Soccer World Cup Trivia

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  • The first game of the World Cup began on July 13, 1930, with France defeating Mexico 4-1.
  • A total of 13 teams participated in the first World Cup. In addition to Uruguay, the host country, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, France, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, the United States, and Yugoslavia participated. This was the only world championship without qualifying rounds since then every FIFA Member State was invited to participate.
  • The 16-team tournament of 1934 was reduced to just 15 teams when Austria was recognized by Germany after qualifying.
  • Of all the countries that have participated in the World Cup, Indonesia has played only one match in 1938.
  • World Champions (total per country):
    1. Brazil – 5,
    2. Germany – 4,
    3. Italy – 4,
    4. France – 2,
    5. Uruguay – 2,
    6. Argentina – 2,
    7. England – 1,
    8. Spain – 1.
  • Who says home advantage doesn’t exist? Out of the 21 World Cups ever held, the host nation has won six.
  • The World Cup was not held from 1938 to 1950 because of World War II. As a result, Italy was the reigning World Champion for a record 16 years (from 1932 to 1950).
  • Bora Mirtinovic coached every tournament from 1986 to 2002, but the teams were different: Mexico, Costa Rica, the USA, Nigeria, and China.
  • 6 teams are undefeated but not champions in the same final. These unbeaten teams are:
    • Scotland in 1974 (1-2),
    • Brazil in 1978 (4-3),
    • England in 1982 (3-2),
    • Cameroon in 1982 (3-3),
    • Belgium in 1998 (3-3). lost),
    • New Zealand in 2010 (three draws).
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  • The only person who is said to have played both World Cup football and World Cup cricket is Viv Richards played in Antigua and Barbuda for football (qualifiers only), and West Indies for cricket.
  • He actually played for Antigua and Barbuda in the qualifying rounds of his CONCACAF Championship, a qualifier for the 1974 World Cup.
  • Australian sportswoman Ellis Perry, who has played in both the cricket (2009) and soccer (2011) World Cup finals, has pulled off this unique double.
  • In 1986, the exchange of shirts was officially banned because FIFA did not want its players to “bare their chests” on the pitch.
  • The highest attendance at a World Cup match was 199,854 in the 1950 final between Uruguay and Brazil that took place at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janerio.
  • The lowest spectator record was set in 1930 at a game between Peru and Romania when just 300 spectators watched the game.
  • In the 1950 finals of the Fifa World Cup, there was only one final pool to determine the winner, and there were no knockout finals like other final series.
  • The most common last name for World Cup players is Gonzalez or Gonzales.
  • The most common result in World Cup finals is 1-0.
  • The only coach to win back-to-back world championships was Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo in 1934 and 1938.
  • The 1966 World Cup is the only World Cup that has been boycotted by the entire continent, protesting against the Asian champions and South Africa’s return to FIFA.
  • Brazil is the only country from 1930 to 2022 where it has played in the finals tournament 22 times.
  • The World Cup final was decided on penalties twice. Brazil beat Italy in 1994 and Italy beat France in 2006.
  • Uruguay defender Jose Batista, who was shown a 52-second red card against Scotland in the 1986 World Cup, received the fastest red card. In fact, the foul was committed in 39 seconds and it took only 13 seconds for the referee to present the card.
  • The 2010 World Cup was the first competition without a first-timer association, but two qualifiers (Slovakia and Serbia) had previously competed as part of their former competitors.
  • The host nation had never been eliminated in the first round until 2010 when South Africa was eliminated.
  • Even though England was undefeated, was eliminated from the tournament three times (1982, 1990, 2006).
  • Every World Cup tournament held in Latin America was won by a South American country until Germany beat Brazil in 2014.
  • The 2018 World Cup could be claimed to held in both Europe and Asia, as some matches were held in Yekaterinburg, a Russian city considered to be part of Asia.
  • Iceland qualified for the first time in 2018, becoming the smallest country (by population) to qualify for the World Cup.
  • The winning French coach of 2018, Didier Deschamps also captained the 1998 winning side team, subsequently becoming the third man to win a World Cup as a player-coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.
  • Host nation Qatar will make its debut at the 2022 World Cup. It will be the first time since the second World Cup in 1934 that the host nation will debut in the World Cup in the same year.
  • From the 21 world championships held so far (until 2018), there have been 12 European winners and 9 South American winners. No other continent has produced world champions.
  • Of the 21 World Cups held so far (until 2018), the host country has won six.
  • The 2026 World Cup will expand the tournament’s participation from 32 to 48 teams.

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