Soccer in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 228

  • 1948-03-29 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten, Netherland
  • 1949-05-04 Plane carrying the entire Torino Serie A soccer squad crashes on the outskirts of Turin, Italy; 31 killed; Torino awarded League title at the request of their rivals
  • 1950-06-29 Striker Joe Gaetjens heads US to an upset, 1-0 win over England in a FIFA World Cup group match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Americans next win over England: 1994
  • 1953-02-17 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven (now PSV Eindhoven), Netherlands
  • 1953-03-15 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
  • 1953-11-25 Hungary beats England in soccer match, 6-3
  • 1954-02-01 Dutch soccer club De Graafschap "The County" forms in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • 1954-09-29 Bennekom (Netherlands) soccer team forms
  • 1956-02-22 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
  • 1956-05-05 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
  • 1957-03-10 Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
  • 1957-05-01 Flevo Boys Football Club is established in Emmeloord, the Netherlands
  • 1957-08-24 At age 17 future England soccer striker Jimmy Greaves scores on his First Division debut for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane
  • 1957-11-05 Mrs Nellie McGrail wins $574,658 on a 2½ cent soccer pool ticket
  • 1959-10-04 Netherlands equal best performance against neighbours Belgium; win, 9-1 in soccer friendly at De Kuip, Rotterdam; Piet van der Kuil & Faas Wilkes score 3 apiece
  • 1959-10-29 10 nation soccer league to play all games on NY Randalls Is, announced
  • 1960-07-16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer [1]
  • 1960-09-13 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns soccer-law
  • 1962-06-27 Dutch soccer clubs Rapid JC and Roda Sports merge to form Roda JC Kerkrade; KNVB Cup winners 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • 1963-07-17 Telstar soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • 1964-05-24 Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300
  • 1964-06-19 Cambuur Leeuwarden BVO soccer team forms in Leeuwarden
  • 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)
  • 1965-08-18 Dutch soccer team FC Den Bosch (successor to BVV 1906 and Wilhelmina 1890) is established at 's-Hertogenbosch
  • 1966-04-17 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)
  • 1966-05-25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • 1966-08-31 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)
  • 1967-05-10 Foundation AZ soccer team forms in Alkmaar
  • 1969-06-27 Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match

Sports History

1969-11-20 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

  • 1970-07-01 Dutch soccer club FC Utrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1985, 2003-04)
  • 1970-07-15 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship
  • 1970-09-09 Feyenoord wins soccer's Club World Cup
  • 1970-12-10 North American Soccer League awards NY & Toronto franchises
  • 1971-01-02 Spectator crush at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland as Rangers supporters leave the ground with home team 0-1 behind to Old Firm rivals Celtic; 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries; Rangers score late for 1-1
  • 1971-06-16 Groningen soccer team forms in Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1971-07-31 4-time Eredivisie soccer champions Go Ahead from Dutch city of Deventer add 'Eagles' to famous name
  • 1973-12-11 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises

