Modern football is nothing like the beautiful game played half decade ago. Still, nowadays we’ve got more than 3.5 billion football fans on the planet. In fact, football (or Soccer, as the American friends like to call it) is the most played and the most played sport on earth. It is safe to say that its immense popularity across the world positions football in a different category from any other sport.

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But what makes it so special, why do some many people love football, despite others believing it to be a ‘low scoring game that lasts too long and is played by athletes with no strength’.

1. It has very simple rules

The rules are intuitive, thus easy to learn and understand. Other than the offside rule which can be hard to grasp for some women, there’s nothing remotely complicated about football: You have to put the ball in the net more times than your adversary without using your hands, hurting your opponents or leaving the pitch. There are two halves of 45 minutes and who scores more wins, that’s about it!

2. Anyone can play it

If you’ve read the previous paragraph you should be good to go. There’s nothing else you really need to play football as there’s no equipment required, other than a ball and goal posts. You can play barefoot and have your goalposts be a couple of bottles, backpacks or just consider the goal to be the cavity underneath a public bench. You can be tall or short, skinny or fat, boy or girl, it doesn’t matter…

3. It is ‘the beautiful game’ after all…

Football fans love the skills, the tricks and all those wonderful moments we all remember. On top of that, FIFA 18 was the best selling PlayStation game in 2017 – a simulator that allows fans to replicate all the goodies we see on TV and more.

Do you remember the age when the famous Pelé was doing all the modern tricks back in the day? Have a look; he did it 50 years ago!

 

 

4. You can put your money where your mouth is

As much as some might not want to admit it, the excitement amongst football fans is often maxed out with the help of sports betting. There’s nothing like a little wager to spike things up during a game…

In most football matches we’ve got a favourite and an underdog, with the exceptions being very tight encounters, but when there’s a heavy favourite, the odds for it to win should be between 1.20 and 1.50. Surely wagering £10 on that outcome can’t be satisfying, knowing it would only return a maximum profit of 5 pounds if it wins, so bookies invented custom handicaps for fotball and many other types of bets on top of the classic moneyline 1X2 betting line; Find more on football betting browsing this recommended online betting guide.

5. The passion

There are so many rivalries in football that we’d need a few years to talk about all of them. In fact, it would be difficult to know where to start… El Clasico: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, Derby della Madonnina: AC Milan vs. FC Internazionale, or perhaps the The North West Derby from Premier League: Manchester United vs. Liverpool?

Then again, we’ve got the World Cup, a competition that unites 32 nations every four years. And there’s nothing in the world of sports as the World Cup: The BBC estimated that around one billion people from all around the world tuned in on the 13th of July 2014 for the World Cup Final held in Rio de Janeiro.

At the end of the day sports remind us that we’re all humans, brothers and we can be together and have fun regardless of the race, colour or language barriers; And there’s no sport that did prove that in the way our good old European football did.

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