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Football History

A trip through time looking at football's spread across the world and some of its defining moments.

Feature articles in this category:

El Barca Begins With Arthur Witty - Ben Lyttleton, September 2004

Barcelona's official founder is a Swiss man named Joan Gamper but before he came along there was Englishman Arthur Witty, who was the club's first captain and invented the famous maroon-and-blue kit. Ben Lyttleton looks at his influence.

The Slow Spread Of Football In Germany - Ben Lyttleton, May 2004

Football only emerged as a major sport in Germany in the aftermath of World War I because a traditional form of gymnastics was the favoured pursuit at the turn of the 20th century. Ben Lyttleton explains why that changed after the war.

Ajax 5 Liverpool 1, 1966 - Ben Lyttleton, May 2004

Ajax's surprise 5-1 win over Liverpool in 1966 not only paved the way for the greatest era in Dutch football history but it also marked a progressive social revolution in Holland's history embodied by a young Johan Cruyff. Ben Lyttleton reports.

Willy Garbutt, The Italian trailblazer - Dan Brennan, April 2004

When Genoa appointed inexperienced Englishman Willy Garbutt as coach in 1912, they could not have predicted the success he would bring to the club. Dan Brennan explains how Garbutt influenced Italian coaching for 40 years and why he is still a hero in Genoa.

Bringing the Game to Brazil - Ben Lyttleton, April 2004

After ten years spent studying in England, Charles Miller returned to the country of his birth Brazil and was amazed that no-one knew how to play football. He educated the nation and his legacy still lives on, explains Ben Lyttleton

The Origins Of Dinamo Moscow - Ben Lyttleton, March 2004

An English textile boss who was a Blackburn Rovers fan introduced football to workers in Moscow in 1887 and then his cunning brother gained official permission from the local governor for the game to be played.

Football In Australia - David Goldblatt, March 2004

Australians developed their own version of football four years before the English FA had established a set of rules in 1863. The game started spreading beyond Melbourne in the 1880s but really took off after World War II. David Goldblatt reports.

The Name Game In South America - Luke Gosset, March 2004

Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool are not just teams in England's Premiership - clubs of the same name also play in South America. Luke Gosset explains why British sides provided the inspiration for many sides in another continent.

Spreading Football Via The British Army - David Goldblatt, February 2004

After forming successful teams in the 1870s, the British Army took football on their postings throughout the world and introduced the game to the Far East and Africa. David Goldblatt analyses how the army and football became tools of resistance rather than colonial control.

Transatlantic Connections: Britain, America & Football - Ben Lyttleton, February 2004

Football was slow to become popular in the USA despite the efforts of British influence from as far back as the 17th century. But over time, and with the help of expatriates from Britain, the game took on baseball and basketball and found its own place in the nation's affections.

Sweden Takes The Best Of British - David Goldblatt, January 2004

Swedish football combined two varying but key elements of the British version when the game first came to her shores. David Goldblatt reports on the co-existence of amateurism and commercialism.

A History Of Women's Soccer - Tony Leighton, January 2002

Question - What do the Football Associations of, England, Holland and Germany have in common with China's Qing Dynasty (founded 1644)? Answer - All four governing bodies at some stage banned women's football.

Club Names Explained

Are you an Albion fan? Or perhaps it's United? This article looks at the extensions that clubs all over the world have adopted, what they mean and where they originated.

English Names Abroad

Some of the world's most famous clubs were founded with the help of British people living or working abroad in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In many cases the names of these clubs provide lasting clues as to their origins. Other clubs were named purely in honour of the English originals.

Football in the Workplace - By Rowan Simons
As China ClubFootball FC launches its new "Football in the Workplace" initiative in China, Chairman Rowan Simons explains that football has always been "The Worker's Game" and argues that it can build teamwork, inspire leadership and promote energy and spirit in the modern workplace!

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