...the once familiar smell of embrocation in the dressing-rooms, the stands crowded with people, the coloured shirts of the players against the tawny soil, the half-time lemons or bottled lemonade that titillated parched throats with a thousand refreshing pin-pricks.
Shakespeare mentions the game only once, with the insult "You base football player."
And the word soccer was invented by the decadent poet Ernest Dowson. Obviously, the word derives from a syllable of Association Football. But the first citation in the OED is Dowson writing in 1889 "I absolutely decline to see socca' matches."
Dowson also wrote:
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate;
I think they have no portion in us after
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes