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Steve Bloomer

( football player)

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Biography Steve Bloomer
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Country: England
. Position: Striker
. Born January 20, 1874 in Cradle hit (Staffordshire)
. Died April 16, 1938 in Derby
. Held:
. in D-1 England: 536 games, 317 goals
. in D-2 England: 64 games, 38 goals
. England squad: 23 match (including 1 times - as captain), 28 goals
. First leg: March 9, 1895
. Last match: April 6, 1907
. Team accomplishments:
. British Champion 1895, 1898, 1899, 1901,1904,1905
. Winner of the FA Cup 1903
. Personal achievements:
. Top scorer of England Championships 1896, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1904

. Blumer - the 'old' from the company's outstanding players
. Over the years the name prescription Bloomer is forgotten, but only outside of England. At the very same home football was even a hundred years of worship for one of the brightest stars in the history of football.


Third football XIX century

When in England conducted a survey of experts on the title of the country's best player of all time, Steve Bloomer took him in sixth place
. This is despite the fact that he was not on an equal footing with Matthews, Moore, Charlton and Lineker, and no one alive today saw the way he plays, not only live, but even in the newsreels: a deep mark he left behind.

. The British - and this opinion was formed long-unanimous that Bloomer was the very first football superstar in the British Isles (as well as anywhere else while they in principle could not be, if not the world)
. It is their unanimity gives grounds to adopt such a characterization Bloomer - quite conventional at first glance - as a given.

. Interesting, . by the way, . therefore the question arises: who should be considered the best player of the world (or, . that same, . Britain) XIX century? In XX century, we have a reasonably clear, . although, . through carelessness FIFA, . not entirely unique representation: whether Pele, . whether Maradona - who like more like it.,

. And what about the previous century? Even while playing football, and some even decently
. If so, theoretically existed and the coolest footballer. But who is he? No referendums and classifications did not exist a trace. However, left football archives, studying which can provide a sufficiently objective answer to the question.

No, it was not Blumer, although it was created in the preceding paragraphs of 'advertising'. As already mentioned, the end of XIX century, he found, but its peak had not yet reached. Status 'King Football' to mid 90-ies the century before last fully owned by Johnny Goodall - attacker, stands out among his contemporaries and predecessors, and technically and taktichsski, was usually playing left insiders. Since mid-90's above all in Britain was quoted a young and elegant frontline Joe (full name Gilbert Oswald) Smith, who pressed Goodall with his 'throne'.

. So, the British, Joe Smith and John Goodall, obviously, would have taken the dispute over the title of best football player of the XIX century, if such took place, the top two lines
. The third and most likely would have went to Bloomer, who set a record of the century the number of goals for the national team (20, whereas the nearest to him Tinsley Lindley, also an Englishman, - 15). But the real popularity to it, again, came a little later.


Vittorio Pozzo was his pupil

Like the vast majority of his colleagues, contemporaries, Steve Bloomer practiced not only in football but also in related types of sports - cricket and baseball
. In baseball, he also reached the stellar statusa.vyigrav with 'Derby County' three FA Cups in 90 years. These were the best years of British Baseball, which soon experienced a dramatic wilting. Visited the foggy Albion prominent American scholar of the game Bloomer described as the best England player of his Position - Second beyzmena.

How to bat, he was also fortunate. In Victorian England amateur cricket was very revered in aristocratic circles. He was considered a refined sport educated people as opposed to professional football, whose representatives were called slut and greedy. The view was different from the working class, among whom Bloomer in the ground and earned his enormous popularity.

The football team 'Derby', for which he began performing in 1892, he started earning a 37 and a half pence per week. The highest weekly wage in his career was 5 pounds 10 shillings. For all his glory Blumer never got in his entire life own home. At first he lived with his father (his mother died when he was a teenager) right next to the baseball field, which belonged to 'Derby County', and then rented a house.

. Interestingly, the role of the breeder, who led by Steve in football, was the aforementioned Johnny Goodall, who won with 'Preston' is the first English championship in the 1888/89 season, becoming its top scorer.

. Growth Bloomer was 5 feet 8 inches, which is about 170 centimeters
. He is a sustained short haircut. He played in place of the right insiders. They say, for a body type and game style, he is most like Michael Owen. Face is a bit like a Paolo Maldini.

In 1896, Steve married Sarah Walker, daughter of a shoemaker, who worked at the club 'Derby County'. In the local press this event was dedicated to accidentally passing in the text one line: '... by the way, Steve Bloomer was married at noon today'. No lavish celebrations was not a trace. Despite the fact that he was a full-fledged professional football player and England, in the 'profession' of the marriage certificate stamped 'blacksmith'.

From marriage to Sarah from Bloomer appeared four daughters. Two of them died before the age. One of the daughters was named Pretoria, in honor of the victory of Britain in the Boer War: Steve has always conducted himself as a patriot of his country.

. As released in Britain in 1905 and spread planetary encyclopedia Bloomer figured as 'most celebrated athlete of the world, known everywhere, where they play football and where he develops'
. One of the journalists called it the 'King of English football in the days when English football was himself a king'.

His charisma and a rare gift bombardirsky opened all the doors in front of Steve, where he played. The girls dedicated his poem. Boys, reflect, 'to make life with someone', knocking him to the house, harassing requests to reveal his secrets.

. Why are there boys! Vittorio Pozzo, . next great coach, . 'father of Italian football', . as it is called in his homeland, . before the First World War came to Derby and built there an Italian school teacher specifically to, . to be able to detail and had long talks about football with Bloomer,
. In his memoirs, Pozzo wrote that many of the ideas for Kalchiev borrowed from such interviews.


