Monday, 14 July 2014

World Cup Facts

1.  The first World Cup soccer tournament was held in Uruguay in 1930.  Thirty countries participated.

2.  Up until this year, Portugal's Ronaldo held the record for most World Cup goals scored.  Germany's Klose broke that record in 2014 by scoring 16 goals.

3.  In 1994, Cameroon's Roger Milla, at 42 years old, was the oldest player to participate in a World Cup.

4.  Italy suffered a 44 year drought between its 1938 victory and its 1982 victory in the World Cup.

5.  The first goalkeeper to win the MVP was Germany's Oliver Kahn in 2002.

6.  The only coach to lead its team to back to back World Cup victories, in 1934 and 1938, was Italy's Vittorio Pozzo.

7.  As of 2012, Germany had played 99 World Cup matches, the most for any nation.

8.  The fastest goal in World Cup history was scored by Turkey's Hakan Sukur, scored 11 seconds into the game against South Korea in 2002.

9.  The first hat trick in World Cup history was scored by American Bert Patenaude in 1930.

10.  Brazil, at five, has won the most World Cups in history.  Pele is the most successful World Cup player, having won the title three times with Brazil.


Pelee hoists the World Cup courtesy

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