Today in Soccer History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 233

  • 1857-10-24 World's first soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in Yorkshire, England
  • 1863-10-26 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby
  • 1869-11-06 1st intercollegiate football (soccer) game (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4)
  • 1872-11-30 First international soccer game, Scotland draws with England (0-0) in Glasgow
  • 1876-03-25 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
  • 1885-09-12 Highest score (35) recorded in any 1st-class soccer match is set
  • 1887-04-10 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
  • 1888-04-01 Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
  • 1889-10-01 Soccer team HFC Haarlem forms
  • 1892-05-14 Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
  • 1894-09-04 Soccer team Veendam 1894 forms
  • 1894-12-24 Soccer team Achilles '94 forms in Axes
  • 1895-01-18 Amsterdam's AFC soccer team forms
  • 1896-08-12 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • 1898-09-01 Dutch soccer team Receiver forms
  • 1900-01-15 SCNEC soccer team forms
  • 1900-02-18 Ajax soccer team forms in Amsterdam
  • 1900-05-01 Roermond soccer team forms in Netherlands
  • 1901-04-28 1st soccer game between Belgium (8) & Netherlands (0)
  • 1902-04-02 Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
  • 1902-06-01 Blue-White United soccer team of Amsterdam forms
  • 1902-07-03 Excelsior soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • 1902-09-10 Utrecht soccer team UVV forms
  • 1902-12-02 Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer
  • 1903-02-07 VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo
  • 1903-05-03 AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
  • 1904-05-21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • 1904-09-06 Soccer team Rheden forms
  • 1905-02-01 Hague soccer team ADO forms
  • 1905-04-30 1st official soccer game between Belgium-Netherlands (1-4)
  • 1905-05-14 2nd official international soccer match, Netherlands beats Belgium 4-0
  • 1905-10-21 England Pilgrim Association beats All NY 11, 7-1 in soccer at Polo Grounds
  • 1908-02-08 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands
  • 1908-07-19 Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • 1909-11-16 EVV Eindhoven soccer team forms
  • 1910-03-17 DHC soccer team forms in Delft, Netherlands
  • 1910-06-01 SC Enschede soccer team forms in Enschede
  • 1910-06-12 PEC soccer team forms in Zwolle
  • 1910-10-20 Soccer team KFC forms in Alkmaar
  • 1912-02-16 VSV soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • 1912-05-01 Amsterdam-North soccer team DWV forms
  • 1912-06-01 Stormvogels soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • 1912-07-31 RBC soccer team forms in Roosendaal
  • 1912-09-19 Soccer team NAC (Noad Advendo Combination) forms in Breda
  • 1913-03-24 Netherlands soccer team's 1st victory over England
  • 1913-08-31 Soccer club PSV forms in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1914-04-01 UVS Soccer team forms in Lead
  • 1914-07-27 Roda JC soccer team forms in Kerkrade
  • 1917-08-14 Leeuwen soccer team forms
  • 1917-09-03 Utrecht soccer team Holland forms
  • 1917-09-27 EHC soccer team forms in Hoensbroek Neth
  • 1918-03-18 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
  • 1918-04-30 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen
  • 1918-06-01 Excelsior Maassluis soccer team forms in Maassluis
  • 1919-01-13 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
  • 1919-05-04 FVC soccer team forms
  • 1919-05-08 Appingedam soccer team forms
  • 1919-07-01 Scheveningen soccer team forms in Scheveningen
  • 1919-08-01 Treffers soccer team forms in Groesbeek
  • 1920-02-01 Soccer team Quick Boys forms
  • 1920-04-08 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • 1920-05-15 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
  • 1920-06-01 RKSV Volendam soccer team forms in Volendam
  • 1920-06-15 De Zweef soccer team forms in Nijverdal
  • 1920-07-20 Heerenveen soccer team forms
  • 1920-08-01 Papendrecht soccer team forms
  • 1920-10-12 Soccer team Quick '20 forms
  • 1921-01-26 Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Neth forms
  • 1921-05-06 American Soccer League forms
  • 1921-06-21 HSC '21 soccer team forms in Haaksbergen
  • 1922-04-18 Netherlands soccer team defeats Denmark 2-0
  • 1922-05-07 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2
  • 1924-02-01 Soccer team VSV Tonido forms in Voorburg
  • 1924-04-27 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
  • 1925-08-21 BV Emmen soccer team forms
  • 1926-02-12 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • 1926-04-01 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
  • 1926-05-05 Geldrop soccer team forms
  • 1926-07-04 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • 1926-12-21 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • 1927-02-22 ARC soccer team forms in Alphen on the Rhine
  • 1927-05-01 Netherlands beats Belgium 3-2 in soccer match in Amsterdam
  • 1927-05-01 Panningen soccer team forms
  • 1927-05-11 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • 1927-05-13 VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
  • 1927-06-25 WVO soccer team forms in Oosterhout
  • 1928-03-11 Netherlands & Belgium tie 1-1 (soccer match in Amsterdam)
  • 1928-04-09 Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • 1928-05-01 Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms
  • 1928-10-08 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • 1930-02-20 Capelle soccer team forms
  • 1930-03-30 Babberich-H soccer team forms
  • 1930-06-01 Alphense Boys soccer team forms in Alphen on Rhine
  • 1930-06-14 VVGZ soccer team forms in Zwijndrecht
  • 1930-07-13 1st-ever football (soccer) World Cup competition begins in Uruguay
  • 1930-07-18 SHO soccer team forms in Old Beijerland
  • 1930-10-01 Soccer team WHC forms
  • 1930-10-22 SC Genemuiden soccer team forms
  • 1931-06-01 Rozenburg soccer team forms in Rozenburg
  • 1931-08-15 Spakenburg soccer team forms

