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Euros legends: Tomas Brolin and the goal that changed the Swedish forward's life

“Brolin, Dahlin, Broleeen…” A moment so magical, it made Barry Davies go all Dolly Parton. Tomas Brolin’s breakthrough goal is burned into English brains of a certain vintage, as the cherubic forward knocked Graham Taylor’s dreary team out of Euro 92. The English press certainly didn’t forget, because the Swede became prime tabloid fodder during a tricky spell at Leeds years later.
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World Cup memories: How the rock and roll football of Tomas Brolin and Sweden lit up USA ‘94

Italia ’90 didn’t get the football it deserved. It created iconic imagery and sounds – Gazza’s tears, Milla’s hips, Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma – but the action was dismal. It produced the lowest goals per game (2.21) of any World Cup, rewarded miserly tactics, and was capped by an abominable final described by sports writer Brian Glanville as “probably the worst, most tedious, bad-tempered final in the history of the World Cup”.All of which made USA ’94 seem like a hedonistic festival of football. The back-pass rule had freed the game from its shackles and modern formulaic patterns weren’t yet...
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