the rights to the next 3 years of marketing season tickets. The Board rejected the offer as other options, including a possible relocation to Cambuslang, were being weighed up.

Despite the setback, McCann was not to be swayed. If the Board did not want his help, why not remove the Board? Easier said than done, but with this purpose the ‘Bunnet’ set about working in conjuction with the ‘Rebels’ consortium of investors, to wrest control away from the encumbent Board; one that was fraught with problems and had long overseen and mismanaged the club.

To say the least, the business acumen and practices of men such as former Chairman, Jack McGinn was questionable at best. Indeed, revealing a telling insight as to how Celtic had gotten itself into so much trouble in the first place, McGinn had stated publicly that ‘season ticket sales are more trouble than they are worth.’!

A long, protracted and bitter battle followed (during which time McCann was even refused entry inside Celtic Park), and during which the very existence of the club was threatened. In truth, Celtic was extremely close to insolvency, administration and even liquidation, as the banks moved to foreclose. But on the 4th March 1994, the ‘Rebels’ won – the old Board were on their way out and McCann on his way in, adamant that the departing executives would walk away without ‘one thin dime’.

Whilst some did not take to his sometimes eccentric behaviour, others admired his no nonsense approach to business. There is no getting around the fact, McCann’s primary goal was always about profit margins. Clearly McCann understood the role; that he was there to maximize the way of generating money for the club. It may be true that an overwhelming majority of supporters and shareholders alike are only interested in the football, but as McCann himself would regularly point out, without the business, there is no football.

It is undoubted that he certainly had his critics and made enemies along the way. Guess it was only to be expected, given the scale of the task that was set before him upon his arrival, that this was inevitable that his single-mindedness was not always going to be everybody’s cup of tea, both within the Celtic family and amongst the wider Scottish Football community. That said, it hardly justifies some of the comments and criticism that were levelled at the man, with the Daily Record in particular likening him to Saddam Hussein!

Virtually from the moment he walked through the doors, the Bunnet set to work. Five years, he had promised. Five years, to turn the club around financially, set in place a sustainable infrastructure, as well as the small measure of building a stadium and producing some success on the park. There was alot to be done and not a moment to waste.

One of his first acts was to replace Lou Macari as manager, with another former old-Bhoy, Tommy Burns. Burns at the time was in charge of Kilmarnock, having helped them as player-manager to win promotion, but it was this appointment that would lead to possibly the most famous feud in the history of Celtic & SFA relations.

Tommy Burns: McCann’s choice to take the club forward

Burns & Billy Stark were not only the Killie management team at the time, but also on their books as players. The SFA, under the guidance of Jim Farry, were sympathetic to Killie & out of all proportion for the time, decided to fine Celtic £100 000 & pay Killie twice that (£200 000) in compensation, for having poached players. By means of contrast, R*ngers had poached Duncan Ferguson from Dundee Utd the previous year, yet had only been fined £5000! What could be said that can justify such a discrepancy?

McCann also submitted plans for the redevelopment of Celtic Park. The SFA’s Stadiums Commitee decreed that Celtic would have to play their home games elsewhere for the 1994/95 season, which was understandable given the safety concerns. What got under McCann’s skin about that was that the SFA was making a decision, from which the SFA would be financially benefitting directly from. Surely such a decision should have been deferred to an independant body?

Celtic Park in the 1980′s

That one season at Hampden saw Celtic fork out £600 000 tenancy for the year to the SFA, as well as portion of programme sales, and ALL the catering & refreshment kiosks. The SFA also refused to allow for any touches to be made to the stadium, so it could feel a little more like ‘home’. In doing so, the SFA was effectively saying that they were more than happy to accept Celtic’s money, but that Celtic actual presence was only merely being tolerated.

Around the same time as Celtic Park was being redeveloped, Jim Farry spearheaded the redevelopment of Hampden Park also. This redevelopment had many opponents, including McCann, who referred to it as a waste of public money on ‘the third best ground in Glasgow’.

