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Ancient Ball Games: The Mediterranean

Ancient Ball Games: The Mediterranean

Episkyros (Greece) Around 2000 BC, the Greeks played a ball game called episkyros. The game was played primarily by men and sometimes women. Regardless of their gender, the Greeks usually played nude. A marble relief from the National Museum of Archeolo...

World Cup 2006

XVIII World Cup Tournament Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup for the second time, since 1974. Seventeen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nation reopened its doors to the world. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter along with the tournament...

World Cup 1994

XV World Cup Tournament In 1994, the World Cup was held outside of Europe or South America for the first time in history. Hosting the World Cup was partially intended as a marketing move for the future birth of Major League Soccer. Qualification...

The Middle Ages: Calcio

Calcio is a ball game that originated around the 16th century in Florence, Italy. The game was initially known as "giuoco del Calcio fiorentino". The first official rules were published in 1580 AD by Giovanni Bardi. Calcio is played in teams of 27 using b...

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