Sports Facts

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Sheep Counting is an official sport in Australia.

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The BBC broadcast the first live televised football match in October 1946.

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The World Sauna Championships were an annual contest for endurance held in Finland, from 1999 to 2010.

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The Tour de France has "unwritten rules" to promote good sportsmanship.

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There's a 150-year-old oak tree at the center of a soccer field in Estonia.

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In 1970, El Salvador and Honduras went to war for only 100 hours. The war coincided with a FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

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Australia's National Soccer team is called "The Socceroos".

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Iran women's national soccer team fielded up to 8 men awaiting sex change operations in 2015.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created Sherlock Holmes, was a founder and the first goalkeeper of soccer club Portsmouth FC.

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Soccer player Pelé has his own day every year in Santos, Brazil. On November 19, Pelé day remembers the date of his 1,000th goal.

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Soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, most known as Pelé, was named after Thomas Edison.

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A refereeing decision in a soccer match between Argentina and Peru in 1964 led to a riot in which 300 fans were killed.

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