Exactly two months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar (and after previous deliveries with the champions timeline and the top scorers in the history of the appointment), I review a dozen curiosities of the biggest soccer event at the level of national teams.
the first goal
At minute 19 of the opening match of the first World Cup tournament, the French Lucian Laurent nested the ball in the Mexican goal in a game that ultimately ended 4-1 in favor of the Gauls. It happened on July 13, 1930 at the Pocitos Stadium, in Uruguay.
The youngest and the oldest
The youngest player to participate in a World Cup final phase has been the Northern Irishman Norman Whiteside, who played against Yugoslavia in Spain 1982 at just 17 years and 42 days. On the other hand, the Egyptian Essan El Hadary He has the honor of being the oldest, and he took that credit in Russia 2018 by guarding the goal for his team against Saudi Arabia at 45 years and 161 days.
The player with the most finishes
the brazilian coffee he took part in the finals of the United States 1994, France 1998 and South Korea/Japan 2002. It should be remembered that his compatriot Pelé did not play in the final of Chile 1962 (he had been injured against Czechoslovakia in the second match of his squad).
The game with the most goals
On June 26, 1954 in Lausanne, Austria and Switzerland did not stop scoring until they scored a global record of twelve goals.
The biggest win
On June 15, 1982 in Elche, Hungary defeated El Salvador 10×1 in such an overwhelming display that one of its players, Laszlo Kissmanaged to sign a hat-trick in just seven minutes.
The fastest goal
11 seconds into the match for third place in the 2002 World Cup, the Turkish Hakan Shukur he scored against South Korea in a duel that ultimately ended 3-2 for the Ottomans.
The coach with the most World Cups
the brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira He has directed in six universal appointments. Namely, he held the reins of Kuwait (1982), United Arab Emirates (1990), Brazil (1994 and 2006), Saudi Arabia (1998) and South Africa (2010). In the 1994 edition he finished as champion.
The earliest expulsion
On June 13, 1986 in Mexico, the Uruguayan Jose Batista f.He was sent off 50 seconds into the game for a strong tackle on the Scot Gordon Strachan.
More games and more minutes
The German Lothar Matthaus he played 25 World Cup matches between 1982 and 1998. However, the player with the most minutes played at that level was the Italian Paolo Maldini, with a total of 2,217 between 1990 and 2002.
More expulsions and cards
16 yellow cards and four red cards were shown on June 25, 2006 in the Round of 16 match between Portugal and the Netherlands. The clash was won by the Portuguese 1-0.
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