The most successful Olympic footballer is Dezso Novak from Hungary with three medals (bronze in 1960, gold in 1964 and 1968).
England's group match with Uruguay in 1966 was almost called off when the referee, Istvan Zsolt insisted on seeing all of the players identity cards. Seven of the England players had left theirs at their hotel and a police motorcyclist was sent to collect them.
The Jules Rimet Cup, named after the founder of the FIFA World Cup competition, became Brazilian property outright when the team's victory in Mexico saw the cup pass into their hands for the third time in twelve years. That, however, was not the end of the saga of the "Golden Goddess". The trophy was stolen in Brazil and, unlike in England in 1966, was never seen again. The CBF was given a replica for their trophy cabinet.
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England international left-sided defender Ashley Cole is born in Stepney, England.
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho won the FIFA World Player of the Year award. The 24-year-old edged out Arsenal's Thierry Henry and AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko to the prize.