Arsenal Facts: 18 Things You Didn’t Know About the Gunners

We all know they won the title at White Hart Lane, that they went 49 league games unbeaten, that they were blessed with footballing royalty like Henry, Bergkamp and Adams, that they had a world-class manager in Arsene Wenger until their fans told him he wasn’t that anymore. But here’s 18 Arsenal stats, including Arsenal firsts and the history of Arsenal itself, that you might not previously have been aware of: Arsenal were the first southern club to join the Football League when they did so in 1893. (Wikipedia) Arsenal …

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What Does the Fourth Official Do in Football?

They rarely seem to do much during a match other than stand dressed all in black, hold a big electronic board, and look deadly serious at all times. So, in football, exactly what is the fourth official’s job? How powerful are they? And do we desperately need them in the game? You can draw your own conclusions to this as we explore the life of a fourth official in greater detail below: What’s a Fourth Official In Football? According to the guidelines provided by the Football Association (FA, the fourth …

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What Will Be the Most Popular Sport in the Future?

In the not-too-distant future, when families will presumably gather in their living rooms to watch holograms of sports stars jumped out at them through 3D glasses, what will they likely be watching? Which sports are growing in popularity the most at the moment? And which look on course to disappear into the shadows before long? Below, we’ll take a look at how the majority of the viewing public might consume their sport for decades to come: Which Sport Is Growing Fastest? Certainly, a contender for the fastest-growing sport in the …

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Is Everton a Big Club?

With the elongated 2019-20 season thudding along to a rather anticlimactic close, there is at least one consolation. No title race, a relegation battle petering out, a question of which of the Champions League contenders can drop the least points – but alas, the battle for the coveted Everton Cup is developing into a five-horse race that’s simply too close to call. Regular listeners of the Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast will be well-versed with this piece of gallows humour; at least for Evertonians, anyway. The Everton Cup is the title …

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Why is Tennis Scoring So Weird?

It’s easy in football. You just add one to the score every time your team finds the net. In rugby union you simply award five points for a try, three for a penalty or drop goal and two for a conversion kick. In cricket you need only count the number of runs scored and wickets lost by each time. All of which is pretty straightforward to get your head around. So, then, why is tennis scored 15, 30, 40? Why is it ‘love’ instead of ‘nil’? Why is it ‘deuce’ …

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Are Professional Footballers Allowed to… Smoke Weed? Drink Alcohol? Bet on Sport?

Back in the day, if a footballer had a night letting his hair down, nobody would bat an eyelid. Not so anymore. Just ask Wayne Rooney. The media storm that Rooney became embroiled in after being pictured the worse for wear allegedly gatecrashing a wedding party in 2016 rather epitomised the prism with which we view elite footballers nowadays. They are not just athletes, they are role models, paragons of virtue. Indeed, Ron Atkinson summed it up best when saying in the aftermath that the sport is “still very much …

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