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A List of Fun Football Trivia

Liverpool v Debrecen, UEFA Champions League 2009Football has risen to be the most loved and celebrated sport all over the world. Fans travel far and wide to witness the world cup and enthusiasts have devoted a lot of invested time and passion to it. Surely, it has accumulated a lot of interesting bits and bobs throughout its run in history. Care to find out what they are? Here take a look!

  • A traditional football has 32 panels which represents each of the countries in Europe where its initial craze began. The continent is no doubt the biggest and most avid out of the others about the sport. It’s also slightly oval in shape and the pattern has to be credited for the illusion of a perfect sphere.
  • Although considered to be one of the biggest and most passionate football nations, the United Kingdom actually has a different national sport and that’s cricket. Surprised?
  • Early versions of the ball were made of an inflated pig bladder which was later on put inside a leather cover or case. Modern versions are now made of rubber.
  • England’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II would often dress in disguise during her teenage years so she can participate in pickup up soccer matches near the Buckingham Palace.
  • English professional footballer Lee Todd received the fastest red card in history at 2 seconds into the match. This was after he cursed about how loud the whistle was at the start of the game.
  • FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer, has more member countries than the UN. FIFA has 211 while the UN has 193.
  • Football is the most physical intensive of all ball sports as an average player runs for at least forty eight kilometers during an average game. That’s quite a workout!
  • The game between AS Adema and SO I’Emyrne in Antananarivo, Madagascar on October 31, 2002 holds the world record for the highest score in a game. AS Adema scored a whopping 149 goals with SO I’Emyrne at a nil.
  • The very first match to be televised was that of a specially-arranged friendly game between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves on the 16th September in 1937.

Which among the above fun facts blew your mind the most? Did we miss any of your favorite fun facts.

The United Kingdom’s Racket Sports

Although the United Kingdom is well known for its ardent support and vigor for football, it doesn’t fall short of racket sports too. Don’t believe us? Here, take a look at the UK’s most prominent racket sports of all time!

  1. TENNIS

Tennis is a game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players, who use racket strung with cord to hit a hollow rubber ball covered in felt back and forth over a net stretched across a marked-out court. The objective of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opposing player or team is not able to give a valid return. The player with the most sets won wins.

Popular British tennis players include Andy Murray, Fred Perry, Tim Henman, Sue Barker, Greg Rusedski and Roger Taylor.

  1. BADMINTON

Badminton is similar in a way that it is played on a rectangular court and requires striking the shuttlecock, a small rounded piece of cork or rubber attached to a cone of feathers, back and forth across a high net. It has had a long history in the United Kingdom with the Badminton Association of England established as early as 1893.

Nathan Robertson, Chris Adcock, Imogen Bankier, Sarah Walker, Gabrielle Adcock and Heather Olver are only some of the more prominent figures in the sport.

  1. TABLE TENNIS

Table tennis is not too far off from its big sister. Played using paddles and a light hollow ball instead of a racket and a felt covered rubber ball, it is played in a smaller court as its name suggests. The table which serves as the court measures 2.5 feet high, 9 feet long and 5 feet wide. The game is played by two players or two pairs. In other places it is called ping pong or wiff waff.

Prominent figures in table tennis in the UK include Tin-Tin Ho, Sky Andrew, Margaret Osborne, Desmond Douglas and Vera Thomas among others.

  1. SQUASH

squashSquash is a game for two (singles) or four (doubles) participants that is played in an enclosed four wall court and uses long handled rackets and a small hollow rubber ball that may be hit off any of the walls.

The United Kingdom boast quite a number of successful squash players including Nick Matthew, Alison Waters, Lee Beachill, Laura Massaro and Cassie Jackman to name a few.

Cricket: The UK’s National Sport

cricketWhat is the United Kingdom’s national sport? Many people would commit the mistake by screaming ‘football’ and with utter vigor no less! The correct answer would be cricket. Care to know more about it? If you do then read on.

Cricket as a sport has nothing to do with the insect but rather its etymology comes from the Old English term ‘cricc’ or ‘cryce’ which translates to a crutch or staff. Certain accounts suggest that it has since been present since the 16th century where it was first a game played amongst children. Eventually it became an inter-village and inter-parish activity among adults as well. It was not until the 18th century when the game underwent some serious development and various rules and regulations have been set some of which we can still observe up until today.

It is defined to be an outdoor sport played chiefly in England and Commonwealth countries by two teams of 11 players using a flat bat, a small hard ball, and wickets. To score, a player bats the ball and runs, while the defenders can get a player out by bowling and hitting the wicket, catching a hit ball, or running the player out. It is one of the most popular team sports and is played in over 120 countries all over the world with only football and basketball exceeding it in popularity.

The ball here is pretty much the same size of a baseball and cannot be larger than 9 inches in circumference with a weight of between 156 and 163 grams. It is made up of alternating layers of cork and wool and is then covered by either red or white leather. The bat on the other hand is flat and elongated, often made of willow, which is fitted with a cane handle that comes with a rubber grip. It measures 38 inches long and 4.5 inches wide. Cricket is played in grassy, large circular areas between 114 and 160 meters in diameter.

The sport is governed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It represents the national bodies from over 70 countries. The council visits member countries maintains the code of conduct, qualifies umpires, promotes the game worldwide, and organizes the World Cricket Cup which is to be held every four years starting in 1975. The IWCC or International Women’s Cricket Council is a similar governing body and since 1973 has been hosting world championships every four years.