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 588

  • 1864-12-25 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (d. 1951)
  • 1870-08-11 Walter Bowman, Canadian soccer player (d. ?)
  • 1883-02-21 J M M "Mick" Commaille, cricketer (dual South African cricket/soccer rep)
  • 1886-02-16 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • 1888-01-04 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1908, 12)
  • 1890-01-15 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • 1895-04-25 Stanley Rous, British soccer official
  • 1897-08-27 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter
  • 1904-10-27 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • 1908-08-10 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • 1909-05-26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • 1909-11-04 Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • 1910-02-06 George H Poyser, English soccer player/manager (Brentford)
  • 1915-02-01 Stanley Matthews, 1st British soccer player to be knighted
  • 1916-08-29 Leo Horn, Dutch soccer referee/columnist/businessman
  • 1917-07-26 Bertil Nordahl, Sweden, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1917-10-29 Henry Carlsson, Sweden, soccer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1918-10-28 Harold Sheperdson, soccer trainer
  • 1919-01-23 Bob Paisley, English soccer player/trainer/manager of FC Liverpool
  • 1920-03-07 Willie Watson, cricketer (England batsman & soccer international)
  • 1920-06-13 Knut Nordahl, Sweden, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1921-02-14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • 1921-10-19 Gunnar Nordahl, Sweden, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1924-02-06 Billy Wright, English soccer player
  • 1926-02-10 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • 1927-05-05 Sid O'Linn, cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960)
  • 1927-07-10 Don Revie, English soccer manager (Leeds and England)
  • 1930-04-04 David Sexton, soccer manager
  • 1933-02-18 Bobby Robson, British soccer coach (PSV)
  • 1934-02-24 Flemming Nielsen, Denmark, soccer player (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1934-11-14 Kurt Hamrin, Swedish soccer player
  • 1935-03-21 Brian Clough, soccer manager
  • 1935-05-08 Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
  • 1937-10-11 Bobby Charlton, English soccer player
  • 1938-10-01 Les Scheinflug, Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1939-04-10 Alan Rothenberg, US Soccer pres (1990- )
  • 1940-02-20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • 1940-03-08 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1941-10-25 Bobby Keetch, soccer player/entrepreneur
  • 1941-10-26 Harald Nielsen, Denmark, soccer player (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1941-11-23 Alan Mullery, English soccer player
  • 1941-12-04 Raul Blanco, Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1941-12-08 Geoff Hurst, cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
  • 1942-08-02 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer
  • 1943-01-06 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager
  • 1943-03-21 Antal Dunai, Hungary, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1943-11-08 Martin Peters, British soccer player
  • 1944-01-06 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager [or 1943]
  • 1944-02-20 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • 1944-12-17 Ference Bene, Hungary, record 12 soccer goals (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1945-07-12 Dimitar Penev, Bulgaria soccer player/union coach (Lokomotiv/CSKA)
  • 1946-09-17 Billy Bonds, British soccer player
  • 1947-02-25 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1947-04-25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player/coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1948-08-05 Tony DiCicco, Wethersfield Ct, US women's soccer coach (Olympics-96)
  • 1948-10-02 Trevor Brooking, English soccer player
  • 1949-01-04 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1949-03-06 Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
  • 1949-10-09 Shep Messing, Israel, soccer goal tender (NY Cosmos)
  • 1951-02-14 Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
  • 1951-02-20 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • 1951-09-21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-11-25 Johnny Rep, Dutch soccer player
  • 1952-06-26 Gordon McQueen, soccer player
  • 1952-08-03 Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentine soccer player
  • 1953-12-26 Matthew Harding, businessman/soccer supporter
  • 1954-04-19 Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • 1954-12-29 Glenn Myernick, US soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1955-11-30 Andy Gray, English soccer player
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, British soccer player
  • 1956-10-04 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goaltender (PSV)
  • 1957-02-09 Gordon Strachan, soccer player
  • 1957-07-16 Wlodi Smolarek, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1957-10-27 Glen Hoddle, English soccer ball player (Tottenham)
  • 1958-03-03 Bob Bradley, soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1958-08-02 Sammy McIlroy, soccer player
  • 1958-12-25 Joop Hiele, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1958-12-28 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • 1959-02-07 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • 1959-03-03 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1959-06-24 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1959-08-24 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90)
  • 1959-09-30 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1959-12-19 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • 1959-12-25 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1960-02-27 John van Grinsven, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1960-06-25 Craig Johnston, Australian soccer player
  • 1960-07-20 Lauren Gregg, Rochester Minn, US women's soccer coach (Olympics-96)
  • 1960-08-15 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960-10-30 Diego Maradona, Buenos Aires, soccer player (World Cup-hand of god)

