FIFA is the most popular and widely watched sports entertainment for its fans. Like cricket, football is also an important sport that is played in almost all countries of the world.
Football is an energy-driven sport which requires its players to be in total enthusiasm and make as many goals in a limited period of time during the gameplay, which is 90 minutes. It is, indeed, a very interesting sport. You will often find hundreds of thousands of spectators who come from distant places just to watch the sport and have fun.
It has become a demanding sport and has also gained a huge recognition as compared to other sports. FIFA organizes the World Cup every 4 years.
There are, however, some really interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup football tournament that most of you might not be aware of. That’s okay! You may go ahead and read these interesting facts, even if you are not a big fan of the football sport.
10 interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup
The following are the 10 interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup that you need to know.
Since, FIFA is the French acronym for Federation Internationale de Football Association, in general English, it stands for the International Federation of Football Association. So, for this reason, it is not abbreviated as IFFA.
- The FIFA World Cup was founded in the year 1904 with its headquarters located at Zurich in Switzerland. It has 211 member nations.
The first country to win the first FIFA World Cup was Uruguay, in 1930. The match was played between Uruguay and Argentina. Uruguay won the match against Argentina by 4-2. Also, Uruguay was the first nation to host the first FIFA World Cup.
- FIFA World Cup commences once in every four years. This year, the FIFA World Cup will be hosted in Russia.
Each year the FIFA World Cup is commenced, it is hosted in a different country. Another interesting fact about the FIFA World Cup is that the country that hosts the World Cup automatically gets entry to the World Cup.
There are some more interesting facts about FIFA World Cup
There are about six official music albums which have been released corresponding the FIFA World Cup from 1994 to 2014. The names of the albums are Gloryland (1994), Music of the World Cup (1998), The Official Album of the 2002 FIFA World Cup (2002), Voices from the FIFA World Cup (2006), Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album (2010) and One Love, One Rhythm (2014), respectively.
- The major sponsors of FIFA World Cup are Adidas, Coca-Cola, Wanda Group, Gazprom, Qatar Airways, Hyundai, and Visa.
- India got qualified in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. However, the country had to withdraw because the rules of the game did not allow players to play barefoot on the field.
Brazil is the only nation to have won the maximum titles. They have won a total of 5 matches from 1930 till 2014. The country participated every time the World Cup was held. However, when the World Cup 1950 was hosted in Brazil, the nation did not win the title. Brazil was defeated by Uruguay by 2-1.
The prize money which is given by the World Cup to the winning team is $35 million. The runner-up team gets $25 million. No wonder, losing the game is also worthwhile. That’s not all. Even the participating teams take home about an $8 million cheque each.
Well, these are some of the interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup which you probably might not have known yet, at least, for some of you. What’s more? You will also have some unique facts which you can share with your friends about the sport.