11 facts about the World Cup

11 facts about the World Cup

The World Cup happens once every four years and lasts for a month in the summer. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 stadiums in Brazil, the host country of the FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12, 2014.

See how much you know and test your soccer/football knowledge with these trivia tidbits and facts about the World Cup.

Which country has the most World Cup wins?

This year's host country, Brazil, has won the World Cup on five occasions.

How many times has the host country won the World Cup?

In the 19 time the World Cup has been played, the host country has triumphed six times: Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1934, England in 1966, Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and France in 1998.

What is the highest finish posted by a men's team from the United States?

The U.S.'s best showing came in 1930 when the American team placed third in the World Cup.  (The USA women's team, however, has won twice.)

Brazil also hosted the 1950 World Cup. What two countries were prohibited from participating in the qualifying process?

Germany and Japan

How many times has Canada qualified for the World Cup?

Only once, in 1986.

In the 2010 World Cup, what was the average number of goals scored per game?

2.3 goals per game. Players scored a total of 145 goals in the 64 games.

How many goals were scored in the highest scoring World Cup match?

12   In 1954, Austria beat Switzerland 7-5.  The highest scoring final happened when Brazil beat then-host country Sweden by a score of 5-2.

Do you know the name of this tournaments mascot (pictured here)? Any idea what kind of animal he is?Druck

This is Fuleco, a Brazilian three-banded armadillo that is unique to the country. The Brazilian government published an action plan to conserve the Brazilian three-banded armadillo after scientists said that the government was missing an opportunity to raise awareness about the animal, which has been classified as "vulnerable," and its dwindling habitat. You can read more here.

When did numbers first appear on jerseys?

1954 was the first year shirt numbers were used. The jersey number with the most number of goals scored is number 9.

Who was the oldest player to score a goal in a World Cup match?

Roger Milla of Cameroon was 42 years and 39 days old when he scored a goal against Russia in 1994.

Who was the youngest player to score a goal?

Pele did so at 17 years and 239 days old when he scored in 1958.

Source: 100 things you should know about the World Cup and 100 facts on the FIFA World Cup website.

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