Soccer is a sport that arouses passions all over the world. In addition, thanks to its large number of fans and supporters, it is also one of the most lucrative sports in existence and a whole industry that moves billions a year has arisen around it. Soccer is much more than big clubs or national teams competing for the different trophies at stake at any given time, and being aware of soccer news (in spanish: noticias fútbol) is no longer just about knowing which team won or lost one game or another.
Sports newspapers are nourished not only by the sports news (in spanish: noticias deportivas) provided by soccer, but also by everything that surrounds it, often overlapping with the press of the heart and the press on economic news, as they offer the news on the love life of world-renowned footballers, or the latest news on advertising contracts signed by a player or club. And not infrequently, news has even been given that could take its place in the chronicle of events.
However, even if you are a big fan of this sport, you may not know some curious facts about it. That's why here you can find some information you may not have known about this sport. If any of this information catches your attention, you can do a more exhaustive search on the subject, as I am sure that many of these curiosities can help you start some very interesting conversations. Without further ado.
35 curious facts about soccer
- Soccer was invented in China around 476 BC.
- Soccer is the most popular sport in the world.
- Only Canadians and Americans call football soccer.
- During each game, players run an average of 9.65 km.
- The first game of basketball was played with a soccer ball.
- Arthur Wharton is considered the first black professional soccer player in the world.
- 80% of the world's soccer balls are produced in Pakistan.
- Stéphane Stanis (France) scored the maximum number of goals in December 1942.
- Pelé was the first to define a style of soccer as "beautiful", coining the term "jogo bonito".
- The total length of the soccer field is 100 meters.
- The American Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio. But that's not soccer.
- The first Super Bowl was played in 1967, where soccer is played.
- An international soccer game lasts 90 minutes and the 90 minutes are divided into two 45-minute halves.
- North Korea's Rungrado May Day Stadium is the largest soccer stadium in the world.
- One of the fastest goals was scored by Ricardo Oliver (2.8 seconds in December 1998).
- The maximum number of goals scored by a player in a soccer match is 16.
- In the 2002 World Championship, Oliver Kahn became the first and only goalkeeper to win the Golden Ball.
- Until 1913, goalkeepers did not wear different colored shirts than their teammates.
- A call from a referee during a soccer match in Peru in 1964 triggered a riot that killed more than 300 people and injured more than 500.
- Most of the World Cup finals have been reached by European teams, with the exception of the 1930s and 1950s.
- The first soccer club in the world was the English soccer club Sheffield, founded in 1857.
- A lightning strike killed an entire soccer team during a 1998 game.
- In professional soccer, the ball has kept exactly the same shape and size for 120 years, that is, 28 inches in circumference.
- Neil Armstrong wanted to take soccer to the moon, but NASA refused.
- In 1937, the first live broadcast of a soccer game was transmitted on television.
- Bryce Brites, 20 months old, is the world's youngest professional soccer player.
- Greenland cannot join FIFA because the country lacks grass for a soccer field.
- Dino Zoff became the oldest player to win the World Cup at the age of 40.
- Footballs are made of several layers of synthetic leather, while inner tubes are made of latex or butyl.
- The maximum number of players on a soccer team is 11.
- Asmir Begovic scored the fastest and longest goal in soccer history against Southampton on November 2, 2013.
- Paul Pogba (Juventus - Manchester United) is the most expensive footballer in the world.
- Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of the Golden Ball, became the first player to score a goal in every minute of the match.
- Lee Todd holds the record for the fastest red card in the history of professional soccer (after using foul language).
- In 1999, one of the largest soccer tournaments was held with a total of 5,098 teams and over 35,000 players.