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Curiosities in the World Cups

One more year in which he will play the FIFA World Cup. A tournament is held every 4 years, in which it is speculated which of the teams reaches its best level, which may be the favorites, the surprises, and the disappointments.

Throughout history, a total of 21 World Cups have been played, where only 8 teams have had the privilege of lifting the World Cup, where the Brazilian team is the one who has managed to lift this trophy the most times with a total of 5 times in the ones he has crowned as champion.

Brazil's defender Marcelo celebrates during a Group A football match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014
Brazil's Marcelo / dimitar dilkoff / afp

There are many situations that can happen in a World Cup and during history, several somewhat curious events have happened, which we are going to review.

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1) The Egyptian illusion:

For the 1934 World Cup in Italy, the second world cup in history, the Egyptian team was the first team from the African continent to play this competition, however not everything would be good for the Egyptian team, since everything would end in just an illusion since the team would not arrive in time to play the tournament, this due to the long journey they had to undertake by boat to reach the host country of the World Cup, for which they had to wait 4 more years to be able to attend the next world cup.

2) The oldest player to play in a World Cup:

We have been accustomed to knowing about star players who debut in their selection, generally, young players with a lot of projection, however little is said about veterans who have played in the World Cup. The most emblematic case was that of the Cameroonian Roger Milla who played his last game in the 1994 World Cup in the United States in a match against the Russian team, that game would be played at the age of 42 years and 39 days. However, in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón broke that record at the age of 43 years and 3 days. In Russia 2018 the Egyptian Essam El-Hadary, went under the sticks with 45 years, 5 months and 10 days in the match against Saudi Arabia. While the oldest player to be able to get the world cup trophy would be Dino Zoff, an Italian player who would crown himself in the 1982 World Cup in Spain at the age of 40, 4 months, and 13 days.

Curiosities in the world cups
Essam El-Hadary / tarek abdel hamid / afp

3) Biggest win in a World Cup:

During a World Cup, matches are played in which the teams seek to give everything they have in order to win, some arrive at a better pace than others and there are also surprises. For the 1982 World Cup in Spain, the game between Hungary and the Central American team of El Salvador would be played. Hungary arrived as a favorite to leave the game and it was no wonder, since it was the second World Cup that the El Salvador team played. But everything would fall apart for the Central American team, since in just 7 minutes the Hungarian player László Kiss had already scored his Hat Trick, at the end of the game the score would be 10-1 and it would become the biggest win in the World Cups, He remembered that to this day he maintains the Hungarian team.

4) The fastest goal in the history of the World Cups:

The goal is always the most expected in the games, some arrive in the first minutes and others arrive at the end of the games. The Korea-Japan World Cup was being played, more specifically the game was being played between South Korea and Turkey, a game for third place in the tournament. The starting whistle was given by the referee when in just 11 seconds the Turkish Hakan Şükür scored the fastest goal of all the Soccer World Cups. The match ended 2-3 in favor of Turkey, who would become the third best team in the world in that edition of the World Cup.

5) The controversy:

One of the points that every referee wants to avoid is the controversy in a match, many times the mistakes and bad decisions are the main reasons for which the controversy is reached. It was in the 1982 World Cup in Spain when in the game between the French team and Kuwait the French would score the fourth goal in the game with 7 minutes to go until the end of the game, everything seemed normal in the goal, until the players from The Kuwait team will claim to the referee that they had heard the final whistle and that is why they did not defend the French goal play. Kuwait Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, President of the Kuwait Football Association and brother of the Emir of that country would enter the field to claim the referee, said claim would last for 10 minutes until the decision final would be to annul the legitimate goal of the French. The consequences for the referee of said match were very severe, since he would be suspended in perpetuity as an international referee.

Curiosities in the world cups
France vs Kuwait / jean-pierre prevel / afp

6) Brothers and rivals:

There are many cases of brothers who have played in a world championship together, defending the same team, however a very particular case would arise in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when the brothers Jérôme Boateng and Kevin-Prince Boateng would go out on the field to defend their country, but they would be rivals, since Jérôme Boateng wore the German shirt and Kevin-Prince Boateng wore the Ghanaian shirt. Said game would end with a victory for the German team. But this would not be the only time that the brothers would face each other, since they would do it again in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in this match the score would end up being 2-2.

7) What no one wants:

One of the greatest joys for any player is being able to score a goal for his team and even more so in a World Cup, but what if it is scored for the opposing team?

They were for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when in the opening game of the World Cup the Brazilian team faced Croatia, everything was joy in the stands, the Brazilian fans set their pace, but it would all end when Marcelo opened the scoring but did not stop his selection, but the goal would increase the score for the Croats. Luckily for Marcelo and Brazil, the South Americans would end up winning the game.

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