On the verge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, NepSort brings you FIFA World Cup interesting facts and records that you should know. 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st edition of the most prestigious sporting event in the world.
FIFA World Cup Interesting Facts About Tournament
➡️ FIFA World Cup was first started in 1930 and was hosted by Uruguay.
➡️ 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st edition of the tournament. The tournament was canceled in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II.
➡️ 1954 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Switzerland, was the first FIFA World Cup shown on television
➡️ 1970 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Mexico, was the first-ever FIFA World Cup broadcasted worldwide.
➡️ 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa, was the first FIFA World Cup which was live broadcasted in every country in the World. Even in Antarctica and Arctic Circle, the 2010 FIFA World Cup was live.
➡️ FIFA World Cup champions trophy was made of 18-carat gold. It is 14.2” (36 cm) in height and 13.6 lb (6.175 kg) in weight.
➡️ FIFA World Cup champions country keep the trophy yet to the next FIFA World Cup and is given the replica of the champions trophy which was gold plated permanently.
➡️ One hundred seventy-one goals are the highest recorded goal in the single FIFA World Cup, and it was in the 1998 edition, which was held in France.
➡️ The first-ever penalty shootout in FIFA World Cup was in the 1982 edition, which was held in Spain. West Germany beat France 5-4 in that semi-final.
FIFA World Cup Interesting Facts About Country
➡️ Only eight countries in the world have won the FIFA World Cup until now.
➡️ Brazil has won five times; Germany and Italy won four times each; Argentina and Uruguay won two titles; and England, France, and Spain, with one title each.
➡️ The most FIFA World Cup match playing country is Germany.
➡️ Brazil won the FIFA World Cup 5 times which is the highest won by any country.
➡️ Brazil is the only team in FIFA World Cup history that is playing every FIFA World Cup.
➡️ Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup 1930 edition.
➡️ Netherland is the only country in FIFA World Cup history that never won the trophy but ended up with the highest number of the runner-up. Netherland is the three times runner-up and once fourth places team in FIFA World Cup.
➡️ Hungary has the record for the highest number of goals scored in a single match. In the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Hungary beat the El-Salvador by 10-1.
➡️ The highest number of goals scored in a single match by both country record in the FIFA World Cup is the match between Austria and Switzerland. In the 1954 FIFA World Cup quarter-final, Austria defeated Switzerland by 7-5.
➡️ Brazil has the record for all-time high scored country in FIFA World Cup history. It has a record score of 224 goals in all FIFA World Cup tournaments.
➡️ 2006 FIFA World Cup round 16 matches between Netherland and Portugal was the match in FIFA World Cup history in which highest numbers of cards shown. In that match, 16 yellow cards and four red cards were shown.
➡️ The only African country that hosts the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. South Africa hosts FIFA World Cup 2010 edition.
➡️ No other countries besides South America and Europe won the FIFA World Cup trophy.
➡️ The worst performance by any defending champions in FIFA World Cup history goes to France. France won the 1998 FIFA World Cup edition, but back in 2002, France was eliminated from the group stage without winning a single match and even without scoring a single goal.
➡️ No country in FIFA World Cup history won the FIFA World Cup trophy three times consecutively. Only Italy and Brazil won the FIFA World Cup back to back two times. Italy won the 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cup consecutively two times, whereas Brazil won the 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cup consecutively.
FIFA World Cup Interesting Facts About Individual Records
➡️ Lothar Matthaeus, who played for Germany, is the player who played the highest number of FIFA World Cup matches in history. He played 25 matches in FIFA World Cup.
➡️ The first goalscorer in FIFA World Cup is Lucien Laurent, who played for France. He scored the goal in the 1930 FIFA World Cup edition.
➡️ The only player who scored a hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup Final match is Geoff Hurst, who had played for England in 1966. Then, Hurst scored a hat-trick against West Germany. In that edition, England became the champions by defeating West Germany.
➡️ Vittorio Pozzo is the only coach who won the FIFA World Cup twice. He coached Italy in the 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cup editions.
➡️ The only player who represents the two different countries in two different FIFA World Cup editions was Luis Monti. He represents Argentina in 1930 and Italy in the 1934 edition.
➡️ The highest number of goals in a single match in FIFA World Cup history goes to Oleg Salenko, who played for Russia in 1954. Salenko scored five goals against Cameroon.
➡️ Just Fontaine, who played for France, has the highest number of goals scoring in a single tournament. In the 1958 FIFA World Cup edition, he scored 13 goals.
➡️ Hakan Sükür of Turkey has the record for fastest goals in FIFA World Cup History. He scored a goal in just 11 seconds against South Korea in the 2002 edition of the FIFA World Cup.
➡️ In the 1970 edition, the first yellow card was shown.
➡️ The youngest player to score a goal in FIFA World Cup history is Pele from Brazil. He scored the goal when he was just 17 years 239 days old.
➡️ The oldest player who scored a goal in FIFA World Cup history is Roger Milla from Cameroon. He was 42 years 39 days old.
➡️ The youngest coach in the FIFA World Cup history is Juan Jose Tramutola. He was just 27 years old when he coached Argentina in the 1930 FIFA World Cup edition.
➡️ Oliver Kahn from Germany is the only player in FIFA World Cup history who has ever won the Golden Ball trophy.
➡️ Gabriel Batistuta is the only player in the FIFA World Cup History who scored a hat-trick in two different editions of the FIFA World Cup.
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