The Origins and Development of Soccer
Evidence of soccer being played as a sport is found in China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. During the Han dynasty people dribbled leather balls by kicking it into a small net. Romans and Greeks used to play ball for fun. This sport would later come into fruition as one of the widely-supported sports ever to grace the world.
Modern soccer as we know it today began in England during the 19th century. Major universities began to have the sport as their hallmark in 1815. Austria, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil adopted the sport thereafter. FIFA was established in the year 1904 which spread leagues around the world and gathered millions of fans.
The first national Women’s League was established very recently in 1995. And not until 2001 was the first professional women’s league established.
Top Three Soccer Players of History
1. Pelé, Brazil
Winning multiple World Cup , as a 17-year-old in 1958 and then 12 years later as part of one of the greatest teams: Brazil. He picked up another winner’s medal in 1962, but was left injured during the tournament. He was the all-time top scorer for Brazil, firing a total of 1,281 goals.
2. Lionel Messi, Argentina
Was apart of the greatest club team in history: Barcelona, that dominated Europe. Messi could change a game rapidly with amazing close control and at lightning speed. He as an Argentinian has answered doubts about his performance for his country but led them to World Cup glory.
3. Diego Maradona, Argentina
“Maradona played in an era when defenders were allowed to get away with brutalizing their more skilled opponents, and yet he was still majestic.” He was a hero for leading Italian club Napoli to their first and still only two Series A titles. His greatest achievement came when he inspired Argentina to World Cup success in 1986, scoring amazing goals in both quarterfinals and semifinals.