50 Interesting FIFA World Cup Facts that you Must Know
FIFA World Cup 2018 is approaching and the excitement is building up all over the world with fans and critics talking about the potential teams and players to look forward.
On this occasion, we have brought you 50 less known facts of FIFA World Cup that might be not knowing about.
50 FIFA World Cup Facts that you Must know about
- The inauguration World Cup was held in Uruguay, in 1930. Thirteen countries participated in the tournament.
- The World Cup was initially known as the Jules Rimet Trophy after late FIFA president Jules Rimet.
- Brazil has won the tournament the most number of times, 5.
- Brazil has won two consecutive World tournament1958 and 1962, a feat only matched by Italy in 1934 and 1938.
- 1942 and 1946 World Cup were postponed due to World War II.
- A total of 2304 goals have been scored overall in 19 World Cup tournaments.
- The highest number of goals recorded in a single tournament was 171, it came in 1998 France edition as well as 2014 Brazil edition.
- The lowest number of goals, 70, also came in two instances; 1930 and 1934 held in Uruguay and Italy respectively.
- Miroslav Klose is the highest goal scorer, his last of 15 goals came again Brazil. Coincidentally he broke the record of Brazilian Ronaldo to achieve this feat.
- Lothar Matthaus of Germany holds the record of most World Cup appearances. He was the captain of the 1990 World Cup-winning Germany team.
- The highest scoring game ever was a 1954 Quarterfinal match where Austria defeated hosts Switzerland 7 goals to 5.
- There have 22 penalty shootouts since 1982 edition.
- Germany can be called the undisputed champions of penalty shootouts. They have missed only a single shot during their total of 18 attempts. They have never lost a match when the game went down to the wire and was decided by Penalty shootout.
- On the contrary, England has lost all their shootouts in World Cup history.
- Brazil’s Pele is the most decorated player when it comes to World Cup success with 3 titles in his kitty.
- 1982’s Brazil squad and 1974’s Netherlands squad are considered to be the greatest teams not to win a World cup.
- Diego Maradona achieved two bizarre feats. One is appalling and the other one is considered to be the best goal in the history of World Cup. Irony is both of them were achieved during the 1986 Quarterfinal against England.
- Diego scored the first one by knocking the ball past the goalkeeper with his hand. The goal is known as “Hand of God”. The second one started from his own half when he dribbled past five Germany players and rounded the goalkeeper to score the goal.