An All-New Football Quiz for Fans of the World Cup

When will the 22nd World Cup be held?

The FIFA World Cup is an international men's football championship held every four years and competed for by the best national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The 22nd edition of the tournament is planned to take place in 2022 and will be known as the FIFA World Cup 2022. 

Where will the FIFA World Cup 2022 be held?

The 22nd FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar from 20th November to 18th December 2022. There will be a total of 32 teams competing in the tournament, one of which is the host nation of Qatar. This will be the first time the world’s most important football competition takes place in the Middle East.

Who are the most recent people to win the World Cup?

Since the first tournament in 1930, the championship has happened every four years, except in 1942 and 1946, when the Second World War made it impossible. The nation of France is now holding the title of world champion after claiming victory in the event held in Russia in 2018.

Why will the 2022 World Cup be held in November and December?

This World Cup will be the first tournament not hosted in May, June, or July and takes place during the northern winter; it will also cover a shorter period of around 29 days. This decision was made because of the extreme summer heat experienced in Qatar.

Globally, how many people tuned in to watch the World Cup in 2018?

More than half of the world's population aged four and over watched the 2018 World Cup hosted in Russia. FIFA officially declared that 3.57 billion people worldwide watched the tournament. A total of 1.12 billion people worldwide watched the final match, which played out between France and Croatia.

Is it true that 2022 will mark the first time the World Cup has ever been hosted in the Arab world?

The event is set to go down in Qatar between 20 November and 18 December 2022. This will be the first time that the World Cup has ever been played in the Arab world, and it will be the second time that the World Cup has been played on the Asian continent, after the tournament hosted in South Korea and Japan in 2002.

What is the total number of World Cup tournaments?

A total of 79 countries have made an appearance in the 21 tournaments. Thirteen have reached the championship game, and eight have won. Brazil is the most successful team in World Cup history, having won five championships. It is also the only country to have competed in every World Cup finals competition. Both Italy and Germany can boast four championships.

When did England last win the men's World Cup?

The English team's most extraordinary performance ever was when they won the cup in 1966 when it was hosted in England. They finished in fourth place in 1990 when it was held in Italy and again in 2018 when it was held in Russia. Aside from that, the team has advanced to the quarterfinals nine times. 

Who has the most World Cup victories?

Brazil is the most successful team in World Cup history, having won five championships. Italy and Germany can boast four champions each. France currently holds the title, and in total, the country has won two FIFA World Cup championships. England and Spain have won one cup apiece. We wonder who will add to their tally in 2022!

When England's women's team competed in the 2019 World Cup, who led them?

Steph Houghton, the England women's national team captain, has said that the team is prepared to "achieve something exceptional" in the Women's World Cup in the summer of 2019. And what a performance they have delivered to achieve such feats. With a leader like Steph, it is not hard to be encouraged that they will do what it takes to win. 

The World Cup features competition from every nation on the planet. True or false?

No, not every country competes in the world cup. At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, there will be participation from 32 different nations. Panama and Iceland both qualified as first-time competitors. The elimination of the following teams came as a complete shock to many people: Italy, the Netherlands, the United States of America, Algeria, Cameroon, Ireland, Ghana, and Chile.

The Russian player Oleg Salenko holds the record for most goals scored in a World Cup game with five. True or false?

Oleg Salenko of Russia is the first player in the history of the World Cup to score five goals in a single match during the competition. He did this back in 2002. The remarkable accomplishment occurred during a matchup between Russia and Cameroon in the group round of the 1994 World Cup. Salenko scored five of Russia's six goals in their 6-1 annihilation of Cameroon.

The idea for the World Cup came from…

FIFA president Jules Rimet began arranging the first World Cup competition. Uruguay had already won the official world championship twice, and the nation was planning to commemorate one hundred years of independence in 1930. As a result, FIFA chose Uruguay as the tournament's host country.

Who did the United States of America win the women's World Cup against in the final matchup in 2019?

The United States ladies were reigning champions that year, and they came up against the Netherlands, who were competing in their first final. Both US goals came in the second half, with co-captain Megan Rapinoe scoring one from the penalty line and Rose Lavelle adding the other. With this victory, the United States won their second Women's World Cup in a row and their fourth overall.

There has never been a winner of the men's World Cup from a continent other than Europe or South America. True or false?

Only teams from Europe and South America have ever made it to the World Cup championship game. The two continents have won nine championships each. Only two teams from outside these two continents have ever reached the competition's semi-finals: the USA (1930) and South Korea (2002).

Uruguay hosted the first FIFA World Cup competition in 1930. How many different teams were competing?

From the 13th to the 30th of July 1930, the country of Uruguay played host to the football sports event known as the FIFA World Cup. At the very first World Cup, there were a total of thirteen teams competing. Two were from North America, seven were from South America, and the remainder were from Europe. The teams were divided into four groups, and only the group winners advanced to the next round of competition. After defeating Argentina in the championship match, Uruguay was awarded the trophy.

Which nation was the first to win the World Cup on two separate occasions?

With a victory against Hungary that ended in a score of 4-2 for Italy, the country became the first of two to win the World Cup on back-to-back occasions. The only manager to ever win more than one World Cup was Vittorio Pozzo, who was in charge of Italy at the time.

How many national teams are involved in this year's World Cup?

The current format for the championship match has been in use since 1998. It comprises competition between 32 national teams, which takes place over one month in the countries hosting the event. There are two stages: the first one is the group stage, and then the second one is the knockout stage. During the group stage, teams play against one another in one of eight groups, with four teams in each group.

