Football is an extremely popular sport in Europe, possibly even the most popular. In Europe, there are 17.3 million people who are registered to play football and the sport gets 548.1 million views. In Europe, people grow up playing football in their back garden and most schools and universities in Europe have hugely popular football teams. It is a popular activity for parents to enroll their children to learn a new skill whilst also staying fit. Football games are played with a 68cm spherical ball, it is played by 2 teams of eleven and the game has two forty-five-minute halves with a 15-minute break in between.
The aim of the game is to kick the ball into the opposing teams net to score a point, whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins. The team is split in different positions for the players, the goalkeeper is the only player who is allowed to touch the ball with their hands and it’s their job to protect the net so no points are scored. The defenders assist the goalie by blocking any opposing team players from getting close enough to the net to try and score a goal. The midfielders play in the middle of the field and they have to do both, assist the defenders, and also help set up goals for their own team to score. The strikers play at the opposite end of the pitch and they tend to be the goal scorers.
France has always been hugely successful in football as a country, their national team is controlled by the French Football Federation and their kit is blue, white, and red. The French football teams all compete against each other in the French league. Their competitions are Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, in Ligue 1 the best 20 teams in France all compete for a trophy, and in Ligue 2 the next 20 best teams who qualify compete here. Most of the major cities in France have their own football team as well as some smaller villages and towns, some of the highest-ranked football teams in France include Paris Saint-German, Toulouse FC, and the Olympique Lyonnais. France has a long history of excelling in football due to some of the great players they’ve trained, Jean-Pierre Papin even made it onto the Ballon d’Or winners list back in 1991.
The UK has many internationally famous teams throughout the country who are adored by fans worldwide, Liverpool FC is the most successful English football club as they have 100 million fans worldwide and the club is valued at £1.7 billion. Their most competitive league is the Premier League, this league has 20 teams all competing for the title and has become the most-watched sport in the world with the matches being broadcast in 212 places to 4.7 billion people. The UK is home to many of the world’s most popular football players across the various teams including Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Steven Gerrard. They also are home to some of the current star players including Mo Salah.
In Spain, people love football as it is the most registered sport to play, with over a million people being registered to play. Not only do people love playing they also love watching it with almost 80% of people saying they had bought a ticket to watch a football match. Their league is called the La Liga which also has 20 teams competing for the title. Their most popular team is Barcelona with 57.8 million fans, other teams that are widely loved include Real Madrid and Sevilla FC.
In Germany, 1.17 million people watch football every year making it a massively successful sport. Their most prestigious football league in the Bundesliga which again has 20 teams competing for the title. FC Bayern Munich has taken the title of the best football club in Germany as they have won the Champions League 5 times for Germany. They are currently ranked as the 4th best team in all of Europe. Other German football teams that are popular include Dresdner FC and Borussia Dortmund.