Without a doubt, football is the most watched and most played sport on Earth. But how much do you actually know about your favorite sport?
We have gathered for you 20 interesting football facts for you to tell the lads at the pub, so pay attention!
- Football was invented in China nearly 476 B.C
- Here is something interesting – did you know that the first game of Basketball was actually played with a soccer ball?
- Only Canadians and Americans call football Soccer.
- The record for the maximum number of goals ever scored in an international game is held by Archie Thompson, who scored 13 goals against American Samoa in Australia’s 31–0 victory during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
- Pele was the first to call football “the beautiful game”.
- During every game, Football players run an average of 9.65 km.
- The fastest goal in history was scored by Nawaf Al-Abed, a 21-year-old striker for Saudi Arabian soccer club Al-Hilal. He scored two seconds after the beginning of the match.
- The oldest football club in the world is Sheffield Football Club founded in 1857.
- Neil Armstrong wanted to take a football to the Moon, but unfortunately, NASA said no.
- In 1937, the first live coverage of a football match was shown on television.
- The largest Football tournament saw no less than 5,098 teams. They competed in 1999 for the second Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition. Over 35,000 players participated.
- Bryce Brites, a 20-month-old baby, is the world youngest professional football player.
- In the 2002 World Cup, Oliver Kahn became the first and only goalkeeper to win the Golden Ball.
- 80 % of the world’s footballs are manufactured in Pakistan.
- Greenland can’t join FIFA because not enough grass grows there for a soccer field.
- Lee Todd holds the record of receiving the fastest red card in the history of professional football after he used foul language.
- Dino Zoff became the oldest player to win the World Cup at the age of 40 years.
- In 1950 India withdrew from World Cup because they were not allowed to play barefoot by FIFA.
- The United States has the most number of official soccer players than any other nation in the world. The number is almost 18 million and 78% of those are of the age of 18.
- A Manchester City fan was banned in 1995 for bringing dead chickens into City’s Maine Road ground. He had a habit to celebrate City goals by swinging the birds around his head.
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