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English Football Introduction for Foreigners

Updated on September 15, 2013

England is a popular holiday destination for millions of visitors every year, especially the capital of London. There are many lists of suggested things to do which involve sightseeing and local attractions. If you really want to understand English culture though, the best way to do it is by seeing a live English football match.

History of English Football

England is the hub of football. Although it is a game played worldwide, it was first invented in England around the 13th century.

Some notable facts include…

  • The oldest football clubs in the world are in England
  • The oldest football competition was first played in England
  • England was the home of the first football league in 1888
  • In 1314, King Edward the second banned the game of football
  • The first record of football boots dates from 1526, when King Henry the 8th ordered a pair.

In-depth Reading on English Football History

George Best
George Best | Source

Famous English Football Players

  • George Best – Considered one of the best however, his reputation was tarred by alcoholism.
  • Bobby Charlton – Well known for being part of the winning team in the 1966 world championships
  • Kenny Dalgish – Eventually went on to become a renowned football manager
  • Paul Gascoigne – Propelled to fame during the 1990 world cup
  • Geoff Hurst – Now known as sir because the queen knighted him
  • Gary Lineker – Known as the nice man of football

Further Reading: England International Players

Layout of a Football Stadium

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Famous English Football Clubs

  • Manchester – both teams have reached the Premier league
  • Newcastle United – Well known for their black and white stripes
  • Tottenham Hotspur – The home stadium is on white hart lane in London
  • West Ham United – Another Football club based in London

Famous English football Quotes

I like English football, always have. It's just that people go on about the World Cup in 1986 and then I'm seen as the real bad boy.

Diego Maradona

The level of football in England is the top. English football is the leader in the world.


English football is in a bad way because the foreign players here are so good, so dominant.

Kevin Keegan

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.

Bill Shankly

Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence.

Bobby Charlton

Season Tickets

There are a few advantages to buying season tickets because many teams offer certain deals and discounted prices.

It is possible to receive up to 25% discount on the price so if you are a family, there is the chance to save a lot of money, especially if you are purchasing English Premier League tickets.

Season tickets also often offer better seating as well as newsletters delivered to your email so you can keep up to date with the team’s news and gossip.

Tip – Prices for tickets increase as time gets closer towards the day of the game so purchase early to save money.


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