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This day in European football history - October 31

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What happened on October 31
Hampden Park was opened in Glasgow. The venue hosted 278 football matches of European national teams.
International football venue Campo de la calle O'Donnell was inaugurated in Madrid. Since opening, 1 game of European national football teams was played on the stadium.
International footballer Fritz Walter was born 103 years ago. He played 61 matches for West Germany national team and scored 33 goals. Date of his death: June 17, 2002.
Gunnar Gren, former Sweden national football team player (57 caps and 32 goals), born this day. Died on November 10, 1991, aged 71 years.
102 years ago, the former Yugoslavia football player Branko Stanković was born. He appeared for 61 matches in total and scored 3 international goals for Yugoslavia. Date of his death: February 20, 2002.
Birthday of Poul Pedersen, who played for Denmark national team in period 1953-1964 (50 caps and 17 goals). Died on December 23, 2016, aged 84 years.
Birthday of the Spain football referee Ángel Franco Martínez, who was an official at 9 international games of European association football teams. The referee died on February 3, 2024.
Netherlands referee Henk van Ettekoven is born 84 years ago. He is known to have officiated 5 international matches of European teams during the period from 1979 to 1987.
Former Finland footballer Aki Lahtinen is born today. He made his debut for national team in 1979 and earned 56 caps.
International footballer Marco van Basten is born 59 years ago. He played 58 matches for Netherlands national team and scored 24 goals. He was also a national team manager.
Denis Irwin, former Rep. of Ireland national football team player (56 caps and 4 goals), born this day.
The match Greece vs Soviet Union in Neo Faliro was the 100th ever international match of Greece.
Birthday of the international referee Fredy Fautrel from France, who refereed 10 football games of European national teams
44 years ago, the Portugal football player Simão Sabrosa is born. He appeared for 85 matches in total and scored 22 international goals for Portugal.
Rudolf Kock passed away at the age of 78. He played for Sweden national team in period from 1919 to 1925 (37 caps and 12 goals). He was also known as a national team manager. Born on June 29, 1901.
Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor was opened in Dakar. The venue hosted 1 football match of European national teams.
Birthday of Elsad Zverotić, who played for Montenegro national team in period 2008-2017 (61 caps and 5 goals).
Yugoslavia national team played their 500th international match in Belgrade against Austria.
England footballer Marcus Rashford is born today. He made his debut for national team in 2016 and earned 60 caps, scoring 17 goals.
Former Denmark football referee Tage Sørensen died this day at the age of 81. He officiated in matches of national football teams. He also played for national team. Born on February 11, 1919.
Former Hungary national team player Flórián Albert died on this day aged 70. He earned 75 caps and scored 31 goals in total. Date of his birth: September 15, 1941.
Pat Partridge passed away aged 81. He was a well-known international football referee from England. Date of his birth: June 30, 1933.
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