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Scotland and England played the first ever international football match on November 30, 1872.

Amuddy field at Hamilton Crescent, the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Partick, Glasgow, was the stage for the first ever international football match on this very day (November 30) back in 1872, St Andrew's Day. England (in all white with the badge of the three lions) faced Scotland (in dark blue shirts with a single lion crest on their badge) in front of a 4,000 strong crowd, but the match yielded no goals. The match ended with the final score at 0-0 between the 'Auld Enemies'.

Scotland vs England football match is the oldest international football match globally. Earlier, from 1870 to 1872, five unofficial international football matches were played between the two countries, none of which was won by the Scottish team.

Surprisingly, in the first international football match, most of the players were from the London area. Out of this, the Scottish team was formed which became a part of the first international football match.

The idea of staging the first international match has often been credited to Charles Alcock, a member of the Football Association committee from 1866 who was then appointed secretary of the FA in February 1870. But Andy Mitchell points out in his book First Elevens; The birth of international football, that “while many historians point to the pervasive influence of Charles Alcock on the early organisation of football, nobody – not even Alcock himself – has claimed personal credit for the idea of an international match.” Mitchell adds that with “five of the 12 members of the Football Association committee claiming Scottish heritage, it’s not hard to imagine where the suggestion came from.”, claims fifamuseum.

In the newspapers of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Charles Elcock, the general secretary of the Football Association, had written a public letter challenging everyone to play football matches with 11 English players. It was only after this that the Scottish team was formed in which most of the players were also English. What happened next is the history of the game of football, according to marchedufilms.

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Spectators for the match had to pay an entry fee of only a shilling, a far cry from the exorbitant prices fans have to shell out for a game now. Most of the team plied their trade in and around London, with the Scottish team comprising entirely of players from the Queen's Park team playing in the national league in England under the English Football Association (The FA). The English team was brought together from nine different teams in England.

The origin of 'Football' has been debated over the course of its varied histories, but the legacy outshines the petty squabble for its inception. Be it King Henry IV of England or the Han Dynasty in China or even as back as 'Episkyros' played by the ancient Greeks, football was, is and, in likelihood, will be the world's game.

The game has changed a lot with time, and the modern demands of the sport has become more rigorous than what it was back in November 30, 1872. Be it the physical fitness levels and the professionalism required or the modern players earning god-like status on and off the field.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, simply known as Pele, or Diego Maradona are legends of the game who have transcended the boundaries of sporting legends to become icons of the world. The modern greats Lionel Messi or Cristinao Ronaldo are known faces in almost every nook and cranny of the planet.

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When Real Madrid and Barcelona (both clubs from Spain) play, the whole world stops to witness the 'El Calsico'. The question of who is better, Pele or Maradona and Messi or Ronaldo, have come to drive wedges between the closest of friends. The race to the top of the Premier League (the first division league in England) sparks off heated debates in private rooms all over the globe.

The game has become the engine of change, a yard stick for measuring progress in the developed world. The kind of money being pumped into the sport in some of the leading countries with player salaries running into the millions, football has come a long way from its humble roots.

The Federation Internationale de Football Association or simply FIFA, has looked to grow the 'beautiful game' to the wider world, with countries like India, China featuring heavily on the agenda. The awarding of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup to India, which turned heads all over the globe, being a huge success. Professional leagues, with better infrastructure and level of competition. Former players have also worked often as ambassadors for the sport, trying to spread the sport far and wide, in their attempt to be the 'World's Game'.

The FIFA World Cup is a spectacle that people all over wait for, every four years. The latest in Russia next year will be no different, a stage for global cooperation in a world divided by fragmented belief systems and nationalistic pride, constantly looking over its shoulder for the threat of war, cites indiatoday.

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