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Interesting Facts and Trivia About Football No One is Telling You About

Football is the world’s most renowned game which features speed, strength, and skills. But even if you are a die-hard football fan, there may still be numerous things that you don’t know about this astounding sport. 

Here are several interesting facts about football that you don’t want to miss.

  • Football was first invented in China at nearly 476 B.C.
  • Americans and Canadians call Football as Soccer.
  • Did you know? In every game, Football players can run an average of 9.65 kilometers.
  • The first black professional footballer in the world is Arthur Wharton.
  • A soccer ball was used in the first basketball game in history
  • Pakistan is the world’s largest manufacturer of footballs
  • Stephan Stanis from France scored the maximum number of goals back in December 1942.
  • Oliver Khan was the first and only goalkeeper who won the Golden Ball during the 2002 World Cup.
  • Goalies wear the same colored shirt with their teammates until 1913.
  • One call from a referee during a football match back in 1964 started a riot that killed 300 individuals and injured over 500 people.
  • In 1998, Ricardo Olivera set the record for the fastest goal which is 2.8 seconds.
  • The First Football Club in the world was founded in 1857, which was the English Sheffield Football Club.
  • Lightning killed 11 football players during a game in 1998.
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man who walked on the moon, wanted to take a football to the moon but NASA refused.
  • The first live football match coverage was viewed on television in 1937.
  • The balls used in Football are made from layers of synthetic leather while the bladders inside the ball are made from latex or butyl.
  • There are four types of special teams in Football: return kicks, kick-off, block and return punts.
  • Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was the first football player who scored a goal in every single minute of the game.
  • The fastest person who received a red card in the history of professional football is Lee Todds after using foul language.
  • The largest football tournament was played in 1999 that has an overall number of 5,098 teams which are composed of more than 35,000 players in total.
  • The highest goals ever recorded in a football game were 149-0 played between and AS Adema of Madagascar and Stade Olympique de L’emyrne.
  • After his outstanding performance in the 1958 World Cup, various European teams offered Pelé big contracts to play for them. The Brazilian government, however, declared Pelé to be an official national treasure in order to stop the offers.
  • Miroslav Klose, a German football player, currently holds the record for the most career World Cup goals with a total of 16.
  • 80% of injuries that unfortunately happened in football matches are severe enough that players had to miss subsequent games.
  • Three professional football players have won the Triple Crown awarded to those who have achieved three individual statistical championships in just a year. The players are Sammy Baugh in 1943, Steve Van Buren in 1945 and Bill Dudley in 1946. 
  • One of the most unpopular football facts, back then, was it isn’t unusual for a player to take both offensive and defensive positions in a game.

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4 Astonishing Reasons Behind Empty Football Stadium Seats

Italian football is one of the hardest hit of the recent coronavirus scare. And players are about to play on empty stadiums.

Antonio Conte, Inter boss, said, “Empty stadiums aren’t beautiful.”

Clubs are taking the matter on their own hands. Inter will refund fans who already bought the ticket. Juventus will not do so even for season ticket holders. 

These situations are unprecedented. There were several instances when the clubs play empty seats upon empty seats on what appeared to be the biggest stadiums.

Below are some of the reasons behind those unfortunate events.

1) Ticket prices

Juventus had never played on a jampacked home stadium. Selling ~pricey~ tickets is the main struggle, selling up to €160 (£140) apiece. It has always been like this even before Cristiano Ronaldo started playing for the Juve.

The fans are not happy, staging silent protests by skipping the matches on several occasions. It resulted in the rift between the team and the ultras.

2) Location

The club is known for leaving the 70,000-capacity Stadio Delle Alpi for a 41,000-capacity stadium in 2006. It was purposely built to become the club’s home stadium in 2011.

Where the stadium was built is another issue. It is located in Turin, near Milan, where the majority of season ticket holders live. Also, Turin is not Milan—it’s not as touristy as the latter.

