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Sport is perhaps one of the most popular pastimes for many around the world when free time allows for it, although there will be many that prefer playing video games or undertaking other hobbies instead.

Indeed, there are a number of NBA Players with remarkable hobbies that many would not have associated with them.

Nonetheless, sport has the ability to provide participants and watchers with a wide-ranging amount of emotions which has perhaps only further enhanced its appeal with much of the population.

Another reason as to why various sports are so popular, though, are because of the interesting facts that have been produced over time, as they have the ability to create intrigue and sometimes a desire to see if they can be replicated, or even bettered.

These are just some of the most interesting to have been produced, including one from our very own Liverpool:

Wrestling is the oldest sport in the world

With the possible exception of athletics, wrestling is recognised as the world’s oldest competitive sport. There have been cave drawings of wrestlers found dating as far back as 3000 BC. The sport was introduced into the ancient Olympics in 708 BC.

In 1999, Stefan Schwarz had a “space clause” in his contract

The idea of flying to space commercially has been floated for a couple of decades and it would seem we are edging closer to the possibility of it actually happening.

However, Sunderland wanted to protect themselves from one of their players wanting to go on that particular voyage at the time as they inserted a “space clause” into Stefan Schwarz’s contract in 1999 when they signed him. The player’s agent had a seat on one of the first planned flights and decided to block him from doing it whilst under contract with them.

India did not withdraw from the 1950 World Cup because FIFA wouldn’t let them play barefoot

It had been long-believed that India withdrew from the 1950 FIFA World Cup because they were not allowed to play barefoot, however that myth has since been busted. There was also a theory that the country could not afford to send their team to Brazil for the competition – again, another myth. Something that is not a myth, though, is that bettors can expect to see new casino trends for the year 2020.

In fact, India did not compete because they did not think the tournament was worth taking seriously and preferred to try and compete for the Olympics instead as their ultimate goal, Sailen Manna – who would have been captain for India at the time – confirmed. How football has changed.

Liverpool have only scored two goals in the first half of an FA Cup final

Liverpool have scored 21 goals in FA Cup finals with only two – from John Aldridge (1989) and Djibril Cisse (2006) – coming in the first half. Seems a rather strange – but interesting – fact to associate with a highly successful side!  A number of Premier League Records 2020 were set by the Reds, so this is one record they will want to improve upon in the near future.