Chronography of Football

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27/8/2019, Bury Football Club, facing severe financial difficulties, was ejected from the English football league. Its problems, akin to those of nearby Bolton Wanderers (which was rescued at the last minute) were typical of smaller lower league clubs, in a sport where the vast majority of TV broadcasting, sponsorship and advertising revenues were hoovered up by the top league clubs.

2/7/2003. Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovitch bought Chelsea Football Club.

2002, Airdrie United football club was formed, after Airdrieonians FC went bankrupt and Clydebank FC relocated to Airdrie.

2001, Southampton football club moved to their new St Marys Stadium.

22/8/1998, Madjeski Stadium, home of Reading Football Club, opened. It was named after the Club�s Chairman, John Madjeski.

6/6/1996, British Premier League Clubs and BskyB and the BBC signed a �743 million deal for four years� coverage of League matches.

1995, Middlesborough FC moved to a new ground on the edge of town. Many football clubs were doing the same, capitalising on the sale of former inner city grounds as the UK property market boomed, and getting new state of the art racilities at the same time. Sometimes the club could obtain a sponsorship deal at the same time.

1994, Inverness Caldeonian Thistle football club was formed, from a merger of Caledonian FC and Inverness Thistle FC.

1992, Chester City FC moved to a new ground, known as the Deva Stadium until 2004 when it was renamed the Saunders Honda Stadium.

1998, Havant and Waterlooville football team (Hampshire) was formed.

1995, Livingston football club was formed when Meadowbank Thistle FC moved from Edinburgh to Livingston.

2/7/1994, Andres Escobar, Colombian footballer, whose own-goal in the USA eliminated his country form the World Cup, was shot on his return to Medellin.

13/2/1994. Liverpool FC signed a record �4m shirt sponsorship deal with Danish brewers Carlsberg.

1992, The League of Wales was formed.

1992, Rushden and Diamonds football club was formed, from the merger of Rushden FC (formed 1889) and Irtthlingborough Diamonds FC (formed 1946).

1992, New Cefn Druids football club was formed, from a merger of Celtic Albion FC and Druids United FC.

15/8/1992, The new Premier League, of elite English football clubs, was launched.

8/7/1990, One billion people watched Germany defeat Argentina to win the World Cup.

1988, Scunthorpe United moved from the Old Show ground to a new premises at Glanford Park.

15/2/1981, British Football league matches were played on a Sunday for the first time.

1980, Eastliegh football team (Hampshire) was formed.

1976, Stevenage Borough football club was formed.

14/1/1969, Matt Busby resigned as head of the very successful football club Manchester United.

30/7/1966. England beat West Germany 4 � 2 in extra time (towards the end of normal time England were 2-1 ahead, but Germany secured a last-minute equaliser) to win the World Cup at Wembley Stadium, London.

27/3/1966, The football World Cup, which had been stolen a few days earlier, was discovered in a south London garden by a sniffer dog.

1963, Welling United football club, Kent, was formed.

1960, The FA now recognised Sunday football.

1959, New Saints football club was founded, as Llantsaintffraid FC. In 1996 they change dtheir name tomTotal Network Solutions FC, under a sponsorship agreement. Under this name, they merged with Oswestry Town FC (formed 1860). In 2006 Total Network Solutions was taken over by BT and the club took its present name.

1958, Everton used electric under-pitch heating for the first time, to combat frost.

30/11/1955, Floodlights were used for the first time at Wembley Stadium, London, towards the end of an international match against Spain.

1955, The European Cup began.

4/8/1955, The 1955 Mitropa Cup football competition was won by V�r�s Lobogo.

1954, Finn Harps football club, Ireland, was formed.

1951, Cwmbran Town football club was formed.

30/6/1951, England beat Australia 17 � 0 at Sydney, attaining the highest score ever in a football international.

16/7/1950, 199,850 people watched the Brazil vs. Uruguay World Cup Final in Rio; a world record for a football match.

1948, Carmarthen Town football club was formed.

1947, Connahs Quay Nomads football club was formed; originally known as Connahs Quay Juniors until 1951.

1946, Gretna football club was formed.

1946, Airbus Vickers football club was formed. They were promoted to the League of Wales in 2004.

1946, Ebbsfleet football club was formed; known as Gravesend and Northfleet FC until 2007.

1945, Stirling Albion football club was formed, replacing the earlier team Kings Park FC.

1945, Merthyr Tydfil football club was formed.

1942, Bray Wanderers football club, Ireland, was formed.

1937, Galway United football club, Ireland, was formed; known as Galway Rovers FC until 1981.

1937, Colchester United football club was formed.

17/4/1937, A record attendance at a UK football match was set when England played Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow; 149,547 were present.

1934, Peterborough United football club was founded after a predecessor club, Peterborough and Fletton, was disbanded.

1933, Boston United football club was formed.

1932, Wigan Athletic football club was formed.

1930, Waterford United football club, Ireland, was formed; known as Waterford FC until 1982.

13/7/1930. The first World Cup football tournament kicked off in Uruguay.

1929, Balkans Cup began.

1929, St Patricks Athletic football club, Ireland, was formed.

1928, Sligo Rovers football club, Ireland, was formed.

1928, Ballymena United football club was formed.

1928, Derry City football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

25/8/1928, Anfield�s famous Kop terrace at Liverpool football ground opened.Originally standing on a mound of ash and cinders, it was probably named after the Battle of Spion Kop in the Boer War (1899-1902); �kopje� means �small hill�.

1924, Hereford United football club was formed.

1923, Newry City football club, Northern Ireland, was formed, as Newry Town. They changed their name in 2002 when Newry gained city status.

28/4/1923. The first major sporting event was held at Wembley Stadium; the FA Cup Final. Bolton defeated West Ham 2-0. The first Wembley International match was played at Wembley in 1924, when England and Scotland drew 1-1.

1922, York City football club was formed.

1920, Morecambe football club was formed.

1919, As English football resumed after World War One, the Football League was increased to 44 clubs.

1919, Queen of the South football club, Dumfries, Scotland, were formed.

1919, Leeds United football club was formed, from the former Leeds City FC.

1913, Arsenal football club moved from Woolwich to Highbury, north London.

1912, Newport County football cliub, Wales, was formed.

1912, Swansea City football club was formed. Originally Swansea Town FC, they changed their name in 1971 when Swansea gained city status.

1912, Cambridge United football club was founded, as Abbey United; changed name in 1951.

1912, Barry Town football club was formed as Barry AFC. It took its current name in 1923.

1910, Ayr United football club was formed.

19/2/1910. Manchester United played their first Football League match at their new stadium, Old Trafford.

1909, Dundee United football club was formed,as Dundee Hibernian; name changed in 1923.

1908, St Albans City football club was formed.

1908, Hudddersfield Town football club was formed.

1908, Britain beat Denmark at Shepherd�s Bush, London, in the first Olympic football match.

1907, Rochdale football club was formed.

1906, Brechin City football club was formed.

1906, Southend United football club was formed.

1905, Charlton Athletic football club, London, was founded.

1905, Crystal Palace football club, London, was founded.

1905, East Fife football club was formed.

14/3/1905, Chelsea football club, London, was founded.

1904, Exeter football club was formed from the merger of two local clubs, Exeter United FC and St Sidwells FC.

1904, Hull football club was formed.

1903, Bradford City football club was formed.

1903, Aberdeen football club was formed.

1903, Dundalk football club, Ireland, was formed.

1903, Carlisle football club was formed by the merger of two local teams.

31/10/1903, Hampden Park, home of Glasgow�s Queen�s Park football ground, was opened.

1902, Norwich City football club was formed.

1901, Barrow football club, Cumbria, was founded.

1901, Brighton and Hove Albion football club was founded.

1901, Port Talbot Town football club was formed as Port Talbot Athletic FC, changing their name in 2001 to mark the club;s centenary.

1901, The first 100,000+ match attendance was achieved, when 110,802 watched the FA Cup Final at Crstal palace, London.

1899, Torquay United football club was formed from amerger of two clubs, Torquay and Babbacombe.

1899, Bournemouth football club was formed.

1899, Cardiff City football club was formed as Riverside FC, taking its present name in 1908.

1899, Haverdfordwest County football cliub was formed, originally known as Haverfordwest FC

1899, Scunthorpe United football club was formed.

16/10/1899, Milwall beat Tottenham 2 to 1 at the Tottenham ground.

1898, Promotion and relegation were introduced.

1898, Portsmouth football club was founded.

1897, Northampton Town football club was formed.

1897, Mansfield Town football club was formed.

1896, Crawley Town football club was formed.

1896, Llanelli football club was formed.

1895, Shelbourne football club, Ireland, was formed.

1895, Oldham Athletic football club was formed.

1895, West Ham United football club, London, was founded.

1894, Bristol City football club was formed.

1893, Dundee football club was formed.

1893, Oxford United football club was formed, then known as Headington FC.

5/1893, Gillingham football club, Kent, was formed. They were known as New Brompton FC until 1913.

1892, Liverpool football club was founded.

1892, The Football League second division was formed,

24/8/1892, Goodison Park, the home of Everton Football Club, Liverpool, opened.

1891, Goal nets were first used. Linesmen (now �assistant referees�) replaced umpires. The FA adopted the �penalty kick�.

26/8/1890, Weymouth football club, Dorset, was founded.

1889, Woking football club was formed.

1889, Sheffield United football club was formed.

1889, Brentford football club, London, was formed.

1888, Barnet football club was formed..

1888, Walsall football club was formed.

1888, Celtic football club was formed by the Irish community in Glasgow.

1888, Arsenal football club was founded, by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.

17/4/1888, The first formal meeting of the UK Football league took place in the Royal Hotel, Manchester.

22/3/1888. The English Football League was founded by 12 clubs meeting in Anderton�s Hotel, Fleet Street, London. The football industry was greatly helped by the spread of the railways as this enabled many more fands to access the ground.

1887, Wycombe Wanderers football team was founded, in High Wycombe.

1887, Athlone Town football club, Ireland, was formed.

1887, Caersws football club was founded, as Caersws Amateurs.

1887, Cheltenham Town football club was formed.

6/11/1887, Celtic Football Club, Glasgow, was founded by Catholic Irish immigrants, to help the poor of Glasgow�s East End.

1886, Shrewsbury Town football club was formed.

1886, Motherwell football club was formed.

1886, Linfield football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

1886, Kidderminster Harriers football club was formed.

1886, Plymouth Argyle football club was founded.

1885, Luton Town Football Club was formed.

1885, Southampton football club was formed.

1885, St Johnstone football club, Perth, Scotland, was formed.

1885, Millwall football cliub, London, was founded.

1885, Forfar Athletic football club was formed.

1885, Dumfermline Athletic football club was formed.

