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Unique Facts About Football

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Unique Facts About Football

If you are a football fan, you will certainly be happy with the following facts about the world of football. Starting from ridiculous rules on the field, facts about Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Pele and Ryan Giggs that not many people know. Find out more by clicking the button below.

Oldest Club

Sheffield FC is the oldest club in the world which was formed in 1857. Sheffield FC was formed by two members of the British Royal military, Colonel Nathaniel Cresswick and Major William Priest.

Bare Feet

India managed to qualify for the World Cup finals in 1950. But then they chose to withdraw because they were not allowed to play football with bare feet.

Penalty White Dot

Penalty white points are used to save costs. Previously, the auxiliary lines for penalty execution were drawn straight horizontally along the field in the early 1890s.

Biggest Competition

In Bangkok, Thailand, 5098 teams played in the Bangkok second class competition. With over 35 thousand players involved it is the biggest football competition in the world.

Ronaldo’s name

Cristiano Ronaldo’s father gave him the name (Ronaldo) inspired by the name of the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.


Pele was the first person to call the game of football ‘The Beautiful Game’.

Chris Nicholls

Aston Villa’s Chris Nicholl scored 4 goals in his team’s 2-2 draw against Leicester City in 1976.

Most Viewers

The largest number of spectators who watched a football match live at the stadium was 199,584 people. It was the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay.

Referee Red Card

The referee has the power to send himself off the field. This happened in 1998, when the British referee, Martin Sylvester, gave a red card to himself for hitting a player.

Ryan Giggs Captain of England

Former Wales national team player, Ryan Giggs, was England captain at school level.


Initially Anfield was Everton’s headquarters. But after the Toffees moved, the stadium owners set up Liverpool to occupy Anfield.

Aston Villa

Before Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United, Aston Villa had a larger trophy collection than the Red Devils.

Emile Heskey

Not many people know that Emile Heskey’s middle name is Ivanhoe.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez’s daughter is called Delfina which is an anagram of Anfield.

Ridiculous Injuries

Norway national team player, Svein Grondalen, missed the 1970 World Cup qualifying match after being injured when he was hit by a deer while jogging and additional info.

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