1997 in association football


1997 in association football

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c=20th Century
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yp1=1994
yp2=1995
yp3=1996
year=1997
ya1=1998
ya2=1999
ya3=2000
dp3=1960s
dp2=1970s
dp1=1980s
d=1990s
dn1=2000s
dn2=2010s
dn3=2020s

The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 1997 throughout the world.

Events

*January 1 – Manager Leo Beenhakker is named technical director at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem and replaced as a manager by Sparta Rotterdam head coach Henk ten Cate.
*Copa Libertadores 1997: is won by Cruzeiro after defeating Sporting Cristal on an aggregate score of 1-0.
*Scottish FA Cup: Kilmarnock FC beats Falkirk 1-0.
*February 25 – Manager Hans Westerhof is sacked by FC Groningen.
*April 30 – Striker Boudewijn Zenden from PSV Eindhoven plays his first international match for the Netherlands national football team, when Holland defeats San Marino 6-0 in Serravalle.
*May 17 – Chelsea wins the FA Cup by defeating Middlesbrough 2-0.
*May 18 – Eric Cantona, the famous and controversial French footballer in the Premiership, announces his retirement from football.
* July 20 – Gudjon Thordarson makes his debut as the manager of Iceland with a 1-0 loss against Norway.
*August 17 – PSV Eindhoven wins the Johan Cruijff Schaal, the annual opening of the new season in the Eredivisie, with a 3-1 win over Roda JC in the Amsterdam ArenA.
*November 2 – Borussia Dortmund wins the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan by defeating Brazil's Cruzeiro 2-0. The goals for the Germans are scored by Michael Zorc and Heiko Herrlich.

Winner national club championships

Euorope

* Bulgaria – PFC CSKA Sofia
* England – Manchester United
* France – AS Monaco
* Germany – Bayern Munich
* Italy – Juventus
* Netherlands
** Eredivisie – PSV Eindhoven
** Eerste Divisie – MVV Maastricht
* Portugal – FC Porto
* Spain – Real Madrid
* Turkey – Galatasaeray S.K.55500

outh America

*Argentina
**Clausura – River Plate
**Apertura – River Plate
* Brazil – Vasco da Gama
* Paraguay – Olimpia Asunción

Asia

*flagicon|LIB Lebanon – Al-Ansar

International tournaments

* UNCAF Nations Cup in Guatemala City, Guatemala (April 16 – April 27, 1997):# fb|CRC:# fb|GUA:# fb|SLV

* Tournoi de France in France (June 3 – June 11, 1997) :# fb|ENG:# fb|BRA:# fb|FRA

* Copa América in Bolivia (June 11 – June 29, 1997):# fb|BRA:# fb|BOL:# fb|MEX

* FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt (September 5 – September 21, 1997) :# fb|BRA:# fb|GHA:# fb|ESP

Deaths

*June 18 – Héctor Yazalde (51), Argentinian footballer
*July 10 – Ivor Allchurch (67), Welsh footballer
*November 1 – Roger Marche (73), French footballer
*November 9 – Helenio Herrera (80), Argentine-French footballer and manager
*October 18 – Ramiro Castillo (31), Bolivian footballer
*December 7 – Billy Bremner (55), Scottish footballer


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