Soccer in History (Part 4)

Events in Sport


Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,306

  • 1940-07-10 Tommy Troelsen, Danish soccer striker (16 caps; Vejle Boldklub) and broadcaster (Danmarks Radio, dk4), born in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark (d. 2021)
  • 1940-09-24 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), born in Sinj, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • 1940-10-04 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1940-10-10 Jimmy Gabriel, Scottish soccer midfielder (2 caps; Everton, Southampton) and coach (Seattle Sounders; SJ Earthquakes, Seattle Storm, Everton), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1940-10-16 Célio Taveira, Brazilian soccer striker (3 caps; Vasco da Gama, Nacional, Corinthians), born in Santos, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • 1940-10-17 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2019)
  • 1940-11-03 Charlie Gallagher, Scottish soccer inside forward (2 caps Republic of Ireland; Celtic, Dumbarton), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1940-11-20 Erwin Wilczek, Polish soccer midfielder, forward (16 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Wirek, Poland (d. 2021)
  • 1940-12-21 Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1941-05-06 Ivan Osim, Bosnian soccer midfielder (19 caps Yugoslavia; FK Željezničar, RC Strasbourg, CS Sedan) and manager (Yugoslavia, Sturm Graz, Japan), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (d. 2022)
  • 1941-05-31 Wolfgang Fahrian, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps DRG; SC Fortuna Köln), born in Blaustein, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1941-06-05 Hartmut Heidemann, German soccer defender (3 caps West Germany; MSV Duisburg 347 games), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1941-06-14 Inge Danielsson, Swedish soccer midfielder (17 caps; Ifö/Bromölla IF, Helsingborgs IF, AFC Ajax, IFK Norrköping), born in Bromölla, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • 1941-06-27 Fevzi Zemzem, Turkish soccer striker (18 caps; AS Göztepe 356 games) and manager (Orduspor), born in İskenderun, Turkey (d. 2022)
  • 1941-08-05 Jan Gomola, Polish soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Ustron, Poland (d. 2022)
  • 1941-08-20 Stevan Ostojić, Serbian soccer striker (2 caps Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (RS Belgrade), born in Ostojićevo, Serbia (d. 2022)
  • 1941-08-23 Rafael Albrecht, Argentine soccer defender (39 caps; San Lorenzo, Club León), born in Tucumán, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1941-08-25 Ludwig Müller, German soccer defender (6 caps; FC Nürnberg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC), born in Haßfurt, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1941-08-25 Mario Corso, Italian soccer winger (23 caps; Inter Milan 413 games) and coach (Lecce, Inter), born in Verona, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1941-09-04 Aleksandar Shalamanov, Bulgarian soccer defender (42 caps; PFC Slavia Sofia) and alpine skier (Winter Olympics 1960), born in Boyana, Bulgaria (d. 2021)
  • 1941-09-04 Alfons Dirnberger, Austrian soccer midfielder (3 caps; FC Austria Wien), born in Tulin, Austria (d. 2022)
  • 1941-09-17 Nils Arne Eggen, Norwegian soccer defender (29 caps; Rosenborg, Vålerengen FC) and manager (Norway; Rosenborg), born in Orkdal, Norway (d. 2022)
  • 1941-09-27 Peter Bonetti, English soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; World Cup 1966; Chelsea 600 games), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1941-10-07 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), born in Petrich, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • 1941-10-17 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), born in Novi Iskar, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • 1941-10-25 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, born in Tottenham, North London (d. 1996)
  • 1941-10-26 Harald Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960), born in Frederikshavn, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1941-11-15 Adnan Al Sharqi, Lebanese soccer manager (Lebanon 1974–76, 1987–93, 2006–08; Ansar 11 x league titles), born in Beirut, Lebanon (d. 2021)
  • 1941-11-23 Alan Mullery, English soccer player (Fulham, Spurs), manager and pundit, born in London, England
  • 1941-12-02 Mike England, Welsh soccer defender and manager (44 caps, Tottenham Hotspur; mgr Wales), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales
