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1901: Just two years after being formed, _______ win their first Italian championship title.
1902: J.H. Davies takes over near bankrupt Newton Heath F.C. and changes its name to _______ United.
1903: The first international match between non-British European national teams takes place. _______ defeats Bohemia 2-1.
1904: The need for a single body to oversee football became apparent: FIFA is founded in the city of _______.
1905: Alf _______ becomes the first player to be transferred for a fee of £1,000, as he is sold to Middlesbrough from Sunderland.
1906: In Lisbon, _______ are officially founded.
1907: The _______ is founded to represent the rights of footballers in England.
1908: Football is played for the first time as an official Olympic sport at the Summer Games in London. _______ win gold.
1909: Tea-magnate Sir Thomas _______ sponsors the first 'official' international football tournament for club teams.
1910: Close to bankruptcy, _______ are liquidated and reformed by Fulham chairman Henry Norris.
1911: The team selected for Italy's third international (vs Hungary) are the first to wear the famous blue jerseys. They become known as the _______.
1912: Brazilian club _______ is formally founded, just hours before the RMS Titanic sinks into the Atlantic Ocean.
1913: A rule change requires opposing players to stand at least _______ yards away from a free-kick.
1914: The _______ continues for a season, despite the break out of the First World War. The War Office agrees that it will boost morale.
1915: _______ win the final English league title before league football is suspended because of the war.
1916: _______ win the first Copa América, held in Argentina.
1917: Originally named Odd, _______ are founded.
1918: In one of the few leagues still running, Uruguayan club _______ win their first title since their name change from CURCC.
1919: The first African football association is formed for present-day nation _______.
1920: Argentina's _______ wins their first national title.
1921: The Football League of _______ is established and initially consists of eight teams. The League is formed due to perceived bias against clubs from the south of the country.
1922: Named after the legendary founder of the Polish nation, _______ Poznań are formed.
1923: An estimated 126,000 spectators watch the FA Cup final, the first match to be played at Wembley. The match subsequently becomes known as the 'White _______ Final'.
1924: The only opponent willing to play the Soviets on a national level are _______, who play a two game series against them.
1925: The British football transfer record is broken when Bob _______ moves from Burnley to Sunderland for £6,550.
1926: _______ Town become the first team to win the Football League in three consecutive seasons.
1927: Italian club _______ is founded when a secretary of the National Fascist Party, Italo Foschi, initiates the merger of three older Italian Football Championship clubs.
1928: William Ralph 'Dixie' Dean scores a record _______ English league goals in one season.
1929: The Spanish Football League La Liga is formed. _______ win the inaugural title.
1930: Thirteen teams enter the first World Cup, held in Uruguay. The hosts beat _______ 4–2 in the final.
1931: _______ set an all-time top-flight record of 128 goals in a season, but still finish runners-up to Arsenal by a point.
1932: Led by coach Richard 'Little Dombi' Kohn, _______ win their first German championship.
1933: Herbert _______ wins the fourth title of his managerial career, guiding Arsenal to the league title. He dies suddenly just six days into 1934.
1934: Italy win their first World Cup. Forward Giuseppe _______ receives the Golden Ball award.
1935: Following a turbulent period stricken with financial difficulties, _______ are 're-born'.
1936: _______'s win against Austria in the Olympic Games in Munich is nullified by the Olympic Committee, causing a political fall-out. The entire country's delegation leaves.
1937: England's fixture with _______ at Hampden Park attracts a crowd of 149,547, still the record for any match in Britain.
1938: Despite qualifying for the World Cup, _______ withdraw from the tournament due to their recent annexation by Nazi Germany.
1939: The first Football League War Cup, a competition created to replace the FA Cup during the war, is won by _______
1940: Despite Nazi occupation, football resumes as normal in Netherlands. _______ win their fifth title.
1941: In March, a bombing raid in Manchester destroys much of _______.
