Thursday, April 24, 2014

The First Time ….., Part Five

1-The First time a player won the Champions Cup with two different clubs was when Romanian defender Miodrag Beloidedic won the trophy with Red Star Belgrade vs. Olympique Marseille (scoreless tie) on May 29, 1991, after having won it with Steaua Bucharest vs. Barcelona (scoreless tie) on May 7, 1986.
Incidentally both times the matches were scoreless ties and won in a penalty kick shoot-out.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 39, April 1992
(Miodrag beloidedic with Red Star Belgrade, 1991/92)

2- The First Time that a football official used a plane was when English Referee and future FIFA President Stanley Rous was demanded to referee a World Cup Qualifier between Holland and Belgium in Antwerp on April 29, 1934 (4 to2 Holland win).
The day before refereed the English FA Cup final between Manchester City and Portsmouth (2 to 1 Man City win).

3- The First Time (and only time) that a Brazilian born player played for the Argentinean National team was when Aaron Wergifker played 4 matches for Argentina between 1934-1936.
He was born in Sao Paulo and moved to Argentina to play for River Plate.

Photo From: El Grafico, Historia de la seleccion Argentina, 1951-60
(Aaron Wergifker with River Plate)

4- The First Time that a father and son represented Italy was when Sandro Mazzola was selected for Italy in 1963, following the footsteps of his father Valentino who played for Italy in the 1940s.
The second pair were the Maldinis (Cesare and Paolo). Cesare first played for Italy in 1962 and Paolo in 1988.

Photo From: 100 Anni del Campionato del Calcio
(Valentino Mazzola)

Photo From: World Soccer, April 1967
(Sandro Mazzola)

Photo From: World Soccer, February 1997
(Cesare and Paolo Maldini)

5- The First Time that a player of African origin represented Belgium was in a Friendly vs. Portugal on February 4, 1987 (0 to 1 Belgium loss) in Braga when Lokeren’s Dimitri M’Buyu replaced Nico Claesen in the 60th minute.

Photo From: Foot Magazine, April 1990
(Dimitri M’Buyu)

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