7 Interesting Facts About Football

Football has become a very interesting sport we live to love.A lot of football fans grow to love the game because of the zeal,passion,enthralling action that comes with the game.The rivalry sometimes makes a lot of people take it personal especially among the rival Chelsea, Manchester united, Realmadrid, Barcelona fans but then it still all boils down to proper fun which unites people together and that is why it is called the beautiful game.Here are 10 Interesting facts about the beautiful game you probably never knew.

1. Football Originated In China. China!!!!

Football originated in China
Football originated in China

Ohhh yes China.There are a number of conflicting beliefs concerning the question of who invented soccer. Some suggest that the history of soccer dates back as far as 2500BC, during which time the Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese all appear to have partaken in feet-based games involving a ball.Most of these games included the use of hands, feet and even sticks to control a ball. The Roman game of ‘Harpastum’ was a possession based ball game where each side would attempt to retain possession of a small ball for as long as possible.The Ancient Greeks competed in a similar game entitled ‘Episkyros’, but both of these pursuits reflected rules closer to rugby than modern day soccer.The most relevant of these ancient games to our modern day ‘Association Football’ is the Chinese game of ‘Tsu-Chu’ or ‘kick ball’ as it translates. Records of the game begin during the Tsin Dynasty (255-206BC) and represent a game in which soldiers competed in a training activity featuring a leather ball being kicked into a net strung between two poles.Soccer began to evolve in modern Europe from the 9th century onwards and in England entire towns would kick a pig’s bladder from one landmark to another.The game was often seen as a nuisance and was even banned for some periods of Britain’s history.The codification of soccer began in the public schools of Britain at the beginning of the 16th century. Within the private school system ‘football’ was a game in which the hands were used during periods of play and grappling allowed but otherwise the modern shape of soccer was being formed. Two barless goals were placed at each end, goalkeepers and tactics were introduced and high tackles outlawed.

2. The First Football Club In The World Was Sheffield Football Club,Founded In 1857

Sheffield ffootball club was created in 1857
Sheffield football club was created in 1857

Sheffield football club is the world’s oldest independent football club that is, the oldest club not associated with an institution such as a school, hospital or university. It was founded in 1857. Sheffield F.C. initially played Sheffield rules, a code of its own devising, although the club’s rules influenced the those of the England Football Association (FA (1863) including handball, free kicks, corners and throw ins. While the international governing body of association football, FIFA and the FA recognise Sheffield F.C. as the “world’s oldest football club”,and the club joined the FA in 1863, it continued to use the Sheffield rules. Sheffield F.C. did not officially adopt association football until 1877.They played their first match against hallam in 1867,the match is still being played match is still played today as the Sheffield derby. Sheffield won the FA Amateur Cup in 1903-04 and finished runners-up in the 1977 FA Vase. The club today competes in the Northern Premier League Division One South, and are truly the heart of the globalized entertainment industry that the Premier League has been today. Sheffield F.C. have been honored with the FIFA Order of Merit and the English Football Hall of Fame.

3. The Biggest Scoreline In Football History is 149-0 in Madagasscar


OK now,stop this joke…it can’t even happen in a basketball game yeah…it happened in Africa, Madagascar to be precise. AS Adema 149–0 SO l’Emyrne was an association football match played on 31 October 2002 between two teams in Antananarivo, Madagascar. It holds the world record for the highest scoreline, recognized by The Guinness Book of Records. SO l’Emyrne intentionally lost the game against their arch-rivals AS Adema in protest over refereeing decisions that had gone against them during a four-team playoff tournament. The match surpassed the previous record for the highest scoreline of 36–0, set in 1885.The match was part of a four-team round robin playoff to determine the national championship. The league crown went to Adema after SOE were held to a 2–2 draw by DSA Antananarivo in their penultimate match, during which the referee awarded a late and disputed penalty. The resulting draw meant that SOE were knocked out of the title race. With the championship already decided, SOE decided to protest; according to some sources, there was an argument between the SOE coach and the referee himself. SOE deliberately scored 149 own goals, with spectators saying that after each kick-off the ball was kicked into their own goal, the opposition players standing and looking bemused. It was reported that spectators descended on the ticket booths to demand a refund.

4. The First Black Player Was Arthur Wharthon.

Arthur Wharton was honoured with a statue in his hometown.
Arthur Wharton was honoured with a statue in his hometown.

Who is that? Well,Arthur Wharton is widely considered to be the first black professional football player in the world.Though not the first black player outright the amateurs Robert Walker, of Queen’s Park, and Scotland international player, Andrew Watson predate him .Wharton was the first black professional and the first to play in the Football League.Wharton started as an amateur playing as a goalkeeper for Darlington, where he was spotted by Preston North End after playing against them.He joined them as an amateur, and was part of the team that reached FA Cup semi-finals in 1886-87.Though part of “The Invincibles” of the 1880s, he left Preston in 1888 to concentrate on his running, and thus was not part of the team that subsequently won the Double in 1888-89. As well as playing in goal, he would also occasionally feature outfield as a winger. He never won a major honour in the game during his career, nor was he capped at international level.

