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World Cup Facts

Did You Know?

  • The World Cup in 2018 will mark the first time Russia has ever hosted this event.
  • The 2018 World Cup will be Russia’s 11th World Cup appearance. Their highest ever finish was 4th place in 1966.
  • 3.2 billion people (almost half of the world’s population) tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup.
  • The World Cup has been played 20 times, Brazil holds the most titles with five. Italy and Germany are close behind with four each.
  • For the first time in the history of soccer, the 2002 World Cup was held in two different countries: South Korea and Japan.
  • The oldest goal scorer in the World Cup was Roger Milla, who was 42 in 1994 when he scored a goal for Cameroon against Russia.
  • It is rumored that India withdrew from the 1950 tournament as they were not allowed to play barefoot.
  • One of the venues for the 2018 World Cup, Fisht Stadium in Sochi, is the same stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Games.
  • The first World Cup was played in 1930. Uruguay was both the tournament host and winner that year.
  • The World Cup trophy went missing for 7 days in 1966, when it was stolen just prior to the tournament.
  • The distance between the easternmost host city ( and the westernmost host city (Kaliningrad) at the 2018 World Cup is over 1500 miles. For comparison, that’s about the same distance as Moscow to London, England.

Source: Roadtrips