  • 1941-12-04 Raul Blanco, Argentine-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1996-97), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1941-12-08 Geoff Hurst, cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
  • 1941-12-12 Nikolai Osyanin, Russian soccer striker (3 caps; PFC Krylia Sovetov Kuibyshev, FC Spartak Moscow), born in Sobolevskoye, Russia (d. 2022)
  • 1942-01-01 Nevzat Güzelırmak, Turkish soccer defender (18 caps; Göztepe) and manager (Denizlispor; Turkey U21), born in İzmir, Turkey (d. 2020)
  • 1942-01-23 Rildo da Costa Menezes, Brazilian soccer defender (38 caps; Santos, CEUB, New York Cosmos), born in Recife, Brazil (d. 2021)
  • 1942-01-24 Olav Nilsen, Norwegian soccer striker/midfielder (62 caps; Viking FK), born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 2021)
  • 1942-02-10 Alfred Gager, Austrian soccer midfielder (6 caps; Austria Wien, FC Wacker Wien), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2022)
  • 1942-04-05 Antonio Fernández, Spanish soccer manager (CD Málaga), born in Alicante, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1942-05-08 Terry Neill, Northern Irish soccer defender (59 caps; Arsenal, Hull City FC) and manager (Hull City FC, Tottenham, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2022)
  • 1942-05-18 Nobby Stiles, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1942-07-11 Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, Mexican soccer striker (55 caps; Pumas, Atlante, Veracruz), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1942-08-02 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1942-08-18 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1942-10-05 Bengt Madsen, Swedish soccer administrator (chairman Malmö FF 1999-2009), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • 1942-10-13 Peter Kemper, Dutch soccer defender (3 caps; PSV 221 games), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1942-12-03 Pedro Rocha, Uruguayan soccer midfielder and manager (52 caps; Peñarol, São Paulo F.C.), born in Salto, Uruguay (d. 2013)
  • 1943-01-06 Terry Venables, British soccer player & manager, born in Dagenham, England
  • 1943-01-20 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Paris SG), born in Quimperlé, France (d. 2020)
  • 1943-03-01 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish soccer goalkeeper and manager (49 caps; Athletic Bilbao), born in Zarautz, Spain
  • 1943-03-02 Juan Carlos Masnik, Uruguayan soccer defender (26 caps; NY Skyliners, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Nacional, NY Cosmos), born in Soriano, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • 1943-03-21 Antal Dunai, Hungarian soccer player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1943-04-03 John Hughes, Scottish soccer striker (8 caps; Celtic 255 games), born in Coatbridge, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • 1943-05-30 Francesco Rizzo, Italian soccer midfielder (2 caps; Cagliari, ACF Fiorentina, Bologna FC, Genoa CFC), born in Rovito, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1943-06-29 Pedro Pablo León, Peruvian soccer forward (49 caps; Alianza Lima), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2020)
  • 1943-09-28 Bobby Hope, Scottish soccer midfielder (7 caps; West Bromwich Albion 336 games, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday), born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • 1943-10-02 Paul Van Himst, Belgian soccer forward and manager (81 caps; Anderlecht), born in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium
  • 1943-10-28 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1943-10-29 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), born in Gateshead, England (d. 2020)
  • 1943-11-08 Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), born in Plaistow, Essex, England (d. 2019)
  • 1943-11-21 Orlando de la Torre, Peruvian soccer defender (39 caps; Sporting Cristal SA), born in Trujillo, Peru (d. 2022)
  • 1944-01-16 Juan Rodríguez Vega, Chilean soccer defender (26 caps; Universidad de Chile, Atlético Español), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2021)
  • 1944-01-30 Frank Burrows, Scottish soccer defender (Swindon Town 297 games) and manager (Portsmouth, Cardiff, Swansea), born in Larkhall, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1944-02-01 Henri Depireux, Belgian soccer midfielder (2 caps; RFC Liège, Standard de Liège) and manager (Cameroon, Congo DR, FC Metz), born in Belgium (d. 2022)
