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This Day in History: 5th July

News 05 Jul 2013, 10:32 IST

Goal-line technology was approved on this day in 2012 following years of opposition


2012: The International Football Association Board, responsible for the Laws of the Game, finally approved the use of goal-line technology, reversing years of opposition.

1975: Birth of Hernan Crespo, an Argentine retired footballer, who scored over 300 goals in a career spanning 19 years. His honours include an Olympic Games silver medal, a Copa Libertadores, a Premier League title and three Serie A scudetti.

1979: Birth of Stiliyan Petrov, a former professional footballer who played and captained Aston Villa in the Premier League and the Bulgaria national team.

2009: Chelsea completed the signing of 19-year-old Manchester City academy graduate Daniel Sturridge after the forward decided to end his long association with the club.


Former Indian coach John Wright (L) and Sachin Tendulkar

1954: Birth of John Wright, a former international cricketer who represented and captained New Zealand at international level and following his retirement in 1993, he coached the Indian national cricket team from 2000 to 2005.

1988: Malcolm Marshall took 7 for 22 in an imperious second-innings display as West Indies humiliated England with an innings defeat at Old Trafford.

Harold “Dickie” Bird made his Test debut at Headingley, umpiring the third Test between England and New Zealand. Twenty-three years later, Bird retired, having stood in what was then a record 66 Tests.


1971: Birth of Donna Faber, a former professional tennis player. She competed in Grand Slam tournaments from 1988 to 1993.

1975: Birth of Ai Sugiyama, a retired Japanese professional tennis player. She reached No. 1 in women’s doubles on the WTA Tour. Her career-high singles ranking was No. 8, achieved on February 9, 2004.

1990: Zina Garrison upsets Steffi Graf in Wimbledon semi-finals.

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