On this day in 2010 - Schumacher makes F1 return

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Schumacher teamed up with Nico Rosberg.

Michael Schumacher, arguably the greatest racer in Formula one history, and seven-time World Champion, came out of retirement to sign a three-year contract with Mercedes on this day in 2010.

After spending three years on the sidelines, the announcement saw him partner Nico Rosberg seven years ago.

Schumacher held a number of records from his groundbreaking first stint from 1991-2006, such as most championships, race victories, fastest laps and pole positions.

But despite the high-profile comeback story, Schumacher never experienced victory again.

He ultimately struggled on his return but, nonetheless, Schumacher’s mere presence at races that season ramped up the excitement at seeing one of the sport’s greatest back in the driving seat.

Other memorable sporting events from December 22

1981: Former England and Yorkshire cricketer Geoff Boycott broke West Indies’ Garry Sobers’ Test record of 8,032 runs during the Delhi Test against India, which eventually ended in a draw.

1990: An NBA game which took 26 days to finish was decided. Problems with freezing weather saw several postponements before Boston Celtics beat Atlanta Hawks 132-104.

2006: Glenn McGrath, the legendary Australian pacer, announced his retirement from international cricket.

2010: Sachin Tendulkar, the former star cricketer from India, retired from One-Day International cricket.

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GALLERY: 10 sportsmen nicknamed 'The Iceman'

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Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof is widely reported to be joining Manchester United in January and comes with arguably the most over-used nickname in sport – ‘The Iceman’.

Thanks to his composure under pressure, the 22-year-old has joined a long list of athletes who have had the same nickname bestowed upon them.

Included in the list are illustrious names like Tennis legend Bjorn Borg and former Arsenal star Dennis Bergkamp.

In the above gallery, we take a look at ten sportsmen dubbed ‘The Iceman’.

Have we left out anyone? Who do you think is most worthy of the title?

Share with us your thoughts by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

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Happy Birthday: Cole, Spencer, Sammy

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These sporting stars are celebrating.

A controversial but unquestionably brilliant footballer was born 36 years ago.

It could be argued that Cole is the finest full-back England has ever produced.

The current Los Angeles Galaxy star managed to marry defensive diligence with attacking acumen – acquiring 107 international caps for his country.

A trophy haul of three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and a Champions League crown also shows his worth.

Yet while his talent could not be questioned, an acrimonious exit from boyhood club Arsenal to Chelsea in 2006 tainted his Gunners legacy.

Infamously, a revelation that he was left “trembling with anger” when wages of £55,000 (Dh251,161) per week were offered to him by the Gunners came to symbolise rampant excess and disconnect from everyday supporters.

Other sport stars born on this day:

1961: Freddie Spencer, motorcyclist who became the first man to win 250 and 500cc titles in the same season (55).

1970: Grant Flower, ex-Zimbabwe cricketer and younger brother of former England team director Andy (46).

1982: David Wright, captain of New York Mets in Major League Baseball and seven-time All-Star (34).

1983: Darren Sammy, explosive batsman who captained the West Indies to two World T20 titles (33).

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