Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:14 UTC
Humor Sometimes, while browsing the net for news, I come accross things I just cannot not post. "Some enterprising Austrian Über-geeks [have created] a Telnet stream with, believe it or not, live ASCII footage of matches being played [at the World Cup Football]. Simply fire up a command prompt and type 'telnet ascii-wm.net 2006' and you'll find a live 'video' stream from 10 minutes before kick-off (or should that be boot-up?)." I also look forward to the Wimbledon version that resembles Pong.
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dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

In the rest of the world football == soccer.

In Denmark the word is "fodbold".

If we're talking about american football (aka perverted rugby), the word we use is "amerikansk football". Because your football isn't football.

According to Wikipedia soccer is known as football outside the US, and the US is only one nation of hundreds.

Besides that football did exist long before 1863. 1863 is the year of the official beginning. Football as a game have existed for several centuries (the same goes for hockey). Spelling and rules have changed through the years, and keeps changing, but the fact is that football as we know it (outside USA) is centuries old.

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siki_miki Member since:
2006-01-17

I can't agree that football is centuries old. Football (not the american one) stemmed from the sport similar to rugby (played with both feet and hands).
It was invented in England in second half of the 19th century and soon popularized in south america by some Englishmen. The sport soon evolved to foot-only.

Of course americans hijacked the word and declared their own rugby-ripoff a football (name probably inspired by the same predecessor of "euro"-football or by the fact that free kicks are shot with a foot)

Although it sounds a bit strange that so simple foot-based sport didn't exist earlier (hint: even ancient Romans had something similar, archeologists found sculptures of football-like balls from that time).

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Dooh...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football#Medi.C3.A6val_football

Earlist record of football match is from 1712. Football (played with foot) was banned in 1409 by Henry IV of England.

Before engaging in discussions, a bit of research are a good idea.

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