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Sport in Britain

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Sport in Britain

British people like everyone else like sports and games. But if they are asked to name their favourite sports they will probably name football, cricket and tennis, though many of them go in for some other sports such sports as golf, hockey, ath­letics, climbing, horse-riding, boating, rugby, and rowing.

Britain invented and developed many of the sports and games which are now played all over the world. Football is one of them. Probably the most popular sport nowadays was first developed in England. It is spread all over the UK. National football teams compete with each other every year. They take part in different competitions. The two best teams play in the Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London. It is one of the most important football matches of the year. National teams of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland take part in European competitions and other interna­tional matches. Britons are famous for their jockes of humour. Here’s one of the jokes about football: "Football is a game in which one side of the stadium wants to see eleven men killed, and the other side of the stadium wants to see eleven men killed."There are many football clubs all over Britain.

Cricket is another popular summer sport. It is sometimes called an English national game. People played cricket in England from 1550s. Many cricket clubs were founded in the 18th century. Nowadays this summer game, which is typically British, is played in schools, colleges and universities and in most towns and villages of Britain. Students play weekly games from late April to the end of Sep­tember. Cricket is a very long game, and slow too. Interna­tional cricket matches last for 5 days. Cricket is not played only by men. Girls and women play this game too.

Boxing as a British sport is one of the oldest. It existed even in Saxon times. Golf began to develop in Scotland and now is widely spread all over Britain. Tennis, or lawn tennis, is another popular game in Britain. It was first played in En­gland in 1872 and the first championship at Wimbledon was in 1877. Nowadays every summer in June, the British hold this famous International Tennis Championship at Wimble­don, near London.

Swimming, boating and sailing have always been popular in Britain and are enjoyed by millions of people. But the British are not very much interested in skiing and skating which are typically Russian kinds of sport.


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