The World Cup is the biggest soccer tournament in the world. It is held every four years in a different country. Billions of people watch the televised games as the national teams from countries around the globe battle it out for soccer supremacy, Nobody wants to miss The World Cup. In 2010, it was held in South Africa and 2014, it will take place in Brasil.
Brazilian striker Ronaldo was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Cup, even though his team lost in the championship game to France. He was also named World Player of the Year three times.
The 1970 World Cup held in Mexico was a landmark tournament since yellow and red cards were used for the first time in its history. Yellow cards were given as a warning, while red cards were used to eliminate players from matches. If a player received two yellow cards, it counted as a red card.
Soccer shirt number 10, Diego Maradona, was just 16 when he made his debut for Argentina. Talking about number 10, it is regarded as one of the most prestigious numbers in soccer. Number 10 soccer jerseys have been worn by legends of the game, such as Michel Platini, Pele, Zico, Zinedine Zidane, Rivaldo, Mario Kempes, including Maradona, of course. Every superstar on every team usually wears #10.
According to video evidence, one of the fastest goals ever scored was in 2.8 seconds by Uruguayan Ricardo Olivera in 1998! No host country has ever been eliminated during the first round of a World Cup tournament.
Ronaldinho scored all 23 goals for his youth team, during which his team beat the opposition 23-0. He was only 13 at the time!
All these soccer facts make this sport even more interesting. I interviewed some people and what they thought about these facts and most of them got very impressed about the Ronaldinho fact that he scored 23 goals in a single match!
Well these were some of the facts that make this sport even more interesting and be prepared for the second part “Soccer Facts 2”.