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Football is from China

Football is not just round. It also comes from China!


This may sound like a funny story, China is not even qualified for this year's World Cup in Germany. Or as a provocation against England, which this week is delighted to have moved on from the group play. Why wasn't football created when some gentlemen met in London one October day in 1863, then, as Norwegian supporters and media take for granted?

No, not according to the new official teaching of the International Football Ban (FIFA). After several years of investigation, President Joseph S. Blatter, at FIFA's 100 annual celebration in Beijing, declared it 15. July 2004, that the football sport originated from the city of Linzi, in Shandong Province on China's northeast coast.

«Thank you China, the sport of football. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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