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FIFA World Cup Trivia II

May 30th, 2006

World Cup Records on Matches

First match:
Mexico 1, France 4 in Montevideo, Uruguay on 13/07/1930.

First tied match:
Italy 1, Spain 1 in Florence, Italy on 31/05/1934.

First match with extratime:
Austria vs France on 27/05/1934.

First Final with extratime:
Italy vs Czechoslovakia on 10/06/1934.

First scoreless match:
Brazil vs England in Stockholm, Sweden on 11 June, 1958.

First match decided on penalty shoot-out:
Semi-final between West Germany & France on 8 July, 1982 in which the Germans won the shootout 5:4.

First Final decided on penalty shoot-out:
The 1994 Final in which Brazil beat Italy 3:2 on penalty shoot-out after a 0:0 tie.

First match played indoor:
USA vs Switzerland at Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, USA on 18/06/1994.

First match where a coach was sent off :
Paraguayan coach Cayetano Re in a match against Belgium on 11 June 1986.

Only finals with no Final:
The 1950 finals, where there was only a final pool without a knock-out Final.

Lowest attendance for a match:
300 spectators for the match between Romania & Peru in Montevideo on 14/07/1930.

Highest attendance for a match:
199,850 spectators for the “final” match between Brazil & Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro on 16/07/1950.

Most matches played by a country:
87 matches, by Brazil.

Most grand final matches played by a country:
7 finals, by Brazil (in 50,58,62,70,94,98,02) and Germany (in 54,66,74,82,86,90,02).

Most matches played by the same two countries in finals:
7 matches between Brazil and Sweden in 1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 & 1994 (2 times).


Most matches won by a country:
60 matches, by Brazil.

Most matches lost by a country:
20 matches, by Mexico.

Most matches won by a country consecutively:
7 matches, by Italy from 1934 to 1938, and by Brazil in 2002.

Most matches lost by a country consecutively:
9 matches, by Mexico from 1930 to 1958.

Most unbeaten matches played by a country consecutively:
13 matches, by Brazil from 08/06/1958 (beating Austria) until 15/07/1966 (lost to Hungary).

Most consecutive draws by a country:
5 draws by Belgium from 13/6/98 to 10/6/02.

Most consecutive matches by a country without conceding a goal:
5 matches by Italy in 1990.

Most matches played by a player:
25 matches, by Germany’s Lothar Matthaus from 1982 to 1998.

Most complete matches played by a player in finals:
23 matches, by Italy’s Paolo Maldini from 9 June 1990 to 18 June 2002.

Most matches played as captain:
16 matches, by Argentina’s Diego Maradona.

Most matches played by a goalkeeper without conceding a goal:
10 matches by Peter Shilton of England from 1982 to 1990.

Most appearances (in matches) by a coach:
25 matches, by Helmut Schoen of West Germany in 1966, 1970, 1974 & 1978.

Highest score in a finals match:
Austria 7, Switzerland 5 in Lausanne, Switzerland on 26/06/1954.

Most yellow cards in a finals match:
16 yellow & 2 red cards given in a group match between Germany (8 yellows & 1 red) and Cameroon (8 yellows & 1 red) on 11 June 2002.

Most matches by a player as substitute in the same finals:
6 matches, by Poland’s Leslaw Cmikiewiez in 1974.

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  1. June 3rd, 2006 at 12:12 | #1

    I am so excite bout the coming World Cup games Sam. Do you have infos on local TV coverage. I am afraid only satellite subscriptions could have access to the games. I remember the last time a local government station carried the games on a delayed telecast but it wasn’t clear—even the sounds.

    BTW, real cool and nifty design Sam. I could almost say “Amazing!”.

  2. June 4th, 2006 at 16:11 | #2

    Major Tom, I don’t know if there are local TV stations that will show World Cup live matches. Perhaps not even the cable channels of ESPN or STAR Sports. Yeah, I remember some matches of World Cup ’98 in France were shown live on our local PTV 4 channel.

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