  • 1944-02-20 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • 1944-04-02 Rodolfo Fischer, Argentine soccer striker (35 caps; San Lorenzo 271 games), born in Oberá, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1944-04-03 Ramazan Rragami, Albanian soccer midfielder (20 caps; KF Vllaznia) and manager (KF Vllaznia), born in Shkodër, Albania (d. 2022)
  • 1944-05-27 Pleun Strik, Dutch soccer defender (8 caps, FIFA World Cup 1974 runner-up; PSV Eindhoven 270 games), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • 1944-07-07 Jürgen Grabowski, German soccer midfielder/forward (44 caps West Germany; Eintracht Frankfurt 441 games), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1944-07-12 Terry Cooper, English soccer defender (20 caps; Leeds, Middlesborough) and manager (Bristol City, Birmingham City), born in Brotherton, England (d. 2021)
  • 1944-08-09 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), born in Hebburn, County Durham (d. 2000)
  • 1944-08-12 Francesco Morini, Italian soccer defender (11 caps; Sampdoria, Juventus), born in San Giuliano Terme, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1944-09-24 Bernd Bransch, German soccer defender (64 caps GDR; Chemie Halle FC, FC Carl Zeiss Jena), born in Halle/Saale, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1944-09-25 Aleksandr Lenyov, Russian soccer midfielder / defender (10 caps Soviet Union; Torpedo Moscow), born in Novomoskovsk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1944-09-30 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), born in Viewpark, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1944-10-18 Slobodan Škrbić, Serbian soccer defender (4 caps Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade, Lille), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2022)
  • 1944-10-19 Vasilis Botinos, Greek soccer winger (12 caps; Olympiacos FC 140 games, 120 goals), born in Volos, Greece (d. 2022)
  • 1944-12-17 Ference Bene, Hungarian record 12 soccer goals (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1944-12-25 Jairzinho, Brazilian soccer winger (81 caps; Botafogo FC 416 games) and manager (Gabon), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1945-01-16 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1945-02-14 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), born in Piriápolis, Uruguay (d. 2013)
  • 1945-02-16 Julio Morales, Uruguayan soccer striker (24 caps; Racing Montevideo, Nacional, Austria Wien), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2022)
  • 1945-02-26 Jan Klijnjan, Dutch soccer attacking midfielder (11 caps; FC Dordrecht, Sparta Rotterdam, FC Sochaux), born in Papendrecht, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • 1945-03-01 Wilfried van Moer, Belgian soccer midfielder (57 caps; Belgian Golden Shoe x 3; Beveren, Antwerp, Standard Liège), born in Beveren, Belgium (d. 2021)
  • 1945-03-04 Tommy Svensson, Swedish soccer midfielder (40 caps; Östers IF, Standard Liège) and manager (Östers IF, Sweden), born in Växjö, Sweden
  • 1945-03-23 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), born in Vis, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • 1945-04-05 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), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2019)
  • 1945-04-26 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1945-07-05 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2020)
  • 1945-07-10 Toni Fritsch, Austrian soccer forward (9 caps; Rapid Vienna) and American football kicker (Super Bowl 1971 Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1979), born in Petronell-Carnuntum, Austria (d. 2005)
  • 1945-07-12 Dimitar Penev, Bulgarian soccer player and union coach (Lokomotiv/CSKA), born in Mirovyane, Bulgaria
  • 1945-09-01 Agustín Balbuena, Argentine soccer striker (8 caps; Copa Libertadores 1972, 73, 74, 75; Copa Intercontinental 1973; Club Atlético Independiente), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1945-09-07 Vic Pollard, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 2 x 100s, 40 wickets) and soccer midfielder (7 caps; Rangers AFC), born in Burnley, England
  • 1945-09-18 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), born in Chancay, Peru (d. 2021)
  • 1945-09-20 Torkild Brakstad, Norwegian soccer defender (3 caps; Molde) and coach (Molde, Tromsø, Rosenborg), born in Molde, Norway (d. 2021)
  • 1945-09-22 Ilija Petković, Serbian soccer midfielder (43 caps, Yugoslavia; Troyes, OFK Beograd) and manager (Serbia & Montenegro), born in Knin, Croatia (d. 2020)

