Football history and culture

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

History and Culture

It’s 40 years since the 1976 European Championship Final became the first international title to be settled in a shoot-out. Here's the unusual story of how penalties were first introduced...

History and Culture

As his team celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup, head coach Marcello Lippi was carefully hiding his glasses. Find out why...

History and Culture

Mário Américo may not appear on any list of World Cup greats but for the legendary Brazil team that won three World Cups in 12 years, the impact he made cannot be underestimated.

History and Culture

China’s charge to the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States in 1999 came as little surprise; just three years after winning the silver medal at the Olympic Games, the Steel Roses were one of the superpowers of the women’s game.

History and Culture

The FIFA World Football Museum is the proud holder of the Argentinian passport of Luis Monti, one of the greatest footballers of the 1920s and 1930s. Monti is the only player to have played in two consecutive Finals of the FIFA World Cup for two different countries.

History and Culture

Sunday, 20 March 2016, marked 50 years since the Jules Rimet Cup was stolen for the first time. Enjoy our chronological account of what we know happened.

History and Culture

Before air travel became what it is today, some teams had to make epic journeys to play in the World Cup. They spent less time at the tournament than in getting there!

History and Culture

History books state that there were 14 original Laws of the Game but a recent discovery at the museum suggests this is a monumental error. Revisit the Laws that first got football started.

History and Culture

This is one of the earliest photos from any FIFA Congress. It was taken in Copenhagen in 1913 and features 65 different faces. How many do you recognise?

History and Culture

Leônidas was the top scorer at the 1938 World Cup but when he passed away in 2004 the story of one of football’s first stars could have been forgotten. After an unusual trip to Brazil, the museum has made sure this won't happen.

History and Culture

A national team wearing a club's shirt at the World Cup sounds unlikely – though it’s happened more than you might think. France wore green and white in 1978, but they weren’t the first, or the last, to wear a club shirt at football’s biggest tournament.

History and Culture

This is the match report from the Final of the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta. It's a major document about a rather forgotten part of football history: a time when India had the best national team on the world's biggest continent.