1998–99 FA Cup

The 1998–99 FA Cup (known as The AXA sponsored FA Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 118th staging of the FA Cup. It was won by Manchester United, who beat Newcastle United 2–0 in the final at the old Wembley Stadium. The goals were scored by Teddy Sheringham after 11 minutes, less than two minutes after coming on as a substitute for Roy Keane, and Paul Scholes on 53 minutes. It was the second leg of a historic Treble for Manchester United; having already won the Premier League title the previous weekend, they went on to win the Champions League the following Wednesday.

1998–99 FA Cup
Country England
 Wales
Teams558
Defending championsArsenal
ChampionsManchester United
(10th title)
Runners-upNewcastle United

Calendar

Round Initial Matches New Entries Clubs
Preliminary Round Saturday 5 September 1998 172 558 → 472
First Qualifying Round Saturday 19 September 1998 206 472 → 326
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 3 October 1998 66 326 → 220
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 17 October 1998 22 220 → 156
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 31 October 1998 none 156 → 124
First Round Proper Saturday 14 November 1998 48 124 → 84
Second Round Saturday 5 December 1998 none 84 → 64
Third Round Saturday 2 January 1999 44 64 → 32
Fourth Round Saturday 23 January 1999 none 32 → 16
Fifth Round Saturday 13 February 1999 none 16 → 8
Sixth Round Saturday 6 March 1999 none 8 → 4
Semi Finals Sunday 11 April 1999 none 4 → 2
Final Saturday 22 May 1999 none 2 → 1

First round

The First Round featured those non-league teams who had come through the qualifying rounds and the teams from the third and fourth tiers of the English football league system. The matches were played on 14 November 1998. There were ten replays, with three ties requiring a penalty shootout to settle them.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Enfield 2–2 York City 14 November 1998
Replay York City 2–1 Enfield 24 November 1998
2 Darlington 3–2 Burnley 17 November 1998
3 Bedlington Terriers 4–1 Colchester United 14 November 1998
4 Preston North End 3–0 Ford United 14 November 1998
5 Yeovil Town 2–2 West Auckland Town 14 November 1998
Replay West Auckland Town 1–1 Yeovil Town 24 November 1998
Yeovil Town won 5–3 on penalties
6 Reading 0–1 Stoke City 14 November 1998
7 Walsall 1–0 Gresley Rovers 14 November 1998
8 Woking 0–1 Scunthorpe United 14 November 1998
9 Boreham Wood 2–3 Luton Town 15 November 1998
10 Macclesfield Town 2–2 Slough Town 14 November 1998
Replay Slough Town 1–1 Macclesfield Town 24 November 1998
Macclesfield Town won 9–8 on penalties
11 Scarborough 1–1 Rochdale 14 November 1998
Replay Rochdale 2–0 Scarborough 24 November 1998
12 Wrexham 1–0 Peterborough United 14 November 1998
13 Hednesford Town 3–1 Barnet 14 November 1998
14 Wycombe Wanderers 1–0 Chesterfield 14 November 1998
15 Manchester City 3–0 Halifax Town 13 November 1998
16 Fulham 1–1 Leigh RMI 15 November 1998
Replay Leigh RMI 0–2 Fulham 24 November 1998
17 Brentford 5–0 Camberley Town 14 November 1998
18 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Welling United 14 November 1998
19 Northampton Town 2–1 Lancaster City 14 November 1998
20 Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Kidderminster Harriers 14 November 1998
Replay Kidderminster Harriers 0–0 Plymouth Argyle 1 December 1998
Plymouth Argyle won 5–4 on penalties
21 Oldham Athletic 2–0 Gillingham 14 November 1998
22 Worcester City 0–1 Torquay United 14 November 1998
23 Southend United 0–1 Doncaster Rovers 14 November 1998
24 Mansfield Town 2–1 Hayes 14 November 1998
25 Cardiff City 6–0 Chester City 14 November 1998
26 Cheltenham Town 0–1 Lincoln City 14 November 1998
27 Kingstonian 1–0 Burton Albion 14 November 1998
28 Dulwich Hamlet 0–1 Southport 14 November 1998
29 Runcorn 1–1 Stevenage Borough 14 November 1998
Replay Stevenage Borough 2–0 Runcorn 23 November 1998
30 Wigan Athletic 4–3 Blackpool 14 November 1998
31 Tamworth 2–2 Exeter City 14 November 1998
Replay Exeter City 4–1 Tamworth 24 November 1998
32 Leyton Orient 4–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 November 1998
33 Hendon 0–0 Notts County 15 November 1998
Replay Notts County 3–0 Hendon 1 December 1998
34 Basingstoke Town 1–2 Bournemouth 14 November 1998
35 Telford United 0–2 Cambridge United 14 November 1998
36 Swansea City 3–0 Millwall 13 November 1998
37 Emley 1–1 Rotherham United 15 November 1998
Replay Rotherham United 3–1 Emley 24 November 1998
38 Hartlepool United 2–1 Carlisle United 14 November 1998
39 Rushden & Diamonds 1–0 Shrewsbury Town 14 November 1998
40 Salisbury City 0–2 Hull City 14 November 1998

