World Cup Fact of the Day: a fun World Cup fact every day
- 13 July 2014
To celebrate the biggest competition in football, Newsround is bringing you a footy fact for every day of the World Cup.
32. How many goals were scored in the 1958 World Cup final?
The most goals ever scored in a World Cup final was seven in 1958, when Brazil played Sweden winning 5-2 in the final. Three World Cup finals have seen six goals scored, all of them finishing with the result 4-2.
31. How many times have Germany finished runners-up?
Germany have finished runners-up the most times, losing in the World Cup final on four occasions. Netherlands are next on the list, they've been the runners-up three times.
30. Which team has won all of the penalty shoot-outs they have been a part of?
Germany, France, Argentina, Brazil, and Italy are the teams who have all ended up in the most penalty shoot-outs in the finals of the World cup, totalling four each. Although Germany are the only ones who have managed to win all four of them
29. How many goals did the French player Just Fontaine score in the 1958 World Cup?
Legendary French football player Just Fontaine still holds the record for most goals scored by a player in a single world cup tournament. He scored 13 goals across 6 matches in the Swedish 1958 World Cup.
28. What was so special about Brazil's match against Cameroon?
Brazil's match against Cameroon this year was pretty special in a number of ways. It was Brazil's 100th game in the history of the World Cup, and superstar Brazilian striker Neymar Jr scored the 100th goal of this year's tournament!
27. How many appearances have Brazil and Germany made in a World Cup final?
Brazil and Germany are the sides to have made it to the World Cup final the most times. They've clocked up 7 appearances each, but Brazil have done better when they've got that far, winning five out of those seven titles. They did however both meet in one final together in 2002, Brazil came out as the worthy winners. [After Germany's thrashing of Brazil in the 2014 semi-final, they now hold the record alone, reaching the final eight times.]
26. Goals galore
The 1998 World Cup in France saw the highest number of goals scored by all the nations: the ball hit the back of the net a whopping 171 times. Host nation France topped the goal-scoring charts that year with 15 goals. Could this year overtake that?
25. Shirt numbers
Shirt numbers were used for the first time at the 1954 World Cup. And the number you wear has a big impact on how much you might score. In terms of the number of goals scored at World Cups, the most dangerous number to play against is number 9 - with number 10 close behind.
24. How have the other home nations fared?
Northern Ireland reached the second round in 1982 and the first round in 1986, and made it as far as the quarter finals in Sweden in 1958. Wales also reached the quarter-finals in 1958, the only time they've qualified. Scotland have qualified for the World Cup eight times, but they've never yet made it past the group stages.
23. The youngest goalscorer
Brazilian legend Pele was only 17 when he became the youngest player ever to score at the World Cup, in 1958 in Sweden. He went on to become one of the sport's greatest ever stars, and is one of just a handful of players to have scored in two World Cup finals.
22. What's the biggest ever scoreline?
The biggest scoreline in World Cup history - in fact the worst defeat in international football - is 31-0, Australia's thrashing of American Samoa in qualifying, in April 2001.
21. Who's the oldest ever World Cup winner?
Italian goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff was part of four World Cup squads. He played in three tournaments and then finally won in Spain 1982 at the ripe old age of 40 years, four months and 13 days. He also holds the record of 1,142 minutes without conceding a goal.
20. How much has this World Cup cost?
This will be the most expensive World Cup to date, with the Brazilian government spending around $14 billion dollars (just over £8 billion). That's more than the last three tournaments put together and there were big protests across Brazil in the lead-up to the tournament, from people saying it's costing the country too much.
19. What has the Brazilian government hired in for the World Cup?
Robots called Packbots have been hired by the Brazilian government, to help boost security during the World Cup. The robots have heat vision, are super strong and light, and can even climb stairs and work underwater! They have previously been used to help find and rescue people trapped in earthquakes.
18. In how many different cities will matches take place during the World Cup?
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil will see matches take place in 12 different cities across Brazil. Matches will be played in: Manaus, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Cuiaba, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
17. Which team was the last nation to win the Jules Rimet World Cup?
Italy was the last nation to win the Jules Rimet World Cup in 1938, a year before World War Two started putting the next two World Cups on hold. It's said the Italian Vice-President of FIFA hid the trophy in a shoe-box under his bed throughout the war to keep it safe.
