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June 2020 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 16 Support from Manchester United player Marcus Rashford and others forces UK Government to make U-turn on summer school meal vouchers
  • Jun 25 Liverpool FC clinches first EPL soccer title in 30 years with 7 games to spare as Chelsea beats second-placed Manchester City, 2-1 at Stamford Bridge

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Jun 30 FC Barcelona's Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scores his 700th career goal - a cheeky Panenka penalty - in a 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid

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Lionel Messi

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 1 Pat Dye, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn; record 153–62–5), dies from COVID-19 at 80
  • Jun 1 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), dies at 83
  • Jun 2 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), dies from pneumonia at 74
  • Jun 2 Carlo Ubbiali, Italian motorcycle racer (World Champion 125cc 1951, 55, 56, 58-60; 250cc 1956, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 90
  • Jun 2 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Arrogate, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic, World's Best Racehorse 2016; Pegasus World Cup, Dubai World Cup 2017), dies at 7
  • Jun 3 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), dies at 85
  • Jun 3 Pleasantly Perfect, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic 2003; Dubai World Cup 2004), dies at 22
  • Jun 3 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), dies at 87
  • Jun 4 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), dies at 91
  • Jun 5 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), dies at 78
  • Jun 5 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), dies from a stroke at 64
  • Jun 7 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), dies at 72
  • Jun 8 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), dies at 78
  • Jun 10 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), dies from prostate cancer at 65
  • Jun 10 Harry Glickman, American journalist, promoter and sports executive (co-founder NBA Portland Trail Blazers, President 1987-94), dies at 96
  • Jun 10 Hans Cieslarczyk, German soccer striker (7 caps; West Germany; Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC) and manager (FC Augsburg), dies at 83
  • Jun 11 Matt Poore, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (14 Tests 355 runs @ 15.43, 9 wickets), dies at 90
  • Jun 13 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Mike McCormick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), dies of Parkinson’s disease at 81
  • Jun 14 Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, Mexican soccer striker (55 caps; Pumas, Atlante, Veracruz), dies at 77
  • Jun 14 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), dies from a stroke at 84
  • Jun 17 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), dies of leukaemia at 66
  • Jun 17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), dies at 83
  • Jun 17 György Kárpáti, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), dies at 84
  • Jun 17 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), dies from dementia at 83
  • Jun 18 Tibor Benedek, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 2003) and coach (Hungary 2013-16), dies from pancreatic cancer at 47
  • Jun 18 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), dies at 83
  • Jun 19 Mario Corso, Italian soccer winger (23 caps; Inter Milan 413 games) and coach (Lecce, Inter), dies at 78
  • Jun 20 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73
  • Jun 21 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), dies of COVID-19 at 56
  • Jun 21 Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), dies from cancer at 90
  • Jun 22 Dick Buerkle, American athlete (WR 1 mile indoor 3:54.93 1978), dies at 72
  • Jun 22 Carlos Luis Morales, Ecuadorian soccer goalkeeper (40 caps; Independiente, Palestino, ESPOLI), dies from cardiocirculatory arrest at 55
  • Jun 22 Pierino Prati, Italian soccer forward (14 caps; 3 goals in European Cup Final 1969, AC Milan; Roma, Savona), dies from cancer at 73
  • Jun 22 Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Liam Treadwell, English National Hunt jockey (Grand National 2009; 300+ race wins), dies at 34
  • Jun 23 Nikos Alefantos, Greek soccer midfielder and manager (Olympiacos), dies from a heart attack at 81
  • Jun 24 Eddie Kasko, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1961, 1961²; Cincinnati Reds) and manager (Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Jun 26 Theo Foley, Irish soccer defender (9 caps, Republic of Ireland; Burnley, Charlton Athletic) and manager (Northampton Town), dies at 83
  • Jun 26 William Negri, Italian soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Mantova, Bologna), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 Jaroslav Pollák, Slovak soccer midfielder (49 caps, Czechoslovakia; Sparta Prague, Austria Salzburg), dies at 72
  • Jun 27 Ilija Petković, Serbian soccer midfielder (43 caps, Yugoslavia; Troyes, OFK Beograd) and manager (Serbia & Montenegro), dies from COVID-19 at 74
  • Jun 27 Mihai Romilă, Romanian soccer midfielder (19 caps; Politehnica Iași 367 games), dies at 69
  • Jun 28 Joe Bugel, American football coach (offensive line Washington Redskins 'Hogs', Super Bowl 1982, 87; Phoenix Cardinals, Oakland Raiders), dies of bone cancer at 80
  • Jun 28 Marián Čišovský, Slovak soccer defender (15 caps; Inter Bratislava, Viktoria Plzeň), dies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at 40
  • Jun 29 Ernesto Marcel, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight title 1972-74), dies at 72
  • Jun 30 Alfred Kotey, Ghanaian boxer (WBO Bantamweight C'ship 1994-95), dies of complications from a stroke at 52
  • Jun 30 Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian water polo player (Olympic gold 1972, 80; World C'ship gold 1975, 82) and coach (Russian men's & women's teams), dies at 72