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18th June


Arrivederci JAR
2008 - John Arne Riise was sold to Roma for £4m after 348 reds appearances and 31 goals since his arrival for the same fee from AS Monaco in June 2001. He helped us to win the European Cup, FA Cup League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield.

1937 – Forward Ted Harston signed from Mansfield Town for £300,000 after an amazing 81 goals in seventy Third Division North outings. He struck on his reds bow as we were thumped 6-1 at Chelsea that August, as well as bagging a brace in his second game. However, he only played a further three games, and returned to amateur football with Shorts in the Kent League in August 1939 after suffering a broken leg that ended his professional career.

Happy McBirthday
1971 - Jason McAteer was born in Birkenhead. After playing against the reds in the 1995 Coca Cola Cup Final, he moved to Anfield from Bolton Wanderers for £4.5m that September. He was a regular under Roy Evans, but was soon shown the door by Gérard Houllier, who sold him to Blackburn Rovers for £4m in January 1999 after six goals in 139 reds games.

Thommo departs
2004 - Phil Thompson stepped down as Assistant Manager. He had been in this role for five years after Gérard Houllier hired him early on in his reign. Thommo stepped into the breach for much of the 2001/02 season while Houllier was recovering from heart surgery, helping us to reach the Quarter-finals of the Champions League and finish second in the League.

Razor on target in New York
1994 - Ex-red Ray Houghton bagged the only goal of the game at the Giants Stadium in New York as the Republic of Ireland upset the odds to beat Italy in their opening World Cup game. Fellow ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton also played, as did future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer. This was the first time the Irish had beaten Italy in eight attempts. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland in their 1-1 draw with the USA in Detroit.

A reds friendly
1948 - We beat Swedish side Djurgårdens IF 3-2 in a friendly in Brooklyn, New York City. Billy Liddell, Ken Brierley and Jack Balmer netted for the reds.

Three amigos
2008 - With Spain already having qualified for the Quarter-finals as group winners, Fernando Torres was rested alongside many first-choice players, meaning that Xabi Alonso skippered the side to a 2-1 European Championships Finals defeat of Greece in Salzburg, with Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina also playing, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap as an Eintracht Frankfurt player for the Greeks. Javier Mascherano featured in a goalless World Cup qualifier for Argentina in Brazil on the same day.

Scottish World Cup disappointment
1982 - Three reds featured in Scotland’s 4-1 defeat by Brazil in their World Cup encounter in Seville. Graeme Souness skippered a side that also included Alan Hansen and substitute Kenny Dalglish, as well as future red John Wark, with the uncle of current red Lucas, Leivinha, on the winning side.
1974 - Dalglish also played against Brazil in the World Cup when their meeting in Frankfurt ended goalless.
1977 - Kenny also played for his country when they held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Buenos Aires.

Also at the World Cup
2014 – Future red Dejan Lovren faced ex-red Charles Itandje as Croatia thumped Cameroon 4-0 in a group game in Manaus. Meanwhile, ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both played as Spain lost 2-0 to Chile in Rio de Janeiro.
2010 - Milan Jovanović bagged his last goal as a Standard de Liège player, the only strike of Serbia’s group encounter with Germany in Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard captained England as Algeria held them to a goalless draw in Cape Town, with Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey and David James all also featuring.

1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley was on target in England’s 3-0 defeat of Paraguay in Mexico City as they qualified for the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Jan Mølby was a substitute as Denmark were thumped 5-1 by Spain in Queretaro.
2006 - Harry Kewell came off the bench as Australia lost 2-0 to Brazil in Munich.
1998 - Future red Bernard Diomède played as France beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 at the Stade de France.

Young international reds on target
2013 – Fabio Borini scored as Italy Under-21’s lost 4-2 to Spain in the European Championships Final in Jerusalem.
1997 - Michael Owen was on target in the World Championship Finals as England Under-20’s beat the Ivory Coast 2-1 in Malaysia.
1978 - Alan Kennedy scored in his last B international as a Newcastle United player as England B beat Singapore 8-0 in the National Stadium. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played.

2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé bagged a treble as France beat Iran 5-0 in the same competition in Argentina. Grégory Vignal and future red Alou Diarra both also played.
2003 - Cissé also played for his country in a 1-0 defeat of Colombia in the Confederations Cup in Lyon.

Ex-reds on the move
2000 - Former reserves striker Paul Jewell resigned as Manager of Bradford City after two and half years at Valley Parade. He led them into the Premiership, keeping them there for a season before stepping down. He took over at Sheffield Wednesday just three days later.
2009 – Djimi Traoré joined AS Monaco from Portsmouth. He had struck once in 43 outings for les Rouge et Blanc before joining Olympique de Marseille.

Happy days for Gary Mac
While still at Leeds United, Gary McAllister twice made memorable European Championships Finals appearances for his country on this day.
1992 - He scored in Scotland’s 3-0 defeat of the CIS in Norrköping, Sweden. On the same day, future red Karlheinz Riedle played in Germany’s 3-1 defeat by the Netherlands in Gothenburg.
1996 - Gary Mac captained his country for the twentieth time as they beat Switzerland 1-0 at Villa Park, with future red Stéphane Henchoz on the losing side. Meanwhile, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and future reds Nick Barmby and Paul Ince all featured as England beat the Netherlands 4-1 at Wembley.

Also at the European Championships
2016 – Christian Benteke faced ex-red Robbie Keane as Belgium beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a group game in Bordeaux.
2012 – Future red Mario Balotelli netted for Italy in their 2-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in the European Championships Finals in Poland, with ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres all also featuring in the competition that day.
2000 - Vegard Heggem won his twentieth and final cap in Norway’s 1-0 defeat by Yugoslavia in Liège. Clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played.
2015 – Tiago Ilori faced future red Danny Ings in the Under-21’s Finals as Portugal beat England 1-0 in the Czech Republic.

1980 - Ray Clemence, Terry McDermott and Phil Thompson all played in England’s 2-1 defeat of Spain in Naples, with ex-red Kevin Keegan captaining the side. Avi Cohen played in a World Cup qualifier on the same day, as Israel drew 1-1 in Sweden.
1988 - John Barnes and Steve McMahon both featured as England lost 3-1 to the USSR in Frankfurt, to crash out of Euro ’88 without a point. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all played as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen to join England on the plane home.

On the move
2009 – Former Chairman and current Honorary Life President David Moores resigned from the Board of Directors, following the fall-out of his sale of the club to George Gillett and Tom Hicks. On the same day, the appointment of reserve team coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was announced, although he only stayed at the club for a year.
2012 – Former reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Fleetwood Town from Colchester United, after 28 strikes in 108 outings for the U’s.

First cap
2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his first cap since his permanent move to Bolton Wanderers as Senegal were held to a 2-2 draw by Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar.

On Song twice
Rigobert Song has twice represented his country in World Cup qualifiers in Libya on this day in history.
2004 - Cameroon held them to a goalless draw in Misurata.
2000 – He helped them to a 3-0 victory in Tripoli.

Champion Carra
2009 - Jamie Carragher was named the Celebrity Champion at the Community Foundation For Merseyside’s Spirit of Merseyside Awards at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.



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