1942: The infamous ' _______ Match' takes place when a Soviet team made up of ex-footballers from Kiev beats a Nazi team, with (reputedly) harsh consequences.
1943: Alfredo _______ begins his career at Argentina's River Plate, aged 17.
1944: Later famous for playing an FA Cup Final with a broken neck, German Bert _______ is captured by Allied troops in Northern France.
1945: The communist authorities in Yugoslavia set up _______ to replace three major clubs punished for their participation in the fascist-run championship.
1946: The English Football Association end their boycott of _______, paving the way for England to play in World Cup matches.
1947: English journalists Messrs Cole, Roy Peskett, Archie Quick and Charles Buchan set up the _______.
1948: _______, whose Football Association forbade professionalism within domestic football, run out as Olympic Games winners, only using 12 players throughout the entire tournament
1949: A plane carrying almost the entire _______ football team crashes into a hill, killing all 31 people aboard.
1950: The English national team are famously humiliated at their first World Cup, when they are defeated 1-0 by _______.
1951: Use of the _______ ball is permitted for the first time.
1952: Swedish striker Hans 'Hasse' _______ becomes the first player to be sold for over £50K in his transfer from Atalanta to Napoli.
1953: Led by captain Ferenc _______, Hungary inflict a 6-3 defeat on England at Wembley, dubbed by many as the 'match of the century'.
1954: _______ is founded in Basel, Switzerland
1955: Real Madrid's stadium is renamed in honour of the club President Santiago _______.
1956: Real Madrid beat _______ 4–3 in the first European Cup final, held in Paris.
1957: _______ win the first ever African Cup of Nations, hosted in Sudan.
1958: Eight members of Manchester United's 'Busby's Babes' are killed when their plane crashes on take-off from _______ airport.
1959: Just _______ is the European Cup's leading goalscorer with 10 goals, leading Stade de Reims to another final.
1960: The first European Championships takes place in France and is eventually won by _______.
1961: _______ makes his official debut for Benfica against V. Setúbal, in the third round of the Portuguese Cup.
1962: In what would become known as the 'Battle of_______', the World Cup match between Italy and Chile descends into violent chaos. Police have to intervene three times.
1963: The Soviet Union's Lev _______ becomes the first goalkeeper to win European Footballer of the Year.
1964: 'Match of the _______' makes its debut on BBC2 with highlights of Liverpool's win over Arsenal.
1965: Stanley _______ plays his last game for Stoke City at the age of 50 and collects a knighthood shortly afterwards.
1966: England win the World Cup as hosts, beating West Germany in the final. Geoff _____ becomes the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.
1967: _______ become the first British club to win the European Cup, beating Internazionale 2–1 in the final.
1968: Matt _______ is knighted after guiding Manchester United to the European Cup title.
1969: Around 3000 die when El Salvador and ______ declare war on each other following a World Cup qualifying match.
1970: Brazil become the first national side to win the World Cup three times, beating Italy 4–1 in the final. Striker ____ becomes the first player to win three World Cups.
1971: During an Old Firm Match, 66 fans are crushed to death at the _____ Stadium in Glasgow
1972: _______ complete the treble of the European Cup, the national championship and the domestic cup before adding the Intercontinental Cup to their haul.
1973: Popular English Second Division underdogs _______, beat Leeds United to lift the FA Cup.
1974: Johan _______ becomes the first footballer to win the Ballon D'Or three times.
1975: Football's first million pound player is Bologna talisman Giuseppe _______ when Napoli pay £1.2m for his services.
1976: Czech player Antonin _______ gains fame for his delicately chipped penalty that gave his country victory in the Euro '76 final against holders West Germany.
1977: England forward Kevin Keegan leaves Liverpool to play on the continent with _______.
1978: Argentina win the World Cup on home soil; Valencia's Mario _______ is the Golden Ball and Boot winner.
1979: Nottingham Forest, managed by Brian_______, win the European Cup, beating Malmö FF 1-0 in the final.