All of this was a precursor to what would be the defining chapter of the feud; the Cadete Affair, in which it was proven that Farry had deliberately interfered and delayed the registration of Jorge Cadete, and after a lengthy battle the disgraced SFA chief was forced out of office. It was through these types of events that McCann was effectively declaring that Celtic would no longer be treated as the second class citizens by the SFA.

The list of McCann’s achievements is simply phenomenal for such a short period of time. The share float which converted the club to being a PLC was a massive success (the most successful in the history of British Football at the time, despite the consensus in the Scottish media that it would be a huge flop) and funded the development project, demand for season tickets soared, revenues from commercial sales and merchandising skyrocketed, and despite Murray continuing to finance a dominant R*ngers team, the Hoops under McCann overtook their rivals in both revenue and attendance.

Meanwhile the stadium reconstruction continued at a pace. There had been many critics of the proposal to building a ground capable of holding 60,000 people, especially as the average attendance at the time was less than 40,000. “They will come”, McCann boldly predicted. The first phase of the new stadium was opened in August 1995, with a capacity of 34,500, augmented by the addition of a temporary stand, that lifted the capacity to 37,500. One year later and Phase Two was complete, lifting capacity to 50,500. There was still work to be done, but the progress was impressive.

Whilst this was happening Tommy Burns’ team was being justifiably praised for the quality of football on display. The Scottish Cup success that earmarked the end of McCann’s first full season in charge unfortunately was the only silverware that was won under Burns’ guidance, but nobody could argue that McCann was not backing his manager in the transfer market.

Pierre Van Hooijdonk, Paolo Di Canio and the aforementioned Cadete complemented the likes of Tom Boyd and Paul McStay in the first team squad, but contractual spats blighted this era also. The ‘Three Amigos’ all departed under a cloud of such disputes. Van Hooijdonk for example, scoffed at the £7,000 pay rise that was offered, claiming that it was ‘good enough for the homeless’. Even the great Paul McStay, for all his long years of service, was offered only a derisory contract by the McCann administration, forcing the player than never liked the spotlight to tell his side of the story to the media.

In a way it is fitting that the sour departure of Tommy Burns and Paul McStay’s contract controversy (two of Celtic’s most loyal and respected individuals) sit side by side with those contractual disputes of the ‘Three Amigos’ and difficulties working with Jensen, as it gives an overall perspective, and an uncomfortable portrait; that length of service and sentimentality meant absolutely zilch to McCann.

The Quiet Man: Paul McStay went public because of a poor deal from McCann

McCann may have been focused on increasing revenues for Celtic, but there were times when he recognized a bad deal for what it was. Indeed, in 1997/98 the sponsorship deals that were on the table were unsatisfactory to McCann, so to give potential suitors more time, he opted for Umbro (the kit provider at the time) to be the shirt sponsor, whilst other, longer term deals could be uncovered and negotiated.

McCann will never be particularly remembered for his inter-personal relationships and his man management style left much to be desired. Indeed, it was this aspect that was often criticized, along with his preferring to build the financial infrastructure, rather than invest more in the team that raised the ire of sections of the support. Notably, even celebrity supporters, such as Jim Kerr (of Simple Minds fame), were especially vocal in his criticism of McCann in this regard.

Tales of bonus disputes also emerged, often ill-timed and disruptive. Such as just before a League Cup tie against Hearts in 1996 and again in 1998, on the eve of the Champions League Qualifier with Croatia Zagreb. The latter incident came to a head when a number of players, believed to include Regi Blinker and Marc Rieper failed to attend the launch of the Celtic ‘Away’ strip for that season. This sparked a furious response from McCann, claiming that the players greed was to blame. According to McCann, the squad had been offered the largest bonus in the history of the club (believed to be in the region of £20,000), should they reach the group stage, but players were disputing the size of the bonus, because it was not of the same level that the R*ngers players were promised, for reaching the same stage.