Sports History

1973-12-31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear

  • 1974-02-17 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1974-05-22 Soccer team Veendam forms
  • 1976-07-11 1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
  • 1976-08-28 Toronto Metros-Croatia beat the Minnesota Kicks to the win the 1976 North American Soccer League championship
  • 1977-04-23 ADO Den Haag soccer team forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1977-06-01 Dutch soccer club FC Volendam is established as a result of split up with RKSV; 6-time Eerste Divisie champions
  • 1977-08-28 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship
  • 1977-10-01 Brazilian soccer great Pelé plays his final game for the New York Cosmos in an exhibition against Santos in front of 75,000 at Giants Stadium; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games
  • 1977-11-10 Major Indoor Soccer League officially organized (NYC)
  • 1978-04-10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • 1978-09-30 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • 1978-11-09 North American Soccer League (NASL) realigns its 24 teams into 6 divisions
  • 1978-11-16 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
  • 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
  • 1979-02-09 UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal
  • 1980-06-23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • 1981-03-17 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
  • 1981-04-27 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • 1981-08-16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1982-07-01 PEC Zwolle '82 soccer club renamed when purchased by Dutch businessman Marten Eibrink
  • 1984-05-11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • 1984-08-11 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
  • 1985-04-23 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • 1985-05-11 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history
  • 1985-08-10 Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
  • 1986-04-06 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs
  • 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)
  • 1988-07-24 US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1988-08-13 US beats Jamaica 5-1 in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-04-16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-04-30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-05-13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-06-17 US beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-11-05 US plays El Salvador in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-11-19 US beats Trinidad, 1-0 qualifing for 1990 world soccer cup finals it was US' 1st qualification since 1950
  • 1991-01-13 Football fans of the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates clash in Orkney, South Africa leading to a riot and 42 deaths in the Oppenheimer Stadium disaster
  • 1991-05-23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • 1992-01-20 Score begins selling international soccer cards
  • 1992-02-13 West beats East 14 to 9 in Major Soccer League all star game
  • 1992-07-07 South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation, apartheid
  • 1992-07-10 US Major Soccer League folds after 14 seasons
  • 1993-04-28 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die
  • 1993-10-31 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match
  • 1994-07-18 NY Jets sign USA soccer goalkeeper Tony Miola as a place kicker
  • 1996-08-01 Tiffeny Milbrett scores the winner as the US beats China 2-1 at the Atlanta Olympics for the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's soccer
  • 1997-04-09 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • 1997-08-16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1999-05-15 Columbus Crew Stadium (now Historic Crew Stadium), the 1st Major League Soccer stadium constructed in the United States
  • 2000-07-09 Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 2000-10-07 Last ever competitive soccer match at Wembley Stadium, England defeated 1-0 by Germany, last goal scored by Liverpool's Dietmar Hammann. Match is Tony Adams' 60th at Wembley, the record for most appearances at the stadium.
  • 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
  • 2001-07-29 Copa América Final, Estadio El Campín, Bogotá: Defender Iván Córdoba scores winner as home team Columbia edge Mexico, 1-0
  • 2004-07-25 Copa América Final, Estadio Nacional, Lima: Brazil beats Argentina, 4-2 on penalties; 2-2 after extra time
  • 2007-07-15 Copa América Final, Maracaibo, Venezuela: Defending champions Brazil win their 8th title with a 3-0 win over Argentina
  • 2011-07-24 Copa América Final, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires: Diego Forlán scores twice as Uruguay beats Paraguay, 3–0 to earn their 15th title
  • 2012-03-18 Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium
  • 2012-07-13 Financially troubled Scottish football club, Rangers, is voted into the third division

Sports History

2012-12-01 Ex-England soccer captain David Beckham leaves LA Galaxy triumphantly with a second MLS Cup winner's medal after a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in Carson, CA; final game of a 6-year stint in US

  • 2013-01-27 7 people are killed and 3 are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a football match at the Ugur Sports Facility, Turkey

