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  1. benztown

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    The World Cup of 1958 was the last one where the hosts reached the final and didn't win as Sweden lost to Brazil with 2-5.

    This was also the only time, a South American team won the World Cup on European ground.

    On the other hand, no European team ever won if the World Cup wasn't held in Europe.

    The only other time a host reached the final and didn't win was in 1950 in Brazil. This however wasn't a final as all the others before or afterwards as this was the only time a final round was installed with four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, Spain) playing each other. Uruguay eventually won with 2 wins and 1 draw.

    Since 1954 when Germany liftet the World Cup for the first time, they've been among the last 8 nations every single time. No other team has been that consistent.

    On 26 June 1954, the quarter-final match in Lausanne produced more goals than any match before or since, Austria beating Switzerland 7-5, despite the Swiss being 3:0 ahead at one stage.

    The record win however dates from 1982 when Hungary beat El Salvador 10:1 (the only double figure win in World Cup history).

    For the first World Cup in 1930 there were no qualification rounds. Participation was by invitation only.

    The whole of this first World Cup took place in the single city of Montevideo.

    A total that is not likely to be equalled ever again is the 174,000 crowd in the Maracana stadium in Rio in 1950 (unofficial sources quote the figure as over 200,000). Brazil lost to Uruguay 1-2.

    Also in 1950, England made their first appearence at a World Cup beeing the huge favourite but then lost their second group game against the US 0-1. When the result was cabled to Britain, the English media thought there had been a mistake, since obviously it was impossible that England would lose to the US. They thought that the first fiugure was missing and the next day newspapers reported a 10-1 victory over the US. After another 1-0 loss against Spain, England made an early exit.

    Mexico's goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal represented his country at five World Cups between 1950 and 1966. Eight players have made it four times, but Germany's Lothar Matthäus went one better at France 98 and equalled Carbajal's record. Matthäus has also played in a total of 25 World Cup final round matches - another record.

    At the 1974 World Cup, Scotland was the only team to be undefeated.

    The Jules Rimet Cup, named after the founder of the FIFA World Cup competition, became Brazilian property outright when the team's victory in Mexico in 1970 saw the cup pass into their hands for the third time in twelve years. That, however, was not the end of the saga of the "Golden Goddess". The trophy was stolen in Brazil and, unlike in England in 1966, was never seen again. The CBF was given a replica for their trophy cabinet.

    1970 was the first year to see the use of yellow and red cards. The first player to be sent off with a red card was Carlos Caszely of Chile, who had this dubious honour in 1974.

    A unique record is held by José Batista of Uruguay who was sent off within the first minute on 13 June 1986.

    In 2002, Brazilian captain Cafu became the first man to play in three FIFA World Cup final matches.

    The 2002 final had another first. Amazingly, the FIFA World Cup’s two most successful teams, Brazil and Germany, had never met each other at the tournament, not until their 87th and 85th matches respectively.

    Also in 2002: The fastest goal ever to be scored at a world cup. Hakan Sukur’s goal for Turkey against Korea Republic came after just 11 seconds.

    German striker Gerd Müller is the FIFA World Cup all-time leading scorer with 14 Goals in two World Cups (1970 & 1974)

    Dino Zoff holds the record of being the oldes player to win the World Cup. He did so with Italy in 1982 at the age of 40.

    In 1994 Cameroons Roger Milla became the oldest goalscorer at a FIFA World Cup, at the age of 42. He's also the first african to have played in three World Cups.

    The only player ever to be part of three World Cup winning sides was Pele!

    The honour of being the youngest scorer of all time is held by - again, who else? - the great Pele himself, just 17 years and 239 days old when he hit the winning goal for Brazil against Wales in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

    Pele scored at least once in each of his four World Cup appearances (1958-70), and has a total of 12 to his credit. Yet he has never been top scorer.

    French player Just Fontaine holds the record for scoring the most goals at a single World Cup tournament (13) in 1958.

    Only two men have been crowned world champion as both a player and a coach: Mario Zagallo who won the World Cup twice as a player (1958 & 1962), once as national manager (1970) and once as assistant manager (1994). Franz Beckenbauer won the trophy once as a player in 1974 and once as coach in 1990.

