Jaw dropping facts about Football

Posted On 13 Sep, 2018 0

For years, we have been obsessing about football like it were a personal deal every time our favourite team is playing on the field, and the cheers for our personal legends are as high as the hooting for the opponents. While there are various theories about the origination of the game, what we are keenly interested in learning about is the truth about the game and something which is not known to the masses.

In this article today, Gutshot aims at bringing to you the least known about facts about your favourite game, Football, read along to discover them.

  • Contrary to the popular Indian belief that Cricket is the most played and watched sport in the world, let us break the myth by letting you know that Football is actually the most played and most watched sport on earth
  • The largest Football tournament held in 1999, consisted of around 5,098 teams with over 35, 000 players playing in the same league
  • Football players run an average of 9.65 kms during every game
  • The word “soccer” was invented by England. The original version of the word soccer was “Association Football” but it was changed to “Assoc Football”. This was changed to “Soccer”. In 19th century England, the “-er” was added to words to shorten them
  • In 1998, an entire football team was wiped away by a lightening that killed each player on the ground. The mishap occurred in Congo during a match between the villages of Bena Tshadi and nearby Basangana. 
  • The professional football ball is 28inches in circumference and has remained exactly the same size and shape for 120 years
  • After being signed up by a Belgian club, a 20-month-old baby became the youngest professional soccer player ever.
  • Diego Maradona, Argentina’s retired soccer player has his own religion made by his fans
  • Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum dedicated to himself in 2013
  • According to a reliable census, more than 1 in 20 soccer injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch
  • El Salvador waged war on Honduras after it lost against it in a soccer match in 1969
  • The difference in Messi's age and Ronaldo's age is 869 days, and the same age difference is between Messi's son and Ronaldo's son. 

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