The Musée de l'Armée presents an exhibition about the little-known connections between the world of sport and the armed forces. An opportunity to (re)discover the origins of the Football World Cup!
As far back as Antiquity, some particularly virile events in the Olympic Games took inspiration from practices in warfare. And while "sport" as such is a recent notion, for centuries, soldiers and conscripts have been engaging in physical exercise in order to train for war. Conflicts, states and the military have thus made a great contribution to the current sporting landscape, in a discreet but decisive way. The military's field operation training and the participation of many top-level army athletes in the Sochi Olympics are proof of this.
The exhibition at the Musée de l'Armée in the Perpignan corridor chronologically and historically presents the development of the sports-army connection and its influence on the practice of sport, in French society in particular. It focuses on sports with especially close ties to the army and nation, like winter sports... and football.