Progenitor football advertising

Bloomer made his debut in England March 9, 1895 at 21 years of age, putting his two goals in the rout of Ireland (9:0)
. He scored in each of their first ten games for the team, and the meeting with Wales (9:1) in Cardiff, 16 March 1896 the first goal was struck five times. Contemporaries singled out his goal against Scotland (1:1) April 6, 1907. He turned and most unusual (clogged the middle of the field), and the last for Bloomer. Stephen graduated from the performances for the national team with a score of 28 goals. At that time it was a record. It existed, however, only 4goda - in 1911-m it exceeded one ball Vivian Woodward.

. In domestic competitions - the championship and Cup - Bloomer scored for the 'Derby' and 'Middlesbrough' 397 goals in 655 games, including 355 goals in the matches of the first and second divisions
. This figure has remained the record for more than two decades. Deal with it only an outstanding scorer of one of the following generations - Dixie Dean (1936).

. Some time Bloomer, head of the list five times in the championship scorers in England, remained the world record holder and the number of goals in the first National Division (317)
. This record was broken in the 20-ies, Imre Schlosser, whose kinship with Bloomer that he went down in history as the first superstar of the continental European football.

. In 1905, when Steve broke the record for Joe Smith in the number of matches in the England team, the Football Association office wall adorned with his portrait
. Bloomer was the first footballer to be awarded the honor this.

1909-m time of stay in 'Middlesbrough' he developed pneumonia, and the disease has reached a serious stage that Bloomer had almost given ends. He was close to that, to finish with football. Once the case went to the amendment, he changed his mind and extended his career for another five years, returning to the 'derby'.

Bloomer only once in his career was ejected from the field. And he was so saddened by this event that composed for the Football Association of exculpatory note on the four (!) Sheets. However, the association showed no pity and still disqualify him for two weeks.

With the guidance of 'derby' at Steve's no-no, and yes there are tensions on the ground of his cold attitude to training. But because the goals he scored are always in order, such freedom silt him to go with it.

There is nothing surprising in the fact that Bloomer was the first football was used for promotional purposes. First, his name appeared on the sports goods (shoes were released with the label Bloomer `s Lucky Strikers), then - on energy drinks and even medicines.


Champion concentration camp

In July 1914, just hang up his boots, Bloomer took the offer to become coach of the Berlin club 'Britain'
. Served on the complete opposite of its field names, which means 'mistake', this time, Steve is really missed, and cool. Already three weeks after his departure to Berlin started World War II, Germany and England were hostile alliances, and Bloomer, instead of a football club he was captured and interned in Rulebene.

. So all three and a half years, until the war went on, he there and protorchal
. But not idle. Among the internees were a lot of football. They have built their teams and even a championship. Bloomer was one person captain and coach of his hut. Naturally, his hut was the champion.

After the war, Stephen returned to Derby and coached club, which previously played. In the 1923-meters, he made another sortie abroad. He invited me to his club 'Real Jaen', representing the Basque town near Bilbao. His fans were so delighted with the arrival of a famous person, which dubbed him "Holy Steve '.

Bloomer fully met their expectations. The first attempt, he won with 'Spenish Boys' as he called his team, league title. And the next year, "Irun" presented sensation by defeating Madrid 'Real' in his field (7:0), and then convincingly defeated the touring Spain 'Bok Juniors' (4:0).

. Despite the fact that he distinguished himself in Spain as a coach simply brilliant, terse Bloomer rarely recalled later about this experience
. While staying at the Pyrenees, did not last long - in 1925 he had returned to, . - Certainly, . and he had some influence on, . that it is the team of Spain became the first continental team, . which was able in 1929 to defeat the English team (4:3).,

. Last 13 years of his life Bloomer had as a coach of youth teams 'derby'
. In parallel, it is often published in newspaper columns, worked baseball scout and watched the pitch. Looking at the way he personally mow clean grass and rubbing it with a pitchfork in the haystack, the young players coming into the club, refused to believe, when the veterans were told that this is a great Blumer. They thought that they played.

In late 1937 'Derby County' pay seriously ill with bronchitis Bloomer cruise to Australia and New Zealand, hoping that this trip would be beneficial to his health. However, the opposite has happened: in every port Stephen had to resort to the help of doctors. In April 1938 the first, three weeks after his return, he had a relapse, which he had not survived.

The day of his funeral was the biggest in the history of 'derby'. After Bloomer in the club still does not add any football player of equal caliber with. Anthem 'derby', which is carried on the club's stadium before every home game begins with the words 'Steve Bloomer `s Watching' (Steve Bloomer looks). This hymn composed by the popular actor and an avid fan 'derby' RobertLindsi.

. In 1936, that is, 22 years after the Bloomer stopped playing when the Queen Mary went on a honeymoon voyage, from the walls of cabins luxury seen his picture.

. Over the years, as the witnesses game Bloomer became smaller, his name has disappeared, a broad reference
. Such is the fate of football stars of the early era.

Football, as mentioned above, was at a disadvantage compared with the same cricket. On cricket, enthusiastic people from middle and upper classes, publishers willing to print the book because they had to pay for someone. Accordingly, the masters of cricket remembered longer. Soccer is another matter: the proletarians were not particularly eager to read books.

'Revive' Bloomer to life helped process that began in the English football life in the last decades of the XX century. As mushrooms began to appear club museums and as a consequence of an interest to the forgotten past.

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