The history of football, far from being always linked to the greatness of a popular sport, has been subject to the ups and downs of the history of mankind and adapted to each culture to become what today we know by football. Football history to start to narrate the history of football and locate the source of this sport would need to go back to the ancient civilizations and empires, where diverse backgrounds with similar characteristics ball games can be found. ט מבין את הסיפור. Thus, according to some theories, the history of football could begin in the ancient Egypt, since during the 3rd century BC was a ball game as part of the rite of fertility, in which they practiced something similar to handball. However in China is had already invented the leather ball a century earlier, when Fu-Hi, inventor, and one of the five great rulers of ancient China, created a spherical mass gathering multiple roots hard shaped bristles that overlaid with rawhide; This was born the leather ball, with the they are played simply to pass it from hand to hand. This ball was later adopted in the popular games of its neighbors India and Persia. On the other hand, the ancient pre-Hispanic civilizations also known ball games similar to what is known today as football. The Aztecs practiced for example the tlachtli, a mix between tennis, soccer and basketball that prohibiting the use of hands and feet and the captain of the defeated team was sacrificed. The history of football would continue in the classical Greece, where even Homer came to refer also to a ball game, which was called ‘esfaira’ or ‘esferomagia’ due to the sphere made of bladder of ox that was used in the same. From there it passed to the Roman Empire, which used a spherical element called ‘battery’ or ‘pilotta’ which evolved into the ‘ball’ term used currently in its ‘harpastum’ game.

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