Football is one of the most popular and oldest games of the world. It is played in more than half of the countries of the world. This game with a historical background of 2000 years has its countless fans all around the world. But the shocking thing is that there are still some facts that will drive you crazy. So let’s find out what these facts are.
Did you know that one of the most popular games of the world, football, was discovered in China? Yes it is true. Football was invented in China around 476 BC.
World’s Most Popular Sport
Football is the world’s most popular and most watched sport. According to a survey conducted by FIFA in 2001, around 240 million people watch this sport.
Most Watched Finale
The FIFA World Cup finals are one of the most watched finals in the world. The FIFA World Cup 2018 finale was watched by the highest number of people.
World’s Largest Tournament
In 1999, the second Bangkok league occurred in which more than 35000 players participated. This was the world’s largest tournament.
World’s Oldest Football Club
The world’s oldest soccer club is in England. Sheffield football club was founded on October 24, 1857. And this year it will celebrate it’s 165 anniversary.
Fastest Scored Goal
Football is like a note printing machine for Argentinians. They have a history of scoring the fastest goals. In 1998 Ricardo Olivera made a record after scoring a goal in 2.8 second.
Asteroid Names After Football Player
Can you imagine that not one or two but five soccer players’ names helped keep the name of asteroids. This is the most amazing fact for football.
Club Name With 83 Letters
There is a Dutch football club which is often called NAC Breda. This is its short name because its actual name contains 83 letters.
Made Ronaldo Popular
In 1988, Ronaldo played this football match in Brazil at the age of 13 only. In this match he scored 23 goals and now he is one of the best known football players in history.
Average Distance Goalkeeper Covers
Goalkeepers in soccer cover a distance of 7 miles at least. Amazingly the game often lasts for only 90 minutes and players take a 15 min break.
Sport Played in More Than Half Countries
This is probably the most amazing fact for soccer. Did you know before that football is played in 210 countries of the world followed by basketball which is played in 195 countries.
Every FIFA World Cup finale is dominated by the players and teams of European countries. European countries always made it to the finals except two World cups.
Soccer and Football
Do you know that only two countries in the whole world call football soccer. These two are America and Canada.
First International Match
First football international match was played on November 30 1872 between England and Scotland. This match resulted in a draw with the score of both teams 0.
Two Matches in a Single Day
Nowadays soccer teams get a rest of 4 to 5 days between two matches. But in the 90s it was not like this. There was the lack of money and that’s why to cover it up they played even two matches in a single day.
Who Coined Soccer?
Even though America and Canada call football, soccer they did not coin this term in the first place. England came up with this word but stopped using it 35 years ago.
Biggest Football Stadium
The world’s biggest football stadium is in a dictator ruled country North Korea. The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is the biggest soccer stadium you will ever come across.
Japan is known for the life expectancy of its citizens. One of them is Kazuyoshi Miura who is 53 years old and still plays soccer for Yokohama FC at forward position for his club.
Only Team Never Defeated by Brazil
When it comes to football, Brazil is the champion. There is no country or team Brazil cannot defeat except one. Norway has played four times with Brazil and emerged victorious twice.
Most Goals Scored
Brazilian footballers are the greatest of all time. One of them is Rogerio Ceni, who has scored more goals than any other player in the whole world. This fact will absolutely drive you crazy.