Gerd Müller

1945-11-03 Gerd Müller "Der Bomber", German soccer striker (62 caps; FIFA World Cup 1974; Bayern Munich 453 games, 398 goals), born in Nördlingen, Germany (d. 2021)

  • 1945-11-11 Bryan 'Pop' Robson, English soccer forward (Newcastle, West Ham), born in Sunderland, County Durham
  • 1945-11-28 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1946-01-01 Rivellino, Brazilian soccer midfielder and broadcaster (92 caps; 1970 FIFA World Cup; Corinthians; TV Cultura), born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • 1946-01-03 Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek soccer striker (28 caps; Olympiacos), born in Kaisariani, Greece (d. 2002)

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Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 301 - 400 of 563

  • 2020-10-21 Gordon Astall, English soccer forward (2 caps; Birmingham City 235 games, 59 goals), dies from dementia at 93
  • 2020-10-23 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), dies from cancer at 75
  • 2020-10-29 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 80
  • 2020-10-30 Nobby Stiles, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), dies from dementia at 78
  • 2020-10-31 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), dies from motor neurone disease at 36
  • 2020-11-10 Juan Sol, Spanish soccer defender (28 caps; Valencia, Real Madrid), dies at 73
  • 2020-11-10 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), dies at 83
  • 2020-11-11 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), dies from respiratory failure at 83
  • 2020-11-12 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), dies at 87
  • 2020-11-12 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), dies at 75
  • 2020-11-13 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), dies at 79
  • 2020-11-15 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), dies at 86
  • 2020-11-15 Ray Clemence MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 2020-11-16 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), dies at 87
  • 2020-11-18 Adam Musiał, Polish soccer defender (34 caps; Wisła Kraków) and manager (Wisła Kraków, Lechia Gdańsk, Stal Stalowa Wola), dies at 71
  • 2020-11-18 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), dies at 77
  • 2020-11-21 Ricky Yacobi, Indonesian soccer striker (31 caps; Arseto Solo, Matsushita), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 2020-11-22 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2020-11-23 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), dies in a car accident at 33

Diego Maradona

2020-11-25 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), dies from a heart attack at 60

