19 Facts About The World Cup You Never Knew

The World Cup has a long history in the sporting world that not many sports can hold a candle to. Asides from the fact that it’s held every four years, there are many facts about the movie that a lot of people do not know about, and I’m here to remedy that.

Below are 19 facts about the World Cup that proves it is one of the greatest sporting events in the world.

  • The first World Cup took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. The competition was created by the Frenchmen Jules Rimet who, inspired by the success of the Olympic Games, had the idea of bringing nations together through soccer.
  • The first team to win the World Cup was Uruguay. They defeated Argentina 4-2.
  • The World Cup’s top scorer is the retired German striker Miroslav Klose who, in 24 games over four tournaments (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) scored a total of 16 goals.
  • The second highest goalscorer is ex-Brazilian player Ronaldo, ‘The Phenomenon’ who scored 15 goals in four tournaments (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006), playing in just 19 games.
  • The former French player Just Fontaine still holds the record for top scorer in a single World Cup. In 1958 he scored 13 goals. This tally makes him the fourth top scorer in World Cup history.
  • The fastest goal of the competition was in 2002 and took just 11 seconds to be scored. Former Turkish international player, Hakan Sukur, scored in the 3rd/4th place playoff between Turkey and South Korea. Turkey ended up winning the game 3-2.
  • The biggest win in World Cup Qualifying was in 2001, in a game between Australia and American Samoa. The Australians won by 31 to 0.

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  • In the twenty previous editions of the World Cup, the team with the most trophies is Brazil. They have won the competition on five occasions, taking the trophy home in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
  • The German national team is in second place with four trophies, in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. Germany is the current holder of the trophy, as the World Cup is held every four years.
  • The Italian national team has also won four World Cups, the same amount as Germany. The Italians won the competition in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006.
  • The team with the record of most finals lost is Germany, who have been runners-up four times in 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002.

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  • The player who has played on a winning team the most times is Brazilian, Pelé, who has won three World Cups altogether, in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He is also the youngest scorer, and winner of the competition, at just 17 years old.
  • At the other end of the scale, retired goalkeeper Dino Zoff is the oldest player to win the competition. In the 1982 edition, won by Italy, he was 40 years old.
  • As well as being the country with the most amount of World Cup trophies, Brazil is also the only team to have participated in every edition of the World Cup.
  • Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1934, England in 1966, Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and France in 1998 all won their respective World Cups in their own country in the year they hosted it.
  • Retired Mexican footballer Antonio Carbajal, also retired German Lothar Matthäus and the still active Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon are the only players to play in five editions of the tournament.
  • The Cup Causes Increased Birth Rates In Host Countries. Nine months after Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006 their country’s birthrate increased more than 10%.
  • Uruguayan defender Jose Batista holds the proud record of the fastest red card in World Cup History.
  • Russian striker Oleg Salenko holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup match. In 1994 during a group game versus Cameroon, Salenko knocked in five goals. His 5 goals helped Russia comfortably win the match at 6:1.

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