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Facts about FIFA You May Not Know

Facts about FIFA You May Not Know

The football hysteria has been globally now. It may be referred as an epidemic sport disease but this type of sports has gained fans more and more over the years. Many fans might have already known everything about how the world cup started and what were the stats of the competing teams in the last 2014 tournament. Here are some facts that you may or may not know about.

  1. Fabio Capello is the highest paid coach from Russia. His annual income is more than seven hundred times than an average person in Russia which is roughly estimated to $11,000,000.
  2. Lionel Messi – the player in “World Cup” that is expensive above all players. He is worth 139.6 million euros. After him is Cristiano Ronaldo that has a value of 104.2 million followed by Neumar with 67.4 million euros.
  3. Brazil is considered the most expensive team with 507.8 million euros “market value” and followed by Spaun with 504 million euros. Argentina bags the third most expensive team with 475.2 million euros.
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  4. One of the Simpsons Episode has been dedicated to the 2014 World Cup. Nobody declines Homer’s famous lines like “hmmmmm donuts!”
  5. $35 million will be awarded to the FIFA world champion and $25 million for the runner ups.
  6. The most watched soccer match in American TV history was in 2014 with US vs. Portugal.
  7. The oldest player was Roger Milla from Camerron when he played in 1994 at the age of 42.
  8. maxresdefaultRobots were used to ensure the safety of spectators. The robots were named iRobot. Brazil used drones and US used robots.
  9. The most expensive World Cup was held last 2014 with an estimated net of $11 billion+ in 84 years history.
  10. Mexico holds the most defeat records in World Cup History having lost 22 matches.
  11. Brazil is the most successful team in “World Cup” History having 5 wins in the final and 2 other opportunities.
  12. The mostly viewed sporting event is garnered by the World Cup having one billion people watching every four years.
  13. ronaldo_futbol_brasilThe world cup was delayed in 1942 and 1946 because of WWII.
  14. Two world cup finals have been decided on penalties. It occurred when Brazil beat Italy in 1994 and Italy beat France in 2006.
  15. The first World Cup was held in Uruguay having only 13 countries to participate.
  16. Luis Nazario de Lima holds the record for most goals with a total of 15 goals.
  17. Hungary holds the record for having the most goals when they beat El Salvador in 1982 with 10-1.
  18. MVP was awarded to the German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in 2002. He was the first goalkeeper to bag this award.
  19. India withdrew from the World Cup competition when they were not allowed to play barefoot in 1950.
  20. The Solomon Islands has the world’s highest Google search for the key word World Cup.

Americans were not too excited about the World Cup according to a global survey. They showed only 11% interest.

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Interesting Facts about Players in World Cup – Latest Update

Interesting Facts about Players in World Cup – Latest Update

There have been fans club already made for the players of the world cup. This global sports tournament has garnered millions of fans that follow the sport events and the players that compete in it. Atromitos FC v Panathinaikos FC - Greek Super LeagueThe old saying goes that football is a funny old game. The aim is to prove that the saying never grows old. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the youngsters have the strangest and attention seeking stories in the game. It is time to share bit laughter and weird facts to qualify being a footie in “world cup”. The most successful players have the best formative stories.

Cameroon’s Charles Itandje is the only professional footballer that has been sacked for laughing. It was his consequence in Liverpool when he visited in 2010. He was punished for chuckling about something during a memorial service for the victims of Hillsborough. He was shipped out to Greece after the incident. After then, he moved to Turkey and gained success when he replaced Carlos Kameni as his country’s first choice goalkeeper.

Croatia’s Dejan Lovren is a fashionista! He runs his own fashion label which means that he sticks a logo onto shirts, hoodies and hats and promotes them by taking low quality iPhone snapshots of his teammates wearng it. Luka Modric and Franck Ribery have been the avid customers having owl symbols or sometimes, bird strands.


Mexico’s Carlos Salcido has partied with a transsexual hooker. He spent his celebration for Mexico’s victory over Colombia canoodling with a transsexual prostitute in a Monterrey hotel room. He was fined with $50,000 for the trouble he caused. He fled directly to London for Mexico in 2011 to protect his family at a robbery incident in his house.

Australia’s Jason Davidson used to get physically beaten at training. This is what happened on the club he joined in the early years – Japanese Club Seritsu Gakeun. The punishment for not bowing to club officials was to be struck in the face. If a player is late to training, he and the rest of the squad are forced to have their heads shaved.


Holland’s Memphis Depay nearly chose rap music over football. While he was making a history on football, he was in to his rap music but his manager Fred Rutten demanded him to make a choice which was football.

Iran’s Reza Ghoochannejhad loves to be a part of a philharmonic orchestra when he retires as a footballer. When he was younger, he learnt to play the violin. He practices this kind of craft everyday and dreams to be a classical musician when he retires.

baccaaColombia’s Carlos Bacca almost walked away from the game when he was younger. His story was a rags-to-riches where he hung up his boots to divide time between his two jobs. He was a bus conductor and a fishmonger on the seafront. He was 20 at that time. He was called for a trial in football by a team called Junior de Barranquilla.