Perhaps, with the way that pay demands have continued to spiral ever upwards in European Football, it can now be viewed in context how McCann thought of these episodes as greed driven, whereas the players would no doubt argue that they were merely commensurate with the terms that were on offer elsewhere. One can only imagine what McCann would make of today’s footballers salaries, where some players in leagues across Europe earn wages in the hundreds of thousands of pounds every week!

Aside from the contractual rifts, others also referred to the difficult relationships that they had with McCann during those 5 years. Tommy Burns once said that “I probably did 15 or 20 years as a manager in those three years.” when referring to his working relationship with McCann, and Burns was not alone in holding such a view.

One of the longest lasting impacts that McCann has left was the ‘Bhoys Against Bigotry’, which was launched in 1996. The goal was to highlight Celtic’s charitable works & the all-encompassing views of the club, as well as attempting to stamp out Irish political chants at the games. Whilst this was met with mixed reactions at the time, 15 years on and many who had belittled the campaign at the time have accepted that there is no room in the 21st century for bigotry in football. The ideals of the campaign continue to live on. Other clubs have had and continue to have a much bigger problem than what the Celts do in this regard, but McCann’s efforts were directed in correcting the problem at our club, and such a stance has served as a model for others to follow elsewhere.

In 1997, Tommy Burns was replaced by Wim Jansen at the helm and was set the task of ‘stopping the 10′. Jensen and the ‘Bunnet’ were often in disagreement over the direction of the club even from the outset, and the controversial appointment of Jock Brown as General Manager did little to ease this friction. That said, with the help of new arrivals, including Champions League winner, Paul Lambert and a certain dreadlocked Swede named Larsson, the Bhoys would go on to win both the League Cup and League Championship that season; the latter in particularly memorable fashion and sparked wild celebrations across the entire Celtic community. It would be a short lived party however, as Jansen announced his departure from the club just two days later.

Dr. Jozef Venglos was brought in to oversee first team affairs and again McCann furnished him with the funds to bring in some notable names, including Mjallby, Moravcik and Viduka. However, in what now seems a bizarre atmosphere, what should have been a particularly spectacular opening day of the League campaign (especially as the Hoops beat Dunfermline 5-0), the abiding memory is of the League Championship flag being unfurled, being met by sections of the crowd who boo-ed McCann.

The following week, The Bunnet’s vision, the development of the place we call Paradise was finally completed, with the official opening of the Jock Stein Stand on the 8th August 1998.

Fergus McCann departed Celtic in April 1999. He once said “I want people to judge me after 5 years.” At the time of his departure McCann had delivered on so many promises and then some. Paradise was complete, the course had been corrected, a sustainable financial infrastructure was in place, a major victory over the SFA had been achieved, and the ideals of the ‘Bhoys Against Bigotry’ have set the Celtic support up, for thriving in the 21st century.

He was always a businessman first and foremost, and when hard decisions needed to be made he was in the place to make them. Fergus McCann may never be universally popular in the memory of some and whilst some of the criticism is justifiably merited, much of it was not. The Bunnet did right by Celtic and nobody can argue that he left the club in a much better and healthier position than the one he found it in.

Without doubt, he is the man who saved Celtic.

 

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Green Brigade


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http://greenbrigade.proboards.com/

 

The group were formed in 2006 and describe themselves as “a broad front of anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-sectarian Celtic supporters”.[2] They were situated in section 111 of Celtic Park. Celtic made moves to disband the group in December 2013, after a number of incidents.


