Five Things You Didn’t Know About Soccer
1. The oldest soccer club was founded, obviously, in England. It was FC Sheffield, established in 1857 and still active at the amateur level in the 7th English soccer league. Furthermore, FC Sheffield has never surpassed their amateur level, evolving over time only within the inferior echelons of English soccer.
2. Having no other clubs to compete with the games took place between the players of the same team and the criteria for creating the teams were pretty simple: married vs. unmarried or employed vs. unemployed. But, in 1862, in Sheffield were already 15 soccer clubs.
3. The oldest derby of the planet took place in the 7th English league between the old FC Sheffield and FC Hallam. This game is debated each and every year, for already 150 years.
4. The oldest stadium in the world is Sandygate Road, inaugurated in 1804, with the purpose to host cricket games. It was modified with the appearance of the local soccer team, FC Hallam, and from 1860 till present, FC Hallam had all its games only on this stadium.
5. The first soccer tournament took place in Sheffield, Great Britain. Youdan Cup was it’s name, under the name the sponsor of the competition. Thomas Youdan was the director of a local theater, attrackted 12 teams (FC Hallam, FC Heeley, Wellington, Milton, Garrick, Mackenzie, Broomhall, Pitsmoor, Fir Vale, Mechanics, Norton and Norfolk). The final from 5th of March 1867 took place between FC Hallam and Norfolk, the first ones adjudging the cup, with the value of 2.000 pounds. FC Hallam is still keeping in the display the historical trophy, after it was stolen and recovered from in 1997 from an antiques collector, in exchange for 2.000 pounds.