Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The First Time ….., Part Seventeen

1-The First time that a Manager was sent off in the World Cup was on June 11, 1986, when Paraguay Manager Cayetano Ré was sent off in the 82nd minute in a match vs. Belgium (2-2 tie).

Photo From:  kicker_WM-Sonderheft_1986
(Cayetano Ré)

2- The first time that a Greek player joined the Italian Serie A was in 1946 when Alfredo Ragona joined Bari for the 1946/47 season (he later had spells at Cosenza and Napoli).
It would be another 40 years until another Greek joined the Serie (Nikos Antastopoulos to Avellino, 1987/88 season).

3-The first time that a Nation lost in Overtime in a World Cup qualifier was on December 11, 1949, when France lost (3-2, after 2-2 regulation time score) to Yugoslavia in a playoff held at Florence, Italy.

Photo From: France Football, November 23 2007, Issue 3215 bis
(December 11, 1949, World Cup Qualifier, playoff, Yugoslavia 3-France 2) 

 4- The First time that an African player played in Italy’s Serie A was in 1981 when Ivory Coast’s François Zahoui joined Ascoli. He would stay there until 1983.

Photo From: Mondial, new series, Issue 86, May 1987
(Francois Zahoui)

5- The first time that a World Cup Final was not held in the Host Nation’s Capital was on July 7, 1974, when West Germany and Holland played one another in Munich’s Olympiastadion (The Nation’s Capital was Bonn).

Photo From: We Caan Naar Rome, Authors:  Marco van der Laan, Rob Kemper
(Berti Vogts, Uli Hoeness fouling Johann Cruyff in front of Jack Taylor, July 7, 1974, World Cup, West Germany 2-Holland 1)

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