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(US & Canadian) a game, often played in bars, in which opponents on either side of a purpose-built table attempt to strike a ball into the other side's goal by moving horizontal bars to which miniatures of footballers are attached Also called (esp in Britain) table football
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a trademarked tabletop game of soccer with the players on rods that extend through the sides, with one player each controlling a side; also called table soccer , also written Foosball

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G. tischfussball


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debuted in U.S. 1963 and was a craze on some college campuses for a few years thereafter. Said to have been designed c.1930s in Switzerland. The name is presumably from the pronunciation of Fußball, the German form of (Association) football.

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