The earliest evidence for an activity recognized
as a form of football is from 3rd century BC during the Han Dynasty in China. It was
a simple ball game known as Cuju where the objective was to kick a leather ball through
a small hole in a piece of cloth positioned a couple of meters above ground. It was originally
used and intended as a military exercise but the popularity of the game quickly spread
among the upper class. The game later spread to other nations and also inspired the Japanese
game Kemari in which people stand in a circle trying to keep a ball in the air by kicking
it for as long as possible. It’s essentially the same as kick-ups but with slightly different
rules. And clothes. Evidence for ancient games similar to football has also been found in places
like Greece and Italy. But it wasn’t until the 9th century that modern day football truly
began to take shape. Between the 9th and 13th century, an activity known as medieval- or
mob football spiked in popularity in England, Scotland, and France. Mob football is exactly
what it sounds like, large mobs (usually entire villages) would compete against each other
trying to get a small object, like an inflated animal bladder, to a specific location. And
with the exception of murder and manslaughter, almost anything was allowed to complete this
objective. The games got so violent and disruptive to non-participants that in 1314, King Edward
II issued a proclamation banning football in London. Many attempts to ban the games
would follow in all three countries, but the bans were not very effective as people just
kept on playing in secret. Beginning in the 16th century, a slightly different and familiar
form of football were being played at public schools across England. It was a lot less
violent than regular mob football and more strict regulations where soon established.
Things like only being allowed to use your feet, having a referee and a coach, passing,
dribbling, and having a goal with a designated goalkeeper on each end of the playing field.
Football began to transform into an organized sport rather than a chaotic riot. The problem
was that each school developed it’s own version of the game with slightly different rules.
For example at Rugby School, they preferred a more violent game where you could tackle
your opponents and still carry the ball in your arms and hands and thus Rugby and
Gridiron Football was born. Increasing attempts to unify and reconcile the various public school games were made and in 1848, the first written rules where penned at the University of Cambridge. These rules became widely adopted and in 1863 The Football Association was founded in London to continue to promote football under a unified set of regulations. As the sport became increasingly
popular all over the globe, a need for an international association became apparent
and thus FIFA was founded in France in 1904. Today it’s estimated that
3.5 billion people, or half the population of the entire globe,
are fans of football. Why is it that countries like the US and Canada
insist on calling the sport soccer while the rest of the world calls it football? It also
makes a lot less sense to call a sport football when it mostly consist of using your hands.
But it does make a bit more sense if you know where it came from. Calling the sport soccer
actually began back in England and here’s why. As The Football Association was founded
in London in 1863, the sport became officially known as Association Football. That was and
still is the full title of the sport. This was done to distinguish Association Football
from other variations of the game such as Rugby Football and Gaelic Football. But using
the full titles in conversation can be a bit tedious so shorthand names where used in their
place. And a popular conversational form of creating abbreviations at the time was by
applying the suffix “-er”. So Rugby Football became “rugger” and Association Football became “footer” or “socker”. Often spelled with a “ck” at the time. So the word soccer comes from the abbreviation of the word association (assoc.) found in the full title
of the sport Association Football. In 1998 a match in the capital of the Democratic
Republic of Congo was suddenly disrupted by a lightning strike. Now lightning strikes
during football matches are not exactly unheard of, but this one was definitely a unique case.
Not only did half the players on the field die as a result of being struck by lightning.
They where all from the same team. The other team remarkably left the match completely
unharmed. The local population, known to believe in things like charms and spells, was divided
over weather or not the team was cursed. And what further fueled this rumor was that the
game was tied 1-1 at the time of the incident and the team that died was the visiting team. The record for the highest scoreline of all
time in professional football occurred in 2002 in Madagascar and ended with a score
