6 out of 20 world championships won the host.

The fastest penalty in a World Cup match was in the first minute of the final Germany – Netherlands match

in 1974 at World Cup, which was 1-0 for the Netherlands.

Brazil was the only country to participate in all World Cups. 21 participations (including 2018).

The last player to have been convicted of doping in the frames of the football world championships is Diego Maradona (ephedrine) 1994.

The Miracle of Bern 1954 was the only World Cup final that took place during the rain.

Luiz Felipe Scolari won twelve World Cup games as a coach in a row. In 2002 he became world champion with Brazil, in 2006 he reached with Portugal the semi-finals.

Germany has the most finals (8).

The name of the official football of the 2014 World Cup was determined by an internet vote of fans. 70 percent chose the name Brazuca.

The fastest goal after a substitute was done by Ebbe Sand (Denmark) after 16 seconds, against Nigeria at the 1998 World Cup.




Substitutions were not allowed at World Cups until 1970.

The top scoring game of 12 goals: Austria – Switzerland 7:5 at the World Cup 1954.

Germany has most often become Vice World Champion. 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002

Most yellow cards were in the match Germany – Cameroon at the 2002 World Cup. 14 yellow and 2 yellow-red, as well as Portugal – Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup with 12 yellow and 4 yellow-red cards.

Italy is the only country that won the World Cup without a first-round victory: Italy had draws three times in 1982.

The fastest World Cup goal after the game started: Hakan Sükür (Turkey) after 11 seconds in the game against South Korea in 2002.

Most penalties at a World Cup won: Germany 4 of 4, Argentina 4 of 5

South Africa was the first host to retire in the preliminary round.

Depending on the zone, the time difference between Brazil and the Central European Time is five or six hours.

Compared to the 2010 World Cup, premiums in 2014 were raised by 33 percent.

The official mascot of the 2014 World Cup was presented on the 16th of September 2012 in the Brazilian show Fantastico. It is called Fuleco and is a tripod armadillo.




Most goals in a World Cup tournament: Just Fontaine (France) – 13 goals in 6 matches at the 1958 World Cup
Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo became world champions as both players and coaches.

The most lost penalty shootouts in a World Cup: England (3 of 3) and Italy (3 of 4).

Italian Alessandro Altobelli scored the last goal of the 1982 World Cup and the first goal of the 1986 World Cup.

Italy and Brazil defended the title twice.

Lucien Laurant scored the first goal in a World Cup. On the 13th July in 1930 he hit in the game France against Mexico 1: 0 for France.

Viewer Minus Record Romania – Peru on July 14, 1930 with 300 spectators.

At the 1994 World Cup Colombia retired after the preliminary round. Andres Escobar had scored a goal in the decisive game against the USA. Ten days later he was shot.

Erich Ribbeck is the only German national coach without participation in a World Cup.

Rudi Glöckner is the only German referee to lead a World Cup final.1970

Mexico has the most participation in an opening game with 5 games.

Carlos Alberto Perreira has participated in six world championships as a coach, coaching five different national teams.

Most World Cup appearances have Lothar Matthäus with 25.

Croat Josip Simunic was sent off the field at the 2006 World Cup against Australia only after three yellow cards by referee Graham Poll.

The final of the 1930 World Cup was played with two different balls, because the teams could not agree on one. One half of the ball was of the Argentines, and the other half was of the Uruguayans.




Since 1994, the most entertaining team has been elected.

Most goals of one player was in a World Cup match: by Oleg Salenko (Russia) – 5 goals in the game against Cameroon (1994).

The Brazilian Socrates is the World Cup participant with the longest name: Socrates Brasiliairo Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira. Short name: Socrates.

The first Golden Goal at a World Cup: Laurent Blanc in the Round of 16 in 1998 against Paraguay.

The highest victories in a World Cup, Hungary – South Korea 9: 0 (1954), Yugoslavia – Zaire 9: 0 (1974)

Since 2006, there is the title Man of the Match in the World Cup final. In 2006 it became Andrea Pirlo, in 2010 Andres Iniesta.

For the first World Cup 1930 in Uruguay there was no qualification. Anyone who could afford it could participate. In total there were only four European participants (Yugoslavia, France, Belgium, Romania).

The World Cup makes 2014 for the 5th time station in South America. Uruguay (1930), Brazil (1950), Chile (1962), Argentina (1978).

The most scoring World Cup with an average of 5.38 matches per game is the 1954 World Cup.

12 cities host the 2014 World Cup.

At the World Cup qualification for the 1954 World Cup, the German national team played against the Saarland. They won 3:0 and 3:1.

The most of goals in World Cups has the Brazilian Ronaldo with 15 hits. Gerd Müller and Miroslav Klose follow in second place.

Brazil is the fifth country to host the World Cup for the second time.

Benito Armando Archundia (Mexico) is the first referee to lead five games in a World Cup. (2006)

In 1934 and 1938 the tournament was carried out completely in the knockout system, in a draw after extra time there was a day (1934) or two to five days (1938) later a replay. After that, if necessary, the lot would have decided.




At the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay all games were played in 3 stadiums in Montevideo.

Since 1998 the tournament has been held for the first time with 32 teams.

At the 2014 World Cup, goal-line technology will be used for the first time in a World Cup.

Thomas Müller made 3 goals in the opening match against Portugal of the 2014 World Cup.

Players may only be assigned the numbers 1 to 23, with 1 reserved for a goalkeeper.

At the first World Cup it was announced that the club whose selection wins the World Cup three times should be allowed to keep it. In 1970, the trophy went to Brazil. The original was stolen in 1983.

Italy failed on three consecutive world championships on penalties.

At the World Championships from 1938 to 2002, in addition to the host country, the reigning world champion was qualified.

The winner of the World Cup will receive from the FIFA President the World Cup trophy, which will remain the property of FIFA. The World Champion will receive the Cup at a ceremony immediately after the end of the finals and must request it from FIFA or return it from Brazil before departure at the latest before receiving a replica of the Cup.

The FIFA Organizing Committee determines the dates and venues of the final round matches, with a rest period of at least 48 hours between two matches of a team.

Each participating member of association must then submit to FIFA a final list of 23 players (final list), including three goalkeepers. The players must be selected from the temporarylist. The participating member of association must provide FIFA with the final list no later than ten days before the opening match.

Knockout-Phase: If there are undecided outcome results at the end of the regular playing time, it will last for 15 minutes with a break of five minutes after the end of regular time, but without a break between the two halves of the extra time.

Each participating member of association is qualified for the final tournament, he must submit to FIFA a list of 30 players (temporary list), which it has prepared for the status and transfer of players in accordance with the relevant provisions of Annex 1 of the FIFA Regulations. The temporary list (including the full surname, first name, surname, place of birth, date of birth, passport number, name and country of the club, greetings, weight and the number of matches and international goals) must be submitted to FIFA no later than 30 Days before the opening match.

In the group matches the championship mode applies: Each team plays once against all other teams of its group. A victory results in three, a draw one and a defeat zero points.

Knockout phase: If the score is undecided after the extra time, the winner will be determined by penalty shoot-outs according to the rules of the game.

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