1885, Tranmere Rovers football club was founded as Belmont FC

1885, Bury football club was formed.

20/7/1885, Professional football was legalised in England.

1884, Derby County football club was formed by members of the Derbyshore County Cricket Club, partly to raise funds to keep the cricket club going over the winter.

1884, Leicester City football club was founded,as Leicester Fosse FC.

1884, Stenhousemuir football club was formed.

1884, Limavady football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

1884, Porthmadog football club was formed.

1884, Lincoln City football club was formed.

1884, Aberystwyth Town football club was formed.

1884, Chester City football club was founded (formerly Kings School Old Boys). See 1992.

28/1/1884, The first Ireland versus Scotland football international took place at Belfast; Scotland won 5 � 0.

1883, Darlington football club was founded.

1883, Bristol Rovers football club was formed.

1883, Stockport County football club was formed.

1883, Rhyl football club was formed.

1883, Raith Rovers football club was formed.

1882, Cowdenbeath football clib, Scotland, was formed from the merger of Cowdenbeath Rangers FC and Cowdenbeath Thistke FC.

1882, Queens Park Rangers football club, London, was founded; initially known as St Judes.

1882, Albion Rovers football club, Scotland, was formed.

1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded.

1882, Burnley football club was formed.

1882, Tottenham Hotspur football club, London, was founded.

25/2/1882, The first Wales-Ireland international football match took place at Wrexham. Wales won 7 to 1.

1881, Hartlepool football club was founded.

1881, Swindon Town football club was formed.

1881, East Stirlingshire football club was formed, as Bainsford Britannia.

1881, Berwick Rangers football club, Northumberland, was formed.

1881, Newcastle United football club was formed.

1881, Leyton Orient football club, London, was founded.

1881, Watford football club was founded, as West Hertfordshire FC.

1880, Manchester City football club was formed, as Gorton St Marks FC. They became Manchester City in 1894.

1880, Lisburn Distillery football club was formed.

1880, The regional balance of British football was changing. Before this year the Southern teams were strongest, but from 1880 on the Northern clubs, financed by gate money from a growing industrial working class, became pre-eminent

1879, Fulham football club, London, was formed.

1879, Montrose football club was formed.

1879, Doncaster Rovers football club was formed.

1879, Sunderland football club was formed.

1879, The sports club KB Copenhagen (Kobenhavn Boldclub or Copenhagen Ball Club) adopted football.

18/1/1879. The first England v Wales football international was played at The Oval, Kennington, London.England won 2 � 1.

1878, Welshpool Town football club, Powys, Wales, was formed.

1878, Alloa Athletic football club was formed, then known as Clackmannan County FC.

1878, Ipswich Town football club was formed.

1878, West Bromwich Albion football club was formed.

1878, Everton football club, Liverpool, was founded as St Domingo FC.

1878, Arbroath football club was formed.

1878, Manchester United football club was formed, as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorhire Railway FC. In 1890 they became Newton Heath FC, distancing themselves from the railway company. Newton Heath went bankrupt in 1902 and Manchester United was founded from this former enterprise.

1878, Grimsby Town football club was formed.

14/10/1878, The first football match played under floodlights took place at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

1877, Blackpool football club was founded. They were known as Blackpool St Johns FC until 1887.

1877, Wolverhampton Wanderers football club was formed; originally known as St Lukes; it merged with another Club to form Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1879.

1877, Crewe Alexandra football club was founded.

1877, St Mirren football club, Scotland, weas formed.

1877, Clyde football club, Glasgow, were formed.

1876, Accrington football club was formed.

1876, Middlesbrough United football club was formed.

1876, Falkirk football club was formed.

1876, Caernarfon Town football club wasd formed. Originally known as Caernarvon Athletic, then Caernarvon ironopolis and Caernarvon United, they acquired the current name in 1937.

1876, Bangor City football club was formed.

1876, Partick Thistle football club was formed.

1876, Port Vale football club, Burslem, was formed.

25/3/1876, The first international football match between Scotland and Wales at Glasgow, was won by Scotland, four-nil.

1875, Birmingham City football club was formed (originally Small Heath).

1875, Newtown football club, Powys, Wales, was formed as Newtown White Stars.

1875, Hibernian football club was formed.

5/11/1875, Blackburn Rovers football club was formed.

11/9/1875, Bournemouth Rovers football club was formed.

1874, Macclesfield Town football club was formed.

1874, Hamilton Academical football club was formed.

1874, Greenock Morton football club were formed.

1874, Hearts of Midlothian football club was formed.

1874, Bishops Stortford football club was formed.

7/1874, Bolton Wanderers football club was formed. They were originally called Christ Church FC.

3/1874, Aston Villa football club was formed.

1873, the Scottish Football Association, and the Scottish FA Cup, were launched at a meeting in Glasgow

1873, Rangers football club, Scotland, was formed.

1873, Wrexham football club was formed.

1872, Dumbarton football club were formed.

1872, Wrexham football club was formed.

1872, Kettering Town football club was formed.

30/11/1872, The first football international took place at Partick, Glasgow; Scotland and England drew 0 � 0.

16/3/1872, The first English FA Cup Final took place at the Oval. 15 teams competed in all. Wanderers, made up of ex public school and university men, beat the Royal Engineers 1-0. The audience numbered just 2,000. Since 1923 the FA Cup Final has been held at Wembley.

1871, Reading football club was formed.

1870, Stranraer football club, Dumfries, Scotland, were formed.

1870, Rotherham United football club was formed.

1869, Kilmarnock football club was formed.

1868, Preston North End football club was formed, originally as a criket club, switching to football in 1878.

1867, Sheffield Wednesday football club was formed. It was an offshoot of a cricket club whose memers took Wednesday off to play football.

1867, Queens Park football club, Scotland, was formed.

1867, Barnsley football club was formed.

19/10/1866, Chesterfield football club was formed.

22/3/1866, First official match played by Nottingham Forest football club; the match was against Nottingham County FC.

1865, Nottingham Forest football club was formed.

1863, Stoke City football club was formed.

8/12/1863, The newly-formed Football Association issued an agreed code of 14 game rules. These included banning tripping, shin-kicking and ball-hamdling.

1862, Notts County football club was formed, originally known as Nottingham.

1860, Oswestry Town football club was formed. In 2003 they merged with Total Network Solutions football club (see New Saints football club, 1959).

24/10/1857, A group of Cambridge University Old Boys formed the first Football Club, in Sheffield. This is the date its first rulebook was published, although the Club probably existed as early as 1854.


Early anarchic football

1810, Each public school in Britain was developing a different version of football, which made inter-school competitions impossible.

1800, In Britain, football was in decline as the Industrial Revolution progressed. Formerly, rural farm labourers had played the game during their leisure time; now, urbanised industrial workers laboured for longer hours and were more tired after work. They lacked the energy to play football. However the game was revived by the upper educated classes.

1530, 26-a-side football was being played in Florence, Italy. The rules for this game were codified in the Discorsa Calcio (calcio was an early name for football) in 1580.

1526, King Henry VIII ordered the first known pair of football boots.

1497, A football was boiught for King James IV of Scotland. It cost 2 shillings (10p), or about �70 in 2020 prices.


Football as an illegal game

1457, The Parliament of Scotland banned football, and golf, because they interfered with the sport of archery, which was important for national defence. The ban was lifted in 1491.

1349, In England, King Edward III banned �mob football� (the earliest mention of the word �football�) because it was too rowdy and encouraged brawling. Not only did football take up time that could have been spent practising militarily valuable skills such as archery, but the unruly nature of football could cause injuries rendering the player unfit for military service. Early �football� sides were unlimited in number, and the distance between the goals could be from a few hundred yatrds to a mile or more.

13/4/1314, The Lord Mayor of London banned �hustling over large balls� within the city because of the noise and riots it caused.


Original forms of football

1175, London schoolboys recorded as playing football.

100AD, Roman soldiers in London played a game called Harpastrum, where two teams tried to force an inflated animal bladder over their opponent�s line.

200 BCE, A Chinese military manual described the game of Tsu Chu, in which a leather ball filled with feathers had to be kicked into a net fixed on bamboo canes. This sport may have been played in China as early as 500 BCE.


Rule changes

1951, The white ball came into use.

1932, FIFA formally agreed the principle of substitutes.

1928, Player�s numbers were introduced.

1921, Goalkeepers were ordered to wear yellow jerseys at future Olympic football matches to distinguish them form the other players.

1912, Goalkeepers were now only allowed to handle the ball in in the penalty area, rather then in theoir own half of the fiueld

1906, Major reform of football rules.

1905, Goal keepers to stay on the goal line at penalty kicks.

1891, Goal nets and penalties introduced.

1878, The referee�s whistle was first used.

1875, The crossbar replaced a tape or string across the top of the goal.

1874, Umpires were introduced.

1872, The corner kick was introduced to football. The ball size was fixed.

1870, 11-a-side became the standard in football. Goal keepers were introduced, playing under a different set of rules from the other players. Only the goalkeeper could handle the ball.

1869, Goal kicks were introduced.

1848, 14 Cambridge University students began to draw up the first unified rules of football. The goal was defined as two posts woith a string above joining them. Kicking or grabbing an opponent was illegal. The ball coulkd be passed so long as the recipient has 3 opponents between him and the goal.


Transfer fees and wages

8/2017, Brazilian footballer Neymar was transferred from Barcelona to Paris St Germain for a record 222 million Euro (ca, �200 million) transfer fee.

The 222 million euro transfer of Brazilian player Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August 2017 is the all-time highest fee for a soccer transfer.

2006, Chelsea paid a record British transfer fee of �31 million for Andriy Shevchenko from Milan.

29/7/1996, England striker Alan Shearer was transferred from Blackburn to Newcastle United for a record �15 million transfer fee.

7/1992, AC Milan acquired Gianluigi Lentini from Torini for a record �13 million transfer fee.

1992, A record �3.6 million transfer fee was paid to Southampton when Alan Shearer (born 1970) was transferered to Blackburn Rovers.

7/7/1988, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club paid a record �2 million transfer fee to Newcastle United for Paul Gascoigne.

1/7/1984. Argentina�s football star, Diego Maradonna, was signed by Naples for �1million.

14/2/1979, The first �1 million transfer deal in British football. Trevor Francis moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest. Later in 1979 this record was broken when Steve Dudley moved from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Manchester United for �1.45 million, and then Andy Gray moved from Aston Villa to Wolverhampton for �1.47 million.

14/3/1974, Bobby Moore, former England Football Captain, was transferred from West Ham United to Fulham for �25,000.

1973, Barcelona paid a world record �922,000 transfer fee for Johan Cruyff from Ajax.

1971, A record British transfer fee was set when Arsenal paid �220,000 for Alan Ball from Everton

1961, The first �100,000 transfer fee in English football. Denis Law moved from Manchester City to Torino.

