Arrival of Football to Argentina and its History

Argentina’s passion for soccer or fantasy football game is truly amazing! This is the country who gave the football fans from the entire world, Diego Armando Maradona Franco. Yes, that Maradona who has earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. And he is regarded as the greatest football player of all time. 

Know about how the football game arrived in Argentina before you start creating your own dream football team for playing the online fantasy football game. 

Football’s beginning in Argentina:

Football came to Argentina via British sailors travelling to the Rio de la Plata basin in the 1860s. From there, the game developed in a number of British schools spread in Argentina. It spread rapidly throughout the country from there. Clubs formed as offshoots of these schools, numerous featuring English-language names (Newell’s Old Boys, Banfield) which still carry on today. 

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But of these early clubs, none have had quite the achievement of River Plate and Boca Juniors. These two teams have won a combined 56 Argentine club titles, almost half of all national titles. And they fight for the tag of best team in Buenos Aires each time pitted in their bi-annual superclasico. Both had starting points in the poor La Boca district of the city. However, when River moved north to the Nunez neighbourhood in 1923, the followings of these two teams deviated.

The prosperity of the team:

River Plate became the team signifying more prosperous classes of Buenos Aires, while Boca Juniors stayed the team of the people. They played with the name of the gritty neighbourhood they called home across their jerseys. Still these days, the rivalry perseveres as one of the most intense in the world of qualified football—so much so that an English newspaper ranked the super clasico as one of the 50 sporting events you must see prior you die. That’s high praise coming from the origin of the game itself. 

Since the begin of the qualified football era, Argentina and its players FBL-ARGENTINA-DI STEFANO-COPAM have long played an imperative role in world football, and European leagues are no exception. One of Argentina’s early top exports to Europe was Alfredo di Stefano.

The son of Italian settlers, di Stefano starred at River Plate as a 17-year old however, made his biggest splash with Real Madrid. Here he started in 1952 and would play for over a decade on one of the first European club rosters to be really international in nature, alongside stars such as France’s Raymond Kopa and Hungary’s Ferenc Puskas. The great success of Real Madrid and di Stefano set a guide, which would soon be followed in the years to come by other most important European clubs. 

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The Birth of Red and Yellow Card

Have you just begun playing the fantasy football? Have you made your fantasy football league team? Can you imagine a football game without the coloured cards? We see every time a footballer misbehaves in the field during an ongoing match.  

No, modern soccer world cannot imagine playing without red and yellow card, also known as the penalty cards. Ken Aston was famous English referee of the infamous football match of 1962 World Cup in Chile. He was the inventor of these cards.  

Red and yellow cards oftentimes used for deciding vital match results. These cards have the power of switching the mood of the football field in split of few seconds. Perhaps from a cheering crowd to miserable. Observing how often clash occurs during a tense match; it seems hard to believe, yellow and red card system only started being used from about 48 years ago. 

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Why were the cards invented? 

During the 1962 World Cup in Chile, a vicious fight broke out between Italy and Chile. It proved as one of the most horrible brawls in football history. Ken Aston forced to whistle the first foul 12 seconds into the match and again at the 12-minute mark when he decided to take away Giorgio Ferrini, a footballer from the Italian team, from the football field. The non-English-speaking player could not understand Aston’s request and denied to leave the field, growing more and more violent and upset until he finally forced off with the help of the cop. Ken Aston realized the need of a system punishing players for bad sportsmanship. For the language barriers, it was tough for referees to send the players away only with words. 

When Ken Aston returned home, drawn to a set of traffic lights where he inspired to invent the red and yellow cards. He figured that two cards and colours would be a clear code for players who did not speak the same language, as the colours universally understood. The red and yellow card system was first used at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and they are still used in every football match today. 

