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On This Day in Football: Milan stop the Benfica juggernaut, Juve rule in Rome

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On this day in 1963, Italian giants AC Milan won the European Cup by beating Portuguese side Benfica 2-1 at the Wembley Stadium.

Benfica had been European champions in the last two seasons and were in their third consecutive final. The Portuguese club had beaten Barcelona 3-2 at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern in 1961 and followed that up with a 5-3 win over Real Madrid at the Olympisch Stadion in Amsterdam in 1962.

On This Day in Football: Red reigns supreme in Moscow

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On this day in 2008, Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Champions League.

Played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, this was the first all-English final in the competition’s history and the first one to be held in Russia.

United had beaten Chelsea to the Premier League title by just two points in an extremely closely contested league campaign.

On This Day in Football: Historic day for Barca and Real as both lift European Cups

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On this day in 1992, Barcelona won their first ever UEFA European Cup by beating Serie A side Sampdoria 1-0 in the final.

Played at the Wembley Stadium in London, the match remained 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes. Opportunity to salvage a late winner came in the 111th minute when Sampdoria defender Giovanni Invernizzi, who had come on as a substitute in the 73rd minute, fouled Barcelona winger Eusebio Sacristán just outside the box.

On This Day in Football: Iran beat Israel to win the Asian Cup, Fergie bids goodbye

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On this day in 1968, Iran beat Israel 2-1 to win their first ever AFC Asian Cup title.

Played at the Shahid Shiroudi Stadium in Tehran, then called the Amjadiyeh Stadium, in front of 30,000 fans, it was Israel who took the lead through a 56th minute strike from Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder Giora Spiegel.

On This Day in Football: Bobby Moore accused of theft, Milan thump Barca

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On this day in 1970, England legend Bobby Moore was accused of theft in Bogota, Colombia.

England were in the South American nation for a pre-World Cup tour. Moore, then the captain of the national team, was accused of stealing a bracelet from a jewellery shop located in the hotel in which the England squad was staying.

On This Day in Football: Bayern begin European dominance, Arsenal suffer heartbreak

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On this day in 1974, Bayern Munich won the first of their three consecutive European Cups by beating Atletico Madrid in the final.

A 1-1 draw in the first final forced a replay two days later. The two teams returned to the Heysel Stadium in Brussels to battle it out once again.

On This Day in Football: Barcelona triumph over Dusseldorf, Hearts win Scottish Cup

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On this day in 1979, Barcelona beat German Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-3 at extra time to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Played in front of 58,000 fans at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, the game began in electrifying fashion with Tente Sanchez and Thomas Allofs both scoring for their respective teams inside the first ten minutes.

On This Day in Football: Spurs become first English club to win a European trophy

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On this day in 1963, Tottenham Hotspur became the first English club to win a European competition by beating Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

The Cup Winners’ Cup is contested among winners of Europe’s domestic cup tournaments. Spurs won the FA Cup in 1962 by beating Burnley 3-1 at Wembley and therefore had the chance to try their luck against some of Europe’s trickiest teams.

On This Day in Football: England perform the infamous ‘Nazi salute’

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On this day in 1938, England impressively beat Germany 6-3 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. But the match is perhaps best remembered for an entirely different reason.

With 110,000 fans present inside the stadium, the England players were told by a Football Association official to do the infamous ‘Nazi salute’ during the playing of the German national anthem.

On This Day in Football: Newcastle United retain the FA Cup

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On this day in 1952, Newcastle United beat Arsenal in the final to win the FA Cup for the second year running.

Newcastle had beaten Blackpool in the 1951 final to win their fourth FA Cup title. Arsenal were crowned champions in 1950 by beating Liverpool in the final.

The Magpies had gotten the better of Arsenal in the league that season by winning one and drawing the other fixture.

On This Day in Football: Bundesliga witnesses chaotic ending

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On this day in 1978, the German Bundesliga witnessed the most exciting end to a campaign.

It was the last game of the season as FC Koln and Borussia Monchengladbach were level on points at first and second respectively. Koln had a ten-goal advantage over Gladbach and were scheduled to play away at St.

On This Day in Football: Wembley’s grand opening, Sir Bobby bids United goodbye

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On this day in 1923, Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0 in the FA Cup final in what was the first ever game at the Wembley Stadium in London.

The official attendance for the game was 126,047 but as many as 200,000 fans were believed to have gained access inside the stadium to witness this historic game.

On This Day in Football: Spurs make history, Tragedy strikes Zambia

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On this day in 1901, Tottenham Hotspur beat Sheffield United 3-1 to lift the FA Cup, and in doing so, became the first non-league team to win the trophy.

Spurs were not affiliated with the Football League but were instead part of the Southern League.

The two sides first met in front of a massive crowd of 115,000 at Crystal Palace in London.

