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  • macyuhoo,
    According to news papers and French Minister of Sports, there was an exchange of words between Zidane & Materaz-zi with former being provoked, though what he did is unforgivable.

    In any case, the BEST team won WC - and that's what should matter above all !


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      Well, Zidane should have known better. It was a World Cup final game. In any sport, you lose if you lose your temper. Provoking a star player into a fight has even become part of a strategy and part of the game plan. And you know what? That was not the first time for Zidane. He got into fights in the past. He was given cards many times and was suspended. Good for him. What a way to retire...


      • I see you are a big fan of Zidane

        As to me, in my 30+ years I have seen only two great footballers worthy of recalling: one is Paolo Rossi and the other Diego Maradona.

        Both were World Champions*.
        Both were winners of Adidas Golden Boot.
        Both have shown something way beyond ordinary in field..


        * Rossi in 82', Maradona in 78' and in 86'. Alas I was too little to watch WC in 78 ! ).


        • I wasn't born when Pele played
          But I saw few of his b/w filmed goals, also archived documentaries , saw it in early and late 80s'.
          Honestly, I wasn't much impressed though arguably he is considered the best football player ever.

          As to evolution , I am not going to waste my precious resourses making my argument against you.

          In few occasions in past I did that, spent a lot of time, got data from various credible sources, made unquestionably powerful arguments - and then what I wrote was too complex and too long for average reader to focus attention, read and comprehend.

          I would rather put all my resourses on making an argument before the panel of Scientists and/or University teachers than before goof***** such as yourself

          Enjoy the roses !


          • Maybe what iperson was saying was "history" of soccer. I think it was invented by a ****er so it's called soccer.


            • But in other countries like Asia, it's called soccer. Football is the American type of football. People get confused between the two but the distinction is clear.


              • The modern game (football) developed in England following the formation of the Football Association, whose 1863 set of rules created the foundations for the way the sport is played today. Football is governed internationally by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The most prestigious international football competition is the World Cup, which is also the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world.

                The term soccer* first appeared in the 1880s as a slang abbreviation of Association football, often credited to Charles Wreford-Brown.[18]

                Non-English speaking countries
                Football, in its modern form, was exported by the British to much of the rest of the world and many of these nations adopted this common English term for the sport into their own language. This was usually done in one of two ways: either by directly importing the word itself, or by translating its constituent parts, foot and ball. Most Romance languages use the word football, albeit with a different pronunciation and occasionally a different spelling: the Spanish fútbol [ˈfutbol], Portuguese: futebol, Romanian: fotbal, Galician: fútbol, Catalan: futbol and the French, le football is often shortened to le foot. Similarly, the Russian word is futbol (Футбол) and the Turkish word is futbol.

                In some languages in which a local word is used for the game, the English word "football" is used for American football. This is the case in German, where association football is known as Fußball and the peak body for American football is known as the German Football League (in English).

                In other members of the Germanic family of languages, the word is usually translated: for example, German: Fussball, Dutch: voetbal, Norwegian: fotball, Swedish: fotboll, and Danish: fodbold.

                This also applies to Finnish (jalkapallo), Greek podosfero (ποδόσφαιρο), Arabic (kurat al qadam) and Hebrew kaduregel (כדורגל). In Polish both ways (futbol and piłka nożna) are used, as well as in Czech (fotbal or kopaná). The official name in Slovak is futbal (fucík in common language) and in Hungarian there are futball or labdarúgás (meaning ball-kicking), but foci is used in the common langaugage.

                In Italy, football is called calcio, from calciare meaning to kick. This is due to the game's resemblance to Calcio Fiorentino, a 17th century ceremonial Florentine court ritual, that has now been revived under the name il calcio storico (historical kick or kickball in costume).

                In Croatian and Slovene, the sport is called nogomet, a compound word based on the words of "foot" and "target".

                In Japan, because of American influence following World War II, use of the term sakkā (サッカー) is more common than that of the term futtobōru (フットボール), although the latter term would seem to be gaining popularity.

                In Korea, football is called chook gu (축구). Similarly, in Chinese, the term 足球 (Hanyu Pinyin: zúqiú, Cantonese: juk kau) is used. The term, a calque, literally means football (足=foot, 球=ball), and is always associated with association football. Rugby is known as ganlanqiu (橄榄球, olive ball). American football can be referred to as a type of zuqiu, but it is more commonly seen as a type of ganlanqiu.

                In Thai, the word football (ฟุตบอล) is used.

                In Vietnamese, the term "bóng đá" is used to denote "football". Its literal meaning is "kicking ball".

                Aside from the name of the game itself, other foreign words based on English football terms include versions in many languages of the word goal (often gol in Romance languages) and schútte (Basel) or tschuutte (Zürich), derived from the English shoot, meaning 'to play football' in German-speaking Switzerland. Also, words derived from kick has found their way into German (noun kicker) and Swedish (verb kicka). In France le penalty means a penalty kick, however the phrase tir au but is often used in the context of a penalty shootout

                In the first half of the 20th century, in Spanish and Portuguese were created new words to substitute "football", respectively balompié and ludopédio, but progressively these words could not replace the English one and were completely forgotten.

                From online source


                * Charles Wreford-Brown (9 October 1866 - 26 November 1951) is usually credited with inventing the word soccer as an abbreviation for association football.


                • Great research dude! Awesome! Can you say that Rugby has some Football influence?


                  • I would say American Football reminds me of Rugby


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