The facts may seem odd but they prove that not even the best footballers demand to be a perfect person.

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The Most Anticipated Event –World Cup’s History

The Most Anticipated Event –World Cup’s History

Football was out of the list in the 1932 Summer Olympics due to its dull fame in the US. Many sports enthusiasts including FIFA and OIC has lost hope to the amateur players thus, the removal of football from the Games. After the decision made, shortly the FIFA president Mr. Jules Rimet had organized an inauguration for a World Cup Tournament. This was the birth of the first tournament for World Cup.


It was 1930 that time. Uruguay was a two-time official football world champion and was due to commemorate their centenary of independence. FIFA named Uruguay as the host country. The national associations of selected nations were summoned to send a team. The choice of Uruguay as a venue caused distress due to the long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for the contestants from Europe. There was no proper agreement from European teams until two months. Rimet helped in persuading other teams from France, Romania, Yugoslavia, Hungary and Belgium to make the trup. The first World Cup was participated in total of 13 nations. Seven were from South America, four from Europe and two from North America. The first two matches were IMG_0989done simultaneously, each respectively were won by France and USA which beat Mexico by 4-1 and Belgium by 3-0. One of the firsts was achieved by Lucien Laurent from France in hitting the first goal in the World Cup history. The first title was bagged by Uruguay by defeating Argentina in a crowd of 93,000 people that witnessed in Montevideo. Four years later, the second World Cup was hosted by Italy. This was the first World Cup to include a qualifying stage. The sports event turned out to be a high-profile event used for politics. Benito Mussolini used the tournament to promote fascism. Fascism was a belief filled with anti-liberalism, anti-communism and anti-conservatism. Sixteen teams joined the tournament that has at least regained 3 nations from the first. Uruguay boycotted this tournament given that they are upset with the low European attendance. The first African team to join the World Cup was Egypt but they did not make it to the final round. Italy won the tournament contributing to another first for the event – first European team to win a football tournament.


The third World Cup held on 1938 had posed much strict rules. With South American boycotting, they were given automatic qualification. This is the first cup that the hosts did not win the competition. There were 15 nations that competed. The population was reduced due to important reasons that caused the Austrian national team to withdraw. Italy has bagged their second title to win the competition. The tournament had set another record for hitting four goals by Polish striker Ernest Willimowski. His record was not overridden until 1994.

Many World Cups followed and football gained fame and identity among sports enthusiast. The sports event was then held in different countries that practiced football. The latest edition was held in Brazil for the second time. The tournament was won by the Germans.

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What is World Cup without Football

What is World Cup without Football

World cup was non-existent until the nature of the tournament was declined in the Summer Olympics. Everything happens for a reason. A world cup is a world-wide sport competition where participants compete over the title of a world champion. There are many events linked to World Cup but FIFA World Cup became popular on its launch in early 1930. The world cup champion takes the title until the next time event which is usually held every after two or four years. The format of participants is common in team sports.


The tournament involves the least of 32 teams to battle through claiming the title at venues within the host nation for a period of one month. A preliminary qualification phase takes place three years before the final competition. This phase determine which teams qualify for the tournament. Both categories of the competition promote football and give wonderful opportunities such as promoting val_48334153_a_to_z_world-cupues like respect, fair play and discipline given that the whole world is watching. The recent FIFA World Cup held in Brazil had 204 entries across continents competing for the 31 available slots. The world cup has been won by eight different national teams having Brazil on the top of the list with five titles. They are the only team to have perfect attendance in al the 19 tournaments. Next on the list is Italy with four titles, Germany with three, Argentina and Uruguay with two and England, France and Spain with one title each. The event is the most watched sport tournament giving an estimated 715 million people who watched the final match of the 2006 event held in Germany. The 2010 event in South Africa was broadcasted to 204 countries on 245 different channels. There were at most six million people who attended public viewing in sixteen sites across the world. 350,000 fans have attended the International FIFA Fan Best in Berlin for the semis match between Spain and Germany. The number of fans has increased over the years and has formed groups over the web.


177, 853 accreditations for the last FIFA World Cup were printed and the hospitality program attracted almost 250,000 guests. Three quarters of a million liters of beer were sold in the stadiums and a massive number of hot dogs were sold in the public stands. Imagine a whole stadium filled with hotdogs, the number is equivalent. Most international visitors descended from South Africa. The event brings in the needed resources from the association’s partners and the TV rights have allowed FIFA to invest in social activities that is related to the tournament. The world cup has gathered many football fans and proved over the years that the sport has gained incredible fame.


FIFA also supports advocacies aside from the sport itself. In South Africa, there are already 20 centers that aims to promote public health, quality education and football in communities that are less fortunate with the said resources. The next two world cups will be hosted by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

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