World Cup is one of the oldest and most popular sporting events in the world. Every four years, teams from all over the globe come together to compete for glory and bragging rights. But there’s more to the World Cup than just soccer – here are some interesting facts and secrets you may not know about it:
1) The first ever international football match took place on 5th March 1872 between England and Scotland at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, with Scotland winning 1-0.
2) All FIFA World Cups since 1930 have been held at different locations around the world, with Brazil hosting a record five times.
3) The official mascot for this year’s tournament is Zabivaka™, a wolf designedld Cup.
4) The country with the longest streak of non-participation in the World Cup is Luxembourg, who haven’t appeared in any tournament since 1990.
5) Brazil has won the most World Cups (five), followed by Italy and Germany (four wins each).
6) The first ever golden goal was scored by Laurent Blanc of France during their semi-final match against Croatia at the 1998 World Cup.
7) In 2014, a record number of goals were scored at the World Cup – 171 in total.
8) The official ball for this year’s tournament is named Telstar 18 and pays homage to the very first Adidas ball created for a World Cup back in 1970.
9) The first team to be disqualified from a World Cup was Austria in 1954.
10) The highest ever attendance for a World Cup final was 199,854 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in 1950.
These are just some of the interesting facts and secrets about one of the world’s greatest sporting events – the FIFA World Cup. With all this knowledge, you’re sure to have an even greater appreciation of what it takes to win the coveted trophy! Enjoy!