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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

10 Interesting Facts From The World Of Football



Football - The World's Greatest SportIn this article I present to you some interesting facts about the world’s most watched sport – Football
1. In 1935 King Edward III banned football because of “excessive violence”
2. The first officially organised football league in the world was the (English) Football League formed in 1888
3. The FA (Football Association Cup) was originally known as the “Challenge Cup”
4. The first FA Cup final was played in England in 1872 between Royal Engineers and Wanderers in front of 2,000 spectators. Wanderers won with the score of 1-0
5. Sheffield Football Club -- Sheffield FC -- founded in England in 1857, is recognised by both the English FA and FIFA as being the oldest football club in the world still playing Association Football.
6. The first international football match was played between Scotland and England in Glasgow, Scotland on 30th November 1872, in front of 4,000 spectators. The match ended in a draw with both the teams failing to score.
7. The first World Cup was won by the host country Uruguay.
8. On 13 July, 1930, just 19 minutes into the game, Lucien Laurent of France made history by scoring the first World Cup Goal against Mexico.
9. Since it was first televised in 1954, the Football World Cup has become the most widely viewed sporting event in the world.
10. Maradona’s second goal in the match between Argentina and England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup is referred to as “the goal of the century”