It is called the #1 sport in the world. It stirs the hearts of millions of people on Earth. It's more than a game: it's football. It is played on playgrounds and during corporate parties and professional matches always gather full stadiums.
England is considered to be the birthplace of modern football; it is in England that the ball game began as folk amusement and was held annually during the Carnival week. At the beginning of its formation, football meant a large number of football players, few rules and lots of violence. The word “football” first appeared in 1349 in the decree of Edward III, where he called it “a useless and lawless game”.Thus football, being called football for the first time, officially fell into disfavor. Everything changed in the nineteenth century, when football associations and official rules were created and developed; later on, in 1885, it was recognized as legal and professional sport.
As regards popularity, FIFA World Cup can be compared with the Olympic Games. Millions of people stick to television screens, thousands go to the stadium. What is the secret of this popularity? Most probably, it is the mixture of sportsmanship, men struggle and excitement that accompany each match and intellectuality that a team game requires. It is no coincidence that there are no intellectually incapable among great players. They may be poorly educated, but, as a rule, they are very gifted. The best players play in the middle of the field and control the game of the whole team. This is really a game of intellectuals.