10 Crazy Things You Never Knew About Soccer

Association football, often called soccer in some parts of the world, is one of the most popular sports in the world. People all across the globe regularly play and watch football and it has grown to not only be a huge source of entertainment but also one of the biggest businesses on the planet. This is largely down to its simplicity, with two teams of eleven players attempting to kick the ball into the net to score a goal, meaning that it can effectively be played with just a ball. Here is a selection of bizarre facts and crazy stats that you never knew about the beautiful game.

A Player Was Sent Off After Just Two Seconds

Any player who is shown the red card by a referee must leave the field of play. They are generally rare occurrences and normally happen for serious foul play or violence. However, one footballer was sent off after just two seconds in 2000. As the referee blew his whistle to signal the start of the game, Lee Todd exclaimed, “F**k me, that was loud,” prompting the referee to show a red card for using foul language.

Christmas Truce Saw Soldiers Play Soccer

Despite the fact that World War I was a brutal conflict, many soldiers along the Western Front entered into an unofficial truce at Christmas 1914. They exchanged gifts and supplies, sang hymns and Christmas songs and allowed each other to send messages and collect dead comrades. Most bizarre of all though were the sporadic games of soccer that broke out between German and British soldiers in between the trenches.