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24/7/2023Former England forward Trevor Francis dies aged 69 after suffering a heart attack in Spain. In 1979 he became Britain's first £1m footballer when he moved from Birmingham City to Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest. He won two European Cups with Forest - in 1979, when he scored the winner against Malmo, and 1980. Francis also won 52 England caps, scoring 12 goals, before embarking on a managerial career.
24/7/2023Marianna Vardinogianni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, President of the Association "ELPIDA-Association of Friends of Children with Cancer" and wife of businessman Vardis I. Vardinogiannis, president of Motor Oil and shipowner, dies at the age of 80, a few days after attending the lighting of the flame for the Berlin Special Olympics 2023. For more than 25 years she fought against childhood cancer and had a rich philanthropic work.
24/7/2014Kostis Panos, just 16.5 years old, becomes the first Greek futsal footballer who is transferred to a team abroad. From Hyperion Glyka Nera to the Spanish Inter Movistar, which is considered the best club in futsal, having won 18 championships, 11 cups and 10 Spanish Supercups, five world championships and four European Cups.
24/7/200533-year-old Texan Lance Armstrong, in the final race of his career, wins the 92nd Tour de France, the 7th in a row, in 86 hours, 15 minutes and 2 seconds covering a distance of 3.608 kilometers
24/7/2000Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo becomes the world's most expensive player when he confirms his move from Barcelona to Real Madrid for 37 million pounds. Real Madrid will shatter their record one year later (July 9, 2001) with the acquisition of Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for 44 million
24/7/1976Oscar Alvarez is transferred to Panathinaikos from PAS Giannina. The argentinian star will remain in Panathinaikos for 5 years and in 115 games will score 55 goals. In 1980 he will move to Atromitos Peristeri, where he will end his football career
24/7/1976Spanish cyclist Miguel Indurain wins 4th consecutive Tour de France
24/7/1976American swimmer John Naber becomes the first to swim the 200m back style in less than 2 minutes at the Montreal Olympics
24/7/1975Greece is defeated by USSR with 64-61 and takes the silver medal at the 3rd European Cadets Basketball Championship in “Sporting” Hall. Panagiotis Giannakis, Memos Ioannou, Liveris Andritsos and Costas Batis play for Greece
24/7/1968Giorgos Eleftherakis (from Fostiras) and Giorgos Gonios (from Ag. Ierotheos) are transferred to Panathinaikos, along with Antonis Antoniadis who played for Xanthi in Division B’ of the Greek Football Championship
24/7/1966The US relay team 4x400m (R.Fray, Lee Evans, Tommy Smith and T. Lewis) breaks the 3-minute barrier (2:59.6) in Los Angeles
24/7/1952Emil and Dana Zatopek become the first couple to win olympic gold (Helsinki). Emil dominates the 5000m race and Dana the javelin throw
24/7/1949Vangelis Foundoukidis starts his long career (36 years) as sports journalist from «Athlitiki Iho”, on the day when Panathinaikos beats Aris with 2-0 in Salonica and wins the football championship. From 1958 to 1970 he will work for ''Ethnos'' and from 1970 to 1985 for the greek TV
24/7/1923Eleftherios Venizelos and Ismet Inonu sign a greek-turkish agreement, regulating the exchange of populations of the two nations, as stated in the Laussanne treaty. More than 1.000.000 Christians are obliged to abandon the Turkish grounds and migrate to Greece, resulting in the creation of numerous athletic clubs, which are re-established in different cities under their original names
24/7/1908Italian runner Dorando Pietri enters first the newly built White City Stadium but collapses five times out of exhaustion just before he finishes the Marathon race of the London Olympic Games. The judges help him to stand up and finish first but the gold medal will be awarded to, by 30 seconds later second, John Hayes (2:55.18.4) after a plea made by his American patriots, as any help results in disqualification. Queen Alexandra, however, will award him, one day later, a commemorative medal for his super human attempt, which will result in the organization of marathon races in many countries. The course covered by the runners was 42.195m. instead of that of the 40 kilometers. This difference came out because the royal family insisted that their children watched the runners from Windsor Castle. This course will be formally adopted at the Paris Olympic Games of 1924.
24/7/1883Matthew Webb, the first man who swam across the English Channel in 1875, dies at the age of 35 in the attempt to swim across Niagra Falls


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