Football Players in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 1881-03-12 Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain
  • 1892-11-12 Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500 to become first professional football player in the Allegheny Athletic Association's 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Athletic Club
  • 1907-12-02 Association of Football Players' and Trainers' Union (English Professional Football Players' Association) is formed by Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith in Manchester, England
  • 1964-11-15 Ajax soccer star Johan Cruijff debuts against GVAV
  • 1965-01-01 49 year old former England international soccer forward Stanley Matthews becomes only player to be awarded a knighthood while still playing (Stoke City)
  • 1965-05-15 Canadian Football Players Association organizes
  • 1968-06-23 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium
  • 1970-08-15 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)
  • 1973-12-31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • 1979-02-01 English international forward Trevor Francis becomes Britain’s first £1 million soccer player when he transfers from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest
  • 1983-08-19 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting
  • 1984-05-13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match
  • 1987-01-20 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums
  • 1987-03-21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • 1987-11-11 Football striker Mark Hughes plays for Wales and Bayern Munich in 2 countries on same day; appears for Wales in 2-0 European Championship loss to Czechoslovakia in Prague, then jets to Munich for 3-2 Cup win over Borussia
  • 1989-01-21 A woman is assaulted and raped in room of an Oklahoma football player

  • 1989-02-13 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison
  • 1989-04-15 96 crushed to death and 766 injured at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, England, during FA semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest
  • 1990-01-10 NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players

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1991-04-26 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1993-04-28 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die
  • 1994-07-18 NY Jets sign USA soccer goalkeeper Tony Miola as a place kicker
  • 1995-05-14 At 43 years, 162 days Manchester City goalkeeper John Burridge becomes the oldest player to appear in an EPL match, a 3-2 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers
  • 1995-12-15 The European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another.
  • 1997-10-30 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona announces his retirement from football on his 37th birthday

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1998-01-25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • 2001-07-04 In a world record fee for a soccer goalkeeper, Juventus signed Parma's Gianluigi Buffon in a £32.5m deal including midfielder Jonathan Bachini

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2009-03-07 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Santos

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar
  • 2012-03-17 Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur

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2012-05-02 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2014-01-09 Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year

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2015-10-27 American soccer star Abby Wambach announces her retirement

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • 2016-03-24 English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl

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2016-06-12 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

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2017-07-09 English international footballer Wayne Rooney announces he will leave Manchester United after 13 years to rejoin his original club, Everton

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • 2017-08-03 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal
  • 2017-09-18 England footballer Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drunk driving and is banned for driving for 2 years
  • 2017-11-23 Brazilian footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for rape in Italy
  • 2017-12-17 Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires
  • 2018-01-04 Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah is named African Football Player of the Year
  • 2018-04-22 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah is named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year
  • 2018-05-01 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.
  • 2018-05-13 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah scores in a 4-0 win against Brighton to set the EPL goal scoring record (32) for a 38-game season
  • 2018-07-19 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m
  • 2018-08-08 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper
  • 2019-01-02 United States international Christian Pulisic becomes the most expensive American soccer player when he moves from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea for £58; remains at Dortmund on loan until the end of the season
  • 2019-01-24 Search for missing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala is called off after rescuers fail to find aircraft that disappeared from radar over English Channel 3 days earlier; search resumes funded by soccer community donations; wreckage discovered Feb 3
  • 2019-02-23 Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi scores the 50th hat-trick of his career as Barcelona beats Sevilla, 4-2 in the Spanish La Liga
  • 2019-10-12 Centre-back Sergio Ramos becomes Europe's most capped male outfield soccer player (168 caps) as Spain draws 1-1 with Norway in Euro 2020 qualification in Oslo

