Happy Birthday: Pele, Zubizarreta, Haddin

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(Clockwise): Andoni Zubizarreta, Brad Haddin and Pele.

Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, Brazilian icon Pele is 76 today.

During his career, Pele scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games. In Brazil, he is a national hero not only for his accomplishments in football but for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor.

However, it was on the field where the ‘King of Football’ truly made his name. He burst onto the world stage at the 1958 World Cup – aged 17 – to become the youngest player to play in the tournament and the final. He scored six goals along the way and two in the final as Brazil beat Sweden 5 – 2 to win the World Cup for the first time.

He lifted the Jules Rimet trophy again in 1962 and 1970, scoring 77 goals in 91 games for Brazil – a record that still stands today. He played over 1,000 games for Santos, with whom he won the Copa Libertadores in 1962 and ’63.

More sporting birthdays on this day:

1961: Andoni Zubizarreta, former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper. He won 126 caps for La Roja (55).

1971: Chris Horner, American cyclist who became the oldest grand tour winner at 2013 Vuelta a Espana (45).

1977: Brad Haddin, retired Australian wicketkeeper who played 66 Tests and won the 2015 World Cup (39).

1979: Simon Davies, former footballer who played for Everton and Spurs and won 58 caps for Wales (37).

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On this day in 1983: Marshall’s brilliance crushes India

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Malcolm Marshall.

In the first Test in Kanpur, the Windies started positively on the opening day and on Day Two, which was on this day 33 years ago, Malcolm Marshall put the Windies in command.

He first smashed a career best 92 batting at No8 and then took the new ball, blowing away the Indians with sheer pace.

His opening spell read 8-5-9-4, which included the wicket of Sunil Gavaskar for a second ball duck.

The Caribbean side were unstoppable from there on as they cruised to an innings victory.

Other memorable events to happen on this day

1978: Grete Weitz wins the New York City marathon, running the then women’s world record time of 2:32:29.8.
2006: Fernando Alonso retains his F1 drivers’ title with second place in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
2008: Former England captain David Beckham agrees a loan move from Los Angeles Galaxy to Serie A giants AC Milan.

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Happy Birthday: Wenger, Salgado, Shah

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Arsene Wenger, Michel Salgado, Owais Shah.

The man who is credited with transforming the way football is played in England by introducing revolutionary changes in training and diet of players.

Wenger, who turns 67 today, has been the manager of Arsenal since 1996, becoming the club’s longest-serving manager and a legend.

Wenger obtained a manager’s diploma in 1981 and after an unsuccessful period at Nancy, joined Monaco. A few more moves across the globe later, Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996.

Within two years, Arsenal completed a league and FA Cup double. In 2004, Wenger led the Gunners to an undefeated league season.

The club made its first appearance in a Champions League final in 2006, losing to Barcelona. Arsenal reloacted to the Emirates Stadium and after nine years without a trophy, tasted FA Cup success in 2014 and 2015.

Other birthdays on this day
1945: Michael Stoute, veteran Barbadian British thoroughbred horse trainer in flat racing (71).

1975: Michel Salgado, retired former Real Madrid, Spain and Blackburn right-back (41).

1978: Owais Shah, former England batsman who has coached the UAE national team (38).

1982: Mark Renshaw, Australian cyclist with UCI ProTeam Team Dimension Data (34).

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