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Strange Soccer Facts - World Cup Trivia

World Cup Trivia

Out of the 17 World Cups, 6 have been won by the host country.

The smallest attendance at a World Cup finals match was 300 at Romania and Peru during the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.

No European team has won a World Cup played outside of Europe.

The 2002 World Cup was hosted by two countries Japan and South Korea. Before the start of the tournament, there was a lot of confusion between the two hosts on issues such as whose country's name would appear first on game tickets.

No country has ever lost its first league match and won the World Cup.

July 31 was declared a national holiday in Uruguay after they won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

Shirt swapping was officially prohibited in 1986 because FIFA did not want players to bare their chests on the soccer field.

Dutch East Indies were the first Asian team to take part in the finals in 1938.

The most common score in a World Cup finals match is 1-0.

The 1970 World cup match between El Savador and Honduras was so highly charged that it resulted in the two countries embarking on a 3 day war.

Only two continents have won the World Cup, Europe with eight wins and South America with nine. No African or Central/North
American or Asian team has ever won the World Cup.

Brazil is the only country to have played in every World Cup finals.

Brazil has the highest number of goals in World Cup finals history with 173.

Africa's first country to qualify was Egypt in 1934.
 






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