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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

World Cup 2010: Trivia time

Every 4 years a fever sweeps across many lands and affects many people. That's right folks, World Cup fever is here again!

The 2010 World Cup is being held in South Africa, amongst a thrall of supporters. Who will take home this cup? We'll just have to wait and watch.
In the meantime, here is a list of interesting World Cup trivia to tide you over some of the dull 1st round matches:

  • The first world cup Football match kicked off on July 13th, 1930 in Uruguay, with France beating Mexico 4 to 1 
  • There were a total of 13 teams in the first World Cup. Besides the host Uruguay, there were Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, France, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, the United States and Yugoslavia.
  • Did you know that South American and European countries have won the World Cup 9 times and 9 times respectively. There has been no other continent which has produced a World Cup Champion.
  • World Cup Winners (total number by country)

    • Brazil 5 
    • Italy 4 
    • Germany (West) 3 
    • Uruguay 2 
    • Argentina 2 
    • England 1 
    • France 1
  • Who says there is no such thing as home advantage? Out of the 19 World Cups so far, six have been won by the host country.
  • Bora Milutinovic coached in every tournament between 1986 and 2002 - but for different teams: Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Nigeria and China.
  • No European team has won a World Cup played outside of Europe.
  • Five teams have been unbeaten but not the champions in the same finals. Those unbeaten teams are: Scotland in 1974 (1 win, 2 draws), Brazil in 1978 (4 wins, 3 draws), England in 1982 (3 wins, 2 draws), Cameroon in 1982 (3 draws), Belgium in 1998 (3 draws).
  • The only person to have played both World Cup Football and World Cup Cricket is Viv Richards - playing for Antigua in football and West Indies in cricket.
  • Cameroon's Roger Milla is the oldest player at the World Cup - he was 42 years and 39 days old when he played his last match against Russia in 1994. Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside is the youngest ever finals player, being just 17 years and 41 days when he took the field against Yugoslavia in 1982.
  • Shirt swapping was once officially prohibited in 1986 because FIFA did not want players to 'bare their chests' on the field.
  • The highest attendance at a World Cup match was 199,854 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janerio for the 1950 decider between Uruguay and Brazil.
  • The most common surname of World Cup players is Gonzalez or Gonzales. The most common score in a World Cup finals match is 1-0.
  • Brazil is the only country to have qualified for every World Cup tournament, 19 finals tournaments from 1930 to 2010. And they have automatically qualified for the 2014 tournament as hosts.
  • All-time World cup scorers (and their nation + score): 
    • Ronaldo (BRA)15, Gerd Müller (GER)14, Juste Fontaine (FRA)13, Pelé (BRA)12, Sandor Kocsis (HUN), 11Jürgen Klinsmann (GER)11. Helmut Rahn (GER)10, Teofilio Cubillas (PER)10, Gary Lineker (ENG)10, Gregorz Lato (POL)10, Gabriel Batistuta (ARG)10, Miroslav Klose (GER)10, Roberto Baggio (ITA)9
  • India refused to play in the 1950 World Cup because FIFA told the players they would have to play in Football cleats, rather than barefoot.
  • 12 is the highest number of goals scored in a single World Cup match, by Austria and Switzerland (7-5) in 1954.
  • 13 is the record number of goals in a single World Cup, held by Frenchman Juste Fontaine in 1958.
  • No host country has ever been eliminated in the first round - will 2010 be the first time?
Thanks to Topendsports.com and ziggymarley.com for the info

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