3) Seating error

In 2019, in what had been called the most-watched Women’s World Cup, the mistake made with the seating arrangements resulted in an almost empty stadium.

Fans learned a few moments before the actual tournament that would be seated separately from their families and friends. Some parents would even seat a section away from their children.

FIFA recalled the tickets and reissued the right ones. Adding insult to injury, some fans were unaware of the changes while holding onto their original tickets. They were refused entry until reprints are issued. They missed pretty much the first half of the games and festivities. 

Not to mention the expensive ticket prices that nobody wants to buy. FIFA was forced to “allocate” tickets to the fans. That’s on top of the 16% of the total ticket counts as complimentary.

Needless to say, it lacked the atmosphere FIFA used to boast about on posters.

4) Lack of support

In 2019, Arena Gremio was too empty to ignore—it was aa 67,000-capacity stadium.

Sao Paolo captain, Daniel Alves, pointed out clubismo tribalism and the lack of unity between the clubs and the fans as the main culprits. 

Alves was unsure if it was because of ticket prices, although Thiago Silva, his teammate, was particular about lowering the expensive ticket prices. Tickets cost €51.97 (£44.50) on average, and yet only 20% of the seats were sold.

True enough, Copa América ticket prices are disproportionate with that of the Women’s World Cup prices. Prices are indeed for the elites.

LANCE! Editor, Valdomiro Neto, said that this was a clear demonstration of “excessive greed.” This is especially true since the value of real, Brazil’s local currency, diminished since the 2015 recession.

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6 Funniest Things that Stopped a Football Match

Things happen, and a football match isn’t spared from fun moments.

Here are some of the funniest things to ever stop a match.

A chicken wearing the club crest

Angry Blackburn Rovers fans released a chicken onto the pitch in protest against the club’s owner who happened to be in the poultry business. 

The chicken was even dressed up wherein the club crest could be seen by everyone watching the spectacle. Security had quite a runaround that day.

A black cat and its purrfect crime

Do you know what they say about coming across a black cat? Bad luck!  

However, there was nothing unfortunate about what happened in a match between Heracles and FC Groningen in a 2013 Eredivisie game. A feline was seen trundling onto the pitch. The scoreless match became a comedic sight.

No one dared touch the cat. The players waited for the cat to leave the ground before the game continued. 

A football-chasing pooch

It must’ve been an enticing football—the ball, not the game—for this dog to run into the pitch and chase the ball.

The game was typical until that incident. The players went on to trap the dog, but they failed. Then, Jimmy Greaves distracted the dog by going down on all fours and mimicking its actions.

It happened during the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where Garrincha and Pele both played.

A rushed paint job

This occurred in 1977 on a game between Manchester City and Derby County. During those times, how the pitch looked was very different from how they look today. No manicured green lawns then.

The said game was played on dried mud that made the penalty spot disappeared. When a Derby player was about to do a penalty kick, he did not know where to put the ball. 

A man holding a bucket of paint, brush, and a measuring tape came to the rescue and painted the spot right on.

A dashing pine marten

The small and furry creature ran abruptly onto the field during a game between Zurich and FC Thun. It ran around for over 5 minutes, and the players and security failed to capture him.

A Zurich player tried, but the pine marten bit him. This animal is known for its incredible speed and sharp teeth. 

Then, the goalkeeper stepped in to capture the weasel-like creature using his gloves.

A political drone

This is not funny, but it did stop the football game anyway. And it was the game between Serbia and Albania, who were not historically the best political allies.

It happed in October 2016 during a qualifying match. In the 41st minute of the game, a drone came down, carrying an Albanian flag. The banner also depicted the disputed territory between the two countries. 

Pitch battles ensued soon after Stefan Mitrovic snatched the drone down. The brawl involved not just the players and substitutes, but also stewards and fans.

Both teams abandoned the match, but Serbia was awarded the winner due to a 3-0 score.

The UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) also perceived this as a political provocation, and the two teams were investigated for the incident. 

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