The Did you know thread. Uselss, but fascinating trivia, facts and stories

Discussion in 'Soccer History' started by Excape Goat, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Rafael Hernandez

    Rafael Hernandez Moderator
    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    Don't know what you used to recognize players but Hector Moreno has done more than some of the players you mentioned (def. than Omar Gonzalez).
     
  2. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    I used my own memory! I do not know every single player ever played the game. If I don't know that player, it is my problem.
     
  3. wm442433

    wm442433 Member

    Sep 19, 2014
    Club:
    FC Nantes
    Before the Europa League final that will be played tonight, Paul Pogba has 55 matches and 5 goals in European football. These stats are the same as those of Paul Le Guen.
     
  4. wm442433

    wm442433 Member

    Sep 19, 2014
    Club:
    FC Nantes
    Incredible but true, Mario Mandzukic and David Villa have the same stats in European Cups : 77 matches/ 27 goals.
    And Krasimir Balakov has the same numbers as Ilie Balaci : 38/ 7.
     
  5. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    I'm quite certain this is true.
    With Russia having 'inherited' the footballing history of the former Soviet Union, the recent international friendly between Chile and Russia (1-1) on June 8 was the first time the two countries met since that infamous 1973 World Cup qualifier in Santiago when the Soviets were a no-show for political reasons. 44 years later.
     
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  6. PuckVanHeel

    PuckVanHeel Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Club:
    Feyenoord
    Very brief trivia in the newspaper:

    In 2000 at the European Championships the men's of Germany achieved their worst result in 32 years on Dutch (and the preceding two games on Belgian) soil.

    In 2017 at the European Championships the women's team of Germany achieved their worst result in 22 years on Dutch soil.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Women's_Championship

    :geek:

    (will not increase the chance to host another tournament in the future; corrupt sports politicians don't forget this)
     
  7. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    It got me thinking after writing about the USA in the 1990.WC Finals. Who is the last real amateur player to have played in the WC Finals? When I mentioned "real" amateur player, I am excluding players from the former Warsaw Pact who played for their clubs with "amateur" status. Claudio Reyna at USA 1994?
     
  8. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    [​IMG]

    Above is a photo taken in 1964 as Schalke run onto the pitch for an Inter-Toto Cup match in Sweden.

    Second from left is goalkeeper Horst Mühlmann, who played with the club from 1962-1966.

    Following 1968 when he played for the Kansas City Spurs of the NASL Mühlmann was lured by the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals where he established himself as a popular and successful field goal kicker from 1969-1974. He finished his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1977.

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  9. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Francis Foda is the current manager of Austria. As a player, he was capped twice. His first ever match was against Brazil. In Portuguese, "Foda" is translated as.... please use google translate yourself. :)
     
  10. Gregoriak

    Gregoriak BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 27, 2002
    Bolzplatz
    Franco Foda is of Italian origin. I wonder how he could have a name like that, with his family coming from Italy, that has a rude meaning in latin languages.
     
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  11. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    England's 2001 World Cup Qualifier against Greece was remembered for Beckham's 93rd minute freekick that sent England to the top of the table and directly to the WC Finals. It was the defining moment of Beckham's career.

    The game was actually Otto Rehhagel's second game in charge of Greece. His first game was a 5-1 loss against Finland. People forget that the game was actually a 2-2 draw against an unfancied Greece. Greece was moments away from pulling a big upset against England, a team that beat Germany 5-1 in Germany.The game was Beckham's moment, but it was also a preview of what Rehhage could do in Euro 2004.
     
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  12. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    People also forget that England were able to finish top of the group because Germany could only draw in Gelsenkirchen against an unfancied Finland 0-0. If Germany had won, Beckham's equalizer would have meant nothing.
    As it was, Germany had to go through a playoff to qualify and would go on to reach the final where they lost in their first ever World Cup meeting against Brazil.
     
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  13. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid

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