FIFA World Cup (Part 2)

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  1. Out of the 20 world cups, South America and European countries have won 10 & 11 titles each. No other continent has produced a world champion.
  2. England has played 13 World Cups and Italy 17 World Cups. Amazing fact is that both teams however encountered each other for the very first time in a group match in Manaus on the 14th of June 2014.
  3. Netherlands (Holland ) is one of the best teams to never win a World Cup. The team has lost three times (1974, 1978, 2010) in the final.
  4. South Africa in 2010 became the first African nation to host a World Cup.
  5. Cameroon was the first African country to reach the quarterfinals in 1990.
  6. The fewest number of fans to watch a World Cup Football game was only 300 in Uruguay in 1930.
  7. The only two players to have scored in four consecutive finals tournaments in 1958, 1962, 1966 & 1970 are Pele of Brazil and Uwe Seeler of West Germany.
  8. One of the greatest Italian footballers of all time, Guseppe “Peppino” Meazza played a crucial role in his country’s 1934 World Cup victory. In one of the most memorable moments, Meazza’s shorts fell down as he took a penalty kick against Brazil in the 1938 World Cup. Unfazed, he picked them up with one hand and made the shot past the Brazilian goalkeeper who was still busy laughing, sending Italy into its second consecutive World Cup final.
  9. Lev Yashin, the great Soviet goalkeeper, played in three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1966). Known as the “Black Spider” for his signature all-black outfit and ability to block balls as if he had more than two arms, he was voted best goalie of the century.
  10. The total prize money on offer for the FIFA 2014 World Cup was amazing US$576 million (including payments of US$70 million to domestic clubs).
  11. FIFA world Cup 2014 Winner Germany got $35 million as prize money.
  12. FIFA installed goal-line technology in all 12 of Brazil’s world cup stadiums in 2014 World Cup for the first time in history to be used determine whether or not the entire ball has crossed over the goal line eliminating human errors.
  13. Germany didn’t like FIFA World Cup 2014 accommodations and in fact went ahead and built their own World Cup Hotel and training camp.
  14. Miroslav Klose of Germany scored his 16th World Cup goal against Brazil in 2014 to break the tournament’s individual goal-scoring record. His goal made him the career scoring leader in the World Cup with 16 goals, one more than Brazilian Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima.
  15. The record for most individual goals in a tournament is held by France’s Just Fontaine, with 13. He played in just one World Cup (1958) but that was good enough to place him third on the all-time career goals list.
  16. The oldest player to lead a Country to the World Cup title was the Italian goalkeeper and captain Dino Zoff, who at the age of 40 captained Italy to their 1982 FIFA World Cup title.
  17. Faryd Mondragón became the oldest player to ever make an appearance at a World Cup finals when he came on for Colombia v Japan (43y 3d) beating Roger Milla from Cameroon who was 42 years old in 1994 FIFA World Cup.
  18. The youngest player to score a goal is Pele at 17 years and 239 days old when he scored in 1958.
  19. Russia’s Oleg Slanko holds the record for most individual goals in a single match, netting five goals against Cameroon in 1994.
  20. German National Franz Beckenbauer and Brazilian Mario Zagallo are the only players in the history of World Cup that won the title as a player and coach.
  21. Hungary holdsi the record for scoring most goals when they beat El Salvador 10:1 in 1982.
  22. First goalkeeper to win the Most Valuable Player award was the German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn during the 2002 Fifa World Cup.
  23. Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo is the only head coach to lead the nation to two consecutive World Cup titles as the head coach in 1934 and 1938.
  24. Record number for most World Cup appearances is held by German player Lothar Matthaus with 25 appearances.
  25. Fastest goal in World Cup history was scored by Turkey’s Hakan Sukur, amazingly within 11 seconds into the game against South Korea during the 2002 World Cup.
  26. Amazing fact is that although India qualified for the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, the team chose to withdraw from the competition. FIFA’s requirement was that all players must wear shoes during matches. The Indian footballers were only accustomed to playing barefoot at the time.
  27. Very first hat trick was scored by an American Bert Patenaude during the 1930 World Cup.
  28. Sir Vivian Richards, widely regarded as a legend in the game of cricket, is in fact the only person to play World Cup Cricket as well as represent Antigua for football during the 1974 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  29. The highest attendance at the World Cup game was during the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay. It is reported that 199,854 people attended this final match played at the famous Marakana stadium in Rio de Janerio.
  30. Pele is the most successful World Cup player, winning the title 3 different times with Brazil.
  31. The fastest red card in the World Cup history was Uruguay’s Jose Baptista who lasted only  56 seconds in 1986 against Scotland before being sent off.
  32. German legend Lothar Matthaeus  and Antonio Carbajal (Mexican goalkeeper)  are the only two players to have played across five World Cup tournaments.
  33. The first time numbers first appeared on jerseys was in 1954.
  34. So far the jersey number with the most number of goals scored is number 9, the shirt number of Ronaldo.
  35. The red and yellow card system was not introduced until the 1970 World Cup. The first player to receive a red card was Chile’s Carlos Caszely in 1974 in a match against West Germany in the 67th minute.
