This Day! Let’s find out what happened today ( December 19th ) in football history.
On this day in 1909, Dortmund was founded
Dortmund was founded in a pub in the city of Dortmund, located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. They would go on to become one of Germany’s most decorated clubs, with multiple league and cup titles, as well as Germany’s first European trophy.
Dortmund reached a peak in the late 1950s, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles in the 1955-56 and 1956-57 seasons. They repeated that feat in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons and currently have six league titles. In 1966, they defeated Liverpool 3-2 at the end of extra time to claim the Cup Winners’ Cup, the first international honour for a German club.
On this day in 1985, Chelsea defender Cahill born
In January 2012, Cahill signed for Chelsea for approximately £7 million. He won the Champions League in his debut season at Chelsea and has gone on to win the Europa League, the Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup. Cahill was appointed as the Chelsea club captain ahead of the 2017–18 season, following John Terry’s departure.
Cahill is known for his technical ability, powerful heading in defence and attack, volleying, and good tackling. The centre-back also has an impressive goal-scoring record from the defence.
On this day in 1983, The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in Brazil
From 1930 until 1970, World Cup winners lifted what was once called the Jules Rimet Trophy. However, four thieves pried open the rear of the trophy cabinet with a crowbar and the cup was stolen in 1983. It was never recovered, and it appeared to have been melted down and sold.
On this day in 1989, Real Madrid star Benzema was born
Benzema is a French player who plays as a striker for Real Madrid. He has been described as an “immensely talented striker” who is “strong and powerful” and “a potent finisher from inside the box”.
In the 2007–08 season, Benzema became a starter and had a breakthrough year scoring over 30 goals as Lyon won its seventh straight league title.
In July 2009, Benzema moved to Real Madrid in a transfer fee worth over €35 million and signed a six-year contract. After struggling to establish himself in his debut season with the club, in the ensuing two seasons, Benzema reached prominence, scoring 32 goals en route to helping Real Madrid win the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the 2011–12 edition of La Liga.
Benzema scored the first goal of the match in 2018 UEFA Champions League Final by intercepting Karius’s throw in a 3–1 victory over Liverpool, when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.
On this day in 2009, Barcelona won a record 6th trophy for the calendar year
That year, Barcelona had already won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Supercup, and the UEFA Champions League, matching Liverpool’s haul of 5 trophies in 2001. The Champions League victory qualified them for the Club World Cup, which included the champions of 5 other confederations and the UAE’s Al-Ahli, who qualified as hosts.
Although Barcelona was heavily favoured, a diving header from centre-forward Mauro Boselli put Estudiantes ahead in the 37th-minute. Despite constant pressure from Barcelona, the underdogs held on and looked to have secured victory when, with one minute left, Barça pulled level with a header of their own from forwarding Pedro.
Lionel Messi, that year’s Ballon d’Or winner, provided the deciding goal in extra time, receiving a long cross and slipping the ball under Estudiantes keeper Damien Albil in the 110th minute.