October 2013: Brazil bound

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 16:40 GMT

We look back at what happened in the world of sport in October, as England qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Wayne Rooney's header v Poland helps England qualify for the World Cup
Wayne Rooney's header v Poland helps England qualify for the World Cup

October 1: Chelsea got off the mark in Group E of the Champions League with a 4-0 rout of Steaua Bucharest in Romania, while Arsenal made it 10 wins in a row by beating Napoli 2-0. Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Barcelona after Scott Brown was sent off.

Paolo Di Canio denied he had a bust-up with any of his Sunderland players prior to being sacked, and said he wanted to return to management.

Brothers Sam, George and Tom Burgess were named in England's squad for the Rugby League World Cup.

2: Bayern Munich delivered a football masterclass as they powered to a convincing 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League, while Manchester United drew 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was ruled out of action for approximately three weeks after suffering a left knee injury. It came just a few hours after learning he would face no further Football Association disciplinary action following his altercation with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, a decision Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas labelled as a "joke" and a "disgrace".

Frankie Dettori was ruled out for the season after fracturing his right ankle at Nottingham.

3: Tottenham won 2-0 against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League. Swansea beat St Gallen 1-0 while Wigan enjoyed a 3-1 success against Maribor.

The United States led 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 after day one of the Presidents Cup against an international team while in the Seve Trophy, Continental Europe led 3 1/2 - 1 1/2 against Great Britain and Ireland.

Worcestershire batsman Moeen Ali was named NatWest Professional Cricketers' Association player of the year, with Durham's Ben Stokes winning the young player award.

4: FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced the world governing body has set up a commission to look into staging the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the winter.

The United States maintained their one-point lead at the Presidents Cup but only two of the six foursomes matches could be completed while in the Seve Trophy Continental Europe led 5 1/2 -4 1/2 against Great Britain and Ireland.

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish accepted invitation to rejoin the club as a non-executive director.

5: Wigan completed a league and cup double by beating Warrington 30-16 in the Super League Grand Final.

Adnan Januzaj scored twice on his full debut as Manchester United beat Sunderland 2-1 for their first win in three Barclays Premier League games.

New Zealand won the Rugby Championship after a 38-27 victory over South Africa.

6: Arsenal's run of 10 straight wins came to an end in a 1-1 draw with West Brom but they returned to the top of the league regardless on goal difference.

Sebastian Vettel led virtually from start to finish to win the Korean Grand Prix and edge further towards a fourth straight title.

Tiger Woods scored the decisive point as the United States won a fifth straight Presidents Cup.

7: Helen Grant, the Conservative MP for Maidstone & the Weald, was appointed the new sports minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, replacing Hugh Robertson who moved to the Foreign Office.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was ruled out of the crucial World Cup qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley with a rib injury.

The British Olympic Association confirmed the appointment of Bill Sweeney, the head of business at Puma, as the organisation's new chief executive.

8: Gus Poyet was confirmed as Sunderland head coach on a two-year contract.

Craig Bellamy announced he would retire from international football at the end of Wales' World Cup qualifying campaign.

Blackpool manager Paul Ince was given a five-match stadium ban and a £4,000 fine over his behaviour following his side's match against Bournemouth on September 14.

9: Kevin Pietersen and Jack Wilshere became embroiled in a Twitter spat as the row over foreign-born sportsmen representing England intensified.

Andy Murray withdrew from November's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London to continue his recovery from back surgery.

Former England defender Danny Mills, ex-Crewe manager Dario Gradi, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, former England manager Glenn Hoddle, Football League chairman Greg Clarke, FA vice-chairman Roger Burden, plus LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson and new PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys were named on the FA commission charged with improving the national team.

10: Legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced he would retire from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th Test in November.

England captain Steven Gerrard gave his backing to plans by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke to boost the number of English players in the top flight.

Lennox Lewis dismissed reports that he was preparing to make a comeback to fight one of the Klitschko brothers.

11: England beat Montenegro 4-1 in their World Cup Group H qualifier at Wembley to stay a point clear in top spot.

Former Formula One test driver Maria de Villota was found dead in a hotel room in Seville at the age of 33.

Belgium, Germany and Switzerland secured their places at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

12: Harlequins' season continued to deteriorate with their 33-26 defeat by the Scarlets getting them off to a losing start in the Heineken Cup.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson came agonisingly close to recording the first ever 59 on the European Tour in the third round of the Portugal Masters.

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling was called up to the England squad ahead of Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier against Poland.

13: Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix from team-mate Mark Webber but Fernando Alonso's fourth place denied him immediate World Championship celebrations.

The Football Association confirmed Ashley Cole would miss England's crucial final World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Novak Djokovic retained his Shanghai Masters title with victory over Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro.

14: Phillips Idowu, Lisa Dobriskey, Jenny Meadows, Andy Turner and Yamile Aldama were among a host of former World Championship medallists who it was announced had lost their Lottery funding for the 2014 season.

Surrey confirm the appointment of Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford as their new head coach.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has had a street named in his honour near Old Trafford.

15: England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley through goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland closed out their unsuccessful campaigns with respective wins over Croatia and Kazakhstan.

Leading sportscar driver Sean Edwards was killed in an accident in Australia at the age of 26.

British number one Laura Robson split from coach Miles Maclagan after just four months of collaboration.

16: The ECB named James Whitaker as Geoff Miller's replacement as England's chairman of selectors from January 1, 2014. Paul Downton was also confirmed as Hugh Morris' replacement as managing director.

