Story of Football

Story of Football

Story of Football

The Story of Football delves into the history of the beautiful game, exploring its origins, evolution and defining moments. Take a fascinating tour of the world's football nations and tournaments and discover over 100 of the greatest players of all time.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
story of   football

While the earliest forms of the game of football, or soccer, can be traced back as far as the second and third centuries BC, the modern version of the world’s favourite game has been around for well over 100 years now. In that time it’s brought joy, pain and incredible entertainment to billions of people around the globe. The Story of Football delves into the fascinating history of the beautiful game, exploring its origins, evolution and defining moments. We take you on a tour of some of the most prestigious international tournaments and domestic leagues in world football and discover the fascinating stories of footballing nations from every corner of the globe. In addition, we bring you a comprehensive A-Z of over 100 of the greatest players to have graced the…

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Politicians in newly independent nations ponder over which organization to join first: the United Nations or FIFA, and successive FIFA presidents have compared world football in global wealth and strength with the greatest multinational corporations. But football is far more than a cold mess of financial statistics. The game appeals to peoples of all ages and social status from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe because of the passion it arouses: passion both for the player, whether in back street or Bernabeu, as much as for the spectator, whether on the sand of Copacabana or in the best seats in Berlin. The basic concept is childishly easy to understand: for one team to score more goals than the other. A natural spirit of loyalty, along the way, picks up player adulation, club adherence and national…

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the early history of football

“In the twenty-first century there is no sign of a relaxation of football’s grip on the public’s imagination“ The likes of Lord Kinnaird, Charles Alcock and Ebenezer Morley had no idea how their part-time pastime would develop. The notion of billions of people around the world sitting down in front of a square screen to watch a match would have been beyond their comprehension. Yet football has already conquered the world once. Ancient China, Japan, the Roman empire… all left fragments of their civilisation etched or carved or embroidered with images of men kicking some sort of a ball around. Football may thus be described as a game almost as old as civilisation itself. China provides history’s first football report, in the writings of the Han Dynasty 2,000 years ago. They made it…

6 min.
the nineteenth century

On April 13, 1314, Edward II issued a proclamation forbidding football as a breach of the peace. Similar vain attempts to hold back the sporting tide were undertaken by Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV and James III. Only Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell had any success and that, like his Commonwealth, was temporary. Yet football’s early existence and subsequent image as the “working man’s game” is misleading: it was the public schools, and Oxford and Cambridge Universities in particular, that brought shape and order out of the almost aimless fury of violence. Nearly all the schools and numerous clubs that had mushroomed in the wake of the Industrial Revolution had their own sets of rules. By 1846, the overall situation was so chaotic that the first serious attempt to unify a code…

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Football had planted significant roots in South America by the start of the 20th century. In Argentina, although the game had been imported earlier by British residents of Buenos Aires, it had proved slow to catch on until after the migrant influx from Italy and Spain. The British influence in South America remains clear to this day through the adopted names of clubs such as River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, Liverpool and Wanderers in Uruguay, Everton and Rangers in Chile as well as Corinthians – after the great English amateur club – in Brazil, a nation respected, on merit, as the world’s greatest football nation. In Africa and Asia, not only the English but the French and, to a lesser extent, German and Portuguese colonial movements played predominant roles…

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The First World War proved disastrous for Europe and FIFA suffered from the fall-out. The British home nations quit in 1920 in a row over international contact with wartime antagonists Austria, Hungary and Germany. This British absence lasted four years and then the home FAs quit again in 1928 in a row over broken-time payments for amateurs. The home countries continued to play against their former partners in FIFA but only in friendly matches. Hence they missed out where it really mattered, at the launch of the World Cup in 1930. In the 1920s, Austrian pioneer Hugo Meisl launched two other international competitions, the Dr Gero Cup was the first for European national teams outside the United Kingdom, while the Mitropa Cup – a contraction of the German Mittel Europa (Central Europe)…