A look into some awesome football facts every now and then could bring about some excitement. The article below throws light on some football facts you may not be familiar with
- There is a record of the highest number of goals scored by one football player in the calendar year and it belongs to Lionel Messi.
Actually, there are two records, one official and one unofficial. The official one is 91 goals made by Lionel Messi in 2012. Those goals are a product of his combined game in FC Barcelona and for the Argentinean national team. The unofficial title is claimed by Pele in 1959 and that number is almost double. We are talking about 127 goals in one calendar year, but FIFA doesn’t want to acknowledge this amazing number as the record. Why? We have no idea.
- Here is the story behind penalty cards in football.
Do you think football is a violent sport? Well after this fact you will have a rethink. It all happened in 1962 when there was a match between Chile and Italy and right after the biggest earthquake in Chile ever. The Italian reporters describe Chile as a dump which made them angry and they decided to take revenge on the Italian football team. The first foul was in first 15 seconds of the game. After that, it all went downhill. The Italian players started to fight and one by one were expelled. The same thing was on the other side. Chilean players refused to leave the field and cops needed to intervene 4 times at least during the match. There were bruises, broken noses, punched faces, and many more injuries. This game is actually the reason why red and yellow cards were introduced to the game. So, you can thank all that to the so-called “1962 – Battle of Santiago”.
- The match with the largest number of issued red cards was played in Argentina.
The match was between Claypole and Victoriano Arenas in Argentinean league. You would assume that the number is much as the match should stop when there are less than 7 players on the field, right? Well, you would be wrong. The largest number is the magical 36 and it happened almost a decade ago in 2010. That means that the referee has expelled every player, substitutes, and coaches from the game and the name of that referee is Damian Rubino.
- Goalkeepers can also score an impressive number of goals.
The record for the most goals scored by a goalkeeper in a career goes to the Rogerio Ceni who scored 128 goals. It’s a pretty impressive feat since he couldn’t go far from his own goal.
- Brazil is considered as the country that plays the best football and not without any reason.
They have the only team who has played in every World Cup and won on 5 occasions. There is one defeat they won’t forget that easily and it was in 1950, where they lost the finals against Uruguay. The entire country was in shock, the newspapers refused to inform about it because they couldn’t believe it actually happened
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Mark is a football enthusiast and a former professional foosball player. Today he runs a blog about foosball, foosball tables and everything you need to know if you want to be a good foosball player