The history of Football table

The invention of the babyfoot, or "table football", is not clearly established. For all that, we agree to give him European origins, which would go up at the end of the 19th century. It is in France and Germany that the first "tables" of football are born

The history of Football table


It has long been invincible in the coffee and bistro rooms of France. But after a few decades of disappearance, accused of noises, troubles and tackiness, the Football table of our childhood finally returns to grace. A revival of interest probably due in part to the recent successes of the team of France in the football World Cup. 

As well as a certain idea of French friendliness. Here we offer a return on the history of Foosball, a game of coffee that now invites you to your home.



European origins 


The invention of the babyfoot, or "table football", is not clearly established. For all that, we agree to give him European origins, which would go up at the end of the 19th century. It is in France and Germany that the first "tables" of football are born. For some, it is a mechanic of a car factory, Lucien Rosengart, who would have the first invented the "baby". For others, it is a Spanish poet, Alejandro Finisterre, who would have imagined this game and its mechanism. There are many assumptions and even a Mr kicker, the well-named, a Swiss who too, could well have been the inventor of table football.

In any case, the first patented Football tableis released in the United States in 1901. But in the Atlantic, football, or rather soccer, is not really appreciated, and you have to wait for GI to return from Germany so that the game will win some form of success. The Americans call it more readily "fussball", the German name of the famous balloon sport.

In France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and elsewhere, manufacturers offer babyfoots as early as the 1930s. Bonzini is required in the hexagon, just as Sulpie in the years 50, René Pierre or Stella.


Technical innovations


In the beginning, the Football tabletakes the form of a wooden crate with 8 outgoing bars, which are surmounted by 22 figurines, and a cage at each end for the purposes. Basic, the baby has gradually improved. Technical innovations often due to the famous Bonzini, whose car factories turn at full speed in the years 50.

These include telescopic bars, which are much safer than outgoing bars, which are also banned in France. In the years 50, players in lead or plastic also appeared on the grounds. The baby's bistro also has one or two ashtrays, an abacus to count the points of each team/player, a coin, folding feet, a vinyl mat, gentle sloping corners... Cork or plastic balls are exchanged between players depending on the region in which they are played. And indeed, the rules of the game evolve from one country to another, sometimes even from one coffee to another, despite the efforts of standardization on the part of the federations.

Latest Innovation in Date: the connected foosball. In this last generation table, an application takes care of live arbitration and counting points. And the speed of the bullets is accurately measured.



Coffee rooms with private interiors


It was in the years 60-70 that the babyfoot was most successful. All the pubs and cafes of France, in the city as in the countryside, see their room resonate "bowl!", "Half!" and other "Rake!". The arrival of pinball machines, electronic games and arcade kiosks signs for a time the end of the foosball. But for some years, a certain taste for nostalgia and vintage comes out of the touch the baby, which takes place in cafes, as well as darts. France's victory at the football World Cup 2018 should also play in favor of the famous coffee game.

Since the years 90-2000, the Babyfoot has also been imposed on individuals. To meet their demand, manufacturers offer basic plastic models, inexpensive, easy to transport and usable outdoors. Luxurious models are also found; Bonzini offers customizable copies, which are enthroned in luxury hotels, large companies or with demanding individuals.


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