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,344

  • 1928-06-07 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1928-07-04 Giampiero Boniperti, Italian soccer striker (38 caps; Juventus 443 games), executive (chairman Juventus) and politician (deputy in European Parliament), born in Barengo, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1928-07-09 Raúl Coloma, Chilean soccer goalkeeper (13 caps; Ferrobádminton, Municipal Santiago, Ferroviaros), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2021)
  • 1928-07-11 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), born in Lima, Peru (d. 1987)
  • 1928-08-08 François Remetter, French soccer goalkeeper (26 caps; RC Strasbourg, FC Metz, FC Sochaux), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2022)
  • 1928-08-20 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (33 caps; Stormvogels, Elinkwijk), born in Alblasserdam, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • 1928-10-14 Héctor Rial, Spanish soccer striker (Real Madrid, 5 straight Euro Cup C'ships 1956-60), born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 1991)
  • 1928-10-21 Ardico Magnini, Italian soccer defender (20 caps; Fiorentina 225 games), born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1928-10-28 Lawrie Reilly, Scottish soccer striker (38 caps; Hibernian 253 games, 185 goals), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • 1928-12-19 Andrés Prieto, Chilean soccer forward (16 caps; Universidad Católica, Español) and manager (Universidad Católica, Liverpool FC, Bolívar, Real Santa Cruz), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2022)
  • 1929-01-07 Mario Bergamaschi, Italian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Calcio Como, A.C. Milan, U.C. Sampdoria), born in Crema, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1929-02-03 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1929-02-08 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Manchester, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1929-06-15 Omar Borrás, Uruguayan soccer manager (Uruguay 1977, 82-87; Saudi Arabia), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2022)
  • 1929-07-31 José Santamaría, Uruguayan soccer defender (Uruguay 20, Spain 16 caps; Real Madrid), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1929-10-08 Didi (Waldyr Pereira), Brazilian soccer midfielder (68 caps; Fluminense), born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • 1929-10-22 Lev Yashin, Soviet-Russian soccer goalie, known as 'The Black Spider' (Dynamo Moscow, 1950-70), and namesake of FIFA award for best World Cup Finals goalkeeper, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 1990)
  • 1929-11-05 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • 1929-11-20 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe [1], América de Cali [7]; Columbia), born in Sopetrán, Colombia (d. 2020)
  • 1930-01-20 Raymond Van Gestel, Belgian soccer winger (5 caps; Lyra) and athlete (Belgian long jump champion), born in Mol, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1930-04-19 Ângelo Martins, Portuguese soccer defender (20 caps; Benfica 231 games), born in Porto, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • 1930-06-07 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), born in Itapira, Brazil (d. 2014)
  • 1930-07-15 Alberto Michelotti, Italian soccer referee (12 internationals; Serie A 1967-81; FIFA listed 1973-81), born in Parma, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1930-08-15 Antonio Permunian, Swiss soccer goalkeeper (11 caps; AC Bellinzona, FC Luzern), born in Bellinzona, Switzerland (d. 2020)
  • 1930-08-17 Henry Thillberg, Swedish soccer midfielder (22 caps; Malmö FF), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • 1930-09-28 Doug Holden, English soccer winger (5 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End), born in Manchester, England (d. 2021)
  • 1930-12-22 Per Bredesen, Norwegian soccer forward (18 caps; Ørn Horten FK, Lazio, Udinese, AC Milan, Bari, Messina), born in Horten, Norway (d. 2022)
  • 1931-01-28 Naci Erdem, Turkish soccer centre-back (31 caps; Fenerbahçe), born in İstanbul, Turkey (d. 2022)
  • 1931-02-16 Bobby Collins, Scottish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Celtic, Everton, Leeds), born in Govanhill, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • 1931-03-01 Índio, Brazilian soccer striker (7 caps; Flamengo, Corinthians, Espanyol), born in Cabedelo, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • 1931-03-06 Carlo Galli, Italian soccer striker (13 caps; Palermo FC, AS Roma, AC Milan), born in Montecatini Terme, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1931-03-07 Wálter Taibo, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (30 caps; Huracán, C.A. Peñarol), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • 1931-06-01 Walter Horak, Austrian soccer striker (13 caps; Wiener Sport Club, Sochaux), born in Marchegg, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1931-07-24 Alberto Orzan, Italian soccer defender (4 caps; Udinese, Fiorentina), born in San Lorenzo Isontino, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1931-07-26 Telê Santana, Brazilian soccer winger (Fluminense FC 557 games) and manager (Brazil, Flamengo, Fluminense, Palmeiras, São Paulo), born in Itabirito, Brazil (d. 2006)
  • 1931-08-01 Cor van der Gijp, Dutch soccer striker (13 caps; SC Emma Dordrecht, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Blauw Wit Amsterdam), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • 1931-08-02 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak soccer goalkeeper (39 caps Czechoslovakia; Slovan Bratislava 240 games), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1931-08-05 Billy Bingham, Irish soccer forward (56 caps Northern Ireland; Sunderland, Luton Town, Everton) and manager (Northern Ireland, Greece, Everton), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2022)
  • 1931-09-04 Antoine Bonifaci, French soccer midfielder (12 caps; OGC Nice, FC Inter Milan, Bologna FC, Torino FC), born in Bezons, France (d. 2021)
  • 1931-09-21 Ivan Toplak, Serbian soccer striker (1 cap; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (Red Star Belgrade, San Jose Earthquakes, Yugoslavia), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2021)
  • 1931-10-08 Bill Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur), born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1931-10-12 Mohamed Soukhane, Algerian soccer defender (6 caps; Le Havre AC), born in Algiers, Algeria (d. 2021)

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1931-10-13 French soccer attacking midfielder (45 caps; Angers, Reims, Real Madrid; Ballon d'Or 1958; 'the Napoleon of football'), born in Noeux-les-Mines, France

