The FIFA world cup is the most anticipated football tournament in the world. It is watched by more than 50% of the world’s population. Waiting 4 years for another edition of this tournament is something most football fans find hard to do. The football tournament is laced with interesting events both on and off the football pitch that keeps football fans glued to their televisions. Here, I will be dishing out cool facts about the world cup that you never knew.
CF1) The first world cup was played 1930. Uruguay hosted and won the tournament that year
CF2) The trophy awarded to the winners of the world cup in 1966 was stolen prior to the 1966 tournament but was later recovered.
CF3) A Russian player named Oleg Salenko holds the record for the most goal scored by one player in a world cup match-5goals
CF4) Roger Miller from Cameroon is the oldest player to play in a world cup tournament. He was 42 when he played and scored during the 1994 world cup.
CF6) In the history of the world cup, South Africa is the only host country who has been eliminated in the first round of the tournament in 2010.
CF7) Pele is the most successful football player in the FIFA world cup, he has won the tournament 3 times with Brazil.
CF8) Egypt was the first African country to appear in the world cup. They were only able to play one match against Hungary who knocked them out.
CF9) The match between Austria and Switzerland which produced a total of 12 goals is the FIFA world cup match with the highest number of goals till date.\
CF10) No other goal keeper in the history of the FIFA world cup has been sent off the pitch besides Gianluca Pagliuca, the Italian goal keeper was shown a red card against Norway. In-spite of his absence, Italy still won 1-0
CF11) The 2014 FIFA world cup was the first edition of the world cup to incorporate the Goal-line technology.
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