1961, The maximum �20 wage for footballers in England was abolished. Johnny Haynes of Fulham became the first player to earn �100 a week (approximately �4,400 a week in 2016 salaries).

1957, A record �70,000 transfer fee was paid by Juventus of Italy for the transfer of John Charles of Leeds United.

1947, The first �20,000 transfer fee in English football, Tommy Lawton moved from Chelsea to Notts County.

4/8/1938, Arsenal paid a record �14,000 transfer feefor Wolverhampton�s Bryn Jones.

1928, The first �10,000 transfer fee in English football. David Jack moved from Bolton Wanderers to Arsenal.

1922, The first �5,000 transfer fee in English football. Syd Puddefoot moved from West Ham United to Falkirk.

1/1908, A transfer fee limit of �350 was introduced; this limit was rescinded in 4/1908.

1905, The first �1,000 transfer fee in English football. Alf Common moved from Sunderland to Middlesborough.

1902, The first �500 transfer fee in UK football. Alf Common moved from Sheffield United to Sunderland.

7/1885, In the face of growing payments to players, James Alcock, a progressive member of the FA, proposed that player salaries were legalised. This was seconded by Dr Morley. There was considerable resoistance to this move but in this month the professional footballer wage was finally legalised.

1884, Upton Park Club complained that Preston North End were paying their players. Preston�s manager admitted this but replied that nearly every Club in the North and Miudlands did likewise. Preston were disqualified from that season;s FA Cup, but see 7/1885.

1882, Amidst concern that many northern English clubs were paying men to play for them, destroying the amateur nature of the game in unsportsmanlike fashion, a rule was introduced debarring any remuneration �apart from expenses and lost wages�. Some such compensation was essential, when a Lancashiure craftsman earned just �2 for a full 6-day week, and a labourer was paid just 15 shillings (75p), to enable working men to practise football and build their fitrness and skills. However the �lost wages� provision was abused.


Non-GB-general (individual non GB nations listed alphabetically below)

13/7/2014, Germany beat Argentina to win the World Cup in Brazil. There had been unrest amongst Brazil�s poor over the money spent on the Games.

1969, The Football War between El Salvador and Honduras.

1964, The first African Champions Club Cup. Oryx Doula of Cameroon defeated Stade Malien of Mali 2-1.

1961, The European Cup Winner�s Cup began.

1957, The first African Nations Cup Final. Egypt beat Ethiopia 4-1.

1956, The Asian Cup began.

1956, The European Cup began.

1953, The Mediterranean Cup began.

18/11/1927. The head of the International Football Association announced the creation of a World Cup.



22/9/1993. The Albanian national football team were banned from swapping shirts with their opponents, because the authorities couldn�t afford replacements.



25/6/1978, Argentina won the World Cup.

1914, First international match between Argentina and Brazil.

1910, Argentina won the first (unofficial) South American Championship.

1905, Boca Juniors football club was founded in Buenos Aires, by an Irishman, Patrick MacCarthy.

1905, The first South American official international football match, Argentina vs Uruguay, in Buenos Aires.

1901, First international match between South American nations. Argentina beat Uruguay 3-2..

1901, River Plate football club, Buenos Aires, was founded.



1911, FK Austria football club, Vienna, was founded.

1908, First Austria-Hungary international match.

1908, England defeated Austria 6-1 in England�s first international match played outside the UK.

1899, Rapid football club, Vienna, was founded.


Non-GB-Belgium, Netherlands,

1913, PSV Eindhovem football club, Netherlands, was founded.

1908, Anderlecht football club, Belgium., was founded.

1908, Feyenoord football club, Rotterdam, Netherlands, was founded.

1905, The first Belgian-Holland international match.

1/5/1904, France and Belgium played their first international football match.

1900, Ajax football club, Rotterdam, Netherlands, was founded.

1880, Antwerp football club was founded, with British backing.



1950, Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, was opened for the World Cup. Its official capacity is 175,000 but when Brazil played Uruguay, 1950, it held 199,584.

1935, Sao Paulo football club was founded.

1914, First international match between Argentina and Brazil.

1912, Santos football club, Sao Paulo, was founded.

1902, Fluminense football cliub was founded, by Englishman Arthur Cox.

1895, Flamengo football club, Rio de Janeiro, was founded as a sailing club; became a football club in 1911.


Non-GB � Canada,

1886, The first international football match between Canada and the USA was played, in New York.


Non GB-Bulgaria

17/3/1915, Yambol association football club was formed in Yambol, Bulgaria.



1925, Colo Colo football cliub, Santiago, was founded.



1913, China played The Philippines in the first international match in Asia.



1938, Atletico nacional football club, Medellin, was founded.

1938, Millenarios football club, Bogota, was founded.



1925, Zamalek football club, Cairo, was founded.

1907, Al Ahly football cliub, Cairo, was founded.


Non-GB-France, Monaco

5/1993, Marseille became the first French club to win the European Cup, beating Milan 1-0. However it emerged soon after that bribes had been paid to three players from Valenciennes club to hold back against Marseilles in a league fixtiure a week earlier. Marseills had their championship revoked and they were further penailsed with enforced relegation. They went bankrupt soon afterwards.

1970, Paris St Germain football club was founded.

1950, Lyon Olympique football club, France, was founded.

1919, Monaco football club was founded.

1/5/1904, France and Belgium played their first international football match.

1898, Marseille football club, France, was founded. See 1993.

1872, The first football club outside the UK was formed; le Havre, France.



1907, Borussia Dortmund football club was founded.

1900, Bayern Munich football club was founded.

1899, Werder Bremen football club was founded.

1887, SV Hamburg football club was founded.



1935, Asante Kotoko football club, Kumasi, was founded.

1911, Hearts of Oak football club, Accra, was founded.



1908, First Austria-Hungary international match.



2007, Limerick 37 football club, Ireland, was formed, after Limerick FC were refused admission to the reconstituted League of Ireland. Their name commemorates Limerick FC�s first League participation in 1937.

2007, Wexford Youths football club, Ireland, was formed.

2002, Kildare County football club, Ireland, was formed.

1984, Cork City football club, Ireland, was formed (there was an earlier Cork City FC in the 1930s).

1979, Monaghan United football club, Ireland, was formed.

1966, Kilkenny City football club, Ireland, was formed.

1949, Dungannon Swifts football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

1927, Coleraine football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

1924, Longford Town football club, Ireland, was formed.

1922, Cobh Ramblers football club, Ireland, was formed.

1919, Drogheda United football club, Ireland, was formed. In 1975 they merged with Drogheda FC (formed 1962).

1905, Institute football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

1901, Shamrock Rovers football club, Ireland, was formed.

1902, Ards football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

1895, University College Dublin football club, Ireland, was formed.

1890, Larne football club, Northern Ireand, was formed.

1890, Bohemian football club, Ireland, was formed.

1882, Glentoran football club, Northern Ireland, was formed.

1879, Cliftonville football cliub, Northern Ireland, was formed.



1946, Sampdoria football club, Genoa, was founded.

1927, Roma football club was founded.

1926, Florentina football club., Florence, Italy, was founded.

1913, Parma football club was founded.

1909, Bologna football club was founded.

1908, Internazionale football cliub, Milan, Italy, was founded.

3/12/1906, AC Torino football club was founded.

1904, Napoli football club, Naples, was fpunded.

9/1/1900, Italian football club Lazio was founded in Rome.

1899, Milan football club was founded.

1897, Juventus football club, Turin, was funded.

1893, Genoa, the oldest Italian League club, was formed.


Non GB-Japan,

1991, Verdy footnall club, Tokyo, was founded.

1991, Kashima Antlers football club, Kashiuma, was founded.


Non GB-Kenya,

1968, Gor Mahia football club, Nairobi, was founded.


Non GB-Mexico,

1902, The Mexican Leauge Championship was formed.


Monaco � see France


Netherlands � see Belgium



1908, First Scandinavian international match, Sweden vs. Norway.



1913, China played the Philippines in the first international match in Asia.

1910, The first Asian national championship was launched, in The Philippines.



1906, Sporting Clube football club, Lisbon, was founded.

1904, Benfica football club, Lisbon, was founded.

1903, Boavista football club, Oporto, was founded.

1893, FC Porto football club, Oporto, was founded.



1947, Steaua (Star) Bucharest football cliub was founded; originally known as CCA Bucharest.



1923, Moscow Dynamo football club was founded.

1922, Moscow Spartak football club was founded.


Non-GB-South Africa,

1970, Kaizer Chefs football club, Naturena, was founded.



1932, Zaragoza football club was founded.

18/3/1919, Association football club Valencia was established in Spain.

1906, Deportivo la Coruna football club was founded.

1903, Atletico Madrid football club was founded.

1902, Real Madrid Football Club was formed.

1899, Barcelona football club was founded, by a Swiss man, Hans Gamper.

1898, Athletic Bilbao football club was founded. In the years before the Spanish Civil war the club would only employ Britrish coaches, emphasising the longstanding industrial and maritime links between the Basque province of Vizcaya and Britain; hence the English name form.



1904, IFK Gothenburg football club was founded.

1908, First Scandinavian international match, Sweden vs. Norway.



1918, Esperance football club, Tunis, was founded.



1927, Kiev Dynamo football club was founded.



1905, The first South American official international football match, Argentina vs Uruguay, in Buenos Aires.

1901, First international match between South American nations. Argentina beat Uruguay 3-2..

1899, Nacional football club, Montevideo, was founded.

1891, Penarol football club, Montevfideo, was founded.



1996, DC United football club, Washington, was founded.

1995, Galaxy football club, Los Angeles, was founded.

3/9/1895, The first American professional football game was played, at laitrobe., Pennsylvania. John Brallier, the first player to turn pro, accepted 10$ and expenses to play for the Latrobe YMCA, who won 12-0.

1886, The first international football match between Canada and the USA was played, in New York.


Former Yugoslavia,

1945, Red Star Belgrade football club was founded.



15/4/1989. Football fans were crushed at Hillsborough stadium, Sheffield. 95 Liverpool fans were crushed against steel fences designed to prevent a pitch invasion after police opened gates to let more fans in, to see the semi final of the FA cup. 200 were injured.

29/5/1985. Europe�s worst football riot saw 41 Italian and Belgian football fans dead at the Liverpool versus Juventas match at the Heysel stadium, Belgium. Spectators were crushed when a wall collapsed under the weight of fans trying to escape rampaging British supporters. On 2/6/1985 FIFA imposed a worldwide ban on British football fans.

11/5/1985. Fire broke out in the main stand of Bradford City football ground, killing 56 spectators and injuring over 170.A cigarette or match ignited accumulated rubbish under the stands.