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On Celtic’s last game of the 2011–12 season, the Green Brigade organised a display of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. This featured a banner reading “Dignity is More Precious than Food” alongside Palestinian flags. A spokesman for the Brigade stated: “We did this in solidarity, to raise awareness and because it’s the right thing to do. We want Palestinians to know we are thinking about them and encourage Scottish civil society to look at the injustice in Palestine.”[16]

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On 6 April 2013, the Green Brigade took part in a demonstration comprising 3,000 Celtic supporters as part of Fans Against Criminalisation, a body comprising the Green Brigade, the Celtic Trust, Celtic Supporters Association, the Affiliation of Registered Celtic Supporters Clubs and the Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs. Although the march to Celtic Park after the demonstration had not been granted permission, raising concerns about dispersal amongst police, after the event Police Scotland said they were “delighted” by the conduct of the protesters.[20] The protest was organised after a previous march that had not received council permission was broken up by police on 16 March.[21] This initial protest had been called over supporters receiving bans and what was described as “harassment by the police”. The Green Brigade announced on its website that it would be holding a “corteo to Celtic Park to raise awareness and show support for the growing list of Celtic supporters receiving and facing bans from both the Club and the PF. It is no secret the level of harassment many fans receive at the hands of Strathclyde Police nor is Celtic PLCs complicity able to be ignored. As such there is an ever growing list of fans being denied their passion of following their team.”[22] Fans took to social media after the initial protest, posting pictures of mounted police and a group of supporters surrounded by police with batons being prevented from leaving the area.[22] Celtic fans felt that the initial demonstration had been improperly policed and turned out to show their support for those demonstrators.[20]

 


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Henrick Larsson

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Larsson’s debut was a memorable occasion. Unfortunately for the Swede it was for all the wrong reasons.He gave the ball away shortly after coming on at Easter Road, with veteran midfielder Chic Charnley taking full advantage to score from 25 yards and secure a 2-1 win for Hibs.

Larsson’s first league goal came against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. He arrived right on cue at the back post and produced a diving header which arrowed into the bottom corner, a move that would replicated on numerous occasions over the years.

After a rocky start, Larsson soon found his feet and scored 18 goals in all competitions during his first season.He ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer, helping Wim Jansen’s side to break Rangers’ monopoly by regaining the league title.

Crucially, the striker scored the first in the final game of the season against St Johnstone as Celtic prevented their Glasgow rivals from making it ten consecutive league titles. Larsson picked up the ball on the left wing, cut inside and curled a powerful shot into the far corner from 25 yards to settle the nerves of the Parkhead faithful.


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Having established himself as the focal point of Celtic’s attack, Larsson bagged 38 goals to top the scoring charts in his second season.In 1999, disaster struck as Larsson broke his leg in two places following a duel with Lyon’s Serge Blanc during Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to the French side in a UEFA Cup tie.

Larsson returned for the 2000/2001 season and soon found his most prolific form.He scored the first goal of the Martin O’Neill era against Dundee United at Tannadice and went on to strike 53 times in all competitions as the Hoops won a domestic treble of league, Scottish Cup and League Cup.

Of Larsson’s 53 goals during the 2000/2001 season, one in particular sticks out in Celtic folklore.In the first Old Firm match of the campaign, Celtic ran out 6-2 victors in a clash since dubbed “Demolition Derby” by Parkhead supporters, with the forward scoring twice – the second a stunning effort.

Larsson latched on to a Chris Sutton knockdown, setting off on a run form the halfway line that saw him outstrip the Rangers defence before chipping the onrushing Rangers keeper Stefan Klos in nonchalant fashion.

His 100th goal in the Hoops arrived in January 2001, when he fired in a festive foursome against Kilmarnock at Parkhead.

Larsson’s 35 league strikes, on top of a League Cup final hat-trick versus Kilmarnock and a Scottish Cup final double versus Hibernian, in the 2000/01 campaign saw him awarded the prestigious European Golden Shoe.


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Larsson struck on 15 occasions over the course of his career in Old Firm matches.

Larsson fires Celtic to UEFA Cup Final

Larsson’s form on the domestic scene transformed seamlessly to the European stage and his eight goals, including a late strike in the second leg of the semi-final clash with Boavista, fired Celtic all the way to their first European final in 33 years

In the 2003 final Martin O’Neill’s side faced Jose Mourinho’s Porto.

Larsson almost single-handedly led Celtic to glory with a stunning double, first meeting Didier Agathe’s cross to direct a looping header past Vítor Baía before dragging the Hoops level once more with a powerful header from Alan Thompson’s corner.

