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God help Benfica if Celtic are inspired by Estadio Nacional

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Years before Celtic Quick News I was at an event with ten of the Lisbon Lions in attendance, before playing football later that evening.  They say you should never meet your heroes but ‘they’ never met the Lions.  Bobby Murdoch asked about my job and spoke about his wife’s job, showing the kind of interest in people, and pride in his own family, which was refreshing from a football legend.

Jinky was Jinky; irrepressible.  He was last to arrive and as he walked into the room looked at his team mates with a cheeky grin, “Am I in trouble again?”  Bertie Auld told me we should have signed Kenny Miller (this was years before we did) but Tommy Gemmell, who knew a thing or two about scoring a great goal, said “Every goal I’ve ever seen was a great goal”.  Tommy was a full back who scored cracking goals in two European Cup finals but his point was simple, when they hit the back of the net, they’re all great goals.  Listening to him talk made you want to go get kick a football.

That night I was absolutely buzzing, I went out and played the best game in my life.  Sharing in the achievements of the Lions had a profound effect, I knew I would play well, even before kick-off.

This morning Neil Lennon took his players to Estadio Nacional, yesterday telling a media conference, “We will train at the stadium again in the morning and let these players have a feel of what is a special piece of history for our club”.

God help Benfica tonight if the spirit of that great old stadium seeps into the pours of the Celtic players today. Let me at them!

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  1. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Dontbrattbakkinanger

     

     

    12:21 on 20 November, 2012

     

     

    i’m not confident

     

     

    …………………………………

     

     

    I would say your posts indicate you are really quite outgoing, to the point of being gregarious! (Is that a wurd?)

     

     

    :0)

  2. BMCUW

     

     

    The olive-picking was cancelled today!

     

     

    Cant concentrate on anything – tonight’s game takes top priority!

     

     

    HH!!

  3. You mention Bobby Murdoch Paul and his gentlemanly ways well in my opinion Bobby Murdoch was a legend among legends. The word legend is not enough for the man.

     

     

    I have admired many Celtic players in my time but three stand head and shoulders above the rest as real legends. One was Henrik, one was Tommy Burns. But the other, Bobby Murdoch, a man I was too young to have seen in the Hoops, stands above even him.

     

     

    For Henke it was all about professionalism, decency and his ability. For Tommy it was his being a Celtic man and a good human being to his very core. But for Bobby I think it was the knowledge that he was a tremendous footballer, the heartbeat of the greatest team ever to wear the hoops, and a guy who never changed from his days as a kid in Ruglen to his untimely death in that same town. To be able to stand out among the Lions of Lisbon is the greatest testimony to his legendary status I can think of.

  4. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Philbhoy- It’s all a facade.

     

     

    My default Europosture for the ole Hoops is pessimism; that way I get disappointed but not distraught.

     

     

    DBBIA/NotwavingbutdrowningCSC

  5. Champions League 2012 snapshots. Part 1.

     

     

     

    FOULS COMMITTED

     

    20 Vitali Rodionov BATE 

     

    13 Scott Brown Celtic 

     

    12 Leonardo Bonucci Juventus 

     

    12 Xabi Alonso Real Madrid 

     

    11 Ari Spartak Moskva 

     

     

    I think we should recognise Broony took a game less to get his 13 fouls, and acknowledge the rest will need to try harder :-).

  6. greenjedi – Hamas are lovely cuddly people who would never dream of murdering Jews and Christians.

     

     

    When they launch rockets at Israel, they’re filled with sweeties and glitter. When their suicide bombers target innocent civilians in buses or cafes, it’s because they want everyone to get to heaven faster.

     

     

    That Hamas commander was probably on his way to donate money to a puppy orphanage when Israel so rudely interrupted him via missile. (thumbsup)

  7. Got a wee Celtic based CL quiz coming up in a minute if anyone cares.

     

     

    Don’t phone, it’s just for fun!

  8. q1

     

     

    Which 3 Celtic players have coverd the most distance in this seasons CL. answer in 5 for those who can work Google!