  • 2020-11-26 Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), dies at 84
  • 2020-11-28 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 2020-11-29 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese soccer midfielder (63 caps; Lens, Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham Utd), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 42
  • 2020-11-29 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2020-12-05 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), dies at 83
  • 2020-12-08 Alejandro Sabella, Argentine soccer midfielder (8 caps; River Plate, Sheffield United, Estudiantes) and manager (Argentina 2011-14), dies from heart disease at 66
  • 2020-12-09 Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer striker (48 caps; FIFA World Cup 1982 [Golden Boot, Golden Ball]; L.R. Vicenza, Juventus), dies at 64
  • 2020-12-12 Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), dies in car accident at 25
  • 2020-12-13 Otto Barić, Croatian soccer manager (Croatia, Austria, Wacker Innsbruck, SK Rapid, SV Salzburg), dies from COVID-19 at 87
  • 2020-12-14 Gérard Houllier, French soccer manager (Paris Saint-Germain, Lens, Liverpool, Olympique Lyonnais, Aston Villa, France), dies after heart operation at 73
  • 2020-12-14 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), dies at 88
  • 2020-12-16 Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), dies at 79
  • 2020-12-20 Dietrich Weise, German soccer forward (Eintracht Frankfurt, FSV Mainz) and manager (FC Kaiserslautern, E Frankfurt, F Düsseldorf, Egypt, Liechtenstein), dies at 86
  • 2020-12-26 Jim McLean, Scottish soccer forward (Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee) and manager (Dundee United 1971-93), dies from dementia at 83
  • 2020-12-27 José Luiz Carbone, Brazilian soccer midfielder (6 caps; São Paulo, Internacional, Botafogo) and coach (Fluminense, Guarani), dies from liver cancer at 74
  • 2020-12-31 Tommy Docherty, Scottish soccer midfielder (25 caps; Preston North End) and manager (Chelsea, QPR, Scotland, Manchester United), dies at 92
  • 2021-01-05 Colin Bell, English soccer midfielder (48 caps; Manchester City 394 games), dies at 74
  • 2021-01-11 Wálter Taibo, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (30 caps; Huracán, C.A. Peñarol), dies at 89
  • 2021-01-12 Frank Arok, Yugoslavian-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1983-89), dies at 88
  • 2021-01-15 Vicente Cantatore, Argentine soccer manager (Chile, Real Valladolid, Colo Colo, Real Betis, Sevilla, Sporting de Gijón), dies at 85
  • 2021-01-20 Peter Swan, English soccer defender (19 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Bury), dies at 84
  • 2021-01-22 Luton Shelton, Jamaican soccer striker (75 caps; Vålerenga, Karabükspor, Sheffield United), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 35
  • 2021-01-24 Jóhannes Eðvaldsson, Icelandic soccer defender (34 caps; Celtic, Tulsa Roughnecks, Hannover 96, Motherwell), dies from COVID-19 at 70
  • 2021-01-25 Maryan Synakowski, French soccer defender (16 caps; UA Sedan Torcy 241 games), dies at 84
  • 2021-01-26 John Mortimore, English soccer defender (Chelsea 249 games) and manager (Portsmouth, Benfica, Real Betis), dies at 86
  • 2021-01-26 Jozef Vengloš, Slovak soccer manager (Australia, Czechoslovakia, Malaysia, Fenerbahçe, Aston Villa, Celtic, Slovakia), dies at 84
  • 2021-01-27 Mehrdad Minavand, Iranian soccer midfielder (67 caps; Persepolis, Sturm Graz), dies from COVID-19 at 45
  • 2021-01-28 Eddie Connachan, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (2 caps; Dunfermline Athletic, Middlesbrough, Falkirk), dies at 85
  • 2021-01-29 Yvon Douis, French soccer striker (20 caps; Lille, Le Havre, Monaco, Cannes), dies from COVID-19 at 85
  • 2021-02-07 Mario Osbén, Chilean soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Unión Española, Colo Colo, Cobreloa), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 2021-02-10 Pachín, Spanish soccer defender (8 caps; Real Madrid) and manager (Osasuna, Levante, Granada), dies at 82
  • 2021-02-15 Leopoldo Luque, Argentine soccer striker (43 caps; River Plate), dies from COVID-19 at 71
  • 2021-02-17 Martí Vergés, Spanish soccer midfielder (12 caps; FC Barcelona), dies at 86
  • 2021-02-17 Özcan Arkoç, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Hamburger SV) and manager (Hamburger SV, Hannover 96), dies at 81
  • 2021-02-20 Mauro Bellugi, Italian soccer defender (32 caps; Inter Milan, Bologna, Napoli), dies from COVID-19 at 71
  • 2021-02-23 Juan Carlos Masnik, Uruguayan soccer defender (26 caps; NY Skyliners, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Nacional, NY Cosmos), dies at 77
  • 2021-02-28 Glenn Roeder, English soccer defender (QPR, Newcastle United), and manager (Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Norwich), dies from a brain tumour at 65
  • 2021-03-01 Ian St John, Scottish soccer forward (21 caps; Motherwell; Liverpool 425 games), manager (Motherwell, Portsmouth) and broadcaster (ITV: Saint and Greavsie), dies from cancer at 82
  • 2021-03-01 Zlatko Kranjčar, Croatian soccer striker (2 caps; Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Wien) and manager (Croatia, Montenegro, Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 64
  • 2021-03-02 Peter Grosser, German soccer midfielder (2 caps; Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich, Austria Salzburg), dies at 82
