ON THIS DAY 1863: The English Football Association formed following a meeting of 11 representatives from interested clubs at the Freemasons Tavern, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. 1997: Jacques Villeneuve was crowned Formula One world champion after Ferrari rival Michael Schumacher crashed out while attempting to take the Canadian out of the European Grand Prix at Jerez. 2004: West Brom parted company with manager Gary Megson after he confirmed he would quit at the end of the season. 2007: Juande Ramos resigned as Sevilla coach. He took over at Tottenham the following day. 2008: Tottenham announced the appointment of Harry Redknapp as manager following Ramos' dismissal. 2015: England lost the second Test against Pakistan by 178 runs in Dubai. 2017: Rangers parted company with manager Pedro Caixinha after a troubled seven-month reign. BIRTHDAYS Audley Harrison (boxing) - former professional boxer, who won Olympic gold in 2000, born 1971. Steve Howey (soccer) - former Newcastle and … [Read more...] about On this Day, October 26 1997: Jacques Villeneuve was crowned Formula One world champion
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EASYJET have mocked Germany after they were dumped out the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 1938. In a tongue-in-cheek advert promoting flights to Berlin the airline joked: “The only way to still see Germany this summer.” England’s old foes needed to win in their final match yesterday but lost out to South Korea to finish bottom of their group. Germany, the reigning champions, had progressed past the group stage of the World Cup 16 times in a row before yesterday’s humiliating 2-0 defeat to South Korea. The astonishing result sparked jubilation among Three Lions supporters - after Germany broke English hearts at Italia 1990, Euro 1996 and in South Africa 2010. Many England fans could not contain themselves after the shock exit with scores of people tweeting 'auf wiedersehen', German for goodbye. England fans in Kaliningrad, where the Three Lions play Belgium this evening, revelled in Germany's misery as the holders crashed out. Geoff York, … [Read more...] about EasyJet gives Germany a merciless ribbing after world champions crashed out in the group stage
16 Jun From the section World Cup Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44504192 Read more about sharing. "The night was about Cristiano. He is relentless in his pursuit of greatness. What he is doing on the world stage is ridiculous."Match of the Day pundit Rio Ferdinand said he "couldn't breathe" as former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including an 88th-minute equaliser, as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain in a classic World Cup encounter.Ronaldo, as he so often does, had the last word in a match full of drama, as Spain came within minutes of securing a happy ending to a turbulent week in which they sacked their manager a day before the start of the tournament.So just how good was this Ronaldo display? Well, his was the star turn in a match that is sure to be remembered … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo continues ‘relentless pursuit of greatness’ in thriller
Gracenote crunched the numbers and found the five-time winners Brazil have the best chance of winning the FIFA World Cup in Russia, which kicks off next week — at 21 percent. Bizarrely, although England won the tournament in 1966, their chances of winning are less than those of Peru and Colombia, while the team with the least chance of winning are Saudi Arabia, who play Russia in the opening match on Thursday, June 14. © AP Photo / James "Buster" Douglas (right) caused a huge upset when he beat Mike Tyson in 1990 But in sport the odds are there to be beaten and there have been plenty of huge upsets in the history of football, boxing, tennis and horse racing. Greece Win European Championships in 2004 In 2016 Portugal pulled off a shock in the European Championships final in Paris, beating hosts France 1-0 to win their first international tournament. But … [Read more...] about Could World Cup in Russia See One of the Biggest Sporting Upsets in History?
Perhaps the most famously odd-sporting event is the Wife Carrying Championship held each year in Sonkajarvi, where strongmen husbands can win their wife’s weight in beer by carrying her in a variety of positions, including ‘Estonian’ where she hangs upside down with her legs around his neck, over an obstacle course. Other events of note in Finland include the Ant-Nest Sitting Competition, Mosquito Swatting Championship, Snowshoe and Swamp Football World Cups and a variety of ice-swimming races. The Air Guitar World Championship in Oulu has been running since 1996 and has even been made into a documentary that follows the path of one of the competitors as he raises funds to compete via bake sales and busking. The current world champion is Frenchman Sylvain “Gunther Love” Quimene. For the record; The 10th International Mobile Phone Throwing Championships saw Pauli Kosunen take top honours with a throw of 79 metres, roughly the same as an Olympic discuss … [Read more...] about Finland dominates World Mobile Phone throwing competition