1982, 340 fans crushed to death at the Lenin Stadium, USSR, during the Spartak Moscow vs. Haarlem match.

2/1/1971. 66 people were crushed to death and 100 injured when a barrier collapsed at Glasgow Ranger�s Ibrox Park ground.

1968, 74 died at Nunez Stadium, Buenos Aires, when the crowd panicked.

24/5/1964, Football stadium riot in Lima, Peru, as Peru played Argentina; 300 died.

6/2/1958, 7 Manchester United players died when the plane bringing the team home from Belgrade crashed on take-off at Munich Airport. Three club officials and 8 sports journalists were also killed.An eighth team member died of his injuries two weeks later.

9/3/1946, 33 football fans were crushed to death at Bolton Wanderer�s Football Ground when a barrier collapsed.

5/4/1902, 25 died when a stand collapsed at the Scotland vs England match, Ibrox Park.




2007, Montenegro joined FIFA.

1999, The Turks and Caicos joined FIFA.

1998, The United States Virgin Islands joined FIFA.

1998, Eritrea joined FIFA.

1998, Palestine joined FIFA.

1996, Andorra joined FIFA

1996, Montserrat joined FIFA.

1996, Anguilla joined FIFA.

1996, The British Virgin Islands joined FIFA.

1994, Azerbaijan joined FIFA.

1994, Tajikistan joined FIFA.

1994, Turkmenistan joined FIFA.

1994, Uzbekistan joined FIFA.

1994, The Cook Islands joined FIFA.

1994, Tonga joined FIFA.

1994, The Czech Rupblic joined FIFA.

1994, Slovakia joined FIFA.

1994, Djibouti joined FIFA.

1994, Dominica joined FIFA.

1994, Kyrgyzstan joined FIFA.

1994, Kazakhstan joined FIFA.

1994, Moldova joined FIFA.

1994, Macedonia (FYROM) joined FIFA

1992, Namibia joined FIFA.

1992, The Cayman Islands joined FIFA.

1992, St Kitts and Nevis joined FIFA.

1992, Ukraine joined FIFA.

1992, Bosnia Hercegovina joined FIFA.

1992, Slovenia joined FIFA.

1992, Belarus joined FIFA.

1992, Georgia joined FIFA.

1992, Armenia joined FIFA

1992, Croatia joined FIFA.

1990, Tahiti joined FIFA.

1989, Angola joined FIFA.

1988, Chad joined FIFA

1988, The Solomon Islands joined FIFA.

1988, Aruba joined FIFA.

1988, Vanuatu joined FIFA.

1988, St Lucia joined FIFA.

1988, St Vincent and the Grenadines joined FIFA.

1988, The Faroe Islands joined FIFA.

1988, San Marino joined FIFA.

1986, Cape Verde Islands joined FIFA.

1986, The Maldives joined FIFA.

1986, Belize joined FIFA.

1986, Samoa joined FIFA.

1986, Sao Tome and Principe joined FIFA.

1986, Guinea-Bissau joined FIFA.

1986, Seychelles joined FIFA.

1986, Equatorial Guinea joined FIFA.

1980, Oman joined FIFA.

1980, Yemen joined FIFA.

1978, Mozambique joined FIFA.

1976, Grenada joined FIFA.

1976, Botswana joined FIFA.

1976, Macao joined FIFA.

1976, Swaziland joined FIFA.

1976, Rwanda joined FIFA.

1974, Bangladesh joined FIFA.

1974, Liechtenstein joined FIFA.

1972, The United Arab Emirates joined FIFA

1972, Burundi joined FIFA.

1970, Nepal joined FIFA.

1970, Qatar joined FIFA.

1970, Antigua amd Barbuda joined FIFA.

1969, Benin joined FIFA.

1969, Brunei joined FIFA.

1968, The Bahamas joined FIFA.

1968, Guatemala joined FIFA

1968, Barbados joined FIFA

1967, Niger joined FIFA.

1967, Sierra Leone joined FIFA.

1967, Malawi joined FIFA.

1966, Gambia joined FIFA.

1966, Bahrain joined FIFA.

1965, Zimbabwe joined FIFA.

1964, Burkina Faso joined FIFA.

1964, Vietnam joined FIFA

1964, Tanzania joined FIFA.

1964, Zambia joined FIFA.

1964, Mauritania joined FIFA.

1964, Lesotho joined FIFA.

1964, Liberia joined FIFA.

1963, Trinidad and Tobago joined FIFA.

1963, Gabon joined FIFA.

1963, Libya joined FIFA.

1963, Australia joined FIFA.

1963, New Zealand joined FIFA.

1963, Fiji joined FIFA.

1963, Papua New Guinea joined FIFA

1963, Algeria joined FIFA

1963, The Central African Republic joined FIFA

1962, Senegal joined FIFA.

1962, Togo joined FIFA,

1962, Congo (Republic) joined FIFA.

1962, Congo (Democratic Republic) joined FIFA.

1962, Mauritius joined FIFA.

1962, Cameroon joined FIFA.

1962, Mali joined FIFA.

1962, Jamaica joined FIFA

1962, Bermuda joined FIFA.

1962, Kuwait joined FIFA

1961, Madagascar joined FIFA.

1961, Somalia joined FIFA.

1961 Guinea joined FIFA.

1960, Kenya joined FIFA.

1960, Tunisia joined FIFA.

1960, Cote d�Ivoire joined FIFA.

1960, Puerto Rico joined FIFA.

1959, Malta joined FIFA.

1959, Uganda joined FIFA.

1959, Nigeria joined FIFA.

1959, Saudi Arabia joined FIFA.

1958, North Korea joined FIFA.

1958, Jordan joined FIFA.

1958, Ghana joined FIFA.

1958, The Dominican Republic joined FIFA.

1956, Malaysia joined FIFA.

1956, Morocco joined FIFA.

1954, Albania joined FIFA

1954, Hong Kong joined FIFA.

1954, Taiwan joined FIFA.

1953, Ethiopia joined FIFA.

1953, Cambodia joined FIFA.

1952, Venezuela joined FIFA.

1952, Laos joined FIFA.

1952, Singapore joined FIFA.

1952, Indonesia joined FIFA.

1952, South Africa first joined FIFA; suspended from 1964. Rejoined 1992.

1951, Iraq joined FIFA.

1950, West Germany was re-admitted this year; Germany had been excluded in 1946.

1950, Sri Lanka joined FIFA.

1950, Nicaragua joined FIFA.

1948, Cyprus joined FIFA.

1948, India joined FIFA.

1948, Pakistan joined FIFA.

1948, Afghanistan joined FIFA.

1948, Iran joined FIFA.

1948, Sudan joined FIFA.

1948, South Korea joined FIFA.

1947, Myanmar joined FIFA.

1946, Honduras joined FIFA.

1946, FIFA reconvened after World War Two, now with 57 members; Britain rejoined in 1946 (see 1905). It also had no money.

1938, El Salvador joined FIFA.

1938, Panama joined FIFA.

1937, Syria joined FIFA.

1936, Colombia joined FIFA

1935, Lebanon joined FIFA

1933, Haiti joined FIFA

1933, Turkey joined FIFA

1933, Guatemala joined FIFA.

1932, The Netherlands Antilles joined FIFA.

1932, Cuba joined FIFA.

1931, China first joined FiFA; left 1958, rejoined 1979

1930, Romania joined FIFA

1929, Iceland joined FIFA.

1929, Mexico joined FIFA.

1929, Surinam joined FIFA.

1929, Israel (then British Mandated Palestine) joined FIFA

1928, The Philippines joined FIFA.

1927, Greece joined FIFA.

1926, Portugal joined FIFA.

1926, Bolivia joined FIFA

1926, Ecuador joined FIFA

1925, Thailand joined FIFA.

1924, Bulgaria joined FIFA.

1924, Peru joined FIFA

1923, Estonia joined FIFA.

1923, Lithuania joined FIFA.

1923, Poland joined FIFA.

1923, Egypt joined FIFA.

1923, Brazil joined FIFA.

1923, Uruguay joined FIFA,

1923, Latvia joined FIFA.

1922, Russia (USSR) joined FIFA.

1921, Costa Rica joined FIFA.

1912, Argentina joined FIFA.

1921, Ireland joined FIFA.

1921, Paraguay joined FIFA

1919, Serbia (Yugoslavia) joined FIFA.

1912, Chile joined FIFA.

1912, Canada joined FIFA.

1910, Luxembourg joined FIFA.

1908, Norway joined FIFA.

1908, Finland joined FIFA.

1907, FIFA initially admitted Bohemia � then excluded it as it was only a region within the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

1906, Hungary joined FIFA

1905, Austria joined FIFA.

1905, England joined FIFA. However on 23/4/1920 England withdtrew from FIFA as an international football dispute intensified over whether the First World War aggressors Germany, Hungary and Austria should be expelled, as demanded by the Allied nations, whilst the Scandinavian teams, also the Italians, demanded to be allowed to play whom they chose. England rejoined FIFA in 1924, but left again in 1928 due to a row over �broken-time� payments to amateurs. These were payments to compensate for lost earnings at work, but the concept could be abused in order to �pay� amateurs. In 1938 England had the opportunity to rejoin FIFA when it lost Austria, because Germany had invaded that country. FIFA fell from 16 to 15 members, and England was offered the spare place, but turned it down. See 1946.

21/5/1904, The Football Federation (FIFA, F�d�ration Internationale de Football Association) was founded in Paris, to obtain greater control of the game at international level. It initially had 7 members; Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


National Football Associations


2006, The Football Association of Montenegro was formed.

1996, The Andorran Football Association (Federacio Andorrana de Futbol) was formed.

1996, The Anguilla Football Association was formed

1996, The Eritrean National Football Association was formed.

1995, The Montserrat Football Association was formed.

1993, The Moldovian Football Federation was formed.

1993, The Azerbaijan Football Association (Azarbaycan Futbol Federasiyalari Assosiasiyasi) was formed.

1993, The Czech Football Association (Cesko Moravsky Fotbalovy Svaz) was formed.

1993, The Slovak Football Association was formed.

1992, The Namibia Football Federation was formed.

1992, The Cayman Islands Football Association was formed.

1992, The St Kitts and Nevis Football Association was formed.

1992, The United States Virgin Islands Soccer Federation was formed.

1992, The Football Federation of Turkmenistan was formed.

1992, The Football Association of Kyrgyzstan was formed.

1992, The Football Federation of Ukraine was formed

1992, The Belarus Football Association was formed.

1992, The Georgian Football Association was formed.

1991, The Slovenian Football Association was formed.

1991, The Football Federation of Tajikistan was formed.

1991, The Bosnia-Hercegovina Football Association (Nogometni Savez Bosne I Hercegovine) was formed.

1991, The Croatian Football Association was formed.

