7 interesting facts about football
Football is the most popular and massive sport in the world. It gives joy to millions of fans, the income of football clubs compete with the budgets of some countries, and the fame of the best players overshadows the glory of politicians and TV stars. Of course, we could not get past the World Football Day celebrated today and dedicated another collection of facts to him.
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The exact history of the appearance of football is difficult to trace, because at different times and in different countries there were quite similar ball games. However, the modern version of football dates back to the XIX century, when a game became popular among English college students, in which it was necessary to score a ball into the opponent’s goal with their feet or other parts of the body. Each college had its own rules, which made it very difficult to hold friendly meetings. The first attempt to create uniform rules was made in 1846. A little later, in 1855, the first Sheffield Football Club was founded. In 1863, after long negotiations, a set of rules of the Football Association of England was adopted, which can be considered the birth date of modern football.
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In many English-speaking countries, football is called the word soccer. This name comes from a modified phrase association football (“football according to the rules of the Association”). That same Football Association of England, which we described in the previous paragraph. As a rule, the name “soccer” is popular in those countries where other types of football have spread, such as rugby football, American football and Canadian football.
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The symbol of football is the ball. But not all fans of this sport know that 80% of professional footballs are made in Pakistan. In this far from football country on the border with India, there is the city of Sialkot, in the factories of which the best leather balls in the world are made by hand.
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The largest score in history was recorded at the Madagascar Football Championship. AS Adema club won the decisive match against Stade Olympique l’Emyrne with a score of 149: 0. And all the goals were scored by players at their own gates. The fact is that the players of one of the teams were offended by the unjust, in their opinion, the decision of the arbitrator and in protest began to hammer the ball into his own net. Until the end of the match, they managed to score almost one and a half hundreds, and this is what went down in history.
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One of the strongest football teams is the Brazil national team. It seems that she won all possible awards and won all her opponents. And only the Norwegian team was able to resist the Brazilians. Incredibly, this is the only team that has played with the Brazilian national team, which has never lost to her. A total of four meetings took place between these teams, of which the Norwegians won twice and brought the match to a draw twice.
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The popularity of football in Latin America has no limits. Once the passion of football in this region was so heated that they caused a real war between El Salvador and Honduras. Because of the series of matches for reaching the finals of the 1970 World Cup in El Salvador, Honduran football players and fans were beaten, Honduran flags were burned. Then a wave of attacks on Salvadorans, including two vice-consuls, swept across Honduras. Many people were forced to flee the country. This led to the unfolding of a hot conflict between these countries, which lasted six days and claimed the lives of several thousand people. The peace treaty between the countries was signed only 10 years after the end of the war.
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Usually during a football match, players chase the ball on the field, and spectators watch it from the stands. However, there are some reckless characters who do not like this order, and they also run out on the field, often in the nude. Such people are called strekerami, and the most famous of them is Mark Roberts. He has more than 300 appearances in various sports in the nude. One can only wonder how this man, whose one name terrifies the security service of all the stadiums, manages to deceive them over and over again and still make his way onto the football field.
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