10 Incredible World Cup Facts You Never Knew

There are still more World Cup facts that meets the eye and we have no other choice but to dish them out hot and steaming.

1 Four of the last five Golden Glove winners ended up on the World Cup winning team, Fabian Barthez of France in France 98, Gianluigi Buffon with Italy in Germany 2006, Iker Casillas of Spain in South  Africa 2010 and Oliver Neuer of Germany in Brazil 2014. Oliver Kahn won the Golden Glove Award but Germany didn’t win the World Cup in 2002

2 Holland has appeared in three World Cup finals and losing all three in 1934, 1938 and 2010

3 Norman Whiteside, Pele, Ringobert Song and Michael Owen are the youngest players to have played in a World Cup.

4 Lothar Matthaeus has made the most appearances in a World Cup, twenty-five appearances, two more than Italian legend, Paolo Maldini and four more than Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

5 The match between Portugal and Netherlands was the worst in times of discipline as it saw sixteen yellow cards, four  red cards with even those on reserve bench spoiling for a piece of the action. Luis Felipe Scolari kept his men under control but it wasn’t the same with Marco Van Basten who had lost control over his men.

6 Only six nations who hosted the World Cup ended as the tournament winners, Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1934, England in 1966 , Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and France 1998.

7 Germany have played more matches in the history of the World Cup than any individual nation. The German national team have played ninety-nine matches.

8 Brazil dominate the World Cup winning sixty-seven matches in nineteen tournaments scoring two hundred and ten goals

9 Only four teams have won every match in a tournament, Brazil 1970 and 2002, Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1938.

10 Italy and Brazil are the only champions who have retained their titles, Italy in 1934 and 1938 with Brazil holding onto theirs in 1958 and 1962 respectively.

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