1988, The St Lucia Football Association was formed.

1988, The St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation was formed.

1985, The Reunion Football Association (Ligue de Reunion) was formed.

1983, The Football Association of Maldives was formed

1988, The Solomon Islands Football Federation was formed.

1982, The Cape Verde Islands Football Association (Federacao Cabo Verdiana de Futebol) was formed.

1980, The Belize National Football Association was formed.

1979, The Faroe Islands Football Association (Fotboltssamband Foroya) was formed.

1978, The Oman Football Asosciation was formed.

1977, The Djibouti Football Association (Federation Djiboutienne de Football) was formed.

1977, The Angolan Football Association (Federacao Angolana de Futebol) was formed.

1976, The Equatorial Guinea Football Association (Federacion Equatoguineana de Futbol) was formed.

1976, The Seychelles Football Federation was founded.

1975, The Comoros Islands Football Association (Federation Comorienne de Football) was formed.

1975, The American Samoa Football Association was formed.

1975, The Guam Soccer Association was formed.

1975, The Sao Tome and Principe Football Association (Federacion Santomense de Futebol) was formed.

1975, The Mozambique Football Association (Federacao Mocambicana de Futebol) was formed.

1974, The Guinea-Bissau Football Association (Federacao de Football de Guinea-Bissau) was formed.

1974, The British Virgin Islands Football Association was formed.

1972, The Rwanda Football Association (Federation Rwandaise de Football Amateur) was formed.

1972, The Bangladesh Football Federation was formed.

1971, The United Arab Emirates Football Association was formed.

1970, The Botswana Football Association was formed.

1971, The Cook Islands Football Federation was formed.

1970, The Dominica Football Association was formed.

1970, The Tonga Football Association was formed.

1968, The Benin Football Association (Federation Beninoise de Football) was formed.

1968, The Samoa Football (Soccer) Federation was formed.

1967, The Niger Football Association (Federation Nigerienne de Football) was formed.

1967, The Bahamas Football Association was formed.

1966, The Football Association of Malawi was formed.

1964, The National Football Association of Swaziland was formed.

1962, The Algerian Football Association (Federation Algerienne de Football) was formed.

1962, The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Football Federation was formed.

1962, The Republic of Yemen Football Association was formed.

1962, The Palestine Football Federation was formed (see 1928).

1962, The Vietnam Football Association (Association de Football de la Republique du Vietnam) was formed

1962, The Gabon Football Association (Federation Gaboniase de Football) was formed.

1962, The Congo (Republic) Foootball Association (Federation Congolaise de Football) was formed.

1962, The Chad Football Association (Federation Tchadienne de Football) was formed.

1962, The Papua New Gunea Football Association was formed.

1961, The Madagascar Football Association (Federation Malagasy de Football) was formed.

1961, The Australia Soccer Federation was founded.

1961, The Mauritania Football Association (Federation de Football de la Republique de Mauritanie) was formed.

1961, The Turks and Caicos Football Association was formed.

1960, The Togo Football Association (Federation Togolaise de Football) was formed.

1960, The Bhutan Football Federation was formed.

1960, The Qatar Football Federation was formed.

1960, The Mali Football Association (Federation Malienne de Football) was formed.

1960, The Cote d�Ivoire Football Association (Federation Ivorienne de Football) was formed.

1960, The Burkina Faso Football Association (Federation Burkinabe de Football) was formed.

1960, The Cameroon Football Association (Federation Camerounaise de Football) was formed.

1960, The Senegal Football Association (Federation Senegalaise de Footballs) was formed.

1960, The New Caledonia Football Association (Federation Neo-Caledonienne de Football) was formed.

1959, The Guinea Football Association (Federation Guineenne de Football) was formed.

1959, The Saudi Arabian Football Federation was formed.

1959, The Brunei Amateur Football Association was formed.

1957, The Ghana Football Association was formed.

1956, The Tunisia Football Association (Federation Tunisienne de Football) was formed.

1955, The Morocco Football Association (Federation Royale Marocaine de Football) was formed.

1953, The Dominican Republic Football Association (Federacion Dominicana de Futbol) was formed.

1952, The Gambia Football Association was formed.

1952, The Kuwait Football Association was formed.

1952, The Mauritius Football Association was formed.

1951, The Laos Football Association (Federacion de FootBall Lao) was formed.

1951, The Bahrain Football Association was formed.

1951, The All Nepal Football Federation was formed.

1951, The Somalia Football Federation was formed.

1950, The Zimbabwe Football Association was formed.

1949, The Jordan Football Association was formed.

1948, The Pakistan Football Federation was formed.

1948, The Iraqi Football Federation was formed.

1948, The Burundi Football Association (Federation de Football du Burundi) was formed.

1947, The Myanmar Football Association was formed.

1947, The Icelandic Football Association (Knattspyrnusamband Island) was formed.

1946, The Football Federation of Uzbekistan was formed.

1945, The Nigeria Football Association was formed.

1945, The Football Association of the Democratic People�s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was formed.

1943, The Ethiopian Football Association (Yeithiopia Football Federechin) was formed.

1940, The Puerto Rico Football Association(Federacion Puertorriquena de Futbol) was formed.

1939, The Football Federation of Sri Lanka was formed.

1939, The Macao Football Association (Associaciao de Futebol de Macau) was formed.

1938, The New Zealand Football Association was formed.

1938, The Fiji Football Association was formed.

1938, The Tahiti Football Assoication (Federation Tahitienne de Football) was formed

1937, The All India Football Federation was formed.

1937, The Central African Republic Football Association (Federation Centrafricaine de Football) was formed.

1937, The Panama Football Association (Federacion Nacional de Futbol de Panama) was formed.

1936, The Liberia Football Association was formed.

1936, The Taiwan Football Association (Chinese Taipei Football Association) was formed.

1936, The Syrian Football Association (Association Arabe Syrienne de Football) was formed.

1936, The Sudan Football Federation was formed.

1935, The Honduras Football Association (Federacion Nacional Automana de Futbol) was formed.

1935, The El Salvador Football Association (Federacion Salvadorena de Futbol) was formed.

1934, The Vanuatu Football Federation was formed.

1934, The Cyprus Football Association was formed.

1933, The Football Association of Liechtenstein (Liechetnsteiner Fussball Verband) was formed.

1933, The Lebanese Football Association (Federation Libanaise de Football) was formed.

1933, The Malaysian Football Association (Persuatuan Bolasepak Malaysia) was formed.

1933, The Cambodian Football Association (Federation Khmere De Football Association) was formed.

1932, The Aruba Football Association (Arubaanse Voetbal Bond) was formed.

1932, The Lesotho Sports Council (Football) was formed.

1932, The Kenya Football Association was formed.

1931, The Nicaragua Football Association (Federacion Nicaraguense de Futbol) was formed.

1931, The San Marino Football Association (Federazione Sammarinese Giuoco Calcio) was formed.

1930, The All Indonesia Football Federation was formed.

1930, The Football Association of Tanzania was founded.

1930, The Albanian Football Association (Federata Shqiptare Futbolit) was formed.

1928, The Antigua Football Association was formed.

1928, The Bermuda Football Association was formed.

1929, The Football Association of Zambia was formed.

1928, The Korea Football Association (South Korea) was formed.

1928, The Israel (Palestine) Football Association was formed, in what was then British Mandated Palestine. See 1962.

1927, The Mexico Football Association (Federacion Mexicana de Futbol Asociacion) was formed.

1926, The Venezuelan Football Association (Federacion Venezolana de Futbol) was formed.

1926, The Guatemalan Football Association (Federacion Nacional de Futbol de Gutemala) was formed.

1926, The Austrian Football Association was founded.

1926, The Greek Football Association (Federation Hellenique de Football) was formed.

1925, The Ecuadorian Football Association (Associacion Ecuatoriana de Futbol) was formed

1925, The Bolivian Football Association (Federacion Boliviana de Futbol) was formed.

1924, The Grenada Football Association was formed.

1924, The Colombian Football Association (Federacion Colombiana de Futbol) was formed.

1921, The Cuban Football Association (Associacion de Futbol de Cuba) was formed.

1924, The Football Association of the People�s Republic of China was formed.

1924, The Federation of Uganda Football Associations was founded.

1923, The Turkish Football Association (Turkiye Futbol Federasyono) was formed

1923, The Bulgarian Football Association (Bulgarski Futbolen Solus) was formed.

1923, The Sierra Leone Amateur Football Association was formed.

1922, The Peruvian Football Association (Federacion Peruana de Futbol) was formed.

1922, The Czechoslovak Football Federation was founded.

1922, The Armenian Football Association was formed.

1922, The Football Federation of the National Olympic Committee, Afghanistan, was formed.

1922, The Russian Football Federation was formed (USSR)

1921, The Football Association of Ireland was formed.

1921, The Estonian Football Association was formed.

1921, The Lithuanian Football Association was formed.

1921, The Football Association of Latvia was formed.

1921, The Egypt Football Association was formed.

1921. The Netherlands Antilles Football Association (Nederlands Antiliaanse Voetbal Unie) was formed.

1921, The Costa Rica Football Association (Federacion Costarricense de Futbol) was formed.

1920, The Australian Football Association was formed.

1920, The Surinam Football Association (Surinaamse Voetbal Bond) was formed.

1920, The Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran was formed.

1919, The Congo (Democratic Republic) Football Association (Federation Congolaise de Football-Association, FECOFA) was founded.

1919, The Polish Football Association (Polski Zwiazek Pilki Noznej) was formed.

1919, The Yugoslav (Serbian) Football Federation was formed.

1918, French Football Association (Federation Francaise de Football) was formed.

1916, The Football Association of Thailand was formed.

1914, The Portuguese Football Association (Federacao Portuguesa de Futebol) was formed.

1914, The Hong Kong Football Association was formed.

1914, Brazilian Football Association (Confederacao Brasiliera de Futebol) was formed.

1914, The Football Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan was formed.

1913, The Spanish Football Association (Real Federacione Espanola de Futbol) was formed.

1912, The Russian Football Association was formed.

1912, The Canadian Soccer Association was formed.

1910, The Jamaica Football Federation was formed.

1910, The Barbados Football Association was formed

1908, The Luxembourg Football Association (Federation Luxembourgeoise de Football) was formed.

1908, The Macedonian Football Association was formed.

1908, The Romanian Football Association (Federatia Romana de Fotbal) was formed.

1907, The Finnish Football Association (Suomen Palloliito Finlands Bollofoerbund) was formed.

1907, The Philippine Football Federation was formed.

1906, The Swedish Football Association was formed.

1906, The Paraguayan Football Association (Liga Paraguaya de Futbol) was formed.

1906, The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association was formed.

1905, The Spanish Football Association was formed.

