#ThrowbackThursdays

Two Champions.

Muhammad Ali embraces Pelé after the Brazilian stars final game of his career at Giants Stadium on October 1st, 1977.

Dec. 25, 1914 - Christmas truce

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The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides—as well as, to a lesser degree, from French units—independently ventured into “no man’s land”, where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. As well as joint burial ceremonies, several meetings ended in carol-singing. Troops from both sides were also friendly enough to play games of soccer with one another.

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

Aug. 28, 1977 - Pelé played in his final non-exhibition game

Soccer legend Pelé played in his final non-exhibition game as The New York Cosmos defeated Seattle Sounders FC, 2-1, for the North American Soccer League championship.

The game was an offensive slugfest, with the teams combining for 55 shots (29 Cosmos, 26 Sounders). Although Pele did not score in the Cosmos’ 2-1 Soccer Bowl win over the Sounders, it was his day all the same. After the final whistle blew and the trophy was presented, it was Pele that the new champions hoisted onto their shoulders and carried off to the cheers of a standing-room crowd of 41,270 at Civic Stadium.

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"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drinks. The rest I wasted." - George Best

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drinks. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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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July 16, 1950 - Crowd of 199,854 assemble ‪in Rio de Janeiro to watch World Cup

The largest crowd in sports history assembled as 199,854 people watched Uruguay vs. Brazil in the 1950 FIFA World Cup Final at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Uruguay won the World Cup by defeated Brazil 2 - 1. Uruguay also won the inaugural tournament back in 1930.

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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

June 29, 1958 - Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 in the World Cup

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Pelé, at age 17, scored a goal in the game.

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June 10, 1975 - Pelé signed a three-year contract with the New York Cosmos

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Though well past his prime at this point, Pelé is credited with significantly increasing public awareness and interest in soccer in the United States. He led the Cosmos to the 1977 NASL championship, in his third and final season with the club.

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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

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