Soccer World Cup 2010

 

Soccer World Cup - History

DATE

HOST NATION

FINAL

COMMENT

2018

Countries vying for 2014

   

 

2014

Countries vying for 2014

 

 

In 2003 FIFA announced that the World Cup will be held in South America.

2010

South Africa

 

 

The games are due to take place for the first time in Africa and in South Africa.

2006

Germany

Italy
France

1
1

Italy won on penalty kicks.

197 nations attempted to qualify for the finals, but only 32 made it. It took place from 9 June 2006 to 9 July 2006.

This World Cup set a record for cautions with 345 yellow cards, a 27 per cent jump from 2002, and an astounding 28 red cards. The lasting image of Germany 2006 will be of French captain Zinedine Zidane turning his final act before retirement into pure thuggery.

A new record was set for most goals in an opening much, with Germany beating Costa Rica 4-2 (and Miroslav Klose striking twice on his 28th birthday).

2002

South Korea
& Japan

Brazil
Germany

2
0

The first time the World Cup was organised by two countries. The first time 3 countries were automatically placed in the finals (France, South Korea & Japan). The first time the finals were played outside the Americas and Europe. It was also the first World Cup that Slovenia, Senegal, Ecuador & China played in. It was the first time that teams from each of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America & South America reached the quarter-finals.

Germany's Miroslav Klose headed a record 5 goals in the 2002 Soccer World Cup finals.

1998

France

France
Brazil

3
0

The finals were expanded from 24 to 32 teams. This World Cup tournament was the first one for South Africa, Croatia, Jamaica and Japan.

Lothar Matthaus, a German, played in a record 25th Soccer World Cup final match.

Robert Prosinecki became the only player to have scored goals in the Soccer World Cup finals for two different countries (Yugoslavia in 1990 and Croatia in 1998).

Argentina's Gabriel Batistuta became the only player to have scored a hat-trick in successive Soccer World Cups (21 june 1994 and 21 June 1998).

There were 43 official sponsors.

1994

USA

Brazil
Italy

0
0

Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after a goalless draw. This was the first time a final was decided on penalties, with Franco Baresi taking the first kick (he shot it over the bar).

Russia took part in a World Cup final for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Oleg Salenko, playing for Russia, scored a record 5 goals against Cameroon on 28th June 1994.

In a match against Brazil on 24 June 1994, Cameroon's Rigobert Song became the youngest player ever to have been sent off in a Soccer World Cup finals match, he was 17 years and 358 days old. Also in a match against Brazil on 4th July 1994, the USA's Fernando Clavijo became the oldest player ever to have been sent off in a Soccer World Cup finals match, he was 37 years old. Playing against Russia on the 28th June 1994, Cameroon's Roger Milla, aged 42 years and 39 days, became the oldest player to play in the Soccer World Cup finals (he is also the oldest player to score).

Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Greece played in their first World Cup. The Switzerland-United States game in the Pontiac Silverdome was the first indoor game in the World Cup.

Playing against Norway on 23rd June 1994, Italy's Gianluca Pagliuca became the first goalkeeper to be sent off in the Soccer World Cup finals.

1990

Italy

West Germany
Argentina

1
0

Beckenbauer became the first captain of a winning team to later manage a winning squad. This was the first time both semi-finals were decided by penalty shootouts. The tournament marked the reappearance of the USA after a 40-year absence and the first appearance of the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica and the Republic of Ireland. It was the first time a second place team of a Group was decided by the drawing of lots, with the Republic of Ireland going through to the second round (the luck of the Irish!). This was the last World Cup in which goalkeepers were allowed to pick up direct backpasses from teammates.

England's Peter Shilton set a record of ten matches as goalkeeper in Soccer World Cup final matches without conceding a goal.

1986

Mexico

Argentina
West Germany

3
2

The tournament was originally scheduled to be hosted by Columbia, but after Columbia declared that they could not afford to host the Cup, it was awarded to Mexico. During the quarter-final against England, Diego Maradona scored first a goal in which (unseen by the referee) he handed the ball into the net, and then what is considered to be the goal of the century in which he dribbled over half the field past 5 England defenders before scoring.

Fifa bans shirt-swapping because they did not want players to "bare their chests" on the field.

1982

Spain

Italy
West Germany

3
1

The finals were expanded to 24 teams. West Germany knew that a 1 or 2-goal win over Austria in their group's final game would send both Austria and West Germany into the second round, at the expense of the Algerians (as Algeria had already played their three matches). This is exactly what happened, as the Germans scored early and the teams just kicked the ball around aimlessly for the rest of the game. This led to the introduction of a new system at the 1986 World Cup, in which the final two games in each group were played at the same time.

In the semi-final between France and West Germany (on 8th July 1982), France's Alan Giresse became the first player to take a penalty in a Soccer World Cup shootout. France lost 4:5.

Playing for Hungary against El Salvador on the 15th June 1982, Laszlo Kiss became the first substitute to score a hat-trick.

Playing against Yugoslavia on the 17th June 1982, Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside, aged 17 years and 42 days, became the youngest player to play in the Soccer World Cup finals.

The Soccer World Cup 1982 was the first to have an organized corporate sponsorship program, with $19 million being raised from the nine first-tier sponsors.

1978

Argentina

Argentina
Netherlands

3
1

Argentina win in extra time. Argentina had suffered a military coup two years before the World Cup, and the Dutch team attended without its star, Johann Cruyff, who refused to participate.

