László Kubala is the only player to play for three countries (as recognised by FIFA). Born to parents of Czech origin in Budapest, Kubala, a Barcelona icon, played for Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Spain. Former Real Madrid striker Alfredo Di Stefano played for Argentina, Spain and Colombia, however, his Colombia caps won in the early 1950s came at a time when the country’s football association was not officially recognised by FIFA
In 2001, the game itself was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Swedish politician Lars Gustafsson cited the capacity for world football to bring normally hostile nations together as his justification (such as the United States and Iran playing each other in the 1998 World Cup), even though that year, a dozen fans were killed during a post-match stampede at a World Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and South Africa
The first club to win the European – South American Intercontinental Cup in 1960 was Real Madrid of Spain when they beat Peñarol of Uruguay over two legs. The competition ran until 2004, when it was replaced with FIFA’s Club World Cup.
The almighty Maracanã ground in Rio de Janeiro has a concrete moat around the pitch, built to keep fans from invading the pitch
The Soviet Union (USSR) won the first European Football Championships in 1960.
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