On this day in football history - 7th October
Birthdays / Born on this day - 7th October
- 7th October 1896 Paulinho Alcántara. One of the first big heroes in Spanish football, banging in goals galore for Barcelona from 1912 to 1927.
- 7th October 1921 Raymond Goethals. Belgian coach, best known for guiding the national team to third plat at Euro '72 and then for his three year spell at Marseille which culminated in them winning the inaugural Champions League.
- 7th October 1952 Ralf Edström. Swedish forward in the 1970s, fantastic for the Swedes at World Cup '74 as they narrowly missed out on the semi-finals. Twice named Swedish Player of the Year, he won league titles with Åtvidabergs, PSV Eindhoven and Monaco, and cups with Göteborg and Standard Liège.
- 7th October 1964 Andreas Ogris. Fiery, flame-haired Austrian striker with Austria Vienna and RCD Espanol in the 1980s and 1990s.
- 7th October 1964 Paul Stewart. Striker or midfielder who went on to play for a number of big clubs, including Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. He'd started out as a youngster at Blackpool and by the time he was 22 and preparing to move to Maine Road he'd already amassed over 200 appearances for the Tangerines.
- 7th October 1973 Dida. Giant Brazilian keeper, best known for his ten years at Milan from 2000 to 2010.
- 7th October 1973 Sami Hyypiä. Finnish centre-back who played for Kuma, MyPa and Willem II before moving to Anfield in 1999 and spending ten years with Liverpool. His greatest moment for the Reds would come in 2005 when he was part of the team that came back from three goals down to beat Milan in the Champions League final.
- 7th October 1976 Gilberto Silva. Defensive midfielder for Atlético Mineiro, Arsenal, Panathinaikos and Grêmio. An unsung member of the Brazilian team that lifted the 2002 World Cup.
- 7th October 1976 Santiago Solari. Dynamic Argentine winger who played for a host of huge clubs, including River Plate, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid and Inter.
- 7th October 1982 Jermain Defoe. Striker who scored goals at goals at all seven of the clubs he played for, most notably Tottenham Hotspur, for whom he's the sixth highest goalscorer in the club's history.
- 7th October 1982 Madjid Bougherra. Algerian footballer who played as a central defender for the likes of Gueugnon, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic and Rangers. Extremely skillful on the ball, with a great ability to carry the ball out of defence to start moves.
- 7th October 1988 Diego Costa. Everyone's favourite pantomime-villain striker in the 2010s during his spells with Atlético Madrid and Chelsea.
Football Events - 7th October
- 7th October 1900 - Holstein Kiel, nicknamed "Die Störche" (the Storks), were formed on this day in 1900 in the far north of Germany.
- 7th October 2000 - England played their final match at the old twin-towered Wembley. It didn't end well though, losing a World Cup qualifier to Germany one-nil, Dietmar Hamann scoring the final goal at the old stadium.
Football Photos - 7th October