Football as its known today was first organized in England in the 1800's and played on school fields across the country

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 Football as its known today was first organized in England in the 1800’s and played on school fields across the country. Football has come from its humble origins 200 years ago to be one of the most popular sports on earth played in virtually every county in the world. This month 1.5 billion people are expected to watch the world cup final in the German capital of Berlin making it the most watched sporting event of all time. For many people football is more than just a sport, it has brought communities together and started its own cultures and sub cultures. Bill Shankly once said 'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’

 In the early 1900’s football began to gain a lot of publicity and soon thousands of working class fans across the country began following there local clubs. The world famous FA cup became the goal for many clubs across the land and was followed religiously by supporters. Thousands of fans watched the games in particular the FA cup final which is still a special event even today. In 1923 200 000 spectators descended into the capital and crammed themselves into the newly built Wembley stadium to watch Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0. The record breaking crowd is a fantastic example of the passion and excitement for the game in the pre war years.

 In 1939 the Second World War broke out between Germany and Britain which almost brought football to a stand still over the next five years. All of Britain was pre occupied with the war effort but football still lived on in the streets with children and even famously on Christmas day in the trenches. The war ended and slowly but surely football began to gain publicity again and the masses were returning to the football terraces to watch there local clubs in action. The post war years saw plenty of social and economic unrest for the working class and football was seen as something they could watch and enjoy for a small price. As the sixties loomed a handful a fans began not only to support there team at home but also follow there teams in away matches all over the country. English clubs began to enter European competition’s competing with Italian and Spanish giants such as Real Madrid and AC Milan. 1966 saw England host the FIFA world cup a competition the English public had previously had no interest in. The competition was a huge success as the host England won the trophy and the English public was ecstatic.

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 The seventies came and brought the world Pele and George Best who would inspire millions of children throughout the world with there footballing skills. Towards the end of the decade English clubs such as Liverpool were having a great success in European competitions giving the opportunity for there supporters to visit continental cities. The Liverpool fans known as casuals became especially famous for stealing exotic sportswear abroad bringing labels such as tachinni, lacoste and fila which in the seventies were almost unheard of.

 The eighties became famous for Diego Maradona and the continued success of English teams in Europe. ...

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