Five myths of football history: What’s true, what’s fiction?

The ball is round. A game lasts 90 minutes. Whoever scores more goals wins. And in the end it’s always the Germans. That’s logical, isn’t it?

No, not everything is always as clear as it is told. Because facts and fiction often mix in football history.

Numerous legends have been created, but a lot of knowledge about the early decades has also been lost. This is where it is important to shed light on the darkness. Here are five myths of football history.

For the FRUEF column at WEBDE, I have taken aim at five myths known in Germany. The article is in German, but can be translated via the respective browser settings.

Which myths are we talking about?

Number 1: Konrad Koch brought the game of association football to Germany: WRONG

Number 2: The first German rules book (“Jenaer Regeln”, 1896) state: “The pitch must be free of trees and bushes”: WRONG

Number 3: In 2020 we celebrated 50 years of women’s football in Germany: WRONG

Number 4: The “Schutzhand” is not an unfair handball: WRONG

Number 5: The yellow and red card was introduced at the 1970 World Cup: WRONG

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Another request: Please let me know which myths of football history exist in your country or on your continent. Do you know, for example, the “protective hand”, i.e. the reflexive protection of sensitive parts of the body with the hand? Feel free to write about it in the comments.