20 Football (Soccer) Facts for the Curious Mind

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Here are some Untold Football Facts to crank up your appetite;

  1. Football ‘Soccer‘ originated from China nearly 476 B.C.
  2. Only Canadians and citizens of the United States refer to football as Soccer.
  3. During every game of 90 minutes, the average football players run an average of 9.65 km.
  4. A soccer ball was used to play the first game of Basketball.
  5. Nearly 80% of the world’s footballs are made in Pakistan.
  6. Pele holds the record as the first person in the world to call football “the beautiful game”
  7. Until 1913, Goalkeepers could not wear different coloured shirts different from their teammates.
  8. A referee’s call during a memorable football match in Peru caused an undeserved riot that killed over 300 people and injured around 500 people in the year 1964.
  9. The World’s First Football Club is from England and it is Sheffield Football Club (founded in 1857).
  10. Lightning was responsible for the death of an entire football team during a game in the year 1998.
  11. The world’s largest island (Greenland) cannot join FIFA because the country doesn’t enough grass to grow a football field.
  12. Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) holds the record as the first player who scored a goal in every single minute of a match.
  13. The largest-ever known football tournaments happened in the year 1999. The competition had a total of 5,098 teams and over 35,000 players.
  14. The highest recorded goal scored in a football match is 149-0. This was a football game played between Madagascar clubs; Stade Olympique de L’emyrne and AS Adema.
  15. Asmir Begovic may not be popular, but he holds the record for the fastest and longest goal in football history. It was a goal he scored against Southampton on the 2nd day of November 2013.
  16. Dino Zoff holds the record as the oldest player to win the World Cup- at 40.
  17. The first live coverage of a football match got shown on television in the year 1937.
  18. Bryce Brites, a 20-month-old baby, holds the record as the youngest professional football player in the world.
  19. Oliver Kahn holds the record as the first and only goalkeeper to win the Golden Ball in the history of the game.
  20. Famous American astronaut Neil Armstrong wanted to take a football along with him to the moon, but NASA refused it.

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