*THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
Mention the ‘beautiful game’ and the first thing that comes to mind is football. Indeed, it is beautiful. The art of passing the ball, dribbling and scoring are most times, a beauty to behold. This explains why the game is largely followed by millions of fans across the world.
Have you, however, ever considered how this colorful description of football came about? In case you have, here is an answer – football was first calledthe beautiful gameby the Legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele.
We are sure you need not know why he called it so. Pele enjoyed playing football, everyone enjoyed watching him and players enjoyed playing with him on the same pitch – except of course the defenders and goalkeepers that suffered from his absolute brilliance.
*THE SPACE CLAUSE
Stefan Schwarz isn’t exactly an household name as far as football is concerned despite playing in a number of top clubs before retiring in 2003. However, while he may not have made the news in the light of Messi or Ronaldo, he did so in the light of Denis Cheryshev.
The Swedish made the news when he joined Sunderland from Valencia and as part of the agreements and clause included in his contract, he was banned from travelling into… wait for it… space!
Were they actually considering the possibility of him running off to space? To do what? Strange.
*THE ICONIC LUSAIL STADIUM
It is no longer news that Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup and the Iconic Lusail stadium has been billed to host the opening and final match of the competition.
The stadium is located in the the city of Lusail with a capacity of 80,000 people. The city itself have marinas, island resorts, zoos and entertainment districts. Cool, right?
Before you rush to book a ticket, you have to know that both the city and the stadium are all planned and have NOT been built yet. How far are we from 2022? Not so far, right?
*THE ELECTRIFYIN GAME
We know you have witnessed a lot of strange things in a game of football but nothing comes close to this one. A football match in Congo between two villages namely Bena Tshadi and Basangana in 1998 turned into an unprecedented tragedy when a strange lightning struck!
The lightning killed all eleven players of the same team and those of the other team managed to escape with burns and scars. First of, the lightning was strange and then, only members of a particular team was killed. Are you thinking what we are thinking?
*ZIDANE IS ALWAYS ON
Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane is the only player that was never caught in an offside position in his entire career. Perhaps, more reason why Florentino Perez fired Benitez and hired him. This is an extraordinary football record, isn’t it?
*CELEBRATION GONE WRONG
You all know Babayaro, don’t you? Well, he made it here! The Nigerian got a goal in his debut game for Chelsea against Stevenage and guess what happened next? He tried to celebrate by doing his trademark somersault and broke his leg.
He didn’t play again until months later.
*GEORGE, THE BEST
George Best is not only a Manchester United legend, but one of the best players to have played the game. He will be remembered for his superb skills, vision, speed and one pretty event that took place in 1972.
In January 1972, George Best failed to turn up for training for a whole week as he instead chose to spend his time with Miss Great Britain 1971, Carolyn Moore.
Whatever George does, he does it best.
*JUST LEAVE THE ABBREVIATION
Whoever you are, whatever you do, please do not ever ask for the full meaning of the name of Dutch’s second division side, NAC Breda.
Want to know why? Here’s why – it is Nooit Opgeven Altijd Doorzetten Aangenaam Door Vermaak En Nuttig Door Ontspanning Combinatie Breda.
We can swear you didn’t even read it till the very end.
*PHILLIP LAHM HATES THE COLOR RED
Bayern Munich’s Phillip Lahm has never received a red card in his entire professional career despite being a defender. Can you beat that?