Soccer in History (Part 3)

Events in Sport

Events 201 - 231 of 231

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2013-02-04 Europol announces it will investigate over 680 football matches alleged to involve match fixing
  • 2014-11-01 Australian A-League soccer club Western Sydney Wanderers draw 0-0 with Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh to win the AFC Champions League, 1-0 on aggregate
  • 2015-07-04 Copa América Final, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago: Chile defeats Argentina, 4-1 penalties to win their first title; 0-0 after extra time

  • 2015-12-17 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea
  • 2016-06-26 Copa América Final, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Defending champions Chile defeat Argentina, 4-2 on penalty kicks; 0–0 after extra time
  • 2017-06-24 World record for highest altitude football match ever played at 18,799ft on Mount Kilimanjaro by women's international team

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar
  • 2018-01-29 David Beckham launches a Major League Soccer team in Miami
  • 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
  • 2018-06-13 The Spanish Football Association sacks coach Julen Lopetegui just 2 days out from first World Cup game after he agreed to manage Real Madrid
  • 2018-07-19 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m
  • 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
  • 2019-02-08 Fire at Ninho de Urubu football training center for Flamengo football club, Rio de Janeiro, kills 10
  • 2019-02-23 Roy Hodgson overtakes Sir Bobby Robson as the oldest man to manage a Premier League football club when at 71 years, 198 days his Crystal Palace beats Leicester City, 4-1
  • 2019-03-08 US national women's soccer team sue for equal pay by filing a federal gender discrimination lawsuit against United States Soccer Federation
  • 2019-07-07 Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Home team Brazil win their 9th title, beating Peru, 3-1; first title since 2007
  • 2019-10-10 3,500 women are the first to be allowed to attend a football match in Iran for a World Cup qualifier in Tehran, since the Islamic revolution
  • 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 201 - 300 of 915

  • 1949-03-06 Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
  • 1949-03-17 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-03-26 Francisco Aguilar, Spanish soccer forward (3 caps; Real Madrid), born in Santander, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1949-04-01 Sammy Nelson, Irish soccer left back (51 caps Northern Ireland; Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-04-26 Carlos Bianchi, Argentine soccer forward and coach (14 caps; Vélez Sarsfield, Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1949-05-29 Brian Kidd, English soccer forward, coach, manager (England 2 caps, Manchester City), born in Manchester, England
  • 1949-09-20 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1949-10-09 Shep Messing, American soccer goalkeeper (NY Cosmos), born in Bronx, New York
  • 1950-05-01 Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (62 caps; Celtic), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1951-01-31 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (Honduras, Copa Centroamericana 2011), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2014)
  • 1951-02-14 Kevin Keegan, English soccer forward, manager (England 63 caps, Liverpool, Newcastle United), born in Armthorpe, Doncaster
  • 1951-02-20 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • 1951-04-11 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), born in Lesmahagow, Scotland (d. 1993)
  • 1951-09-21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-11-25 Johnny Rep, Dutch soccer player
  • 1952-03-01 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (64 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (Rep of Ireland; Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland), born in Kilrea, Northern Ireland
  • 1952-06-01 Şenol Güneş, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Trabzonspor) and manager (Trabzonspor, Bursaspor, Beşiktaş, Turkey), born Trabzon, Turkey
  • 1952-06-26 Gordon McQueen, Scottish soccer player (Manchester United), born in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1952-08-03 Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentine soccer player, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1952-10-25 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2004)
  • 1953-01-03 Peter Taylor, English soccer winger (4 caps; Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur) and manager (Leicester City, Hull, Crystal Palace), born in Rochford, England
  • 1953-01-04 Norberto Alonso, Argentine soccer midfielder (19 caps; River Plate), born in Vicente López, Argentina
  • 1953-03-01 Carlos Queiroz, Portuguese soccer coach (Portugal, UAE, RSA, Iran, Colombia; Real Madrid), born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique
  • 1953-04-01 Alberto Zaccheroni, Italian soccer manager (AC Milan, Lazio, Internazionale, Torino, Juventus, UAE, Japan), born in Meldola, Italy
  • 1953-12-04 Jean-Marie Pfaff, Belgian soccer goalkeeper (64 caps; Beveren, Bayern Munich), born in Lebbeke, Belgium
  • 1953-12-26 Matthew Harding, English businessman, soccer administrator (Chelsea Footfall Club), born in Haywards Heath, England
  • 1954-02-19 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1954-04-01 Giancarlo Antognoni, Italian soccer midfielder (73 caps; Fiorentina 341 games), born in Marsciano, Italy
  • 1954-04-19 Trevor Francis, British football player and manager, born in Plymouth, England
  • 1954-11-10 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), born in Fuengirola, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1954-12-01 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), born in Opwijk, Belgium (d. 2017)
  • 1954-12-29 Glenn Myernick, American soccer player & coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1955-09-01 Gerhard Strack, German soccer defender (10 caps; 1. FC Köln, FC Basel, Fortuna Düsseldorf), born in Kerpen, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1955-10-04 Jorge Valdano, Argentine soccer forward and manager (23 caps; Real Madrid), born in Las Parejas, Argentina
  • 1955-11-30 Andy Gray, English soccer player
  • 1955-12-03 Alberto Tarantini, Argentine soccer defender (61 caps; FIFA World Cup 1978; Boca Juniors, River Plate, Toulouse), born in Ezeiza, Argentina
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956-10-04 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (73 caps; PSV Eindhoven; technical director KNVB), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1957-01-11 Bryan Robson, English soccer midfielder, manager (90 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Middlesborough), born in Chester-le-Street, England
  • 1957-02-09 Gordon Strachan, soccer player
  • 1957-07-01 Sean O'Driscoll, Irish soccer midfielder and manager (Rep Ireland 3 caps, Bournemouth FC), born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1957-07-16 Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland (d. 2012)
  • 1957-10-27 Glenn Hoddle, English soccer ball player (Tottenham), born in Hayes, Middlesex, England
  • 1958-02-01 Luther Blissett, English soccer striker (14 caps; Watford, Bournemouth), born in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • 1958-03-03 Bob Bradley, soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1958-05-29 Uwe Rapolder, German soccer midfielder, coach (1. FC Köln), born in Hausen an der Zaber, Germany
  • 1958-07-12 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), born in Leicester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1958-12-01 Javier Aguirre, Mexican soccer midfielder and manager (59 caps; Atlético Madrid, Espanyol; Mexico, Japan), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 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)
  • 1959-04-02 Ezzaki Badou, Moroccan soccer goalkeeper (76 caps; Mallorca) and manager (Morocco), born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco
  • 1959-06-24 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1959-07-01 Chung Hae-Won, South Korean soccer striker (58 caps; Daewoo Royals), born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2020)
  • 1959-08-24 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90), born in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands
  • 1959-09-30 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1959-10-02 Luis Fernández, French soccer defensive midfielder (60 caps; PSG), born in Tarifa, Spain
  • 1959-12-04 Paul McGrath, Irish soccer defender (83 caps Rep of Ireland; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in London, England
  • 1959-12-19 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • 1959-12-25 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1960-04-11 Marko Elsner, Slovenian soccer defender (14 caps Yugoslavia, 2 Slovenia; Red Star Belgrade), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 2020)
  • 1960-06-25 Craig Johnston, Australian soccer midfielder (Liverpool 271 games; 5 League titles and FA Cup 1986), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1960-07-20 Lauren Gregg, Rochester Minn, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1960-08-15 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)

