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What football club does Pope Francis support?

What football club does Pope Francis support? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
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What team does the new pontiff from Argentina follow - and why? 

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Has a referee ever taken charge of a football match while drunk?

Has a referee ever taken charge of a football match while drunk? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
Are there any examples of officials running a match while under the influence? It seems the answer is a definite yes.
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Where is the world's weirdest football ground?

Where is the world's weirdest football ground? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
What are the strangest locations that football grounds have been built?
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Did Henry VIII really own a pair of leather football shoes? And what position would he have played?

Did Henry VIII really own a pair of leather football shoes? And what position would he have played? | Football Facts | Scoop.it

According to historians a pair of leather football boots made by the famous shoe maker of the day Cornelius Johnson were listed in an inventory of the kings clothes when he died. 

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Where is Andy Linighan now?

Where is Andy Linighan now? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
Probably fixing someone's pipework! After playing 118 games for Arsenal between 1990 and 1997 Linighan moved on to Crystal Palace, QPR, Oxford United and finally St Albans City, where he ended his career in 2000, at the age of 38.
Linighan then set up a plumbing business, Linighan Plumbing Services in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. It has done very well, not least because of Linighan's tongue-in-cheek marketing. Apparently his van is emblazoned with the slogan: Andy Linighan - Average Footballer, Excellent Plumber.
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Who was the player who kicked an owl to death during a game in Colombia?

His name was Luis Moreno, a Panamanian who played for the Colombian side Deportivo Pereiro.

Moreno had to be escorted from the Metropolitano stadium in the city of Barranquilla amid chants of 'murdererr' after he had kicked the injured owl during a match in March 2011.

The owl, which was a good luck charm for the fans of the home team Junior Barranquilla, had been stunned after landing on the pitch and being hit by a ball.

When the referee stopped the game to clear the pitch, Moreno ran up to the stricken bird and casually booted it around three metres. The bird later died.

Moreno apologised later, but became an international villain when video footage of his kick went viral. Watch the video at socqer.com
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Does any one know of any weird superstitions used by football players or fans?

Does any one know of any weird superstitions used by football players or fans? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
Chelsea and England captain John Terry has a strange superstition involving his pre-match visit to the toilet. In January 2010 Terry confided to his club's official magazine that ever since a new dressing room had been built for the home team at Stamford Bridge he had been obsessed by using the same urinal. "When the dressing room was installed, for some reason I could only go there," he said. "And the foreign lads don’t really get why I’m waiting behind them when there’s plenty of spaces elsewhere!" Read more at socqer.com.
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Has a footballer ever won an Oscar?

Has a footballer ever won an Oscar? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
I know people always say 'oh, he deserved an Oscar for that' when a player dives, or pretends to have been injured or hit by something. But has a player ever actually won a proper Oscar?
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Which footballers have the worst fashion sense?

Which footballers have the worst fashion sense? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
Footballers aren't known for their sartorial taste. But who are the soccer stars guilty of the greatest crimes of fashion?
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Does anyone know of any famous footballers who played in a wig or toupee?

Does anyone know of any famous footballers who played in a wig or toupee? | Football Facts | Scoop.it

The best known one is Borislav 'Bobby' Mikhailov, the Bulgarian international goalkeeper, who played for Reading for a couple of seasons in the mid 1990s.

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Has anyone ever sold a football club on eBay?

Has anyone ever sold a football club on eBay? | Football Facts | Scoop.it

No, but English club Tranmere Rovers almost suffered that fate when they were rather embarrassingly placed for sale on the online auction site back in 2009.

Tranmere owner Peter Johnson was trying to sell his 60 per cent share in the club, who were then in League One, and had appointed an American company, Dornoch Capital, to handle the sale.

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What is the world's oldest football ground?

What is the world's oldest football ground? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
According to most reliable sources, including the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest football ground in the world is Sandygate Road in Crosspool, Sheffield. A football and cricket stadium, it is home to Hallam F.C. and Hallam Cricket Club.
Sandygate, as it is popularly known, opened in 1804. Hallam F.C, recognised as the world's second oldest football club. have been playing football there since 1860. The ground was the venue for what is recognised as the world's first 'inter-club football match' when Hallam took on Sheffield FC, the oldest football club in the world, on December 26th, 1860.
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Which was the first football club to adopt You'll Never Walk Alone as their anthem?

Which was the first football club to adopt You'll Never Walk Alone as their anthem? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
Liverpool fans were almost certainly the first to adopt the song, back in 1963.
A cover version of the popular song, from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, was recorded that year by the popular Merseybeat band Gerry & the Pacemakers spending four weeks at number one in the UK charts. According to former Anfield legend Tommy Smith, Marsden - a Liverpool fan - played a tape recording of the song before its release to manager Bill Shankly during a coach trip for the squad that Summer.
"Shanks was in awe of what he heard. Football writers from the local newspapers were travelling with our party and, thirsty for a story of any kind between games, filed copy back to their editors to the effect that we had adopted Gerry Marsden's forthcoming single as the club song," Smith said in his autobiography.
The song's place in the affections of the fans was cemented during the record's run at the top of the charts towards the end of that year. Read more at socqer.com
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Is it true that Mesut Ozil recites a prayer from the Qur'an before German international matches?

Is it true that Mesut Ozil recites a prayer from the Qur'an before German international matches? | Football Facts | Scoop.it
Yes, he does. A third-generation Turkish-German, Ozil is a Muslim and recites religious verses before all his matches. He says reading from the Qur'an helps him focus.
His fellow players always respect the custom, he says. In an interview with the leading Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel in July 2010, Ozil explained: "I always do that before I go out. I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period." Read more at socqer.com.
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