Football history and culture

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

History and Culture

The 2019/20 football season had to pause worldwide just when it started to get interesting. So we turn the clock back a hundred years to find out how football finished the 1919/20 season while recovering from another pandemic – the Spanish Flu. The first article takes us back to the 1920 FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town.

History and Culture

Over the weekend, we got to enjoy four more legendary World Cup matches. But who would have thought that one of them actually was responsible for a real earthquake? Another one led to some serious outrage and changed some minds about technology in football? Read on to discover all of this and more in our weekly #WorldCupAtHome recap.

History and Culture

This weekend’s #WorldCupAtHome matches took us back as far as the 90s, where we witnessed one of the all-time-greats of the game hit the net twice. We also saw a more recent Fortnite goal celebration, the continuation of a terrible curse and the last Golden Goal in a FIFA tournament.

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At the third #WorldCupAtHome weekend we learned who apparently didn’t like to assist Thierry Henry, which ball was used in three major tournaments, who paved the way for the US Women’s National Team to become record World Cup winners and how a pair of shorts got pulled up into the history books.

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The second weekend of #WorldCupAtHome looked back at two FIFA World Cup quarter-finals with record champion Brazil and a penalty shootout that ended in one of the most iconic sports moments of all time.

History and Culture

With football around the world being stopped almost completely, FIFA’s first #WorldCupAtHome weekend reminded us of a World Cup curse and a saved penalty that made the record books.

History and Culture

Today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant landmarks in the history of football. On 5 March 1870, 22 men walked onto the pitch at the Kennington Oval in London for what was the first ever international football match.

History and Culture

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.