1904, The Haiti Football Association (Federation Haitienne de Football) was formed.

1904, The Guyama Football Assciation was formed.

1904, The Austrian Football Association (Osterreicher Fussball Bund) was formed.

1904, The Swiss Football Association (Schweizerischer Fussballverband) was formed.

1904, The Swedish Football Association (Svensk Fotbollforblundet) was formed.

1902, The Norwegian Football Association (Norges Fotballiforbun) was formed;

1901, The Hungarian Football Association (Magyar Labdarugo Svotetsveg) was formed

1900, The German Football Association (Deutscher Fussball Bund) was formed.

1900, The Malta Football Association was formed.

1900, The Uruguayan Football Association (Association Uruguaya de Futbol) was formed.

1898, The Italian Football Association (Federazione Italiana Guuoco Calcio) was formed.

1895, The Belgian Football Federation (Union Royale Belge des Societes de Football) was founded.

1895, The Swiss Football federation was formed.

1895, The Chilean Football Association (Federacion de Futbol de Chile) was formed.

1893, The Argentine Football Association (Associacion del Futbol Argentino) was formed.

1892, The South African Football Association was formed.

1892, The Football Association of Singapore was formed.

1891, The New Zealand Football Association was formed.

1889, The Danish Football Association (Dansk Boldspil Union) was formed.

1889, The Dutch Football Association (Koninklijke Nederland Voetbalbond) was formed.

1882, The Natal (South Africa) Football Association was formed.

1882, The New South Wales Football Association, Australia, was formed.

1878, The Irish (now Northern Irish) Football Association was formed.

2/2/1876, The Welsh Football Association was formed.

13/3/1873, The Scottish Football Association was formed at a meeting attended by representatives from eight clubs.

26/10/1863. The English Football Association formed at a meeting at Freeman�s Tavern in Great Queen Street, London.


Famous footballers

18/7/2006, Jimmy Leadbetter, footballer, died (born 15/7/1928)

21/4/2006, Tele Santana, Brazilian football coach, died (born 26/7/1931)

19/4/2006, John Lyall, football manager, died (born 24/2/1940)

1/3/2006, Peter Osgood, footballer, died.

26/12/2005, Ted Ditchburn, goalkeeper, died (born 24/10/1921)

29/11/2005, David di Tommaso, French footballer died (born 1979)

25/11/2005, George Best, British footballer, died aged 59

3/3/2005, Rinus Mochels, football manager, died (born 9/2/1928)

23/10/2004, Bill Nicholson, footballer, died (born 26/1/1919).

20/9/2004, Brian Clough, footballer, died (born 21/3/1935)

21/2/2004, John Charles, footballer, died.

3/7/2001, Billy Liddell, footballer, died (born 10/1/1921).

28/11/2000, Len Shackleton, footballer, died (born 3/5/1922).

14/4/2000, Wilf Maunion, footballer, died (born 16/5/1918).

23/2/2000, Stanley Matthews, footballer, died (born 1/2/1915)

1/11/1999, Walter Peyton, US footballer, died.

28/4/1999, Alf Ramsey, footballer, died (born 22/1/1920).

3/3/1998, Panggih Prio Sembodho, Indonesian footballer, was born.

7/12/1997, Billy Bremner, footballer, died (born 9/12/1942).

23/4/1996, Filippo Florio, Italian footballer, was born.

12/2/1996, Klein Stanley Eden Cristobal, Trinidadian footballer, was born.

2/2/1996, Harry Billy Winks, English footballer, was born.

26/7/1995, Keanu Neal, US football linebacker, was born.

30/5/1995, Edward Drake, footballer, died (born 16/8/1912).

20/1/1994, Sir Matthew Busby, footballer, died (born 26/5/1909).

23/5/1993, Eseosa Mandy Aigbogun, Swiss footballer, was born.

7/3/1993, Vin�cius de Freitas Ribeiro, Brazilian footballer, was born.

27/2/1993, Alphonse Areola, footballer, was born.

1/11/1992, Reece Brown, English footballer, was born.

3/7/1992, Crystal Dunn, US soccer player, was born.

26/6/1992, Joel Campbell, footballer, was born.

17/6/1992, Ryan Allsop, English footballer, was born.

18/3/1992, Anthony Barr, footballer, was born.

3/12/1991, Clifford Bastin, footballer, died (born 14/3/1912)

27/9/1991, Joseph Hulme, footballer, died (born 26/8/1904).

7/5/1991, Stanley Mortensen, footballer, died (born 26/5/1921).

7/3/1991, Michele Rigione, Italian footballer, was born.

5/12/1990, Montee Ball, footballer, was born.

6/4/1990, Peter Doherty, footballer, died (born 5/6/1913).

8/10/1989, Armand Traore, French footballer, was born,

4/7/1989, Rodgers Kola, Zambian footballer, was born.

28/5/1989, Don Revie, footballer, died (born 10/7/1927).

8/10/1988, John Milburn, footballer, died.

13/8/1988, Servando Carrasco, US soccer player, was born.

21/5/1988, Jonathan Howson, English footballer, was born in Morley, England.

21/3/1988, Lee Cattermole, English footballer, was born.

10/1/1988, Marvin Martin, French footballer, was born

23/12/1987, Tommaso Bellazzini, Italian footballer, was born.

19/12/1987, Karim Benzema, French football player, was born in Lyon, France.

31/8/1987, Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer, was born.

18/2/1987, Vicente Guaita, Spanish footballer, was born

18/7/1986, Stanley Rous, footballer, died (born 25/4/1895).

3/3/1986, Jed Collins, US football player, was born.

24/10/1985, Wayne Rooney, English footballer, was born.

11/9/1985, Jock Stein, footballer, died (born 5/10/1923).

7/9/1985, Marcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza, Brazilian footballer, was born in Londrina, Parana

10/9/1985, John Stein, footballer, died.

28/6/1983, Alexander Borromeo, Filipino footballer, was born.

2/4/1983, Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer, was born.


8/11/1982, James Dickinson, footballer, died (born 24/4/1925).

17/10/1982, Nick Riewoldt, Australian footballer, was born.

22/4/1982, Ricardo Ezecson dos Santos Leite, Brazilian footballer, was born.

20/3/1982, Jose Moreira, Portuguese footballer, was born.

4/3/1982, Landon Donovan, US footballer, was born.

9/11/1981, Jobi McAnuff, Jamaican footballer, was born.

28/9/1981, William Shankly, footballer, died (born 2/9/1913).

26/9/1981, Graham Christopher Stack, footballer, was born.

2/7/1981, William Gillespie, footballer, died (born 6/8/1892).

20/5/1981, Iker Casillas Fernandez, Spanish footballer, was born

1/4/1981, Clarence Hearn, Australian footballer, died(born 13/11/1905).

15/1/1981, El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf, Senegalese footballer, was born.

20/12/1980, Ashley Cole, English footballer, was born.


9/12/1980, Jos� Roberto de Oliveira, Brazilian footballer, was born.

28/10/1980, Alan Smith, English footballer, was born.

1/3/1980, William Dean, footballer, died.

14/12/1979, Michael Owen, English footballer, was born.

13/7/1979, Craig Bellamy, footballer, was born.

10/7/1979, Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer, was born.

12/5/1979, Steve Smith, US footballer, was born in Los Angeles, California

2/3/1979, Damien Duff, footballer, was born.

29/1/1979, William McCracken, footballer, died.

28/1/1979, Edwin Mbaso, Zambian footballer, died aged 24 from injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

12/1/1979, Grzegorz Rasiak, footballer, was born in Szczecin, Poland.


29/11/1978, Viv Anderson, of Nottingham Forest, became the first Black footballer to play for England.

22/9/1978, Harry Kewell, Australian footballer, was born.

22/5/1978, Yoshifumi Ono, Japanese footballer, was born.

19/5/1978, Marcus Bent, English footballer, was born.

13/5/1978, Steve Mildenhall, English football player, was born.

14/2/1978, Paul Governali, US football player, died (born 1921).

2/2/1978, Darrick Leonard Vaughn, US footballer, was born.

28/1/1978, Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer, was born.


15/10/1977, David Trezeguet, French footballer, was born.

2/9/1977, Frederic Kanoute, Malian footballer, was born.

17/8/1977, Thierry Henry, French footballer, was born in Essonne, Paris.

27/7/1977, Anderson de Souza, Portuguese footballer, was born.

27/6/1977, Raul Gonzalez Bianco, Spanish footballer, was born in Madrid.

19/5/1977, Manuel Almuni, Spanish footballer, was born.

22/1/1977, Hidetoshi Nakaya, Japanese footballer, was born.


25/11/1976, Donovan McNabb, US football player, was born.

27/9/1976, Francesco Totti, Italian footballer, was born.

22/9/1976, Ronaldo, footballer, was born.

23/6/1976, Patrick Viera, French footballer, was born.

19/3/1976, Alessandro Nesta, Italian footballer, was born.

22/2/1976, Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima, Brazilian footballer, was born.

23/11/1975, Arno Schreuders, Dutch footballer, was born.

10/6/1975, Henrik Pedersen, Danish football player, was born.

2/5/1975, David Beckham, footballer, was born in Leytonstone, London.

18/2/1975, Gary Neville, English footballer, was born.


9/11/1974, Alessandro del Piero, Italian footballer, was born.

18/9/1974, Sulzeer Campbell, English footballer, was born.

11/9/1974, Lucian Sahetapy, footballer, was born in Groningen, Netherlands.

7/9/1974, Mario Frick, footballer, was born in Chur, Switzerland.

31/8/1974, Luis Marcelo Duran, footballer, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.

16/8/1974, Ivan Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer, was born.

16/2/1974, Fanis Katergiannakis, Greek footballer, was born.

6/2/1974, Olaf Lindenbergh, Dutch footballer, was born in Purmerend, Netherlands.


29/11/1973, Ryan Giggs, footballer, was born in C\ardiff.

25/10/1973, Steve White, US footballer, was born.

7/10/1973, Dida, Brazilian footballer, was born in Bahia.

14/8/1973, Augustin Okocha, footballer, was born.

19/8/1973, Marco Materazzi, Italian footballer, was born.

9/8/1973, Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer, was born.

12/7/1973, Christian Vieri, Italian footballer, was born.

29/5/1973, Alpay Ozalan Fehmi, Turkish footballer, was born.

20/4/1973, Edris Hapgood, footballer, died.

13/3/1973, Edgar Steven Davids, Dutch footballer, was born.

26/2/1973, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Norwegian footballer, was born.


23/11/1972, Alf-Inge Haland, Norwegian footballer, was born in Stavanger.

30/8/1972, Pavel Nedved, Czech footballer, was born.

16/9/1972, Ramon van Haaren, Dutch footballer, was born in Waalwijk, Netherlands

14/4/1972, Paul Devlin, English-Scottish footballer and manager, was born.

