The FIFA World Cup is riddled with close finishes and controversies but here are some of those quirky occurrences that stand out and survive the test of time.
1) The 2018 FIFA World Cup marks the first time Russia has ever hosted the event – but the hosts have appeared in the tournament 11 times and had finished fourth in 1966.
2) The FIFA World Cup became the most watched sport in 2014 when 3.2 billion people tuned in to watch the games. That’s pretty amazing considering the population of the world stands at 7.6 billion.
3) Brazil holds the record for the most number of titles held at five.
4) The oldest goal scorer in the World Cup was 42-year-old Roger Milla from Cameroon, who scored a screamer against Russia in 2002.
5) Did you know that the World Cup trophy had gone missing for seven days in 1966? It was stolen by a group of people but the culprits remain at large… if they’re still alive, that is.
6) The average attendance per game at the 2014 World Cup was over 53,000!
7) The Italians may have not qualified for this year’s World Cup but they do hold the record for the most number of draw games at 21.
8) At 25, Mexico stands tall with the most number of World Cup losses. Well, they’re serious about taking home the trophy this time. Hard luck, Germany!
9) The most number of goals scored by one player in a World Cup match is five by Oleg Salenko of Russia.
10) In addition to bragging rights, the winner of the FIFA World Cup gets to take home US$ 35 million.