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

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

  1. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    Revie and Clough were born within a couple of miles of each other.

    The North East has always been known as the Hot Bed of English Football. Moreso historically, but it still produces a disproportionate amount of players.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/12653538
     
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  2. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    1978
    Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest.
    Liverpool won the European Cup.
    The host country won the World Cup.

    20 years later...

    1998
    Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest.
    Real Madrid won the Champions League.
    The host country won the World Cup.

    20 years later...

    2018
    Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest.
    Liverpool and Real Madrid play each other in the Champions League Final.
    And the World Cup is being held in...... uh, no. :laugh:
     
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  3. msioux75

    msioux75 Member+

    Jan 8, 2006
    Lima, Peru
    In his late years, great peruvian centreback, Julio Meléndez, was playing at Juan Aurich and also was the trainer, in a mix role.

    Playing the peruvian tournament, after a discussion, the referee sent off Melendez, so, he went to the dressing room. Then a manager was in his searching. Hey!, go to the pitch.

    Melendez saw the refeere and the later said, what's happened? I'm here, to ask him, whom do you sent off, Melendez-player or Melendez-trainer. It was the trainer, said the referee.

    Then Melendez get back to join his 10 teammates in the pitch :D
     
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  4. PuckVanHeel

    PuckVanHeel Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Club:
    Feyenoord
  5. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Players who have won a UEFA EURO final and a UEFA Champions League final that were played in the same stadium:

    Sepp Maier (West Germany 1972 / Bayern Munich 1974 - Brussels: Heysel Stadium)
    Paul Breitner (West Germany 1972 / Bayern Munich 1974 - Brussels: Heysel Stadium)
    Georg Schwarzenbeck (West Germany 1972 / Bayern Munich 1974 - Brussels: Heysel Stadium)
    Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany 1972 / Bayern Munich 1974 - Brussels: Heysel Stadium)
    Uli Hoeneß (West Germany 1972 / Bayern Munich 1974 - Brussels: Heysel Stadium)
    Gerd Müller (West Germany 1972 / Bayern Munich 1974 - Brussels: Heysel Stadium)

    Sergio Ramos (Spain 2012 / Real Madrid 2018 - Kiev: NSC Olympic Stadium)
     
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  6. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Yesterday Independiente and Santos played each other in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Copa Libertadores.
    It marked the first time since the 1964 semifinals that the two clubs had met in Libertadores play.
    The record 54 year span surpassed the previous record that had been set earlier in this season's tournament when Alianza Lima and Boca Juniors met in the group stage, 52 years after their last Libertadores encounter in the 1966 First Round.
    :eek:
     
  7. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    There are a total 21 World Cups in history.

    Italy won four World Cup. So there are four Italian captains.

    José Nasazzi, Dunga, Passarella, Bellini and Maradona are of Italian heritage as well. So 9 out 21 captains are of Italian heritage.
     
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  8. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Estudiantes de La Plata won three straight Copa Liberatdores in the 1960's and 1970's. Two of the players from that namely Carlos Bilardo and Raúl Madero became physicians. We all knew about Bilardo's career after he finished playing. Madero became the team physician at Argentinos Juniors. He later followed Diego Maradona to Boca Juniors. In addition, Madero was the team physician for Argentina at both 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals.
     
  9. msioux75

    msioux75 Member+

    Jan 8, 2006
    Lima, Peru
    The player who back from dead's door.

    Guillermo Dannaher was an international player from Argentina at 1910s-1920s, usually a centreforward, he was ambidextrous, being able to played at the five forward positions. League topscorer at 1913 ad 1921.

    He liked a bohemian lifestyle, so after one of his crazy nights, his friends believed he was dead, due to the industrial quantities of alcohol he drank, he faded, so a funeral was made with friends and relatives offering the condolences to his widow.

    Then, someone noted that Dannaher move a finger, and then Dannaher came back and get out of his tomb by his own. He suffered from Catalepsy.

    http://www.chavo********s.com/el-futbolista-que-volvio-de-la-muerte/
    http://quemeroparasiempre.blogspot.com/2012/02/el-ultimo-descenso-con-el-cierre-del.html
     
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  10. PuckVanHeel

    PuckVanHeel Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Club:
    Feyenoord
    There was on saturday night a football commentator who retired after 30 odd years. His last match was the MLS final, except that it is played at 2:00 midnight on Eurosport over here (NED + BEL + LUX receive the same Eurosport version, same commentating).

    https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Kramer_(presentator,_voetballer)

    This was his 'response':
    https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/a4mbwp/dutch_commentator_frank_kramer_spent_his_last_day/





    It is already legendary television for the ages, something that will return in the various trivia books. Many have bothered to watch it integrally the following day. Kramer vs Kramer...
    https://sporza.be/nl/2018/12/09/opvallend-eurosport-frank-kramer-mls/


    Don't confuse him with that other clown that's sometimes making the international news
     
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  11. PuckVanHeel

    PuckVanHeel Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Club:
    Feyenoord
    @feyenoordsoccerfan
     
  12. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    I never heard of Roman Neustädter until a few minutes ago. I am nt going in details about his background. Please look at his wik page:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Neustädter

    Due to his heritage and birth, he was eligible to play for Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in international competitions. That is five national teams. I am curious if this is the record for most national team eligibility for any player. I knew that Roy Wegerle was eligible for the USA, South Africa, England and Germany. I cannot think of anyone more than 5 teams.
     
