On this day: April 26

On this day in history, we wave goodbye to a boxing legend, whilst welcoming one of Spain’s most recognisable football clubs to the world.

1997 – George Foreman’ last victory

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Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweights in the history of boxing, Foreman finally hung up his gloves at the grand old age of 48 in 1997.

‘Big George’ is perhaps best known for losing to Muhammad Ali in the 1974 fight dubbed ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’, but he was a prized fighter in his own right, winning the world heavyweight title on two occasions, as well as winning the Olympic gold medal.

After coming out of retirement having missed 10 years of his career, Foreman won the second of his world titles in 1994, when he was 45, before retiring for a second time three years later.

His final victory came via a split decision over Lou Savarese in 1997, before he hung up his gloves following a defeat to Shannon Briggs later that year.

1903 – Atletico Madrid formed

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The fourth most successful club in Spanish football, behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao in terms of titles won, Club Atlético de Madrid was founded in 1903 by three Basque students living in the Spanish capital.

Over the years, Madrid’s second club has almost always played second fiddle to their more illustrious neighbours, but the Rojiblancos have won La Liga and the Copa del Rey on 10 occasions, as well as the Europa League twice, the UEFA Supercup twice, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

They play their football at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, although a move to the nearby Estadio La Peineta is on the cards later in 2016.


Sporting Birthdays

1918: Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch sprinter
1949: Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer
1961: Nancy Scranton, American golfer
1977: Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player
1985 John Isner, American Tennis player

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