  • 1931-10-14 Rinus Bennaars, Dutch soccer midfielder (15 caps; Feyenoord Rotterdam), born in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • 1931-11-01 Arne Pedersen, Norwegian soccer inside forward (40 caps; Fredrikstad), born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1932-01-20 Frank Arok, Yugoslavian-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1983-89), born in Kanjiža, Serbia (d. 2021)
  • 1932-01-29 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Smithies, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1932-02-08 Horst Eckel, German soccer wing half (32 caps West Germany, 1954 FIFA World Cup; 1. FC Kaiserslautern, SV Röchling Völklingen), born in Vogelbach, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1932-02-13 Marcelino Campanal, Spanish soccer defender (11 caps; Real Avilés CF, Sevilla FC, Deportivo de La Coruña), born in Gijón, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1932-09-23 Sergio Brighenti, Italian soccer forward (9 caps; Modena, Internazionale, Triestina, Padova, Sampdoria), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1932-09-27 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1932-10-27 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1932-11-06 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2019)
  • 1932-11-22 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), born in Herne, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1932-12-22 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1932-12-25 Peter Swales, British soccer executive (Chairman Manchester City FC 1973-93; vice-president English FA), born in Manchester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1933-01-25 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), born in Drama, Greece (d. 2020)
  • 1933-02-18 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), born in Sacriston, County Durham (d. 2009)
  • 1933-02-22 Bobby Smith, English soccer centre forward (15 caps; Tottenham Hotspur 271 games, 176 goals), born in Lingdale, England
  • 1933-03-11 Saïd Amara, Algerian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Strasbourg, Béziers, Bordeaux) and manager (Algeria), born in Saïda, Algeria (d. 2020)
  • 1933-03-22 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), born in Leffrinckoucke, France (d. 2020)
  • 1933-03-25 Carlos Duarte, Portuguese soccer forward (7 caps; FC Porto, Leixões SC), born in Huambo, Angola (d. 2022)
  • 1933-05-21 Umberto Colombo, Italian soccer midfielder (3 caps; Juventus, Atalanta), born in Como, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1933-06-10 Colin Grainger, English soccer forward (7 caps; Sheffield United, Sunderland, Leeds United), born in Havercroft, England (d. 2022)
  • 1933-06-15 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1933-06-15 Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), born in Horw, Switzerland (d. 2020)
  • 1933-06-19 Otto Barić, Croatian soccer manager (Croatia, Austria, Wacker Innsbruck, SK Rapid, SV Salzburg), born in Eisenkappel, Austria (d. 2020)
  • 1933-08-06 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1933-08-09 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2020)
  • 1933-09-12 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman
  • 1933-09-20 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1999)
  • 1933-09-20 Máté Fenyvesi, Hungarian soccer forward (76 caps; Ferencváros 343 games) and politician (MP 1998-2006), born in Jánoshalma, Hungary (d. 2022)
  • 1933-09-22 Dave Smith, Scottish soccer manager (Mansfield Town, Southend United, Plymouth Argyle, Dundee, Torquay United), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • 1933-10-12 Titus Buberník, Czech soccer midfielder (23 caps Czechoslovakia; ČH Bratislava, LASK Linz), born in Pusté Úľany, Czech Republic (d. 2022)
  • 1933-10-21 Francisco Gento, Spanish soccer winger (Spain 43 caps, Real Madrid 427 games) and manager (Grenada FC), born in El Astillero, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1933-10-22 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian soccer forward (18 caps; Sturm Graz, First Vienna, Real Betis, Wacker Innsbruck) and manager (Austria, Athletic Bilbao, AEK), born in Graz, Austria (d. 2007)
  • 1933-10-23 Hans Weilbächer, German soccer midfielder (1 cap West Germany; Eintracht Frankfurt e.V 241 games), born in Hattersheim am Main, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1933-11-10 Urbain Braems, Belgian soccer manager (Anderlecht, Beveren, Standard de Liège, Trabzonspor), born in Zottegem, Belgium (d. 2021)
  • 1933-11-17 Alan Harrington, Welsh soccer defender (11 caps; Cardiff City 348 games), born in Penarth, Wales (d. 2019)
  • 1933-12-17 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Gleiwitz, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1934-02-24 Flemming Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1934-03-08 Martí Vergés, Spanish soccer midfielder (12 caps; FC Barcelona), born in Vidreres, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1934-03-08 Rodri, Spanish soccer defender (4 caps; FC Barcelona) and manager (CD Condal), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1934-05-05 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), born in Plean, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1934-06-20 Horst Mahseli, Polish soccer striker (9 caps; Legia Warsaw), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 1999)
  • 1934-06-20 José Villegas, Mexican soccer defender (6 caps; CD Guadalajara), born in La Experiencia, Mexico (d. 2021)
  • 1934-07-13 Gordon Lee, English soccer manager (Port Vale, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Everton, Preston NE, KR Reykjavik), born in Cannock, England (d. 2022)
  • 1934-07-26 Mauri, Spanish soccer midfielder (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao 246 games), born in Gernika, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1934-07-28 Ron Flowers, English soccer midfielder (49 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 467 games), born in Doncaster, England (d. 2021)
  • 1934-08-23 Eduardo González Pálmer, Mexican soccer forward (4 caps; Club América), born in Maravatío, Mexico (d. 2022)
  • 1934-09-04 Carlos Timoteo Griguol, Argentine soccer midfielder (Atlanta, Rosario Central) and manager (Ferro Carril Oeste, Real Betis, River Plate), born in Las Palmas, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1934-09-23 John Mortimore, English soccer defender (Chelsea 249 games) and manager (Portsmouth, Benfica, Real Betis), born in Farnborough, England (d. 2021)
  • 1934-10-17 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1934-11-14 Hans Eder, German soccer defender (Hertha BSC) and manager (Hertha BSC 1974, 79, 85), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1934-11-14 Kurt Hamrin, Swedish soccer player, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1934-11-19 Milan Dvořák, Czech soccer utility (13 caps Czechoslovakia; Dukla Prague 261 games), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2022)
  • 1934-11-20 Jimmy Millar, Scottish soccer centre forward (2 caps; Rangers 197 games) and manager (Raith Rovers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • 1934-11-21 Dietrich Weise, German soccer forward (Eintracht Frankfurt, FSV Mainz) and manager (FC Kaiserslautern, E Frankfurt, F Düsseldorf, Egypt, Liechtenstein), born in Gröben, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1934-12-18 Colin Baker, Welsh soccer wing half (7 caps; Cardiff City 298 games), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2021)
  • 1934-12-26 Martín Pando, Argentine soccer forward (11 caps; Argentinos Juniors, River Plate), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2021)