On This Day in Football: The Invincibles clinch title, United stun Spurs

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On this day in 2004, an unbeaten Arsenal side drew 2-2 against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane to clinch the Premier League title with four games to spare.

The Gunners were enjoying a phenomenal season and led second placed Chelsea by nine points. The point earned at Spurs was enough for Arsene Wenger and his boys to win the league.

On This Day in Football: Wolves win the First Division, Liverpool go down

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On this day in 1954, Wolverhampton Wanderers won their first ever top flight title with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Wolves had come very close to winning the First Division on three separate occasions in 1938, 1939 and 1950 but finished runners up at the end of all three campaigns.

On This Day in Football: Bobby Charlton makes England debut

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On this day in 1958, just over two months after the tragic Munich Air Disaster, bobby Charlton made his debut for the England national team.

The 20-year-old midfielder, fresh from the horrors of the tragedy, was handed his debut in a British Home Championship match against Scotland at Hampden Park.

On This Day in Football: Real Madrid get off the mark

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On this day in 1905, Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey to win their first major honour.

Known back then as the Copa de Su Majestad El Rey Alfonso XIII or His Majesty King Alfonso XIII’s Cup, it was an invitational tournament in its initial editions with only three clubs competing in the 1904-05 season – Real Madrid, San Sebastian and Athletic Bilbao.

On This Day in Football: Scots beat England in front of record crowd, Adu makes history

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On this day in 1937, Scotland hosted England at Hampden Park in Glasgow for the last game of that season’s British Home Championship in front of a record crowd of 149,415.

The two countries had already lost the Championship to Wales who had won all of their three games in the competition and were instead battling for second place.

On This Day in Football: Newcastle star scores five for England, Liverpool clinch title

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On this day in 1975, England beat Cyprus 5-0 is a Euro qualifier with Newcastle United forward Malcolm MacDonald scoring all five goals.

Played in front of 68,245 fans at Wembley, MacDonald took only two minutes to put the Three Lions ahead and scored another in the 35th minute to establish a 2-0 lead at half time.

On This Day in Football: Charlton beat France, Ellis Park Disaster leaves 43 dead

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On this day in 1937, Charlton Athletic beat the French national team 5-2 in Paris.

The French were initially scheduled to play Italy but the Italians pulled out of the fixture prompting France to look for another opponent. And strangely, it was Charlton that provided the opposition instead of a national side.

On This Day in Football: Blackburn hit FA cup hat-trick, United annihilate Roma

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On this day in 1886, Blackburn Rovers won their third consecutive FA Cup by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in a replay.

Rovers remain the second and only club after Wanderers to win three consecutive FA Cups. They first reached the final in 1882 but lost 1-0 against Old Etonians.

On This Day in Football: Shearer makes history, Chelsea borrow Coventry’s kit

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On this day in 1988, Alan Shearer became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the English top flight at the age of 17 years and 240 days.

The young Southampton striker had made his debut for the Saints first team on 26 March after coming on as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Chelsea away from home.

On This Day in Football: Bayern-Dortmund clash produces 14 yellow and three red cards

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On this day in 2001, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund met in a feisty league fixture that produced 14 yellow and three red cards.

The Bavarians were at the top of the Bundesliga table, leading second placed Dortmund by just one point. Dortmund, playing at home, could have over taken Bayern with a win but the game ended 1-1.

On This Day in Football: The Mighty Magyars humble Italy

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On this day on 1924, the Italian national team suffered its worst ever defeat by losing 7-1 to Hungary in Budapest.

The friendly played in front of 40,000 fans witnessed its first goal in the 17th minute when Hungarian superstar Jozsef Braun, who died in a Nazi labour camp in 1943, made it 1-0 to the home side.

On This Day in Football: Duncan Edwards makes debut, Scotland clinch title

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On this day in 1936, Scotland beat England at Wembley to win the British Home Championship.

It was the last game of the campaign and the Scots only needed a draw to win the title after going unbeaten in the tournament. England, however, took the lead through Middlesbrough hero George Camsell around the half hour mark.

On This Day in Football: Birth of Boca, Sheffield invades Wembley

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On this day in 1905, Argentinean heavyweights Boca Juniors were founded in Buenos Aires.

Esteban Baglietto, Juan Farenga, Teodoro Farenga, Santiago Sana, and Alfredo Scarpati, Italian immigrants and avid football fans, held a meeting to establish a football club. Sana, Baglietto and Scarpati had learned football from an Irishman called Patrick McCarthy who as an appointed member of the sports municipal committee of Buenos Aires had taught immigrant children the finer techniques of the sport.

On This Day in Football: Wolves legend sets England record, Gijon end Jose’s party

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On this day in 1955, England hammered Scotland 7-2 at Wembley with four of the goals coming from Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Dennis Wilshaw.