Person of interestDiego Maradona

1960-10-30 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (World Cup captain 1986, 91 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 and trainer (SC Heerenveen, AZ), born in Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • 1961-01-12 Andrea Carnevale, Italian soccer player (Napoli), born in Monte San Biagio, Italy
  • 1961-02-24 Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1961-03-13 Cor Lems, Dutch soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90), born in Rotterdam, Netherlansds
  • 1961-05-12 Thomas Dooley, German-American Soccer Player
  • 1961-06-03 César Zabala, Paraguayan soccer defender (49 caps; Cerro Porteño), born in Luque, Paraguay (d. 2020)
  • 1961-09-20 Erwin Koeman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • 1961-10-16 Wilfried Brookhuis, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1961-10-30 Hans Segers, Dutch soccer goalkeeper and coach (Wimbledon), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1961-11-04 Nigel Worthington, Irish soccer midfielder and manager (66 caps NI; Sheffield Wednesday; Norwich City), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • 1962-02-01 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), born in Córdoba, Argentina (d. 2004)
  • 1962-02-01 Manuel Amoros, French soccer defender (82 caps; Monaco, Marseille), born in Nîmes, France
  • 1962-02-17 Hennie Meijer, soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • 1962-03-16 Marcel Brands, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1962-03-26 Maarten de Young, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1962-04-24 Stuart Pearce, English soccer defender (78 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (England U-21 2007-13; Great Britain Olympic team 2012; Manchester City), born in London, England
  • 1962-05-29 Fandi Ahmad, Singaporean soccer striker, manager (Singapore 101 caps), born in Singapore
  • 1962-08-01 Gertjan Verbeek, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Deventer, Netherlands
  • 1962-09-01 Tony Cascarino, Irish soccer striker, broadcaster (88 caps Rep of Ireland), born in St Paul's Cray, Kent, England
  • 1962-09-30 Leon Hutten, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1962-10-01 Paul Walsh, English soccer forward (5 caps; Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Charlton), born in London, England
  • 1962-10-09 Jorge Burruchaga, Argentine soccer attacking midfielder and manager (57 caps; Independiente, Nantes), born in Gualeguay, Argentina
  • 1962-10-19 Ruud Bread, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1962-12-10 John de Wolf, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • 1962-12-11 Ejo Elburg, Dutch soccer player (Pax, NEC)
  • 1963-03-24 Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch soccer goalie (Vitesse, Manchester)
  • 1963-04-13 Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1963-06-10 Vital Borkelmans, Belgian soccer defender (22 caps; Club Brugge 350 games) and manager (Jordan), born in Maaseik, Belgium
  • 1963-06-13 Edward Sturing, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • 1963-06-24 Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
  • 1963-07-06 Edwin Gorter, Dutch soccer player (Lommel/FC Utrecht), born in Den Haag, Netherlands
  • 1963-07-29 Michel Boerebach, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)

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Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 201 - 206 of 206

  • 2020-05-21 Gerhard Strack, German soccer defender (10 caps; 1. FC Köln, FC Basel, Fortuna Düsseldorf), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 2020-05-22 Luigi Simoni, Italian soccer midfielder (Napoli, Torino, Juventus, Brescia, Genoa) and manager (UEFA Cup 1998, Inter; Genoa, Torino, Napoli), dies from effects of a stroke at 81
  • 2020-05-25 Marcelino Campanal, Spanish soccer defender (11 caps; Real Avilés CF, Sevilla FC, Deportivo de La Coruña), dies at 88
  • 2020-05-27 Liesbeth Migchelsen, Dutch soccer defender (97 caps; FFC Heike Rheine, SV Fortuna Wormerveer, AZ Alkmaar), dies from cancer at 49
  • 2020-05-29 Célio Taveira, Brazilian soccer striker (3 caps; Vasco da Gama, Nacional, Corinthians), dies from COVID-19 at 79
  • 2020-06-05 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), dies at 78