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The Facts About Football You Have Never Heard About!


Football is a game for people, and people are emotional!

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Probably, no other sport is so rich in emotions and interesting events as football is!



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Punish them both!

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The most absurd match in football history was held on November 2, 1969 in the UK. Players “Hunts” and “Surrey” were so desperately and brutally fighting for victory, that both teams were punished by the referee.

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One of the referees, by the way, ended up in hospital.

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; NFL line judge Gary Arthur (108) is treated for a injury in the first quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports



First football, then vocal

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Famous artist Julio Iglesias in his youth was an excellent soccer player and even competed in the Olympic football competitions, playing for Real Madrid. But in twenty Julio got into an accident, and it paralyzed his legs, so he had to say goodbye to his football career.

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Strangers on the field!

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During a football match in Brazil the wind brought a group of paratroopers on the football field. One of the parachutists fell on goalkeeper at the moment when the goalkeeper prepared to catch the ball.

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As a result, the ball ended up in the goal line and the referee, despite the protests from aggrieved team, counted the goal, explaining the appearance of the paratroopers as an “interference of higher powers”!



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The origin of the shootout

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Goalkeeper anticipating free kick

11-meter shot in the goal of the enemy is named in honor of the Irish football expert John Penalti, who in 1891 proposed a shootout for a rough play or play with a hand by a defensive team within its penalty area.



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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 29: EM EURO 2000 Halbfinale Amsterdam; ITALIEN - NIEDERLANDE (ITA - HOL) n.E. 3:1; Torwart Francesco TOLDO/ITA haelt den Elfmeter von Paul BOSVELT/HOL (Photo by Henri Szwarc/Bongarts/Getty Images)

God Save the Queen!

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The British are the most ardent fans, especially they cheer for their teams, for them they are willing to go to great lengths. Annually these fans cause great damage to their country, which is estimated at around 40 million pounds.

England fans rioting on the terraces Switzerland v England 1982 World Cup Qualifier; Basle; 30/05/1981 Credit: Colorsport/ Stewart Fraser

From Jamie Wiseman and Mark Large........Clashes with Germans and police in Charleroi.

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Forbidden sport

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Soccer is officially banned in six countries, including Afghanistan, Kampuchea and Greenland. Interestingly, that soccer (European football) is allowed in Utah, the United States, but only when the field is not closer than 1.5 miles from the Church.

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For baseball, golf and American football this distance is 0.5 miles.

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Never show me the red card!

In the history of football there have been cases of eating cards and not only that.

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For example, in 1983 in Bristol, Mike Bagley ate pages from arbitrator`s notepad on which there were written down his violations. In the year 1989 Fernando d’Èrkoli, who played for Italian Club «P?ânta», ate a red card, which the referee showed the player for a rough play.



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And in 2002 Jose Maria Lopez Silva from farm-club of Real Madrid has bitten a referee by his shoulder because he showed him the red card.

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A ball in the fog

Fog is a real misfortune for English football. All field and bleachers are shrouded in impenetrable veil.

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Striker George Odz after one of such games, which ended with a score of 3:3, said: “I remember exactly that I scored five goals, but do not know in what gates”.

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In addition, after the game, the referee found that there played 18 people for each team!

Fake cops

A Brazilian football team “Cacova”, which had good results, was suddenly dissolved by order of the Minister of Internal Affairs.

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The thing is that the team mainly consisted of police, and during the matches with its participation there was a huge crowd of fans in police uniforms. In the city during this time the crime rate began to rise.

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A Michigan fan is subdued by Police at Beaver Stadium during the second quarter an NCAA college football game between Penn State and Michigan in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Penn State won 43-40 in four over-time periods. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

“Red” game

At the end of the 70-ies in the match between Mexican teams, the referee Gonzalez showed 26 red cards. After removal of multiple players both teams scrambled to figure out who was right.



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When the debates moved to the common fight, they had to remove all the players. Coaches who ran to the field, suffered the same fate, their were removed.

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Football is a family business

The Polish city of Bydgoszcz hosted the rather curious match, which attracted many spectators. Local newspaper reporters met the team, fully equipped with the members of one family — Osin?skiy sons.

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Although the 11 guys ranging in age from 15 to 28 years, lost the game, the audience warmly welcomed “the creator” of the command.

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Jewellery accuracy

In football there often occur loud scandals, one of which occurred on December 21, 1983 when European Championship match took place between Malta and Spain.



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In order to get ahead of the leaders of the Group of Dutch, the Spaniards needed a victory with 11 balls. The surprise of the spectators and UEFA had no limit when the game ended with a score of 12:1. Everybody was confident of bribing, but when studying videos, they found nothing.

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But after this match there were rumors that Malta national team celebrated Christmas on one of the most prestigious resorts that year.



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