On this day, 1904-05-21 (Exactly 116 years ago today) Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
FIFA was founded in 1904] to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Headquartered in Zürich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.
Today, FIFA outlines a number of objectives in the organizational Statues, including growing football internationally, providing efforts to ensure football is accessible to everyone, and advocating for integrity and fair play. FIFA is responsible for the organization and promotion of football’s major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women’s World Cup which commenced in 1991. Although FIFA does not solely set the rules of football, that being the responsibility of the International Football Association Board of which FIFA is a member, it applies and enforces the rules across all FIFA competitions. All FIFA tournaments generate revenue from sponsorship; in 2018, FIFA had revenues of over US $4.6 billion, ending the 2015–2018 cycle with a net positive of US$1.2 billion, and had cash reserves of over US$2.7 billion.
Reports by investigative journalists have linked FIFA leadership with corruption, bribery, and vote-rigging related to the election of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the organization’s decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively. These allegations led to the indictments of nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. On 27 May 2015, several of these officials were arrested by Swiss authorities, who were launching a simultaneous but separate criminal investigation into how the organization awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Those among these officials who were also indicted in the U.S. are expected to be extradited to face charges there as well. Many officials were suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee including Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini. In early 2017 reports became public about FIFA president Gianni Infantino attempting to prevent the re-elections of both chairmen of the ethics committee, Cornel Borbély and Hans-Joachim Eckert, during the FIFA congress in May 2017. On 9 May 2017, following Infantino’s proposal, FIFA Council decided not to renew the mandates of Borbély and Eckert.
Together with the chairmen, 11 of 13 committee members were removed.
Today in sports history: May 21 – John Terry’s slip helps Manchester Utd win Champions League
Full time was 1 – 1 scoreline
On this day 21 May 2008 (Exactly 8 years ago today)
Manchester United win the Champions League in an all-English final, beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties.
After extra time
Manchester United won 6–5 on
The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place on Wednesday, 21 May 2008, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow , Russia, to determine the winner of the
2007–08 UEFA Champions League. It was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea , making it an all-English club final for the first time in the history of the competition. This was only the third time that two clubs from the same country had contested the final; the others being the 2000 and
2003 finals. It was the first European Cup final played in Russia, and hence the easternmost final in the tournament’s history. It also marked the 100th anniversary of Manchester United’s first league triumph , the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster , and the 40th anniversary of United’s first European Cup triumph in 1968 . It was Manchester United’s third European Cup final after 1968 and
1999, while it was Chelsea’s first.
Date 21 May 2008
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
UEFA Man of the Match: Edwin van der Sar
Fans’ Man of the Match Cristiano
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ ( Slovakia)
14 °C (57 °F)
On this day 21 May 2015 (Exactly 5 years ago today)
Scotland’s Gary Anderson beats rival Michael van Gerwen 11-7 in the final of the Premier League Darts at the O2 Arena, London.
Earlier in the night, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ stood on the brink of defeat in his semi-final encounter against Dave Chisnall, but took out a brilliant 116, after the Englishman squandered three match darts.
Gary Anderson. Photo credit: Getty
Anderson became the second player to follow up a world championship success with the Premier League title.
On this day: Jamie Vardy receives maiden England call-up
Jamie Vardy scored seven goals in 26 appearances for England after his first call up on this day in 2015.
Here, the PA news agency looks at his debut and the Leicester striker’s international career.
That Vardy had been called up for the friendly against Ireland and Euro qualifier against Slovenia showed England’s lack of options at the time given he had only scored four goals for Leicester in a debut Premier League season. He had helped the Foxes to the great escape from relegation – to pave the way for their 5,000-1 title triumph in 2016. But he proved to be a fixture in the Three Lions’ squad – and has now scored 99 Premier League goals.
England’s Jamie Vardy comes on as a substitute to make his debut. (Martin Rickett/PA)
He and Charlie Austin, who had scored 17 goals for relegated QPR, were selected with Daniel Sturridge injured and Harry Kane dropping down to the under-21s for the European Championships that summer.
Vardy made his debut as a second-half substitute in Dublin, replacing Wayne Rooney to cap his remarkable rise after playing in the National League for Fleetwood just three years earlier. He could not find a debut goal, though, as the game finished 0-0.
Vardy did not score his first England goal until March 2016 – in his seventh game – but it was worth the wait. It came in an impressive 3-2 win in Germany as he scored with virtually his first touch – a brilliant backheel – after coming on as a second-half substitute. Six more followed – including when he came off the bench to turn the game around and score to help England beat Wales 2-1 at Euro 2016.
Overall Vardy made 26 appearances, scoring seven times, before making the decision to all-but retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup. He wanted to focus on his club commitments with Leicester and he also admitted travelling but not playing much was a factor. “I think that had an impact. When you get selected you want to be playing. If you’re playing week in, week out for your club, you want to be going to England to play as well,” he told the Guardian at the time.
On this day 21 May 1966 (Exactly 25 years ago today) South African boxer Muhammad Ali beats Brit Henry Cooper at Arsenal Stadium in London to retain the WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles.
By: Isaac Ganyo Tamakloe