World Cup History - On this day: Unlucky Ronaldo

Eurosport - Sun, 11 Jul 08:56:00 2010

We conclude our countdown of daily events in World Cup history with Ronaldo's ill-health the night before the 1998 final.

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July 11

World Cup

1966 - On July 11 1966, Alf Ramsey's England got their campaign off to a disappointing start with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay in front of 87,000 at Wembley. England, however, went on to top Group A before defeating Argentina, Portugal and West Germany to win the World Cup for the first and, thus far, only time.

1982 - Paolo Rossi was the star of the 1982 World Cup in Spain, the Italian smashing five goals on the way to the final before netting Italy's first, his sixth, against West Germany at the Bernabeu on July 11. Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli then scored to seal the deal, with Paul Breitner only able net an 83rd minute consolation for West Germany.

1998 - On the night of July 11, Ronaldo, who had scored four goals en-route to the final, suffered a convulsion with Brazil due to play hosts France the next day. Ronaldo was initially removed from the squad but was later re-instated and went on to start. The star, clearly far from his best, was unable to make an impact and Brazil lost the final 3-0. However, Ronaldo was awarded the Golden Ball for being the best player of the tournament. Croatia's Davor Suker scored six to win the Golden Shoe.

Also on this day

1914 - Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Red Sox, made his debut in Major League Baseball.

1979 - The United States' first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, scattering debris across the Indian Ocean and Western Australia.

1995 - The United States announced it was to re-establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

2006 - 209 people are killed in a series of train bombings in Mumbai, India.


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