Questions tagged [football]

Questions about the sport of football, also known as soccer, futbol, association football, etc. Not to be confused with "American football" which is contained under the [american-football] tag.

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Which French player was offside?

In last night's France v Germany encounter, France toward the end of the match, had a goal disallowed for offside. Pogba played the ball to Mbappe, who was doubtfully offside. However Benzema, who was ...
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Taking the knee in UEFA EURO 2020 and rules of football

First of all, I kindly ask everybody to leave this out of the politic motivation and center just in sports. This issue is complicated and very personal but my question is just about how the rules of ...
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How can a completed match become a walkover?

During yesterday 2018 World Cup's match between Panama and Tunisia, a Polish-speaking sport commentator said that one of these countries (didn't hear exactly which one) had a football match with Cape ...
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Football coaches who have won multiple FIFA World Cups

Has there been any coach(manager) that has won the world cup more than once? If so, please provide the manager's name, winning years and team(s) managed.
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Can a player be part of a team's backroom staff during a tournament?

In England, as part of the build-up to the Euro 2020 (2021) tournament, there has been much discussion between fans about the inclusion of both Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire - who have either ...
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Players with 300 or more goals for a single team in top flight domestic league (European clubs)

When Messi passed 300 goals for Barcelona, I asked this question, but couldn't find an answer anywhere. Who has scored more goals than Messi for a single club? Edit: I was specifically asking for the ...
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Players with 400 or more goals for a single team in all competitions (European clubs)

Having already started a discussion for the players that has 300 or more goals in top flight domestic league for an European club let's distinguish a question for players with more than 400 goals in ...
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Fouls by the goalkeeper when in possession of the ball

Is the ball considered to be in play or out of play when the goalkeeper has possession? What should be the restart if the goalkeeper commits a foul/misconduct when he has the ball in his hands?
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How many goalkeepers scored goals in the old First Division?

As of May 2021, six goalkeepers have scored goals in the English Premier League: Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard, Asmir Begovic, and Alisson. Is there a record of how many ...
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Can VAR still intervene for a penalty call review even if the possession has changed many times?

Here's a scenario. The home team player has been fouled inside his/her opponents’ penalty area and the referee says play on. Then: Home team loses the ball and away team starts a counter attack. ...
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In La Liga or the Premier League, can you contest a yellow card after the game and take it off?

As the title suggest, anyone know if a yellow card can be contested in either La Liga or the English Premier League and taken off ? If they can, are there limits as to how many can be contested?
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Players with 400 or more goals in all club competitions (European clubs)

Who are the players that has more than 400 goals in all club competitions, combined for all the teams that they have played. Excluding friendly matches and counting only domestic cups, the domestic ...
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Which soccer/association football statistic gives the most comprehensive assessment of a player in his or her position?

There are defenders, midfielders, forwards and goalkeepers. If I want to compare non-keeper player to player, which statistic is the best? In reply to answers below, if the synergy is important, is ...
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What does Offside means in soccer? [duplicate]

I am a long time baseball fan and now I am learning about soccer/football. When I am watching soccer on TV and there is a soccer player that has the ball running away from a defender. If the player ...
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Did the winners of the “golden ball dream team” received a real physical golden ball award made of gold?

France Football this year gave an award called "the golden ball dream team" to the best players in each position of all time in soccer. This is different to what they do each year, where ...
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Does a football player receive gold medal for UEFA Super cup win, and is he considered to be a winner, if not part of the match squad?

Does Cristiano Ronaldo receive gold medal for UEFA Super cup 2016 and is he considered to be a winner, if not part of the match squad?
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Yellow card or direct red card for an offense that happened 10 minutes ago?

Can a football referee show a yellow card or a direct red card for an offense happened ten minutes ago, simply because they realise that they gave an incorrect decision for not showing the card for ...
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How many Africans have won the UEFA Champions League?

If we define an African as somebody born in Africa and playing for an African national team, how many such players have won the UEFA Champions League? We can include Madagascar in this.
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Footballers with most free kicks scored

Who are the footballers with most free kicks scored? We all remember Juninho Pernambucano, but who else?
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If a goalkeeper is substituted during kicks from the penalty mark, can they later be substituted on again?

Suppose, for whatever reason, a goalkeeper is substituted off during kicks from the penalty mark. Can they later be returned to the field by substituting back on?
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What is the purpose of England national football C team?

I read a football magazine a few years ago and there was an article about England national football C team. According to Wikipedia, this team represents England at non-league level. As far as I know, ...
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How was the 1954 FIFA World Cup quarter-final draw determined?

At the 1954 FIFA World Cup, the top two teams from each group advanced to the quarter-finals. Strangely enough, all four group winners ended up in the same bracket, and the runner-up teams faced each ...
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How often have goalkeepers gotten assists in the Premier League?

In last week's Premier League action, Ederson, the goalkeeper for Manchester City, actually got an assist for İlkay Gündoğan's goal against Spurs at the Etihad. That made me wonder how rare such an ...
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How to keep an eye on the offside and the ball going out of play

I’m a relatively new assistant referee. How do I keep an eye on both the offside line and whether the ball has gone out of play?
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Why was Messi not on the UEFA shortlist for best player?

That is Messi's season. Astonishing. What a freak of nature. La Liga Copa del Rey Spanish Supercup Onze D'or Most goals Most assists Most key passes Most chances created Most dribbles Most MOTMs in ...
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What is this skill move performed by Neymar called?

