With just a few days to go until the World Cup kicks off in Russia, test your knowledge of football’s biggest event with SHT’s special quiz
Who is the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup finals match?
Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon was 43 years and 3 days old when he played against Japan at Brazil 2014. His record could be broken this summer by Egyptian stopper Essam El-Hadary, who is aiming to appear aged 45.
Russia 2018 will be which edition of the World Cup
Russia 2018 will be the 21st edition of the World Cup. The first was held in 1930 in Uruguay.
Which nation has made the most World Cup appearances without ever progressing beyond the first round?
The Scots have appeared at 8 World Cups and have failed to progress beyond the first round at each one: 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998.
Who holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup finals game?
Striker Oleg Salenko netted a record 5 goals in Russia’s group game against Cameroon at USA ’94. He ended the tournament as joint-top scorer on 6 goals, although Russia still went out at the group stage.
Who is the youngest player ever to appear in a World Cup finals game?
Norman Whiteside was aged 17 years, 41 days when he appeared for Northern Ireland against Yugoslavia at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Eto’o is the second youngest player to ever appear, and was 17 years, 3 months and 7 days old when he played against Italy in 1998.
What is the highest number of goals ever scored in a World Cup finals match?
Austria’s 7-5 victory against Switzerland in the quarter-final in 1954 remains the highest-scoring World Cup finals game ever with 12 goals.
Which team has featured in the highest number of penalty shootouts at the World Cup?
Argentina have taken part in 5 penalty shootouts at the World Cup finals (1990 x 2, 1998, 2006, 2014); they have won all but one of them (they lost against Germany in 2006). Germany have a 100% World Cup penalty shootout record, winning of 4 out of 4.
Which nation won the first ever World Cup?
Uruguay won the inaugural World Cup on home soil in 1930. Thirteen teams took part, and Uruguay defeated South American rivals Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo. Uruguay added to that success by winning the tournament 20 years later in Brazil.
Which player is the all-time top scorer at World Cup finals?
Germany’s Miroslav Klose scored a record 16 goals at World Cup finals games, spread across 4 tournaments: 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014. Ex-Brazil forward Ronaldo is next best on 15 goals, with West German legend Muller third on 14 goals.
Which team has appeared in the final at the World Cup the most times without winning it?
The Netherlands have appeared in 3 World Cup finals and have suffered heartbreak on each occasion: in 1974, 1978, and 2010.
Brazil have won the most World Cup titles – but how many times have the Samba Boys won football’s biggest prize?
The Brazilians have won the World Cup 5 times in total: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Germany and Italy have won 4 World Cup titles apiece.
Which player has made the most appearances in a World Cup final?
Brazil full-back Cafu played in 3 World Cup finals – 1994, 1998, 2002 – winning 2 of them (’94 and 2002).
Which player has won the most World Cup titles?
Pele won three World Cup titles – in 1958, 1962, and 1970 – although he only played 2 games in 1962, and was awarded a winners’ medal retroactively by FIFA in 2007.
Who is the only player ever to score a hat-trick in the World Cup final?
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick to help England to a 4-2 extra-time win over West Germany in 1996, and remains the only player ever to score a hat-trick in the final.
How many times has the host nation won the World Cup?
The host nation has won the World Cup on 6 occasions: Uruguay (1930), Italy (1934), England (1966), West Germany (1974), Argentina (1978), and France (1998).
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