FOOTBALL WORLD CUP SEMI FINAL 2

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Association Football
, soccer, footer, Fußball, kickballatgoal - call it what you will, it appears that this sport is here to stay. Invented in China but first popularised in the United Kingdom, soccer is now played in over 23 countries worldwide!!

For most of the 19th Century, soccer was mostly played in public schools, but each school had their own set of rules, which led to a tragic incident in the Eton-Winchester schools match in March 1861. The first 17 minutes had passed off quite peacefully, but an argument over the correct way to take a throw-in led to a mass brawl, which sadly resulted in the death of Harrow's young captain Rupert Roland-Roger, 39 hospitalisations and 77 arrests. The following year, the Cambridge rules were launched and these were replaced by the more widely-used FA rules in 1870. Football had finally been codified.

The FA Cup started in 1870 and the first international match (between England and Scotland) took place in the same year. The first league was created in 1887, which was to become known as the 'football league'.

I guess most of you probably know how this sport is played so I won't go in to too much detail about that.

 
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Rugby League is the last semi-finalist. Both forms of rugby are terrible, and both are sports for splitters who sulk when they don't get their own way. Rugby initially split from association football when they didn't make the laws violent enough and then they split from each other over payments to players. Weird. Anyway, as an act of class warfare, I am glad Rugby League beat Union but they are both pathetic sports for idiots. A bit of history copied from wikipedia because I can't be bothered to do a write-up:

Rugby league, commonly known in most of the world as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century.[3] One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.

Rugby league is a popular sport around the world, played by male and female players of all ages. In 2014 there were more than 6 million people playing worldwide, of whom 2.36 million were registered players. World Rugby, previously called the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) and the International Rugby Board (IRB), has been the governing body for rugby league since 1886, and currently has 101 countries as full members and 18 associate members.

In 1845, the first football laws were written by Rugby School pupils; other significant events in the early development of rugby include the Blackheath Club's decision to leave the Football Association in 1863 and the split between rugby union and rugby league in 1895. Historically an amateur sport, in 1995 restrictions on payments to players were removed, making the game openly professional at the highest level for the first time.[4]

Rugby league spread from the Home Nations of Great Britain and Ireland, and was absorbed by many of the countries associated with the British Empire. Early exponents of the sport included Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and France. Countries that have adopted rugby league as their de facto national sport include Fiji, Georgia, Madagascar,[5] New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Wales.

International matches have taken place since 1871, when the first game took place between Scotland and England at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh. The Rugby World Cup, first held in 1987, takes place every four years. The Six Nations Championship in Europe and The Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere are other major international competitions, held annually.

National club or provincial competitions include the Premiership in England, the Top 14 in France, the Mitre 10 Cup in New Zealand, the National Rugby Championship in Australia, and the Currie Cup in South Africa. Other transnational club competitions include the Pro14 in Europe and South Africa, the European Rugby Champions Cup solely in Europe, and Super Rugby, in the Southern Hemisphere and Japan.

 
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