15 most interesting facts about football.

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FIFA World Cup 2014 is just round the corner. Gear yourselves up with these 15 interesting facts about Football!

  1. Football originated in China around 476 B.C. 

  2. The record number of World Cup career goals is 15 by Brazilian forward Ronaldo.

  3. India withdrew from the 1950 World Cup. They did it because of FIFA regulations that players had to wear football boots and would not be allowed to play barefoot.

  4. The fewest number of fans to watch a World Cup Football game was 300 in Uruguay in 1930.

  5. Sir Viv Richards is the only person to have played both World Cup Football and World Cup Cricket. He played football for Antigua in 1974 World cup qualifiers.

  6.  In 1966, the World Cup trophy was stolen and later found by dog days before the tournament began.

  7. Antonio Carbajal has the record for playing the most number of World Cups. He represented Mexico in 5 world cups in 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1968.

  8. Football is the most played and most watched sport on earth. Football is the most popular sport in the world. Over one billion fans watch World Cup Football on television.

  9. The maximum number of goals scored by one player in a single Football match was 16. It was scored by Stephan Stanis (France) playing for Racing Club de Lens in December 1942.

  10. Based on video evidence, one of the fastest ever scored was in 2.8 seconds by Ricardo Olivera (Uruguay) in December 1998.

  11. The World’s First Football Club was the English Sheffield Football Club. It was founded in 1857 by Colonel Nathaniel Cresswick and Major William Priest, two British Army officers.

  12. In 1964, a referee’s call during a football match in Peru caused a riot that killed over 300 people.

  13. In 1998, lightening killed an entire football team. The catastrophe occurred in Congo during a match between the villages of Bena Tshadi and nearby Basangana. 

  14. The ball used in professional football has remained exactly the same size and shape for 120 years – 28inches in circumference.

  15. More than 80% of the world’s footballs are manufactured in Pakistan.

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