In the following video, Neymar does a double step-over from a dead stop by adding a touch, finishing with a body feint. What is this skill move called?
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Most braces in one season in Premier League

What is the record of most braces in the Premier League season and who holds it? Braces - two (or more) goals in a match (if I'm correct)
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Is it true that the same player scored four goals in the match between Liverpool and Chester City in 1968 which ended 2-2?

I found a book about trivia and there is the following passage (in Indonesian): Did you know that in a match between Liverpool and Chester City in 1968, which ended with a score of 2-2, there was ...
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Who were the best pre-WW2 footballers in the world? [closed]

Alfredo Di Stefano There are plenty of footballers that have been considered the greatest player in the world during their career, but they all appear to be post-WW2, such as Alfredo Di Stefano. ...
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How many goals did Cristiano Ronaldo score prior to the year 2020?

How many goals did Cristiano Ronaldo score prior to the year 2020?
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What happens in the UEFA Europa League when a 2-legged match is tied?

In the 2020-2021 Europa League knockout stages, Arsenal beat Olympiacos 3-1 in Greece, then lost the return leg in England 0-1. If instead they had lost the return leg 0-2, making the aggregate score ...
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What is Lionel Messi's, Cristiano Ronaldo's and Diego Maradona's goals per game ratio against european cup/champions league winners?

GOAT debate According to the GOAT debate Pele was unproven against European clubs, yet in the Intercontinental cup Pele scored two goals in the 1962 Intercontinental Cup first leg at home to European ...
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How/Should a referee signal the ball is out of play if there are no AR or CL?

When a referee does not have (neutral) assistants, how should they signal that the ball is out of play? Normally an assistant referee would do so by pointing the flag in the direction of attack for ...
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How many assists did Pele make for Brazil?

Someone asked "how many assists did Maradona make for his national team" (Argentina)? and the answer was "National team assists (including u-20 assists) 33+22 = 55.". Therefore, as ...
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How can I correct my juggling?

While practicing juggling I discovered two things: I am currently horrible at juggling The ball seems to have a backspin when I hit it The two seem related. Let me explain: When juggling, the ball ...
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How many assists did Maradona make for his national team?

I've read many soccer statistics and I'm almost sure there is no current figure of how many assists Maradona made while playing for Argentina, but on the other hand, all Maradona's games are recorded ...
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Players with 300 or more goals in top flight domestic league (European clubs)

Who are the players that has more than 300 goals in top flight domestic league, combined for all the teams that they have played. Related questions: Players with 300 or more goals for a single team ...
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A UEFA Champions League/Europa League final between two teams who already played against one another in the group stage of either competition?

Has a UEFA Champions League/Europa League final took place between two teams who had already played against one another in the group stage of either competition?
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Are there suspensions or fines for exaggerating contact or flopping to draw fouls in football (soccer)? [duplicate]

In professional football (soccer) matches, players often exaggerate contact or flop to draw fouls. What actions (suspensions, fines) are soccer organizations, including FIFA or UEFA, doing to prevent ...
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Can a goalkeeper head a backpass then pick it up?

Let's say hypothetically that a player plays a lobbed pass back to the keeper (played with the player's foot), and the keeper manages to control the pass with his head. Is he allowed to pick up the ...
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Why is the referee treated so different in soccer and rugby

Recently, in Dutch amateur football, a linesmen died after being attacked by players. This terrible news was directly the reason for the Dutch football association, KNVB, to apply some rules with ...
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Ethics/commonality of sports teams scoring more points at end of a game they are clearly winning

In general, is it considered unsportsmanlike to continue scoring points at the end of a game that has clearly already been won? Or is it generally the standard that teams continue to score points as ...
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Is hiding the ball allowed in football?

Imagine all our football team except one player form a tight circle, with our hands on the shoulders of the people next to us. Inside the circle there is the eleventh person with the ball. The whole "...
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How to beat a defender 1v1 on the wing?

Imagine you are 1 v 1 with a defender, you accelerate to one side, and once both of you are at full pace you change direction. If the defender knows that I will change direction, but doesn't know when,...
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Which football team has spent the most money buying players over the last decade?

Which football club in the world has spent the most amount of money over the past 10 years?
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Does an off-pitch defender break offside? [duplicate]

Let’s say a defender is injured and leaves the pitch for treatment just outside his goal-line. If an attacker of the opposite side then receives the ball in a position which would previously be called ...
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Is neck pain a common side-effect when diving?

I've been getting a lot of tightness in my shoulders and neck after doing diving practice. I wonder if it's because of the impact when I hit the ground and my head shakes a bit. Are there any ways to ...
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Is a goal scored if the goalkeeper, but not the ball, enters the goal?

Is a goal scored if a goalkeeper holding the ball enters the goal, but keeps the ball out of the goal?
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Can the referee stop play for an injury or any other reason?

I know that traditionally if a player is injured someone will kick the ball out of bounds in order to stop play. My question is whether the referee has any discretion to stop play for an injury or ...
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Why do VAR take a while to decide errors if they are supposed to be “clear and obvious”?

A lot of times I'm watching a soccer game and a call goes to VAR. The VAR people review it for a while (and for an offsides it feels like they go down to the inch). This doesn't make sense because it ...

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