And here are the answers to my World Cup quiz.
(The questions relate only to the World Cup Finals, not the qualification stage).
- Which nation scored the very first World Cup goal?
- Which nation won the inaugural World Cup in 1930?
- US player, Bert Patenaude, was the first player to do what in a World Cup match?
Score a hat-trick. (It was in the USA’s second match in 1930, versus Paraguay).
- Who, in 1934, became the first African nation to play at a World Cup?
- Why did the Austrian ‘wunder’ team withdraw from the 1938 World Cup?
Because Germany had ‘unified’ the two countries.
- Which nation qualified in 1950 but withdrew when FIFA refused their request to play barefoot?
- England won their first World Cup game in 1950 but famously lost their second. To whom?
- Ferenc Puskas played for his native Hungary in 1954 and for which adopted country in 1962?
- Which was the one World Cup tournament where all four British nations were represented?
- In 1958, 17-year-old Pele became, and remains, the youngest player to score a World Cup goal – against who?
- Which nation hosted the 1962 World Cup Finals?
- For how many days did the Jules Rimet trophy go missing for before the 1966 World Cup in England?
- Which nation did North Korea famously beat during the group stage in the 1966 World Cup?
- Geoff Hurst scored a hat trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final but who scored the other goal?
- Why were England grateful to Tovik Bakhramov in 1966?
Bakhramov was the ‘Russian linesman’ who allowed England’s controversial third goal during the final.
- What was the final score of the 1970 Italy v Brazil World Cup final?
Brazil 4, Italy 1.
- West Germany won the World Cup in 1974 but to whom did they lose in the group stage?
- First used in 1974, the new World Cup trophy has on its underside a list of winners, with enough space to last up to when?
- Who scored two of Argentina’s goals during the 1978 World Cup Final?
- The first World Cup penalty shoot-out took place between whom in 1982?
France and West Germany. (Will accept ‘Germany’).
- In 1982, Italy’s Dino Zoff became the oldest player to win the World Cup. In years, how old was he?
- Who, in 1982, is the only team to have scored double figures in a World Cup game?
Hungary, 10-1 v El Salvador
- Which country was the first to host the World Cup twice?
Mexico (1970 and 1986).
- Which two countries have been runners-up in two consecutive Football World Cup tournaments?
The Netherlands (1974 and 1978) and West Germany (1982 and 1986). (Half a point for each. Will accept Germany).
- In 1994, Russia’s Oleg Salenko scored a record five goals in one match – against who?
- Against whom did Cameroon’s Roger Milla score to become the World Cup’s oldest goalscorer?
The Soviet Union (will accept Russia).
- Lothar Matthaus of West Germany played a record how many World Cup games?
- Who missed the vital penalty in the 1994 World Cup Final penalty shoot-out to hand the trophy to Brazil?
- Which nation, in 1998, became the first to win a World Cup game on the Golden Goal rule?
France – Laurent Blanc v Paraguay.
- Which player scored two goals in the 1998 World Cup final?
Zinedine Zidane of France v Brazil.
- Who, in 2002, was the first Asian nation to play in a World Cup semi-final?
- Turkey’s Hakan Sukur holds the World Cup record for what?
The fastest World Cup goal – 11 seconds for Turkey v South Korea, 2002.
- Who is the only player to play in three consecutive World Cup finals?
Cafu, Brazil: 1994, 1998 and 2002.
- What is the smallest country to have won the World Cup?
- What was the last World Cup tournament in which no one was sent off?
- Who were the first host country to be knocked out at the group stage?
South Africa, 2010.
- In which year did the World Cup have its first game under covers?
1994 – USA v Switzerland.
- Which player has scored the most goals in a single World Cup tournament?
Just Fontaine of France – 13 goals in 1958.
- With an average of 5.4 goals per match which World Cup tournament remains the highest scoring?
- Which nation, in 1991, won the inaugural Women’s FIFA World Cup?
Taken from the book A History of the World Cup.