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The Story of Tommy Gemmell: The Best Left-Back in the World

In his first article for The Supplement, new contributor Lee McKeown chronicles the life of the great Tommy Gemmell. 2017 marks a significant year in the history of Celtic Football Club with the 50th anniversary of Jock Stein’s legendary Lisbon Lions’ 2-1 triumph over Inter Milan in the 1967 European Cup final. Celtic have commemorated…

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Big Ears Gets a New Suit: How the European Cup got less classy as it dressed up

‘The Big Cup’ is the best moniker for what we now know as the Champions League trophy and what was, once upon a time, simply the European Cup. It’s simple and pointedly at odds with the eye-roll inducing, grandiose over-dramaticism that accompanies everything about the modern incarnation of the competition. As much as the pomp…

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 21: Luis Enrique Martinez poses for the media during his official presentation as the new coach of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 21, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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The Sudden Rise and Continuing Fall of Luis Enrique

If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, chances are you’ve experienced the awe-inspiring sight of the city’s crown jewel: Sagrada Familia. The structure towers over its surroundings, projecting a feeling of enormity greater than the sum of its parts. It’s grand, it’s stunning, it’s not even complete. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed the structure and oversaw…

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The Lisbon Lions: A Celebration of the European Cup Campaign 1967

Throughout 2017 we’ll be bringing extracts from the book ‘The Lisbon Lions: A Celebration of the European Cup Campaign 1967’ by Andy Dougan, published by Virgin. The extracts are adapted exclusively by the author for The Supplement. The first edition covers Celtic’s pre-season tour of the US before that historic season When Celtic went to the United States…

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