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England win Bronze at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

Football clubs, nations and matches that changed the world

The word community is one of these words that people seem to like. You hear it talked about a lot in football – a good community football club; this club is at the heart of the community; the international football community has to sort out this or that problem.

You will have different reasons for why you think a club might be great. Ajax Amsterdam is known for creating a great youth system and Barcelona as a wealthy community owned club, but they are very different.

Ranking football clubs, nations, places and stadiums is not a science. FIFA rankings from 27 March 2015 indicate the top nation for both men and women is Germany. Real Madrid are regularly cited as one of the world’s top clubs in terms of financial power and trophies.

Football Facts:

• MYSA has been shortlisted for two Nobel peace prizes but has had some problems recently.

• Ajax Amsterdam produced more youth players playing in the top leagues than any other team.

• Women’s football is the fastest growing game in the world.

• El Classico is the derby match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

• The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the first time the tournament had been hosted in Africa.

Stadiums are also part of the infrastructure of footballing cities, but what else needs to be put in place to build a great club or footballing nation? How many times do you hear Brazil or Germany referred to as a great footballing nation?

Who will the great footballing nations of the future be – USA? China?

It is impossible to cover every great club and rivalry. Nonetheless, during this week we will look at football wealth, rivalry, community, and matches that made a difference to people’s lives.

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This article is from the free online course:

Football: More than a Game

The University of Edinburgh

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