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Sudan’s day in the sun

50 years ago yesterday, on 16 February 1970, Sudan beat Ghana 1-0 in the Final of the Africa Cup of Nations to win their first and biggest international title to date.

History and Culture

The piercing stare known around the world: Happy Birthday Pierluigi Collina!

Pierluigi Collina was probably the most prominent referee at the turn of the century. The former World’s Best Referee is still active in various committees. On his 60th birthday we look back on his unique career.

History and Culture

The quest for a universal code of football Laws

Today, the Laws of association football are taken for granted and universally accepted around the world. But 150 years ago there was a fierce debate as to how football should be played. Our museum’s historian Guy Oliver looks back at a time when many different parties were involved in creating a universal code for the game we call association football today.

History and Culture

Happy Birthday to Michelle Akers: FIFA Female Player of the Century

Long-time member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, World Champion, Olympic Gold medalist and FIFA Female Player of the Century Michelle Akers celebrates her birthday today. Find out in our blog why she’s joint FIFA Female Player of the Century and who she shares the honor with.

Museum Life

GAME FESTIVAL at the FIFA World Football Museum

Tipp-Kick, FIFA 20 and more - during the sports holidays, the Event Hall of the FIFA Museum is transformed into an arcade for young and old.

Museum Life

World Cup Winner Mario Kempes reunited with the trophy

Argentinian world champion Mario Kempes used his visit to Switzerland in January for a flying visit to the FIFA World Football Museum and an emotional reunion with the World Cup trophy.

History and Culture

From Leipzig to Paris – the story of how the DFB became the first association to join FIFA

120 years ago today, the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) was founded in Leipzig. Four years later a missed boat and a telegram played an important role in the history of association football.

History and Culture

130th anniversary of Sevilla FC – from café to European acclaim

To mark the 130th anniversary of the foundation of Sevilla FC, we are publishing a guest article by the Spanish club about how it came into being and rose to become the "King of the Europa League".

Museum Life

UPDATE: Kempes visit cancelled

We regret to inform you that due to flight complications, Mario Kempes will unfortunately not be visiting the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich today (15.01.2020). We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this might have caused.

History and Culture

The origins of Association Football Part 2 - The Carterhaugh Ba Game of 1815

No history of football would be complete without reference to the Carterhaugh Ba Game (Ba being the Scottish term for football) which took place in Scotland on 4 December 1815. Our museum’s historian Guy Oliver digs deep to uncover the historical significance of this match.

Museum Life

Starting this weekend children's birthday parties, guided tours and events are back at the FIFA Museum

At the end of May, the Swiss Federal Council announced a further relaxation of measures to combat coronavirus. As part of this relaxation, we are delighted to be able to offer children's birthday parties, guided tours and events at the FIFA World Football Museum again as of this weekend. Of course, this will be done in compliance with hygiene and safety measures.

History and Culture

Sustainability at mega sporting-events – challenging but possible

On 4 December, the FIFA World Football Museum organized a panel discussion about sustainability at sporting mega-events like World Cups or Olympic Games. Three guests were invited to discuss the topic from their perspective.

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