Amazing And Interesting Facts About Football

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  1. Football is the most popular sport in the world. It is the most played sports on earth.
  2. Alex Song has 27 siblings – 17 sisters and 10 brothers.
  3. Former Manchester United player Alan Smith scored vs Sheffield United in a League One fixture in April 2012. His previous goal in all competitions was against AS Roma in the Champions League in a 7-1 win for Manchester United.
  4. Ronaldo (the Brazilian) has never won the Champions League despite playing for 5 teams that did. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also never won the Champions League.
  5. Based on video evidence, one of the fastest ever scored was in 2.8 seconds by Ricardo Olivera (Uruguay) in December 1998.
  6. Ronaldinho first gained media attention when his youth team won a game 23-0. He scored every single goal.
  7. Football goalies didn’t have to wear different coloured shirts from their teammates until 1913.
  8. Football players run an average of 9.65 kms during every game.
  9. The very first game of basketball was played with a soccer ball.
  10. The word “soccer” originated as a slang abbreviation of the word “association”
  11. The World’s First Football Club was the English Sheffield Football Club. It was founded in 1857 by Colonel Nathaniel Cresswick and Major William Priest, two British Army officers.
  12. FIFA has more member countries than the U.N.
  13. Arsene Wenger has an asteroid named after him called 33179 Arsénewenger.
  14. Pele was the first to call football “the beautiful game”.
  15. The original 2014 World Cup’s ball was produced in Pakistan.
  16. Only in  America and Canada  football is called as “soccer”.
  17. The most goals scored in a World Cup’s match was 10 by Hungary against El Salvador in 1982.
  18. In 1964, a referee’s call during a football match in Peru caused a riot that killed over 300 people.
  19. Soccer player Didier Drogba is credited with brokering a cease-fire in his home country of Ivory Coast that brought a five-year civil war to an end.
  20. Brazilian striker Ronaldo got this ridiculous haircut at the 2002 World Cup so that his son would be able to distinguish him from the other bald Brazilian players on TV.
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