I had no idea that there were championships for table soccer, or as I know it, foosball. More than 500 players from 40 countries compete in the four-day event. According to Wikipedia, the game was invented by Harold Searles Thornton, who wanted to provide a game that replicated football that could be played at home.
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Competitors participate on the first day of the Table Soccer World Cup 2011 in Nantes, Western France, on January 6, 2011.