16. What type of animal is the World Cup mascot?
Fuleco the three-banded armadillo is the 2014 World Cup mascot for Brazil. The three-banded armadillo is an endangered species native to Brazil and his name is a combination of Futebol (football) and Ecologia (ecology).
15. Why was Diego Maradona's famous goal against England so controversial in the World Cup?
In the 1986 World cup in Mexico City, Argentinean Diego Maradona scored a controversial goal that has become known throughout football history as "the Hand of God". In the match against England, Maradona headed the ball into the net using his head and hand in what he later called: "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".
14. How many spaces does the base of the World Cup trophy have for the future winners?
The base of the current World Cup trophy, which was introduced in 1974, has space for 17 inscriptions - enough for every winner until 2038.
13. Who scored the fastest goal in a World Cup?
Hakan Suker of Turkey scored the fastest ever goal in the history of the World Cup, against South Korea in 2002. 10.8 seconds was all it took for the striker to score, a record which today still remains unbroken!
12. Who was the first player ever to get sent off in a World Cup?
During the opening match of the 1974 World Cup the Chilean player Carlos Caszely made history by being the first player ever to be sent off by a straight red card in a World Cup.
11. How far did the World Cup trophy travel on tour?
The total distance covered by the World Cup trophy during its world tour before Brazil 2014, was 149,576.78 km (92,942.702 miles). That's more than three times around the world!
10. Who found the missing World Cup?
On the 20th of March 1966 the original Jules Rimet World Cup trophy was stolen from an exhibition in London. It was found a week later by a small dog called Pickles, out on a walk with his owner.
9. How many players tested the Adidas Brazuca football?
The new World Cup ball is pleasing to the eye but it has also gone through a rigorous testing procedure over the past two and a half years. It was tested by more than 600 professional players and 30 teams in 10 countries across three continents, making the Brazuca the most tested ball in Adidas' history.
8. When was the World Cup first televised?
The World Cup was first televised in Switzerland at the 1954 World Cup, but it wasn't until the 1970 World Cup that it was broadcast worldwide. Now it is one of the most viewed sporting events in the world. Last year's World Cup in South Africa attracted an audience of 3.2 billion people: around 46% of the world's population, and that doesn't include people who watched in on their mobile gadget or in a bar or restaurant!
7. How many World Cup matches have been decided by a penalty shoot-out?
As of the start of the 2014 tournament, a total of 22 World Cup matches have been decided by a penalty shoot-out, since the rules came into effect in 1978. The most successful team at penalty shoot-outs is Germany, with four wins, and unfortunately England is the worst with three losses without wins.
6. How many people does the Maracana stadium seat?
The famous Maracana Stadium in Brazil will host the final of the World Cup this year, and can seat 73,531 people. The stadium opened in 1950 to host the World Cup, and a record-breaking 173,850 people paid for a ticket to watch the final match between Uruguay and Brazil game, but the actual attendance to the match was around 210,000 - a record for a team sports match that still remains today!
5. How many countries have hosted the World Cup twice?
This is the second time that Brazil has hosted the world cup. The first time was in 1950. Only five countries have ever hosted the World Cup twice.
4. Which country has played the most matches at the World Cup?
Before the start of the 2014 tournament, Germany had played 99 World Cup matches, more than any other nation, with Brazil coming a close second with 97. Germany played their 100th match against Portugal on 16 June.
3. Which country has won the World Cup the most?
Brazil is the most successful national football team in the history of the World Cup, with five championship wins under their belt. Brazil has also qualified for every World Cup match without the need for playoffs.
2. When did the World Cup first start?
The first ever World Cup match was played in Uruguay in 1930. Thirteen teams from around the world competed, and the host nation Uruguay became the first ever nation to win the world cup with a 4-2 triumph over Argentina.
1. Why do Brazil play in a yellow kit?
The Brazilian team originally played in a white kit, until they lost the World Cup at home in 1950. The kit was then seen as "cursed" and a campaign was launched to design a new one.
An 18-year-old named Aldyr Garcia Schlee came up with the winning design of yellow and green shirts with blue shorts.
The kit was nicknamed the "Canarinha" which means canary.
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