Did you know? eleven (new) football stories

Even if you can't always play football, that doesn't mean to say you're not thinking and talking about it. With that in mind, here are some fascinating stories about our favourite sport!  

Even if you can't always play football, that doesn't mean to say you're not thinking and talking about it. With that in mind, here are some fascinating stories about our favourite sport!


Stories one to five

The first goal in World Cup history was scored by a French player. It came in the opening match of the inaugural tournament in Uruguay in 1930 and was scored by Lucien Laurent against Mexico. The French went on to win the game 4-1.

This is not the first time that the French league season has been interrupted. In 1972, the country's professional players and their union (the UNFP) went on strike in protest at the suspension of several Olympique Lyonnais players after they took action in defence of the "contract of limited duration", which allowed footballers to change clubs freely. On 2 and 3 December the players refused to play. They eventually won the day, with a collective agreement known as the "Charte du football professionnel" (professional football chart) being introduced in 1973.

The origins of football are the subject of debate. It can nevertheless be said that the game we know today essentially originates from rules drawn up by students at Cambridge University in 1848. There were ten of these rules in total.

Do you know which club is the oldest in France? It's Le Havre AC. Le Havre Athletic Club was founded in 1894, on the basis of Le Havre Football Club, which was created in 1872.

The first football match to be shown on television was a game between Arsenal first and reserve teams, broadcast by the BBC in 1937.



Stories six to 11

The cult French TV programme Téléfoot originated from a video game. Entitled Téléfoot Manager 99, it allowed players to manage teams and try to lead them to the top. It came out before Football Manager.

Pele is a football legend. Sadly, the technology we have today was not around during his fabled playing career, which began in 1956 and ended in 1977. The finest goal he ever scored was not captured on film and can only be seen in computer-generated images.

Brazil have not always played in yellow. The Seleção used to wear white shirts. But when they lost the final match of the 1950 World Cup to Uruguay at the Maracana, white became associated in the fans' eyes with defeat. It was after that shattering defeat that the Brazilian Football Federation adopted the famous yellow jersey with green trim, now synonymous with the most successful team in World Cup history.

The World Cup Trophy was once stolen! The theft came in 1966, while it was on display in London, England, which was hosting the tournament that year. Scotland Yard even received demands for a ransom. There was a happy ending though, with the trophy (known at the time as the Jules Rimet Trophy) being found undamaged in a bush. Phew!

One person in seven watched France beat Croatia in the last World Cup final. The global TV audience for the game was 1.12 billion people.

Our technical partner Marinette Pichon is the France women's team's all-time top scorer, with 81 goals in 122 appearances. Hot on her heels, however, is Eugénie Le Sommer, who has 80 goals and counting in 170 matches.


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