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5 football myths that people believe to be true

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John Lukic
John Lukic: Just not “that” Lukic

In a world as vast as football, there are bound to be rumours and myths created to captivate the imagination of the masses. The fine line existing between myth and reality is often crossed with little to no consequence. 

But it’s about time we differentiated between the truth and myth. Here are some of the most famous myths existing in  the world football.

#1 John Lukic survived the Munich Air Disaster

John Lukic is a former professional footballer who played for both Arsenal and Leeds. He made a total of 668 League appearances and was capped by both the England U21 and England B-sides. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches, he now works a freelance goalkeeping coach and often tours the country as an after dinner speaker. 

He has won the league with two different clubs and is one of four players to play in the top division in England in four different decades (the others being Peter Shilton, Steve Ogrizovic and Sir Stanley Matthews).

But arguably the biggest reason why many would have heard of the name John Lukic is because of the Munich Air disaster. The story goes that a passenger named Mrs. Lukic was on board the same plane that was headed for disaster. 

Harry Gregg, the current Manchester United goalkeeper at the time, returned to the wreckage to pull out Mrs. Lukic and her daughter. The woman at the time was pregnant with her son. The myth began with people making the connection that John Lukic was her son and that he survived the Munich air disaster himself. 

However, John Lukic was born almost three years after the crash itself in Chesterfield to Yugoslavian parents.

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