The World Cup, which takes place every 4 years, is perhaps the most anticipated sporting event in the world today. The event is organized and managed by FIFA and will be taking place in Russia this year. Although many people love the games, few understand the intriguing facts that surround the sporting event. Here are a few of them.

  • FIFA, the World Cup’s governing body, stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association in French.
  • The highest viewership of the games, both through televisions and stadium attendance, occurred in 2014 when 3.2 billion people are believed to have watched. This was almost half of the world’s population.
  • The oldest player to have played and scored in the World Cup matches was Roger Milla. At the age of 42 years, he played for Cameroon and scored against Russia.
  • India is rumored to have voluntarily withdrawn from the 1950 World Cup because they were not allowed by FIFA to play barefoot as they demanded.
  • The highest number of goals scored during playoff time in a World Cup match was between Austria and Switzerland, with an outcome of 7-5. A total of 12 goals were conceded during the match.
  • The highest number of goals scored by a team during a single World Cup match is 10, a record held by Hungary when it played El Salvador in 1982.
  • The highest number of draws in the history of the World Cup is 21, a record held by Italy.
  • Mexico has the highest number of losses in the course of World Cup games, amounting to 25.
  • Russia’s Oleg Salenko holds the record of the highest number of goals scored in a single World Cup match.
  • Nine months after Germany held the World Cup in 2006, its birth rate shot up by 10 percent.
  • Brazil has the highest number of wins in the World Cup tournaments. The team has appeared in every World Cup game since the inception of the competition.
  • The fastest goal to be scored was by Hakan Sukur, who played for Turkey, just 11 seconds after the start of the game in 2002.
  • The fastest red card on record to be given to a player is held by Uruguay’s Jose Batista, who was sent off the field 56 seconds into the game.
  • So far, there have been 20 World Cup games played, in which trophies went to either a European nation or a South American nation.