Second round

The second round of the competition featured the winners of the first round ties. The matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 5 December 1998, with eight replays and two penalty shootouts required, each of which featured a team who won on penalties in the previous round.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 1–1 Manchester City 4 December 1998
Replay Manchester City 1–0 Darlington 15 December 1998
2 Preston North End 2–0 Walsall 5 December 1998
3 Rochdale 0–0 Rotherham United 5 December 1998
Replay Rotherham United 4–0 Rochdale 15 December 1998
4 Yeovil Town 2–0 Northampton Town 5 December 1998
5 Notts County 1–1 Wigan Athletic 5 December 1998
Replay Wigan Athletic 0–0 Notts County 15 December 1998
Notts County won 4–2 on penalties
6 Macclesfield Town 4–1 Cambridge United 5 December 1998
7 Lincoln City 4–1 Stevenage Borough 5 December 1998
8 Luton Town 1–2 Hull City 5 December 1998
9 Doncaster Rovers 0–0 Rushden & Diamonds 5 December 1998
Replay Rushden & Diamonds 4–2 Doncaster Rovers 15 December 1998
10 Wrexham 2–1 York City 5 December 1998
11 Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Plymouth Argyle 5 December 1998
Replay Plymouth Argyle 3–2 Wycombe Wanderers 15 December 1998
12 Fulham 4–2 Hartlepool United 5 December 1998
13 Oldham Athletic 1–1 Brentford 5 December 1998
Replay Brentford 2–2 Oldham Athletic 15 December 1998
Oldham Athletic won 4–2 on penalties
14 Exeter City 2–2 Bristol Rovers 5 December 1998
Replay Bristol Rovers 5–0 Exeter City 15 December 1998
15 Scunthorpe United 2–0 Bedlington Terriers 5 December 1998
16 Mansfield Town 1–2 Southport 5 December 1998
17 Cardiff City 3–1 Hednesford Town 5 December 1998
18 Kingstonian 0–0 Leyton Orient 6 December 1998
Replay Leyton Orient 2–1 Kingstonian 15 December 1998
19 Torquay United 0–1 Bournemouth 5 December 1998
20 Swansea City 1–0 Stoke City 5 December 1998

Third round

The third round of the season's FA Cup was scheduled for Saturday, 2 January 1999. This round marked the point at which the teams in the two highest divisions in the English league system, the Premier League and the Football League First Division (now known as the Football League Championship). There were six replays, with none of these games requiring a penalty shootout.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bournemouth 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 2 January 1999
2 Bristol City 0–2 Everton 2 January 1999
3 Bury 0–3 Stockport County 2 January 1999
4 Preston North End 2–4 Arsenal 4 January 1999
5 Southampton 1–1 Fulham 2 January 1999
Replay Fulham 1–0 Southampton 13 January 1999
6 Leicester City 4–2 Birmingham City 2 January 1999
7 Nottingham Forest 0–1 Portsmouth 2 January 1999
8 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Charlton Athletic 2 January 1999
9 Aston Villa 3–0 Hull City 2 January 1999
10 Sheffield Wednesday 4–1 Norwich City 3 January 1999
11 Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 January 1999
12 Crewe Alexandra 1–3 Oxford United 2 January 1999
13 Lincoln City 0–1 Sunderland 2 January 1999
14 Swindon Town 0–0 Barnsley 2 January 1999
Replay Barnsley 3–1 Swindon Town 19 January 1999
15 Wrexham 4–3 Scunthorpe United 2 January 1999
16 Sheffield United 1–1 Notts County 2 January 1999
Replay Notts County 3–4 Sheffield United 23 January 1999
17 Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Ipswich Town 2 January 1999
18 Newcastle United 2–1 Crystal Palace 2 January 1999
19 Tottenham Hotspur 5–2 Watford 2 January 1999
20 Queens Park Rangers 0–1 Huddersfield Town 2 January 1999
21 Coventry City 7–0 Macclesfield Town 2 January 1999
22 West Ham United 1–1 Swansea City 2 January 1999
Replay Swansea City 1–0 West Ham United 13 January 1999
23 Manchester United 3–1 Middlesbrough 3 January 1999
24 Plymouth Argyle 0–3 Derby County 2 January 1999
25 Bradford City 2–1 Grimsby Town 2 January 1999
26 Oldham Athletic 0–2 Chelsea 2 January 1999
27 Wimbledon 1–0 Manchester City 2 January 1999
28 Cardiff City 1–1 Yeovil Town 2 January 1999
Replay Yeovil Town 1–2 Cardiff City 12 January 1999
29 Port Vale 0–3 Liverpool 16,557
30 Southport 0–2 Leyton Orient 2 January 1999
31 Rotherham United 0–1 Bristol Rovers 2 January 1999
32 Rushden & Diamonds 0–0 Leeds United 2 January 1999
Replay Leeds United 3–1 Rushden & Diamonds 13 January 1999

Fourth round

The Fourth Round ties were played with the thirty-two winners of the previous round. The matches were originally scheduled for Saturday, 23 January 1999. There were three replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Leicester City 0–3 Coventry City 23 January 1999
2 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Sunderland 23 January 1999
3 Aston Villa 0–2 Fulham 23 January 1999
4 Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Stockport County 23 January 1999
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Arsenal 24 January 1999
6 Everton 1–0 Ipswich Town 23 January 1999
7 Wrexham 1–1 Huddersfield Town 23 January 1999
Replay Huddersfield Town 2–1 Wrexham 3 February 1999
8 Sheffield United 4–1 Cardiff City 27 January 1999
9 Newcastle United 3–0 Bradford City 23 January 1999
10 Barnsley 3–1 Bournemouth 23 January 1999
11 Bristol Rovers 3–0 Leyton Orient 23 January 1999
12 Portsmouth 1–5 Leeds United 23 January 1999
13 Manchester United 2–1 Liverpool 23 January 1999
14 Wimbledon 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 23 January 1999
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Wimbledon 2 February 1999
15 Oxford United 1–1 Chelsea 25 January 1999
Replay Chelsea 4–2 Oxford United 3 February 1999
16 Swansea City 0–1 Derby County 23 January 1999

Fifth round

The Fifth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 13 February 1999. There were three replays, and one game re-played, Arsenal had beaten Sheffield United in the original tie. However, both sides felt that Arsenal's winning goal had been gained unfairly. Arsenal's boss Arsene Wenger wrote himself into FA Cup folklore with an act of sportsmanship that saw him offer to play the game again after Marc Overmars scored following Kanu's failure to return the ball to the Blades following an injury.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 Chelsea 13 February 1999
2 Everton 2–1 Coventry City 13 February 1999
3 Newcastle United 0–0 Blackburn Rovers 14 February 1999
Replay Blackburn Rovers 0–1 Newcastle United 24 February 1999
4 Barnsley 4–1 Bristol Rovers 13 February 1999
5 Manchester United 1–0 Fulham 14 February 1999
6 Huddersfield Town 2–2 Derby County 13 February 1999
Replay Derby County 3–1 Huddersfield Town 24 February 1999
7 Arsenal 2–1 Sheffield United 13 February 1999
Rematch Arsenal 2–1 Sheffield United 23 February 1999
8 Leeds United 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 13 February 1999
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Leeds United 24 February 1999

Sixth round proper

The four quarter-final games were scheduled for Saturday, 6 March 1999, although only the Arsenal–Derby County game was played on this date. One of the ties, Manchester United–Chelsea, resulted in a draw which went to a replay, which United won.

Barnsley, who lost 1-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur, were the last remaining non-Premiership team in the competition.

Arsenal1–0Derby County
Kanu Goal 89' Details
Newcastle United4–1Everton
Ketsbaia Goal 21'73'
Georgiadis Goal 61'
Shearer Goal 81'
Details Unsworth Goal 57'
Manchester United0–0Chelsea
Details
Replay
Chelsea0–2Manchester United
Details Yorke Goal 4'59'
Barnsley0–1Tottenham Hotspur
Details Ginola Goal 68'

Semi-finals

The semi-finals were played on Sunday, 11 April 1999. The Manchester United–Arsenal match went to a replay, which was won in extra-time by Manchester United.

