A Plethora of Soccer Facts

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Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

Soccer? I cringed as I considered June’s subject on Writing Prompts, Thoughts, & Ideas…Oh My! I’d never played soccer, and never attended a school that had any kind of soccer team. A quick Google search of those three schools confirmed my suspicions that they still have no soccer. So how can I write about a sport I don’t understand?

The internet.

If it’s on the internet it has to be true, right? Well, as most writers know, you better get many sources to confirm the data you collect on any website. So for my post this month, I am going to share a plethora of interesting facts about soccer.

Did you know…
**The World Cup is the biggest soccer tournament in the world and is held every four years.
**Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. [Not in Alabama]
**Most countries call soccer, football.
**Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is the only person to have won the World Cup three times as a player.
**The 1989 Hillsborough disaster was the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world’s worst football disasters. 96 people died, and 766 were injured in a crush to get in to see the game. 
**A four-day war was fought between Hondurus and El Salvador in 1969 after inflamed rioting during World Cup qualifying. It was known as the Football War. 
**Soccer became an Olympic sport in 1908.
**The first live coverage of a soccer match shown on television, was in the year 1937. It was a practice match of Arsenal and was played at Highbury stadium.
**The first set of rules for soccer were made by the London Football Association in 1863.Football_(soccer_ball)_svg

So there you have it. I learned a little bit about soccer, beside what I’ve learned from my fellow blogger’s posts. Time to go outside and practice my bicycle kick…

Today’s writing prompt: Eduardo rubbed his shin as he pushed himself from the ground. Santos would pay for making that goal…

2 thoughts on “A Plethora of Soccer Facts

  1. Once again, imagination wins the day. I’ve enjoyed these posts more than I expected. Remember the year the US Women’s Soccer team…never mind. You can Google that one on your own. Good post, Jennifer!

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