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2004 in association football
The following are the association football events of the year 2004 throughout the world.
- 5 January – Manager Mark Wotte leaves Dutch club Willem II Tilburg and becomes technical director at Feyenoord Rotterdam.
- 29 January – Dutch club Volendam sacks manager Henk Wisman. Former player Johan Steur is named interim-manager.
- 2 February – South Korean Club Anyang Cheetahs move to Seoul and change their name to FC Seoul.
- 14 February – Tunisia beat Morocco 2–1 to clinch the first African Cup of Nations in the country's history.
- 29 February – Middlesbrough beat Bolton Wanderers 2–1 to win the League Cup, the club's first cup in their 128-year history.
- 25 April – Premier League – Arsenal clinch the Premier League title, their second in three years, with four games still to play.
- 29 April – San Marino record their first ever win, a 1–0 victory over Liechtenstein in a friendly.
- 2 May – Milan clinch the Italian Serie A title.
- 8 May – Werder Bremen win the German Bundesliga
- 8 May – Valencia win the Spanish Primera División.
- 8 May – Ajax wins the Dutch title in the Eredivisie.
- 15 May – Arsenal complete their last game of the Premier League season with a victory, becoming the first team to go unbeaten for a whole season in the top division of English football since Preston North End in 1889. FIFA gives the host of the 2010 Football World Cup the first Football World Cup in Africa to South Africa
- 19 May – Valencia defeat Marseille 2–0 in the UEFA Cup final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
- 22 May – Manchester United win their record 11th FA Cup, defeating Millwall 3–0.
- 22 May – Millwall midfielder Curtis Weston, becomes the youngest FA Cup Final player in history at 17 years 119 days, beating the 125-year-old record of James F. M. Prinsep.
- 26 May – Porto defeat AS Monaco 3–0 in the UEFA Champions League final in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
- 26 May – Darren Fletcher captains Scotland to a 1–0 win over Estonia, becoming the youngest Scottish captain in 100 years (aged 20 years, 114 days).
- 3 June – De Graafschap returns to the Dutch Eredivisie after a 3–2 win over Excelsior Rotterdam in the promotion/relegation play-offs.
- 26 June – River Plate win the Argentine Clausura League.
- 30 June – Santo André defeats Flamengo 4–2 on aggregate to clinch the Brazilian Cup.
- 1 July – Once Caldas (Colombia) defeats Boca Juniors (Argentina) 1–1 on aggregate, 2–0 on penalties to win the Copa Libertadores.
- 4 July – Greece win the UEFA Euro 2004 football tournament, defeating the host nation Portugal in a 1–0 upset victory.
- 25 July – Brazil win the Copa América football tournament, defeating Argentina 4–2 on penalties.
- 26 July – Gerard van der Lem is fired as manager of the Saudi Arabia national football team.
- 7 August – Japan win the 2004 Asian Cup football tournament, defeating China 3–1.
- 8 August – Utrecht wins the Johan Cruijff Schaal, the annual opening of the new season in the Eredivisie, for the first time by a 4–2 win over Ajax in the Amsterdam ArenA.
- 18 August – Marco van Basten makes his debut as the manager of Dutch national team with a 2–2 draw in the friendly against Sweden, replacing criticised Dick Advocaat. Four players make their debut: defender Jan Kromkamp (AZ) and strikers Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Dave van den Bergh (Utrecht) and Collins John (Fulham).
- 26 August – United States win the Olympic women's football tournament, defeating Brazil 2–1 in extra time.
- 28 August – Argentina win the Olympic men's football tournament, defeating Paraguay 1–0.
- 7 September – Cienciano defeats Boca Juniors 4–2 on penalties to win the South American Recopa final in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
- 1 November – Football Federation Australia launches Australia's new national competition, the A-League, replacing the former National Soccer League.
- 10 December – Newell's Old Boys win the Argentine Apertura League.
- 12 December – Porto defeats Once Caldas 8–7 on penalties in the Intercontinental Cup final in Yokohama, Japan.
- 13 December – Dutch club NEC fires manager Johan Neeskens. He is replaced by former player Cees Lok.
- 17 December – Boca Juniors defeats Bolívar 2–1 on aggregate to win the Copa Sudamericana final in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- 19 December – Santos clinch the Brazilian League
Winners of national club championships
National team results
- 20 September – Brian Clough (69), English footballer and manager