The semi-final round was notable for the climax to the season-long rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United. As the first game went to a nil-nil draw, although Roy Keane scored an offside goal for Manchester United, which in today's modern rules would have stood, the match went to a replay. This was to be the last replay of a drawn semi-final, as a rule change now allows for extra time and penalties to decide a tie at the first attempt.[1]

The replay was notable for: a thirty-yard strike from David Beckham to open the scoring, a (correctly) disallowed goal scored by Arsenal, the sending-off of Roy Keane for a second bookable offence, a last-minute penalty save by Peter Schmeichel, and finally- and most memorably- a winning goal by Ryan Giggs. Giggs intercepted a wayward Patrick Viera pass near the half-way line, before taking the ball past five Arsenal defenders and beating Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman with a fearsome left-footed strike into the roof of the net. It was hailed almost immediately as one of the greatest goals ever scored in the history of the competition.

Newcastle beat Tottenham in the other semi-final, ending the latter's hopes of an FA Cup/League Cup double.

Manchester United0–0
(a.e.t.)
Arsenal
Report
Newcastle2–0
(a.e.t.)
Tottenham Hotspur
Shearer Goal 109' (pen.)118' Report

Replay

Arsenal1–2
(a.e.t.)
Manchester United
Bergkamp Goal 69' Report Beckham Goal 17'
Giggs Goal 109'

Final

The Final took place on 22 May 1999 and was played at the old Wembley Stadium, between Manchester United and Newcastle United. Manchester United had finished as champions and Newcastle 13th in the Premier League that season. The final was a slightly one-sided affair, Manchester United claiming a record 10th success with a 2–0 win. Goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes were scored in the 11th and 53rd minutes respectively. It was the buildup to Manchester United's Treble. Manchester United also became the first team to win the double three times.

Manchester United2–0Newcastle United
Sheringham Goal 11'
Scholes Goal 53'
(Report)
Manchester United
Newcastle United

Media coverage

In the United Kingdom, ITV were the free to air broadcasters for the second consecutive season while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters for the eleventh consecutive season.

References

  1. ^ "No more second chances". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 April 1999. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
1998–99 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The 1998–99 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds opened the 118th season of competition in England for 'The Football Association Challenge Cup' (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. A total of 558 clubs were accepted for the competition, down five from the previous season’s 563.

The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 through 8) in the English football pyramid meant that the competition started with five rounds of preliminary (1) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning teams from Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.

1998–99 FA Premier League

The 1998–99 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the Premier League, the top division of English football, since its establishment in 1992. Manchester United won a unique treble of the league title, the FA Cup and the European Cup. They secured their fifth league championship in seven seasons after losing just three league games all season.

The season was also the 100th season of top flight football in England, not counting years lost to the two World Wars. Of the original clubs in the first Football League season, only Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Everton were present for this season.

Arsenal failed to retain their title, despite having the same points tally as last season 78 points, but had at one point looked as though they were on the brink of winning the title, after beating fellow rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while Manchester United had drawn against Liverpool, 2–2. However, Manchester United pushed on and took advantage of Arsenal's 1–0 defeat at Leeds United in the penultimate match of the season and despite going 1–0 down against Tottenham on the final day, came back to win 2–1 and clinch the title. Should they have failed to win, Arsenal would have been crowned champions once more.

To achieve their success, the Manchester United playing squad had been altered substantially during the close season. A total of more than £28 million had been spent on Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist, while several older players left the club; Gary Pallister returned to Middlesbrough after nine years for £2.5 million, while Brian McClair returned to Motherwell on a free transfer. In December, however, McClair was back in the Premier League as Brian Kidd's assistant at Blackburn Rovers.

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Just after the season started, Kenny Dalglish paid for Newcastle's sub-standard league performances with his job. The task was given to Ruud Gullit to turn things round, but he could not improve on the club's previous league finish of 13th. A dismal league position put them below local rivals Middlesbrough as well as other unfancied sides including Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.

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The 1999 FA Cup Final was a football match that took place on 22 May 1999 at the old Wembley Stadium, London, to determine the winner of the 1998–99 FA Cup. It was contested between Manchester United and Newcastle United, with goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes giving Manchester United a 2–0 win to claim their 10th FA Cup title. It was the second part of the "Treble" of trophies Manchester United won during the 1998–99 season, which was completed four days later, when they won the Champions League.

Manchester United's route to the final saw them face Premier League opposition in every round except the Fifth, and also the last ever FA Cup semi-final replay, against the Cup holders from the previous season, Arsenal; Manchester United won the replay 2–1 after a 0–0 draw in the original match. Meanwhile, Newcastle beat Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in their semi-final.

