As the World Cup is currently well underway and majestic teams such as Spain and England are about to go home, not making it through the first leg of the event, it might be fun for you to discover these interesting World Cup facts. As this football event has a lot of history, the facts have accumulated over the years. I’ve selected seven interesting World Cup facts for you to enjoy:
- Hasan Sukur from Turkey holds the record for scoring the fastest goal in the world, just 11 seconds into the game against South Korea in 2002.
- FIFA prohibited shirt-swapping in 1986 because they did not want players to bare their chests.
- Brazilian forward Ronaldo holds the record of World Cup career goals, with 15 goals scored.
- Mexico holds a rather sad record. It’s the country that suffered the most losses at the World Cup with a total of 22. Let’s see what they’ll do this year in Brazil!
- Even though 20 tournaments have been held since 1930, only seven nations have won the prestigious World Cup: Brazil ( 5 wins), Italy(4 wins), Germany (3 wins), Uruguay( 2 wins), Argentina (2 wins), France (a win) and England (a win).
- The World Cup was first televised in 1954 and it is the most widely followed sporting tournament in the world.
- This year, the World Cup champion team wins $35 million while the runner-up, $25 million. Those eliminated in the group stage still take home $8 million. The total purse is $576 million.
The FIFA World Cup is such an impressive event on its own with rich history and amazing wins. Do you know other interesting World Cup facts? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comment section!