Interview: Talking decades’ worth of football history with Lukas Tank

In a YYFP-first we bring a new voice into the fold. Lukas Tank (@SergiXaviniesta) was kind enough to join Sebastian for an hour long interview. Lukas has worked his way through football history, publishing his thoughts on the legends of the game along with his “Teams of the Decade” on his blog footballarguments.wordpress.com.

The over-arching theme for the talk turned out to be how yesteryear affects the modern game and what we can gleam from diving into old matches to help us understand football today.
We ran the gamut of topics, such as Cruyff’s ever-lasting importance, Matthäus’ longevity & standing in Germany, or who could be considered the greatest Italian player of all time?

Minutes in case you want to jump around:

  • 0:00:00 Intro
  • 0:03:00 What does Lukas’ process look like?
  • 0:09:00 Does the big stage make the big player?
  • 0:13:45 Could Benteke hack it in the ’60s?
  • 0:17:15 Where does Lukas’ fascination with football history come from?
  • 0:28:30 Who is the greatest Italian player ever?
  • 0:33:00 Does Matthäus’ longevity aid or hinder his all-time status?
  • 0:42:30 What might be learned about modern football by watching historic matches?
  • 0:47:00 Looking for exellence in football/sports history
  • 0:51:00 How did Lukas build his “Team Of The Decade ’75-85”; what are his criteria for inclusion?
  • 0:57:00 Which “Team Of The Decade” is the easiest to break into?
  • 1:00:30 Are we living in a silver or even golden age of football right now?

Football Bloody Hell, Or: CL Final 1998/99, Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (S01E07.2)

If you’ve never watched this match before and don’t know what happened, stop reading and hit play.

If you’ve seen the match, the familiar beats are most likely etched into your mind. At least that’s how it went for us. The question then is, does the match as a whole hold up?

So before we spoil anything, this is part two of our episode on the Champions League Final 1998/99 contested in Barcelona between England’s Manchester United & Germany’s Bayern Munich.

The minutes, in case you want to jump around:

  • 0:01:45 The setting: kits, referee team, commentary in England & Germany
  • 0:07:00 Elo ratings, line-ups
  • 0:13:30 Atmosphere, early approach,
  • 0:17:00 First blood to Bayern c/o Mario Basler, United’s response
  • 0:24:15 Indecisiveness from both sides, Beckham’s role
  • 0:31:00 Bayern’s midfield formation, United revving up before half-time
  • 0:38:00 Half-time thoughts
  • 0:42:00 Bayern come out stronger
  • 0:51:00 Momentum building for United
  • 0:59:00 Sheringham on, formation shift for United
  • 1:08:15 Matthäus off, Solskjaer on, Bayern power-play
  • 1:18:30 Name on the trophy &  into the promised land
  • 1:25:00 Trophy presentation & celebrations, Awards
  • 1:31:00 Aftermath, in the lion’s den
  • 1:36:15 Bayern’s end to the season, United’s trip to Brazil

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The full match can be found here (1st half, 2nd half). Though you might be best served with the 5 minute injury time highlights: