On this week: May 6-May 12

Eurosport - Thu, 06 May 08:57:00 2010

We delve into the history books once more to see what happened on this week in history, including Nayim's stunning winner in a European final.

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1995: Nayim from the halfway line - May 10

Ahh, the Cup Winners' Cup - remembered by all, but missed by none. However, the most memorable final has to be the 1995 decider in Paris when former Spurs man Nayim lobbed a sprawling David Seaman (pictured) from 40 yards out in the last minute of extra-time to earn Real Zaragoza a 2-1 victory over Arsenal. In normal time Juan Esnaider had given the Liga side the lead but John Hartson equalised for defending champions Arsenal. However, it was that late lob that everybody still remembers. The big winners of course were Tottenham supporters, who had found themselves a song to bait Arsenal fans that is sung to this day.

1985: The Bradford fire kills 56 - May 11

The worst disaster in British football at the time (until Hillsborough), 56 people lost their lives in Bradford on this week in 1985 when a fire engulfed Valley Parade, the home of Bradford City.

The 11,000 fans in the ground had come to celebrate Bradford's promotion to the second division, but just before half-time in their match against Lincoln City a small fire was spotted at the back of a stand. The fire rapidly spread and within four minutes the whole stand was ablaze.

It is still unknown what exactly caused the fire but it is speculated that it began after a dropped match or cigarette set fire to rubbish underneath the wooden stand.

1984: Soviet Union pulls out of US Olympics - May 8

In 1980 the USA and more than 60 other countries boycotted the Moscow Olympics due to the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan. On this week back in 1984, the Soviet Union announced that they would be returning the favour by boycotting the Los Angeles Olympics just 12 weeks before the event.

The entire Eastern Bloc (minus Romania) and Cuba would soon follow suit, meaning 14 countries in all would miss the Games. The official reason for the boycott was because the USSR felt that the Games were being overly commercialised and also because they felt their security concerns were not being met.

The Games were the first to be privately funded through sponsorship and went on to make a profit of $225m.

1927: Joe Davis wins first World Snooker Championship - May 9

Joe Davis, who helped set up the first World Snooker Championship at various venues around the country, won the title thanks to a 20-11 victory over Tom Dennis in the final in Birmingham.

Davis would go on to win the first 15 World Championships which spanned a 20-year period due to the Second World War.

The highest break in the opening tournament was an effort of 60 by Albert Cope.


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