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"Football originated in China." 足球起源于中国 | Cypress Semiconductor

"Football originated in China." 足球起源于中国

"Football originated in China." said João Havelange, the former FIFA president, July, 1958.

Here is a piece of insignificant significant knowledge about soccer that I would like to share while the whole world is embracing the a dose of World Cup fever.

The soccer game was first called "Cuju" ( or ) in China. Both “ ” and “ " carry meanings of "kick". " ” means "ball".

"Around the 2nd or 3rd Century BC, the Chinese military during the Han Dynasty played a game involving kicking a ball into a small net... A game similar to soccer was played by the ancient Greeks and Romans but their game could include up to 27 players on a side compared to the modern day game of 11 players to a side.

Soccer became one of the most popular sports of the masses due to its popularity as a war game. A game of "football" which the British called it, was played in the east of England during the 8th Century where the head of a defeated Danish Prince was used as the ball."

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