Last Word on Sport

Past Teams by Philip Meese - 14 Jan 2023 12:13

Because of their history, clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, A.C. Milan, Juventus & Manchester United are expected to deliver trophies, domestic and European, every season. However, the articles below, where I focused on teams whose achievements surprised many, do not carry that level of expectation.

Some articles are just fun to write, especially when the subject is to revisit the past. This was especially true for these articles.

Ajax 1995

This was the first article I ever wrote for LWOS.

Two decades before Louis van Gaal became Manchester United manager, his Ajax side embarked on a campaign that saw them not only lift the Dutch league title and UEFA Champions League, but remain unbeaten in both throughout the entire season.

Red Star Belgrade

In 1991, shortly before the start of the Balkan War, Yugoslavia’s biggest club Red Star Belgrade became its country’s first and only club to be crowned European Champions.

Wimbledon’s Premier League Years

Much has been written about Wimbledon beating Liverpool in the 1988 F.A. Cup Final, having been a non-league side just a decade earlier. However, it’s easy to forget that in the early years of the Premier League, they were a club that put a spoke in many a team’s wheels.

Borussia Dortmund 1997


Although they were champions of Germany, nobody expected Borussia Dortmund to claim the 1997 UEFA Champions League crown, and certainly not at the expense of the holders, Juventus.