Football facts

March 10, 2012 | In: Sport Facts

Let’s be clear: in this article we’ll talk about soccer. In fact, the USA is the only country in which football is called soccer. The name comes from the original term football association, abbreviated assoc, and later anagrammed as soccer. And still, it’s the most loved sport in the world. Ok, now let’s see some football facts. We’ll use the word football:

A football team has 11 players.

The players get yellow and red cards for their fouls.

The World Cup is the biggest football tournament, being held every 4 years in different host countries, which is elected 12 years before.

Although America founded his Major League in 1996, it has the biggest number of registered players, almost 18 million. It’s true, 78% of them are under the age of 18.

The first ever Football World Cup was held in the year 1930, which was won by the host country, Uruguay. The number of spectators was 300.

Brazil has won 5 World Cups, being the best national team in the world.

German international player, Oliver Kahn became the first goalkeeper to win the most valuable player of the World Cup in 2002. He was the first goalkeeper to do so.

The first live coverage of a soccer match shown on television, was in the year 1937. It was a practice match of Arsenal and was played at Highburry stadium.

The maximum number of red cards was 20, on a match between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero from Paraguay.

It doesn’t matter if you’re from America or Europe, you won’t get through too much trouble finding a football match. Statistics show that 4 in 5 stadiums are football arenas.

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