The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 1996 throughout the world.
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- Copa Libertadores 1996: Won by River Plate after defeating América de Cali 2–1 on aggregate.
- UEFA Euro 1996: Germany defeats the Czech Republic 2–1 with a golden goal from Oliver Bierhoff at Wembley Stadium.
- The UEFA Regions' Cup is founded for amateur teams in Europe to have an international tournament.
- February 7 – Logi Ólafsson makes his debut as the manager of Iceland with a 1–7 loss against Slovenia.
- March 3 – Dutch club NEC fires Wim Koevermans and appoints former coach Leen Looyen as his successor.
- April 6 – Major League Soccer kicks-off: an overflow crowd of 31,683 packed Spartan Stadium to witness the historic first match. San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scored the league's first goal in a 1–0 victory over D.C. United.
- May 11 – Manchester United wins 1–0 over Liverpool to claim the FA Cup. United becomes the first team to win the English League and Cup Double twice.
- May 16 – PSV claims the KNVB Cup after defeating Sparta Rotterdam at De Kuip, 5–2.
- August 18 – PSV wins the Johan Cruyff Shield, the annual opening of the new season in the Eredivisie, following a 3–0 win over Ajax.
- August 27 – Manager Alan Ball is fired by Manchester City and succeeded by Steve Coppell.
- November 8 – Phil Neal replaces Manchester City manager Steve Coppell as caretaker, to be succeeded by Frank Clark on December 29.
- October 9 – Manager Huub Stevens leaves Roda JC. He is replaced by interim-coach Eddy Achterberg, and later by Martin Jol.
- November 26 – Juventus wins the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo after defeating Argentina's River Plate 1–0. The match's only goal is scored by Alessandro del Piero in the 81st minute.
Winner club national championshipsEdit
- Croatia – Dinamo Zagreb
- Czech Republic – Slavia Prague
- England – Manchester United
- France – Auxerre
- Germany – Borussia Dortmund
- Italy –A.C. Milan
- Poland – Widzew Łódź
- Portugal – Porto
- Spain – Atlético Madrid
- Turkey – Fenerbahçe
- Yugoslavia – Partizan
- United States
- African Cup of Nations in South Africa (January 13 – February 3, 1996)
- UEFA European Football Championship in England (June 8 – 30 1996)
- Baltic Cup in Narva, Estonia (July 7 – 9 1996)
- Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States (July 20 – August 3, 1996)
- Men's Tournament
- Women's Tournament
National team resultsEdit
- 1 January:
- 7 January: Isaac Success, Nigerian footballer
- 11 January: Leroy Sané, German footballer
- 21 January
- 23 January: Ruben Loftus-Cheek, English footballer
- 24 January: Patrik Schick, Czech footballer
- 26 January: Zakaria Bakkali, Belgian footballer
- 2 February: Harry Winks, English footballer
- 11 February:
- 14 February:
- 28 February: Danilo Barbosa, Brazilian footballer
- 4 March:
- 6 March: Timo Werner, German footballer
- 15 March: Levin Öztunalı, German footballer
- 24 March: Valentino Lazaro, Austrian footballer
- 28 March: Benjamin Pavard, French footballer
- 9 April: Giovani Lo Celso, Argentinian footballer
- 10 April: Andreas Christensen, Danish footballer
- 11 April: Dele Alli, English footballer
- 29 April: Gustav Engvall, Swedish footballer
- 2 May: Julian Brandt, German footballer
- 3 May: Alex Iwobi, Nigerian footballer
- 5 May: Matheus Pereira, Brazilian footballer
- 11 May: Andrés Cubas, Argentine-born Paraguayan footballer
- 17 May: Youcef Atal, Algerian footballer
- 26 May: Lukáš Haraslín, Slovak footballer
- 30 May: Aleksandr Golovin, Russian footballer
- 11 June: Hakeeb Adelakun, English footballer
- 12 June: Davinson Sánchez, Colombian footballer
- 13 June: Kingsley Coman, French footballer
- 17 June: Godfred Donsah, Ghanese footballer
- 18 June: Alen Halilović, Croatian footballer
- 22 June:
- 28 June: Milot Rashica, Kosovar footballer
- 29 June: Bart Ramselaar, Dutch international footballer
- 3 July: Kumaahran Sathasivam, Malaysian footballer
- 5 July: Ajdin Hrustic, Australian footballer
- 7 July: Ivan Ljubic, Austrian footballer
- 11 July: Andrija Živković, Serbian footballer
- 12 July: Moussa Dembélé, French footballer
- 18 July:
- 22 July: Indy Groothuizen, Dutch footballer
- 7 August: Dani Ceballos, Spanish footballer
- 12 August: Arthur, Brazilian footballer
- 14 August: Neal Maupay, French footballer
- 19 August: Almoez Ali, Sudanese-Qatari footballer
- 21 August: Sofyan Amrabat, Dutch-born Moroccan footballer
- 27 August: Ebru Topçu, Turkish footballer
- 30 August: Gabriel Barbosa, Brazilian footballer
- 5 September: Richairo Zivkovic, Dutch footballer
- 16 September: Alexis Blin, French footballer
- 17 September: Duje Ćaleta-Car, Croatian footballer
- 20 September: Jerome Sinclair, English footballer
- 25 September: Max Christiansen, German footballer
- 27 September: Maxwel Cornet, French-Ivorian footballer
- 3 October: Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigerian footballer
- 12 October: Riechedly Bazoer, Dutch footballer
- 13 October: Terens Puhiri, Indonesian footballer
- 15 October: Charly Musonda, Belgian footballer
- 27 October: Nadiem Amiri, German footballer
- 23 November: James Maddison, English footballer
- 29 November: Gonçalo Guedes, Portuguese footballer
- 4 December: Diogo Jota, Portuguese footballer
- 8 December: Scott McTominay, Scottish footballer
- 15 December: Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ukrainian footballer
- 16 December:
- January 2 – Karl Rappan (90), Austrian footballer and manager
- February 23 – Helmut Schön (80), German footballer and manager
- May 11 – Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian striker, top scorer at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. (73)
- May 16 – Danilo Alvim, Brazilian midfielder, runner up at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. (75)
- August 2 – Obdulio Varela, Uruguayan midfielder, winner as captain of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, commonly regarded as one of the greatest classic holding midfielders. (78)
- September 17 – Teodoro "Lolo" Fernandez (84), Peruvian footballer
- October 4 – Silvio Piola, Italian striker, winner of the 1938 FIFA World Cup, scoring two goals in the final. Highest goalscorer in Italian first league history. (83)
- October 30 – Roberto Belangero, Brazilian midfielder, runner-up at the 1957 South American Championship. (68)