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 101 - 200 of 590

  • 2000-11-01 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 56
  • 2001-05-12 Didi (Waldyr Pereira), Brazilian soccer midfielder (68 caps; Fluminense), dies at 72
  • 2001-06-26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2001-11-14 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine soccer forward (Boca Juniors, Sampdoria, Atlético Madrid) and manager (Argentina, Boca Juniors, Lazio, Roma), dies at 79
  • 2002-02-16 Walter Winterbottom, England soccer manager (first manager England national football team 1946–62; FA Director of Coaching), dies at 88
  • 2002-05-17 László Kubala, Hungarian soccer striker (3 caps Hungary, 6 Czechoslovakia, 19 Spain, 4 Catalonia; FC Barcelona 186 games) and manager (Spain 1969–80), dies at 74
  • 2002-07-20 Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek soccer striker (28 caps; Olympiacos), dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • 2002-12-19 Arthur Rowley, English soccer forward (most goals in English league football, 434 from 619 games; Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town), dies at 76
  • 2003-02-21 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2003-06-26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), dies of heart failure at 28
  • 2003-07-31 John Aston Sr., English soccer striker (17 caps; Manchester United 253 games), dies at 81
  • 2004-04-01 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies from septicaemia at 51
  • 2004-04-24 Willie Watson, English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 2 x 100s) and soccer midfielder (4 caps; Sunderland), dies at 84
  • 2004-11-06 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player, dies at 61
  • 2004-11-30 Bill Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur), dies at 73
  • 2004-12-11 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), dies from gunshot wound in stomach while hunting at 43
  • 2005-02-17 Omar Sívori, Argentine soccer forward and manager (19 caps Argentina, 9 caps Italy; Juventus), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2005-05-07 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian soccer forward (13 caps; Emelec), dies in a car accident at 25
  • 2005-09-13 Toni Fritsch, Austrian soccer forward (9 caps; Rapid Vienna) and American football kicker (Super Bowl 1971 Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1979), dies of heart failure at 60
  • 2005-10-18 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 71
  • 2005-11-02 Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (Bologna; Atalanta, Italy 1974 World Cup), dies at 86
  • 2005-12-23 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian soccer defender (2 caps; Szegedi AK, Győri ETO) and manager (Hungary 1957-66, 75-78), dies at 91
  • 2006-02-09 Ron Greenwood, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • 2006-03-01 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2006-03-13 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), dies from motor neuron disease at 61
  • 2006-04-18 John Lyall, English soccer manager (West Ham United 1974-89; FA Cup 1980), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 2006-04-21 Telê Santana, Brazilian soccer winger (Fluminense FC 557 games) and manager (Brazil, Flamengo, Fluminense, Palmeiras, São Paulo), dies from an abdominal infection at 74
  • 2006-08-31 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian soccer left back (19 caps; African Cup of Nations 2006; Al Ahly SC, Aluminium Nag Hammâdi), dies from a heart defect at 22
  • 2006-09-02 Charlie Williams MBE, English soccer defender (Doncaster Rovers 151 games) and comedian, dies from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 2006-11-03 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian soccer forward (11 caps; 5 caps Uruguay; most goals in Copa Libertadores [54] 1960-72), dies of heart failure at 68
  • 2006-11-17 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian soccer forward (Hungary 85 caps, Spain 4; Real Madrid, Budapest Honvéd) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 2007-01-15 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • 2007-05-19 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), dies at 67
  • 2007-08-29 Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian soccer striker (33 caps; Zanaco FC), dies from heart failure at 28
