After success with superstars Pele and George Best, in 1973 the Stylo Matchmakers football boot brand signed the next biggest name in English football with Kevin Keegan AKA “Merseyside’s Mighty Mouse”. Facing a severe economic crisis, the English government turned to football. The country was in need of a hero and Kevin Keegan was just the man to provide it. He went on to become one of the most successful players in the history of English football, winning three First Division titles (with Liverpool), two European Cups (with Liverpool), and an FA Cup (also with Liverpool).
When promoting his latest autobiography “My Life in Football“, Keegan reflected on fellow Stylo legend George Best and told the newspapers: “I benefited from Bestie more than anybody. I got his boot contract, Stylo Matchmakers. I was 20. I wasn’t 16 like him when he first came over. He was the first and it’s always hard to be the pioneer.” Keegan went on to introduce the Stylo Matchmakers brand to Liverpool management (Bill Shankly) and soon the whole team were battling it out in Stylo Matchmakers.
Today the Stylo Matchmakers football boot design which Kevin Keegan and the Liverpool FC squad sported was rebooted as the Heirship Seventy Four, 1974 being the amazing footballing year this boot model was at its most popular. Now, this model has been modernized and completely remastered so that today’s players can wear a lightweight classic pair of boots, in both comfort and in style.
The Los Angeles Aztecs was an American professional soccer team based in Los Angeles, California , from 1974 to 1981. The Aztecs competed in the North Ame, fromue (NASL) from 1974 to 1981 as well as the 1975 NASL Indoor tournament, the 1979–80 and 1980–81 NASL Indoor seasons, and won the NASL Championship in 1974. During their eight years of existence, European football legends George Best, Johan Cruyff and a whole host of international players played for the team, total football pioneer Rinus Michels moved to the United States where he coached the L.A Aztecs and English singer Elton John was also a part-owner.
The Chicago Sting (1974–1988) was an American professional soccer team representing Chicago. The Sting played in the North American Soccer League from 1975 to 1984 and in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the 1982–83 season and again from 1984 to 1988. They were North American Soccer League champions in 1981 and 1984, one of only two NASL teams (the New York Cosmos) to win the championship twice. The Sting were founded in 1974 by Lee Stern of Chicago and competed in the NASL for the first time in the 1975 season. A few years after founding the Sting, Stern brought Willy Roy on as head coach. Roy coached the Sting for the remainder of their outdoor existence. The team was named in reference to the popular 1973 film, The Sting, whose action was set in Chicago of the 1930s. The club played at various venues. The outdoor team spread their home games at Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, and Comiskey Park. In 1976 the indoor squad called the International Amphitheatre home, before subsequently using Chicago Stadium and the Rosemont Horizon (now the Allstate Arena).
The Washington Diplomats first came into being when in 1974 when the North American Soccer League (NASL) granted a franchise to a Washington, D.C. based business group. The team played all their home games at RFK Stadium in 1974, but in 1975 and 1976 they played most of their games at W.T. Woodson High School in Northern Virginia, including all of their 1976 games. They played indoor home matches at the neighboring D.C. Armory. The Diplomats qualified for the playoffs and increased average game attendance in each of their last three years of existence. Additionally, in their final year, the Diplomats were able to sign the future European Player of the Century Johan Cruyff. To the club experienced a spike in average attendance, nearing 20,000 fans a game by the 1980 season.
The Philadelphia Atoms were an American soccer team based out of Philadelphia that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL). They played from 1973 at Veterans Stadium (1973–75) and Franklin Field (1976). The club’s colors were blue and white. The Atoms were founded by Philadelphia construction mogul Thomas McCloskey in 1973 at the urging of Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Tornado owner Lamar Hunt. Playing a largely American line-up, they won the NASL title in their first year of existence by defeating Hunt’s Dallas club 2–0. After this championship match, Philadelphia goalkeeper and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania native Bob Rigby became the first soccer player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Detroit Express was a professional soccer team based in suburban Detroit that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1978. Its home field was the Pontiac Silverdome. The Express were co-owned by Jimmy Hill, Roger Faulkner, Sonny VanArnem, and Gary Lemmen. The club made a splash by signing England forward Trevor Francis; he missed the first third of the season (arriving only after the European season ended in May), but still led the team with 22 goals and ten assists in 19 games.Francis scored five times as the Express slaughtered the San Jose Earthquakes, 10–0, which as of 2021 is still the widest margin of victory in an American major pro soccer match (NASL or MLS). The Express also won the American Soccer League title in 1982.