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Interesting Facts about Football

Football is one of the most popular sports with fans all around the world. Here are some interesting facts about the football game.

  • Football first originated in China around 476 BC and was referred to as Cuju.
  • The first football ball was made of leather and the players had to kick it through a hole made in a piece of silk cloth. When the sport started playing in England instead of a proper ball, players often used an animal bladder.
  • The game was named “football” because it is played on foot and not because the ball is kicked with the foot.
  • English Sheffield Football Club is the first football club found by Major William Priest and Colonel Nathaniel Creswick, two British Army Officers in 1857.
  • From 1913, the goalies are required to wear a shirt with a different color than their teammates.
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man who walked on the moon wanted to carry a football with him but NASA didn’t allow the same.
  • More than 80% of the footballs used around the world are manufactured in Pakistan.

  • One of the first basketball games were played with football ball.
  • The largest ever football tournament was held in 1999, the second Bangkok League, where 5,098 teams take part including more than 35,000 football players.
  • The world heard about Ronaldinho when he scored 23 goals in a match his team won by 23-0.
  • The team StadeOlympique de L’emyrne from Madagascar scored 149 goals against them as a mark of protest for an unfair referee decision.
  • In 1937 at Highbury Stadium, the first live coverage of a football match was made between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves.
  • Pele is the youngest World Cup winner. He won the cup in 1958 with 17 years and 249 days.
  • Dino Zoff, the Italian goalkeeper is the oldest World Cup winner. He won the cup in 1982 with 40 years and 133 days.
  • There are more football members in FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) than in the U.N. (United Nations).
  • Today, the game in America and Canada is known as “Soccer”.

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