Thursday, October 9, 2014

The First Time ….., Part Seven

1-The First time that an individual played, as well as managed his national team for over 100 times was Denmark’s Morten Olsen.

Photo From: World Soccer, January 1991
(Morten Olsen)

2- The First Time that a pair of brothers ever played for Scotland was when Moses McLay McNiel and Henry McNiel played on March 25, 1876 at Glasgow vs. Wales (4 to 0 Scotland win).

3- The First Time that the French national team players exchanged jerseys after a match was after a Friendly vs. England at Paris on May 14, 1931 (5 to 2 France win).

Photo From: L'Integrale de L'Equipe de France de Football, Authors: J.M. and Pierre Cazal, Michel Oreggia, 1998
(France squad, Top, left to right: Augustin Chantrel (substitute), Jacques Caudron (Technical Commission), Alexis Thepot, Marcel Capelle, Pierre Hornus, Joseph Kaucsar, Louis Finot, Emile Scharwath (substitute), Etienne Mattler, Pansonetti (physio), Couderat (physio), Gaston Barreau (technical commission), Bottom, left to right: Ernest Liberati, Edmond Delfour, Robert Mercier, Lucien Laurent, Marcel Langiller , May 14, 1931, France 5-England 2)

4- The First Time that the England National team were offered bonuses was for a friendly vs. Germany at Berlin on May 14, 1938 (6 to 3 England win).
FA Secretary and future FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous offered the players a case of cutlery each.

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1974
(Sir Stanley Rous)

Photo From: Kicker Sportsmagazin Edition, 100 Jahre Deutsche Landerspiele
(Ernest Lehner and Edris Hapgood, May 14, 1938, Germany 3-England 6)

5- The First Time that a match by the Italian National team was broadcast on radio was for a Dr. Gerö Cup match vs. Hungary at Rome on March 25, 1928 (4 to 3 Italy win).

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, April 11-18, 1989
(Italy squad, Top, left to right: Virgilio Levratto, Umberto Caligaris, Silvio Pietroboni,  Fulvio Bernardini, Attilio Ferraris IV, Virginio Rosetta,  Leopoldo Conti,  Gino Rossetti, Giovanni De Prà, Bottom, left to right: Pilotta (a pilot??),  Julio Libonatti, March 25, 1938, Dr. Gerö Cup , Italy 4-Hungary 3)
Note: Adolfo Baloncieri who also played is not visible in the photo


  1. Thanks for sharing these historical amazing things about best soccer players of all time. These are very informative to me. It is very interesting and I really enjoyed reading.