The excitement of the most prestigious tournament in football is building up steadily. The FIFA World Cup will soon commence, and as expected, new records will definitely be set, old ones will surely be broken.
However, today we will look at some of the most unbelievable FIFA world cup records.
Unbelievable FIFA World Cup Records
1. The Youngest player to play in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match was Souleymane Mamam from Togo. He was 13 years, 310 days. He set the record in a qualifying match vs. Zambia on 6 May 2001.
2. Polish Striker, Ernest Wilimowski has the record for most goals scored in a lost match. In a World Cup game vs. Brazil in 1938, Wilimowski scored 4 goals. But ended up on the losing side, as Brazil won 6-5.
3. The FIFA World Cup record for the fastest hat-trick was set by Hungarian striker László Kiss in 8 minutes. In a 1982 match against El Salvador, he scored in the 69′, 72′ and 76′ minutes. Surprisingly, he was a substitute in that game.
4. The fastest goal scored by a substitute was in 16 seconds. It was scored by Ebbe Sand of Denmark in the 1998 quarter final game vs. Nigeria in 1998.
5. The lowest match attendance in a World Cup tournament was Romania vs. Peru on 14 July 1930. Only 300 people watched the match at the Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo in Uruguay.
6. Did you know that in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, 4 players scored at least six goals in the tournament. Sándor Kocsis of Hungary, Erich Probst of Austria, Max Morlock of West Germany and Josef Hügi of Switzerland.
7. Did you know that the oldest referee to referee a World Cup game was George Reader, an English referee in 1950? He was 53 years and 236 days.
8. Bora Milutinović and Carlos Alberto Parreira jointly hold the records for the most team coached in the World Cup. They both coached five teams in the World Cup.
9. South Korean goalkeeper Hong Duk-Yung holds the records for most goals conceded in one World Cup tournament. He let in 16 goals in the 1954 World Cup.
10. Argentina has player more penalty shootouts than they another team in the tournament.
11. French and Brazil Legends Zinedine Zidane and Cafu both hold the records for most cards in the World Cup. They both got cautioned 6 times.
12. Germany holds the records of both the most goals scored in the World Cup history and the most goals conceded. They have scored a total of 224 goals and conceded 121 goals.
13. The youngest coach to coach a World Cup team was Juan José Tramutola. He coached Argentina in 1930 when we were 27 years.
14. Germany has won all the penalty shootouts they played, 4. While England has lost all the penalty shootouts, they played in 3.
15. Ernie Brandts of the Netherlands is the only player in the history of the World Cup to have scored for both teams in a match. In a game against Italy in 1978, the first scored an own goal for Italy, and then an equalizer for his team. The game eventually ended with the Netherlands winning by 2–1.
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