25 Genuinely Interesting Facts About The World Cup To Read Between Games
The winning team takes home $38 million in prize money!
And 22-year-old Lucien Laurent from France scored the opening goal.
Coverage of the World Cup has become so popular that it's overtaken the Olympic Games to become the most viewed and followed sporting event.
Although 77 nations have played in at least one World Cup, only eight of those have actually won.
And Pelé, who has played for Brazil in four World Cups, has won the most championships as a single player.
The World Cup trophy has been stolen on two separate occasions.
And because of this, the trophy is no longer awarded to the winning team permanently.
Including 2018, the World Cup has taken place 21 times in 17 different countries.
And it's the first time since 1938 that the German team have been knocked out in the group stages.
The biggest margin of victory in a World Cup still belongs to Hungary, who beat El Salvador 10-1 in 1982.
The youngest player to ever appear at a World Cup tournament is Norman Whiteside from Northern Ireland.
And the oldest player is Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.
Mirsolav Klose from Germany holds the record for the most goals scored overall in World Cup matches.
Whereas Frenchman Just Fontaine is still unbeatable, with the 13 goals he scored in the 1958 World Cup.
The winning team will take home $38 million of prize money, while the runner-ups will win $28 million for their efforts.
Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus, and Gianluigi Buffon have
all equally participated in the highest number of World Cup tournaments.
The fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup was done in the first 15 seconds of a match.
And for the first time in World Cup history, the 2026 tournament will be shared by three hosts: USA, Canada, and Mexico.
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