Football history and culture

Blog stories about the rich and exciting history and culture of football.

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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.

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

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

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Less than a month after his 60th birthday, the football world mourns the loss of one of the greatest players of all time: Diego Armando Maradona. A tribute to a truly iconic career.

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Between 23 October and 31 October we are marking the birthdays of three footballers who all enjoyed glittering careers which were capped by starring roles in winning a World Cup Final.

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The Isles of Scilly are home to the smallest league in the world. Even legends such as David Beckham and Patrick Vieira have paid a visit. Local player Andrew Hicks scores goals like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rudolf Kreitlein - FIFA WC 1966 quarter-final England - Argentina
Referee Rudolf Kreitlein facing Argentinian players at the 1966 FIFA World Cup quarter-final. © Getty
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How German referee Rudolf Kreitlein played a vital role in the invention of the yellow and red cards during the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England.

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One hundred years ago this month, an all-American team from the Midwest made history by becoming champions of the USA, breaking the stranglehold of the immigrant-based clubs from the industrial northeast.

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After nine weeks of historic football, the #WorldCupAtHome came to an end this week. Before we recap the grand Finale of Russia 2018, we witness Mexico lifting their very first FIFA trophy, and a central defender who gave a new meaning to ‘Man of the Match’.

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At last weekend’s #WorldCupAtHome matches, we witnessed a critical assist by a young star before his football career really took off. Additionally we watched a Frenchman score the only two goals of his international career, while two teams avenged their previous defeats.

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This week, to mark the centenary of Barcelona's 1920 Copa del Rey triumph, we look back at what Spanish football was like a hundred years ago and uncover one of football's greatest historical curiosities – the story of how Barcelona have effectively been deprived of eight Spanish championships.