  • 2007-09-01 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak soccer goalkeeper (39 caps Czechoslovakia; Slovan Bratislava 240 games), dies at 76
  • 2007-09-09 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian soccer forward (18 caps; Sturm Graz, First Vienna, Real Betis, Wacker Innsbruck) and manager (Austria, Athletic Bilbao, AEK), dies at 73
  • 2007-09-11 Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
  • 2007-09-20 Johnny Gavin, Irish soccer winger (7 caps Rep. Ireland; Norwich City 312 games), dies at 79
  • 2007-12-29 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish soccer midfielder (1 cap; Motherwell, Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday; PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year 1992, 94), dies from cardiac arrest while playing at 35
  • 2008-05-15 Tommy Burns, Scottish soccer midfielder (8 caps; Celtic, Kilmarnock) and manager (Scotland, Celtic, Kilmarnock, Reading), dies of melanoma at 51
  • 2008-07-05 Hasan Doğan, 37th president of the Turkish Football Federation (b. 1956)
  • 2009-07-31 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2009-11-15 Antonio de Nigris, Mexican soccer striker (16 caps; Monterrey, Villarreal), dies from a heart attack at 31
  • 2010-02-16 Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
  • 2010-03-03 Keith Alexander, British soccer forward (3 caps St Lucia; Grimsby Town FC, Lincoln City FC) and manager (Lincoln, Peterborough, Macclesfield), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • 2010-08-11 Markus Liebherr, German born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)
  • 2011-01-04 Coen Moulijn, Dutch soccer winger (38 caps; Feyenoord 487 games, European Cup 1970), dies from a cerebral infarction at 73
  • 2011-04-22 Wiel Coerver, Dutch soccer manager (developer of Coerver Method, football coaching technique), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2011-08-04 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2011-12-04 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder and manager (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), dies of septic shock at 57
  • 2012-03-07 Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), dies at 54
  • 2012-06-23 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish soccer defender (52 caps; QPR 476 games), dies from a heart attack at 48
  • 2012-10-13 Helmut Haller, German soccer forward (33 caps West Germany; FC Augsburg, Bologna FC, Juventus), dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 73
  • 2012-12-04 Miguel Calero, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (50 caps; Copa América 2001; Pachuca), dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • 2012-12-28 Emmanuel Scheffer, Israeli soccer coach (Israel 1968–70, 78–79; only World Cup appearance 1970), dies at 88
  • 2013-01-02 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), dies from a respiratory illness at 67
  • 2013-05-24 Antonio Puchades, Spanish soccer midfielder (23 caps; Valencia 256 games), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • 2013-07-19 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), dies from prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • 2013-07-22 Lawrie Reilly, Scottish soccer striker (38 caps; Hibernian 253 games, 185 goals), dies at 84
  • 2013-07-29 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (58 caps; El Nacional, Santos Laguna, América), dies from heart failure at 27
  • 2013-09-19 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), dies from myelodysplastic syndrome at 67
  • 2013-11-03 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), dies at 86
  • 2013-11-16 Arne Pedersen, Norwegian soccer inside forward (40 caps; Fredrikstad), dies at 82
  • 2013-12-02 Pedro Rocha, Uruguayan soccer midfielder and manager (52 caps; Peñarol, São Paulo F.C.), dies from mesencephalic atrophy at 70
  • 2014-01-13 Bobby Collins, Scottish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Celtic, Everton, Leeds), dies at 82
  • 2014-01-19 Bert Williams MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (24 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 381 games), dies at 93
  • 2014-02-01 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), dies from leukemia at 75
  • 2014-03-20 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • 2014-05-01 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican footballer and soccer coach (Honduras; Copa Centroamericana 2011), dies of skin cancer at 63

