23 February 2000 – The Late Great Stanley Matthews

On 23 February 2000, Stanley Matthews, winner of the first Ballon d'Or, passed away at the age of 85.A winger who is widely considered one of the greatest players in football history, Matthews acquired a long list of accomplishments over the course of his 33-year career, which he spent with only two clubs, Stoke City (1932-47, 1961-65) and Blackpool ...

23 February 2000 – The Late Great Stanley Matthews

On 23 February 2000, Stanley Matthews, winner of the first Ballon d'Or, passed away at the age of 85.A winger who is widely considered one of the greatest players in football history, Matthews acquired a long list of accomplishments over the course of his 33-year career, which he spent with only two clubs, Stoke City (1932-47, 1961-65) and Blackpool ...

22 February 1931 – Vélez Takes A Fall

On 22 February 1931, Vélez Sársfield suffered the only loss of their 25-game Pan-American tour, falling to Fall River 5-2.Vélez had already played fifteen matches of their tour, which included stops in Chile, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, and three games in the United States. The first of the US matches was a 3-1 win over the New York Stars in Brooklyn ...

21 February 1974 – Best Arrested

On 21 February 1974, George Best, recently retired from Manchester United, was arrested on charges of burglary and theft.The superstar winger had last played for United the previous month after a falling out with manager Tommy Docherty and spent the intervening days in a series of flings, including a high-profile outing in London with the newly-crowned ...

20 February 2011 – Deportivo Cuts It Close

On 20 February 2011, Deportivo de La Coruña earned a draw with Almería thanks to the first La Liga goal scored by a goalkeeper in open play.Deportivo had been struggling all season in the bottom half of the table and had just climbed into thirteenth with a shock win over Villareal. Almería, meanwhile, were sitting one spot off the bottom in ...

19 February 1910 – Back When It Was Just “Trafford”

On 19 February 1910, Liverpool spoiled the debut of Manchester United's new stadium, winning there 3-4. Originally named United Football Ground, the stadium was designed by architect Archibald Leitch and cost approximately £60,000 to complete. It opened with a capacity of 80,000--substantially higher than the 50,000 of their previous Bank Street ground--but ...

Akuoma Omeoga

Nigerian BobsledderFactfileName: Akuoma OmeogaNationality: NigerianDate of Birth: 22 June 1992Place of Birth: St Paul, Minnesota, USASport: BobsleighHeight: 1m65cm (5'4)Akuoma is a member of the first ever Nigerian and also African Womens Bobseligh team. They are set to compete in their first ever Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea. After competing ...

Yura Min

South Korean Figure SkaterFactfileName: Yura MinNationality: South Korea / USADate of Birth: 15 August 1995Place of Birth:  Torrance, California, USASport: Figure SkatingHeight: 1m63cm (5'4)Yura is a dual nationality figure skater. Able to represent both the USA and South Korea, she represents the land of her parents, South Korea. She is currently ...

18 February 1973 – The Role Came A Little Bit Later

On 18 February 1973, Claude Makélélé, who redefined the modern defensive midfielder position, was born in Kinshasa, Zaire.He moved to France when he was four and spent the first several years of his career there, first with Stade Brestois (1990-91), then with Nantes (1991-97) and later Marseille (1997-98). In 1998, he left for Spain, playing two ...

Talina Gantenbein

Swiss Ski Cross RacerFactfileName: Talina GantenbeinNationality: SwissDate of Birth: 08 August 1998Place of Birth: Sport: Freestyle SkiingHeight: 1m65cm (5'5)Event : Ski CrossTalina is a Swiss Ski Cross racer who is set to appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Swiss teenager, she is 19 at time of publication, has not ...

Aiza Mambekova

Aiza Mambekova (also Aiza Imambek) is a Kazakh Figure SkaterFactfileName: Aiza Imambek (Mambekova)Nationality: KakazhDate of Birth: 25 February 1999Place of Birth:  Almaty KazakhstanSport: Figure SkatingHeight: 1m64cm (5'5Aiza is an 18 year Kazakh Figure Skater about to star in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. In her first full year on ...

Ester Ledecka

Czech Skier/SnowboarderFactfileName: Ester LedeckaNationality: CzechDate of Birth: 23 March 1995Place of Birth:  Prague, Czech RepublicSport: Skiing / SnowboardHeight: 1m73cm (5'8)Ester is a Skier and  an Snowboarder. She has just won Gold in the Winter Olympics in the Super G and has still to compete in the Snowboard and the remaining Combined ...

Anna Sloan

British CurlerFactfileName: Anna SloanNationality: BritishDate of Birth: 05 Feb 1991Place of Birth: Dumfries, Scotland, UKSport: CurlingHeight: 1m63cm (5'3)Anna is part of the British Womens Curling team currently competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Anna is the second member of the team featured on HWiS with her skip Eve ...

Anna Fernstaedt

German Skeleton sliderFactfileName: Anna FernstaedtNationality: GermanyDate of Birth: 23 November 1996Place of Birth:  Prague, Czech RepublicSport: SkeletonHeight: 1m69cm (5'7)Anna competes in the Skeleton for Germany. She is currently in the Olympics in South Korea, and at 21 is one of the youngest racers sliding down the track. She is currently ...