Interesting World Cup Facts

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and it is also the worlds most watched sporting event every four years. Here are some interesting facts about the World Cup.

• Brazil is the king – Brazil has won the most World Cups hoisting the trophy five times. They have qualified for all 20 of the tournaments held. A couple of other interesting facts is their biggest defeat was when they hosted the World Cup in 2014 losing to Germany 7-1 in the semifinals giving up five goals in the first 29 minutes, which was also a record. On top of that the biggest attendance for a match in the tournament was in 1950, also held in Brazil, where at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro 199,984 spectators watched Brazil take on Uruguay.

• US peaks early – The best finish by the United States came in the first World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay where the Yanks lost to Argentina in the semifinals.

• Guns aplenty – in the inaugural World Cup in 1930 in a match with 60,000 fans a referee in the match ordered a search of the crowd and in excess of 1,600 guns were confiscated.

• Steal the bus – In the 1974 World Cup in Germany the Zaire team attempted to steal a bus they were given for the tournament and drove it back to Africa, but they were caught before leaving German soil.

• Qualifying match sparks war – In 1969 in a World Cup qualifying match between El Salvador and Honduras the aftermath was a war between the two nations where in the span of only four days 2,000 people were killed, and 100,000 were displaced.

• Hide the hardware – During World War II FIFA’s Italian Vice-President Ottorino Barassi, smuggled the World Cup trophy out of q bank in Rome and hid it under his bed. It remained there for most of the 1940’s, as there was a major concern at the time that the Nazis would steal it.

• Qatar spending big – The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, and while there has been much controversy surrounding their bid, there is no doubt they spent big in order to be the host. It is estimated that they spent more than 60 times what South Africa spent to host in 2010 and more than 15 times what Brazil spent in 2014. Much of the costs will be going to the outdoor air-conditioned stadiums in the country, where the temperatures can get sweltering in June when the tournament is held.

• Nice prize for a goal – The United Arab Emirates (UAB), surprisingly, qualified for the 1990 World Cup and prominent statesman Sheik Mohamed promised that every player for the team that scored a goal in the tournament would receive a brand-new Rolls Royce. Ismail Mubarak and Thani Jumaa were the two players that earned the new luxury cars netting the only two goals for the country.

• One and done – For every World Cup, but one the knock-out-final stage is used to crown the champion. However, in the 1950 tournament FIFA tinkered with the format and used a round-robin one, which was not popular and scrapped right away.

AC Milan Football Club

AC Milan stands for Associazione Calcio Milan and it is one of the most professional football clubs in Italy. It was founded in 1899, which was founded by Silvio Betlusconi and ever seen then they have been top notch. This football team is what characterizes Italy and makes it so unique among other countries. AC Milan is very well known to be the professional football players they can be and display a variety of techniques that only they would use. Among other things, they are very responsible and care mostly about the game. They care how the game brings joy to them, winning or losing is merely a title for them. This helped pushed them to the top of the football league in Italy, also known as Serie A.  AC Milan keeps surprising fans with different playing techniques as well as knowledge on how to beat their opponent. They are definitely considered the best in Italy and one of the best in the world; they are actually considered the fourth best football club in the world! As well as participating in worldwide football games those players play in to win. This football club is currently one of the wealthiest clubs in Italy and the world.

Success

One of the many football challenges the team participates in it the UEFA and FIFA games. In these two games, the players have possibilities to learn titles that will stay and live with them forever. AC Milan managed to gain 18 titles from these games and became the fourth successful football team in the world. They also ended up winning the “FIFA Club World Cup”, which is a major deal for any team! Here are other games they played in:

  • Intercontinental Cups – they won
  • Seven European Cup/Champions League– seven titles
  • UEFA Super Cupa – five titles
  • Cups Winners Cup – won twice
  • Coppa Italia – second most team in this game.

Uniform

As we may have or have not seen, the AC Milan uniform consists of red and black colors. And this is the way it was ever sense they started, because it sends of a “fierce” and “dark” features to opponents. As well as having the nickname “Rossoneri” since there uniform is black and red. This is a total advantage for them throughout the game since it makes other opponents fear them.

They were also nicknamed the “Devils” since their outstanding red colors and stand in the way of their award. This made Milan implement the red devil as a logo in their Sport Excellence and there were stars above it which implied the 10 league title winnings they have received by 1979! This is a huge deal since at the time there were no a lot of football clubs that take place in challenges, only the best of the best. With time AC Milan noticed that when they were white shorts and black socks they have luck on their side with each winning.  Other than that it is a 50/50 chance of winning and losing.