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Video Collection: Football

Did you know that until the 19th century, football had been played in various forms, but using a multiplicity of rules under the general heading of “folk football”? A key moment in the development of the game as we know it came in October 1863, when representatives from a dozen schools and clubs met at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London to form the Football Association and agree a set of official rules under which they could all play.

Can’t get enough of the football matches in this year’s World Cup? In this video collection we show marvelous videos of old football matches, from 1925 to 1960. A collection of nine videos from the EUscreen portal featuring an abundance of football!

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Football at Wembley Stadium

In front of 80.000 spectators, France keeps the England team at bay (2-2).

Provider: INA, France – 1945

From the football stadium of Amsterdam

A report of the match between the Netherlands – Denmark. Final score: 4-2.

Provider: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Netherlands – 1925

The Wolverhampton Wanderers

A previously won FA Cup is being paraded around the stadium during half time.

Provider: SASE, England – 1949

Local football in Ashford, Ireland

Film of the Dublin Wicklowman’s Cup final in Ashford in November 1950.

Provider: RTÉ, Ireland – 1950

Season opener in Denmark

14.000 people are gathered in the snow for the season opener between KB and B.93.

Provider: DR, Denmark – 1951

An Italian football match

A football match between Lazio and Padova in the Olimpico stadium in Rome.

Provider: LUCE, Italy – 1959

Arsenal against the Racing Club in Paris

A football match at the Colombes stadium – Paris’ Racing Club against London’s Arsenal Club.

Provider: INA, France – 1948

Lapland: football in the snow

In Lapland people play football in the snow, wearing small skiis. 

Provider: LUCE, Italy – 1960

A Scandinavian football match

Football between two Scandinavian countries: Denmark – Finland (3-0).

Provider: DR, Denmark – 1957