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In yet another edition of This Week That Year, we look into all the historic footballing events in the first full week of July....

July 02, 2006

On 2 July 2006, a day after England's World Cup expulsion by Portugal in the quarterfinals on penalties, David Beckham stepped down as the captain after wearing the armband for 6 years.

 

July 03, 1947

Rob Rensenbrink was born in Amsterdam on this very day. He went on to star for Anderlecht, winning the 1976 Onze d'Or. He also enjoyed European triumph, twice winning both the Cup Winners' Cup (1976, 1978) and the UEFA Super Cup (1976, 1978). In 1976, he won the opening Onze d'Or, chosen by the readers of French magazine Onze Mondial. With the Netherlands, the left winger reached the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals.

He retired in 1982 after short spells with the Portland Timbers (1980) and Toulouse (1981-82). He was named by Pele as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers back in 2004.

 

July 04, 2007

On 4 July 2007, Spanish striker Fernando Torres completed a move from Atlético Madrid to Liverpool for a fee of around £20 million, becoming the Anfield club's most luxurious signing under Rafa Benitez.

 

July 05, 1934

On 5 July 1934, Mohammedan Sporting Club won the Calcutta Football League (CFL) title, the first of five successive titles for the club. They played in the CFL lower divisions until they were promoted to the Premier division in the 1934 season. That year, Mohammedan Sporting edged Dalhousie Club by three points to become the first Indian club to win the Premier division of the CFL.

 

July 06, 2009

On 6 July 2009, almost everyone at Madrid gathered at the Bernabéu to meet Real Madrid's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo. The event was the conclusion of an attempt that took over two years and £80 million to complete. 80,000 people showed up to watch Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez hand Ronaldo the number 9 shirt that had once been worn by club legends Hugo Sanchez, Ronaldo (Brazilian), and Alfredo di Stéfano.

 

July 07, 1957

On 7 July 1957, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, made his national team debut for Brazil in a 2-1 loss to Argentina. The 16-year, 9-month old forward scored Brazil's only goal, becoming the youngest person to score in international competition at that time.

 

July 08, 1990

On 8 July 1990, West Germany won their third World Cup trophy, thrashing defending champions Argentina in a hot-tempered final that saw the South American side reduced to nine men before the final whistle. It was a rematch of the previous final of 1986, in which Argentina had trodden the Germans 3-2.

Unlike the 1986 Final, however, the 1990 one was a awful, unenthusiastic event extensively considered the worst final in the tournament's history.

With the win, German manager Franz Beckenbauer became only the second man (after Brazil's Mario Zagallo) to win a World Cup as a player and manager.

 

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