Top 20+ Football Facts to Impress Guys

Top 20+ football facts to Impress Guys

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 20 interesting football facts that can impress your friends:

1. The fastest goal ever scored in a football match was by Roy Makaay, taking just 10.12 seconds to find the net.

2. Pelé is the only player to have won three FIFA World Cups (1958, 1962, and 1970).

3. The longest unbeaten streak in football history is held by the Al Ahly SC club, with a remarkable 104-match run from 2004 to 2008.

4. Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award (given to the best player in the world) a record number of times – seven as of 2021.

5. The Maracanã Stadium in Brazil, where the 1950 World Cup final was held, witnessed a record attendance of around 199,854 people.

6. The World Cup trophy was stolen in 1966, but was later found by a dog named "Pickles" in a garden.

7. The fastest red card in football history was given to Lee Todd in 2000 after just two seconds of play.

8. The most goals scored by a single player in a calendar year is 91, achieved by Lionel Messi in 2012.

9. The highest-scoring match in football history ended 149-0 in a game between AS Adema and SO l'Emyrne in 2002. However, all the goals were intentionally scored as own goals in protest.

10. Zinedine Zidane, the legendary French player, scored twice with headers in the 1998 World Cup final using the Adidas Predator Accelerator boots.

11. The record for the most goals scored by a player in their club career is held by Josef Bican, who scored over 800 official goals.

12. The largest football tournament in terms of participating teams is the English FA Cup, with hundreds of teams entering each year.

13. The oldest football club in the world is Sheffield FC, founded in 1857.

14. The fastest hat-trick in a professional football match was scored by Tommy Ross in 1964, taking just 90 seconds.

15. The fastest red card in an international match was shown to Uruguay's José Batista just 56 seconds into the 1986 World Cup game against Scotland.

16. The largest transfer fee in football history, as of my last update in September 2021, was Neymar's move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million.

17. The World Cup trophy was initially called the Jules Rimet Trophy, named after the FIFA president who initiated the World Cup. It was later renamed the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

18. The most goals scored by a team in a single World Cup tournament is 27, achieved by Hungary in 1954.

19. Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in the UEFA Champions League as of September 2021.

20. The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay, and only 13 teams participated in the tournament.

Of course! Here are 10 more football facts to impress your friends:

21. The highest-scoring football match in a professional league ended 58-0, with the winning team being AS Adema in a match against Stade Olympique l'Emyrne in Madagascar in 2002.

22. The most goals scored by a team in a single season of a top-flight European league is 121, achieved by FC Barcelona during the 2011-2012 La Liga season.

23. The fastest recorded shot in football history was clocked at 131 miles per hour (211 km/h) and was taken by Ronny Heberson of Sporting Lisbon.

24. Hakan Şükür scored the fastest goal in a FIFA World Cup match, finding the net just 11 seconds into the game during the 2002 World Cup.

25. The oldest professional footballer is Kazuyoshi Miura, who played for Yokohama FC in the Japanese J-League at the age of 54.

26. The first player to score a goal in a World Cup final with his head was Vittorio Pozzo, an Italian player, in the 1934 World Cup final.

27. The English Premier League was formed in 1992, breaking away from the Football League that had been in place since 1888.

28. The official mascot for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was Zakumi, a leopard.

29. The only player to have scored a hat-trick in every minute of a football match (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) is Tommy Ross from Ross County.

30. The longest football match in history lasted for 35 hours, with teams FC Flora and FC Levadia competing in an Estonian lower division game. The match took place over two days due to darkness.

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