Welcome to Ademir to Zizinho, a blog intended to cover an A-Z of world football with a particular focus on the history of the game. The aim is to provide a diverse selection of content that covers some of the lesser known aspects of the global game. Inspired by Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, I’m going to kick off by charting the history of football by looking back at 100 classic games. These are by no means intended to be a list of the 100 “best games ever”, more a selection of games that had a profound impact on the history of football.
Some of these will meet the conventional criteria for a classic game, with a result resembling a rugby score, while others stand out for more varied reasons. They might have had a tactical influence, marked the changing of the guard in the global game or in some cases actually had an impact that went beyond the game of football. Whatever the reason, all these games stand out in the history of football and deserve to be remembered for their significance.