Football is a game a sport that is very popular around the world. Almost every country has its own football league. Football is not just a sports game, soccer is also something that creates a symbol, pride and identity for a city, country and its people.

Historically, the inspiration for the birth of football was in China during the Han Dynasty in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. At that time football was named T’su Chu. In the 19th century modern football was born in England. At that time, the English football association, or what is commonly called the FA, appeared and began to make rules about football. And in 1904, FIFA or the federation that houses football around the world was born.

England as a country that gave birth to modern football has certainly become a country with a large football influence. However, England actually has unique facts regarding football. Here are the facts of football in the UK.

World Cup

Although England is the pioneer of modern football in the world, England did not participate in the first three editions of the World Cup in Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1934 and France in 1938. After World War II, England only participated in the World Cup held in Brazil in 1999. 1950. England’s performance at the World Cup is not good enough or perhaps very bad. Of the 18 editions of the World Cup, England only won once in 1966 when England hosted it. Historical events about the World Cup also took place here. The incident was the theft of the World Cup trophy but was found by a dog named Pickles. Apart from that, Britain’s highest achievement is twice in fourth place, namely in 1990 in Italy and 2018 in Russia.The world competitions that are also being held are the European Cup / UEFA / Euro. The European Cup is hosted by UEFA. Just like the World Cup, the European Cup is also held every four years. England’s achievements in the European Cup are even worse than those at the World Cup. England never won a championship at all. The highest achievement was to be ranked third in 1968 held in Italy. In 1966 England hosted and only lasted until the semi-finals. England did not even qualify for six editions of the European Cup, namely in 1960 and 1984 in France, 1964 in Spain, 1972 in Belgium, 1976 in Yugoslavia, and 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

The professional division that first appeared in England was the English Football League or the English Football League in 1888. The English Football League was initiated by the director of Aston Villa, William McGregor. In 1892, the Football Alliance, which is a rival of the English Football League, joined and formed a new division, namely Division II. The English Football League lasted for 104 years until finally in 1992 the top clubs of the First Division Football League left and formed a new league called the FA Premier League. In the Premier League, clubs find it easier to find the benefits that can be obtained from broadcasting rights. Until now the Premier League is still standing.

Liverpool

There are two teams that dominate the English league from the days of the English Football League to the Premier League. These teams are Manchester United and Liverpool. Manchester United already has 20 English league titles while Liverpool have won 18 English league titles. Both of them are considered as rivals. However, Liverpool do have their own story as an English club. Since the Premier League era, there have been five teams that are considered to be big teams. The teams are Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. The unique fact is that only Liverpool are considered a big club but have never won the Premier League. This has become the subject of ridicule for Liverpool’s rivals. In 2020, Liverpool will be champions, but have been delayed because of the epidemic that has attacked the whole world. Even though, Liverpool is precisely the one who is able to make England proud in the European scene. The Champions League, the highest league for European clubs brought together, is Liverpool’s pride. Of the 8 English teams that won the Champions League, Liverpool contributed 6 trophies. Manchester United as their rival is only half of Liverpool.

Do not have a great goalkeeper for the national team

Mungkin salah satu alasan dari jarangnya Inggris menjuarai turnamen internasional adalah karena Inggris tidak memiliki kiper yang dianggap hebat. Padahal Inggris memiliki pemain-pemain hebat dan berbakat sehingga dianggap negara yang besar dalam sepak bola. Contoh dari nama-nama tersebut adalah David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane, Bobby Charlton, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, dan Frank Lampard. Di era Premier League, lima tim teratas selalu menggunakan kiper-kiper yang bukan murni dari Inggris. Banyaknya pemain asing di Premier League mungkin jadi alasan kiper-kiper Inggris tidak berkembang. Kiper Inggris terakhir yang bermain untuk klub besar adalah Joe Hart yang bermain untuk Manchester City. Pada tahun 2018 pun Joe Hart tersingkir dan Manchester City dikawal oleh kiper dengan kebangsaan bukan Inggris. Kiper terbaik yang pernah dimiliki Inggris adalah Gordon Banks yang pernah mengantarkan Inggris juara Piala Dunia pada tahun 1966. Kiper terhebat lainnya adalah David Seaman yang pernah bermain untuk Arsenal dan Peter Shilton. Keduanya tidak pernah memberikan gelar internasional untuk Inggris.