In a few days, the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world will commence. Brazil will be host to the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup Finals. The competition has come a long way since its inception in 1930. The first edition, aptly christened the inaugural edition, was held in Uruguay and involved only 13 teams. The road to this year’s competition involved almost 200 teams battling to be one of 32 teams to compete in the finals.
Here are 5 interesting facts you may or may not know about the World Cup:
- The official match ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is the Adidas Brazuca. The term ‘Brazuca’ is used by Brazilians to describe pride in the Brazilian way of life.
- Pele is the only player to have won the cup three times.
- With 210 goals scored, Brazil are the most prolific team in the history of the competition.
- Maracana stadium, the host of this year’s final game, holds the record for the biggest attendance at a sporting event in an enclosed stadium. 199,854 was the crowd number for the Brazil vs. Uruguay match in the World Cup Final on 18th of June, 1950.
- “All in one rhythm” is the official slogan for this year’s World Cup.
Bonus fact: The fastest goal in the FIFA World Cup was scored 10.89 seconds after kick off by Hakan Şükür of Turkey.