  • 2021-03-06 Chi Shangbin, Chinese soccer midfielder (58 caps; Liaoning) and coach (Dalian Wanda: Chinese Jia-A League champions & Coach of the Year 1996, 97), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • 2021-03-06 Miguel Miranda, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Sporting Cristal) and coach (Alianza Atlético), dies at 54
  • 2021-03-09 Agustín Balbuena, Argentine soccer striker (8 caps; Copa Libertadores 1972, 73, 74, 75; Copa Intercontinental 1973; Club Atlético Independiente), dies at 75
  • 2021-03-09 Tommy Troelsen, Danish soccer striker (16 caps; Vejle Boldklub) and broadcaster (Danmarks Radio, dk4), dies at 80
  • 2021-03-16 Erhan Önal, Turkish soccer central defender (12 caps; FC Bayern Munich, Standard Liège, Galatasaray), dies at 63
  • 2021-03-20 Peter Lorimer, Scottish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Leeds United 526 games), dies at 74
  • 2021-03-22 Frank Worthington, English soccer forward (8 caps; Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers) and manager (Tranmere Rovers), dies at 72
  • 2021-03-27 Derek Ufton, English soccer defender (1 cap; Charlton Athletic), manager (Plymouth Argyle) and cricket wicketkeeper (Kent), dies at 92
  • 2021-04-02 Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), dies at 81
  • 2021-04-07 Doug Holden, English soccer winger (5 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End), dies at 90
  • 2021-04-11 Colin Baker, Welsh soccer wing half (7 caps; Cardiff City 298 games), dies at 86
  • 2021-04-19 Willy van der Kuijlen, Dutch soccer forward (22 caps; PSV 528 games), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • 2021-04-29 Zhang Enhua, Chinese soccer defender (65 caps; Dalian Wanda FC, Grimsby Town), dies from cardiac arrest at 48
  • 2021-05-03 Rafael Albrecht, Argentine soccer defender (39 caps; San Lorenzo, Club León), dies from COVID-19 at 79
  • 2021-05-04 Alan McLoughlin, Irish soccer midfielder (42 caps Rep of Ireland; Swindon Town, Portsmouth), dies from cancer at 54
  • 2021-05-04 Bertil Johansson, Swedish soccer striker (5 caps; IFK Göteborg 267 games) and manager (IFK Göteborg), dies at 86
  • 2021-05-06 Carlos Timoteo Griguol, Argentine soccer midfielder (Atlanta, Rosario Central) and manager (Ferro Carril Oeste, Real Betis, River Plate), dies from COVID-19 at 84
  • 2021-05-07 Martín Pando, Argentine soccer forward (11 caps; Argentinos Juniors, River Plate), dies at 86
  • 2021-05-08 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian soccer centre-back (77 caps; CSKA Sofia, Saint-Étienne), dies from cancer at 62
  • 2021-05-10 Néstor Montelongo, Uruguayan soccer utility (36 caps; Montevideo Wanderers, Peñarol, Nacional, Racing), dies at 66
  • 2021-05-13 Nelson Marcenaro, Uruguayan soccer defender (8 caps; Mundialito 1980; Progreso, Portuguesa, Peñarol, Emelec), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • 2021-05-14 Torkild Brakstad, Norwegian soccer defender (3 caps; Molde) and coach (Molde, Tromsø, Rosenborg), dies at 75
  • 2021-05-16 Rildo da Costa Menezes, Brazilian soccer defender (38 caps; Santos, CEUB, New York Cosmos), dies at 79
  • 2021-05-20 Sándor Puhl, Hungarian soccer referee (1994 FIFA World Cup Final; 1997 UEFA Champions League Final; IFFHS World's Best Referee 1994-97), dies at 65
  • 2021-05-26 Tarcisio Burgnich, Italian soccer defender (66 caps; Internazionale 358 games) and manager (Como, Genoa), dies at 82
  • 2021-05-31 Colin Appleton, English soccer midfielder (Leicester City 277 games) and manager (Hull City, Swansea City, Exeter City), dies at 85
  • 2021-06-01 Adnan Al Sharqi, Lebanese soccer manager (Lebanon 1974–76, 1987–93, 2006–08; Ansar 11 x league titles), dies from cancer at 79
  • 2021-06-02 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), dies at 75
  • 2021-06-07 Yoo Sang-chul, South Korean soccer midfielder (124 caps; 2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team; Ulsan Hyundai), dies from pancreatic cancer at 49
  • 2021-06-08 John Angus, English soccer defender (1 cap; Burnley 439 games), dies at 82
  • 2021-06-10 Neno, Portuguese soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Vitória de Guimarães, Benfica), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2021-06-18 Giampiero Boniperti, Italian soccer striker (38 caps; Juventus 443 games), executive (chairman Juventus) and politician (deputy in European Parliament), dies from heart failure at 92
  • 2021-06-20 Luis del Sol, Spanish soccer midfielder (16 caps; Betis, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma) and manager (Betis), dies at 86
  • 2021-06-24 Eleazar Soria, Peruvian soccer defender (29 caps, Copa America 1975; Universitario, Independiente, Sporting Cristal), dies at 73
  • 2021-06-24 Ludwig Müller, German soccer defender (6 caps; FC Nürnberg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC), dies at 79
  • 2021-06-25 Marcos Ferrufino, Bolivian soccer defender (9 caps; Bolívar 252 games) and manager (San José, Real Potosí), dies from COVID-19 at 58
  • 2021-06-28 Jock Aird, Scottish soccer defender (4 caps Scotland, 2 New Zealand; Burnley), dies at 94
  • 2021-06-29 Yitzhak "Vicky" Peretz, Israeli soccer striker (40 caps; Maccabi Tel Aviv, Strasbourg, Rennes), dies at 68
  • 2021-06-30 Inge Danielsson, Swedish soccer midfielder (17 caps; Ifö/Bromölla IF, Helsingborgs IF, AFC Ajax, IFK Norrköping), dies at 80
  • 2021-07-09 Paul Mariner, English soccer striker (35 caps; Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Portsmouth) and coach (Plymouth Argyle, Toronto FC), dies from brain cancer at 68