But soccer got me thinking. How long has this sport been around? Let's look a little closer, shall we?
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For over a century, despite protests from the Italians, England has been credited as having given birth to modern football. A claim which had looked quite solid until as recently as 2011, when a shocking find by historians traced football’s roots to a quite extraordinary place.
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Also, a football found behind a wall in Stirling Castle has been dated and named as the oldest in the world. It dates back to the fifteenth century.
Scotland was also the country who invented possession play, using short passes to work up the field into dangerous positions instead of the long ball hit in practice before then.
Football has a long and glorious history. Its methods have been refined and improved through the centuries to give us the king of all sports. Scotland, rightfully, can claim the title as its home. That is, currently. Who knows, maybe someone with a nose for history and a bit of determination will uncover evidence to refute Calendonias’ claim in the future. As much as I love history, that won't be me. *winks*
Until then, Scotland can proudly reclaim the mantle as the home of world football.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* Which name do you feel is the "better" name for this sport? Why?
* Did you play sports as a child? Do you have children in sports? Which ones?
* What is 1 fascinating fact about today's post which caught your eye today?
Leave answers to these questions or any comments on the post below. Come back on the 9th of April (my son's birthday) for my next appearance.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those childhood skills to become an author and speaker who has partnered with Nerium International in the anti-aging, health & wellness, and personal development industry, helping others become their best from the inside out.
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