of 149-0. However, the reason for this absurd amount of goals was that the players of the
loosing team kept on kicking the ball into their own goal. They did this as a protest
against a referee decision. The previous record occurred in 1885, with a scoreline of 36-0.
The record for the largest victory in an international football match happened in 2001 between Australia
and American Samoa with a scoreline of 31-0. Just like the game in 1885, the reason for
the high score counts were because of the teams skill level being incredibly mismatched. To a lot of people, football is a big deal.
In places like Brazil for example it’s more or less comparable to a religion. And just
like a religion, this extreme passion for the sport can lead to some quite extreme situations.
A perfect example of this is the 1950 FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil. In the finals,
it was Brazil up against Uruguay. For multiple days prior to the match both the press and
the general public assumed that Brazil would come out as the world champions. The organizers
of the event had even prepared a speech for when Brazil ultimately won. To everyone’s
surprise, Brazil lost the match with a final score of 2-1, resulting in one of the biggest
upsets in football history. So much so that some fans actually committed suicide by throwing
themselves off the stands at the stadium. And a noticeable wave of suicides where reported
in the days that followed. Brazilian newspapers and radio hosts even tried to ignore or deny
the fact that they had been defeated. The entire thing has become known as “Maracanazo”
after the name of the stadium. Even more dramatic, the 1970 FIFA World Cup
prompted a war between two nations. In 1969, Honduras and El Salvador met during the qualification
rounds for the upcoming World Cup. Honduras won the first game with a score of 1-0 which
sparked a lot of violence among the fans. El Salvador would go on to win the second
game with a score of 3-0 which ignited another wave riots and violence. Finally, a play-off
match took place which ended with El Salvador as the winner with a score of 3-2. Now, before
all of this, these two nations where not exactly friends. Issues over land reform, immigration,
and demographic problems where all rampant long before these games ever took place. So
when El Salvador won the final game, Hondurans began assaulting and harassing Salvadoran
immigrants all across the country as a sort of retaliation for losing the game. El Salvador,
seeing this as a form of genocide, dissolved all democratic relations with Honduras the
very same day, and launched an attack on the nation only two weeks after the final match.
The war lasted for 4 days until a cease-fire was signed, at which point more than 2000
people had died. Because of this, it’s become known as The Football War. The oldest football ball still in existence
was found during an excavation project at Stirling Castle in Scotland. It’s believed
to be around 450 years old and is made out of a pigs bladder and cow leather. Whenever the Mexican player Javier Hernández
plays a match, crime rates in Mexico actually drop significantly. Mexican police has discovered
that criminals across the country take a break from criminal activities to watch this national
hero play a match. Crimes like carjackings, muggings, and robberies all have a noticeable
drop whenever he’s on TV. Not only that but his appearance in a match even
increases Mexico’s birth rates. During the 1962 FIFA World Cup, a game between
Chile and Italy became infamously known as “The Battle of Santiago”. Tension between
the two nations and teams had built-up long before the game began and as a result, the
players became rather violent during the game. The first attack happening only 12 seconds
after the match began and later in the game one player even performed a dropkick-style
maneuver. The referee during the game was Ken Aston who did his best to control the
increasingly violent players. As a direct result of this violent match, Ken Aston later introduced
the idea of using yellow and red cards as a means of penalizing a player. Apparently
the idea came to him as he drove down a street and saw the green, yellow, and red traffic
lights. In 1863, the newly formed Football Association
in England stated that the goal posts for a goal should be 24 feet (7.32 m) apart. A
rule which still stands to this day. However nothing was said of the height of the goal.
The height was usually indicated by a string between the two posts but could theoretically
be limitless. Meaning that a goal could be scored at any height as long as the ball passed
in between the two posts. Of course, not having a standardized rule for the height resulted
in arguments and disagreements. It wasn’t until 1882 that a solid crossbar was required
at height of 8 feet (2.44 m). Which remains true to this day. However it is still not
a requirement (only mandated) for a goal in Association Football
to have a net.

