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One day in August

One day in August

1 August 1953
Ba Yi become the first club to win the Chinese league championship title.

2 August 1949
The French football association decides to appoint a motivational coach for its national teams.

3 August 1987
Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett and Mia Hamm make their international debut for the USA against China. Eleven years later Lilly would become the most capped women’s player ever. Fawcett would go on to make her 100th appearance for the USA at the Olympic Games semi-final in Atlanta. In 1999, Hamm would become the top goalscorer in the history of the women’s game on scoring her 108th goal for the USA.

3 August 1992
FIFA agrees to amend the law regarding the backspace to the goalkeeper.

4 August 1907
During an Argentinian league match between Portento and San Martin, the ball is deflected off referee Mario Balerdi into Porteno’s goal – guarded by none other than Mario’s brother, Escipion.

5 August 1925
The government of Bulgaria officially recognizes the Bulgarian football association.

6 August 1904
The first ever football match is played in Colombia. Since clubs are non-existent, the side dons red-and-white striped shirts and the other wears plain white.

8 August 1939
The Peruvian referees association decides that anyone acting as a coach in a certain category may not act as an official referee in that category.

12 August 1967
Tottenham Hotspur keeper Pat Jennings scores a spectacular goal directly from his own penalty area in the FA Charity Shield against Manchester United.

13 August 1907
The club, Jeunesse la Frontiere d’Esch, is founded in Luxembourg.

14 August 1907
The Argentine government grants legal status to the Argentine football association, which considers professional football as the “gangrene of our sport”.

15 August 1929
The first university match is played in Paraguay at Puerto Sajonia Stadium, where the faculty of medicine beats the faculty of law 1-0.

17 August 1990
In a move to combat violence in stadiums, FIFA decides that all stadiums hosting international matches must not allow standing spectators.

18 August 1913
The first derby played between Boca Juniors and River Plate ends in a 1-0 victory for Boca. Riots break out in the stands when River Plate fans snatch a flag from their rival fans.

19 August 1985
Iceland’s women snatch their first ever victory in the nine international matches by beating Switzerland 3-2 away from home.

20 August 1983
After eight defeats in as many matches, Samoa pull off their first victory by beating American Samoa 3-1 in the first round of the South Pacific Games in Tahiti.

21 August 1972
UEFA decides that only stadiums with a moat and a fence separating the spectators from the pitch may be used for European Cup finals.

22 August 1943
In the first dockyard derby pitting Barcelona against Emelec in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Barcelona win 4-3.

25 August 1930
The International Football Association Board accepts the recommendation from the English FA’s International Selection Committee that no matches may be played under floodlights.

28 August 1972
The first World University Games are held in Rome, where Italy beat Switzerland 10-1 in the opening match.

28 August 1994
Robbie Fowler scores a hat trick within 4 minutes and 30 seconds for Liverpool in an English Premier League match against Arsenal.

29 August 1907
The club, Motala Allmana Idrottsforening, is founded in Sweden.

29 August 1949
Nigeria’s national team lands in Liverpool after a sea trip lasting 13 days. They are the first African association to be represented in England.

29 August 1963
Santo’s deputy chairman Modesto Roma states that any member who suggest selling Pele will be expelled from the club, after AC Milan offer USD 1 million for him. Roma claims that Pele is treated like a son and earns a fabulous salary with Santos.

31 August 1976
As a replay is out of the question, Chungdong High School in Seoul and Kyosong High School in Taegu share the South Korean school league title for the second year running, after drawing 1-1 in the final.