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Football, additionally called affiliation football or soccer, game in which two groups of 11 players, utilizing any piece of their bodies with the exception of their hands and arms, attempt to move the ball into the rival group’s objective. Just the goalkeeper is allowed to deal with the ball and may do so just inside the punishment territory encompassing the objective. The group that scores more objectives wins.

Ballack, Michael

Ballack, Michael

Chelsea’s Michael Ballack (right) endeavoring a bike kick during a Premier League football coordinate against Hull City, August 15, 2009.

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Football is the world’s most well known ball game in quantities of members and observers. Basic in its chief principles and fundamental hardware, the game can be played anyplace, from legitimate football playing fields (pitches) to recreation centers, boulevards, school play areas, stops, or sea shores. Football’s administering body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), assessed that at the turn of the 21st century there were around 250 million football players and over 1.3 billion individuals “intrigued” in football; in 2010 a consolidated TV crowd of in excess of 26 billion watched football’s head competition, the quadrennial month-long World Cup finals.

Torres, Carlos Alberto

Torres, Carlos Alberto

Skipper Carlos Alberto Torres holding the Jules Rimet trophy overhead after Brazil’s triumph at the 1970 World Cup.

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