On this day in 1969: Pele scores 1,000th goal

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There couldn’t have been a more iconic setting for Pele to score his 1,000th professional goal.

Playing for Santos against rivals Vasco da Gama in front of 65,000 people at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Pele became the first man to enter the four-digit club when he converted a penalty in a game in the Robertao on this day 47 years ago.

“The noise was deafening,” recalled Vasco goalkeeper Edgardo Andrada. “Even the Vasco supporters were against me.”

Pele admitted he was “nervous” before scoring but after he succeeded, he said: “Now that everyone is listening, help the children, help the helpless. That’s my only wish at this very special time for me.”

Some more historic events that took place on this day:

1906: London is selected to host the 1908 Olympic Games.

1989: USA secure qualification to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1950 thanks to a brilliant strike from Paul Caligiuri that gave the Americans a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain.

2015: Batsman Ian Bell is dropped from England’s Test squad to tour South Africa, with Gary Ballance and Nick Compton returning to vie for the number three position.

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Happy Birthday: Devers, Blanc, Crawford

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We look at the biggest sporting names born on this day.

An American track and field icon in the 1990s, Gail Devers celebrates her 50th birthday today.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist endured a horrific battle with the autoimmune disorder, or raves disease, in the early ‘90s only to go on and win 100m gold at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996.

Devers was officially diagnosed in 1990. The thyroid gland problem resulted in her losing her hair in clumps, her weight dropping dramatically and her movement greatly hampered.

Doctors considered amputating her feet at one point but Devers’ health started to improve and just 19 months after her diagnosis, she was winning a photo-finish 100m in Barcelona.

Devers never won an Olympic medal in her primary event, the 110m hurdles. She finished her career with nine World Championship golds.

Apart from Devers, here are more sports stars birthdays on this day:

1965: Laurent Blanc, former France and Paris St Germain coach who won the World Cup as a player in 1998 (51).

1981: Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Argentinean rugby union back-rower for Toulon and the Pumas (35).

1983: Chandra Crawford, Canadian cross-country skier, who won gold at the 2006 winter Olympics (33).

1985: Chris Eagles, former Manchester United, Burnley and Bolton winger, currently with Accrington Stanley (31).

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Quotes of the week: McGregor nearly apologises

Sport360 staff 18/11/2016
We look at the best sporting quotes from the past seven days.

It is rare for Conor McGregor to not feature in such a list so it is unsurprising to see him pop up after his historic win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

He was not quite as diplomatic as Ronald Koeman, the Everton boss saying that the Premier League front runners come from Merseyside, just not the blue half.

Elsewhere, Dominic Thiem came face-to-face with one of his sporting idols and Nathan Hughes was remarkably honest about the drive behind his switch from Fiji to England.

But our favourite from the week? That has to be Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans reflecting on Donald Trump's election as American president, likening it to an episode of Punk'd.

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