Last day, Portugal routed North Korea 7-0, which is the most one-sided World Cup match since Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0 at the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
Meanwhile, Switzerland set a World Cup mark in the 69th minute by going 551 minutes without allowing a goal, breaking the record of 550 held by Italy at the 1986 and 1990 tournaments.
Actually, in the 80-year history of FIFA World Cup, miracles and wonders are performed on this stage continually.
At present, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is underway like a raging fire, and it is still hard to tell who will emerge victorious at last, and what new records would be set, both of which are also the charm of this sport.
The history of the FIFA World Cup is mixed with joy and depression, while the records of the FIFA World Cup are full of glory and disgrace.
Here is a list of records of the FIFA World Cup you should know:
Most World Cup appearances
19, Brazil (only country to appear in every World Cup)
Most meetings between two teams
7 times, Brazil vs Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994) and Germany vs Yugoslavia / Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998 and 2010)
Most meetings between two teams, Final match
2 times, Brazil vs Italy (1970 & 1994) & Argentina vs Germany (1986 & 1990)
Most tournaments played
5, Antonio Carbajal (Mexico, 1950–1966) and Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998).
3, Pelé (Brazil, 1958, 1962 and 1970).
Most appearances as captain
16, Diego Maradona (Argentina, 1986–1994).
17 years and 41 days, Norman Whiteside (Northern Ireland, vs Yugoslavia, 1982).
Youngest player, final
17 years and 249 days, Pele
21 years and 109 days, Tony Meola (United States, vs Czechoslovakia, June 10, 1990).
42 years and 39 days, Roger Milla (Cameroon, vs Russia, 1994).
Oldest player, final
40 years and 133 days, Dino Zoff (Italy, vs Germany, 1982).
40 years and 292 days, Peter Shilton (England, vs Italy, July 7, 1990).
Most goals scored, overall finals
15, Ronaldo (Brazil, 1998–2006).
Most goals scored in a tournament
13, Just Fontaine (France), 1958.
Most goals scored in a match
5, Oleg Salenko (Russia, vs Cameroon, 1994).
Most goals scored in one Final
3, Geoff Hurst (England, vs West Germany, 1966).
2, Sándor Kocsis (Hungary, 1954), Just Fontaine (France, 1958), Gerd Müller (West Germany, 1970), and Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina, 1994 and 1998).
Fastest hat-trick & Most goals scored by a substitute in a match
8 minutes, László Kiss (Hungary), scored at 69′, 72′, and 76′ against El Salvador, 1982.
17 years and 239 days, Pelé (Brazil, vs Wales, 1958).
Youngest hat-trick scorer
17 years and 244 days, Pelé (Brazil, vs France, 1958).
Youngest goalscorer, final
17 years and 249 days, Pelé (Brazil, vs Sweden, 1958).
42 years and 39 days, Roger Milla (Cameroon, vs Russia, 1994).
Oldest hat-trick scorer
33 years and 159 days, Tore Keller (Sweden, vs Cuba, 1938).
Oldest goalscorer, final
35 years, 263 days, Nils Liedholm (Sweden, vs Brazil, 1958).
Fastest goal from kickoff
11 seconds, Hakan Şükür (Turkey, vs Korea Republic, June 29, 2002, 2002).
Fastest goal by a substitute
16 seconds, Ebbe Sand (Denmark, vs Nigeria, June 28, 1998, 1998).
Fastest goal in a final
90 seconds, Johan Neeskens (Netherlands, vs West Germany, July 7, 1974, 1974).
Latest goal from kickoff
121st minute, Alessandro Del Piero (Italy vs Germany, July 4, 2006, 2006).
Latest goal from kickoff in a final
120th minute, Geoff Hurst (England vs West Germany 1966).
Longest time for a goal to be scored in a World Cup
198 minutes, Bruno Conti (Italy vs Peru 1982)
Biggest margin of victory
9, Hungary (9) vs Korea Republic (0), 1954; Yugoslavia (9) vs Zaire (0), 1974; Hungary (10) vs El Salvador (1), 1982.
Most goals scored in a match, one team
10, Hungary, vs El Salvador, 1982.
Most goals scored in a match, both teams
12, Austria (7) vs Switzerland (5), 1954.
Highest scoring draw
4–4, England vs Belgium (AET), 1954, and Soviet Union vs Colombia, 1962.
Most goals scored in a final, one team
5, Brazil, 1958.
Most goals scored in a final, both teams
7, Brazil (5) vs. Sweden (2), 1958.
Most goals in a tournament, one team
27, Hungary, 1954.
Most matches coached
25, Helmut Schön (West Germany, 1966–1978).
Most matches won
16, Helmut Schön (West Germany, 1966–1978).
2, Vittorio Pozzo (Italy, 1934–1938).
6, Carlos Alberto Parreira (1982, 1990–1998, 2006, 2010).
Most nations coached
5, Bora Milutinović (Mexico, 1986; Costa Rica, 1990; United States, 1994; Nigeria, 1998; China PR, 2002), and Carlos Alberto Parreira (Kuwait, 1982: United Arab Emirates, 1990: Brazil, 1994 and 2006; Saudi Arabia, 1998; South Africa, 2010)
Most consecutive matches without a loss
12, Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil, 2002, 7 matches; Portugal, 2006, 5 matches).
27 years and 267 days, Juan José Tramutola (Argentina, 1930)
71 years and 317 days, Otto Rehhagel (Greece, 2010)
Most championship wins as player and head coach
3, Mário Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach)
Most final appearances as player and head coach
5, Mário Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970, 1974 & 1998 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer, West Germany (1966–1974 as player, 1986 & 1990 as coach)
Won tournaments as both player and head coach
Mário Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer, West Germany (1974 as player, 1990 as coach)
24 years and 193 days, Juan Gardeazábal (Spain, 1958)
56 years and 236 days, George Reader (England, 1950)
Most number of times World Cup has been hosted by a country
2, Mexico 1970 & 1986, Italy 1934 & 1990, France 1938 & 1998, Germany 1974 (as West Germany) & 2006.
Number of times host country has won World Cup
6, Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934, England 1966, West Germany 1974, Argentina 1978, France 1998
PS: The Host nation has always qualified from the Group Stage of the World Cup
No Host nation has ever lost their opening game of the World Cup
Records are made to be broken. Let us enjoy the quadrennial festival of football and look forward to more records to go down in history when some luck team lifts the World Cup.
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