BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup
Three weeks ago, it was announced the Dynamo would meet Stoke City on July 24 in the fifth edition of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.
While many fans know that Americans Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea play for Stoke, we highlighted three other players to watch: forwards Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch and defender Ryan Shawcross.
Another player worth highlighting is goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who won four club awards last week at the club's End of Season Awards Dinner. The 25-year-old with 20 caps for the Bosnian national team was popular among teammates, coaches andf fans, picking up silverware in four categories: Supporter Clubs' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Coaching Staff's Player of the Year (co-winner with Shawcross), and Fan's Player of the Year.
The goalkeeper told StokeCityFC.com: "I never expected all of this, I came here to play my part in the evening. This gives me the motivation to go away and try even harder next season."
Begovic started all 38 Premier League games this season and recorded 12 shutouts.
2012-13 Stoke City Awards
SUPPORTERS CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GOAL OF THE SEASON
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
COACHING STAFF’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross
FANS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Stoke City ended its season on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Southampton. It was the final appearance for Michael Owen, who announced his retirement in March and entered as a substitute for the final game in his career. Owen scored 40 goals in 89 career appearances for the English national team, including goals at the 1998 World Cup, 2000 European Championships, 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championships to become the first player to score in four major tournaments for England. Owen won the European Player of the Year award (Ballon d'Or) in 2001.
Stoke City Football Club was founded in 1863 and is the oldest soccer club in the English Premier League and the second oldest professional club in the world (only Notts County, 1862, is older). With the Dynamo set to face Stoke City on July 24, here is a look back at what was happening in the world 150 years ago.
Key world events in 1863:
- January: The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln
- January: Workers began construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States
- January: The first section of the London Undergound subway system (Paddington to Farrington Street) opened
- June: The Arts Club was founded in London by Charles Dickens and Frederic Leighton
- October: President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving to be celebrated the final Thursday in November
- October: The Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail Road opens in Brooklyn, the oldest route in the New York subway system
- October: Steamed locomotives were introduced in North Wales.
- October: The Football Association is formed in London as the governing body of English Football (soccer) and the first FA in the world
- November: President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address
- December: The Laws of the Game are approved at a meeting of the FA, creating “Association Football”, including field dimensions, goal size, and other basic rules
- December: 11 days later, the first soccer game is played in London under the new Football Association rules, ending in a goalless draw
Other 1863 notes:
- In 1863, a postage stamp cost two cents
- The U.S. was comprised of 36 states by the end of 1863
- Sam Houston and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died
- William Randolph Hearst and Henry Ford were born