Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Football Museum in São Paulo

50 years after Brazil were crowned Champions of the World for the first time, Museo de Futebol has been inaugurated in São Paulo by Pele. Located in the Corinthian stadium stalls the first theme exhibition is dedicated to...who else but Pele! This link also has some pictures of the Museum.

This of course is not the first football museum on the planet. The Telegraph article points to the existence of the National Football Museum in Preston, England since 2001. Scotland has its own Scottish Football Museum at Hampden park in Glasgow which has amongst its exhibits, what is claimed to be the oldest football related letter ever written.

Then there is the Japan Football Museum in Tokyo dedicated to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The Nou Camp Football Museum inaugurated in 1984 at FC Barcelona's home and dedicated to the club is a concept that I would not be surprised to find repeated across other clubs with history.

Guess where else I found a football museum....Oslo! Fotballmuseet displays the belongings of Norwegian greats and is located at the Ullevaal Stadium. If you ever happen to travel there, don't forget to have a pizza meal at a place called Dolly Dimple's next door :-) In case you are interested, Norwegian football's premier league is known as Tippeligaen and Lyn, Rosenborg and Lillestrom are some of the better known clubs. There are also the more interestingly named clubs like Ham-Kam. Tore Andre Flo, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and more lately John Carew are some of the well known players. But they do have history. The most capped (104) Norwegian international is Thorbjorn Svensson who played for the country between 1947 and '62 and the leading international goal scorer is Jorgen Juve (1928-37) who scored 33 times in 45 appearances. Deserving of a museum indeed!

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