Out of the 17 World Cups, 6 have been won by the host
The smallest attendance at a World Cup finals match was 300
at Romania and Peru during the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.
No European team has won a World Cup played outside of
The 2002 World Cup was hosted by two countries Japan and
South Korea. Before the start of the tournament, there was a
lot of confusion between the two hosts on issues such as
whose country's name would appear first on game tickets.
No country has ever lost its first league match and won the
July 31 was declared a national holiday in Uruguay after
they won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.
Shirt swapping was officially prohibited in 1986 because
FIFA did not want players to bare their chests on the soccer
Dutch East Indies were the first Asian team to take part in
the finals in 1938.
The most common score in a World Cup finals match is 1-0.
The 1970 World cup match between El Savador and Honduras was
so highly charged that it resulted in the two countries
embarking on a 3 day war.
Only two continents have won the World Cup, Europe with
eight wins and South America with nine. No African or
American or Asian team has ever won the World Cup.
Brazil is the only country to have played in every World Cup
Brazil has the highest number of goals in World Cup finals
history with 173.
Africa's first country to qualify was Egypt in 1934.