Played by over 250 million players in more than 200 countries, Football betting tips is a sport which does not lack in terms of popularity. It is touted to be the sport grabbing maximum television audience and today, there are many variants of the same game being played. The basic rule seems simple enough to understand at first; after all how hard can it be to kick a ball and score a goal? Turns out that it is quite a feat indeed to do this at a competitive level, which is why we have prestigious competitive games where only a handful are chosen every year to represent their country or state.
There are various codes of football namely American football, Canadian football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, etc. These types focus on throwing and running and use very limited amounts of kicking. Body tackling is used in abundance though. On the other hand, variants like Association football, Australian football and Gaelic football resort to limited handling and the game is kicking oriented.
Football is played by two teams comprising of players (between 11 and 18) on a well-defined field. The ball is to be moved by a team to the opponent’s end and between the goalposts in order to score a goal. This move is to be defended by the opposing team and the final defense is offered by the goalkeeper who is present at the goalpost. Strict code is expected to be followed and players are expected to use only their bodies while moving the ball. Passing, tackling, kicking, etc. are common skills that one can see in this game.
Here are a few unknown and interesting facts about this game which make it the unique game it is:
- Football was born in China around 476 B.C.
- The largest Football tournament saw around 5098 teams competing against each other.
- Stephan Stanis from France holds the record of scoring 16 goals in a single football match, which happens to be the maximum goals scored by a single player.
- Video evidence points that the fastest goal scored was in 2.8 seconds in 1998, by Ricardo Olivera.
- Each game requires a football player to run 9.65 km on an average.
- Basketball was played for the first time with a soccer ball.
- Arthur Wharton was the first black football player who competed in the 1800s.
- A riot was caused in 1964 over a referee’s call (in Peru) and it killed over 300 people.
- 1998 saw a lightening strike kill an entire football team during a match in Congo.
- Neil Armstrong wished to take a football to the moon but this was overruled by NASA.
- Pakistan manufactures more than 80% of the world’s footballs.
- Over 1 billion fans are known to watch the World Cup Football on television, thus making football the most played and followed sport.
It’s no wonder that this game, which seems so simple on the outside and yet is so intricate and detailed on the inside, has managed to enthrall so many fans. I am off to watch another match! What about you?