15 Interesting Facts About The FIFA World Cup

This year, the FIFA World Cup promises to be the largest soccer tournament in history. Thirty-two countries will battle it out in twelve stadiums throughout Brazil. Since 1930, eighteen tournaments have taken place in seven countries, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, England, and France. The following are fifteen interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup.

One  - This is the second time Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup:

Following a sixty-four year interval, Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup for the second time. In 1950, the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro was built specifically for the World Cup. It is the only original Brazilian Bettson.com venue to be used again this year.

Two - Drones and robots will be used during the games:

US PackBot 510 robots and Israeli Hermes 900 drones will safeguard security for millions of fans. Recognition and thermal cameras, helicopters, night vision, high tech equipment, and Brazilian Armed Forces Soldiers will help ensure the security.

Three – The 2014 World Cup will be the most expensive ever:

To date the cost of this year’s World Cup tops fifteen billion US dollars, exceeding the cost of previous WC Tournaments.

Four – Twelve cities will participate in one of the largest sports betting events ever:

Seventeen cities expressed an interest in hosting the 2014 World Cup. After being petitioned by the Brazilian Football Confederation, FIFA raised the limit from ten to twelve cities.  Each city will participate in some of the most exciting betting events in the history of sports, as seen at Bettson.com.

Five - A paraplegic teenager will take the first World Cup kick:

Fitted with a neuro-engineered exoskeleton, a paraplegic teenager is expected to take the first kick in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Six – The official World Cup songs and anthems:

The official 2014 song is ‘We are One’ and the official FIFA WC anthem is ‘We Will Find A Way’ (Dar um Jeito). Coca-Cola’s official FIFA World Cup anthem is ‘The World Is Ours.’ And the World Cup 2014 album will feature seventeen songs.

Seven - WC champions have come from only two continents:

Following the eighteen previous World Cups, European and South American countries have each won nine titles. They are the only continents to have generated world champions.

Eight – The quickest goal:

Hasan Sukar, from Turkey, scored the quickest goal in WC history. In 2002, he made the first goal against South Korea, eleven seconds into the game.

Nine - India withdrew from the World Cup in 1950:

When players from Indian discovered that they had to wear ‘football boots’ they withdrew from the 1950 tournament because they weren’t allowed to play with bare feet.

Ten - The games were not held during WWII

Since the first tournament in 1930, The FIFA World Cup games have occurred every four years, except during World War II (1942 and 1946).

Eleven – The youngest player:

In 1982, Norman Whiteside was the youngest player to participate the FIFA World Cup, at seventeen years of age.  

Twelve – The oldest player:

Roger Milla (at age 42), a striker from Cameroonian, became the oldest player and goal scorer in the 1994 World Cup.

Thirteen – Two players scored in four consecutive games:

Pele (Brazil) and Uwe Seeler (West German) are the only two players to hold the record for scoring in a series of four consecutive final games; 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970.

Fourteen – Bare Chest Prohibition:

Players were not allowed to trade shirts during the games, in order to avoid ‘baring their chests,’ while on the football field.

Fourteen - Beer and Hotdogs:

During the 2014 World Cup tournament, estimated seven-hundred-and-fifty liters of beer and four-hundred thousand hot dogs were purchased during the South African World Cup.

Fifteen - Record number of individual goals:

Ronaldo (a Brazilian forward) holds the record number fifteen goals, scored by an individual during the World Cup.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup promises to provide many new stats and interesting facts! 

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