On This Day - Feb 5 2009: Which undefeated world super-middle and light-heavy champion retired today?


Sven-Goran Eriksson (soccer) - former England and Manchester City manager, born 1948.

Gheorghe Hagi (soccer) - former Romania and Barcelona forward, born 1965.

Jose Maria Olazabal (golf) - double Masters champion and victorious European Ryder Cup captain in 2012, born 1966.

Marcus Gronholm (motor racing) - double World Rally champion from Finland, born 1968.

Billy Dodds (soccer) - former Aberdeen, Rangers and Scotland striker, born 1969.

Darren Lehmann (cricket) - former Yorkshire and Australia batsman, and former coach of Australia, born 1970.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst (soccer) - former Arsenal and Rangers midfielder who won 107 caps for Holland, now manager of Feyenoord, born 1975.

John Aloisi (soccer) - former Australia, Portsmouth and Coventry striker, and ex-manager of Brisbane Roar, born 1976.

Sir Ben Ainslie (sailing) - British sailor and four-time Olympic champion, born 1977.

Carlos Tevez (soccer) - Boca Juniors and Argentina striker, formerly with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, born 1984.

Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer) - Juventus and Portugal forward who has won the Ballon d'Or five times, born 1985.

Neymar (soccer) - Paris St Germain and Brazil forward, born 1992.

Adnan Januzaj (soccer) - Real Sociedad and Belgium winger, born 1995.


1 Who was named MVP in the 1996 Super Bowl?

2 Who is the current captain of Ireland's rugby union team?

3 Who do Cushendall Ruairi Ogs face in the GAA 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship semi-final? 

4 Thierry Henry joined which American club after leaving Barcelona?

5 In 2017, Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko over how many rounds to add the WBA and IBO heavyweight titles to his IBF belt?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


1923: Bill Ponsford's then world-record 429 helped Victoria become the first team to reach a four-figure total in first-class cricket. They scored 1,059 against Tasmania in Melbourne.

1974: Football League attendances hit a new low when only 450 people watched Rochdale's Fourth Division match against Cambridge at Spotland.

2002: Former England boss Graham Taylor was appointed manager of Aston Villa for the second time after John Gregory's departure.

2004: Ernie Els fired 11 birdies as he carded a course-record 60 in the first round of the Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne.

2007: Real Madrid agreed the permanent transfer of England defender Jonathan Woodgate to Middlesbrough.

2008: England manager Fabio Capello announced Steven Gerrard would be England captain for the Italian's first game in charge against Switzerland.


World champion Joe Calzaghe with his father Enzo


2009: Undefeated world super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe announced his retirement from boxing.

2013: Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

2014: David Beckham announced he had taken up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

2016: The validity of long-standing world records in athletics was again called into question after governing body the IAAF confirmed it was investigating claims China's double world record holder Wang Junxia admitted to doping.

2017: The New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 after overtime at Super Bowl LI, with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady winning their fifth rings with the franchise.


Today (Tuesday, February 5)

SOCCER: FA Cup, Newport v Middlesbrough - BT Sport 2 1930; Ligue 1, Marseille v Bordeaux - BT Sport 1.

CRICKET: Second Test, Australia v Sri Lanka - BT Sport 1 2315.

SNOOKER: World Grand Prix - ITV 4 1245& 1845.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 6)

SOCCER: FA Cup, West Brom v Brighton - BBC One 1955; Ladbrokes Premiership, Aberdeen v Rangers - 1930.

CRICKET: T20, New Zealand v India - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0655, South Africa v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket 1555 & Sky Sports Main Event 1600.

TENNIS: Fed Cup, Great Britain v Slovenia - BT Sport 2 1615.

SNOOKER: World Grand Prix - ITV 4 1245& 1845.

GOLF: European Tour, ISPS Handa Vic Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0400.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Milwaukee Bucks v Washington Wizards - Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Thu)

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Desmond Howard; 2. Rory Best; 3. St Thomas (Galway)?; 4. New York Red Bulls; 5. 11.

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