2/3/1972, Mauricio Pochettino, Argentinian footballer and manager, was born.

1/1/1972, Lilian Thuram, French footballer, was born.


6/10/1971, Takis Gonias, Greek footballer and manager, was born.

20/9/1971, |Henrik Larsson, Swedish footballer, was born.

10/8/1971, Roy Keane, footballer, was born in Cork, Ireland.

28/6/1971, Lorenzo Amoruso, Italian footballer, was born.

20/2/1971, Jari Litmanen, Finnish footballer, was born.

5/9/1970, Jesse Pennington, footballer, died (born 23/8/1883).

3/9/1970, Gareth Southgate, footballer, was born

28/4/1970, Diego Pablo Simeone, Argentinean footballer, was born.


9/12/1969, Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer, was born

22/9/1969, Robert Kelly, footballer, died (born 16/11/1893).

24/4/1969, Ernest Blenkinsop, footballer, died (born 20/4/1902).

1/2/1969, Gabriel Batistuta, Argentinean footballer, was born.

17/1/1969, Samuel Irving, footballer, died (born 28/8/1893).

25/1/1967, David Ginola, footballer, was born

9/1/1967, Claudio Cabiggia, Argentinean footballer, was born.


24/10/1966, Sam Hardy, footballer, died (born 26/8/1883).

12/8/1966, Les Ferdinand, footballer, was born

2/8/1966, Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer, was born.

24/7/1966, Martin Keown, footballer, was born.

10/6/1966, David Platt, footballer, was born.

24/5/1966, Eric Cantona, French footballer, was born,

8/5/1966, Claudio Andre Mergen Taffarel, Brazilian footballer, was born.

24/4/1966, Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer, was born.

8/4/1966, Mazinho, Brazilian footballer, was born.

9/3/1966, Tony Lockett, Australian footballer, was born.

29/1/1966, Romario da Souza Paria, Brazilian footballer, was born.


19/11/1965, Laurent Blanc, French footballer, was born.

6/10/1965, Jurgen Kohler, West German footballer, was born.

31/10/1965, Denis Irwin, Irish footballer, was born.

29/3/1965, Eric Brook, footballer, died (born 27/11/1907).

1/1/1965,Vinnie Jones, footballer, was born.

1/12/1964, Salvatore Schilllaci, Italian footballer, was born.

31/10/1964, Marco van Basten, Dutch footballer, was born.

21/6/1964, Dean Saunders, footballer, was born.

15/6/1964, Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer, was born.

17/3/1964, Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer, was born.

16/2/1964, Jose Roberto Gama de Oliveira, Brazilian footballer, was born.


7/11/1963, John Barnes, footballer, was born.

3/11/1963, Ian Wright, footballer, was born.

17/10/1963, Sergio Javier Goycochea, Argentinean footballer, was born.

9/9/1963, Roberto Donadoni, Italian footballer, was born

13/6/1963, Edward Sturing, Dutch footballer, was born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands

28/5/1963, Chris Camden, English footballer, was born.

7/4/1963, Bernard Lama, French Guianese footballer, was born.

23/3/1963, Jose Miguel Gonzalez Maria del Campo, Spanish footballer, was born.

12/3/1963, Arthur Grimsdell, footballer, died (born 23/3/1894).

26/1/1963, Jose Mourinho, footballer, was born.

24/4/1962, Stuart Pearce, footballer, was born.

24/9/1962, Alistair McCoist, footballer, was born.

5/4/1962, Richard Gough, footballer, was born.

8/1/1962, Edward Rodgerson , English footballer, died (born 3/4/1891).


12/11/1961, Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer, was born.

23/10/1961, Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer, was born.

20/10/1961, Ian Rush, footballer, was born.

15/9/1961, Dan Marino, US footballer, was born in Pittsburgh

1/8/1961, Dirk Franciscus Blind, Dutch footballer, was born.

10/6/1961, David Platt, footballer, was born.

19/3/1961, Rune Bratseth, Norwegian footballer, was born.

1/2/1961, Manuel Amoros, French footballer, was born.

14/12/1960, Christopher Waddle, footballer, was born.

30/11/1960, Gary Lineker, footballer, was born.

30/10/1960, Diego Maradona, Argentinean footballer, was born.

25/9/1960, Igor Belanov, Russian footballer, was born.

10/7/1960, Roger Craig, US footballer, was born in Davenport, Iowa

25/5/1960, Patrick Bonner, footballer, was born.

16/4/1960, Pierre Littbarski, German footballer, was born.


22/12/1959, Bernd Schuster, West German footballer, was born.

4/12/1959, Paul McGrath, footballer, was born.

16/5/1959, Elisha Scott, footballer, died (born 24/8/1894).

28/12/1958, Terry Butcher, footballer, was born.

26/9/1958, Kenneth Sansom, footballer, was born.

18/9/1958, John Aldridge, footballer, was born.

22/6/1958, Rodion Catamaru, Romanian footballer, was born.

11/6/1958, Hugo Sanchez, Mexican footballer, was born.

19/4/1958, William Meredith, footballer, died (born 30/7/1874).

21/2/1958, Duncan Edwards, footballer, died (born 1/10/1936).


8/10/1957, Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer, was born.

11/9/1957, Preben Elkjaer Larsen, Danish footballer, was born.

27/7/1957, Hans Peter Muller, West German footballer, was born.

11/6/1957, Hugh Gallagher, footballer, was born (died 11/6/1957).

18/3/1957, Wolfgang Schilling, German footballer, was born.

28/2/1957, Jan Ceulemans, Belgian footballer, was born.

11/1/1957, Bryan Robson, English footballer, was born.


14/9/1956, Raymond Wilkins, footballer, was born.

28/2/1956, James Nicholl, footballer, was born.

13/2/1956, Liam Brady, footballer, was born in Dublin, Ireland.


6/12/1955, Anthony Woodcock, footballer, was born.

26/11/1955, Philip Thompson, footballer, was born.

25/9/1955, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, West German footballer, was born

9/7/1955, Steve Coppell, footballer, was born in Liverpool.

23/6/1955, Jean Amadou Tigana, French footballer, was born.

21/6/1955, Michel Platini, French footballer, was born.

13/6/1955, Alan Hansen, footballer, was born.

8/6/1955, Jose Antonio Camacho, Spanish footballer, was born.

13/4/1955, Safet Susic, Yugoslav footballer, was born

13/3/1955, Bruno Conti, Italian footballer, was born.

15/11/1954, Uli Steilke, West German footballer, was born.

10/11/1954, Juan Gomez Gonzalez, Spanish footballer was born.

23/5/1954, Gerry Armstrong, British footballer, was born.

19/4/1954, Trevor Francis, footballer, was born in Plymouth.

31/1/1954, Vivian Woodward, footballer, died.


4/12/1953, Jean-Marie Pfaff, Belgian footballer, was born.

27/5/1953, Claudio Gentile, Italian footballer, was born.

25/5/1953, Gaetano Scirea, Italian footballer, was born.

21/5/1953, Bum Kun Cha, Korean footballer, was born.

3/3/1953, Artur Antunes Coimbra, Brazilian footballer, was born.

14/2/1953, Johannes Kranki, Austrian footballer, was born.


15/12/1952, Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer, was born.

5/11/1952, Oleg Blokhin, Russian footballer, was born.

2/9/1952, Alain Girese, French footballer, was born.

23/8/1952, Carlos Alonso Gonzalez, Spanish footballer, was born.

3/8/1952, Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentinean footballer, was born.

15/7/1952, Mario Alberto Kempes, Argentinean footballer, was born.

20/5/1952, Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer, was born.

9/5/1952, Zdenek Nehoda, Czech footballer, was born.

7/3/1952, Lynn Swann, Footballer, was born.

1/3/1952, Martin O�Neill, footballer, was born.

5/1/1952, Uli Hoeness, West German footballer, was born.


21/12/1951, Stephen Perryman, footballer, was born.

6/12/1951, Gerald Francis, footballer, was born in Hammersmith, London.

1/10/1951, Peter McWilliam, footballer, died.

5/9/1951, Paul Breitner, West German footballer, was born.

15/5/1951, Johan Neesken, Dutch footballer, was born.

4/3/1951, Kenny Dalglish, footballer, was born in Glasgow.

4/2/1951, Footballer Kevin Keegan was born.

20/2/1951, Philip Neal, footballer, was born.

1/5/1950, Daniel McGrain, footballer, was born.

27/3/1950, Anton Ondrus, Czech footballer, was born.

15/1/1950, Marius Tresor, French footballer, was born.


18/12/1949, Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer, was born.

14/8/1949, Morten Olsen, Danish footballer, was born.

24/3/1949, Ruud Krol, Dutch footballer, was born.

4/1/1949, Michael Mills, footballer, was born.

2/12/1948, Antonin Panenka, Czech footballer, was born.

2/10/1948, Trevor Brooking, footballer, was born.

5/8/1948, Ray Clemence, footballer, was born.

5/2/1948, Sven Goran Eriksson, footballer, was born.


23/10/1947, Kazimierz Deyna, Polish footballer, was born.

27/7/1947, Bob Klein, US footballer, was born

9/7/1947, OJ Simpson, footballer, was born.

25/4/1947, Johann Cruyff, Dutch footballer, was born.

3/2/1947, Hristo Bonev, Bulgarian footballer, was born.

30/12/1946, Hans Hubert Vogts, West German footballer, was born.

18/9/1946, Otis Sistrunk, US footballer, was born in Columbus, Georgia.

3/4/1946, Alf Common, footballer, died (born 25/5/1880).

26/2/1946, Colin Bell, footballer, was born.

3/11/1945. Gerd Muller, German footballer, was born in Nordlingen.

17/10/1945, Dave Cutler, Canadian footballer, was born.

12/6/1945, Patrick Jennings, footballer, was born.

12/5/1945, Alan Ball, footballer, was born.

28/2/1945, Bubba Smith, footballer, was born

28/2/1944, Josef Maier, West German footballer, was born.


6/12/1943, Gilbert Smith, footballer, died (born 25/11/1872).

13/11/1943, Roberto Bonninsegna, Italian footballer, was born.

8/11/1943, Martin Peters, footballer, was born.

4/5/1943, Georgi Asparoukhov, Bulgarian footballer, was born.

10/1/1943, Jantzen Derrick, English footballer, was born.


9/12/1942, Billy Bremner, footballer, was born.

11/9/1942, John Grieg, footballer, was born in Edinburgh.

18/5/1942, Norbert Stiles, footballer, was born.

26/2/1942, Jozef Adamec, Slovak footballer, was born

24/2/1940, Denis Law, footballer, was born.

23/1/1940, Brian Labone, footballer, was born (died 24/4/2006)

6/1/1940, John Giles, footballer, was born in Dublin.


