On December 25th 1915 one of the most memorable football matches ever took place in northern France near the village of Laventie.

There are no photographs of the match, no superstars played and the match lasted about thirty minutes.

What was even more incredible was that there were about 50 players on each side and no one kept the score.

This match of course took place on the Western Front during the First World War and the players were the German and British soldiers.

Hostilities stopped for a short time during a Christmas truce, the soldiers came out of their trenches, someone produced a ball – and they played football.

The next day they started shooting at each other but on that Christmas Day, almost 100 years ago, football took over from fighting.

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