    Brazil and Germany each have a record seven World Cup final appearences. Brazil did so in 1950, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 1998, 2002. Germany in 1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002.

    This means that since WWII, there was only one World Cup final in which neither Germany nor Brazil participated. This was in Argentina 1978 where the hosts beat Holland 3-1 after extra time. Brazil finished third.

    The great football nation of Spain never finished better than fourth at a World Cup (1950).

    France won the World Cup 1998 on their 10th appearence when they were hosts for the second time after 1938.

    India withdrew from the 1950 World Cup because they were not allowed to play barefoot.

    So far three nations have hosted the World Cup twice: Italy (1934 & 1990), France (1938 & 1998) and Mexico (1970 & 1986). Germany who have already hosted the World Cup in 1974 will join the three next year.

    Belgiums greates triumph was a fourth place in 1986 when thy lost the match for third place to france 2-4 after extra time.

    Chile made their best performence in 1962 on home turf when they won the match for third place 1-0 against Yugoslavia.

    The trophy for the best goalkeeper at the FIFA World Cup is named after Russian goalkeeping legend Lev Yashin.

    Portugals biggest success was a third place in 1966, with their famous striker Eusebio "the black panther" who scored 9 times in that tournament, winning the golden boot. This was also Portugals first appearence at a World Cup.

    The first match in a FIFA World Cup to end 0-0 was between England and Brazil in 1958.

    At the first ever World Cup in 1930, the USA reached the semi finals where Argentina beat them 6-1. Never again have the USA reached a semi final.

    At the opening day of the first World Cup in 1930 the weather was snowy.

    Six times did the host nation win the World Cup: Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934, England 1966, Germany 1974, Argentina 1978 and France 1998.

    France became the first host nation not to win the Title in 1938 when they lost in the quarter finals against the eventual winner Italy 1-3.

    Costa Rica made a surprising debut in 1990 when they survived group phase behind Brazil and in front of Scotland and Sweden.

    A curiosity of the 1966 World Cup: The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen while on display in London. A dog with the name "Pickles" recovered it under a bush in a suburban front garden in south London a few days later.

    German striker Karlheinz Rummenigge is the only player to captain the losing finalists in two consecutive FIFA World Cups (1982 & 1986).

    German defender (and later team manager) Berti Vogts scored an own Goal on his last appearence for his country at the 1978 World Cup in a 3-2 loss against Austria in second round.

    Scotland has qualified nine times for the World Cup but never survived the first round.

    The first ever World Cup goal was scored by French player Lucien Laurent in a 4-1 win against Mexico at the opening game of the 1930 World Cup.

    The World Cup tournaments have had seven winners so far:
    Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), Germany (1954, 1974, 1990), Italy (1934, 1938, 1982), Argentina (1978, 1986), Uruguay(1930, 1950), France (1998) and England(1966)
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  2. glennaldo_sf

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    How many has Ronaldo got? If I'm not mistaken, he's only about 1 or 2 away from tying this record. Perhaps he will surpass Muller in a years time. That's quite a feat when you consider how much more difficult it is to score in internationals nowadays.
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    True, Ronaldo has already 12 Goals in three World Cups (although he didn't play a single game in 1994). However I wouldn't say that it has become that much more difficult to score as the game started to become very defensive in the 1960s.
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    ...if Ronaldo makes it to the World Cup roster


  5. Sagy

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    Has anyone else noticed the symmetry around Italy's 1982 victory
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                  1982 Italy
    1978 Argentina        1986 Argentina
    1974 West Germany     1990 West Germany
    1970 Brazil           1994 Brazil
    1966 Host (England)   1998 Host (France) 
    1962 Brazil           2002 Brazil
    1958 Brazil           2006 ????
    1954 West Germany     2010 ???? 
    1950 Uruguay          2014 ???? 
    1946   not held
    1942   not held
    1938 Italy
    1934 Italy
    1930 Uruguay
    If Brazil wins next year :), all it takes is for Germany to win in South Africa and we might see Uruguay steal another WC from Brazil in Rio:eek:.

