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El football It is surely the best known and most practiced sport throughout the planet Earth. It raises passions wherever it is practiced and has become a show of global dimensions that exceeds the definition of sport. The reason for its success? Perhaps because, comparing it to many other sports, it is the only one that it is played with the feet.

Different ancient cultures: Chinese, Egyptian, Mayan, Inca, Greek celebrated games and rituals with similarities to today’s football: kicking an element more or less round. And there is also a relationship with some closer medieval celebrations. But modern football, the one that entertains us every weekend (and during the week), was established in the middle of the XNUMXth century, when a game that students played in British towns and schools according to their own rules, and from which, with other rules, the Rugby.

WORLDWIDE WINNERS

Uruguay, 1930
Uruguay
Italy, 1934
Italy
France, 1938
Italy
Brazil, 1950
Uruguay
Switzerland, 1954
Germany
Sweden, 1958
Brazil
Chile, 1962
Brazil
England, 1966
England
Mexico, 1970
Germany
Germany, 1974
Germany
Argentina, 1978
Argentina
Spain, 1982
Italy
Mexico, 1986
Argentina
Italy, 1990
Germany
EE UU, 1994
Brazil
France, 1998
France
Korea-Japan, 2002
Brazil
Germany, 2006
Italy
South Africa, 2010
Spain
Brazil, 2014
Germany
Russia, 2018
France

This definition materialized with the birth, in 1863, in London, of the «English Football Association», the first soccer entity that codified the rules of the game. In the years 1871-1872, the English Cup was played for the first time, the current FA Cup (the oldest competition that exists), won by the Wanderers, and in 1882 the first international match between England and Scotland took place.

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During the end of the XNUMXth century and the beginning of the XNUMXth century, football began its vertiginous expansion throughout Europe and the first clubs in many countries, many of them promoted by British immigrants (in Spain, the dean is Recreativo de Huelva, 1889) who left the heritage of their language in the names: Athletic, Racing, Sporting …

In 1904, the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), entity that directs the designs of this sport at an international level and since 1930 organizes the world championship of national teams, which is held every four years. The first, held in Uruguay with 13 participating countries, was won by the host team.

History of the Soccer World Cups on ABC.es

The different national competitions (League, Cup…) and international club competitions (UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Copa Libertadores…) and national teams (European Cup, America’s Cup, African Cup…) make football a planetary sport of constant passion overwhelmed.

“Some believe that football is just a matter of life and death, but it is something much more important than that”, Bill Shankly, Liverpool coach 1959-1974.

The sport of the feet

Most sports that are played with a ball (round or oval) it is the hands that carry most of the game. In American or Australian football, in rugby itself, the foot is sometimes used to kick the ball, but where the use of the feet prevails and where the use of the hands is prohibited (except in the case of the goalkeeper) it is in soccer.

Rules of the game of soccer

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This characteristic is what defines this sport, which is played eleven against eleven, in which there is no small enemy (and a million other topics) and which consists of scoring goals, in getting the ball into the goal of the game. rival team.

 

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