11 facts to get you prepped for the World Cup!
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup and takes place as an international men's football tournament. It's scheduled to take center stage in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. This tournament will be the second one that Brazil has hosted since the World Cup in 1950. Learn more interesting facts about the World Cup here!
11 World Cup Facts and Trivia
- The first World Cup took place in Uruguay in 1930. Uruguay was chosen to host the World Cup since they were the Olympic champions at the time. When hosting the World Cup, Uruguay built a stadium in Montevideo that could hold up to 95,000.
- Many soccer fans consider the 1970 World Cup to be the best ever played after watching the Brazilians duke it out against the Italians on the field. Pele was a key player for the Brazilians and not only lead his team to victory, but also inspired children to get involved in the game of football.
- For the first time in 1994, the World Cup was played on American soil. Brazil and Italy played against each other in the final and a shoot-out was required to declare the winner. Brazil won after the fourth round.
- In 2010, the World Cup was played for the first time ever of African soil. The host country built a stadium in Cape Town that cost over $4.4 billion to construct.
- The only player to win three world cups is Pele. One in 1958, 1862 and 1970.
- In 2006, the Russian referee Valentin Ivanov handed out 16 yellow cards in the match between Portugal and the Netherlands. This ties Ivanov with the World Cup record for the referee's record of most yellow cards.
- In the 1954 Switzerland World Cup, Hungry scored the most goals by a single team in one tournament. They set the record at 27. It has yet to be beat.
- At the age of 40, Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff became the oldest player to win a world cup in the 1982 World Cup that took place in Spain.
- In 1946, the World Cup was cancelled because of the Second World War.
- It took 56 seconds for Uruguay's Joe Batista to get red carded in the 1986 World Cup, the fastest World Cup ejection in history.
- At the age of 100, Argentina's Franscisco Varallo is the only person who is still alive after playing in the first World Cup that took place in 1930.
Learn more about this year's World Cup here.