6 Historical World Cup Facts You Didn’t Know

World Cup Facts - Maracana Stadium 1950 World Cup
World Cup Facts – Maracana Stadium 1950 World Cup

6. The largest crowd for a World Cup match was at the (old) Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the 1950 final. 199,954 people watched Uruguay beat the host team 2-1. *This one might be important to remember. 

5. FIFA President, Sepp Blatter (real name), was once head of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, which tried to get women to wear stockings and suspenders instead of pantyhose.

4. Pelé is the only player to have won three World Cup championships. His first World CUp in 1958 for Brazil resulted in a number of long-standing records; youngest goal scorer, youngest player to score a hat trick and the youngest play to appear in a final, at 17 years old.

3. Before the first ever World Cup final in Uruguay in 1930, the referee ordered 60,000 fans to be searched before the match. Security found 1,600 revolvers in the crowd.

2. At the World Cup in 1990, each UAE player who scored was given a Rolls Royce by the UAE government/sponsors.

1. During the World War 2 years, Italian football Chief Ottorino Barassi secretly took the Jules Rimet trophy home from a bank in Rome and kept it under his bed in a shoebox to ensure Hitler and his Nazi troops didn’t find it. There it stayed until the 1950 World Cup.

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Chief Ottorino Barassi saying, “don’t worry, I got this!”

Continue the World Cup Countdown: 


  • http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2318675/21-facts-you-never-knew-about-the-world-cup/
  • http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/history/fifa-world-cup/jules-rimet-cup.html
  • http://www.history.com/news/80-years-of-world-cup-facts
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz8rf7-Ktl0


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  1. The photo accompanying fact 1 shows Jules Rimet in 1930 handling the cup for the first time to Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) President Dr. Raul Jude

  2. I can add something
    All four World Cups played in South America (1930, 1950, 1962, and 1978) have been won by South American countries. A European team had never won outside of Europe until Spain won in South Africa four years ago.

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