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  13. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Cristano Ronaldo's grandparents moved to Perth when he was 5 years old. His mother decided to stay behind in Portugal while her parents and siblings left for the Downtown.

    https://www.trulyreds.com/20100311/cristiano-ronaldo-could-have-been-an-australian/

    Meanwhile, Messi's parents also studied the idea of moving to Australia, but did not go through.

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/...w/news-story/d67855c97cb394b660abd768970d7989

    So imagine Australia fielding Ronaldo and Messi together at the 2006 World Cup Finals alongside Australia's Golden Generations. Messi was 18 and CR7 was 21.

    I do not believe Ronaldo and/or Messi would be the same players if they grew up in Australia. Without the same soccer culture from Portugal and Argentina,their development might have gone through a different path. They might not be Ballon d'or level player, but they still have the same DNA to become extremely good footballers.

    Christian Vieri was fading quickly before the 2006 World Cup Finals when both Messi and Ronaldo emerged on the scene.
     
  14. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    At least Messi.would have won an international title... the Asian Cup 2015. I'll bet he really "roos" that decision.
     
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  15. Gregoriak

    Gregoriak BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 27, 2002
    Bolzplatz
    Useless but fascinating:

    Englishman Billy Butler scored the following number of goals in the successive seasons:

    1927-28 5 goals
    1928-29 6 goals
    1929-30 7 goals
    1930-31 8 goals
    1931-32 9 goals
    1932-33 10 goals

    Unfortunately he didn't manage 11 goals in the next season (only 4).
     
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  16. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    I never attended to a "what if team" for Australia 2006 because it would be just three Australian Croats adding to the original team.

    I ended up doing a blog team for CR7 and Messi. Basically, I selected Vieri, despite his injury.

    https://soccerfootballwhatever.blogspot.com/2019/05/ronaldo-and-messi-playing-together-for.html
     
  17. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    In 1978, Northern Ireland played against Ireland for the first time since partition.

    Northern Ireland was managed by Danny Blanchflower. The Republic featured John Giles, Liam Brady and Frank Stapleton. Giles was their player/Manager.

    Interesting..... Pat Jennings (N.Ireland), Pat Rice (N.Ireland), Sammy Nelson (N.Ireland), Liam Brady (Ireland) and Frank Stapleton (Ireland) were club teammates with Arsenal.
     
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  18. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Lothar van Gogh who was capped twice in 1907 for Holland. His father is a full cousin of Vincent Van Gogh.
     
  19. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Goalkeeper Anton Schumacher is better known as Toni Schumacher. He played for Koln in Germany in the 1960's.

    Goalkeeper Harald Schumacher is also known as Toni Schumacher. He played for Koln in the 1970's and 1980's. He was West Germany goalkeeper in the 1980's.
     
  20. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Rapid Wien won the 1941 German football championship. It is the only time where an Austrian team won the German champions. The Austrian clubs played in the championship after the Anschluss and before Germany's surrender in 1945. They beat Schalke 04 in the final. The final was held on 22 June 1941, the same day Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.

    Schalke 04 was still leading 3-0 until the 60th minute. The Austrians scored 4 unanswered goal to win the title. Schalke 04 had won the previous two editions.
     
  21. AD78

    AD78 Member+

    Jul 17, 2013
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    The legendary Franz Binder with a hat trick in the second half for Rapid Vienna !
     
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  22. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
  23. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    After spending 11 seasons with Man United, Denis Law joined Manchester City for the 1973-1974 season. Denis Law returned to Old Trafford at Manchester City's last game of the season.

    That season, Manchester United was in great decline.... they needed a result at the Manchester derby. They were in 21st position on 32 points, trailing Birmingham City by three at 19th. With two remaining games, Manchester United needed at least a draw against Manchester City and a Birmingham loss in order to stay up.

    But on the 81st minute, Law scored the back-heeled goal to give City a 1–0 lead but, thinking his goal might relegate United, Law did not celebrate the goal. He walked off the pitch with his head down as he was substituted. The pitch invasions forced the referee to abandon the game in the 85th minute. Results of the day's other matches meant that United were relegated whatever their result, but Law thought that his goal sent manchester United to the lower division after a 36 year stay in the top division.

    Law played two more matches before retiring from football in the 1974-1975 season before he retired on August, 1974. The goal was Law's second last goal.

     
  24. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Edited:I found out more about the two "Toni Schumacher" who played for Koln.

    Goalkeeper Harald Schumacher was also known as Toni Schumacher. He played for Koln between 1972 and 1987. He was the famous German goalkeeper starting at the World Cup Finals in 1982 and 1986.

    Anton Schumacher was a goalkeeper for Koln between 1960 and 1968. He was also known as "Toni Schumacher". He played with another "Harold", Haraldo Konopka around the same time. To avoid confusion, he earned the nickname "Toni", but would prove to be more confusing later in the club's history.
     
  25. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    I thought the shirt looked big for a smaller guy.

     

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