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· Football originated generally in its present form in
· The world's oldest club formed in 1857 is Sheffield FC (Metro FC was established in 1899, making it one of the oldest clubs in NZ) it was founded by Colonel Nathaniel Cresswick and Major William Priest, two British Army officers
· Football is the most played and most watched sport on Earth
· Football is called football in practically every country except
· Famous Football rivalries include the Old Firm (
· Some famous Football players: Pele, Maradonna, Charlton, Eusebio, Cruyff, Dalglish, Ronaldo, Beckham, Mattheus.
· The sport of Association Football (often referred to as soccer or simply football) is the most popular team sport in the world, in both number of spectators and number of active participants.
· The largest attendance for a Football match ever was 199,854 people -
· In the largest Football tournament ever, no less than 5,098 teams competed in 1999 for the second Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition. Over 35,000 players involved!
· The most goals scored by one player in a single Football match was 16 by Stephan Stanis (France) playing for Racing Club de Lens in December 1942.
· Based on video evidence, one of the fastest ever scored was in 2.8 seconds by Ricardo Olivera (
· The international governing body of Football is the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), based in
· Diego Maradona was only 16 when he made his debut for
· Football goalies didn't have to wear different coloured shirts from their teammates until 1913.
· Eusebio scored 46 goals in the European Cup for Benfica.
· Chris Woods once went 1196 minutes without conceding a goal while at Glasgow Rangers, from between
· Ryan Giggs' (of Manchester United) dad was a professional Rugby League player.
· In 1973, the entire
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