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1 March 1908
The Italian League championship is set up with four teams but without AC Milan, Genoa and Torino, who do not agree with the association that the tournament should involve only Italian players. The championship is finally won by Pro Vercelli.

1 March 1930
Following enquiries from the Czechoslovakian and Mexican associations, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) passes the decision that “if a linesman notices an incident on the pitch that is liable to discredit the sport, he shall immediately notify the referee.” It also decided that the crossbar cannot be replaced by a rope.

1 March 1967
CONCACAF’s first ever congress is held in Honduras from 1 to 4 March.

2 March 1955
UEFA approves its first set of statutes during its inaugural congress in Vienna.

3 March 1951
Burma (now Myanmar) play their first international match against Iran, losing 2-0. The game is contested in India as part of the Asian Games.

3 March 1998
Romanian second division club Jiul Petrosani transfer their player, Ion Radu, to FC Valcea for 500kg of pork, which is sold to offset the player’s wages.

5 March 1961
Mali play their first international since the country gained independence, losing 3-0 to Ghanna in Accra.

10 March 1993
For the first time ever, San Marino force a draw after a run of thirteen defeats in which they scored only two goals. Their opponents are Turkey and the match is a qualifier for the 1994 World Cup played in Serravalle.

11 March 1941
A bomb destroys the grandstand of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.

11 March 1978
Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris both play their 700th match for Chelsea on the same day.

13 March 1955
The Netherlands’ Bert de Harder is recalled to the national team after an absence of 14 years and 326 days.

17 March 1911
The first president of the Paraguayan Football League, Adolfo Riquelme, is executed. Riquelme was found to be plotting against Albino Jara’s government and was sentenced to death.

18 March 1973
Eduardo Andres Maglioni, a forward for Argentinian club Independiente, scores four goals in one and a half minutes. The match ends in a 4 – 0 win for Independiente over Gimnasia y Esgrima.

19 March 1977
Fuji make the most of their home advantage by beating Australia 1- 0 in a friendly played in Ba.

22 March 1954
Venezuela is the setting for South America’s first youth championship. The tournament opens CONMEBOL’s doors to Venezuela, which becomes the last country in South America to join.

22 March 1964
Korea DPR play their first international, securing a goalless draw in a qualifying match for the Olympic Games played in Myanmar.

23 March 1997
Italy’s Carolina Morace scores her 100th goal for her country in their 4 – 1 victory over Greece.

25 March 1934
Italy beat Greece 4 – 0 in Milan in a qualifier for the 1934 World Cup. The second leg is not played after the Greeks withdraw, despite 20,000 tickets having already been sold. As a form of compensation, the Italians buy a house for USD 400,000 for the Greeks to use as their headquarters.

27 March 1970
Bahrain beat Qatar 2 – 1 on home ground in the first ever Gulf Cup match.

29 March 1997
Christian Vieri nets Italy’s 1000th goal in his country’s 3 – 0 victory over Moldova.

30 March 1986
Some 8,000 fans are attacked by a huge swarm of bees as they watch the Flamengo v. Campo Grande match in Niteroi, Brazil. Flamengo go on to win 2 – 0.