England National Team: The Best of the Best
Football is the world sport, and England fields a team that's just as
competitive as you'd expect them to be.
The team represents England on the world athletic stage and competes
in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Championship and the Federation Internationale de Football
Association (FIFA) World Cup, which rotate biennially. The roster of players is comprised of 30-plus men from clubs throughout
the country. England National Soccer Team tickets allow the holder to witness a squad of the nation's top athletes compete
in the most watched sport in the world. The UEFA is comprised of over 50 teams, while over 200 teams are represented in FIFA.
The team is regulated by the Football Association, the governing body for football in England. Every game is broadcast on
BBC Radio 5 Live, with full commentary, and on pay-per-view Internet; it is estimated a game once drew over 500,000 viewers.
The National Team was formed in 1870 (coincidentally, the same year as Scotland's team), making them one
of the oldest national teams in the world. A representative match was played between the two teams in March of that year;
however, their first recognized international match was played in November of 1872. Competition was relegated to the three
home nations of England, Scotland, and Wales until 1906 when England joined FIFA. In 1908, the team embarked on a tour of
Europe, exposing them to a wider realm of competitors. Wembley Stadium opened in 1923 and became their home base; however,
a strained relationship with FIFA caused them to leave the organization.
After England rejoined FIFA in 1946, they participated
in their first World Cup in 1950 in Brazil against the United States and lost 1-0. At the time, they were nicknamed "The Kings
of Football," and the U.S. team was coming off an international losing streak, so the defeat was unexpected. England reached
the 1954 World Cup quarterfinals, but was defeated by Uruguay 4-2. In 1966, they beat West Germany 4-2 in the finals to become
World Cup champions. England returned to the World Cup in 1970. In 1990, they achieved their second-best showing, finishing
fourth. They have since made it to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006.
For the first 50 years,
football matches were played on cricket grounds. Sir Bobby Charlton is England's top scoring National Team player, with a
total of 49 goals. Peter Shilton, a goalkeeper, holds the record of the most capped player in team history with 125 total
caps. The second-most-capped player is David Beckham, who earned 115 total caps during his 13-year career with the National
Team. Competition uniforms are known as kits, and Nike became the team's supplier in 2013, ousting previous contracts with
Umbro, Admiral, and Adidas.
The roar of the crowd at a professional match, especially outside
the U.S., generates a palpable intensity beyond what might be considered fanatical. England National Soccer Team tickets mark
the participation in an event that lifetimes of training, coaching, and cheering are dedicated to. Fans get to the stadium
early, and the crowd's energy level escalates as game time approaches. Banter between fans of opposing teams is ever-present
at varying volumes. Fans make fervent shouts, gestures, and insults, as well as sing songs that are spontaneously begun and
carried out with a sort of collective leaderless orchestration. Victories are celebrated as milestones in life to be forever
cherished, and defeats are mourned as bitter personal tragedies.