Football history and culture

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

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.

History and Culture

In 1988, China staged a landmark event that paved the way for a Women's World Cup: the International Women’s Football Tournament. This jersey was worn in Australia's opening match by Moya Dodd, who is now a member of FIFA’s Executive Committee and working to boost the women's game all over the world.

History and Culture

The Pozzo collection is a treasure chest of items belonging to one of football’s great coaches. Among our exhibits is a set of photos taken at the World Cups of 1934 and 1938, on and off the pitch.