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,934

  • 1858-12-04 William Gunn, English cricket batsman (11 Tests) and soccer winger (2 caps), born in St Ann's, Nottingham (d. 1921)
  • 1860-06-20 Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), born in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia (d. 1937)
  • 1866-03-28 Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1902)
  • 1870-08-11 Walter Bowman, Canadian soccer player (d. ?)
  • 1871-03-24 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper and soccer goalkeeper (1 Test; 3 caps), born in Brighton, Sussex (d. 1949)
  • 1874-11-24 Charles William Miller, Brazilian footballer (d. 1953)
  • 1878-01-19 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • 1878-07-08 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish footballer (d. 1945)
  • 1881-10-28 Vin Coutie, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1883-03-01 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 1915)
  • 1888-01-04 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • 1888-03-04 Knute Rockne, American College Football Hall of Fame receiver, coach, (Notre Dame, 13 National titles), born in Voss, Norway (d. 1931)
  • 1890-01-15 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • 1892-05-23 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1922)
  • 1892-07-18 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1969)
  • 1893-09-20 Hermann Lux, German soccer defender (3 caps; manager Tennis Borussia Berlin), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1894-07-31 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • 1895-02-18 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), born in Laurium, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • 1897-09-01 Andy Kennedy, Irish soccer defender (2 caps, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1898-02-28 Zeki Rıza Sporel, Turkish soccer striker (16 caps; Fenerbahçe), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1969)
  • 1898-12-24 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1967)
  • 1899-01-27 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1899-04-03 David Jack, English footballer (scored 267 goals from 521 appearances), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1899-12-04 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), born in Washington, England (d. 1953)
  • 1901-01-21 Ricardo Zamora, Spanish footballer (d. 1978)
  • 1901-05-15 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • 1901-05-24 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (Uruguay national team captain for FIFA 1930), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1968)
  • 1901-12-02 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born Italian soccer winger (13 caps Argentina, 35 Italy; Independiente, Juventus), born in (d. 1986)
  • 1902-07-17 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 1985)
  • 1903-02-10 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • 1904-08-04 Joe Tate, English footballer, born in Old Hill, Cradley Heath, England (d. 1973)
  • 1904-10-27 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian-American soccer player, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1974)
  • 1905-01-17 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1907-01-22 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 1980)
  • 1907-12-06 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), born in Alessandria, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1907-12-10 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France (d. 2005)
  • 1908-08-10 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • 1909-03-19 Attilio Demaria, Argentinian footballer (d. 1990)
  • 1909-04-16 Bep Bakhuys, Dutch soccer striker (23 caps, 28 goals; Metz), born in Pekalongan, Indonesia (d. 1982)
  • 1909-05-26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), born in Orbiston, Bellshill, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1909-11-04 Bert Patenaude, American soccer forward (4 caps; scorer of first hat-trick in World Cup history, 1930), born in Fall River, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1910-02-05 Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer
  • 1910-02-06 George H Poyser, English football player & manager (Brentford), born in Stanton Hill, England (d. 1995)
  • 1910-08-23 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1911-04-13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1911-07-17 Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
  • 1911-11-03 Kick Smit, Dutch soccer striker and manager (29 caps; HFC Haarlem), born in Bloemendaal, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1911-12-01 Franz Binder, Austrian soccer striker and manager (19 caps Austria, 9 caps Germany; Rapid Vienna), born in St. Pölten, Austria (d. 1989)
  • 1912-08-16 Ted Drake [Edward Joseph Drake], English footballer, born in Southampton, England (d. 1995)
  • 1913-09-29 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), born in Robbio Lomellina, Pavia
  • 1913-10-02 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), born in Hamburg (d. 1967)
  • 1913-12-21 Raich Carter, English soccer forward (13 caps; Sunderland, Derby County, Hull C) and manager (Hull C, Leeds, Mansfield Town, Middlesborough), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1994)
  • 1913-12-26 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1914-03-04 Gino Colaussi (Luigi Colaussi), Italian footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1914-08-09 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (d. 1990)
  • 1914-08-19 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1915-02-01 Stanley Matthews CBE, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2000)
  • 1915-12-27 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • 1916-07-31 Ignacio Trelles, Mexican soccer midfielder (Mexican Primera División: 1935, 37, 38; Club Necaxa) and coach (Mexico 1960-69), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1916-08-03 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • 1916-10-06 Tommy Lawton, footballer
  • 1917-07-26 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Atalanta; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • 1918-05-03 Ted Bates, English former footballer, born in Thetford, England (d. 2003)
  • 1918-05-16 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1918-05-23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), born in Hendon, England (d. 1997)
  • 1919-01-23 Bob Paisley, English football player & manager, born in Hetton-le-Hole, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1919-02-12 Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (Bologna; Atalanta, Italy 1974 World Cup), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1919-02-23 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1920-01-14 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1920-01-31 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), born in Bradley, Staffordshire (d. 2014)
  • 1920-03-26 Sergio Livingstone, football player and journalist (52 caps), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2012)
  • 1920-04-21 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1920-06-13 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder (26 caps; AS Roma; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1984)
  • 1920-07-06 César Rodríguez Álvarez, Spanish soccer forward (12 caps; Barcelona) and manager (Zaragoza, Barcelona), born in León, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1920-07-13 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1920-10-22 Harry Potts, soccer star/manager
  • 1920-10-31 Fritz Walter, German footballer, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1920-11-27 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star
  • 1921-01-20 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer, born in Erandio, Spain (d. 2006)
  • 1921-02-14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • 1921-10-19 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • 1921-11-11 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), born in Worsthorne, England (d. 2006)
  • 1922-01-24 Neil Franklin, English footballer, born in Shelton, Staffordshire (d. 1996)
  • 1922-03-03 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1922-04-05 Tom Finney, English football player (Preston North End), born in Preston, Lancashire (d. 2014)
  • 1922-05-03 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)
  • 1922-10-05 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, born in Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1922-10-22 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1922-10-27 George Young, Scottish football player, born in Grangemouth, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1922-11-08 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), born in Recife, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • 1922-12-07 Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2019)
  • 1923-03-19 Bobby Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Rangers, Falkirk) and manager (St Johnstone; Scottish national team 1967-71), born in Dunipace, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1923-09-03 Herbert Binkert, German soccer striker (12 caps Saarland; FC Saarbrücken), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1923-10-05 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • 1923-10-13 Faas Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes, Fortuna, Inter Milan), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1923-10-22 Bert Trautmann, German footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1924-02-06 Billy Wright, English football player, born in Ironbridge, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1924-05-11 Jackie Milburn, English soccer star (Newcastle United)
  • 1924-05-25 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, born in Freyming-Merlebach, Moselle, France (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-11 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1922-02-18 Football player George Halas (27) weds Minnie Bushing