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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Facts – Football

  • December 16, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    You didn't mention Zlatan Ibrahimovic mate. WTF????

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  • December 23, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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    Wait a minute…Brazilians killed them selfes because they lost a game 2 to 1? What did they do 2014 when they lost seven to fucking one? Are there even Brazilians left?

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  • December 28, 2017 at 4:55 am
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    Wait so in order to stop crime in Mexico we just need Chicharito (Javier Hernández) to appear on tv? No mames que estamos esperando

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  • December 29, 2017 at 8:19 am
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    Even though Canada and Australia are part of the comonwealth, we still call it soccer.

    Top 10 Anime Betrayals

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  • December 31, 2017 at 5:39 am
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    Um I'm not swished

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  • January 5, 2018 at 9:17 am
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    FACT #1: Soccer is gay

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  • January 6, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    Top 10 Facts – Football? Soccer ball in thumbnail.

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  • January 8, 2018 at 9:08 am
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    Fuck Soccer 🖕🖕

    …BRING IT ON FANBOYS 😈

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  • January 10, 2018 at 7:29 pm
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    Can I have sex with your voice?

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  • January 14, 2018 at 9:24 am
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    R.I.P Cheick Tioté

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  • January 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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    Honduras should’ve won

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  • January 28, 2018 at 8:04 pm
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    Football was born in America hate if u want idc🖕💯😂

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  • January 30, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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    Man,we consider The 7-1 as a tragic moment of our country

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  • February 7, 2018 at 12:20 am
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    That's not football, that's soccer, at least that's what we call it here in America

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  • February 15, 2018 at 5:52 am
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    Is it strange to anyone else that the required football goal dimensions are labeled in imperial feet and not metric meters?

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  • February 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm
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    Scotland > England

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  • February 19, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    did anyone else notice that he wrote "Javier Hernandez plays in a maYch"?

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  • February 20, 2018 at 10:15 pm
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    Uh, where I am it's called soccer.

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  • February 25, 2018 at 7:53 am
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    Top 10 facts gangsters

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  • February 27, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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    What about messi? What about Maradona? And the world cup in argentina under the dictatorship?

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  • March 2, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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    And they insist on calling it soccer, this is fucking amazing

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  • March 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm
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    And they insist on calling it soccer, this is fuvking amazing

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  • March 4, 2018 at 4:35 am
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    Its soccer not football AFL footy is football

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  • March 6, 2018 at 5:53 am
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    So…Honduras was salty that they were not good enough to beat el savador then decided to Attack El Salvador

    As the great word we're said: git gud, Honduras

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  • March 10, 2018 at 11:09 am
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    Fact Number 8 FTw

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  • March 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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    damn..!!

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  • March 20, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    Do a 10 facts about the sport "Sepak Takraw"
    Its the most underrated sport ever.

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  • March 23, 2018 at 4:18 am
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    Don’t even have to scroll down. Debate over football and soccer below

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  • April 3, 2018 at 3:38 am
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    great info. Thanks. I would be nice to see something about education.

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  • April 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm
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    Good thing they didn't call it Nigerian Football

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  • April 23, 2018 at 12:10 am
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    TOP 10 FACTS (American) FOOTBALL

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  • April 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm
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    IT IS NOT FOOTBALL ARE FUTBALL WHICH IS THE CORRECT WAY TO DO IT I THINK BUT IT’S CALLED SOCCER THANK YOU

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  • May 2, 2018 at 8:13 am
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    Whoa whoa,wait there friend,yeah,football in Brazil is indeed very important for most of it’s people,but that’s doesn’t mean it is comparable to a religion,because that isn’t true,i mean,of course there are some extremely cases like Maracanazo,but that doesn’t mean we are all the same,i love football,it was part of my whole childhood,but i’ve never fought because of football,nor the people i know(yeah,brazillian fight over football,i know,but not everyone),so people everyone don’t misjudged my country and my people,we aren’t so bad like that.

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  • May 21, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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    I'm Canadian and I call it Football

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  • May 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    Fuck school. Imma be on youtube watching LEMMiNO.

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  • June 2, 2018 at 12:42 am
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    Not really champions league

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  • June 3, 2018 at 7:00 am
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    what about battle of wembley in 1966?

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  • June 5, 2018 at 1:42 am
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    I think they were talking about the american kind

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  • June 6, 2018 at 9:09 pm
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    Top ten facts basketball!!

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  • June 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm
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    Wrong title it's soccer

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  • June 14, 2018 at 11:14 pm
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    Top 10 facts- American Football

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  • June 22, 2018 at 12:38 am
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    👌🏻👌🏼👌🏽👌🏾👌🏿

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  • June 25, 2018 at 6:18 am
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    Typical Americans lol, arrogant since the dawn of existence

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  • June 27, 2018 at 11:59 pm
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    That one moment when you’re Salvadoran or Honduran and no one even knows what’s the football war.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 1:28 am
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    Mohamed salah

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  • July 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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    Three lions on a shirt!
    Jules remains still gleaming!
    No more years of hurt!
    No more need for dreaming!

    Wait… I'm American… Ya Know, Screw It!

    It's Coming Home, It's Coming Home!
    It's Coming Home, It's Coming Home!
    It's Coming Home, It's Coming Home!
    It's Coming Home, It's Coming Home!

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  • July 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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    It's coming home

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  • July 11, 2018 at 4:33 am
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    GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

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  • July 18, 2018 at 6:19 am
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    Top 10 facts – Dying Light

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  • July 29, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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    you know the most footballs are made in Pakistan.