His efforts ultimately proved in vain, however, as the Portuguese side ran out 3-2 victors thanks to Derlei’s extra-time winner.

Having announced his intentions to leave the club Larsson bowed out in style, scoring twice in his final home match for Celtic at an emotional Parkhead in a 2-1 win over Dundee United.

He left the club as the SPL’s all-time leading scorer with 158 goals.


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Fun Facts About Henrik Larsson!!

 

Played professional soccer/football with the Scottish team Glasgow Celtic FC until 2004

Swedish international footballer

Signed for FC Barcelona shortly after Sweden’s quarter-final exit from the Euro 2004 Championships, having come out of international retirement to participate [June 2004]

He was seriously injured in November (2004) against Real Madrid. He says he hope to be back next season.

His favorite soccer player of all time is Pelé.

He met his wife Magdalena in his early years. They got married in 1996.

Has a dog named Simba

He scored 3 goals in his first La Liga season

In World Cup 2002 he scored 3 goals, 2 goals against Nigeria. (Sweden-Nigeria 2-1)

He scored 3 goals in EM Portugal 2004, 2 goals against Bulgaria (Sweden-Bulgaria 5-0)

In June 2005 after his comeback he scored 2 goals in a friendly game against the Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds

He played for Helsingborgs IF 1992 and 1993

In 1991 he was bought to the club Högaborgs BK

His agent is Rob Jansen


 

In 1993 he started in the Swedish international team. The first game he played was against Finland (Sweden-Finland 3-2)

One of his best friends is his team player Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Makes around 20 millions (swedish kronor) every year in Barcelona

At the end of July 2005 his team met Århus (Danish team) and the result was 4-0 to Barcelona, Henke scored 1 goal

He has played 83 games for Sweden and has scored 33 goals [August 2005]

In August 2005 scored a goal against Czech Republic (Sweden-Czech Rebublic 2-1)

He scored a goal against Bulgaria in the 1994 World Cup tournament which ended with him winning a bronze medal (Sweden-Bulgaria 4-0)

He played in the 1994 World Cup, Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.

He enjoys reading and playing golf

In 1993 to 1997 he played for the team Feyenoord in Holland.

During his seven years in Glasgow he scored 242 goals on 315 games

He has two younger brothers Kim and Robert

He scored 1 goal in the last world cup qualification game against Iceland (Sweden-Iceland 3-1)

He scored 34 goals the first season for Helsingborg IF

Henrik scored 16 goals for Helsingborg IF 1992

His father is from Cape Verde islands (west African coast) and his mother is from Sweden.

When he was 6 years old he became a member of Högaborg BK.

He won the price Guldbollen for best forward in 1998 and in 2004

He has scored 46 goals together in all cup games Champions League and the EUFA Cup (December 2005)

He scored 2 goals against Gimnastic Tarragona in the spanish cup Copa Del Ray (Barcelona-Gimnastic Tarragona 6-0) [January 2006]

In September 2004 he met his old club team Celtic in Champions League and scored the last goal without celebration (Celtic-Barcelona 1-3)

Presenter for the new Addidas show (2005)

Champions League winner with his team Barcelona (May 17th 2006)

He has played 93 games for Sweden and has scored 36 goals (July 2006)

He scored 1 goal in the World Cup 2006 against England (England-Sweden 2-2)

Decided to quit the Swedish team after 13 years (July 18, 2006)

He scored 15 goals season 2005/2006 10 goals in La Liga, 4 goals in the Spanish Cup and 1 goal in Champions League.

Won the Scottish League seasons (1997/1998, 2000/2001, 2001/2002, 2003/2004

Best scorer of the year in Europa (2001)

Reached the Uefacup Final in 2003 against Porto but lost despite his 2 goals (Celtic-Poro 2-3)

Won the Swedish Cup with his team Helsingborg. [November 2006]

He scored 12 goals for Helsingborg 8 goals in the league and 4 goals in the Swedish Cup.