Since Manchester United qualified for the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League as title holders and winners of the 1998–99 FA Premier League, England's place in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, now reserved for the FA Cup winners following the dissolution of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup at the end of the season, was given to Newcastle United as the runners-up. Manchester United did not defend their title, choosing instead to participate in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil, believing that it would help The Football Association's bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup (which was eventually awarded to Germany). As winners of the FA Cup, Manchester United also played in the 1999 FA Charity Shield against Premier League runners-up Arsenal.

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David Felgate (born 4 March 1960) is a Welsh retired football goalkeeper. Due to his stature, many supporters affectionately nicknamed him "the fat goalie". Felgate had a long professional career from 1978 to 1995, making a total of 612 Football League appearances. Of the league appearances, 238 came with the Bolton Wanderers and he also turned out for league sides Rochdale, Crewe Alexandra, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town, Cardiff City, Chester City, and Wigan Athletic.He also had spells with Bury and Wolverhampton Wanderers without making any league appearances for these clubs, and Felgate later continued to play non-league football for clubs including Leigh RMI, Hyde United, and Bacup Borough until he was in his mid-40s.Felgate is perhaps best known for his performance in net for Leigh RMI against Fulham in the 1998/99 FA Cup at Craven Cottage. Non-league Leigh achieved a 1–1 draw against the southwest London side, and thereby attention of the British media. In particular, Felgate, who was then 38 years old, received widespread plaudits for his performance in the match, which prompted then-Fulham boss Kevin Keegan to declare that Felgate's goalkeeping was "the best I've ever seen at any level."Felgate won a solitary full Welsh international cap in 1983, having earlier played for his nation's schoolboys team. The keeper came on as a substitution for the legendary Neville Southall in a friendly against Romania. Felgate would have had an additional international cap had Wales's scheduled match against Northern Ireland two years earlier in 1981 not been cancelled to Bobby Sands's hunger strike.After his retirement from playing, Felgate first acted as Manchester City's Academy Goalkeeping Coach and later became the assistant manager for the semi-professional Rossendale United club. He was then employed by Stockport County's as first team Goalkeeping Coach in League One.In January 2009 he left Stockport County to rejoin Manchester City as their academy goalkeeping coach.

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England hosted the 1966 FIFA World Cup and had the campaign been successful, England would have become the fourth nation to host the World Cup for a second time. The country had also hosted Euro 96. England had unsuccessfully attempted to host the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Amongst the bid submission delegation were 1966 FIFA World Cup winners Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst and current player Michael Owen.

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Most recently he was the playing assistant manager of Superettan side Hammarby from December 2009 to November 2010. He played at IFK Göteborg, where he won four straight Allsvenskan league titles between 1993 and 1996, and Manchester United, where he was part of the team that won the treble in 1999, consisting of the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. He returned to Swedish football in 2003 with Djurgården, where he won his final Allsvenskan title, before initially retiring in 2005. An injury crisis prompted a playing return for Enköping in 2008. Blomqvist made 30 international appearances for Sweden and helped them to third place at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

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The club have won six domestic league titles. Under the management of Pep Guardiola they won the Premier League in 2018 becoming the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season. In 2019, they won four trophies, completing an unprecedented sweep of all domestic trophies in England and becoming the first English men's team to win the domestic treble. Manchester City's revenue was the fifth highest of a football club in the world in the 2017–18 season at €527.7 million. In 2018, Forbes estimated the club was the fifth most valuable in the world at $2.47 billion.

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Born in Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Schmeichel was famous for his intimidating physique (at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) tall and weighing close to 100 kg (15 st 10 lb) during his playing days), and wore specially made size XXXL football shirts. A fierce competitor, he was known for his loud, unstinting criticism of mistakes he believed the defenders in front of him committed. Unusually for a goalkeeper, Schmeichel scored 10 goals during his career, including one for the national team. He is also the most capped player for the Denmark national team, with 129 games between 1987 and 2001. In addition to Euro 92, he played for his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and three additional European Championship tournaments. He captained the national team in 30 matches. He also represented Gladsaxe Hero, Hvidovre, Brøndby, Sporting CP, Aston Villa and Manchester City in a career that lasted from 1981 until 2003 and yielded 24 trophies.

Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time, the IFFHS ranked Schmeichel among the top ten keepers of the 20th century in 2000, and in 2001, Schmeichel won a public poll held by Reuters, when the majority of the 200,000 participants voted him as the best goalkeeper ever, ahead of Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks. In 2003, Schmeichel was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his impact on the English game. In March 2004, he was named as one of the "125 greatest living footballers", at the FIFA 100 celebrations. His son, Kasper, is also a professional football goalkeeper, currently playing for Premier League side Leicester City and the Danish national team.

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