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Few facts about football you might not know

Football is known as soccer outside America. But when we watch the FIFA, we watch football and when we play fantasy sports, we normally play fantasy football. 

And this beautiful sport has some mind-blowing fact we do not know. Perhaps you play on field football at your club or play online games, the fantasy football; it’s quite possible that you have missed these facts. Read on: 

Origin of the word soccer 

Did you know that the word “soccer” originated from an abbreviation of “association football”? In 1880s, students of Oxford University used to abbreviate words by adding “er” to the end. Charles Wreford Brown, a student at Oxford, is normally credited for the word but there is no strong evidence to support. 

Mob Soccer 

Did you know that between the 7th and 9th century a violent game emerged between some villages? The object of the game was for one village to force a ball into the center square of the foe’s village. The game became so cruel that neighbouring villages would take cover and block their windows. 

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Pele 

Pele helped lead Brazil to the FIFA World Cup Championship at age 17. The real name Pele, is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is the only person to have won the World Cup three times as a player. He scored 1,281 goals in his professional career and is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time. 

Juggling World Record 

The world record for juggling a soccer ball non-stop is 19 hours and 30 minutes. Martinho Eduardo Orige of Brazil juggled a regulation size soccer ball non-stop, meaning the ball did not touch the ground at all. This world record was recorded in 2003 August. 

India wishes to play barefoot 

India withdrew from the 1950 World Cup tournament because FIFA hadn’t permitted the team to play barefoot. It was the 1st time India got qualified but refused to continue as they wanted to play barefoot. 

Most Olympic Gold Medals 

Did you know that Hungary is the country with the most Olympic Gold medals? Since 1908, Hungary has won 3 times. However, Argentina, United Kingdom and Uruguay are close behind, each winning 2. The United States Women’s team has made it to every final match in the Olympics since 1996. They have won 3 out of 4 Gold medal finals, only losing to Norway in 2000. 

Chile banned from World Cup 

Chile was once banned from playing in World cup. It was the year 1994. During a qualifying match for the 1990 World Cup, Chile was down 1-0 Brazil. A loss would have meant elimination form the World Cup tournament. At around 67th minute of the match, the Chilean goalkeeper Roberto Rojas fell to the ground due to being hit by a firework. The team refused to continue to play and the match went unfinished. But, when FIFA reviewed the footage, it was found that no firework ever hit Rojas. He faked it with the hope that they would be making a replay game. FIFA awarded Brazil the win, banned Chile from the 1994 World Cup, and banned Rojas for life. 

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