Not only that, but how did it get here?
Well, the answer to the first question is pretty easy. The word "foosball" is a corrupted spelling (and pronunciation) of the German word for football, which is "fussball". In the United States of course, we know this as "soccer". However, the four European countries involved (more or less) with the advent of foosball don't even include Germany. They're England, Spain, and France (by way of the Belgium).
This makes the answer to the second question a bit more nebulous and a lot more difficult to ascertain. Although no one is really sure which individual (or group of individuals) actually invented the game of table soccer (a.k.a. foosball), there is evidence to indicate that the game was initially developed in Spain as early as the 1890s. It would go through several developmental stages before becoming the table game that we know today.
It was Harold Searles Thornton of England who initially saw the business potential for the new game when he was issued the first patent on the game in 1923. But, in effect, he was only patenting an idea at the time because he was not personally responsible for making the concept into a physical product.
According to a prominent Belgian newspaper, French inventor (and highly successful automotive engineer) Lucien Rosengart is credited with creating and designing the first actual foosball table in the early 1930s.
Nonetheless, it is appropriate that the person, who is unequivocally credited with creating the modern version of the game, as we know it today, was from Spain - the place where it all began decades earlier.
Alejandro Finesterre, with his version of "futbolito",
the seminal version of modern "foosball".
But whether you call it foosball, futbolito, table soccer or "soccer for the hands", we can all agree that it adds up to countless hours of competitive fun. Moreover, you don't have to travel to England, France, Belgium or Spain to find a selection of foosball tables comparable to our selection here at Loria. From traditional style models to the most modern designs, there is no compromise on the quality of our foosball tables. Check out our website today for the full selection!
*Biographical information on Alejandro Finesterre courtesy of Wikipedia.com