Football history and culture

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

History and Culture

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

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.

History and Culture

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

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".

History and Culture

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.

History and Culture

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.

History and Culture

Stanislas Frenkiel is an expert on Algerian football, award winning author and lecturer at a university. We talked to him about the importance of football in Algeria, how Algerian players where treated in France after the Algerian war and why he likes to meet players.

History and Culture

His goalkeeper gloves and jersey from his record breaking game at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 are part of the special exhibition ‘Foot et Monde Arabe’. We sat down with Essam El Hadary to talk about their story and how it feels to be part of a museum.

History and Culture

In 2016, a new milestone in FIFA history was reached in Jordan. For the first time, a women's World Cup was held in the Arab world.

History and Culture

The origins of football - A series by football historian Guy Oliver.

 

History and Culture

Describing Otto Pfister as a globetrotter is almost doing him a disservice. In his nigh-on 60 years as a football coach, he has been at the helm of 24 different club and national teams.As part of the "Foot et Monde Arabe" special exhibition, we spoke to him about his time and experiences as coach in the Arab world.

History and Culture

The display case at the FIFA World Football Museum for the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina contains a jersey from each of the two finalists from the Netherlands and the host nation. The jersey worn by eventual world champions Argentina is even signed – but by a Dutchman. How did this happen?