28/12/1939, Frank McLintock, footballer, was born.

23/10/1939, George Cohen, footballer, was born

21/7/1939, Helmut Haller, West German footballer, was born.

17/7/1939, Valery Voronin, Russian footballer, was born.

29/6/1939, Amarildo Tavares Silveira, Italian footballer, was born.

27/8/1938, Jose Altafini, Italian footballer, was born.

20/7/1938, Roger Hunt, footballer, was born.

7/6/1938, Ian StJohn, footballer, was born.


30/12/1937, Gordon Banks, footballer, was born.

6/12/1937, Pedro Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian footballer, was born.

11/10/1937, Bobby Charlton, English footballer, was born in Ashington, County Durham.

16/5/1937, Antonio Ubaldo Rattin, Argentinean footballer, was born.

13/4/1937, Augusto Jose Pinto de Almeida, Portuguese footballer, was born.

8/4/1937, William Bassett, English footballer, died (born 27/1/1869).


21/10/1936, Khennane Mahi, French-Algerian footballer, was born.

1/10/1936, Duncan Edwards, footballer, was born (died 21/2/1958).

23/9/1936, George Eastham, footballer, was born.

30/5/1936, Slava Metreveli, Russian footballer, was born.

21/9/1935, Jimmy Armfield, English footballer, was born.

12/9/1935, Jan Popluhar, Czech footballer, was born.

6/8/1935, Mario Esteves Coluna, Portuguese footballer, was born.

7/5/1935, Jack Charlton, footballer, was born.

6/4/1935, Luis del Sol Cascajares, Spanish footballer, was born.

7/2/1935, Clifford Jones, footballer, was born.


17/12/1934, Ramon Wilson, footballer, was born.

27/11/1934, Ammo Baba, Iraqi footballer and coach, was born in Baghdad (died 2009).

19/11/1934, Kurt Hamrin, Swedish footballer, was born.

14/11/1934, Dave Mackay, footballer, was born.

12/11/1934, Edvaldo Izidio Neto, Brazilian footballer, was born.

17/10/1934, John Haynes, footballer, was born in Kentish Town, London.

27/5/1934, Bryan Douglas, footballer, was born.

6/1/1934, Herbert Chapman, footballer, died (born 19/1/1878).


28/10/1933, Manoel Francisco dos Santos, Brazilian footballer, was born.

22/10/1933, Francisco Gento, Spanish footballer, was born.

18/8/1933, Just Fontaine, French footballer, was born in Marrakech, Morocco.

18/2/1933, Robert Robson, footballer, was born.

5/2/1933, Milos Milutinovic, Yugoslavian footballer, was born.


21/11/1932, Ron Saunders, footballer, was born.

3/11/1932, Ernst Pol, Polish footballer, was born.

31/12/1931, Ray Graves, US football player, was born.

27/12/1931, John Charles, footballer, was born near Swansea, Wales.

26/11/1931, Roger Piantoni, French footballer, was born.

13/10/1931, Raymond Kopa, French footballer, was born.

2/8/1931, Villam Schroiff, Czech footballer, was born.

26/7/1931, Tele Santana, Brazilian football coach, was born (died 21/4/2006)

19/2/1931, Bobby Collins, footballer, died.

9/2/1931, Josef Masopust, Czech footballer, was born.


28/10/1930, Svatopluk Pluskai, Czech footballer, was born.

4/9/1930, Igor Netto, Russian footballer, was born.

29/4/1930, Henri Coppens, Belgian footballer, was born.


16/12/1929, Ivor Allchurch, footballer, was born.

12/12/1929, Alberto da Costa Pereira, Portuguese footballer, was born.

23/8/1929, Zoltan Czibor, Hungarian footballer, was born.

16/8/1929, Helmut Rahn, West German footballer, was born.

9/7/1929, Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer, was born.

17/5/1929, Branislav Zebec, Yugoslav footballer, was born.


28/10/1928, Lawrence Reilly, footballer, was born.

14/10/1928, Jose hector Rial, Argentinean footballer, was born.

24/8/1928, Tommy Docherty, football manager, was born.

15/7/1928, Jimmy Leadbetter, footballer, was born (died 18/7/2006)

4/7/1928, Giampiero Boniperti, Italian footballer, was born.

24/4/1928, Thomas Docherty, footballer, was born.

9/2/1928, Rinus Michels, football manager, was born (died 3/3/2005)


5/9/1927, Malcolm Allison, footballer, was born in Dartford, England.

16/7/1927, Robert Evans, footballer, was born in Glasgow.

10/6/1927, Ladislav Kubala, footballer, was born in Hungary.

16/5/1927, Nilton Santos, Brazilian footballer, was born.

29/4/1927, William Slater, footballer, was born.

12/10/1926, Nikita Simonian, Russian footballer, was born.

4/7/1926, Alfredo di Stefano, Spanish footballer, was born in apoor suburb of Buenos Aires.

7/3/1926, Ernst Ocwirk, Austrian footballer, was born.

27/8/1925, Nathaniel Lofthouse, footballer, was born.

28/7/1925, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Uruguayan footballer, was born.

3/5/1925, Robert Jonquet, French footballer, was born.

24/4/1925, James Dickinson, footballer, was born (died 8/11/1982).

5/10/1923, Jock Stein, footballer, was born (died 11/9/1985).

1/5/1923, William Steel, footballer, was born (died 13/5/1982).

30/1/1923, Arthur Kinnaird, footballer, died (born 16/2/1847).


8/10/1922, Nils Liedholm, Swedish footballer, was born.

3/5/1922, Len Shackleton, footballer, was born.

5/4/1922, Thomas Finney, footballer, was born.

24/1/1922, Cornelius Franklin, footballer, was born in Stoke on Trent.

24/10/1921, Ted Ditchburn, goalkeeper, was born (died 26/12/2005)

22/4/1921, Vinko Golob, Bosnian-Herzegovinian footballer, was born (died 5/9/1995)..

22/1/1920, Sir Alf Ramsey, England international footballer and manager, was born.


16/10/1919, Ivor Allchurch, Welsh footballer, was born.

26/9/1919, Henry Johnstone, footballer, was born (died 12/10/1973)

23/2/1919, John Carey, footballer, was born in Dublin.

26/1/1919, Valentino Mazzola, Italian footballer, was born in Milan.


15/11/1918, Adolfo Pedernera, Argentinean footballer, was born.

16/5/1918, Wilfred Mannion, footballer, was born.

25/10/1916, Stanley Cullis, footballer, was born.

4/12/1914, George Swindin, footballer, was born (died 27/10/2005).

1/2/1914, Stanley Matthews, professional footballer, was born.

2/9/1913, William Shankly, footballer, was born (died 28/9/1981).

5/6/1913, Peter Doherty, footballer, was born (died 6/4/1990).

26/12/1913, Frank Swift, English footballer, was born.


16/8/1912, Edward Drake, footballer, was born (died 30/5/1995).

14/3/1912, Clifford Bastin, footballer, was born (died 3/12/1991)

1/12/1911, Franz Binder, Austrian footballer, was born.

11/11/1910, Leonidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer, was born.

23/8/1910, Guiseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, was born.


6/9/1909, Severino Minelli, Swiss footballer, was born.

26/5/1909, Sir Matthew Busby, footballer, was born (died 20/1/1994).

7/3/1909, Andre Abegglen, Swiss footballer, was born.

12/2/1909, Bernabe Ferreyra, Argentinean footballer, was born.


27/9/1908, Eddie Hapgood, English footballer, was born.

27/11/1907, Eric Brook, footballer, was born (died 29/3/1965).

28/4/1907, Raymond Braine, Belgian footballer, was born.

27/1/1907, Albert Arthur Roberts, English footballer for Southampton, was born..

27/5/1906, Henry Hibbs, footballer, was born (died 23/4/1984).

13/11/1905, Clarence Hearn, Australian footballer, was born (died 1/4/1981).

17/1/1905, Guillermo St�bile, Argentine footballer, was born (died 1966)

26/8/1904, Joseph Hulme, footballer, was born (died 27/9/1991).

2/6/1904, Frantrisek Planicka. Czech footballer, was born.

26/4/1904, Jimmy McGrory, footballer, was born (died 20/10/1982).

18/2/1903, Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer, was born.

27/11/1902, George Camsell, footballer, was born (died 7/3/1966).


5/12/1900, James Dimmock, footballer, was born (died 23/12/1972).

3/4/1899, David Jack, footballer, was born (died 10/9/1858)

3/2/1899, Robert John, footballer, was born (died 17/7/1982).

21/6/1898, Hector Scarone, Uruguayan footballer, was born.

5/11/1897, Warneford Cresswell, footballer, was born (died 20/10/1973).

25/4/1895, Stanley Rous, footballer, was born (died 18/7/1986).

26/3/1895, Jimmy McMullan, footballer, was born (died 28/11/1964).

25/3/1895, James Seed, footballer, was born (died 16/7/1966).

24/8/1894, Elisha Scott, footballer, was born (died 16/5/1959).

23/3/1894, Arthur Grimsdell, footballer, was born (died 12/3/1963).

16/11/1893, Robert Kelly, footballer, was born (died 22/9/1969).

28/8/1893, Samuel Irving, footballer, was born (died 17/1/1969).

24/4/1893, Alan Morton, footballer, was born (died 15/12/1971).

6/8/1892, William Gillespie, footballer, was born (died 2/7/1981).

29/5/1892, Jamie Thompson, Australian footballer, was born (died 12/7/1975).

22/9/1891, Charles Buchan, footballer, was born (died 25/6/1960).

3/4/1891, Edward Rodgerson , English footballer, was born (died 8/1/1962).

26/8/1883, Sam Hardy, footballer, was born (died 24/10/1966).

23/8/1883, Jesse Pennington, footballer, was born (died 5/9/1970).

25/5/1880, Alf Common, footballer, was born (died 3/4/1946).

26/9/1879, Robert Crompton, footballer, was born (died 15/3/1941).

30/7/1875, Billy Meredith, footballer, was born (died 19/4/1958).

30/7/1874, William Meredith, footballer, was born (died 19/4/1958).

12/4/1874, Bill Foulke, footballer, was born.

20/1/1874, Stephen Bloomer, footballer, was born (died 16/4/1938).

25/11/1872, Gilbert Smith, footballer, was born (died 6/12/1943).

27/1/1869, William Bassett, English footballer, was born (died 8/4/1937).

18/1/1861, Peter Beardsley, English footballer, was born.

30/7/1858, Charles Bambridge, English footballer, was born (died 8/11/1935).

16/2/1847, Arthur Kinnaird, footballer, was born (died 30/1/1923).

2/12/1842, Charles Alcock, footballer, was born (died 26/2/1907)


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