Top 10 World Cup Football Facts To Share
42-year-old Roger Milla in 1994 became the oldest goal scorer and the oldest player in World Cup history.
Norman Whiteside is the youngest player to ever take the field at a World Cup. He was just 17 years, one month and 10 days when he played for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia at the ’82 World Cup in Spain.
German legend Lothar Matthaeus played 25 games across five World Cup tournaments. Only he and Antonio Carbajal (the legendary Mexican goalkeeper) have played at five World Cups. Lothar’s haul of 25 games is unmatched by anyone else, the closest being the evergreen Paolo Maldini who notched up 23.
The fastest goal in the world was scored by Turkey’s Hasan Sukur, 11 seconds into the game against South Korea in the 2002 World Cup.
The record for most goals at a single tournament goes to the remarkably prolific Just Fontaine at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. He knocked in 13 goals in just six matches, including a hattrick against Paraguay and four against West Germany.
Argentina holds the record for the most yellow cards in the competition’s history, with a total of 64 in 88 games.
Germany holds the record for most third-place finishes in the tournament, as they have finished in the top three 11 times.
Brazil’s Pele is the only player to win three World Cups – in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
Germany will be the first country which will play their 100th World Cup match. They only need to play their first 2014 World Cup group match against Portugal in order to achieve this.
This year’s hosts are the only country to have been present at every World Cup.
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