The world of football is full of interesting facts and bits that may seem unrealistic at first. Here are five facts that may seem unrealistic at first, but are absolutely 100% true.
#5 - The Iraqi Messi
Iraqi international striker Younis Mahmoud has scored more international goals and has won more international trophies than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sure, the competition in the Asian confederation is not as fierce as that in Europe and South American, nonetheless, with 56 international goals and 4 international trophies Mahmoud has had quite the career with his national team.
#4 - Levski's 5 goals vs. Barcelona
Bulgarian side PFC Levski Sofia is the only non-Spanish side to score 5 goals in one match against Spanish giants FC Barcelona. On March 17, 1976 Levski defeated Barca by a score of 5-4 in the second leg of their UEFA Cup quarter final affair.
#3 - First sponsored shirts in Britain
Kettering Town FC were the first ever British football club to put a sponsor name on their shirt when they signed a deal with local company Kettering Tyres in 1976.
#2 - The Northampton ups & downs
Between the years 1960 and 1969 British club Northampton Town FC have been through a total of 6 combined promotions and relegations, essentially not making a move to a different league on just 4 occasions. But to make their ordeal seem even less realistic, the club was first promoted three times going from Division 4 to top tier football in 5 seasons, then in the following 4 years they managed to get relegated three times back to where they started just 9 years earlier.
#1 - Impossible to relegate
During the 2013-14 German Bundesliga season, even if every single shot on-goal taken against Bayern Munich's keeper Manuel Nauer did in fact go into the back and he was not able to make a single one of his saves, the club would actually finish the season on 42 points and well ahead of the bottom three who finished with 25-27 points. Basically, if Neuer had let every shot on-goal in, FC Bayern would still not get relegated.