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1. The game of football first originated around the year 476 BC in China. When it began, it was referred to as Cuju.

2. There were various variations of the original game that were made as it spread towards Japan and Korea. During these variations, more new features were added to the game, including placing a goal post right in the middle of the field.

3. Until the year 1913, the goalies were not required to wear a different colored shirt than what their teammates were wearing.

4. A soccer ball was used to play one of the first ever games of basketball.

5. For the past 120 years, the ball that is used in professional football has not gone through any change in its size or shape. It has a constant circumference of 28 inches.

6. Football is the most played and most watched sport on earth.

7. Football is the most popular sport in the world. Over one billion fans watch World Cup Football on television.

8. The maximum number of goals scored by one player in a single Football match was 16. It was scored by Stephan Stanis (France) playing for Racing Club de Lens in December 1942.

9. The largest Football tournament saw no less than 5,098 teams. They competed in 1999 for the second Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition. Over 35,000 players participated.

10. Football goalies didn't have to wear different coloured shirts from their teammates until 1913.

11. Football players run an average of 9.65 kms during every game.

12. The very first game of basketball was played with a soccer ball.

13. European Teams have reached every World Cup final, except for the finals of 1930 and 1950.  

14. Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian born Chelsea player injured his legs while celebrating his debut goal in a pre-season match, while Luigi Riva broke a spectator’s arm with his powerful shot.

15. The first black football player was Arthur Wharton in the 1800s.

16. Pele was the first to call football “the beautiful game”.

17. In 1964, a referee’s call during a football match in Peru caused a riot that killed over 300 people.

18. In 1998, lightening killed an entire football team. The catastrophe occurred in Congo during a match between the villages of Bena Tshadi and nearby Basangana.

19. ASEC Abidjan of Cote d’Ivoire was unbeaten for 108 games between 1989 and 1994.

20. Ryan Giggs' (of Manchester United) dad was a professional Rugby League player.

21. A total of 20 red cards were shown in a match played between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero in Paraguay.

22. The ball used in professional football has remained exactly the same size and shape for 120 years - 28inches in circumference.

23. Worldwide, there are 27 professional football clubs that take a Beatles song as their nickname - Villarreal in Spain being the most famous.


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