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France celebrate winning the Euro Champs in 2000
Goals, winning, trophies - football's great isn't it?
And so the big happy family of football went forth and multiplied across the globe.

Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland were soon waving the football flag and international competitions became all the rage.

Fifa launched the Olympic Football title in 1924 and the World Cup in 1930 - although the women had to wait until 1991 for their first ever World Cup.

The European Championships didn't get going until 1960.

And it wasn't for another 20 years that the four teams originally involved in the finals were increased to 8, and then 16 in 1996.

So it's been 100 years since the formation of The FA and over two thousand years since the Chinese army were booting balls between two sticks.

Football's hardly changed - apart from the numbers who now play it. The latest count is over 250 million.

I wonder how it will look in a thousand years? Do you think the Chinese army will lend us that time machine?




Football's journey
Barmy army
Crazy Romans
Rotten Royals
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EURO CHAMPS HALL OF FAME
2004: Greece
2000: France
1996: Germany
1992: Denmark
1988: Netherlands
1994: France
1980: Germany
1976: Czech'kia
1972: Germany
1968: Italy
1964: Spain
1960: USSR


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