Alfredo Di StéfanoAlfredo Di Stéfano (1926-2014)

2014-07-07 Argentine soccer forward (Spain 31 caps, Argentina 6, Colombia 4; European Cup 1956-60; Real Madrid) and manager (European Cup Winners' Cup: 1980 Valencia), dies from a heart attack at 88

  • 2015-01-13 Jack Hayward, British financier (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club), dies at 91
  • 2015-11-29 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), dies at 89

Johan CruyffJohan Cruyff (1947-2016)

2016-03-24 Dutch Soccer Player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68

  • 2016-12-11 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), dies at 89
  • 2017-01-11 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), dies from cardiac arrest at 62

Raymond KopaRaymond Kopa (1931-2017)

2017-03-03 French soccer attacking midfielder (45 caps; Angers, Reims, Real Madrid; Ballon d'Or 1958; 'the Napoleon of football'), dies at 85

  • 2017-04-21 Ugo Ehiogu, English soccer defender (4 caps; Aston Villa, Middlesborough), dies from cardiac arrest at 44
  • 2017-07-12 (Charles) "Chuck" Blazer, American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72
  • 2018-02-09 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36
  • 2018-06-18 Walter Bahr, American soccer midfielder (19 caps) and coach (Penn State), dies of complications broken hip at 91
  • 2019-02-12 Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966, 73 England caps), dies of kidney cancer at 81
  • 2019-04-12 Tommy Smith, English soccer defender (1 cap; Football League Div 1 1966, 73, 76, 77; FA Cup 1965, 74; European Cup 1977; Liverpool 467 games), dies at 74
  • 2019-04-22 Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), dies from dementia at 79
  • 2019-06-01 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), dies in a car crash at 35
  • 2019-06-04 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), dies at 89
  • 2019-09-18 Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 43
  • 2019-12-02 Francesco Janich, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Bologna), dies at 82
  • 2019-12-07 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), dies at 87
  • 2019-12-08 Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), dies at 97
  • 2019-12-10 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), dies at 79
  • 2019-12-19 Shahdon Winchester, Trinidadian soccer winger (27 caps; Murciélagos), dies in a traffic collision at 27
  • 2019-12-20 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), dies at 73
  • 2019-12-20 Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), dies at 79
  • 2019-12-21 Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2019-12-22 Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73
  • 2019-12-23 Alan Harrington, Welsh soccer defender (11 caps; Cardiff City 348 games), dies at 86
  • 2019-12-23 Duncan MacKay, Scottish soccer defender (14 caps; Celtic 162 games), dies at 82
  • 2019-12-24 Walter Horak, Austrian soccer striker (13 caps; Wiener Sport Club, Sochaux), dies at 88
  • 2019-12-26 Eigil Nielsen, Danish soccer midfielder (10 caps; Basel), dies at 71
  • 2019-12-27 Ilias Rosidis, Greek soccer defender (29 caps; Olympiacos FC), dies at 92