5. The First Time A Game Was Shown Live On TV Was in 1936 In England by BBC


Ooooh Really? Yes, The BBC started its television service in 1936 and carried out its first experiment in covering football on 16th September 1937 when it broadcast part of a specially arranged game that took place between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves. This was followed by showing the international match, between England and Scotland on April 9, 1938.The first-time a whole match was shown live on television was the 1938 FA Cup Final when Preston North End played Huddersfield Town. Even so, far more people watched the game in the stadium as only around 10,000 people at the time owned television sets.

For technical reasons, only games in London could be shown on television. This included FA Cup finals and the occasional international game played at Wembley. On 8th February, 1947, the BBC also showed a fifth round FA Cup match between Charlton Athletic and Blackburn Rovers. However, this experiment of showing cup games other than finals was quickly abandoned.Although the Football Association allowed international games to be shown on television, the Football League was always reluctant to allow either highlights or live coverage of league matches as it feared it would have a negative impact on attendances.The ITV agreed a deal with the Football League to show 26 live league games in the 1960-61 season. The first live league match was on September 10, 1960 between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers at Bloomfield Road. The next planned broadcast was cancelled after Tottenham Hotspur refused permission for the ITV to cover its game against Aston Villa. When the Football League demanded a dramatic increase in player appearance payments the ITV pulled out of the deal.

The first televised league highlights started in 1962, when Anglia Television launched Match of the Week, which showed highlights of matches from the East Anglia region. In 1964 the Football League agreed a deal with the BBC to show edited highlights of First Division games. Match of the Day began in August 1964 when it showed the game between Arsenal and Liverpool.The first World Cup coverage on television took place in 1966. Two years later ITV regions began broadcasting its own highlights programmes. Eventually, the entire ITV network showed The Big Match on Sunday.

6. The Highest Attendance For a Football Match Was 199,854 in Rio De Jeniero In Brazil

WHAT!!!!!! The 1950 final in Brazil remains the highest attendance ever at a football match. In fact, the final match of the 1950 World Cup remains the record holder for not only the largest attendance at a World Cup match, but also the highest at any football/soccer match, period.Officially, 173,850 paid spectators crammed into Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium on July 16 to watch host Brazil take on Uruguay for arguably the most prized trophy in world sports.And Brazil lost.2-1.Nearly 200,000 sets of tearful eyes and shattered hearts wondering when their mothers would come wake them up from this national nightmare.Some estimates have even pegged the attendance as high as 199,000 or 210,000 unofficially. Those claims state that thousands had entered the stadium illegally and without tickets, just to witness what was certain to be Brazil’s first World Cup triumph happen on home soil.And why wouldn’t those fans believe it? The tournament final was decided by a four-team final group, as opposed to the knockout format we know today. Amazingly, Brazil had crushed its first two finals opponents, Sweden and Spain, by a combined 13-2 score.All it required was to draw against its much tinier neighbor to the south and the Jules Rimet Trophy would sit with the Seleção.Brazilian newspaper O Mundo even printed an early edition claiming the Brazil squad the world champions. There isn’t a perfect translation for “bulletin board material” in Portuguese, but this was basically it.Some of the shockwaves from the surprise result in front of the record crowd reverberate to this day.

7. In 1966, The World Cup Was Stolen And Later Found By Dogs, Days Before The Tournament.


The Cup was stolen and found by a dog
The Cup was stolen and found by a dog

Do not adjust your seat,i am not joking.It was called the ‘Jules Rimet Trophy’ at the time, awarded to the winner of the football World Cup, was stolen in 1966 prior to the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. The trophy was later recovered. One man was convicted for being involved but other possible culprits are still unknown.The Football Association had received the silver-gilt trophy in January 1966 before the scheduled World Cup tournament the next July. It was usually kept in their headquarters at Lancaster Gate apart from for a couple of publicity events. In February, Stanley Gibbons’ stamp company received permission to place the Trophy in their Stampex exhibition in March on condition that it would be under guard at all times. The trophy was also insured for £30,000 (despite its official value being only £3,000).The exhibition was held in the Westminster Central Hall and opened on 19 March 1966, and the World Cup was a major attraction. Two uniformed officers guarded the trophy around the clock, reinforced by two plainclothes officers during the day. Additional guards stood beside the display cabinet when the exhibition was open, but nobody was watching the trophy all the time. On Sundays the Central Hall was used for Methodist services.On Sunday 20 March, when the guards began a noon circuit, around 12:10 they noticed that someone had forced open the display case and the rear doors of the building and stolen the trophy. The wooden bar that held the door closed was lying on the floor; thieves had removed the screws and bolts that held it from the other side of the door. They had removed the padlock from the back of the display case, taken the trophy and left the way they came. None of the guards had seen or heard anything suspicious, though one of them reported that he had seen a strange man by the public telephone when he had visited the lavatory on the first floor.On 27 March, David Corbett and his dog Pickles were walking in the Beulah Hill district of southeast London, when Pickles begun to sniff at a parcel that was lying under the hedge of Corbett’s house. It was wrapped in an old newspaper, tied with string. When he opened the parcel, he recognized the trophy when he noticed the winner’s names on the bottom. He handed the parcel to the police at Gypsy Hill police station.Police took Corbett and the trophy to Cannon Row police station where Harold Mayes of the FA identified the trophy. Police briefly suspected that Corbett was involved with the theft but he had an alibi.Police announced the recovery of the trophy the next morning but retained the Cup as evidence until 18 April. They returned it to the FA before the opening of the tournament.

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