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Where Was Soccer Invented?

Just about every country plays it with over 250 million players worldwide. Nielson’s World Football Report learned that more than four out of 10 people around the world consider themselves soccer fans. Events such as the FIFA World Cup regularly draw billions of fans in viewership. But where was soccer invented? While modern soccer — commonly…

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European Championship 2000 Tournament Ball Terrestra

The Adidas Equipment Terrestra Silverstream The title and design of this particularly futuristic looking ball were dedicated to the rivers of the host countries, (Belgium and Holland) to which they owe their prosperity via trading routes and transportation of goods. The locals nicknamed these waterways “silver streams” due to the way their surfaces sparkle brightly…

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European Championship 1996 Tournament Match ball

The European Championship had long been considered a second-class football (soccer) tournament in the eyes of fans, before its rebirth in 1996. Originally conceived as a mini world cup for Europe, it was the subject of chronic format change and indifference.  However, intelligent marketing and a surge in interest caused the 1996 championship, in England,…

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1972 Official Ball of the European Championships – Telstar

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon Featured new polyurethane coating and Durlast technology which increased the water resistance of the leather ball. The Telstar Durlast with graphics was not used in the 1970 World Cup matches in Mexico. It was used in the 1972 European Championships.