Why Matifutbol?

Many thanks for visiting this website!

With these amusements I hope you have fun and entertainment, while you get acquainted with the lighter side of Mathematics.

I thought about actualizing and presenting these maths problems in a playful way, as football puzzles. Nowadays this sport is followed by millions of supporters who devore with relish goals statistics, percentages of ball possessions, probabilities of advancing to the next stage of the competition, etc. And this is the same people who run away when they hear the word 'Mathematics'. So, I think that by presenting the various mathematical theorems in a ludic way with problems adapted to football, we can get a little more interest about these matters.

Here you will find some problems more difficult than others, but we can say that all of them are suitable for all audiences. You don't need any prior knowledge, anyone between 8 and 100 years can try to solve them but only with the desire of having some fun. In all cases it's worth dedicate some time to solve by yourselves the passtimes we propose, before going to see the solution.

In every problem, its solution will be acompanied by a more 'technical' explanation, in other color, for those interested in further exploring the subject of each puzzle. This second solution is suitable for students, teachers, Maths' lovers and curious people in general.

I hope you'll enjoy them, and I thank you in advance for any suggestion, nuance or críticism that you may fulfill, through my facebook or twitter pages.

And if you know another website or blog that you think I should include in the list, you can send us an e-mail to: contact@matifutbol.com.

I also want to thank you for collaborating with us. Your communications are very helpful to let us know what kind of puzzles you like best, and so I'd offer you related problems.

My website is dedicated to all those who, prior to my discrete collaboration to the field of recreational mathematics, have developed a comprehensive outreach and approach to the world of logic, common sense and mathematics to the general public.

And I especially thank those whose work has directly inspirated my puzzles: doctors Martin Gardner, Adrián Paenza, Malba Tahan, Pablo Amster, Clifford A. Pickower, Thomas H. Sidebotham, Raymond Smullyan, Debkumar Mitra, Claudi Alsina, among others.

Thank you again for visiting this website!