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Russia 2018: Don't miss these fun facts about the FIFA World Cup

As the 21st edition of the World Cup draws near, here are some fun facts to get you warmed up before the action kicks off in Russia.

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The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and was the brainchild of Jules Rimet, then president of FIFA. He even named the trophy after himself but the original Jules Rimet trophy was stolen. It was however recovered four months prior to the 1966 edition. The design we see today was introduced in 1974 and called the ‘FIFA World Cup Trophy’.
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The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and was the brainchild of Jules Rimet, then president of FIFA. He even named the trophy after himself but the original Jules Rimet trophy was stolen. It was however recovered four months prior to the 1966 edition. The design we see today was introduced in 1974 and called the ‘FIFA World Cup Trophy’.

Germany have been the highest goal scorers in all three previous editions of the World Cup. They scored 18 goals in their World Cup winning campaign of 2014, 16 goals in 2010 and 14 goals in 2006.
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Germany have been the highest goal scorers in all three previous editions of the World Cup. They scored 18 goals in their World Cup winning campaign of 2014, 16 goals in 2010 and 14 goals in 2006.

Brazil are the team with the most number of World Cup trophies, having won the competition on five occasions. Brazil were crowned World Champions in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
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Brazil are the team with the most number of World Cup trophies, having won the competition on five occasions. Brazil were crowned World Champions in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

Germany’s Miroslav Klose is the all-time highest goal scorer in the tournament with 16 goals from 24 matches. Klose was part of Germany’s squad in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
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Germany’s Miroslav Klose is the all-time highest goal scorer in the tournament with 16 goals from 24 matches. Klose was part of Germany’s squad in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Despite winning the World Cup on four different occasions, Germany have also lost the most number of finals. They finished runners-up in 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002.
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Despite winning the World Cup on four different occasions, Germany have also lost the most number of finals. They finished runners-up in 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002.

Brazilian legend Pele is the only player who has won the World Cup trophy thrice. He was part of Brazil’s winning teams in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He also holds the distinction of being the youngest goal scorer and winner of the tournament at just 17-years-old.
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Brazilian legend Pele is the only player who has won the World Cup trophy thrice. He was part of Brazil’s winning teams in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He also holds the distinction of being the youngest goal scorer and winner of the tournament at just 17-years-old.

Roger Milla became the oldest goal scorer in the tournament when he scored Cameroon’s only goal in their 1-6 defeat to Russia in 1994. Milla was 42 at that time and was only picked for the national team following an intervention from the country’s President.
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Roger Milla became the oldest goal scorer in the tournament when he scored Cameroon’s only goal in their 1-6 defeat to Russia in 1994. Milla was 42 at that time and was only picked for the national team following an intervention from the country’s President.

Shirt swapping was banned in 1986 as FIFA did not want players to bare their chest after the final whistle. However, England international Steve Hodge still managed to exchange shirts with Argentinean legend Maradona in the tunnel following the game where he scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal.
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Shirt swapping was banned in 1986 as FIFA did not want players to bare their chest after the final whistle. However, England international Steve Hodge still managed to exchange shirts with Argentinean legend Maradona in the tunnel following the game where he scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal.

The official match ball for the 2018 World Cup, ‘Telstar 18’ is reimagined and named after the first Adidas match ball used in Mexico in 1970. Back then, the Telstar was the first ball to be used in the World cup which was designed with 32 black and white panels so as to make it more visible on the black and white television sets of the 70’s.
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The official match ball for the 2018 World Cup, ‘Telstar 18’ is reimagined and named after the first Adidas match ball used in Mexico in 1970. Back then, the Telstar was the first ball to be used in the World cup which was designed with 32 black and white panels so as to make it more visible on the black and white television sets of the 70’s.

First Published on Jun 6, 2018 06:43 pm
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