Introduction For This Trivia:
Held every four years, the World Cup has been the most prestigious and most watched sports event in the history of our Earth. Beginning in 1930, the World Cup has been played 19 times as of 2010, only skipping two times in 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War. The most recent champions of the World Cup are Spain (one title) and Italy (one title) in 2010 and 2006 respectively. The current title record holder is Brazil, who has won the World Cup five times, followed closely by Italy, with four titles.
Below are 13 fascinating trivia of the World Cups. Please enjoy and prepare for the 2014 World Cup that is going to be held in Brazil! Please note, these trivia are updated as of 2010!
1. The first World Cup started in July 13th, 1930 with France beating Mexico 4 to 1 in Uruguay. The first title winner, however, was Uruguay, beating Argentina 4 to 2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people.
2. The new FIFA World Cup trophy was replaced in 1974 and awarded to winner Germany. This design was drawn by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga. It features an 18-carat gold.
3. The oldest player ever to play in the World Cup was Cameroon's Roger Milla. He was 42 years old when he played his last game in 1994 against Russia.
4. The youngest player ever to play in the finals was Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside. He was 17 years old when he played his match in 1982 against Yugoslavia.
5. Names on jerseys were first implemented in 1994, and before that players only had their numbers on their jersey, which was implemented in 1954.
6. Prior to 2010, the host countries of the FIFA World Cup have never been eliminated in the first round before. South Africa in 2010 was the first.
7. For 19 tournaments from 1930 to 2010, Brazil has never missed the finals before.
8. The first player to score a hat-trick was the United State's Bert Patenaude in 1930 against Paraguay. The final score was 3 to 0.
9. Europe beats South American 10 to 9 for total champions won after Spain won their first title in 2010's World Cup. For South America, Brazil has won five times, and Argentina and Uruguay has both won twice. Italy has won four times, Germany thrice, and England, France, and Spain each with one victory for Europe's side.
10. Seven players in total have participated in a World Cup games for two different nations. PuskÃ¡s (Hungary and Spain), Altafini (Brazil and Italy), Monti (Argentina and Italy), Santamaria (Uruguay and Spain), Jarni (Yugoslavia and Croatia), Demaria (Argentina and Italy), and Prosinecki (Yugoslavia and Croatia).
11. In World Cup history, only two players have managed to win both a World Cup as a player and another as a coach. Mario Zagallo from Brazil, 1958/1962 as a player and 1970 as a coach; and Franz Bechenbauer from Germany in 1974 as the captain and 1990 as the coach.
12. The most goals ever scored in a tournament was done by Brazil's Ronaldo in 2006. His 15th goal was made in a match against Ghana. Brazil's Ronaldo is also the current record holder for scoring in the most number of matches, which is 11.
13. The first and only time two self-goals have been scored in a single match was in 2002 when the United States played Portugal in the group stage. Jorge Costa first scored his own net in the 30th minute, followed by Jeff Agoos in the 71st minute. The final score was 3-2, with the United States proceeding to the second round.
This concludes the FIFA WC Trivia. Having operated for 80 years, the FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is a prominent masterpiece of football clubs all over the world. Headquartered in ZÃ¼rich, Switzerland, FIFA is responsible for the organization and governance of football's major international tournaments. Being held in Brazil for 2014, the next WC will definitely be something to watch out for! Plus, new trivia and records might also be broken!