Football is one of the most loved sports in the world. Millions of people watch football matches on television or in stadiums every year. However, there are many interesting details about football that are not known. In this article you will discover some interesting facts about the unknown about football.
30 interesting facts about football
Football has become the most watched and played sport in the world compared to other sports. Here are some interesting facts about soccer that you haven’t heard before:
- The first football match was played in England in 1863. At that time, the rules of football were not yet fully defined and the game was played differently in each region.
- The top scorer in football history is Josef Bican with 1281 goals. Bican, of Czechoslovak descent, played football between 1931 and 1955.
- According to FIFA standards, the circumference of the football must be between 68 and 70 cm. In addition, the weight of the ball must be between 410-450 grams.
- It is often a matter of curiosity why the football has a black and white pattern. This pattern makes the ball look better in the air. The black and white patterned ball, first used in the 1970s, was seen more clearly in the television broadcasts of the period.
- History of Football, BC It started with a game called ‘cuju’ played in China in 476.
- The red card in football was introduced in England in the 1960s. First, the referees used a white card to warn the players. However, due to the lack of the white card, the red card was used.
- For many years football referees preferred to shake handkerchiefs to manage the game. However, the use of the whistle first began in 1878 and has been an integral part of the game ever since.
- The goalposts did not exist until 1882. Therefore, every time the ball went between the two posts counted as a goal, no matter how high the ball went.
- Iceland, which took part in the 2018 World Cup, was the smallest country in its history to participate in the tournament and achieved great success.
- A referee broke the record for showing the most red cards in a match by showing 20 players red cards in the match between Paraguayan league teams Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero.
- In 1998, England referee Martin Sylvester showed him a red card for hitting a football player. This event remained one of the unforgettable moments in football history.
- India had to give up participation in the 1950 World Cup because the footballers were not allowed to play barefoot. However, this decision had a negative impact on the development of football in the country.
- The 1950 World Cup final set a record. 199,854 people came to watch the match between Brazil and Uruguay, played at Brazil’s Maracana Stadium, breaking a record.
- Pentti, one of Finland’s legendary names, has drawn an unprecedented situation in the world. He made history by scoring 5 goals in a match he played in 1986.
- One of Argentina’s must-haves, Mascherano wore the Argentina national team for the first time in 2003. However, the main point of the event was Mascherano, who had not played in a professional club.
- Milan is one of the most unlucky teams in the world. Fernando Redondo, who bought Milan from Real Madrid for 11 million pounds, was injured in 3 minutes of his first match and was away from the field for 2.5 years.
- Martin Palermo, who failed to score all 3 penalties played in favor of Argentina in the Argentina – Colombia match, holds the record for most missed penalties in an international match.
- Trabzonspor, champions in the 1979-80 season, became the ‘most negative champion in the world’ with 25 goals in 30 games.
- The life of the Brazilian Grafite, who plays in the Al Ahli team, is a subject to be explored. Until the age of 20, the Brazilian actor earned his living collecting waste in Sao Paolo.
- Jordi Alba, one of Barcelona’s constant 11s, still does not have a driver’s license. Since he does not have a license, his father takes Alba to the training sessions anyway.
- Everton’s runner Romelu Lukaku speaks 6 languages and can speak fluently. (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Flemish and Swahili)
- Franck Ribery changed his name to Bilal Yusuf Mohammed after converting to Islam. However, due to his career, he also uses the name Franck Ribery in football.
- Michael Ballack is the world’s most empty man from the finals. German player Ballack has returned empty-handed from all 29 finals in his career.
- In the EURO 2008 qualifiers, Germany beat San Marino 13-0 by making a huge difference.
- Michael Ballack played 29 finals and lost them all. He competed 3 times for the Ballon D’or, but still failed to win.
- Mario Balotelli paid a total of £10,000 in parking fines in England.
- Polish player Kuba Blaszczykowski of Borussia Dortmund witnessed the death of his mother and father when he was 12 years old.
- Alex Song has 27 siblings and Patrice Evra has 23 siblings. From the brothers of these two players come 4 teams of 11 players each.
- Frank Lampard is one of the smartest footballers in the world. His IQ is exactly 150. If he wasn’t a football player, he could even be a scientist.
- Antonio Valencia has become the leader of the fastest running football players, accelerating exactly 35 km in one position.
What is the origin of football?
The origin of football is not exactly known, but ball games have been known since ancient times. Modern football has its origins in the process of developing football rules that began in England in the mid-19th century.
Where was the first football match played?
The first football match was played in Sheffield, England in 1863.
When was FIFA founded?
FIFA (International Association of Football Associations) was founded in 1904 and today is the governing body of world football.
What is the offside rule?
The offside rule is a rule that determines whether the player is in a passive or active position, depending on which player last touched the ball. If the player is passive, there is no offside. However, if the player touches or is under the influence of the ball, it is offside.
What is the penalty area rule?
The penalty area rule defines the defensive area of the defending team, and in case of a foul, the opposing team wins the penalty shot.