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15 interesting facts very few people know about football

In football, there are many interesting facts that few people notice. Here are some stories like that.

  1. In 1967, the two sides in the civil war in Nigeria have ceased the war for 2 days, to monitor the friendly match of “King of Football” Pele took place in the city of Lagos, Nigeria.
  2. 149-0 is the biggest score in a professional football match. It took place in the Madagascar National Championship in November 2002, which was the victory of Stade Olympique de L’emyrne against rival AS Adema because the opponent repeatedly kicked an own goal to protest the referee’s decision in the previous match.
  3. The maximum number of goals scored by a player in a professional match is 16 goals. That achievement belongs to Stephan Stanis, in the Lens club match (France) in December 1942.
  4. The youngest professional player in the world is Bryce Brites. When he was recruited by Racing Boxberg (Belgium), Bryce was just … 20 months old.
  5. 27 professional football teams in the world take the name of the Beatles’ songs as their nicknames. Among them, the most famous is Villarreal with the song “Yellow Submarine”.
  6. The largest football tournament in the world has 5,098 teams participating. It was the 7th Stadium tournament held in Bangkok, Thailand in 1999. There are about 35,000 players participating in the competition.
  7. FIFA World Federation has more members (209 members) than the United Nations (193 members).
  8. When the World Cup was held in the US in 1994, they spent only 30 million dollars to improve the infrastructure for the game. In 2014, Brazil spent $ 11 billion on the World Cup.
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15 interesting facts you definitely did not know about NBA Finals (to be continued)

After two extremely tough domain finals spanning seven games, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers finally meet at the NBA Finals as a habit. This pair of finals successfully set a record in the NBA. This is also the first time that a pair of finals have been held for four consecutive years within the framework of American professional sports tournaments.
In NBA history, there has not been a single final pair that has been repeated for more than 2 times in a row. In the 1980s, the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics were chosen to be in the NBA Finals. However, opponents can change like the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, or the Detroit Pistons.
Let’s take a look at 15 interesting facts you certainly didn’t know about the NBA Finals.

  1. Performance over 60 points by Elgin Baylor
    Of the 68 performances that scored more than 60 points, there is only one performance that happened in the NBA Finals. It is Elgin Baylor of the Lakers who scored 61 points against the Celtics in game 5 of the Finals 1962.
    The Lakers won that match with a score of 126-121 but lost the series and missed the championship to the Celtics. Baylor is also the player who holds the record for the number of Finals appearances but has no record.
  2. The most special MVP Finals
    MVP Finals’ title was firstly awarded in 1969. At that time, Jerry West of the Lakers was the talented player who received the honor.
    West is also the only MVP Finals to play for the losing team in the final. At that year, the Lakers lost to the Celtics in game 7. West scored 42 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists for that match.
  1. Young and oldest player to win the NBA championship ring
    Darko Milicic was a “bomb” full of surprise at the NBA Draft of all time, but still got the NBA Championship trophy with the Detroit Pistons (season 2003-04) when he was at the age of 18.

Meanwhile, the oldest player to have the chance to win the prestigious Larry O’Brien trophy was Robert Parish when he was 43 years old and was playing for Chicago Bulls 1996-97.

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6 INTERESTING, FUNNY FACTS ABOUT LIONEL MESSI WHICH PEOPLE RARELY KNOW ABOUT (TO BE CONTINUED)

Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina 32 years ago. For the very first time, no one bore a thought that Messi will have such a successful football career as today. 

Throughout his professional football career, Messi has always been put in a comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo, another legendary football player who is enlisted in Juventus Club. Even during this decade, gaining The Golden Ball has always been considered as a competition between Messi and Ronaldo.

Messi can totally be proud of his endless titles and champions. Especially in Champions League, Messi has won 4 times as a Barcelona player.

However, Lionel Messi’s private life has still remained a puzzle to many football fans. How does it look like?

The first contract on a handkerchief

Who can ever think that the first professional football contract between Messi and Barcelona was dealt on a handkerchief. This deal took place on the 14th, December 2000, when Messi was just at the age of 13.

At that time, The Sports manager of Barca, Carles Rexach, had set up an appointment with Messi’s father, Mrs. Jorge, to discuss some terms of the contract. As time rushed, Rexach did not have enough time to prepare for a meticulous contract for Messi. 

Finally, the very first contract of Messi was conducted on a handkerchief. The full contract is now displayed in the Barcelona Museum. At that time, who could ever think of this handkerchief as the most precious document in the football world?

The fateful meet between Messi and Barcelona

Not as many rumors, the enlist of Messi in Barcelona was totally the determination of the club to pay medical fees for Messi. In fact, the local authority and Oldell’s Old Boys have also sponsored for treating Messi’s private health condition.