Football history and culture

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

History and Culture

Lots of things stand out about the first FIFA World Cup but none are as glaringly obvious as this...

History and Culture

“The mother of all games” had the potential to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Instead it is remembered as one of the greatest examples of sportmanship football has ever seen.

History and Culture

Only two men have played in the World Cup finals either side of a World War: Erik Nilsson of Sweden and Alfred Bickel of Switzerland.

History and Culture

We've been chatting to the world champion about her memories of winning the World Cup, the development of women’s football, and becoming part of the FIFA Museum...

History and Culture

Pelé, Maradona and now Messi; there seems to be a curse afflicting some of the best footballers in the world. And it’s not a new phenomenon...

History and Culture

When Chile launched a bid to host the 1962 World Cup, most people thought they were just making up the numbers. Carlos Dittborn had other ideas.

History and Culture

With UEFA EURO 16 fast approaching, past winners are always favourites but at the musuem we celebrate more than just the champions. Discover the story of Hungary and the Netherlands at the World Cup.

History and Culture

After the 61st UEFA Champions League Final, uncover the story of how Europe's favourite club competition got started.

History and Culture

“At the beginning, we were surprised at all the people showing their support for our team. When we heard them chant for Tahiti, it gave us goosebumps on the field."

History and Culture

The underdog story of New Zealand, Steve Sumner and Oceania's first goal at the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals.

History and Culture

Nobody expected much when Korea DPR arrived at the 1966 World Cup. By the time they were home, the team had written their names into history.

History and Culture

Despite being the 15th World Cup, USA '94 saw a whole lot of firsts that would go down in football’s history books.