Footballers for Peace in Ivory Coast10/02/15
In 2005, the Ivorian national football team - led by Chelsea superstar, Didier Drogba - began campaigning for an end to their country's devastating civil war. The side insisted on playing their matches across Ivory Coast - including an emotional game...
The Black Stars of Ghana
In the 1960s, the Ghanaian football team dominated Africa, winning tournament after tournament. Known as the Black Stars, they were an exciting attacking force which President Kwame Nkrumah hoped would help promote African unity. But in 1965, the...
The Ice Bowl
On New Year's Eve 1967, the Green Bay Packers played the Dallas Cowboys in one of the most famous games in American Football history. Played in Arctic temperatures, the match sealed the reputation of the Packers' coach, Vince Lombardi. Jonathan...
Skating's Battle of the Brians
In 1988, two of the world's top figure-skaters, Brian Boitano of the USA and Brian Orser of Canada, fought out an epic contest at the Winter Olympics. Dubbed the "Battle of the Brians", the showdown was decided by the narrowest of margins and on the...
South Africa win the Africa Cup of Nations
In 1996, South Africa won the Africa Cup of Nations, bringing sporting joy to a country still recovering from apartheid. For the Bafana Bafana team, it was their first - and so far only - victory at an international football tournament. Sporting...
The Harlem Globetrotters in the Soviet Union
In 1959, the Harlem Globetrotters paid an unlikely Cold War visit to the Soviet Union. Their mixture of athleticism and American-style entertainment eventually won over basketball fans in Moscow and earned them hugs from Soviet leader, Nikita...
FA Cup Giantkillers
In 1972, tiny Hereford United won one of the greatest FA Cup matches of all time, knocking out First Division Newcastle. The game featured two spectacular Hereford goals and three pitch invasions before ending in extra time. Sporting Witness speaks to...
The Indomitable Lions
In the opening game of the 1990 World Cup, rank outsiders Cameroon faced the reigning champions, Argentina - led by Diego Maradona. Few gave Cameroon a chance. Alex Last speaks to defender N'Dip Akem Victor about a defining game for African football....
In the 1950s, Angela Buxton and Althea Gibson formed a unique partnership in women's doubles. As a British Jew and an African-American respectively, both women had faced prejudice in their home countries, but in 1956 they pulled off a stunning win at...
Signing Michael Jordan
In 1984, the Chicago Bulls picked arguably the greatest basketball player of all time in the NBA draft. Rod Thorn, the Bulls general manager, was the man who selected Jordan. He gives the inside story of the draft to Alex Capstick. PHOTO: Michael...
Pakistan Women's Cricket Pioneers
Shaiza Khan and Kiran Baluch are two cricketers who pioneered the women's game in Pakistan - despite opposition and death threats from Islamist extremists. They went on to set world records in their sport and to become two of the first female members...
The Dumptruck - King of Sumo
In the 1980s, a Hawaiian-born wrestler took the traditional world of Japanese Sumo by storm. Known as The Dumptruck because of his huge size, he won legions of fans and paved the way for the internationalisation of the sport. The Dumptruck shares his...
Tegla Loroupe wins NY Marathon
How Tegla Loroupe, an unknown Kenyan runner, became the first marathon champion from Africa, with an exceptionally fast finish. She tells us how a tough upbringing in the mountains of her homeland shaped her whole approach to breaking barriers....
Pele Joins NY Cosmos
An insider's account of Pele's shock move to a soccer team in the United States in 1975. We hear from Clive Toye, the former General Manager of the New York Cosmos, who persuaded Pele to play football in the US. (Photo: Pele in action for NY Cosmos...
Racing the Stasi
In 1964, East German cyclist, Dieter Wiedemann, defected to the West to be with the woman he loved and to fulfil his dream of riding the Tour de France Photo: Dieter Wiedermann racing in the 1967 Tour de France (Credit: Dieter Wiedemann)
The Three Degrees
In the late 1970s, three black West Bromwich Albion players revolutionised English football. Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis had to face racist abuse, but won many fans thanks to their attacking flair. The three footballers even...
The Curse of the Bambino
In 1986, Bill Buckner of the Boston Red Sox made one of the most famous errors in baseball history. With his team about to claim their first victory for 68 years, Buckner let the ball slip between his legs on a crucial play. The misfield spelled...
British Lions in Apartheid South Africa
In 1974, the British Lions rugby team made a famous and controversial tour of South Africa. As well as political controversy over Apartheid, the matches became legendary for their on-pitch violence and off-pitch partying. Alex Last talks to the Welsh...
India's Hockey Gold
In 1948 at the 'austerity' Olympics, newly independent India won gold on the hockey pitch. One of the stars of the Indian team was Balbir Singh. (Photo: Balbir Singh scoring a goal against Great Britain. Credit: AP Images)
Ryder Cup - The War by the Shore
In 1991, the best golfers from the USA and Europe went head-to-head in one of the most bitter confrontations in the history of the Ryder Cup. Played shortly after the First Gulf War, some of the European team objected to the militaristic and fiercely...
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More informationIn the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games we bring you a new programme telling the inside story of the key moments from sporting history, that seized the world's attention.
Sporting Witness will use archive material and personal recollections from the athletes themselves and those who knew them.
The programme will cover well-known Olympic stories - including some that you may not have heard before - but which have mythical status in their home countries.