One Day In December
3 December 2000
Spain are crowned futsal world champions after beating Brazil 4-3 in the final of the fourth FIFA Futsal World Championship in Guatemala.
4 December 1955
Real Madrid’s Chamartin stadium is renamed the Santiago Bernabeu in honour of the club’s president.
4 December 1983
New Zealand defeat Australia 3-2 in extra time to win the first ever Oceania Women’s Championship.
6 December 1994
Damian Mori scores for Australian side Adelaide City after just 3.69 seconds.
8 December 1863
The Football Association (FA) is founded at the Freemason’s Tavern in London.
8 December 1907
Boca Juniors face foreign opposition for the first time in a match against Universal of Montevideo in Buenos Aires. The teams play two matches, winning one match each by the identical scoreline of two goals to one.
8 December 1987
Sixteen members of the Alianza Lima squad and the club’s entire coaching staff perish in an air disaster. The team were returning from Pucallpa, where they had defeated the home side 1-0 the previous day.
11 December 1972
Billy Bremner of Leeds United becomes the first player at an English club to wear a captain’s armband.
14 December 1973
Trinidad and Tobago beat Mexico 4-0, a result which sees Haiti through to the World Cup finals in Germany as representatives of CONCACAF.
15 December 2001
Les Ferdinand nets goal number 10,000 in the English Premier League after his 20th-minute strike opens the scoring in Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 win over Fulham. Ferdinand received a prize of GBP 10,000, which he donated to a cancer charity.
16 December 1962
Guinea face East Germany in the Africans’ first ever international match. The fixture is played in Guinea and ends in a 3-2 victory for the East Germans.
17 December 1925
The first ever meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee is held in Paris.
18 December 1982
FIFA declares the Centenario in Montevideo a “Classic Football Stadium”.
22 December 1996
At the age of 47, goalkeeper Peter Shilton makes his 1,000th appearance in the English league in Leyton Orient’s 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. He is the first footballer to achieve this feat.
26 December 1860
What some consider to be the first ever football match is played between Sheffield and Hallam at Sandygate in England, with Sheffield running out 2-0 winners.
28 December 1907
The first match between local clubs Porto and Boavista is played in the Portuguese city of Oporto in front of 200 spectators and ends in a 5-1 win for Boavista.
29 December 1963
Jose Antonio Latorre scores Athletic Bilbao’s 2,000th goal in the Spanish league and also secures a 1-1 draw for his club at Real Valladolid.
31 December 1999
The prime minister of Cameroon presents Roger Milla with a trophy proclaiming him Cameroon’s athlete of the century.