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26/5/2013Athens 2004 gold medallist and London 2012 bronze medallist, Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) is awarded the gold medal, as Kirill Denisov (RUS) was unable to compete in the final match of the -90kg category of the World Judo Masters in Tyumen, Russia, after suffering a recurrence of a hand injury.
26/5/2011Adidas announces the decision to stop marketing the Stan Smith shoe by 2012, which back in 1988 was listed in Guinness World Records having sold about 22 million pairs. Ironically, the announcement is made at the tennis stadium Roland Garros as these shoes were especially designed for tennis. Stanley Roger "Stan" Smith, the former world No. 1 American tennis player and two time Grand Slam singles champion, gave his name to the adidas shoe, replacing the model "adidas Robert Haillet" when French tennis professional Robert Haillet retired. Two years after, on 31/5/2013, it will be officially announced that the shoe will be back in stores during 2014 and Stan Smith will promote it, adding his 8-year-old son’s question “Did you take your name after the adidas shoe? ”
26/5/2010Panathinaikos beat Olympiacos 73-54 at the first match of the final of the basketball playoffs in OAKA. Olympiacos makes a negative record of 0/23 3-point shots in the history of A1.
26/5/2008Ship owner Nikolas Pateras becomes the new president of Panathinaikos FC, following an agreement among Giannis Vardinogiannis, Pavlos Giannakopoulos and Andreas Vgenopoulos. On 24/1/2008, Andreas Vgenopoulos had announced the creation of Panathenian Unifying Movement (PEK) and proposed the participation of businessmen in the company’s stock capital.
26/5/2004Porto – Monaco 3-0. Porto becomes the second team, behind Liverpool, to win the UEFA Cup and the Champions League consecutively. Akis Zikos of Monaco becomes the first greek footballer to participate in a Champions League final
26/5/200345-year-old Brazilian basketball player Oscar Schmidt announces his retirement after 26 years of action and 49.703 points scored. Despite the fact that the count, which includes all the teams he played for, is unofficial, it is notable that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored 38.387. In 1992 Olympics, when asked why he shot all the time while his teammates were forced to set screens for him, he said “some people play the piano and some other move the piano”.
26/5/2000First ''Laureus Sports Awards'' in Monaco. Prince Albert attends the ceremony. American golfer Tiger Woods and American sprinter Marion Jones are named ''athletes of the year''. Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia is named ''rookie of the year''. Manchester Utd, Lance Armstrong and Pele also receive awards. A special award presented to handicapped athletes goes to Louise Sauvage
26/5/1999Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score in stoppage time to give Manchester United the victory over Bayern Munich (2-1) at the Champions League final in Barcelona's Camp Neu. Manchester United are crowned champions of Europe after 31 years
26/5/1991Red Star Belgrade become the first (and last) yougoslavian team to be crowned European champions after defeating Olympique de Marseille 2-0 on penalty kicks (0-0). Marseille will come back 2 years later (1993) to take the title with a 1-0 win over Milan and become the first french team to capture it
26/5/1983Norman Whiteside becomes the youngest player (18 years and 18 days old) to score in an English FA Cup final as Manchester Utd overcome Everton 1-0
26/5/1980Kastoria win the Greek Cup after beating Iraklis 5-2 in Nea Philadelphia stadium (Tsironis 3, Simaioforidis and Dintsikos)
26/5/1971The UEFA Cup replaces the Exhibitions Cup
26/5/1928FIFA decides to create the World Cup
26/5/1927Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard win the first Le Mans Grand Prix d' Endurance (57.21m/h)
26/5/1911First Indianapolis 500 race held


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