WATCH: German Man Doesn’t Understand Why Americans Call It ‘Football’

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As everyone knows, there’s the sport Americans know as football and then there’s the sport the rest of the world calls football — i.e., the one you play with your feet. But try explaining that to improbably named German DJ  Flula Borg .

“I do not understand this ‘football’ name in America,” says Borg in a now hugely viral YouTube video. “Where is the foot?”

(PHOTO: Pictures from the World Cup 2010)

Borg, who now lives in Los Angeles, rails against the fact that the American game is named after the part of the body players seem to use least. Just think: how often do football players in the U.S. kick the ball as opposed to soccer players? He then does a little impromptu skit  — and this is really the best part — to illustrate how little actually happens in the American game. Finally, Borg sighs and throws his hands up in the air:

“You have like nine kicks, with the foot. But you are calling it football. Why? Call it something else. ‘Carry-ball,’ or ‘carry-throw-ball-and-sometime-foot-kick-ball.”

“I say change it.”

You know, he’s kinda got a point.

(MORENo, England Did Not Invent Football (Soccer) As We Know It)

9 comments
penap
penap

i agree with Bgorn,  all the world called football what americans  call soccer, it makes sense what Bgorn saids , a sport mostly played and handle the ball with hands deserve to be called football? no way jose, americans have no arguments to decline this good reason. Have a little brain fat americans.

ogini fred
ogini fred

FootBall or Soccer,name it, it is a matter of a round ball being kick with legs to enter into a given post guarded by a keeper

Sweet Baby D
Sweet Baby D

This is america and your arguments are invalid

daxazo
daxazo

Flula is the BEST! Funny and talented.

Anthony Teasdale
Anthony Teasdale

I'm English (well, from Liverpool) and the reason the Americans call it football is that there were lots of versions of the English game of football (in which the hands were allowed to be used) before the Football Association finalised the laws in 1863. This was so clubs/schools with different rules could play each other.

The game we also know as a soccer (not an Americanism, but a British public school phrase) comes mainly from the 'football' that was played at Harrow School and Cambridge University. Some of the clubs who thought this version of the game was unmanly decided to form their own association, based on the rules from Rugby school in the English midlands. US gridiron football is a distillation of this. And that's why Americans call it football. 

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