Aside the superb goals, breathtaking saves, hard tackles and the razzmatazz, football is also about humour and occasional madness.
Any football loving fan will tell you that there’s nothing like seeing your team score a last-gasp winner on the stoppage time of a crucial tie, and there’s nothing like the pain of coming back from certain defeat only to lose on penalties. It’s a game of many emotions. But sometimes, through the anger, sadness and elation, things in football are just actually crazy and funny at times.
Even if you are a hardcore fan of the game, there may still lots crazy and fun facts that you don’t know about the beautiful game.
Football is not a British game, it’s actually Chinese.
Invented in 476 BC, we get the first reports of the game being played in China and it was known as “Cuju” which involved players kicking a ball made of leather. However, the entire pitch and the goalposts were designed by professionals, which were the Britishers.
When Barcelona’s Xavi was 19, he almost signed for Milan. His father gave his “yes” to him but his mother said, “if Xavi leaves Barca, I will divorce!”
While Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s youth team was 4-0 down, he came in as a substitute and scored 8 goals.
Juan Mata is the first player in history to have joined Manchester United from Chelsea.
Alex Song has 27 siblings – 17 sisters and 10 brothers.
Ryan Giggs is the only Premier League player to score 100 goals without scoring a hat- trick.
Cristiano Ronaldo was named after former US President Ronald Reagan.
Steven Gerrard has swapped his jersey with more than a hundred players, but never with a Man United player.
Ronaldinho first gained media attention when his youth team won 23 – 0. He scored all 23 goals.
Chelsea have been relegated more times than they have won the English Premier League title.
The difference in Messi’s age and Ronaldo’s age is 869 days, the same difference as between Messi’s son and Ronaldo’s son.
Zinedine Zidane was never caught in offside position in his whole career.
Only one GOLD Premier League trophy has been awarded and it was to Arsenal because in 2003/2004 season, they didn’t lose any match.
Brazilian legend, Pele, scored 92 hat- tricks, 4 goals on 31 occasions, 5 goals on 6 occasions, and 8 goals on an occasion.
When Mourinho says you have a bright future, it means you can’t make his team at the present.
Cristiano Ronaldo was expelled from school at the age of 14 after throwing a chair at his teacher for mocking his family’s financial status.
CR7 has no tattoos because he frequently gives blood and getting a tattoo will render him unable to do so for 6 months.
Real Madrid sold 50,000 James Rodriguez jerseys in one day. Juventus sold 0 (zero) Bendtner jersey in one season.
The History of Red Card
It is said that British referee Ken Aston actually got the idea of the red and yellow card while being stuck in traffic by a traffic signal. It was then he got the idea of assigning yellow card to caution players and red card to send them off.
Entire Football Team Killed by Lightning
In October 1998, witchcraft was blamed when a match in the Congo ended in tragedy.
All eleven players for Bena Tshadi were reportedly killed when lightning struck the ground during their match against local rivals Basangana.
Apparently, the opposition players came away from the incident unscathed but another thirty people were injured.
Due to the civil war which raged in the DRC at the time of this incident, many of the details are unknown.
Arsenal Were Only Team in First Ever Live TV Match
Arsenal were the first, and only, team to appear in the first ever live televised match on 16th September 1937.
The Arsenal first team played against their reserves at Highbury in a specially arranged practice match, which was shown live by the BBC.