Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world. Why is that so? Simple rules, goal celebrations and the lack of gear that is needed to play are some of the reasons. The culture of football is easy to understand and as such it has an enormous influence on the whole society. The best way to fully comprehend the impact and outreach of football on everyday life is by walking through the history of one of the greatest football clubs ever – the famous Liverpool FC from England. Chances are that you’ve heard at least something regarding the club, but here are 6 lesser-known facts about Liverpool FC you’re probably not familiar with.
1) First League Game – Maybe it was written in stars and meant to be that Liverpool becomes the synonym for football as they started their journey with victory. Namely, it was the 2nd of September 1893, when Liverpool Played the first league game in its history against Middlesbrough Ironopolis and won 2-0.
2) 2nd Most Successful Club in English Football History – As far as major trophies are concerned, Manchester United is the most successful team in English football. However, Liverpool holds the second place with 41 titles, only one less than Manchester. If we look at just European trophies, then Liverpool outdone Manchester with 8 titles compared to Manchester’s 5 cups.
3) The Youngest and Oldest Liverpool Players – It is always interesting to find out how old were the youngest and the oldest players of a famous sports club. In Liverpool, the youngest player to ever play a game for the Reds is Jack Robinson, who was 16 years and 250 days old when he set the record. It happened on the 9th of May 2010 in the match against Hull City. The oldest one was Ted Doig, with 41 years and 165 days, on the 11th of March 1908 in the match against Newcastle.
4) The Greatest Liverpool No. 7 – Even though Luis Suarez is both famous for his biting history as well as his football skills, it goes without saying that he is an outstanding goal-getter. Presently, he leads the list of the top Liverpool No. 7 players of all time by 43%, leaving behind names like Kevin Keegan, Steve McManaman, Ian Callaghan and Kenny Dalglish.
5) You’ll Never Walk Alone – Have you heard the breathtaking singing of the anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone by the loyal Liverpool fans, also known as Kopites? This tradition was adopted in the early 1960s and the name of the fans is derived from the word Kop which refers to the number of terraces and stands at sports stadiums mainly in the UK. Besides showing passion for Liverpool, Kopites are known for visiting online casino sites with sport betting where they also support the Reds.
6) Painting the Anfield’s New Main Stand – Among several super cool fun facts about the new construction of Liverpool Main Stand, one is slightly more interesting than the others. The amount of paint used for the Anfield’s Main Stand, opened in 2016, would fill three Olympic-sized swimming pools.
As the world’s eighth most valuable football club in 2017, valued at $1.492 billion, one might think that Liverpool FC appreciates profit and making money more than they care for football and their fans. The thought couldn’t be further from the truth, not only because the power and magic of Liverpool FC doesn’t lie in their financial stability. It doesn’t even lie in their mighty history. The true soul of Liverpool FC lies in the hearts of their loyal fans and that is not for sale.