History of Soccer

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History of Soccer The purpose of this speech is to inform my peers how soccer originated, how the world cup originated, and how soccer was born in Italy. Hello fellow students, my name is Marco Sanfilippo and today I will be speaking to you about the History of Soccer, How the world cup originated, and how soccer was born in Italy. Soccer has been the world’s most watched and played sport throughout many years. Soccer has shaped different cultures in the world, and has brought together many nations. People with completely different ethnic backgrounds come together as one, when playing this beautiful sport. Credibility for this research goes to: (www.historyofsoccer.info) (Winning at All Costs, A Scandalous History of Italian Soccer, a book by John Foot) and, (History of the World cup: 1930-2010. A book by Clemente A. Lisi) Soccer is one of the most popular sports throughout the world. According to (Geno Jezek,) who wrote (History of Soccer), in (2006). “Soccer has a vivid and interesting history in the world of sports. Early evidence of soccer being played as a sport finds occurrence in China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. In China, it was during the Han dynasty that people dribbled leather balls by kicking it into a small net. Recorded facts also support the fact that Romans and Greeks used to play ball for fun. Some facts point to Kyoto in Japan where kicking of a ball was a popular sport.” That being said, soccer has been around for almost three thousand years! Many historians believe that soccer originated in England, but still none of them are quite sure. According to (Gene Jezek), who wrote (History of Soccer), in (2006). “It is said that early growth of the modern soccer started in England. Some amusing facts even mention that the first ball used was the head of some Danish brigand (a thief, or gang member). It is said that during

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