Monday, 30 June 2014

8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Soccer

1. In 2013, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum dedicated to himself in his hometown of Fulchan

The 28-year-old’s museum is reportedly home to 125 individual and team awards that he has earned over the years, along with a life-size statute of the player in his Portuguese national jersey.

“Here is the evidence of what I have won, no one will take it away from here and these were things I wanted to share with my fans, to show them what I have already achieved,” Ronaldo reportedly said.

Ronaldo said the museum had space for additional awards that may be bestowed upon him in the future — a  likely reference to the 2013 Ballon d’Or award, which is given to the world’s top player.

2.  A 20-month-old baby became the youngest professional soccer player ever, after being signed up by a Belgian club.Belgium club FC Racing Boxberg have let young Bryce Brites train with the five-year-old group, 101greatgoals reports.

The child cannot even say the word “ball” yet, instead saying “ba.”

But a coach at the club said, “The way Bryce kicks at a ball: you do not even see when playing figures of four or five years. His ball control is incredible for his age.”

Bryce Brites is the youngest-ever member of the Belgian Football Association.

3. 8 of the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are among the 50 most violent cities in the world. 

Initially FIFA only allowed for Brazil to use 10 host cities; but CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) requested permission to use 12 cities. This was granted by FIFA. Aside the 12 host cities, there are 5 who didn’t make it to the list of 12 cities. These cities are: Belém, Campo Grande, Florianópolis, Goiânia and Rio Branco.
And  8 of the 12 approved host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are among the 50 most violent cities in the world.

4. Qatar's 2022 World Cup will take more lives than 9/11 due to horrible working conditions for migrant workers building stadiums and infrastructure.

A recent documentary by ESPN’s investigative show “E:60″ found that many of the migrant workers doing that work are being subject to egregious human rights abuses, and hundreds have already died.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, predicts that more than 4,000 migrant workers will die in Qatar in the next eight years, before the World Cup there begins.

5.   The city of Lusail, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final game, does not exist yet.

Lusail Iconic Stadium is a proposed football stadium which is hoped would be ready in time for the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. After the FIFA World Cup™, the stadium will be used to host other spectacular sporting and cultural events.
The prospect of construction projects not only the stadia and related facilities, but also the hotels, roads and rail plans. Also a planned causeway to Bahrain should hopefully go ahead. Air shuttles to Dubai and Abu Dhabi would ease bottlenecks further and provide visiting fans with more to see and do.

Obafemi Martins with his sommersault celebration trademark

6.  More than 1 in 20 soccer injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch.

The injuries ranged from ligament and muscle strains as a result of 'Sliding' across the field to rib and clavicle fractures as a result of the players 'Piling Up' on each other. The most severe injury was an ankle fracture that required surgery. These injuries took place in 9 separate games where the field was natural turf and was dry in all but the incident requiring surgery.
One notable example was Celestine Babayaro who in 1997, the Nigerian international joined Chelsea, but during a pre-season game against Stevenage he broke his leg while doing his trademark somersault goal celebration. Thus he couldn't make his league debut until months later.

Arsenal Football team peering into a camera at Highbury after playing in the first football match to be filmed live on television, Arsenal vs Arsenal Reserves. (Photo by Hudson/Getty Images)

7. The first soccer game televised was a friendly match between Arsenal's first and second team in 1937.
The picture  shows the sheer fascination of Arsenal players as they explore a TV camera after the broadcast. In the below picture, the special programme was only on air for 15 minutes, and was only able to be seen by the small number of people that had TV sets, which was estimated to be fewer than 10,000.

8.   149 -0 is the highest score ever made in a Soccer game

League champions AS Adema won a match 149-0, more than quadrupling the existing record - and without gaining possession between the first goal and the 149th.

Their opponents, Stade Olymique L'Emyrne, took complete control of the national league game, reducing Adema to the role of onlookers, as they deliberately plonked the ball in the back of their own net 149 times, in protest over a refereeing decision.

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