He remains the only Englishman to ever score four goals against the Scots. The 1954-55 British Home Championship game saw Wilshaw open the scoring in the first minute before netting a hat-trick in the second half.

On This Day in Football: Bolivia crush Argentina

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On this day in 2009, Bolivia beat Argentina 6-1 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier which matched their record loss in international football.

The Argentines had lost just one game in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, a 1-0 defeat against Chile in October the previous year. The two time World Cup winners had beaten Bolivia 3-0 on home soil the last time they met each other.

On This Day in Football: Stockport and Doncaster set world record

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On this day in 1946, Doncaster Rovers and Stockport County played a Division Three North Cup fixture that lasted for three hours and 25 minutes.

The two teams first met in Doncaster in a game that resulted in a 2-2 draw forcing a replay. Hosts Stockport took the lead through a 5th minute penalty by Ken Shaw.

On This Day in Football: Queen’s Park defy the odds, Scots make history

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On this day in 1884, Queen’s Park football club became the first non-English side to appear in the final of the FA Cup before losing to Blackburn Rovers.

Founded in 1867, Queen’s Park are the oldest football club in Scotland. With the Scottish Football Association still a few years away from its founding, Queen’s Park joined the English FA in 1870 and competed in the FA Cup.

On This Day in Football: Keegan makes second England debut, Cameroon lift Cup

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On this day in 1999, Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the very first time in the 3-1 win over Poland in a Euro qualifier.

Played at Wembley in front of 74,000 people, England got off to a great start courtesy of a goal from Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes in the 11th minute.

On This Day in Football: Hundred up for Dalglish and Beckham

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On this day in 1986, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish earned his 100th cap for the Scottish national team.

Dalglish remains the only player in Scottish football history to reach the milestone with Jim Leighton coming a close second with 91 caps and Darren Fletcher with 80 at third.

On This Day in Football: Liverpool finally beat Köln but with the help of a coin

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On this day in 1965, Liverpool, in their first season in Europe, went past German Bundesliga side FC Köln after three games and a coin toss.

It was the European Cup quarterfinals and the two teams met for the first leg in Cologne which ended in a scoreless draw. Liverpool, confident to get a result in the home tie were left stunned when the game at Anfield also ended in a 0-0 draw.

On This Day in Football: City post record victory, Hampden Park hosts world record crowd

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On this day in 1895, Manchester City posted their record league victory by beating Lincoln City 11-3.

City’s stunning win was also Lincoln’s record loss. But despite the Mancunians’ incredible form their league campaign was largely average. The club could only manage 14 wins, three draws and 13 losses and finished the season at ninth on the second division table.

On This Day in Football: First Trentside Derby, Football League is founded

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On this day in 1866, the first ever Trentside Derby between Nottingham Forest and Notts County took place, which coincidentally was also Forest’s first ever official match as a football club.

Forest were founded in 1965, and a year later, they proposed to play a game with fellow Trentside club Notts County who were a more experienced football club having been founded in 1862.

On This Day in Football: Vinnie Jones sets new English record, Milan sign Gullit

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On this day in 1992, Chelsea midfielder Vinnie Jones set a new record in English football by getting booked after just three seconds in a game against Sheffield United.

Jones had a reputation for being a ‘hard man’ with little regards to discipline on the pitch. His aggressive approach became most famous during his time with Wimbledon with whom he won an FA Cup title.

On This Day in Football: World Cup gets stolen

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On this day in 1966, a few months prior to the World Cup in England, the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen from Westminster Central Hall in London.

The Football Association had received the trophy in January of 1966 ahead of the World Cup in July. The trophy was mostly kept at the FA’s headquarters in Lancaster Gate except for a couple of publicity events.

On This Day in Football: Ajax is formed, Fulham stun Juventus

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On this day in 1900, three men, Floris Stempel, Han Dade and Carel Reeser formed AFC Ajax in Amsterdam.

The new football club was named after the Greek hero Ajax, a cousin of Achilles and one who fought in the Trojan War.

Ajax’s beginnings were spent in the second division of Dutch football.

On This Day in Football: The Revie Era begins, Port Vale miss out on European glory

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On this day in 1961, Don Revie took over Leeds United as player-manager. And the rest as they say, is history.

Born in Middlesbrough, Revie was a prolific centre-forward who began his senior career with Leicester City (1944-49) before playing for Hull City (1949-51), Manchester City (1951-56) and Sunderland (1956-58).

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On This Day in Football: Ibrox disaster leaves 25 dead

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On this day in 1902, a stand at Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium collapsed during a game between Scotland and England resulting in the deaths of 25 supporters.

Around 80,000 fans were present inside the stadium to witness the 1901-02 British Home Championship fixture between the two countries.