Football player

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A football player or footballer is a sport person who plays one of the different types of football.wikipedia
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Association football

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The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players.

Athlete

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A football player or footballer is a sport person who plays one of the different types of football.

Football

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A football player or footballer is a sport person who plays one of the different types of football.

American football

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The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

Canadian football

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The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

Australian rules football

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The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

Gaelic football

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The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

Rugby league

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The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

Rugby union

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The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

Jean-Pierre Papin

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Jean-Pierre Papin has described football as a "universal language".

List of sports attendance figures

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Footballers across the world and at almost any level may regularly attract large crowds of spectators, and players are the focal points of widespread social phenomena such as association football culture.

Association football culture

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Footballers across the world and at almost any level may regularly attract large crowds of spectators, and players are the focal points of widespread social phenomena such as association football culture.

Premier League

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Players in the Premier League earn average wages of about $1 million per year.

Semi-professional sports

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Wages may be much more moderate in other divisions and leagues, and a significant number of players are semi-professional.

Major League Soccer

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For example, the average annual salary for footballers in Major League Soccer (which started in 2009) for the 2013 season was $148,693, with significant variations depending on player position (goalkeepers for example earned $85,296, whereas forwards earned $251,805 ).

2013 Major League Soccer season

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For example, the average annual salary for footballers in Major League Soccer (which started in 2009) for the 2013 season was $148,693, with significant variations depending on player position (goalkeepers for example earned $85,296, whereas forwards earned $251,805 ).

National Women's Soccer League

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For example, players in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) (which started in 2012) earn $15,000 to $40,000 per year as of January 2017.

Life expectancy

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The average life expectancy or lifespan of an American football NFL player has been reported to be extremely low, only 53 to 59 years depending on playing position.

National Football League

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The average life expectancy or lifespan of an American football NFL player has been reported to be extremely low, only 53 to 59 years depending on playing position.

Sports Illustrated

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An oft-cited life expectancy of 58 years has been claimed by Sports Illustrated to be based on a myth.

New Zealand national rugby union team

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A 1983 study of rugby players found that the life expectancy of All Blacks is the same as for the general population.

Concussion

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American football players are prone to head injuries such as concussion.

Alzheimer's disease

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In later life, this increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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Probably due to the repeated trauma associated with heading balls, professional association football has been suggested to increase the incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Atrophy

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In a 1987 study of former Norwegian association football national team players, one third of the players were found to have central cerebral atrophy, i.e. brain damage.