During the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, the football match between the Nazis and a group of Ukrainian players from the famous soccer club FC Dynamo Kyiv took place. The Ukrainians were clearly superior to the occupiers, because they beat them easily over several matches – the last result being at 8-0. Unfortunately, the Nazis didn’t like being humiliated, so the Gestapo got involved. The Gestapo just did what they did best: they arrested and tortured most of the Ukrainian players. At least one of them died at their hands. Those who survived were shipped off to a work camp – and most were ultimately executed.
ESPN won an Emmy for the creation of the superimposed yellow line representing the first down line for American football games.
In 2004 during the Harvard/Yale Annual American football match, Yale students tricked Harvard supporters to hold up placards, that when raised spelt out “WE SUCK”.
The eternal flame at Arc de Triomphe in Paris has only been extinguished once: by drunken Mexican football fans who urinated it after the final of 1998 World Cup, when France defeated Brazil.
Over 900 workers have already died preparing for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The winning college team of the National Title game in Football will get $18 million dollars. Yet, the players, who win the game, get none of the money.
The Dallas Cowboys have played in both the hottest and coldest NFL games of all time: 109 and -13 degrees respectively.
Igor Netto, a footballer from the Soviet Union, was a person of exceptional honesty. The most famous episode proving that had place during 1962 World Cup match against Uruguay team. The score was 1:1, Igor Chislenko hit the goal, but the ball got into the goal from the outside, through the hole in the goal net. Netto (he was the team captain) informed the referee, and convinced him that there was no goal. Netto’s team won that match anyway.
Football evolved out of mob football, a game played between whole villages, with the goal being to get the ball into the center of the other village. Any means could be used to move the ball, as long as it did not lead to manslaughter or murder.
The Green Bay Packers have sold out every game since 1960 and there are 86000 people on the waiting list.