8 amazing facts about FIFA World Cup players

Soccer World Cup is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with over one billion people watching this competition every four years. Here are few interesting facts about some of the FIFA World Cup players.

1. Fastest goal in World Cup history was scored by Turkey’s Hakan Sukur, 11 seconds into the game against South Korea during the 2002 World Cup.

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2. The fastest red card in the World Cup history was Uruguay’s Jose Baptista who lasted a full 56 seconds in 1986 against Scotland before being sent off.

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3. Franz Beckenbauer is the only player in the history of World Cup who won the title as a player and coach. He lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in 1974 for Germany, and repeated the feat as a coach in 1990.

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4. In 1986 World Cup, Argentina knocked England out of the World Cup. After 51 minutes of the match, the goal scored by Diego Maradona is known as the Hand of God as he scored the goal, using his hand.

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5. Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest soccer players ever but he is remembered for his last ever act on a soccer field during 2006 World Cup when he head butted Marco Materazzi in the chest which led to a red card as well as a farewell to professional soccer.

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6. Sir Vivian Richards is the only person to have played both World Cup Football and World Cup Cricket.

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7. The first hat-trick was scored by Bert Patenaude of United States, playing against Paraguay in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

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8. The full name of Brazilian star Ronaldo is ‘Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima’, who jointly holds the record for most World Cup goals with Germany’s Miroslav Klose. He scored 15 goals, making him top World Cup goal scorer.

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