Nov. 30, 1991 - The United States won the first World Cup of women’s soccer

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The 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup, the world championship for women’s national association football teams. It took place in Guangdong, China from 16 November to 30 November 1991. FIFA, football’s international governing body selected China as host nation as Guangdong had hosted a prototype world championship three years earlier, the 1988 FIFA Women’s Invitation Tournament. Matches were played in the state capital, Guangzhou, as well as in Foshan, Jiangmen and Zhongshan.

It was won by the United States, whose captain April Heinrichs formed a forward line dubbed the “triple–edged sword” with Carin Jennings-Gabarra and Michelle Akers. Jennings was named player of the tournament while Akers-Stahl’s ten goals won the Golden Shoe. The United States beat Norway 2–1 in the final in front of a crowd of 65,000 people at Guangzhou’s Tianhe Stadium. Total attendance was 510,000, an average per match of 19,615.

Nov. 19, 1966 - Pelé scored the 1,000th goal of his 13-year professional career

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This was a highly anticipated moment in Brazil. It was a major milestone in an illustrious career that included three World Cup championships. The goal, called popularly O Milésimo (The Thousandth), occurred in a match against Vasco da Gama, when Pelé scored from a penalty kick, at the Maracanã Stadium. Eighty thousand adoring fans cheered him wildly, even though Santos was the opposing team.

Must watch 3 min. video of Pele’ 1000th goal:

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"I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match." - Mia Hamm

"I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match." - Mia Hamm

July 17, 1994 - Brazil defeated Italy, 3-2, on penalty kicks to win the FIFA World Cup

The 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in nine cities across the United States from 17 June to 17 July 1994. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on 4 July 1988. Brazil became the first nation to win four World Cup titles when they beat Italy 3–2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0–0 after extra-time, the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties.

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"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

Sir Alex Ferguson retires as manager of Manchester United

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During his 26 years at the club, Sir Alex Ferguson won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, and the UEFA Champions League twice.

Ferguson is a Scottish football manager and former player who has managed Manchester United since 1986. His time at the club has led to Ferguson being one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of the game.

Ferguson is the longest serving manager of Manchester United and the longest serving of all current League managers. He has won many awards and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year most times in British football history. He was knighted in 1999 for his services to the game.

Jairzinho, birth name Jair Ventura Filho, is a former Brazilian footballer. A quick, powerful winger, he was a member of the legendary Brazilian national team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup, during which he scored in every game Brazil played. In doing so, he became one of only 3 players - the others being Alcides Ghiggia and Just Fontaine - in the history of the World Cup to have scored in every game of the tournament.

Jairzinho, birth name Jair Ventura Filho, is a former Brazilian footballer. A quick, powerful winger, he was a member of the legendary Brazilian national team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup, during which he scored in every game Brazil played. In doing so, he became one of only 3 players - the others being Alcides Ghiggia and Just Fontaine - in the history of the World Cup to have scored in every game of the tournament.

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