Through Gritted Teeth

“Through Gritted Teeth” … a series of pieces in which football writers explore those players, managers and teams that have, for them, for whatever reason, managed to transcend the traditional barriers of rivalry and loathing and achieve a respect that, while perhaps grudging, is nevertheless heartfelt and sincere.

#1: Matt Holland and Ipswich Town 2000-02, by Juliet Jacques

#2: Arjen Robben, by Ethan Dean-Richards

#3: José Mourinho, by Callum Hamilton

#4: Harry Redknapp, by Andrew Harding

#5: Dennis Bergkamp, by Rob Macdonald

#6: Tony Pulis, by David Bevan

#7: Kevin Phillips, by Adam Bate

#8: Alex Ferguson, by Thomas Levin

#9: Paolo di Canio, by Daniel Williams

“Durch Zusammengebissene Zähne”: A German Trilogy

— #10: Jürgen Klinsmann, by Michael Moruzzi

— #11: Michael Ballack, by Mohamed Moallim

— #12: Andreas Möller, by Adam Bushby

#13: Neil Warnock, by Rob Langham

#14: John O’Shea, by James Tyler

#15: Peter Crouch, by James Shaw

#16: The Liverpool back four of the 1980s, by Chris King

#17: Cristiano Ronaldo, by Hayley Wright

#18: Crystal Palace 1990, by Dave Hartrick

#19: Patrick Vieira, by William Abbs

#20: Roy Keane, by Alex Hess

#21: Tony Adams, by Greg Theoharis

#22: Jamie Carragher, by Hayden Shaw

#23: Javier Hernández, by Sam Drew

#24: Raúl González, by Charlie Anderson

#25: Guti, by Linda Hui

#26: Lionel Messi, by Kris Hallam

#27: “Come On You Reds”, by John McGee

#28: Didier Drogba, by Brett Atkinson

#29: Sam Allardyce, by Christopher Mann

#30: talkSPORT, by Mark Critchley

#31: Rangers 1995, by Calum Mechie

#32: England, by Shaughan McGuigan

#33: Stan Collymore, by Thomas Nash

#34: Polonia Warswaza, by Ryan Hubbard

#35: Liverpool 1988, by Mike Counsell

#36: Craig Bellamy, by Ian King

#37: Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero, by Layla Carlsson

#38: Landon Donovan, by Zac Lee Rigg

#39: José Mourinho II: “Once More, With Feeling”, by Jack Lang

#40: Darren Bent, by Daniel Ivery

#41: Glenn Hoddle, by Sarah Flotel

#42: Barnsley 1997, by Chris Ledger

#43: Mehmet Scholl, by Niklas Wildhagen

#44: Alan Pardew, by Scott Oliver

#45: Garry Cook, by Danny Fitzgerald

More to follow …

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