History

MBS is based on a classic board game, named button soccer. Learn the history of the game.

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The origins of button football are likely derived from any number of games played with tabs, bottle caps, or coins. The invention of the game using 11 pieces per side with rules simulating football is unclear, though a 6-piece version is known to have originated in eastern Europe.

In Brazil, the patron of button football is widely accepted as Geraldo Décourt. He began playing in 1922 as a schoolboy, using buttons removed from his clothing as pieces. Décourt published the first known rule and guide book in 1930. Décourt continued to promote the game and organize tournaments on and off for the rest of his life.

In 1962 the Federação Paulista de Futebol de Mesa (Paulista Federation of Button Football) was formed. To date there are dozens of formalized button football societies and leagues in every region of Brazil.

Today there are dozens of button football clubs throughout Brazil, rigidly structured, with regular tournaments at the local, state, and national level. The majority of boys (and to a lesser extent girls) in Brazil play button football at some point in their youth.

The button football is also practiced in different countries, among them Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Spain, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine and Japan.

Source: Wikipedia


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