Boca Juniors Legend: Pedro Calomino

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Bleo Pedro Fournol Calomino, known to most as Pedro Calomino is a legendary figure in Boca Juniors’ prominent history. He was a skillful dribbler and is often credited with the invention of not only the stepover, but the bicycle(or overhead) kick as well. 

Descendant of Italian immigrants in the neighborhood of La Boca, Buenos Aires, he learned to play football in the streets overcoming obstacles and rivals with ease. It was the turn of the century, football had entered as a force in Argentina thanks to the growing presence of companies and British officials. The young descendant of Genovese grew to paint houses and playing football in the local community. Boca Juniors was known to all as the “Xeneizes”(Genovese) club since it was founded by five Italian boys in 1905. 

Calomino played for Boca Juniors from 1911- 1924(Except for 1914, when he played for Hispano). During this time period he played 222 games for Boca scoring 97 goals. He represented Argentina at the national level 37 times, captaining them to glory at the Copa América in 1921.

An interesting fact about him is that he never liked to wear boots, so he played in sneakers. In one match vs Uruguay with Argentina he played with simply stockings as he could not bear the sneakers.

Heinrich Stuhlfauth

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Along with Ricardo Zamora, Heinrich ‘Heiner’ Stuhlfauth was one of the greatest goalkeepers of the early 20th century. He was known for his exceptional positional play, energy and reckless tackles far outside the box, which gave him the reputation of a “dritten Verteidigers”(third defense). He was part of the 1920s German National team as well as the formidable 1. FC Nürnberg team. The goalkeeper played in 606 first team matches for the club winning five national titles(1920, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1927), where he allowed one goal in any single playoff game. 

Stuhlfauth recorded 21 international caps, which was a record at the time, captaining the German national side in six appearances(including 2 appearances in the 1928 Olympics). 

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When the Netherlands lined up for their 6th international match against Belgium in Antwerp on April 14th 1907 they wore orange for the first time.

When the Netherlands lined up for their 6th international match against Belgium in Antwerp on April 14th 1907 they wore orange for the first time.

World Record Transfers: 1893-1938

The transfer window is one of the most crucial times of the year for football club. Fans often speculate on players who can revitalize their club. A club looks to invest in a player who can potentially help the team with its traits on the field or attempts to sell a player for other purposes. 

The legalization of professionalism in football took place in 1885. The English Football Association(FA) attempted to control professional players by introducing a player registration system. Players had to register with their clubs to play football. In 1912, a man by the name of Charles Sutcliffe(he was a referee, a lawyer, and a football administrator for the FA) helped establish the “retain-and-transfer system”, which gave Football Clubs a substantial amount of power over players. Players would receive up to £10 to play.

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 Willie Groves, a Scot, was the first player to be transferred for about £100(£9,677)* in 1893. He went from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa.

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11 years later Andy McCombie, also Scottish smashed the record with a price of £700(£74,306)* moving from Sunderland to Newcastle United.

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In February 1905, Alf Common moved from Sunderland to Middlesbrough for a fee of £1,000(£106,151)*

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 George Lillycrop in 1913 moved from Barnsley to Bolton Wanderers for £1,300(£130,997)*

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The same year, George Utley transferred from Barnsley to Sheffield United £2,000(£201,284)*

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Percy Dawson moved from Hearts of Midlothian to Blackburn Rovers in 1914 for £2,500(£251,605)*

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Syd Puddefoot fetched an astonishing £5,000(£247,903)* when he moved from West Ham United to Falkirk in 1922.

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The following month, Warney Cresswell cost the Black Cats £5,500(£272,693)* in a move from South Shields to Sunderland

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Bob Kelly moved for £6,500(£355,909)* in 1925 when he joined Sunderland from Burnley.

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David Jack transferred from Bolton to Arsenal in 1928 for £10,890(£596,285)*

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In 1932 Bernabé Ferreyra of Argentina transferred from Tigre to River Plate an astounding price of £23,000 (£1,398,204.50)*

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Bryn Jones was transferred from Wolves to Arsenal in 1938 for £14,500(£904,079)*

( )* the estimated values of each player in 2013

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With a mustache like this, I’m not too surprised Germany have won the World Cup. Sorry Sabella, Löw wins. Follow us on Twitter @AntiqueFootball

With a mustache like this, I’m not too surprised Germany have won the World Cup. Sorry Sabella, Löw wins. Follow us on Twitter @AntiqueFootball

Bangu Atlético Clube: First Club to include Black Players in Brazil

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Bangu Atlético Clube is a Brazilian football team from Bangu, Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, founded on April 17, 1904. They were founded by employees of the Companhia Progresso Industrial do Brasil Textiles Factory in Rio. Thomas Donohoe, a Brit, introduced football to the workers by bringing footballs to the factory, but the club was eventually formed by Andrew Procter. Bangu is considered to be the first football club in Brazil to feature black players.  Francisco Carregal, a weaver at the factory was the first black player to play professional football in Brazil. The team also included Italians as well as Portuguese and Brazilians. While Fluminense and Botafogo never understood it, Bangu opened its doors to other players Black players, like goalkeeper Manuel MaiaIt was also the team’s factory which abolished the distinction between fans in stadiums. Generally in Brazil at that time, most of the poor could not watch the matches in the stands because of the wealthy. It took twenty-nine years for the club to win its first state title in 1933.

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Koninklijke HFC: Netherland’s Oldest Football Club

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When we think of football clubs in Netherlands, we think of Ajax, Feyenoord or the likes PSV. Never do we think about the club that introduced football to the Oranje country. Koninklijke HFC is the oldest football club in the country of Netherlands. They were originally founded as Royal Haarlemsche Football Club in the year, 1879. In the beginning the club was not a football club, in fact it boasted the sport of Rugby. The team was assembled by a 14-year-old boy by the name of Pim Mulier(Muiler would eventually give introduction to the winter sport Bandy). They switched to association football due to financial problems in 1883.The first official football match in the Netherlands was played between HFC and Amsterdam Sport in 1886.

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