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Basketball

There is no person in this world who hasn’t heard of this sport. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. It requires a lot of physical exercise and resistance, special tactics, sacrifice and intelligence. Height of players is also important for helping them score easier. Usually, basketball players are really tall comparing to other people.

 To be played, the sport requires two teams with 5 players each on a field with the length of 28 meters and a width 15 meters (these are the minimum dimension requirements). The purpose of each team is to introduce the ball in the basket, gaining points. The team which has the best score wins.

New moves, dribbling methods, rules, aiming technics, player positions, defensive and offensive playing modes have evolved over the years, making this sport one of the most interesting sports.

Basketball has been played for the first time in the United States, Massachusetts, Springfield in 1891, when a sports teacher intends to make his physical exercises with students more dynamic, so he just took a few rules from football and combined them with 13 new rules and created basketball. At the beginning, basketball had two teams with 50 players each (imagine how they played and what field was required for that). Eventually, the number of players of each team reduced over and over until each team had 5 players. The game soon became very popular in Europe and in other countries around the world.

The sport is an Olympic one since 1904 when was first presented and it is also a full contact sport, but in spite of that, it doesn’t require any special equipment (it isn’t so dangerous as baseball)

The highest and most important basketball league is FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur) and was formed in 1932 by 8 nations (Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland).

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