Ronaldinho’s 23 Goal Game And Other Curious Soccer Facts
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When you say ‘football’ in America, it is almost certain that you’re speaking of American football. However, as you probably know, football is a completely different game for the rest of the world. Whenever someone tells you that the American name doesn’t make any sense because the game with one’s feet, you should respond that the generic name ‘football’ doesn’t actually refer to the part of the body which is used to play the game, but rather to the fact that the game is played on foot. This also signifies the fact that football in its all varieties is a commoners’ game, because in most games of the nobility the players were mounted on horses.
Speaking of etymology, did you know that the word ‘soccer’ is actually a British word that came to America together with the game it referred to? As you probably know, soccer is also known as Association football and the short word for it in England was assoc football, then socc football and then –er was added to socc and it became soccer.
In America, basketball is a lot more popular than soccer, but you probably didn’t know that the first basketball game was played with a soccer ball.
Ronaldinho is one of the most popular soccer players. He caught the attention of the public when he scored 23 goals in just one match as a youth player. The final score that day was 23-0.
Soccer is the only sport in the world that caused a war. In 1969 a short, 100 hour war also called the Soccer War was fought between El Salvador and Honduras. The match between these two countries resulted in a terrible riot and then the Salvadorians attacked Honduras on the next day. 4 days later a ceasefire was negotiated.
There’s another unfortunate incident that is linked to soccer. Namely, in 1998 in a match between two villages of the Congo, a lighting struck the pitch and killed all players in one of the teams. On numerous occasions fans have died during football stadiums, usually as a result of clashes between them and opposing fans or the police.
As you probably know, for an unfair foul or a violent act aimed at an opponent or the referee, a soccer player may be sent off from the pitch. In such cases the referee brandishes the red card. The ref on the match between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero in Paraguay was quite busy, as he showed 20 red card in one single match.
The fiercest personal rivalry in soccer today is the one between Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. One curious fact about the two – Ronaldo is 869 days older than Messi, whereas Messi’s son is exactly 869 days older than Ronaldo’s son.