Some say it was English merchants who introduced football to Kazakhstan early in the 20th Century during Tsarist times at Semey Ã¢ÂÂ then known as Semipalatinsk Ã¢ÂÂ a trading post in the north-east of the country close to the Russian border. Never before has an Englishman managed in the central Asian republic, though.
With the Premier League only just hitting its stride, Euro 96 was the greatest collection of talent the English had hosted in three decades. Lauren Childs, Vithushan Ehantharajah and Gary Parkinson pick the best.
Being the maverick that I am Ã¢ÂÂ or like to think I am Ã¢ÂÂ and with plenty more attacking players worthy of consideration than defenders, IÃ¢ÂÂve opted for an adventurous 3-3-1-3 formation ÃÂ la Chile under Marcelo Bielsa...
It's 15 years since Euro 96, and here's more from FourFourTwo's contemporary coverage. Thanks to England's demolition of the Dutch, Scotland were in the last eight for 16 minutes Ã¢ÂÂ and Olivia Blair was with the Tartan Army at Villa Park
Euro 96 didn't have a great number of goals, but it had a number of great ones. Vithushan Ehantharajah and Andy Kennedy bring you the best of the bunch from Shearer, Stoichkov, Klinsmann, Poborsky, Vlaovic, Gascoigne...
NOVEMBERA rampant Real Madrid began November on top of the table with the Capital City media so desperate to praise the clubÃ¢ÂÂs Special One that they were gouging each otherÃ¢ÂÂs eyes out and scrapping in the streets like a mother-daughter rumble outside a roller-disco.
It was the first major tournament on these isles in 30 years: you may recall that football was "coming home". The then FourFourTwo editor Paul Simpson set out to watch it with the fansÃ¢ÂÂ¦Can't cross. CanÃ¢ÂÂt take a free-kick to save their lives. Always giving away free-kicks just outside the box. CanÃ¢ÂÂt get a corner in the box and away from the keeper. This isnÃ¢ÂÂt an assassination of any particular footballer, just an all-too-accurate description of too many of the teams who competed in the football fest that was Euro 96.