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- Football originated in China around 476 B.C. Records trace the history of soccer back more than 2,000 years ago to ancient China. Greece, Rome, and parts of Central America also claim to have started the sport; but it was England that transitioned soccer, or what the British and many other people around the world call “football,” into the game we know today.
- After the whistle to start the game, soccer player Lee Todd said "F*ck me, that was loud" and received the fastest red card in history: 2 seconds
- A 20-month-old baby, Bryce Brites became the youngest professional soccer player ever, after being signed up by a Belgian club
- The city of Lusail, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final game,does not exist yet.
- In 2013, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum dedicated to himself.
- On average, soccer players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match.
- Ronaldinho's deal with Coca-Cola ended after he was caught sipping a Pepsi in a news conference.
- FIFA has more member countries than the U.N.
- The original 2014 World Cup's ball was produced in Pakistan
- When the World Cup was hosted in the U.S. in 1994, they only spent US$30 million on infrastructure improvements. For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil spent US$11 billion.
- Soccer fans in Italy are called "tifosi", meaning "carriers of typhus", because their fanatism is like a fever.
- In 1967, the Nigerian Civil War ground to a halt for two days because both sides wanted to watch soccer player Pele in an exhibition match.