Any schoolboy knows that England has made a significant contribution into the world football development. Football is obliged to the birth of private schools for boys. During the Victorian epoch many teachers quite reasonably considered, that the brain of the growing teenager could effectively absorb knowledge only if his organism was pulled to regular physical loadings.
So, sports enabled young boys to liberate the collected energy and feel themselves a part of the team because it's impossible to win any sports game alone. The first games are known to have taken place in athletic fields of English schools in the middle of the 16th century; and the first game rules have been established in 1860s when the first Football association was organized.
Later the term "soccer" was introduced to distinguish football from Rugby football, or "Rugger". In 1871 the cup of Football association was founded and played. It has still been considered to be the oldest football competition in the world. Approximately from that time English people started to collect football and soccer club statistics. Statistics of the beginning of the 20th century: 1905-1920, 1924-1928, 1946 - till today. One of the most outstanding English football records was the record about the fact that England became the World champion in 1966 as well as bright participation in Olympic championships of 1908 and 1912.
English football records include also European football records. Englishmen have always been sure in their superiority. Even sensational defense (0:1) from the USA in the world championship of 1950 has not shaken their unreasonable self-conceit. But in 1953 on the "Wembley" Cup the Hungarian football team has lowered a rod of English vanity, having crushed Englishmen with a 6 - 3 score.
The subsequent failures in the world championships of 1954 and 1958 have forced British people to recognize in 1962 that world football in post-war years has left far forward.
However in 1966, the Englishmen have made an outstanding step forward by making new one English football records. They won the world championship. The success of 1966 became a springboard for an establishment of English football records. Englishmen have begun active attack of European cups. In 1964 and 1985, the Englishmen began to win one trophy after another. The combined team of England, on the contrary, had difficult and complicated times. Defense from a German team in 1/4 of the ending of the world championship in 1970 has marked the beginning of the end of the winner's era.
The failures in selection tournaments of 1974 and 1978 have only confirmed that fact. Inexpressive performances in the European championships of 1988 and 1992, and especially the failure in selection games to the world championship of 1994 have forced to extensive search for the reasons of defeats in the organization of national football.
It's not an exaggeration to say that the popularity of football in England is probably bigger now than at any other time in the game's history. Results of combined team have also improved, though to it still does not carry at the turning points. In the world championship of 1986, the Englishmen have left after a goal, hammered Diego Maradona; have twice lost in 1/2 the ending on a foul shot of Germany - in Italy in 1990 and for Euro-96 where they were the competition owners. Failure pursued the Englishmen in the world championship of 1998 as well.
The combined team over which supervised and structured of which talented Michael Owen was playing, lost on a foul shot to their old enemies - Argentina. For the Euro-2000 Championship, the combined team of England has lost already at a group stage of the tournament, having lost to the Portuguese and Romanians with the identical score of 2 - 3.