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  • August 9, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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    I swear the image at 11:00 is in my school

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  • August 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm
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    i’m just here binge watching all of lemminos old vids bc of his high quality of work that i cannot fins anywhere else on this website

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  • August 28, 2018 at 5:35 am
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    2018

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  • October 7, 2018 at 1:32 pm
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    What about the goal "scored" (but not given by the referee as a matter of dispute over whether the ball had fully crossed the line) by England's Frank Lampard against Germany in the 2010 World Cup, that triggered the discussion over goal-line technology to reignite, later paving the way for the introduction of the technology in the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and in leagues across the world?

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  • October 10, 2018 at 6:53 pm
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    Any Bayern Munchen fan here?

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  • October 11, 2018 at 8:16 am
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    “America and canada call it soccer” “and the rest of the world call it football”
    Umm actually it’s the other way around in Australia, we call it soccer and apparently America and Canada call it football.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 1:23 am
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    This was a good video but it was weird watching it knowing that you would later regret your time as Top10Memes 3 years later. The only fact that I knew was the third one. The one about the team that died after being struck by lightning. 🤓

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  • November 25, 2018 at 10:11 pm
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    A cross between a chess game and a friendly homoside

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  • January 14, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    american natives (Maya I think) had a footballgame too. They competed for their lifes as a religious rite.

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  • January 29, 2019 at 4:05 am
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    Hand of god

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  • February 24, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    Ok "Rugger" sounds sexual no matter oh you say it

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  • March 11, 2019 at 9:03 am
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    not only canada and america call football soccer, australians call football soccer as they have their own sport which is close to gaelic and nfl football.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    11: every football player is a fucking pussy nowadays

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  • April 21, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    5:03 This is not a coincidence

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  • April 21, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    Zeus got angry so he struck the visiting team with a lightning bolt

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  • April 22, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    lmao hondrans couldn't take an L

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  • April 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    8:58 bish wtf

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  • April 25, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    You get a subscribe because you called it football and not soccer.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    WHAT THE HELL DOESN'T COME FROM CHINA????

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  • May 3, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    Y’all talking about 7-1 Germany Brazil but don’t forget 5-1 Netherlands Spain

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  • May 5, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    I'm gay and I call it soccer

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    The power of Chichadios

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  • June 9, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    And clothes

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  • June 22, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    1:00 close your eyes (your welcome)

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  • June 24, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    Top 10 Facts – Cricket! 😉

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  • July 20, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Great vid. We need more facts about the Welsh premier league. 😊 Yes, Wales does have a football league. We have a great teams like Total Network Solutions FC in it: a proper European football super power! Hehe. 😉

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  • August 5, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    the thing about the maracanazo is that it's the most dramatic and remembered final in history, but it was not a final. The only world cup without a final is the one with the most referenced 'final match'. Uruguay vs. Brazil was the last match at the final group stage (also Spain and Sweden were in the group), with both teams being the only two with a chance of winning the Cup. Brazil had one more point than Uruguay, so even a draw would have granted a brazilian title.. that's why it was more shocking

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  • August 6, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    Only my country would go to war over a football game

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    Bladderball.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:46 am
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    I think fact 3 is not completely true.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    2:48 – "it's a cross between a chess game and a friendly homicide" 😂

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  • August 20, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    You forgot to mention Amelia Bolaños.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    I'm assuming the people that killed themselves bet a lot of money on the game.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Fact 1 thru 10… that's soccer and real football is a man's sport.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    In England we just call American Football Nonce Rugby to avoid confusion

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  • August 30, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    The Italian guy on the left looks like Kaká 10:13

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  • September 2, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    Number 1: the correct way to say it is “Soccer.”

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    MESSI IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD

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  • September 3, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    Fact number 1 the ball is round

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  • September 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    only people from the future understand

    lemmino

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    CHICHARITOOO JAVIERR HERNANDEEEZZZ

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  • September 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    "Plays in a maych"?

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    And like every other video about Football/Soccer the comments are filled with both sides arguing over what people call it.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    viva chile conchetumareee

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  • September 8, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    Its called fitbaw

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    Fact #11- it hasnt come home yet

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  • September 9, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Are you part Swedish

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  • September 10, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    Where can i find the full version of the song in this video?

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  • September 10, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    Fun Fact:
    Goal posts used to be square shaped

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