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Amazing Football Facts

  • The United States has the most number of official soccer players than any other nation in the world. The number is almost 18 million and 78% of those are of the age of 18
  • Willie ‘Fatty’ Foulke was a goalkeeper and also the heaviest ever England player. He was 6.6 feet tall and weighed 22 stones and played for England around the turn of the century.
  • 20 red cards shown during a football game between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero in Paraguay in 1993.
  • A Manchester City fan was banned in 1995 for bringing dead chickens into City’s Maine Road ground. He had a habit to celebrate City goals by swinging the birds around his head.
  • In 1990, Barcelona ’s Hristo Stoichkov banned for six months for stamping on the referee’s foot.
  • ASEC Abidjan Club of Cote D’Ivoire remained unbeaten for the straight 108 games between 1989 and 1994.
  • The Liberia team nearly escaped imprisonment by holding the Gambia to a goalless draw in 1980. Because the Liberian Head of State, Master Sergeant Samuel Doe, had threatened to jail them if they had lost that game.
  • A European Football team has reached every World Cup Final except 1930 and 1950.
  • In 1950 Indian National Football team withdrew from World Cup because they were not allowed to play barefoot by FIFA.
  • The Scottish Cup tie between Falkirk and Inverness Thistle in 1979 postponed at least 29 times because of bad weather.
  • The Sampdoria team and 200 players walked 20 miles to a mountain sanctuary near Genoa in 1969 to thank the Madonna for helping them stave off relegation from a competition.
  • Charlton Athletic defeated Huddersfield town by 7-6 after they were trailing by 1-5 against them just before 30 minutes of the final whistle.
  • In 1998, The Macclesfield mascot was sent off for making obscene gestures while a players’ brawl in the match with LincolnCity.
  • A Liberian player George Weah paid for his teammates’ uniforms and all the expenses of his team to play the African Nations Cup.
  • At the age of 52, Pedro Gatica cycled from his home in Argentina to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup. On his arrival, he found that he couldn’t afford to get in. While he was trying to haggle for a ticket, thieves stole his bike.
  • Martin Sylvester sent himself off the field after he punches another player during a Sunday League game in 1998.

Football Player Facts:

  • Ronaldinho became a teenage football sensation where he scored 23 goals in a single game when he was just 13 years old
  • In 2017, Harry Kane scored 39 top-flight goals & 56 in all competitions making him the top scorer in Europe for club and country.
  • Messi’s first contract was signed on a napkin as Carles Rexach who was then Barcelona’s sporting director did not have no formal contract or a piece of paper with him.
  • In the 1800s, Arthur Wharton became the first black football player.
  • Luigi Riva broke a spectator’s arm with his powerful shot, while Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian born Chelsea player injured his legs while celebrating his debut goal in a pre-season match.
  • In the 2009-10 season, Barcelona’s Pedro became the first man to score in 6 different, official club competitions in one season, scoring in La Liga, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • Despite playing for 5 teams that have won the Champions League Ronaldo (the Brazilian) has never won the Champions League when he played for them and so does Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
  • On-Camera, Balotelli has missed only one penalty and that was in training.
  • Didier Droga helped to stop the civil war in his country.
  • At 10 years of age, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came as a second-half substitute for his local team FBK Balkan and scored 8 goals where his team was already trailing 5-0 and ended the match 8-5 at the final whistle.

Bizarre Football Facts:

  • On 31 October 2002, there was a match that witnessed the scoring of the highest own goals in Antananarivo, Madagascar. As, AS Adema faced their arch-rivals SO l’Emyrne and scored 149 own goals in protest over the refereeing decisions that had gone against them during a four-team playoff.
  • Arsenal was the first and the only team to appear in a live telecasted match in 1937 where they played against the reserves at Highbury in a specially arranged practice match, which was shown telecasted on BBC.
  • In netting more than twenty Premier League goals Mario Balotelli had only one assist and it was for Sergio Aguero to in a match QPR in 2012 which helped them to win the title.
  • Mark Hughes is the only player to play two football games on the same day which was first for Wales and in the same afternoon for Bayern Munich.
  • In the inaugural 1992/93 Premier League season, Norwich City finished 3rd on the table with a goal difference of -4.
  • When Boca Juniors was founded, they couldn’t decide on the colors of the kit. They agreed to watch the harbor and waited to see the colors of the first ship that came past. It came out to be a Swedish ship so they adopted the blue and yellow colors.
  • Everton won the league at Anfield before Liverpool even existed

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