Bale, Mascherano, Beckham: Fan's thread of niche football facts has gone viral

Gareth Bale in action for Tottenham

Twitter user @markwhlte, who writes for FourFourTwo, has named niche football facts in an intriguing thread.

Mark has come out with some crackers and as a result the thread has gone viral.

View the facts included in the thread below...

Andrey Arshavin has a degree in fashion design

That's right. The Russian studied at the University of Technology and Design in St Petersburg.

In 2009, the Daily Mail reported that Arshavin has his own clothing line, ranging from dresses to sportswear, which is particularly popular with Russian women.



Swindon Town is the only football club in England/Scotland that doesn't contain any letters that appear in the word mackerel

Probably the most pointless bit of trivia ever, but the more and more you think about it the more mind-blowing it gets.

Franz Beckenbauer once threatened to move Bayern Munich to Italy

In 2003, the Bundesliga threatened to dock points from Bayern for a controversial marketing deal.

Beckenbauer responded by saying they will join Serie A if they were punished.

Bayern Munich legend, Franz Beckenbauer

After defecating in the referee's toilet, Robbie Savage was fined a third of what Cantona was for kung-fu kicking the Palace fan

Savage was fined £10,000 for using the referee's toilet before Leicester's game with Aston Villa in April 2002.

Cantona was fined £30,000 for kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan the decade prior.

The first Englishman to manage at a World Cup final was not Alf Ramsey, but George Raynor, eight years earlier with Sweden

Raynor led Sweden to the World Cup final in 1958, which they lost 5-2 to Brazil.

Sir Alf Ramsey was not the first English manager to make a WC final

David Beckham and David Moyes played together at Preston North End

Beckham was sent on loan to Preston in 1994. He played with Moyes, who is 12 years older.

Javier Mascherano made his international debut before his club debut

Surely this hasn't happened to anyone else?!

Mascherano made his Argentina debut against Uruguay on 16 July 2003. He made his first appearance for River Plate shortly after.

Javier Mascherano in action for Argentina

In 2010/11, David and James were the most common first names in the Premier League. Coincidentally, this was the first Premier League season without David James

Another bit of brilliant trivia.

Gareth Bale's first trophyless season after leaving Tottenham was the season he went back to Tottenham

Bale left Spurs for Real Madrid in 2013. He won a trophy every season until 2020/21... where he was on loan at Spurs.

Gareth Bale in action for Tottenham

Leroy Fer once accidentally bought his girlfriend a horse - and resold it just minutes later, at a profit

Fer bought a horse at an auction for €30,000. After winning the auction, he quickly realised he had nowhere to keep it. 

He revealed to the Guardian in 2016 that he sold it for €35,000 10 minutes later. It proved to be great business in the end.

Three Chelsea keepers kept clean sheets in a 0-0 game with Atlético in 2013

Mark Schwarzer came on for Petr Cech for Chelsea in the game. Thibaut Courtois, who was between the sticks for Atleti, was on loan from the Blues.

Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech at Chelsea

Southampton had a 25% sell-on clause for Gareth Bale but Tottenham bought it out for £3m... the season before selling Bale for £80m

Southampton would have made £17m more if they never sold the clause to Spurs. Gutted.

Ferenc Puskas, the greatest Hungarian footballer ever, played for Spain at the 1962 World Cup

Puskas actually played four times for Spain, three of which came during football's biggest competition in Chile.

In 2003, Inter Milan were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals, despite only conceding at the San Siro...

Inter were playing AC Milan, both of which play at the San Siro.

Ranking football's ultimate GOATS on The Football Terrace! Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, R9... Who is the greatest of all time?!

The Mikel in John Obi Mikel was actually Michael - but the Nigerian FA misspelt his name when he was called up for an U17 game

Mikel kept the name as he thought there was a special ring to it. He officially changed his name to John Obi Mikel in 2016.

Alessandro Nesta was out for a month after injuring his thumb playing PlayStation

One of the most bizarre injuries ever. In 2005, the Italian legend ruptured one of the tendons in his left thumb and was out for a month, with surgery required. 

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