The Wonderful Game

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Alex Henthorn

Soccer is one of the oldest sports in the history of the planet. The game has been around before basketball, baseball, and hockey. It originate in Chine during the early second or first century B.C.. However, they did not play it the way we know it. They played a game called Tsu Chu which means to kick a ball of leather with the foot (Liss). Humanity is motivated by money and god. Money is not uncommon in soccer. Soccer is like a childhood desire to make dreams come true no matter what the cost. Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and is the one sport that rules it. To understand soccer you must also know it’s history. As said above it was started by the Chinese. It was also played by the romans. They called it harpastum. (Liss) The natives of the Tower of Babel also played soccer. “Between fact and imagination when past ages are the study there is indeed but a narrow margin. It is just as likely that some form of football was indulged in by the natives of the Tower of Babel in their dimer hours, as the employes of some Glasgow factory spent their precious interval between a hurried meal and the sound of the steam hotter that recalls them to their work, in side games between the engine-house and the iron gates.” It is a mystery as just how they played the game, but the fact remains that they played some version of it (Glanville). Maori in New Zealand played a game called Ki-o-rahi with teams of seven players playing on a circular field divided into zones and scored points by touching the boundry markers and hitting a central target. A Japanese version was played during the Asuka period and was called Kemari. It was played within a Japanese imperial court in Kyoto in about 600 A.D.. Several people stand in a circle kicking the ball to each other trying not to let the ball touch the ground. It died out sometime before the mid-19th century, but is back since 1903 and is played in many festival. In 1586 men from a ship commanded

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