1980: Horst _______ scores twice to secure the European Championship title for West Germany in the final against Belgium.
1981: The Football League begins awarding three points for a win instead of _______.
1982: During a pulsating World Cup semi-final West German goalkeeper Harald _______ flattens French attacker Patrick Battiston in sickening fashion.
1983: Liverpool manager Bob _______, the only manager to have won three European Cup titles, retires.
1984: For a new world record fee of £6.9m, Diego Maradona leaves Barcelona for _______.
1985: Thirty-nine Juventus fans are killed prior to the start of the Liverpool vs Juventus European Cup Final at the _______ stadium in Brussels.
1986: The World Cup sees the brilliance of Argentinian Diego Maradona, who scores the infamous '_______ of God' goal, before his famous solo second goal.
1987: Dutch midfielder Ruud _______ signs for Milan from PSV for a transfer-record breaking £6m.
1988: The Dutch win the European Championship Final against the Soviet Union 2-0. Marco van _______'s goal is described as one of the all-time greats.
1989: During a FA Cup Semi-Final match at _______ stadium between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 96 Liverpool fans lose their lives in a crush.
1990: At the ripe age of 38, Cameroon striker Roger _______ lights up the World Cup scoring four goals and earning a spot in the Team of the Tournament.
1991: The inaugural Women's FIFA World Cup is held in _______, and is won by the United States.
1992: In the final of the European Championships, _______ surprisingly defeat Germany.
1993: _______'s president Bernard Tapie is found guilty of having bribed Valenciennes players into throwing a league game, enabling his team to win the French title.
1994: Colombian defender Andrés _______ scores an own goal against the USA in the World Cup, a mistake that many believe contributed to his murder ten days later.
1995: The _______ ruling allows all footballers playing in the European Union and not under contract to freely change clubs.
1996: Major League Soccer has its inaugural season. D.C. _______ are the first winners of the title.
1997: Brazilian Roberto _______ scores a famous 'banana shot' free-kick against France in the Tournoi de France.
1998: _______ win the World Cup for the first time, defeating Brazil 3-0 in the final.
1999: Manchester United win the Champions League in dramatic fashion, scoring twice in the dying minutes. Ole Gunnar _______ grabs the winner.
2000: A one-off award created by FIFA to decide the greatest football player of the 20th century, the FIFA Player of the Century, is awarded to both Pele and Diego _______.
2001: The Australia national team beat American Samoa 31–0 in a World Cup Qualifier, a world record for an international match. Archie _______ scores thirteen, also a record.
2002: Brazilian striker _______ banishes memories of the 1998 World Cup loss and leads Brazil to World Cup glory in South Korea/Japan with eight goals.
2003: Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien _______ collapses and dies on the pitch during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia.
2004: _______ produce one of the shocks in football history and become surprise winners of the Euro 2004, defeating the host nation Portugal 1-0 in the final.
2005: The Champions League final sees Liverpool come back from a three goal deficit to defeat Milan in a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Jerzy _______ makes the winning save.
2006: Zinedine Zidane plays his last professional game in the World Cup final captaining France only to be sent off in extra time for headbutting Italy's Marco _______.
2007: A year on from their relegation punishment in the 'Calciopoli' scandal, _______ win the Serie B title and return to the top flight once more.
2008: In the Euro 2008 final, played in Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Spain defeats Germany 1–0, with a goal scored by Fernando _______ in the 33rd minute.
2009: After spending all 25 seasons of his footballing career at Milan, club legend Paolo _______ calls time on his career,
2010: South Africa becomes the first African nation to host the World Cup. The _______ becomes the infamous symbol of the tournament.
2011: Former Welsh manager and player Gary _______ shocks the world of football when he commits suicide at the age of just 42.
2012: Lionel Messi establishes the new world record for most goals scored in a single calendar year, with _______ - surpassing Gerd Müller's 85.
2013: Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as manager of Manchester United. During his 26 years at the club, he won _______ trophies.
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