Football is a game that has been played for centuries, and it is one of the most popular sports in the world. Over the years, there have been many amazing facts and stories associated with this game. Some of these facts are so unbelievable that they sound fake, but they are actually true. Here are some of the most interesting football facts that sound fake but are true.
The First Football Game
The first documented football game took place in 1869 between Rutgers University and Princeton University. The game was played with 25 players on each side, and the goalposts were placed on the goal line instead of at the back of the end zone.
The Longest Football Game
The longest football game ever played lasted for 70 minutes. It was a college football game between Arkansas and Ole Miss, and it took place in 2001. The game went into seven overtimes before Arkansas finally won.
The Oldest Football Club
The oldest football club in the world is Sheffield FC. It was founded in 1857 and is still in existence today. The club is located in Sheffield, England, and is considered to be the birthplace of modern football.
The Fastest Goal
The fastest goal ever scored in a football match was by Hakan Şükür of Turkey. He scored the goal just 11 seconds into the match against South Korea in the 2002 World Cup.
The Most Goals Scored
The record for the most goals scored in a single football match is 149. The match was played between Stade Olympique de L’emyrne and AS Adema in Madagascar in 2002. AS Adema won the match 149-0 after Stade Olympique de L’emyrne intentionally scored own goals to protest against a referee decision in their previous match.
The Most Successful Football Club
The most successful football club in the world is Real Madrid. The club has won the Champions League 13 times and has won the La Liga 34 times. It is also the richest football club in the world, with a net worth of $4.24 billion.
The Most Expensive Transfer
The most expensive football transfer in history was the transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. The transfer fee was €222 million ($263 million).
The Smallest Country to Qualify for the World Cup
The smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup is Iceland. The country has a population of just over 300,000 but managed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Most Successful National Team
The most successful national football team is Brazil. The team has won the World Cup five times, more than any other country. Brazil is also the only country to have appeared in every World Cup since the tournament began in 1930.
The First African Team to Win a World Cup Match
The first African team to win a World Cup match was Egypt. The team defeated Hungary 4-2 in the 1934 World Cup.
The Most Successful European Team
The most successful European football team is Spain. The team has won the European Championship three times and the World Cup once.
The Youngest Goal Scorer
The youngest goal scorer in a professional football match is James Vaughan. He scored for Everton against Crystal Palace in 2005 at the age of 16 years and 270 days.
The Most Goals Scored in a Season
The most goals scored by a player in a single season is 91. Lionel Messi achieved this feat in the 2012-2013 season while playing for Barcelona.
The Highest Scoring Game
The highest-scoring football game in history took place in Australia. The game was played between Esperance and AS Adema and ended with a score of 149-0 in favor of AS Adema. However, the scoreline was due to Esperance scoring own goals in protest against a referee decision in their previous match.
The Most Expensive Football Stadium
The most expensive football stadium in the world is the Wembley Stadium in London, England. The stadium cost over $1 billion to build and has a seating capacity of 90,000.
The Most Successful African Team
The most successful African football team is Egypt. The team has won the African Cup of Nations seven times and has qualified for the World Cup three times.
The Most Successful Asian Team
The most successful Asian football team is Japan. The team has won the Asian Cup four times and has qualified for the World Cup six times.
The Most Successful South American Team
The most successful South American football team is Brazil. The team has won the Copa America nine times and has won the World Cup five times.
The Most Successful North American Team
The most successful North American football team is Mexico. The team has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup eight times and has qualified for the World Cup 16 times.
The Most Successful Oceanian Team
The most successful Oceanian football team is Australia. The team has won the OFC Nations Cup five times and has qualified for the World Cup five times.
The Most Successful Football Manager
The most successful football manager in history is Sir Alex Ferguson. He managed Manchester United for 26 years and won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.
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