New Delhi: Football as a game took birth in France, its laws were formed in England, Uruguay was the host of the first world cup and its headquarters are now in Switzerland--facts that truly reflect the global nature of football. FIFA is celebrating a 100 years of its existence in 2004,the highlight of which will be an exhibition game between brazil and France on the 20th of May.Though the game is played around the world, Paris is still the official home of football. It is here that on 21st May 1904 FIFA was officially formed with 7 members. Now it has 204 members-- more than the membership of the United Nations."It can be a drama, it can be a tragedy because football is full of emotion, full of passion, this is the one side. The other side and this is the most important is grass roots. What does football mean for the youth of the world? It is a school of life", says Sepp Blatter, President FIFA.Samba boysA school of life indeed which produced the greatest athlete perhaps of all time--Pele. The Brazilian legend was part of the FIFA centenary celebration, where he announced his list of top 100 footballers of the century. He found it so hard to fit everyone in that he eventually named 125 players, of which 15 were Brazilian.Not surprising since Brazil has won 5 of the 16 World Cup's till now. But with Asia in 2002 and now Africa in 2010 staging their first ever editions of the World Cup, who knows when the samba boys relinquish their control over the beautiful game.
Topics : Football