Ernie Brandts of the Netherlands became the only player to have scored a goal for both teams in the same match; on the 21st June 1978 he scored an own goal for Italy and then later a goal for the Netherlands in their 2:1 victory.

Sri Lanka becomes the first country to withdraw from the World Cup because they cannot afford to pay the entrance fee.

1974

West Germany

West Germany
Netherlands

2
1

This World Cup was the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup, was awarded. The previous trophy (called the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded permanently to the Brazilians after they won it for a 3rd time in 1970).

1970

Mexico

Brazil
Italy

4
1

Brazil's Jairzinho scored at least one goal in each of the six games that Brazil played in the World Cup, a feat which has never been repeated.

Playing against El Salvador on the 7th June 1970, Juan Basaguren of Mexico became the first substitute to score a goal.

Playing against Mexico on 31st May 1970, the USSR's Lovchev became the first player to receive a yellow card in the Soccer World Cup finals.

1966

England

England
West Germany

4
2

In extra time, England were controversially awarded a goal from a shot which hit the crossbar (they scored again through an almost empty German half). England's Geoff Hurst scored a record 3 goals in the final on 30th June 1966.

Drug testing is introduced for the first time at the Soccer World Cup.

1962

Chile

Brazil
Czechoslavakia

3
1

In May 1960 Chile suffered an earthquake which destroyed much of the country's infrastructure. Stadia and infrastructure were rebuilt at record speed and the tournament proceeded on schedule. This tournament was the last which was not televised live in Europe.

1958

Sweden

Brazil
Sweden

5
2

This was the first World Cup played by the then 17-years-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento, nicknamed Pelé; as well as the first World Cup entered by the Soviet Union.

1954

Switzerland

West Germany
Hungary

3
2

Because it was the 50th anniversary of FIFA, it seemed a good idea to play the tournament in the host nation of the governing body. This was the first time there was television coverage.

Lefter Kucukandonyadis, playing for Turkey, still has the record for the longest surname of a player at the finals.

1950

Brazil

Uruguay won on a round-robin basis.

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This was the only tournament that was not decided by a knokcout final, with the tournament's winner being decided by a contest between a group of 4 teams. Uruguay's 2-1 victory over Brazil was the match which ensured that they beat the rest of the group on a points basis. The tournament was also notable for England playing for their first time, as well as it being the first since the 1942 and 1946 tournaments being cancelled as a result of World War II. Brazil was the only nation to apply to host the tournament. India withdrew after qualifying as FIFA would not let their team play barefoot! Japand and Germany were under occupation and were not allowed to play. In one of the greatest World Cup upsets, England lost 0-1 to the USA (who were 500-1 underdogs!)

1942
1946

Interrupted by World War II

1938

France

France
Hungary

4
2

The first time the host nation didn't win, and also the first time numbers were used on players shirts in the Soccer World Cup. The decision to hold the World Cup for a second time in Europe was unpopular in South America, where they believed the tournament would alternate between South America and Europe. It was the first time that the host (France) and the reigning champion (Italy) qualified automatically.

Switzerland's Ernst Loertscher, playing against Germany, became the first player to score an own goal in the finals.

1934

Italy

Italy
Czechoslavakia

2
1

Italy won after extra time. Mussolini is said to have had exercised extensive influence over the referees. Some referees ruled so much in favour of Italy that they were suspended by their home nations after the tournament! This is the only World Cup that the reigning World Cup holders (Uruguay) did not attend (as revenge against the European countries which did not attend the previous World Cup). It is also the only time that the host nation (Italy) had to qualify for the final.

1930

Uruguay

Uruguay
Argentina

4
2

After football was removed from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, FIFA's president (Jules Rimet) decided to organize a global tournament. It was decided that the Cup should be played in Uruguay as they were the Olympic Champions at the time. This was the only Soccer World Cup without qualification rounds, teams were invited.

Rimet invited the national associations of many countries, however, the choice of Uruguay as a host meant a long and costly trip on a tramp steamer for the Europeans; and 2 months before the first game, no European country had agreed to participate. Rimet eventually managed to persuade Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia to make the trip. A total of 13 nations competed: 7 South American squads, 4 from Europe and 2 from North America.

In the 19th minute of their match on the 13th July 1930, France's Lucien Laurent became the first player to score a goal in the Soccer World Cup. Six days later on the 19th July 1930, Manuel Rocquetas Rosas of Mexico became the first player to score a penalty in the Soccer World Cup. In the same match, Argentina's Guillermo Stabile became the first player to score a hat-trick (Argentina beat Mexico 6:3).

After realizing he had called the match between Argentina and France six minutes early, the referee recalled players, some of whom had already hit the showers, to finish the game.

Playing against Romania on 14th July 1930, Peru's captain Mario de Las Casas became the first player to be sent off in the Soccer World Cup finals.

Romania's team was personally selected by their King Carol II, and the King requested their employers to grant each player 3 weeks paid leave.

During the semifinal against Argentina, the USA's trainer ran on to the field to attend to an injured player, he dropped a bottle of chloroform which broke; when the trainer tried to pick up the broken bottle he inhaled the fumes and fell to the ground unconscious.

Playing in front of 93,000 people at Montevideo, Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 to become the first Soccer World Cup champions. As a reward for winning the Soccer World Cup, each Uruguayan player was awarded a plot of land with a new house.

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