His son Jordan was born in 1997 and his daughter Janelle was born in 2002.

His mother is Swedish.

Lives in Helsingborg outside the area Maria Staden. [2006]

Decided to play another season (2008) Swedish Premier League in Helsingborgs IF Allsvenskan.

In January 2008 he went to Cap Verde islands with his father for the first time.

He loves the movie Pulp Fiction and one of his favorites actors is John Travolta.

In May 2008 he decided to come back to the Swedish national team for the third time.

Working with commercial for Länsförsäkringar together with the actor/director Felix Herngren (August 2006) [August 2006]

(August 17th) Playing a friendly game against Czech republic in Göteborg Ullevi [August 2005]

He confirmed to move back to Sweden and to his old club Helsingborg IF summer 2006 [February 2006]

Playing for his old team Helsingborg IF [July 2006]

Is in Japan with his team Barcelona playing a tournament. [June 2005]

Is in Stockholm Råsunda Fotbollstadion solna playing a world cup qualification against Bulgaria [September 2005]

He signed his Barcelona contract until 2007 [July 2005]

Confirmed that he will play for Manchester United for 3 months (January-March 2007) [December 2006]

(September 7th) Is in Budapest (Ferenc Puskás-stadion)playing a world cup qualification game against Hungary [September 2005]

His team won the Spanish La Liga 2005/2006 for second time in row after the game against Celta Vigo (Celta Vigo-Barcelona 0-1) [May 2006]

Playing in the Euro Championshiop 2008 for Sweden [June 2008]

His team Barcelona won the Spanish La liga title after drawing 1-1 against Levante [May 2005]

Has a leading part in a short commercial movie for the swedish Länsförsäkringar [March 2005]

Is a coach for Helsingborg IF 2015.

Coached Falkenberg IF 2014 in the Swedish premier League and managed to keep the team at the highest division Allsvenskan.

 

 


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JIMMY JOHNSTONE

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James Connolly “Jimmy” Johnstone (30 September 1944 – 13 March 2006) was a Scottish football player. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was voted their best ever player by the club’s fans in 2002.[1] He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances.[1]

Born in Viewpark, South Lanarkshire, the youngest of five children, Johnstone grew up at the family home on Old Edinburgh Road, directly across from Robertson Park, the home of local Junior side Thorniewood United FC. After being spotted by Celtic and Manchester United scouts at age 13, he chose to sign with Celtic.

Johnstone was one of the “Lisbon Lions”, the team that won the then European Cup for Celtic in 1967.

In the immediate aftermath of the Lisbon victory Celtic formed the opposition in the testimonial game for the Real Madrid player Alfredo Di Stéfano. Johnstone’s performance was such that the Real supporters began to cry “Olé!” every time he dribbled past one of their own team’s players.[2]

In all he made 308 League appearances for The Bhoys, scoring 82 goals. He also played another 207 times for them in the Scottish Cup, League Cup and in Europe, for an overall total of 515 matches.

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Kenny Dalglish

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“King Kenny”

Kenneth Mathieson “Kenny” Dalglish MBE is a Scottish former football player and manager. In a career spanning 22 years, he played for Celtic and Liverpool, winning numerous honours with both.

Born: March 4, 1951 (age 63), Glasgow

Nationality: British

Position: Forward

Books: Kenny Dalglish : My Life, Kenny Dalglish Autobiography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Dalglish

Full name… Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish

Date of birth 4 March 1951 (age 63)

Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland

Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

Playing position Forward

Youth career
1967–1968 Cumbernauld United
1968–1969 Celtic

Senior career*

1969–1977 Celtic  .Appearances: 204 Goals:(112)

1977–1990 Liverpool   Appearances:355 Goals:(118)

Total :   559 :Appearances…Goals: (230)

National team

1971–1986 Scotland Appearances:102 Goals..:(30)

Teams managed

1985–1991 Liverpool
1991–1995 Blackburn Rovers
1997–1998 Newcastle United
2000 Celtic
2011–2012 Liverpool

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