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5 years – 5 topics – 5 pictures: Part 1 "The Collection"

Our five-part series ‘5 years – 5 topics – 5 pictures’, in celebration of the five-year anniversary of the museum, looks back at a selection of memorable moments through five different topics. Today’s topic to start the series: the museum collection.  

Cláudia Vasconcelos Guedes (center) with her lineswomen Linda Black (left) and Zuo Xiudi (right) prior to the 3rd place playoff between Sweden and Germany, in Guangzhou, China – 29 November 1991. © Phil Stephens Photography/FIFA Museum
Cláudia Vasconcelos Guedes (center) with her lineswomen Linda Black (left) and Zuo Xiudi (right) prior to the 3rd place playoff between Sweden and Germany, in Guangzhou, China – 29 November 1991. © Phil Stephens Photography/FIFA Museum
History and Culture

"The future of women's refereeing is in your hands."

On international women’s day, we look back at a landmark moment in the history of refereeing. At the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, Cláudia Vasconcelos Guedes went down in history as the first female referee to take the lead at a FIFA tournament.

Museum Life

Five years of the FIFA Museum

Five years ago, the FIFA World Football Museum opened its doors. Relive a selection of our favourite museum moments as we celebrate our anniversary.  

29.11.1991, Close up on referees and captains discussing during the pre-match protocol, prior to the 3rd place playoff between Sweden and Germany, in Guangzhou.
Brazilian referee Cláudia Vasconcelos Guedes (center) becomes the first women to referee an official FIFA match, taking charge of the play-off for third place between Sweden and Germany at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 1991 in Guangzhou, China. © FIFA Museum
Museum Life

New: 20 Stories about Referees, the Guardians of the Game

The FIFA World Football Museum presents a new selection of stories on the topic of refereeing. Twenty intimate showcases explore a selection of interesting facts about the duties of match officials and notable moments from refereeing history.

Museum Life

Mini pop-up exhibition for Swiss World Cup record holder

During the temporary closure of the museum, a mini pop-up exhibition about a Swiss World Cup record holder who is also an ambassador for the FIFA Museum was being prepared behind the scenes. It will be open to visitors from 3 March.

Joseph Bléziri of Stade d'Abidjan (left) passes the ball into the box.
Joseph Bléziri of Stade d'Abidjan (left) passes the ball into the box. © Jacob Adjobi/Mahjoub Archive/FIFA Museum
History and Culture

Stade Abidjan’s incredible Christmas Day comeback

The second leg of the 1966 CAF African Champions League Final was played on Christmas Day. It proved to be a festive game with one of the all-time great fightbacks in the history of the tournament.

© Phil Cole/Getty Images
History and Culture

Why the Brits play football on Boxing Day

Traditionally in Great Britain, the 26th of December, is a day with a lot of football action. Our museum’s football historian Guy Oliver, British himself, explains why.

© Popperfoto / GettyImages
History and Culture

The 1914 Christmas Truce

The day the guns fell silent on Christmas Day 1914 allowing a game of football to be played, is perhaps one of the best-known stories of the First World War.

Buenos Aires 1925 © Hulton Archive/Getty Images
History and Culture

The South American Championship Christmas Day decider

The picture postcard of snowy landscapes and snowmen may define a northern hemisphere view of the Christmas idyll, but for those in the tropics and the southern hemisphere, Christmas has always been a very different experience.

Paolo Rossi at the final of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain against West Germany © Ferdinando Mezzelani - GMT Sport Collection/Pier Giorgio Giavelli/FIFA Museum
Paolo Rossi at the final of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain against West Germany © Ferdinando Mezzelani - GMT Sport Collection/Pier Giorgio Giavelli/FIFA Museum
History and Culture

Remembering Paolo Rossi: “1982 was definitely my year.”

Paolo Rossi, who inspired Italy to their World Cup triumph of 1982 has died at the age of 64.

Museum Life

World Cup Winner Daniele De Rossi visits the World Cup Trophy

14 years after winning the title at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Italian visited the FIFA World Football Museum and celebrated a reunion with the trophy.

© FC Santa Claus
© FC Santa Claus
History and Culture

FC Santa Claus: The most festive football team in the world

Did you know that Santa’s home is in Finland and that he even has his very own football team?

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