Special Ones Football Players

Special Ones Football Players embraces extraordinary footballers who have had a relevant role in the football industry, specially those who have contributed to a greater success for the Special Ones Football Clubs, distinguished by their respect to football values, supporters and history.

Volker Ippig, a St. Pauli myth and real left-wing goalkeeper

Volker Ippig, a St. Pauli myth and real left-wing goalkeeper

The goalkeeper has always been a special member of a football team. Legend has it that you have to be a little crazy to do it. And certainly many goalkeepers have had an interesting approach to the game and life in general. Every other player on the team depends on and works with others. But the goalkeeper is singular, set pieces aside, he has no ‘team work’ to concern himself with. For most of the game he is alone, dependent on his strength and reflexes, mental as well as physical. Repelling invaders, master of his territory. For my team of...

Tommy Gemmell, a genuine Lisbon Lion

Tommy Gemmell, a genuine Lisbon Lion

“I really missed being a Celtic player. That meant more than money.” This quote summarizes what means to be a special one footbal player. And Celtic legend Tommy Gemmell truly is. This member of the Lisbon Lions was immortalised by scoring the equalising goal in the ultimate final as Celtic lifted the European Cup in 1967. Tommy Gemmell was born on 16 October 1943 in his Granny’s house in Cumbrae Drive, Motherwell – the family subsequently moved to nearby Craigneuk in Wishaw when Tommy was five years old. He played on the right wing for his school team and only moved...

John Barnes, Liverpool’s most outspoken legend

John Barnes, Liverpool’s most outspoken legend

During his stellar career as a professional soccer, or football, player in England, John Barnes played for England 79 times, scoring 12 goals. He was a member of the Liverpool Special One Football Club that won the league title in 1988 and 1990, the Football Association (FA) Cup in 1989 and 1992, and the League Cup in 1995. He was the first black player to win the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award in 1988; he also won the prestigious Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Footballer of the Year award that same year. His professional career lasted 18 years,...

Matthias Sammer, the Kaiser from the East Germany

Matthias Sammer, the Kaiser from the East Germany

Sometimes politics and football are too much related so that our sport can’t escape from the European countries decision-makers. This is what actually happened to Borussia Dortmund’s Special One Player Matthias Sammer, whose Ballon d’Or award-winning year was followed by the Fall of the Berlin Wall. That evening on November 9th would change radically in 1989 Sammer’s life once he had started his career as a defensive midfielder to become later on in a brilliant sweeper. Matthias Sammer started playing for his hometown club Dynamo Dresden surrounded by political spies. On 19 December 1990, Sammer debuted for the newly formed unified Germany...

Andy Robertson, the special one who sought a job and ended playing a Champions League final for Liverpool

Andy Robertson, the special one who sought a job and ended playing a Champions League final for Liverpool

Andrew Robertson, who has played for two Special Ones Football Clubs, Liverpool FC and Celtic FC, is being praised these times but it hasn’t always been the case as we are able to verify on this article. His rise at Liverpool is a result of hard work and persistence. Released from Celtic’s academy as a youth prospect, largely due to his slight frame, he signed for amateur side Queen’s Park. “Andy left Celtic when he was about 15 and came into our academy and, obviously, kids can react to the disappointment of leaving such a big club in a number...