you know that
soccer is not
What is "real" football? Soccer? American football,
Rules? Rugby? Canadian football? Gaelic football? Many
would beg to
differ on the answer to that question. Much would
depend on the city you come from and often which way your
In reality, the answer to the question is not so complex at all.
All you have to do is
to sum up the courage
pay a visit to the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire
Tuesday and any
you had about what football really is will be
The origins of football, and all the similar ball games mentioned
in the town of Ashbourne where every Shrove Tuesday for over a
thousand years locals - and anyone else who is crazy or drunk
the game of "ball".
I imagine everybody, including myself, thought that football got
its name because you used your foot to move the ball. Well, I'm
sorry to tell you that the great majority of people are wrong.
Football is called
simply because it was a game for common people who played "on
when they participated in a sport, did so on horseback. Logical,
as you see. Why would they call football "football"
simply because you used your foot? What a stupid idea!!!
Well, there is some logic behind this apparent
Initially, football was not played using only the feet (but was
more like rugby or Australian Rules). In the original game the
rules were that there were no rules!!!
There are two teams
(people born north of the river) and "Downards" (people
born south of the river). The number of players depends on how
but very often it is thousands against thousands.
The goals are three miles (5 km) apart and the idea of the game is
to touch the opposing goal three times. The game still played
today begins at two o'clock in the afternoon and finishes, if
neither team has managed to score the three "goals", at
ten o'clock in the evening. It's a
and any method can be used to gain victory.
it's probably a little more genteel, but in the past it was used
by rather violent people
settle old scores or simply
let loose their aggression in a more or less legal way.
The modern game of "English soccer" is similar but it is
played by the spectators (known as "hooligans") of a
football match and they do not use a ball!!!
If anyone has ever asked themselves where the word
"Derby" comes from when referring to a game between two
local teams, the answer to this question can also be found in the
original game of football.
On one occasion in the year 1880, the game became so violent
between the two sides that the police from the
city of Derby had to be called to stop what had finished up being
Obviously a local derby does not have to involve such extreme
violence but the idea that something more is
stake is still there.
Well, you learn something new
every day, don't you?
Think in English
type of rugby played in Australia
to beg to differ:
(no estar de acuerdo)
(here) to incline
courage: to find, to accumulate courage
pay a visit to:
to visit, to go to
41 days before the Sunday of Holy Week
(Martes de Carnaval)
to make free from confusion
can be found
(se pueden encontrar)
to compete aggressively
(de este modo)
the rich people
see: you must understand (como sabes)
to be involved: to be participating
the suffix "ards" is sometimes used to denominate types
of people who are part of a group: Lombards, Spaniards.
to turn up:
to come, to go, to attend
argument or fight in which anyone can participate and there are no
goes: no rules to limit you
today, at present
(hoy en día)
settle old scores:
to take revenge for old disputes
(vengarse de antiguas disputas)
to let loose:
riot: public disturbance (disturbio)
at stake: at risk (en riesgo, en peligro)