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Sports: Then and Now

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THEY LAUGHED WHEN THESE SPORTS FIRST STARTED OUT. GUESS WHO'S LAUGHING NOW.

We're a big fan of the underdog here at TeamSport, so in today's blog we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favourite sports' humble beginnings, and how they've overcome naysaying, bans and even fatalities to become the powerhouses they are today.

Starting of course with our personal favourite…

Formula 1

Formula 1 today is a multi-million pound sport, full of glamour and fast cars. But back in the day drivers used to take their life in their hands, fatalities were high and safety came second to the thrill of racing.

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Football

When it first started the beautiful game was a whole lot less beautiful. In fact it was downright ugly.

If you think taking a dive in the penalty box is bad sportsmanship, take a deep breath before you slide, because pretty much anything went in the middle ages!

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Boxing

Bare knuckles, hard as steel boxers and unlimited rounds. Early boxing was full on. Even the spectators had to be as hard as nails to stomach some fights.

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Cricket

How did cricket emerge from being an illegal sport played by peasants to become the epitome of sportsmanship? Slide and see.

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Tennis

Before Venus and Serena there were… French monks!? Get sliding to discover tennis’ holy heritage.

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