  36. Although the penalty shootout was introduced in the 1978 World Cup, the first penalty shootout would only be taken in Spain ’82.
  37. During the 2006 World Cup, referee Graham Poll booked Croatian Josip Simunic three times before sending him off. After a second yellow card a player should automatically receive a red card and be expelled from the game, however, referee Poll seemingly lost count.
  38. During the same 2006 World Cup, referee Valentin Ivanov oversaw possibly the dirtiest game of World Cup football  displaying no less than 16 yellow and four red cards in the game between Portugal and the Netherlands at the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg on 25 June.
  39. “Fuleco”, the Official Mascot, is a three-banded armadillo from the eastern part of Brazil. He is 14 years old at the time of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was  voted on by the Brazilian public.
  40. “All in one rhythm” is the Official Slogan of the 2014 World Cup Brazil.
  41. England’s Geoff Hurst is the only player to score a hat trick in a World Cup final (in 1966) against West Germany.
  42. Luis Monti is the only player to appear in two World Cup championship games for two different nations: Argentina (1930) and Italy (1934).
  43. Maracana Stadium for World cup Final 2014 in Rio can seat 79,000. The original venue, built for the 1950 World Cup, had a capacity of 200,000.
  44. Eusebio’s three goals in the quarterfinals against North Korea helped Portugal win 4-3 after going down 3-0.
  45. Bora Milutinovic is in fact the only man to coach five nations at World Cup finals – Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, China and Nigeria.
  46. The maximum number of appearances in world cup matches is 25. It was done by great German footballer Lothar Matthaus.
  47. Northern Ireland’s Norman Whiteside was the youngest player to play in the world cup. He was just 17 years, 41 days  when he played FIFA World Cup in the 1982 against Yugoslavia.
  48. A few months before the 1966 World Cup, the Jules Rimet trophy made of solid Gold , which is awarded to each tournament’s winner, went on display at a London stamp exhibition. Amazing fact is that despite 24-hour surveillance, thieves managed to steal it. Six days after it disappeared, a man named David Corbett and his dog, Pickles, were taking a stroll in London’s Beulah Hill district when Pickles began sniffing a newspaper-wrapped parcel which was found to contain the trophy. England went on to win its first and only World Cup that year.
  49. The player on Argentine national team Francisco Varallo died at the age of 100, as the last surviving player. His first play was at the FIFA World Cup in 1930.
  50. Oliver Kahn , German is the only goalkeeper in the history of FIFA to have won the Golden Ball trophy.
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil
  1. Germany’s 7–1 win against Brazil marked the largest ever margin of victory in a Fifa World Cup semi-final. Brazil replaced the US, Yugoslavia and Austria in the record books, all of whom lost 6-1 in their respective World Cup semi-finals.
  2. The thumping 7-1 loss is Brazil’s biggest margin of defeat ever. (tied with a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920). the 6-goal margin of loss is the worst ever thumping of a host nation in the World Cup in any stage, leave alone in the semis.
  3. It was the fastest four goals scored in World Cup history as Germany scored four (4) in the span of six minutes (from 23 to 29).
  4. It was also the first time five (5) goals were scored in a 29-minute period of play.
  5. Toni Kroos from Germany fired in his two goals just 69 seconds apart, the fastest in the tournament’s history.
  6. The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-high number of goals scored (171).
  7. James Rodriguez became the first player to score in his first five career World Cup appearances since Peru’s Teofilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments).
  8. There were more goals scored by substitutes in this World Cup than in any previous edition (32).
  9. Tim Howard made 15 saves in the USA’s round of 16 defeat to Belgium highest ever.
  10. All eight group stage winners progressed to the quarter finals stage for the first time in World Cup history.
  11. Honduras have now played nine games without a win at the World Cup (D3 L6). They have played more matches at the World Cup without winning than any other side (New Zealand, El Salvador and Bolivia – all six).
  12. Mexico have been knocked out of the World Cup finals at the second round stage in all six editions since 1994; no team has been knocked out at this stage as often as this.
  13. Argentina have progressed from all four of their World Cup semi-finals.
  14. Germany have reached the World Cup final for the 8th time; more often than any other side in the history of the competition.
  15. Germany have scored 18 goals in these finals – the last team to score as many in a World Cup tournament was Brazil (also 18) in 2002.
  16. Mario Götze is the first substitute to score a winning goal in the World Cup final.
  17. Mario Götze is the youngest scorer of a goal in a World Cup final since Wolfgang Weber in 1966 (22 years, 33 days).
  18. In fact, this was the first time that England have been eliminated from a World Cup at the group stage since 1958.
  19. A four goal margin (1-5 against Netherlands) is the biggest losing margin by a defending champion at a World Cup.
  20. Neymar scored the 100th goal of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil’s 100th game in World Cup finals history.

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