15 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SOCCER/FOOTBALL

  1.  The word ‘soccer’ came from ‘association of football’.

Soccer is known as football in most of the world. But the word soccer came from England. Soccer was first called association of football which is an abbreviation of association. That’s when the US adopted it. It was only by the 1980s, that the Brits decided to largely disassociate themselves with the term "soccer" due to it having become considered too "American". So a term created by Brits was effectively ditched. So if an English fan complains to you when calling football soccer blame them for creating it.


  1. In 1998 a bolt of lightning killed an entire 11-man soccer team from the Democratic Republic of Congo

All 11 members of the Democratic Republic of Congo soccer team were killed by a bolt of lightning which left the other team unhurt. Witchcraft is often blamed for this crazy accident throughout western and central Africa. Teams would even hire a witchdoctors to cast spells on other teams.


  1. The Korean soccer player, Ahn Jung-hwan scored against Italy knocking them out of the 2002 World cup and lost his contract with his Italian club.

Ahn Jung-hwan scored a goal vs Italy in the 2002 World Cup. The goal he scored knocked Italy out of the tournament. Right after the game he lost his contract with Perugia, an Italian club. The reason he lost his contract was “for ruining Italian soccer.”


  1. English soccer hooligans killed 39 people and caused 600 injuries, causing all English teams to be banned from international competition for 5 years.

This event was called The Heysel Stadium disaster. The teams playing were Juventus vs Liverpool in the 1985 European Cup Final. The game took place in The Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. A large group of Liverpool hooligans breached a fence that was separating them from an area which contained mainly Juventus fans. The Liverpool fans penned Juventus fan but then the wall where they were penned collapsed. 39 people mostly Juventus fans were killed and 600 were injured. After this Liverpool were ban from all European competitions for 3 years, but later reduced to 1.


  1. Colombian football player, Andres Escobar was murdered for scoring an own goal.

Andres Escobar was defender for Atlético Nacional, BSC Young Boys, and the Colombia national team. He and his team Colombia played the USA in the 1994 World Cup. The USA hosted the 1994 World Cup but Colombia were favorites to win. The game ended with a stunning 2-0 lose for Colombia. During this game Andres scored an own goal which helped send his team home. A few days after the tough loss Andres was gunned down on July 2, 1994 in his hometown of Medellín, Columbia. One of the gunmen shouted “goal” every time he shot at Andres.


  1. During a Soccer match in Antananarivo, Madagascar, one team scored 149 own goals protesting a referee's decision in a previous game.

Two teams AS Adema and SO l'Emyrne match played on 31 October 2002 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. SO l'Emyrne intentionally lost the game against their arch-rivals AS Adema in protest over refereeing decisions against them during a playoff tournament. This game holds the world record for the highest score in soccer, recognized by The Guinness Book of Records. After the game the Fédération Malagasy de Football suspended the SOE coach and 4 of his players for three years.


  1. Greenland is not a member of FIFA

Greenland is not a member of FIFA because they can’t support any grass fields. Since they don’t have any grass fields, they use artificial turf fields. Although Greenland are not a part of FIFA they are a part of the International Football Union which is the secondary government for soccer.


  1. Soccer dates back to China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC.

Soccer originates all the way back to 200 BC in China. The Original name was called “Tsu Chu” The game involved kicking a leather ball stuffed with fur into a small hole. You also couldn’t use your hands just like in soccer today. The game was played by Chinese military forces during the rule of the Han Dynasty.


  1. FIFA was established in the year 1904

FIFA was created in 1904 to watch over international competition. FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. FIFA is the governing body of anything soccer including association football, futsal and beach football. This makes them responsible for the organization of Soccer's international tournaments.


  1. First ball used was the head of some Danish brigand

The first Soccer games in Britain were played by the people in the east part of England. During one of the games they were kicking around a Danish prince's head that they killed during war. Soccer back then were very violent. So injuries and death were not uncommon.


  1. There has always been a European team in the FIFA World Cup finals with the except for the first World Cup.

In every World Cup Final there has been a European team participating except for the first ever World Cup Final in 1930 and 1950. The game was played between Uruguay and Argentina. In this game Uruguay won by beating Argentina 4-2.


  1. The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world.

The World Cup is one of the biggest and most popular soccer tournament. The tournament starts out 32 national soccer teams. The first ever World cup dates back to 1930 and played in Uruguay and won by Uruguay. The World Cup is the most watched event on earth. In all of the 2006 World Cup games there was an estimated cumulative audience of 26.29 billion. In the final game of the tournament there was an estimated 715.1 million people watching.


  1. A referee sent himself off for punching a player.

Melvin Sylvester attacked a player during a game between Southampton Arms and Hurstbourne Tarrant British Legion. Melvin stated

"I was sorely provoked," explained Sylvester afterwards. "I punched him several times after he had pushed me from behind. He then swore. I couldn't take any more. I blew my top."

Melvin was fined 20 pounds and was banned for six weeks by the Hampshire Football Association.

Source http://www.theguardian.com/


  1. Sir Alex Ferguson was fired by St. Mirren in 1978 for swearing at a lady.

Sir Alex Ferguson one of the best managers in the world. But before he was dominating the premier league he was the managers of St. Mirren. When at St. Mirren they started out at division One but worked their way up all the way to the premier league. But then one day Alex spoke out at one lady. The chairman said he had no choice but to sack the manager. I bet they are regretting it now.  

  1. Pele is the top goal scorer of all-time with 1,279 goals.

Pele the Brazilian goal scorer has scored 1,279 goals in his career making him the all time top goal scorer in the world. When pele was playing the offsides rule wasn’t implemented yet so many people say he wouldn’t of scored that many goal if that rule did apply. But regardless 1,279 is an incredible accomplishment.  



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