In 1990, months after the Berlin Wall came crashing down, West Germany won its third World Cup and Franz Beckenbauer became the first person to win as captain and coach.
Beckenbauer, who many credit with revolutionizing the role of the defender into a more offensive and elegant position, had been part of the World Cup fabric as far back as 1966 when, at the tender age of 20, he played a pivotal role in West Germany's advancement to the World Cup final.
Alf Ramsey's prediction that "England will win the World Cup" at home was bold. After all, the home of football had done very little since returning to the FIFA fold in 1950.
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Ray Wilson, the left back in all six of England's games in its World Cup-winning campaign in 1966, has died. He was 83.
Huddersfield announced Wilson's death on Wednesday. The northern English team said Wilson, who played for the club for most of his career, continued to attend matches despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004.
Rooney says he’s staying at Man United
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is going nowhere, for the time being at least.
In a statement addressing his future amid interest from Chinese Super League clubs, Rooney said on Thursday he wanted to help United in its fight for trophies this season.
Rooney sets Man United scoring record; Man City, Spurs draw
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Deep into stoppage time with Manchester United facing defeat, Wayne Rooney bent a free kick high over the defense and into the Stoke goal.
A point was salvaged for United but the moment carried a far greater significance. It was Rooney's 250th goal for United — a record breaker.
Rooney's long wait to overhaul Bobby Charlton as the club's all-time leading scorer ended in front of the 79-year-old former United great on Saturday at Stoke.
Rooney becomes Man United’s record scorer with 250th goal
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It was a moment of drama and pride for Wayne Rooney but one tinged with disappointment for Bobby Charlton.
Rooney overhauled Charlton on Saturday to become Manchester United's record scorer, coming off the bench to net his landmark 250th goal in stoppage time at Stoke to clinch a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.
Rooney salvages point for United with club record 250th goal
STOKE, England (AP) — After the long wait to break Manchester United's scoring record, Wayne Rooney ensured the landmark 250th goal was still dramatic.
The United captain bent in a free kick in stoppage time at Stoke to salvage a 1-1 draw on Saturday in the Premier League and move clear of Bobby Charlton at the top of the club's all-time scoring leaderboard.
Rooney and United had looked set to return home frustrated, with the forward watching from the bench.
Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.
That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August's sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation's target of raising 5 million pounds for children's charities.
Rooney equals record as United beats Reading 4-0 in FA Cup
LONDON (AP) — Wayne Rooney stands one goal away from becoming Manchester United's outright record goal-scorer after equaling club great Bobby Charlton's mark of 249 on Saturday.
With the 79-year-old Charlton watching from the stands, Rooney guided in Juan Mata's cross after seven minutes as the defending FA Cup champion swept aside second-tier Reading 4-0 in the third round.
Watched by Charlton, Rooney ties record as United top scorer
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's joint leading scorer of all time when he scored his 249th goal for the club on Saturday in the FA Cup third-round 4-0 win over Reading.
Rooney struck in the seventh minute at Old Trafford to equal the mark set by Bobby Charlton, who was watching the game.
Content Mourinho enjoys luxury of injury-free Man United
Jose Mourinho gleefully proclaimed something predecessor Louis van Gaal was unable to do when he was the Manchester United manager.
"There are zero injuries," Mourinho said on Friday. "Zero injuries! We have 27 players and zero injuries."
Mourinho confirmed that skipper Wayne Rooney will start on Saturday in the FA Cup third-round match against Championship visitor Reading, which was managed by former United defender Jaap Stam.
Someday soccer will return to Chapecoense, as at Man Utd
LONDON (AP) — Someday, somehow, soccer will likely return at Chapecoense.
Through the grieving and after the funerals of the 19 team members who died in a plane crash, soccer will probably be played again, just as it was at Manchester United and Torino following similar tragedies.