Did you enjoy our last 15 football facts? Here are some more interesting facts surrounding The Beautiful Game.
1. Pele was the first to refer to football as “The Beautiful Game”.
It’s a phrase that has definitely caught on since!
2. The measurements of the football have remained consistent for 120 years.
It has remained exactly 28 inches in circumference.
3. The majority of footballs are manufactured in Pakistan.
More than 80 per cent of the world’s footballs are made and distributed in the country.
4. Twenty-seven clubs worldwide have adopted a Beatles song as their nickname.
“The Yellow Submarines” in Spain are one of the most famous.
5. Astronaut Neil Armstrong requested to take a football to the moon.
NASA didn’t think the ball represented America and declined the request.
6. The first live TV match was shown back in 1937.
It showed the Gunners playing a practice match at Highbury stadium.
7. The record for the most red cards awarded in a match is 36.
This involved dismissing all the players, substitutes and coaches following a brawl.
8. ASEC Abidjan of Cote d’Ivoire set the record for the longest unbeaten domestic streak.
They won 108 consecutive games and maintained their winning streak for five years between 1989 and 1994.
9. The “unpatriotic” kit colours were blamed for Brazil’s world cup defeat in Uruguay.
Thousands of teams across the world appreciate the importance of a well designed kit. Suppliers who provide kits such as Adidas football kits are able to cater to a variety of designs, from various colours to varying styles and cuts of jerseys. For more information, check out sites like https://www.kitking.co.uk/category/adidas-full-strips.
10. Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs’ dad was a professional Rugby League player.
11. In 1998, a lightning storm tragically killed an entire football team.
12. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer of all time.
He reportedly earns £17.3 million a year.
13. In 1964, a referee’s controversial decision caused a riot that resulted in more than 300 deaths.
14. Despite being an American/Canadian term, the English originally coined the word “soccer”.
15. The record number of World Cup career goals is currently set by Miroslav Klose, who has scored a total of 16 goals.