India completed the second-highest one-day international run chase when they ran down Australia's 359 for five in Jaipur with nine wickets, and 39 balls, in hand.

17: The FA offered its full support to Roy Hodgson after newspaper claims a story about a monkey and a spaceman told by the England manager during half-time of his side's World Cup qualifier with Poland had caused offence.

FIFA's rankings confirm England would not be one of the top eight seeds in December's World Cup draw.

Pakistan ended South Africa's 15-match unbeaten run with a seven-wicket victory in the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

18: Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts launched a fierce attack on chairman Greg Dyke's decision to name an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team. Rabbatts, who was born in Jamaica and is of mixed race, wrote to all fellow board members criticising the lack of diversity on the commission and saying the FA is letting down black players.

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend signed a new four-year contract after fine early-season form for his club and England.

China's Ding Junhui dashed home hope Aditya Mehta's Indian Open snooker title dream by claiming a spectacular 5-0 win in the final in New Delhi.

19: Adnan Januzaj signed a new five-year contract with Manchester United which tied him to the club until June 2018.

Arsenal remained top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win at home to Norwich, while Manchester United lost more ground as they were held 1-1 at home by Southampton.

England suffered a shock 15-14 defeat by minnows Italy in their rugby league World Cup warm-up match at a sodden Salford City Stadium.

Carl Frampton retained his European super-bantamweight title with a six-round knockout of France's Jeremy Parodi in Belfast.

20: Andros Townsend continued his hot form with the opening goal as Tottenham won 2-0 at Aston Villa, where an assistant referee was struck by a flare thrown from the crowd.

Portugal and Sweden were paired together in the World Cup qualifying draw. France were partnered with Ukraine in the fight for a ticket to Brazil.

Tom Syke claimed the World Superbike Championship in the final round in Jerez.

21: Fulham eased the pressure on Martin Jol and heaped it on Ian Holloway as they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park.

Jose Mourinho was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after being sent to the stands in their victory over Cardiff two days previously.

Tony Mowbray left Middlesbrough following their poor start to the season.

22: Fernando Torres scored twice as Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 in the Champions League while Arsenal lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund and Celtic defeated Ajax 2-1.

Controversial England forward Gareth Hock's international future was left in tatters when he was sensationally thrown out of the England squad for the World Cup for "serious breaches" of team discipline.

Sir Alex Ferguson's book 'My Autobiography' was given a public airing for the first time with the former Manchester United manager revealing he turned down the chance to manage England on two occasions.

23 Manchester City pledged to make an official complaint to UEFA over alleged racist chanting aimed at Yaya Toure during their Champions League match at CSKA Moscow.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway left the club by mutual consent.

Chris Robshaw was confirmed as England captain for the QBE autumn Internationals.

24 UEFA charged CSKA Moscow with "racist behaviour of their fans" after Manchester City's Yaya Toure complained of monkey chants against him during the Champions League match in Moscow.

In the Europa League, Tottenham won 2-0 at Sheriff Tiraspol while Swansea drew 1-1 at home to Kuban Krasnodar and Wigan drew 1-1 at home to Rubin Kazan.

The Indian Grand Prix was cast into doubt after a petition seeking the cancellation of the race was reportedly lodged with India's Supreme Court.

25 Sebastian Vettel was fastest in second practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

South Africa were penalised five runs for alleged ball-tampering in their second Test against Pakistan in Dubai. faf du Plessis was later charged for the incident and fined.

26: England suffered a 28-20 defeat by tournament favourites Australia in the opener to the 14th Rugby League World Cup.

Mikel Arteta scored a penalty and was then sent off as 10-man Arsenal battled to a 2-0 win over managerless Crystal Palace to stay clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Indian Grand Prix with another stellar qualifying performance that put him on the brink of winning a fourth Formula One title.

27: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth straight world championship after winning the Indian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) finished second in the race, with Romain Grosjean (Lotus) third.

Serena Williams battled back from a set down to beat Li Na 2-6 6-3 6-0 and successfully defend her WTA Championships title in Istanbul.

A last-gasp goal from Fernando Torres earned Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. Sunderland also left it late in the Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle, with Fabio Borini netting the decider.

28: Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips confirmed in a statement he had issued legal proceedings against Bayonne after his contract was terminated by the French Top 14 club.

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote narrowly avoided jail after he admitted possessing a fake driving licence. The 27-year-old was instead handed a seven-month suspended sentence after he admitted buying a fake Belgian licence for 15,000 euros (£12,800).

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker signed a new contract to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2019.

29: Jose Mourinho extended his unbeaten record against Arsene Wenger as Chelsea won 2-0 at Arsenal in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

It was announced that team principal Ross Brawn would leave Mercedes, home of Lewis Hamilton, at the end of the season.

Scotland and Edinburgh winger Tim Visser was ruled out for up to four months with a broken leg.

30: UEFA imposed a partial stadium closure on CSKA Moscow after apparent monkey noises were aimed at Manchester City's Yaya Toure during the Champions League game between the two clubs on October 23.

Roger Federer made sure of his qualification for the ATP World Tour finals with a straight sets win over Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

Manchester City beat Newcastle 2-0 after extra-time to advance to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals while Tottenham needed penallties to beat Hull.

31: England endured a chastening first day of their Ashes tour as a Western Australia Chairman's XI made 369 for four.

England keeper John Ruddy signed a new four-year deal with Norwich.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet booked the final two spots for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.


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