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Foosball Anyone?

September 13, 2005 by Galvin Tan in Daily Rants, Sports with 11 Comments




Sorry for the long silence but I’ve been busy rebuilding my Foosball Community Malaysia portal. Since the portal is almost done, I wish to share this wonderful game called FOOSBALL to everyone.

Every time you say “foosball,” you’re putting a foot in your mouth-a German foot!

Foosball is the American corruption of fussball (pronounced the same), the German word for soccer-literally foot plus ball. While the sport has the more formal name of table soccer, to the American players who love it, it’s foosball, or just foos.

Unfortunately, the origins of the game are not as easy to trace as those of its name. Like many games, it is quite possible that variations of foosball developed in different countries over roughly the same time period. Since organised soccer first entered the sports scene in the 1860s, the invention of soccer’s table version can be safely dated sometime afterward, probably in the late 1800s. The earliest United States patent for a foosball table was registered in 1901, but it is generally agreed that foosball, like soccer, originated in western Europe.

Foosball came in to Malaysia somewhere in the 70s-80s. Currently, the most famous foosball table would be the Tornado. You’ve probably seen such tables at Breaker’s Club in Desa Sri Hartamas or even at AsiaCafe in Subang Jaya. Although this game has a small community, but the number of people getting into this game is growing rapidly.

I myself started playing foosball since back in 1995. I was never good in it then. I was just playing the game for the fun of it. Seriously, this game is really fun when you do get the hang of it. It was only recently I started playing this game seriously. I played last year nationals tournament but I didn’t got far. But this never stop me from playing the game I love most. I really hope that one day, this game will eventually grow as big as other indoor sports such as bowling or even pool.

So if you’re ever in AsiaCafe, Subang Jaya. Drop me a visit, I’m always there foosing. Occasionally, you’ll find KY (kyspeaks.blogspot.com) and Terence (www.terenceg.com/blog/) there too. By the way, they rule there!

You can read more about them here.



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JasonLys
JasonLys

Hoi hoi, I always foos in asia cafe adi. Teach me a lil thing or 2 lah Lord of the Kais, and u 2 galvin =P

JasonLys
JasonLys

Hoi hoi, I always foos in asia cafe adi. Teach me a lil thing or 2 lah Lord of the Kais, and u 2 galvin =P

Tim Cisners
Tim Cisners

We speak the same language, Foosball

Come to Idaho, we always have a game going. Any website centered on foos is great in my book.

Tim Cisners
Tim Cisners

We speak the same language, Foosball

Come to Idaho, we always have a game going. Any website centered on foos is great in my book.

foodcrazee
foodcrazee

sure boh ! cani challenge u huys ? ........................................................................... er.... sure i lose as i dont play much foosball.

*chuckle*

foodcrazee
foodcrazee

sure boh ! cani challenge u huys ? ........................................................................... er.... sure i lose as i dont play much foosball.

*chuckle*

god
god

yeah, i don't understand why people still wanna challenge us ? i mean..is almost impossible...

dman

god
god

yeah, i don't understand why people still wanna challenge us ? i mean..is almost impossible...

dman

KY
KY

yeah cos after 10 yrs, u still the noob!

KY
KY

yeah cos after 10 yrs, u still the noob!

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