10 interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup.
Where it all began.
Yes, we’ve all come down with it, Tardis gets World Cup Fever
The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930
It’s all about the goals.
Germany have been the highest goal scorers in all three previous editions of the World Cup. They scored 18 goals in their World Cup winning campaign of 2014, 16 goals in 2010 and 14 goals in 2006.
Not just coffee.
Brazil are the team with the most number of World Cup trophies, having won the competition on five occasions. Brazil were crowned World Champions in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
Brazilian legend Pele is the only player who has won the World Cup trophy thrice. He was part of Brazil’s winning teams in 1958, 1962 and 1970
No nudes is good nudes.
Shirt swapping was banned in 1986 as FIFA did not want players to bare their chest after the final whistle. However, England international Steve Hodge still managed to exchange shirts with Argentinean legend Maradona in the tunnel following the game where he scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal.
Even the ball has a name.
The official match ball for the 2018 World Cup, ‘Telstar 18’ is reimagined and named after the first Adidas match ball used in Mexico in 1970. Back then, the Telstar was the first ball to be used in the World cup which was designed with 32 black and white panels so as to make it more visible on the black and white television sets of the 70’s.
Well fancy that.
All World Cups have been won by European (11) or South American (9) sides.
They don’t just dance on their hats.
Mexico has qualified without winning the trophy more than any other country (16 times).
Off, off off.
Brazil has had the most red cards in the history of the competition (11), with Argentina (10) and Uruguay (9) not far behind.
Come on England.
Since winning the title in 1966, England have reached the semi-finals on only one occasion (1990), and have been the first in their group in only one of their last five tournaments (2006).