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1960-11-27 Martin van Yellow, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1960-11-30 Gary Lineker, English soccer player (World Cup 1986)
  • 1960-12-20 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player/trainer, (SC Heerenveen, AZ)
  • 1961-01-12 Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)
  • 1961-02-24 Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1961-03-13 Cor Lems, soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90)
  • 1961-04-02 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1961-05-12 Thomas Dooley, German-American Soccer Player
  • 1961-09-20 Erwin Koeman, soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • 1961-10-16 Wilfried Brookhuis, soccer player (NEC)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1984-11-07 FIFA soccer player Diego Maradona (24) weds long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe in Buenos Aires

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-04-30 Soccer great Pele (53) weds psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos (36)

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • 2006-12-31 L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2011-10-29 Actress Eva Amurri (26) weds former Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino (31) in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2012-11-13 Soccer goalkeeper and a double Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (31) weds former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens (33) in Washington
  • 2013-10-05 Soccer player Abby Wambach (33) weds longtime partner Sarah Huffman (29) in Hawaii
  • 2014-12-31 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Sport

  • 2010-09-03 Pop singer Cheryl Cole (27) divorces England soccer player Ashley Cole (29) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 and a half years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1914-05-13 R E Foster, only dual England captain at cricket & soccer, dies
  • 1930-12-19 Johnny Douglas, cricketer (soccer int, boxing gold medal), drowns
  • 1938-01-28 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies
  • 1951-09-29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)
  • 1952-12-19 Harry Makepeace, cricketer (cricket & soccer intl for England), dies
  • 1974-07-19 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian American soccer player (b. 1904)
  • 1976-01-17 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • 1976-01-18 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/17]
  • 1976-07-07 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • 1984-04-27 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • 1985-05-11 Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
  • 1985-05-29 39, die at Heysel Stadium in Liverpool in a riot prior to soccer match
  • 1986-07-18 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, dies at 91
  • 1989-03-18 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • 1990-03-20 Jev Jasjin, Russian soccer goalie, dies at 60
  • 1991-04-04 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • 1991-04-25 Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • 1991-05-06 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • 1991-09-02 Concetto Lo Bello, Italian intl soccer judge, dies
  • 1991-12-05 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • 1992-06-15 Leo Halle, soccer goalie (Go Ahead, Orange), dies
  • 1992-11-14 Earnest FH Happel, East German soccer/trainer/coach, dies
  • 1992-11-14 Joop Van Nellen, soccer/trainer (DHC/"We go to Rome!"), dies
  • 1992-12-16 Rinus Terlouw, Dutch soccer player/trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1992-12-25 Ted Croker, RAF-pilot/sect English soccer team (sponsoring), dies
  • 1993-01-17 Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1993-02-24 Bobby Moore, English soccer team capt (World champs 1966), dies
  • 1993-12-09 Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • 1993-12-28 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • 1994-01-20 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United), dies at 84
  • 1994-02-20 Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos, soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49
  • 1994-09-03 Billy Wright, English soccer player (World Champion 1950), dies at 70
  • 1995-01-26 Vic Buckingham, English soccer player/trainer (Ajax), dies at 79
  • 1995-01-30 George H Poyser, English soccer player (Manchester City), dies at 84
  • 1995-09-13 Harold Sheperdson, soccer Trainer, dies at 76
  • 1996-02-22 Helmut Schoen, soccer coach, dies at 80
  • 1999-03-06 Dennis Viollet, former soccer player (b. 1933)
  • 2001-06-26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2004-11-06 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player (b. 1943)
  • 2007-01-15 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • 2010-02-16 Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
  • 2011-08-04 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2016-03-24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player/coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68

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