     

     

    I wasn’t that surprised.

  9. philvisreturns

     

     

    12:47 on 20 November, 2012

     

     

    Hamas were elected by the Palestinian people.

     

     

    You have to wonder just how desperate the Palestinians were to elect them.

     

     

    Bearing in mind that Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism I suppose Hamas could argue that they are only doing what the Stern gang did back in the 40s.

  10. The original European Cup trophy was donated by L’Équipe, a French sports newspaper.[6] This trophy was awarded permanently to Real Madrid in March 1967.[6] At the time, they were the reigning champions, and had won six titles altogether, including the first five competitions from 1956 to 1960. Celtic thus became the first club to win the cup in its current design in 1967.

     

     

    Another first for the MIGHTY HOOPS!!

     

     

    HH!!

  11. The stuff of dreams ———

     

     

    Met a St Johnstone supporter in an Alfama fado bar last night

     

     

    Born and bred in Crieff . Studied / worked in Edinburgh . Took early retirement and moved to Lisbon .

     

     

    Why Lisbon ? —” adolescent me loved Benfica — Simoes / Eusebio / Torres etc – I promised myself I would live here “

  12. q1

     

     

    Which 3 Celtic players have coverd the most distance in this seasons CL. answer in 5 for those who can work Google!

     

     

    I wasn’t that surprised.

     

     

    Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Samaras, Matthews

  13. philvisreturns

     

     

    12:57 on 20 November, 2012

     

     

    ‘ernie lynch – You know I love the whataboutery.’

     

     

     

    It’s not whataboutery though, is it?

     

     

    Israel is proof that terrorism can work.

     

     

    It’s no surprise that others try to emulate the method.

  14. ernie lynch @12.12

     

    Some speech. I hadn`t realised Gerald Kaufman would speak like that.

     

     

    JJ

  15. The Middle East conflict is one of the few things that gets a bit of heated debate on the blog,

     

    well if you discount – poppys PL The Board GB The Polis John Reid the OO Sevco Mcoist the various Republican Armies Kojo Tax Dodging Dungcaster Regan Jabba SDM SFA oh and the podium, where im still inclined to think Commrade thumbsup is psychic

     

     

    you gotta love this place!

  16. saltires en sevilla on

    Nip Inn – just a few quick beers – don’t want to get too far ahead of younger, healthier and more resilient siblings ha!

  17. Saint Stivs

     

    12:56 on

     

    20 November, 2012

     

    anyone got a link to the Fanpic 360 from the barca game ?

  18. Answer to Q1 pf the quiz that has caught the imagination. (now I know how the team behind Superscott felt!).

     

     

    Which player has covered the most distance in this seasons CL?

     

     

    1. Victor Wanyama 31110 m

     

    2. Charlie Mulgrew 30542 m

     

    3. Lustig 28008 m

     

     

     

    Interestingly, Gary Hooper covered 22740m in a game less. Some shifts.

     

     

    Q2 is a cracker. Coming soon.

  19. Che

     

    13:06 on

     

    20 November, 2012

     

    The Middle East conflict is one of the few things that gets a bit of heated debate on the blog,

     

    well if you discount – poppys PL The Board GB The Polis John Reid the OO Sevco Mcoist the various Republican Armies Kojo Tax Dodging Dungcaster Regan Jabba SDM SFA oh and the podium, where im still inclined to think Commrade thumbsup is psychic

     

     

    you gotta love this place!

     

     

    ————–

     

     

    che you missed out inter-town rivalries of lived in the worst schemes, who had the best gang, and whos teacher was a bully.

  20. glasgowdave

     

    intentionally left maggie out, it only leads to

     

    friction amongst the factions

     

    try saying that quickly

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Your lead article is,as ever,a bitia belter.

     

     

    Showin’ aff,mind-we didnae a’ get the chance tae play wi wur heroes.

     

     

    Though I’ve still got a a perra studmarks fae Big Roy,and I would have to marry you if I showed you where they were.

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