1997 in association football
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The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 1997 throughout the world.
- January 1 – Manager Leo Beenhakker is named technical director at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem and replaced as a manager by Sparta Rotterdam head coach Henk ten Cate.
- Roberto Carlos goal by famous 'banana shot' in free kick against France in 1997 Tournoi de France
- Copa Libertadores 1997: is won by Cruzeiro after defeating Sporting Cristal on an aggregate score of 1–0.
- UEFA Champions League: Borussia Dortmund won 3–1 in final against Juventusin the Olympiastadion.The goals for the Germans are scored by Riedle in minute 29th and 34th and Ricken in minute 71th.
- Scottish Cup: Kilmarnock FC beats Falkirk 1–0.
- February 25 – Manager Hans Westerhof is sacked by FC Groningen.
- April 30 – Striker Boudewijn Zenden from PSV Eindhoven plays his first international match for the Netherlands national football team, when Holland defeats San Marino 6–0 in Serravalle.
- May 17 – Chelsea wins the FA Cup by defeating Middlesbrough 2–0.
- May 18 – Eric Cantona, the famous and controversial French footballer in the Premiership, announces his retirement from football.
- June 29 – Brazil wins the 2007 Copa América by defeating home nation Bolivia 3–1 in the final in the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz.
- July 20 – Gudjon Thordarson makes his debut as the manager of Iceland with a 1–0 loss against Norway.
- August 17 – PSV Eindhoven wins the Johan Cruijff Schaal, the annual opening of the new season in the Eredivisie, with a 3–1 win over Roda JC in the Amsterdam ArenA.
- November 2 – Borussia Dortmund wins the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan by defeating Brazil's Cruzeiro 2–0. The goals for the Germans are scored by Michael Zorc and Heiko Herrlich.
Winner national club championships 
- Bulgaria – PFC CSKA Sofia
- Croatia – Croatia Zagreb
- England – Manchester United
- France – AS Monaco
- Germany – Bayern Munich
- Italy – Juventus
- Norwegia – Rosenborg
- Portugal – FC Porto
- Spain – Real Madrid
- Turkey – Galatasaray S.K.
South America 
International tournaments 
- UNCAF Nations Cup in Guatemala City, Guatemala (April 16 – April 27, 1997)
National team results 
South America 
- February 19 – Afonso Guimarães da Silva, Brazilian midfielder, semi-finalist at the 1938 FIFA World Cup. (82)
- April 23 – Brian Alderson (46), Scottish footballer
- June 4 – Pedro Zaballa (58), Spanish footballer
- June 18 – Héctor Yazalde (51), Argentinian footballer
- September 29 – Dequinha, Brazilian midfielder, Brazilian squad member at the 1954 FIFA World Cup. (69)
- October 18 – Ramiro Castillo (31), Bolivian footballer
- October 31 – Bram Appel (76), Dutch footballer
- November 1 – Roger Marche (73), French footballer
- November 9 – Helenio Herrera (80), Argentine-French footballer and manager
- December 7 – Billy Bremner (55), Scottish footballer