While international football (or soccer on this side of the pond) competitions effectively began with a match played in Glasgow, Scotland in 1872 between Scotland and England, the first international tournament was the British Home Championship back in 1884.
As football grew in popularity around the world the Olympics took up the sport as a demonstration event at the 1900 and 1904 summer games.
And then it really hit the fan, as it were, with the founding of Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA. In 1930, FIFA contested what they called the World Cup. Since then, the 19 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams with Brazil taking home a record five titles. That nation remains the only country to field a team in every tournament.
The single most widely viewed sporting event in history, it's said that 715 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
And now, just because, you can 3D print one of 32 penguins modeled in Tinkercad, Autodesk's free 3D modeling tool, which represent the qualifying FIFA World Cup teams in the 2014 tournament.
If you happen to be a fan of England or the United States, who knows, it might be possible to use these Tinkercad models to provide your side positive mojo and help support the national team of your choice.
The models are available for download on the Tinkercad site.