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MUSIC & SPORT Facts and Figures about Football WARM-UP SPEAKING Conosci davvero il calcio? Mettiti alla prova rispondendo alle seguenti domande. Se non conosci le risposte, cerca sul web. 1. Where is the biggest football stadium in the world? 2. What national team has never lost against Brazil? 3. Can you guess why India didn t play in the FIFA World Cup in 1950? 4. Who was the most expensive football player in history as of 2022? 56 Football is the most popular sport in the world. There are more than 265 million players in the world, and an estimated 4 billion people are actively watching the sport from time to time. History It may seem unbelievable that football has its origins in China, considering that their national team currently is ranked only at 86th place in the FIFA World Ranking, but most experts agree that the original sport was invented there sometime around 476 BC, where it was known as Cuju. However, the modern football as we play it today began in England in 1863. Sheffield F.C. is the oldest professional football club in the world and was founded in 1857. The Fifa World Cup and the European leagues The first Fifa World Cup was played in Uruguay in 1930. Since then, it has been played every four years, but only eight different countries have won the tournament . Brazil has won the FIFA World Cup 5 times, which makes it the most successful national team of all times. The other World Cup winners are Germany and Italy, with four titles each; then Argentina, France, Uruguay, England and Spain. The three main European leagues are Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, and the English Premier League, all represented by UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), which runs national and club competitions. Interesting facts and figures Here are some crazy but interesting football facts. The highest score ever was 149-0, in a match played on 31st October 2002 between A S Adema and SO l Emyrne, two teams from Madagascar. The incredible thing was that the goals were all own goals that SO l Emyrne scored as a protest against a referee. The football teams with the highest number of season ticket holders are English: Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. Very close are two Spanish teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and an Italian one, Juventus. The most watched football event in history was the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final which was played between France and Croatia. It had a global audience of 1.12 billion, including television and digital platforms. Even though hooligans (violent football fans) are typically associated with English teams, the team with the highest number of violent supporters in the world is Zenit St. Petersburg, a Russian team. Its fans were protagonists of a big riot in 2008 during a match against Glasgow Rangers. GLOSSARY to ban: bannare to gain: guadagnare own goal: autogol 108 to rank: collocare riot: scontro, rivolta tournament: girone

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