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The Official FIFA World Cup Match Balls

Fantasy sports mean making teams online and sit back to watch the players beat each other and earn points to make your created team win. Online fantasy sports, most exciting matches are the World Cups, whether it is of cricket or football. Let’s talk about fantasy football 

The World Cup Ball has changed plenty eventually, getting lighter and more technical in design. The materials have changed eventually as has the manufacturer responsible for designing and offering the balls for the tournament. Below we have put together a list of official football at each of the World Cups, including this year one. 

1930 World Cup – T-Model 

Called as the ‘T-Model’ due to the T shaped panels on the sides, this ball was the very first one to use in the World Cup. 

1934 World Cup – Federale 102 

Italy was the host for 2nd World Cup and this resulted in Mussolini insisting the ball to be made there. The outcome was the Federale 102. 

1938 World Cup – Allen  

Allen manufactured in France by a Paris based manufacturer whose name was also Allen design the ball. For the first time, a company’s name used to brand the ball. 

1950 World Cup – Duplo T 

This inflatable 12 panel ball used during the iconic 1950 World Cup where Uruguay shocked Brazil in front of nearly 200,000 people. 

1954 World Cup – Swiss World Champion 

In this version of WC ball the most notable aspect was its zigzag edges. 

1958 World Cup – Top Star 

This was the first tournament where the ball design was a competition. The winning design came from a Swedish company, and their ball called the Top Star. It became famous for its waterproof waxed surface. 

1962 World Cup – Crack 

Simply called as ‘the Crack’ this ball made of uneven shapes, which was a design never seen before. 

1966 World Cup – Challenge 4-star 

Slazenger, a British company were tasked to make ball for the 1966 tournament held in Britain. The ball was made of 25 rectangular panels and had no markings or branding on it. 

1970 World Cup – Telstar 

This version was named after the satellite put into orbit in 1962, the Telstar was the first ball made by Adidas for the World Cup. It is composed of 20 white hexagons and 12 black pentagons. The ball is iconic.  

1974 World Cup – Telstar Durlast 

After the success of the 1970 Telstar, Adidas did very little to change the 1974 ball.  

1978 World Cup – Tango 

The design for the 1978 ball was supposed to reflect the passion and zing of the nation of Argentina. 

1982 World Cup – Tango Espana 

The Tango Espana was the first ball to combine leather and synthetic materials and yet despite having better water resistant qualities, the ball still had issues which meant it had to be modified numerous times. 

1986 World Cup – Azteca 

The Azteca, the first fully synthetic ball, designed with aztec frescoes, the ball used in Mexico in 1986. 

1990 World Cup – Etruscan Unico 

Italy, the host nation of WC 1990 and the ball designed to celebrate that. The design was to celebrate the history of ancient Italy and the Etruscans. 

1994 World Cup – Questra 

The 1994 World Cup ball made of five different materials and polystyrene foam which made the ball waterproof. The name Questra derives from an ancient word meaning ‘pursuit of the stars’. 

1998 World Cup – Tricolore 

The Tricolore was the first colour ball in the World Cup Finals. The blue design signified the French flag. 

2002 World Cup – Fevernova 

The Adidas Fevernova was a ball like no other, in terms of design and colour way. It had a special foam layer, and had thicker inner layers to increase accuracy. 

2006 World Cup – Teamgeist 

This is the first World Cup ball with a triangular design. The ball for the 2003 Women’s World Cup was technically identical to the Fevernova, but had a different visual design. 

2010 World Cup – Jabulani 

In Zulu language, Jabulani means ‘celebrate’ but this official ball is one of the most controversial balls. 

2014 World Cup – Brazuca 

Brazuca, the first World Cup ball named by the public. Brazuca was selected as it is an informal term for Brazilian national pride in their way of life. 

2018 World Cup – Telstar 18 

This is the football of 2018 FIFA WC, Telstar 18 by Adidas. Designed to be a modern interpretation of the iconic 1970 Telstar ball, the ball only has six panels in an innovative design whereas the original Telstar had 32 panels fastened together. 

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