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He soccer (of English football) is a sport in which two teams composed of eleven players face each other. Each team, which has ten players moving through the field and a goalkeeper (also known as goalkeeper or goalkeeper), will try to get the ball (ball) into the goalkeeper's goal (goal), respecting various rules .

This sport, which in Spain It is also called football and that in the U.S it is known as soccer , has as a more important rule that players, with the exception of the goalkeeper in their area, cannot touch the ball with their hands or arms.

Each time the ball enters the rival goal, a goal (an annotation). The winning team is the one that scores the most goals in the regulation time (two times of 45 minutes), although the draw (equal goals) is a possible result.

The playing field in football is rectangular and it is covered with grass, usually natural. The arches are on each side of the field, and each team must defend one and score (score goals ) in the other one.

The origin of football took place in England . The Football Association developed, in 1863 , most of the rules that, even today, govern this sport. At present, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (whose acronym is FIFA ) is the body responsible for governing football worldwide.

Precisely when referring to the history of world football it is important to highlight the name of a series of players who have become, by their values ​​and qualities, key figures in this sport. Thus, for example, we should talk about the Brazilian Pele who for many has been the best footballer in history.

The International Olympic Committee recognized this striker as the best athlete of the twentieth century. In the Saints of Brazil and in the Cosmos of the United States he developed his career that became the key figure of his team with which he won three World Cups and in which he still has been his top scorer with a total of 77 goals .

Nor can we ignore the figure of other players who have left an indelible mark on this sport such as the Argentine strikers Diego Armando Maradona and Alfredo Di Stéfano, the Dutch Johan Cruyff, the German Franz Beckenbauer, the Brazilian Ronaldo or the Italian Michel Platini.

At present, the one who is considered the best footballer of the moment and one of the greatest in history is the Argentine Lionel Messi. In the F.C. Barcelona currently militates this athlete who has among his awards such important awards worldwide as the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball and distinctions such as being the top scorer of the Champions League in a single season or having achieved the highest number of so many in a single match of the aforementioned Champions.

Every four years, the FIFA organize a World cup which brings together the best selected in the world, who qualify for the tournament after overcoming a qualifying stage.

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