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas

LoveWedding of Interest

1936-12-28 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-08-31 Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi

LoveWedding of Interest

1957-11-11 Country singer June Carter Cash (28) weds former football player Edwin Nix

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-06-24 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and later criminal O.J. Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1985-01-05 NFL football player Reggie White (23) weds Sara Copeland

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 1985-02-02 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

LoveWedding of Interest

1999-07-04 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham

LoveWedding of Interest

2000-04-22 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 2004-02-27 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • 2005-06-18 "Queens Park Rangers" football striker Djibril Cisse (23) weds Jude Littler at Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, North Wales
  • 2005-06-24 "Real Madrid" football striker Michael Owen (25) weds Louise Bonsall at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, England
  • 2005-11-11 Millionaire Nasir Khan weds "Footballers' Wives" actress Laila Rouass (34) in London
  • 2005-12-23 Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2006-01-05 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office
  • 2006-05-13 British football star player Gary O'Neil (22) weds Donna Guerin in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • 2006-05-19 "Liverpool" goalkeeper Pepe Reina (23) weds Yolanda Ruiz in Cordoba, Spain
  • 2006-05-26 Soccer star player Joshua Kennedy (23) weds Australian Opals player Jacinta Hamilton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Port Melbourne
  • 2006-07-15 Soccer star player Ashley Cole (25) weds "Girls Aloud" member Cheryl Tweedy (23) at Holy Trinity Church in Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire
  • 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
  • 2011-11-11 TV personality Kim Zolciak (33) weds Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann (26) in Roswell, Georgia

LoveWedding of Interest

2012-11-13 Soccer goalkeeper and a double Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (31) weds former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens (33) in Washington

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-10-05 Soccer player Abby Wambach (33) weds longtime partner Sarah Huffman (29) in Hawaii

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach

LoveWedding of Interest

2014-12-31 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Soccer Player Alex Morgan
Soccer Player
Alex Morgan
  • 2015-06-29 Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones (33) weds model Dani Lawrence (28) at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire
  • 2015-07-12 Former football player Ledley King (35) weds long-term girlfriend Amy Kavanagh at Syon House in West London
  • 2015-12-20 Broadcaster Christine Bleakley (36) weds footballer Frank Lampard (37) at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London
  • 2016-07-12 Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanović (28) weds German football player Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) in Venice, Italy
  • 2017-05-14 Retired soccer player Abby Wambach (37) weds best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton

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

Deaths 1 - 100 of 389

  • 1922-03-01 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), dies from typhus at 29
  • 1927-02-06 Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • 1929-07-11 Billy Mosforth, English footballer (b. 1857)
  • 1931-03-31 Knute Rockne, American College Football Hall of Fame receiver, coach, (Notre Dame, 13 National titles), dies in a plane crash at 43
  • 1931-09-05 John Thomson, football player who died in an accidental collision during a match (b. 1909)
  • 1938-04-16 Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • 1939-01-23 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • 1943-09-27 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis, soccer player (Wimbledon 1890; Ireland 1 cap), dies at 78
  • 1946-10-11 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, dies at 35
  • 1949-11-01 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper and soccer goalkeeper (1 Test; 3 caps), dies at 78
  • 1953-02-09 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), dies at 53
  • 1958-02-06 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958-02-06 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 26
  • 1958-02-06 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 25
  • 1958-02-06 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 28
  • 1958-02-06 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 24
  • 1958-02-06 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 44
  • 1958-02-06 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1958-02-06 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United 79 games), dies Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958-02-21 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), dies from injuries sustained in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1959-05-16 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 1962-01-03 Hermann Lux, German soccer defender (3 caps; manager Tennis Borussia Berlin), dies at 68
  • 1966-12-27 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1967-04-04 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1898)
  • 1967-04-18 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), dies at 53
  • 1968-06-17 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (Uruguay national team captain for FIFA 1930), dies at 67
  • 1969-09-06 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, dies at 77
  • 1969-11-03 Zeki Rıza Sporel, Turkish soccer striker (16 caps; Fenerbahçe), dies at 71
  • 1974-07-01 Kick Smit, Dutch soccer striker and manager (29 caps; HFC Haarlem), dies at 62
  • 1974-07-19 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian-American soccer player, dies at 69
  • 1974-11-04 Bert Patenaude, American soccer forward (4 caps; scorer of first hat-trick in World Cup history, 1930), dies at 65
  • 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]
  • 1978-02-14 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • 1978-05-31 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • 1978-08-26 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, dies at 62
  • 1979-03-23 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • 1979-07-04 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)
  • 1979-07-22 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (Budapest Honvéd), dies at 49
  • 1979-08-21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • 1980-03-01 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • 1980-10-15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • 1981-01-17 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • 1981-08-28 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • 1981-11-14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • 1982-07-07 Bep Bakhuys, Dutch soccer striker (23 caps, 28 goals; Metz), dies at 73
  • 1982-10-03 Roger Claessen, Belgian soccer striker (17 caps; Standard de Liège), dies at 41
  • 1982-12-02 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), dies at 74
  • 1982-12-08 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • 1983-01-20 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, dies at 49
  • 1983-04-04 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), dies at 55
  • 1983-04-13 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • 1983-07-01 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer, dies at 56
  • 1984-04-27 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • 1984-10-28 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder (26 caps; AS Roma; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 64
  • 1985-09-02 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • 1985-09-10 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, dies at 62
  • 1985-11-01 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), dies at 83
  • 1986-01-15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • 1986-04-06 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born Italian soccer winger (13 caps Argentina, 35 Italy; Independiente, Juventus), dies at 84
  • 1986-12-01 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1987-02-02 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1987-07-11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • 1989-02-21 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1989-03-18 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • 1989-04-24 Franz Binder, Austrian soccer striker and manager (19 caps Austria, 9 caps Germany; Rapid Vienna), dies at 77
  • 1989-05-26 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), dies at 61
  • 1989-07-15 Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • 1989-08-12 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 1990-03-11 Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 1990-03-20 Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • 1990-08-09 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 1990-11-11 Attilio Demaría, Argentinian footballer (b. 1909)
  • 1991-02-24 Héctor Rial, Spanish soccer striker (Real Madrid, 5 straight Euro Cup C'ships 1956-60), dies at 62
  • 1991-04-04 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • 1991-04-04 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • 1991-04-25 Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • 1991-05-06 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • 1991-07-06 Muda Lawal, Nigerian footballer (b. 1954)
  • 1991-09-13 Metin Oktay, Turkish football player (b. 1936)
  • 1991-12-05 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • 1992-04-02 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), dies in car crash at 37
  • 1992-12-16 Rinus Terlouw, Dutch soccer player/trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1993-02-24 Bobby Moore, English football defender (108 caps; captain World Cup 1966; West Ham United), dies of bowel & liver cancer at 51
  • 1993-03-26 Roy Riegels, University of California football player who ran wrong way, dies at 84
  • 1993-04-30 Tommy Caton, English footballer (b. 1962)
  • 1993-10-04 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • 1993-10-12 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • 1994-01-20 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), dies from cancer at 84
  • 1994-02-20 Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos, soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49
  • 1994-04-07 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), dies at 70
  • 1994-05-30 Agostino Di Bartolomei, Italian footballer (b. 1955)
  • 1994-07-02 Andrés Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (51 caps, World Cup own goal vs US), dies of a gunshot wound at 27
  • 1994-07-10 Otto Bonsema, soccer star/trainer (GVAV, Veendam), dies at 84
  • 1994-08-05 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star, dies at 47
  • 1994-09-03 Billy Wright, English soccer player (World Champion 1950), dies at 70
  • 1994-10-09 Raich Carter, English soccer forward (13 caps; Sunderland, Derby County, Hull C) and manager (Hull C, Leeds, Mansfield Town, Middlesborough), dies from a stroke at 80
  • 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
  • 1995-02-04 Roel Wiersma, Dutch soccer star (PSV), dies at 62