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RIP: Alan Ball

Tragic news today as England World Cup star Alan Ball died outside his home in England after suffering a heart attack trying to put out a garden fire in his backyard.

Ball, the red-haired dimunitive England midfielder, played 975 matches in his career and even played in the NASL in the late 70s for Vancouver Whitecaps and the Philadelphia Fury.

In his management career, I have fond memories of his time at Portsmouth, Southampton and Manchester City, where he had a mixture of success and failure.

Here’s a video compilation of some of his goals when he played for Arsenal in the seventies:

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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