King Richard III was born near Leicester and now he is buried at the Leicester Cathedral. Discovered under a parking lot by University of Leicester archaeologists in 2012, after some debate with York, Richard III finally received a proper, kingly burial in the home of the Foxes in March 2015. Just a little over a year later, Leicester City F.C. have miraculously ascended to claim the Premier League crown, despite having 5,000 to 1 odds back in August. So, is the ghost of Richard III responsible for what very well might be the biggest upset in sports history?
While fans of the Foxes are more than happy to contemplate such supernatural persuasions, Live Science decided to first examine whether Richard III would have been exposed to soccer during his living years.
Modern-day football or soccer wasn't invented until the mid-1800s, according to the world football association FIFA. But ball games that involved the use of the feet are much, much older. In Han Dynasty China (206 B.C. to A.D. 220), a game called Tsu' Chu involved kicking a ball into a goal without the use of hands, and even included a goalie (the goal was suspended high off the ground, though).
In medieval England, Richard III might have seen football-like games being played, though the rules and regulations of these sports are murky. In 1314, the mayor of London prohibited the game of football in the city, according to FIFA. This proclamation probably referred to the practice of mobs kicking balls through the streets, aiming to reach a certain building or location.
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