World Cup Facts

  1. Brazil 2014 will be Bosnia-Herzegovina first appearance at the World Cup
  2. They will become the 77th team to play at a World Cup
  3. Brazil 2014 will be the 20th World Cup
  4. Brazil are the only nation to play in every World Cup
  5. Germany have played the most World Cup games, 99 in total
  6. 2010 in South Africa was the first time a European team won the World Cup when it has been held outside Europe
  7. Brazil have won the most World Cups, 5 in total
  8. Uruguay hosted the first World Cup, held in 1930
  9. Uruguay also won the first World Cup
  10. 6 times the host nation has won the world cup
  11. Czechoslovakia (now knowing as Czech Republic) have done the best of the European teams when the World Cup has been in South America, runners-up in 1962 in Chile
  12. The host nation has always reached the semi-finals when the World Cup has been held in South America
  13. 2014 will be the 5th time the World Cup has been held in South America
  14. Brazil 2014 will be the 5th World Cup to have 32 teams
  15. Italy and Brazil are the only 2 nations to win back to back World Cups
  16. 2014 will be Brazil’s 2nd time to host the World Cup, last held in 1950
  17. Hungary, Czech Republic(formerly Czechoslovakia) and Sweden are the only 3 nations that have played in a World Cup Final not to have qualified for this year in Brazil
  18. 12 different nations have made it to at least 1 World Cup Final
  19. 24 different nations have made it to at least 1 World Cup Semi-Final
  20. Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland is the youngest player to play in a World Cup(1982) at 17 years and 41 days
  21. Roger Milla of Cameroon is the oldest player to play in a World Cup(1994) at 42 years and 39 days
  22. Ronaldo of Brazil is the all-time top scorer of scored overall at World Cups, 15 in total
  23. If Klose makes Germany squad for Brazil World Cup he could overtake Ronald as all-time top scorer, he currently has 14 goals overall
  24. Brazil have had the most players send-off in the World Cup, a 11 in total, Argentina lie second with 10 and Uruguay in third with 8
  25. Holland v Portugal game at the 2006 World Cup had the most players send-off, 4 in total, with 2 from each team
  26. 159 players in total have been sent-off at the World Cup
  27. 5 players in total have been sent off in the Final of the World Cup
  28. Franz Beckenbauer of Germany and Mario Zagallo Brazil are the only 2 to have won the World Cup as a player and a manager
  29. Brazil and Germany(West Germany) are the only 2 nations to reach the World Cup Final 3 times in a row
  30. Lothar Matthäus of Germany has played the most World Cup games, 25 in total
  31. Lothar Matthäus of Germany and Antonio Carbajal of Mexico have played in the most World Cups, 5 in total
  32. 8 teams at this year’s World Cup failed to make the last World Cup

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