One Day in November
2 November 1952
Orsatti, a striker playing for San Martin in the first division of the Olavarria league in Argentina, scores 24 goals in his team’s 25-0 victory over El Fortin. San Martin win by such an emphatic margin after El Fortin’s players refuse to take the game seriously, believing that the referee should have disallowed San Martin’s first two goals.
4 November 1944
Nacional defeat Sudamerica 4-1 in the Uruguayan cup. Atilio Garcia scores all four goals, all with his head.
5 November 1904
The players of Olympic celebrate winning the Central American Championship with a party at the Grand Hotel of Guatemala City that is also attended by their opponents, Guatemala FC.
6 November 1949
Inter Milan defeat AC Milan 6-5 at the San Siro in the highest-scoring Milanese derby of all time.
7 November 1927
The first match between El Salvador and Honduras is watched by a crowd of less than 1,000 in Tegucigalpa. Honduras win 1-0.
8 November 1907
Club Presidente Hayes de Asuncion is founded in Paraguay.
9 November 1963
Francisco Gento scores Real Madrid’s 2,000th league goal in a 3-1 victory over Pontevedra
10 November 1982
West Germany defeat Switzerland 5-1 in Koblenz in West Germany’s first official women’s international match.
11 November 1933
Brothers John and Samuel Jones play for Northern Ireland against Wales. Their brother-in-law, William Mitchell, is also in the team and together the three men form the Irish defence.
13 November 1996
Andorra make their international debut and lose 6-1 at home to Estonia in a friendly match.
14 November 1907
FIFA admits Finland as a provisional member.
14 November 1959
Uganda make their international debut and defeat Ethiopia 2-1 in a qualifying match for the Olympic Games.
15 November 1913
Vivian John Woodward becomes the first player to make 50 appearances for a national team when he plays for England against the Netherlands in Hull. England win 2-1 thanks in no small part to a goal from Woodward.
16 November 1963
Brazil’s Santos win the Intercontinental Cup for the second year running by beating AC Milan 1 -0 in a play-off at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Milan had won the first leg 4-2, a scoreline that was reversed in the return game.
17 November 1934
The International Football Association Board rules that goalposts have to be positioned on the goal line.
18 November 1927
Jules Rimet, the President of FIFA and the French Football Federation, announces his intention to organise a World Cup.
20 November 1947
Torquato Bresciani creates the Viarregio youth championship in Italy.
21 November 1964
Santos defeat Botafogo 11-0. Pele scores eight goals.
22 November 2001
Guy Roux suffers a heart attack during an Auxerre training session and is rushed to Paris for bypass surgery. Roux, who was 63 years old at the time, was in his 39th year as Auxerre manager.
24 November 1965
Korea DPR qualify for the FIFA World Cup™ for the first and to date only time by beating Australia 3-1 in Phnom Penh to seal a 9-2 aggregate victory.
25 November 1992
The first matches in the group stage of the inaugural season of the UEFA Champions League, the successor of the Champion Clubs’ Cup, see Club Bruges take on CSKA Moscow, Rangers play Olympique Marseille, AC Milan against IFK Gothenburg and Porto versus PSV Eindhoven. Marco van Basten of the Netherlands sets a new record by scoring four goals in 29 minutes in Milan’s victory over Gothenburg.
26 November 1930
The Chinese government officially recognises the National Amateur Athletics Federation, a body to which football also belongs.
27 November 1972
FIFA decides to remove the word “amateur” from its regulations. From this point on, all players are treated as equals , and they are no longer able to receive money for playing without a professional contract.
28 November 1907
Leixoes S.C., one of the founding members of the Porto Football Association, are founded in Portugal.
29 November 1931
Romania defeat Greece in the final of the inaugural Balkan Cup. The tournament, which also featured Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, began in October 1929. The final is played in Athens.
30 November 1991
The USA win the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup by defeating Norway 2-1 in China.