Nottingham: Second to European champion in two years

first_imghis journey through Europe the following season could not have started in a better way. The Liverpool, champion of the two previous editions, was his first rival. As in local tournaments, the Forest was victorious and that served as a mood boost to go through phases. AEK, Grasshopper and Colonia were falling down and the Malmö waited in the final.The final of that 1978 European Cup, which obviously Nottingham won (1-0) may be the less prestigious of all that have been disputed. This is so much so that if Malmö had won that title, would be the swedish club the protagonist of this chapter of the serial Surprise Champions. But for win finals you have to play them And for this, you have to get there. And Nottingham did it. In two years the Robin Hood City Club had gone from fight for promotion First to win the most important title of the continent.The logical would be to think that after that, the clock would touch twelve and the story would end. But Clough had one last trick. The victory in the European Cup gave the Forest access to play the European Super Cup, in which they beat the Barcelona (2-1), and the automatic pass to the European Cup the following year as current champion. And the Forest did what seemed impossible: managed to revalidate the title, this time at the Santiago Bernabéu and against Hamburg, which had Kevin Keegan in their ranks, twice awarded the Ballon d’Or.With that consecutive European double, the Nottingham went down in history as the first team to have more European Cups than their country’s leagues and entered the select club of teams that have more than one Orejona, who now has eleven members: Madrid (13), Milan (7), Liverpool (6), Barça and Bayern (5) Ajax (4), Inter (3) and Juventus, Benfica and Porto (2), in addition to Forest.Clough remained at Nottingham front 18 seasons, in which the club also won two others League Cups. In season 92-93, the sale of Sheringham, the star of the team, and his problems with alcohol, they led the team to a decline that never came out. The Forest dropped and Clough left the club at the end of the season.. Today, Nottingham is the only champion in Europe, not counting the disappeared Steaua, than does not play in the First Division of his country, indeed, it came to be at the beginning of the century in the Third. And is that after the big party, Cinderella never found her shoe again. In its first season in Primera, Clough, with a team of veterans, promising youngsters and players ruled out by other teams, won the league. And with solvency, seven points from the then very powerful Liverpool. What’s more, it was 42 games unbeaten in the league, a record that was valid until 2004, when it was beaten by Arsene Wenger’s ‘The Invincibles’ Arsenal. In addition, that same season they won the League Cup. A historic double for a newly promoted. The comparisons with Leicester who won the Premier in 2016 are unavoidable. But unlike the foxes, Nottingham was not diluted, but quite the opposite: enlarged a legend in such a way that it can hardly be repeated, if not impossible. In football, Cinderella has a name: the Nottingham Forest. And also him Fairy Godmother: Brian Clough. This legendary English coach came to modest East Midlands club in january 1975, when he was a member of the English Second Division, after three seasons before would have led to Derby County to conquer the league. That was a decision that in its day was considered very surprising. In his third season at the helm of the Forest (1976-77), he promoted to FirstAnd that’s when the miracle happened. The pumpkin became a float, the rags, in a gala dress, and the humble maid, in a fairy tale princess.And it is that in late 70s Liverpool had proclaimed itself as the new king of europe. The club net lived the one that to this day continues to be his time of greatest glory, conquering in those years five leagues and two European Cups consecutively in 1977 and 1978 (he would achieve two more in the following six years). But Nottingham sneaked in his party and made all eyes turn to him.last_img read more

IPL vs Maharashtra drought: Criticising T20 tournament for water crisis mere symbolism?

first_imgThe Bombay High Court today allowed the first of the 20 IPL matches scheduled to be held in Maharashtra to go on as planned but the fate of rest of the games hangs in balance.Several districts of Maharashtra are facing acute water shortage and objections have been raised over the “wastage” of water to maintain cricket grounds across the state.Petitions have been filed against hosting the Indian Premier League in Maharashtra at a time when people are finding it tough to arrange water even for their daily needs. But the big question is whether the opposition to the glitzy cricket tournament is mere symbolism or it means more than that?Big QuestionsWill 70 lakh litres of water really make a difference?Criticising IPL for water crisis mere symbolism?Should cricket alone be targeted?Should BCCI avoid hosting matches in Maharashtra?Morally right to host 20 matches in Maharashtra?IPL to be affected in drought-hit Telangana too?Why blame IPL only for the water crisis?Unnecessary controversy over non-potable water?Avoiding IPL games a solution to solve crisis?Water use during IPL really a criminal offence? Speaking to Karan Thapar on his show To The Point,  Rakesh Singh, advocate who has filed a petition in the high court against hosting IPL in the state, said that concerns over the issue were genuine. “Maharashtra at this juncture can not afford to host IPL. This is a moral as well as a legal issue,” Singh said.Dipankar Gupta, one of country’s top sociologist, also pointed out that the controversy has certain moral connotations to it.advertisement”I do believe that one has to take a serious view of this. Look at the golf courses… the amount of water they waste. I think it’s not just a moral issue but an ethical issue too. Why should we waste so much water on these (cricket) pitches to favour certain kind of sport which is not indigenous to our country,” he said.Presenting his views during the discussion, Brand Guru, Dilip Cherian, said,” I would have supported IPL if it would have been real cricket. It is actually an advanced form of entertainment. As far as cricket is concerned, IPL is a tournament essentially based on clubs.””IPL is not even real sport, its actually a game people play to amuse vast number of people,” Cherian added.P Chengal Reddy, President, Federation of Farmers’ Association, observed that it was probably for the first time that such an issue has been raised in the country.”We are raising an issue which also concerns the sensitivity of cricket lovers and Mumbaikars. This is not a question about morality but sensitivity,” Reddy said.Former Indian cricketer Saad Bin Jung was of the view that if IPL matches are banned in Maharashtra then it should be banned in other places too.”Will banning the IPL get you 70 lakh litres of water? Do we have a method in place to provide that water to the families who actually need it. No we don’t,” Jung said, adding,” the petitioner has come as a blessing in disguise for the officials and politicians who for so many years have not delivered basic water facilities. What will happen now is everyone will go hammer and tongs against the IPL and forget the main culprits.”last_img read more