    You heard it here first :rolleyes:.
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    Might happen.... It'll probably be the other way around though (Ger in Germany / Bra in SA) ;)

    - Oh yeah.. and we might see another USA 1- England 0 match again.
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    We should have a WW III around 2018, too bad ...
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    One more. Ronaldo scored five in 1998 and eight in 2002.
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    Do you think FIFA will let India play barefoot this time?
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    He scored 4 in 1998. But thats still pretty good, concidering that he is now leveled with Pele
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    Actually, it is eight. They qualified for the 1954, 58, 74, 78, 82, 86, 90 and 98 World Cups.
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    My mistake.
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    Scotland qualified in 1950, but had previously decided they would only participate if the came top of their group. England’s 1-0 victory over their northern neighbours led Scotland to withdraw their entry for the FIFA World Cup.
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    OK. Your statement though, claiming "Scotland has qualified nine times for the World Cup but never survived the first round" isn't accurate. You can't say that Scotland qualified for the 1950 World Cup and failed to make it past the first round in one statement because Scotland didn't even play.
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    I want to add some things.

    After Italy lost to North Korea at the 1966 World Cup, the Italian team had to change the time of their trip back to Italy so they could avoid angry fans. It didn't make a difference because the Azzurri fans still found the team and the players got pelted by tomatoes.

    Italy are the only team have scored one goal in three group matches and still top their group. They did it at Mexico 70. A 1-0 win against Sweden and two 0-0 draws against Uruguay and Israel respectively.
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    Yeah I was about to say wndering if Brazil will win this year and Germany in 2010 is nothing compared to what's coming in 1018. Yikes!
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    Anoter remarkable fact. Sweden scored the most goals in the 1994 world cup in USA.

    Sweden

    2 vs Kamerun
    3 vs Russia
    1 vs Brazil
    3 vs Saud Arabia
    2 vs Romania
    0 vs Brazil
    4 vs Bulgaria

    = 15


    Brazil

    2 vs Russia
    3 vs Kamerun
    1 vs Sweden
    1 vs USA
    3 vs Holland
    1 vs Sweden
    0 vs Italy

    = 11
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    Well, what I wanted to say basically is that they never reached the second round. So just read it that way.

    But then again Scotland did indeed qualify for the 1950 World Cup and they didn't make it past the first round. Which is no surprise if you withdraw but it's not a wrong statement. It leads to the wrong conclusion though, I admit that.
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    Italy is also the only team to win the WC without winning a single game in the group stage :eek:.

    1982
    Italy - Poland 0:0
    Italy - Peru 1:1
    Italy - Cameroon 1:1

    Italy advanced because they scored one more goal than Cameroon (which also had three ties).
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    What a World Cup that was!
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    Uruguay and Bulgaria in their respective groups at Mexico 86 had two draws and a defeat but they still managed to make it through to the second stage. Uruguay were thrashed 6-1 by Denmark too. What helped though was that from 1986-94, four of the best third-place teams in the group stage of a World Cup were allowed to go through to the second round and it was because only 24 teams played in those tornaments.
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    Spain 1982
    Code:
    GROUP A
                  P  W  D  L   Gls  Pts
    POLAND        3  1  2  0   5-1    4
    ITALY         3  0  3  0   2-2    3
    Cameroon      3  0  3  0   1-1    3
    Peru          3  0  2  1   2-6    2
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    The group stage was dodgy but once the second round commenced, Italy were on a roll.
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    What does Argentina's Italia 90 team have in common with Italy's USA 94 squad?

    ....... Both teams reached the final - despite finishing in 3rd place of their opening groups. And talking about Italy in 94... check out the final standings of their first round group... now that I call a group of death!

    P W D L F A Pts GD
    Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 3 4 0
    Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 0
    Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 0
    Norway 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 0

    Probably the only time that has ever happened too. I'm pretty glad they scrapped that "best third place team" going through system. Under current circumstances, Italy would've been eliminated in the first round by virtue of their 1-0 defeat to Ireland in New Jersey, as would have Argentina in 1990.
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    "India withdrew from the 1950 World Cup because they were not allowed to play barefoot"

    Lol this one is great :cool:

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