February Soccer Calendar

February 1 – Busby Babes Final Match in England

After a slow start to the campaign, Manchester United started to re-discover the magic of attacking football after Christmas in 1957.  And it was with a brilliant and beautiful display that Manchester United defeated Arsenal 5-4 at Highbury in 1958 on this day in soccer history.

February 4 – Man City’s Amazing Comeback

The FA Cup has always had its share of great matches but few can compare to the incredible comeback by Manchester City over Tottenham in 2004 on this day in soccer history.

February 5 – Hereford Shocks Newcastle in FA Cup

In one of the greatest upsets in FA Cup history, Hereford United defeated Newcastle 2-1 at Edgar Street in a Third Round Replay on this day in soccer history in 1972.  It was the first time a non-league team defeated a first division club since 1949.

February 5 – Keegan Returns to Newcastle United

Kevin Keegan was a cult hero for Newcastle United Football Club after helping the team win promotion to the English top flight in 1984 as a player and so the club fan base was excited when King Kev returned to take the helm as manager in 1992 on this day in soccer history.

February 6 – Busby Babes Remembered

The daily lives of every citizen of Manchester and England came to a screeching halt on February 6, 1958 when news of the Munich Disaster came across the wire. In that tragedy eight players from Manchester United’s Busby Babes’ team lost their lives while returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade.

February 6 – Birth of the MLS SuperDraft

For the first time in history, Major League Soccer held the SuperDraft, which replaced the MLS’ collegiate and supplemental drafts, and included all collegiate, Project-40 and professional players entered in the draft pool, was held on this day in soccer history in 2000.

February 8 – ‘Mad Bulgarian’ Born

With a fiery temper and a deadly shot, Hristo Stoichkov was born on this day in soccer history in 1966.  The ‘Mad Bulgarian’ was one of the top footballers in the 1990’s with club success following from CSKA Sofia to Barcelona to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and for his national team.

February 9 – £1m Transfer Fee Landmark

With the astronomical transfer fees associated with player moves in the modern game it is hardly noteworthy when a player makes a move for a mere £1m but that was the case on this day in soccer history in 1979 when England forward Trevor Francis transferred from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest for £1,180, 000 marking the first time a player made a move for over 1 million pounds.

February 10 – La Liga Kicks Off

La Liga is one of the top domestic football leagues in Europe and it was on this day in soccer history in 1929 that the Spanish top flight first played matches.

February 11 – Ian Porterfield Born

Sunderland shocked the football world in 1973 when they defeated Leeds United, one of Europe’s top clubs at the time, 1-0 to win the FA Cup but it would not have been possible if goalscorer Ian Porterfield had not been born on this day in soccer history in 1946.

February 12 – Vodafone Signs Manchester United

After 18 years with Sharp as their team jersey sponsor, Manchester United decided to make a change on the front of their jersey when they signed with Vodafone on this day in soccer history in 2000.

February 12 – Jimmy Conrad Born

After being passed over by Major League Soccer after graduating from college, Jimmy Conrad did not give up on his dream and after a stint in the A-League worked his way up to MLS and the United States men’s national soccer team.  And it was on this day in soccer history in 1977 that the talented defender was born.

February 13 – Collina Runs Onto Pitch

With his instantly recognizable bald head, Pierluigi Collina is considered one of the best soccer referees of all time and it was on this day in soccer history in 1960 that the Italian official was born.

February 14 – Kevin Keegan Born

One of the great footballers of his time, Kevin Keegan was born on this day in soccer history in 1951.

February 16 – Egypt Wins African Cup of Nations

Egypt became the first champions of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) when they won the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the African Nations Cup, in 1957 on this day in soccer history.

February 17 – Egyptian Stadium Tragedy

Egypt is one of the top soccer playing nations in Africa but experienced a low point in 1974 when 49 fans died in a stampede before a match between Zamalek against Dukla Prague on this day in soccer history.

February 18 – Divine Ponytail Born Today in ’67

Known as Il Divin Codino, The Divine Ponytail, Roberto Baggio was born on this day in soccer history in 1967.

February 19 – Brazilian Duo Born

A day of great pride in Brazil as on this day in soccer history two of their countries top players, Socrates and Marta, 1954 and 1986, respectively, are born.

February 20 – Goal Scorer Greaves is Born

Jimmy Greaves is perhaps the greatest goal scorer in England football history and it was on this day in soccer history in 1940 that the ace was born.

February 21 – Argentine Association Football League Formed

Argentina is one of the top teams in the world and on this day in soccer history the precursor to the Argentina Football Association (AFA) the Argentine Association Football League was formed in 1893.  It is the oldest football association in South American and one of the oldest in the world.

February 22 – Manchester United Returns

Two weeks after the tragic Munich Disaster, Manchester United returned to the pitch for the first time in 1958 on this day in soccer history.  The slogan in the team program summed up the team attitude, ‘United Will Go On.’

February 23: Sir Stanley Matthews Dies

Sir Stanley Matthews is one of the greatest footballers of all-time and it was on this sad day in 2000 that the legend passed away at the age of 85.  The winger was known as The Wizard of the Dribble and The Magician.

February 24 – England Great Moore Dies

One of the most loved England national team players and the only England captain to ever receive the Jules Rimet trophy as world champions, Bobby Moore died after battling bowel cancer on this day in soccer history in 1993.

February 24 – Getafe Football Club Formed

Despite their difficult history, Getafe Football Club earned promotion to Spain top division after the 2003/04 season but it was on this day in soccer history in 1946 that the Madrid club was formed…for the first time.

February 25 – Better Days For Eduardo

February 25 was a great day for Eduardo da Silva back in 1983 as it was on this day in soccer history that the Brazilian born Croatian football player was born.

February 26 – Ole Gunnar Solskjær Born

A fan favorite at Manchester United Football Club, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was born on this day in soccer history in 1973.

February 27 – Heinrichs Born

The first woman soccer captain to receive the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, April Heinrichs was born on this day in soccer history in 1964.

February 28 –MLS Expands, La Guerra Fría

Major League Soccer announced on this day in soccer history in 2008, that Philadelphia would be awarded a franchise and start playing in the 2010 MLS season.

February 29 – Boro End 128 Year Silver Drought

Middlesbrough ended a 128-year wait for their first major trophy when they beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 to lift the League Cup (Carling Cup) at the Millennium Stadium on this day in soccer history in 2004.

February 29: Fan’s Leap of Faith Proposal

Today, for the first time ever at Wembley Stadium, one brave England fan upheld the leap year tradition of asking for her man’s hand in marriage.

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