Unbelievable Facts About Football World Cup
Its the football world cup season and we’re all glued to our television sets like never before. Here’s presenting to you some interesting and unbelievable facts from the football world cup archives.
1. Brazil are the only World Cup winning nation to not win when they hosted the tournament in 1950.
2. The 19 FIFA World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams.
3. The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
4. Roger Milla from Cameroon was 42 years old when he played in 1994 FIFA World Cup.
5. German National Franz Beckenbauer & Brazilian Mário Zagallo are the only two people to win the title as a player and coach.
6. Hungary hold the record for scoring the most goals when they beat El Salvador 10 – 1 in 1982.
7. Germany and Brazil hold the top spot for most appearances in the World Cup final. Both countries made it to the finals on 7 different occasions.
8. India withdrew from the competition in 1950 when they weren’t allowed to play barefoot in the tournament.
9. The very first hat trick was scored by American Bert Patenaude during the 1930 World Cup.
10. Sir Viv Richards is the only person to have played both World Cup Football and World Cup Cricket.
11. The highest attendance at the World Cup was during the 1950 final between Brazil and Uruguay. It is reported that 199,854 attended the Marakana stadium in Rio de Janerio.
12. Brazil is the only Country to have appeared in every World Cup tournament since 1930.
13. The World Cup was not played in 1942 and 1946 because of the World War.
14. Pele is the most successful World Cup player, winning the title 3 different times with Brazil.
15. No host Country had ever been eliminated during the first round, until South Africa in 2010.