Always Look On The Other Side Of Sports… The Unknown Facts!
Today’s topic – sports. To me, football and tennis are two cool sports I can follow day by day. I cheer for them, I live every minute of those games and I know all about it (not really!). Even though in high school, I played basketball and handball, I decided to follow something else. Yeah!
I started watching football matches when I was about 12 years old, so a little bit before my high-school years, while my love for tennis unfolded a few years ago. Now I’m obsessed!
So, yes, you guessed it. I will focus on these two sports today: Football – the most loved sport in the world – and Tennis – the most elegant sport. No, I’m the betting kind of fan, I just enjoy it, mostly on TV, sometimes when I get the chance I go to the stadiums or on the court for some live action.
But, today, I will deliver some interesting stuff about these two beautiful sports, not the deep-hardcore-fan things, just some random-everyone-can-know facts. I won’t get motivational, I will get entertaining. It’s not the average information, it’s pretty interesting, trust me, keep reading!
What’s Tennis and how do we play it?
Tennis: which, as you probably know, is a racket game that can be played individually or between two teams of two players each. Each player has to use a tennis racket to strike a hollow rubber ball around a net and into the opponent’s court.
The very first tennis match is believed to have been played somewhere between 1859 and 1865, in Birmingham, England.
Tennis Fun Facts
Okay, now that you are familiar with the game, let me throw these fun facts in:
1. On top of the Wimbledon trophy, there’s a pineapple, representing the tradition of English sailors who put the fruit itself on their gates when they’d return from long voyages. Random, or what?
2. The Longest Match – Wimbledon 2010, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the epic match that lasted for three days. Finally, at 70-68 for Isner, the game ended with his win. Wow!
3. Shortest Match – Wimbledon 1969, the match between Susan Tutt and Marion Bandy that lasted only 20 minutes with Tutt ending it with 6-0, 6-0.
4. If nowadays, the games involve a tennis racket, initially it was played with plain hands being called “the game of the palm” (“Jeux du Paume”). This lasted until the 16th century when it switched to rackets. Ouch!
5. When a player isn’t scoring, it’s never shouted zero from the umpire, instead, they mumble something like Love. Or at least, that’s what we understand. The term “Love” is said to originate from the French word for “egg,”( l’Oeuf ) – because a zero on the scoring board resembles an egg.
6. Can you believe that women who played in the first tournaments had to wear full-length skirts? That must’ve been hard to play!
7. Wimbledon again – The winner’s do not take their trophies with them at home. Instead, they are given small replicas of the official ones, while the real ones stay at the arena’s museum.
8. The oldest player in the world is 46 years old, she is from Japan and her name is Kimiko Date-Krumm. She retired in 1998, but after ten years she went back, still playing to this date in official tournaments. Way to go!
Pretty interesting. But, the best is yet to come. Only a few days ago, we learned that tennis legend Serena Williams is expecting a baby. And yes, (doing the math with you, right now) she did win the Australian Open 2017 while she was pregnant in two months without dropping a set. Impressive, huh!?
Well, for the end, I kept this funny Joke-Quote: You only live once, but you get to serve twice. #HaHa
What is football and how do we play it?
I mean, you have to live on Mars to have an excuse about not knowing what football is. It’s a team sport that involves mostly kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal.
Here’s what interesting – there are two different stories of the origin of the word “football”. While it is widely believed that the world itself refers to the action of the foot kicking the ball, there’s the other version that says it refers to the action on playing on foot. Confusing, or what?
And there’s more – in some parts of the world, football is, named soccer – Australia, Canada, and the USA, but it was England that came up with the word, but they call it football… Crazy!
Well, let that sink in, while we get on with the interesting facts:
Football Fun Facts
1. A few years ago, a 13-year-old Brazilian player actually scored every single goal from a match, a total of 23. That was little Ronaldinho. That’s when he gained media’s attention.
2. In 1998, during a football match in Africa, a lightning bolt killed the entire team players of the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the other team, nobody was hurt.
3. In 1969, El Salvador and Honduras were at war, after El Salvador lost a football match. The war was named as ‘Football War’, ‘Soccer War’ and ‘100 Hour War’.
4. There is one player that scored three goals against three different keepers during the same match – Alvin Martin scored first against Martin Thomas who was forced out with an injury, then he scored against Chris Hedworth who also was forced out with an injury. Finally, he scored against the last one to entry, Peter Beardsley, who didn’t injure himself. Martin’s team won the game.
5. The red card means out of the game. The fastest one in football history is by 2 seconds. Player Lee Todd was sent out for explicit language after complaining about how loud the starting whistle was.
6. A Greek Football player took it to the next level – Giorgos Katidis was banned for life after giving a Nazi Salute after scoring a winning goal.
7. Speaking of that, Hitler actually hated football, because the game couldn’t be fixed in order to ensure Germany to win over non-German teams.
8. Greenland isn’t able to join FIFA because there is not enough grass growing for a football field.
9. Rio Mavuba, a french football player is the only one born on the board of a boat while in international waters. On his birth certificate, no nation is listed, it just says – Born at sea.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo, the Brazilian striker, got a ridiculously funny haircut for the 2002 World Cup because he wanted his son to be able to distinguish him from other players while he was on TV.
This last fact made me think of something that Lionel Messi once said: “My motivation comes from playing the game I love”. Because when you do what you love, you’re up to anything, even shaving your head half way.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. I got to learn new things that I didn’t know before. That’s why I found it more interesting to search new stuff about sports, instead of writing yet another inspirational post about sports.