Who holds the record as the all-time top goal scorer in World Cup history before the 2022 tournament?

Miroslav Klose, a German striker, owns the record for the most goals scored in the World Cup finals. He has scored 16 goals in 24 games over four different tournaments. Uwe Seeler, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Pelé are the only other players to have come close, each competing in as many as four World Cup tournaments each. 

Who of the goalkeepers owns the record for the most saves made in a single World Cup match before the 2022 tournament?

Tim Howard of the United States holds the record for the most saves made in a single World Cup match with 16. Howard made 16 saves throughout the contest. This record was established in round 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil during a match that ended with a score of 1-2 in favor of Belgium. 

What was the name of the legendary first goal scored by Diego Maradona in 1986 versus England?

Because Diego Maradona scored his first goal of the match against England in 1986 with his hand, the goal is sometimes referred to as the "Hand of God." Technically, this wasn’t an allowable goal, but the referee didn’t catch the hand touch, so Argentina took the point and went on to win the game by a score of 2–1, thanks to another magnificent goal scored by Maradona.

In 2010, which of these two teams did not advance to the semifinals?

At the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, England did not get to the tournament's semifinals. Instead, the Netherlands, Spain, Uruguay, and Germany made it to the competition's semi-finals. Spain, the reigning European champions, won their first ever global title by claiming victory in the tournament's championship match with a 1-0 victory against the Netherlands, competing in their third consecutive losing final.

How many years apart is each FIFA World Cup?

The World Cup is held once every four years to ensure sufficient time for the qualifying events and playoffs held among national teams. In addition, holding the tournament every four years gives the nation that will play host sufficient time to arrange the game's logistics and figure out how to manage an inflow of millions of spectators.

The nation that holds the record for having the fewest people to participate in the FIFA World Cup is…

Iceland became the world's smallest nation to qualify for the men's World Cup on Tuesday after a victory against Kosovo with a score of 2-0. They have a population of only 334,000 people, which is approximately a fourth of the size of Trinidad and Tobago, the country whose record they shattered.

The FIFA World Cup event was split between two nations in 2002.

Germany and Brazil squared off against one another in this encounter on June 30, 2002, at the International Stadium in Japan in Yokohama. Japan and South Korea hosted the competition, while France retained their championships. In addition, 29 additional teams advanced through the qualifying process, organized by the six FIFA confederations.

Which is the only team to have won the World Cup finals without winning the final game? (Hint: This accomplishment was made in 1950)

Only Uruguay in 1950 managed to reach the World Cup finals without ever winning the tournament. This is because FIFA (the International Federation of Football Association) made a regulation adjustment specifically for this tournament. As a result, teams did not advance to the knockout round from the group stage but instead moved to a different group. Brazil, the hosts, and Uruguay, the champions in 1930, were the only teams left standing as they faced off in the tournament's championship game. Brazil was the clear favorite but lost 2-1.

Which nation is the only undefeated team in the 2010 World Cup?

Because they tied all three of their games in the group stage, New Zealand is the only team to emerge from the 2010 World Cup undefeated. This is due, in part, to the fact that Switzerland defeated eventual winners Spain in the game that they played for Group H.

Why did India withdraw from the competition in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil?

The Indian squad was able to qualify for the 1950 World Cup, which was held in Brazil, but they ultimately decided not to compete. Since the Indian players had previously only played barefoot, the team's decision was influenced by financial considerations and FIFA's requirement that players wear shoes during matches.

How many stadiums are being utilized for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar?

At the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, there will be eight different stadiums in use. This edition of the World Cup will have the fewest stadiums since the 1978 tournament, which was hosted in Argentina. For that event, the teams only played in six venues. We don’t imagine football fans will care too much about the number of stadiums in play. 

Who holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup?

Just Fontaine, a soccer player from France, holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup with his performance in 1958. During this year’s games, he scored 13 goals. He is now ranked fourth on the all-time list of players who scored the most goals in World Cup history.

Who is the oldest player to participate in a World Cup Match?

Roger Milla, a Cameroonian footballer, is recognized as the player with the most years of experience who has ever competed in a World Cup match. This talented man was the driving force behind his country's qualification for the World Cup in 1990. We guess this old dog still has some tricks up his sleeves. 

Who was the youngest player in the World Cup?

Norman Whiteside, a footballer from Northern Ireland, holds the record for being the youngest player to ever compete in the World Cup. When the match occurred in 1982 between Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland, the young player had only just turned 17 years old. To be precise, he was 17 years and 41 days old at the time. Nevertheless, this young protege was a killer on the field. 

Which player was sent off after 56 seconds in play?

In the match against Scotland in 1986, Uruguay's Jose Batista was dismissed after only 56 seconds of play. He remains the only player in the history of the World Cup to be eliminated from the competition so quickly. Because he committed a foul on Gordon Strachan, the French referee Joel Quiniou had no option but to give him a penalty.

Which football player was able to play both World Cup Football and World Cup Cricket?

Another intriguing fact about the World Cup is that the legendary cricketer Sir Viv Richards is the only individual to have competed in both the World Cup football tournament and the World Cup cricket tournament. In addition, he was a member of the Antigua national soccer team that competed in the World Cup qualifiers in 1974.

Which player is the only substitute to score a hat-trick in the World Cup?

Laszlo Kiss of Hungary is the first replacement player in the history of the World Cup to score a hat trick. Kiss scored the first of Hungary's three goals in the match played in Spain in 1982 between Hungary and El Salvador, making the score 5-1. This World Cup finals triumph was one of the most important ones ever.

The only player to be sent off on his birthday is…

Italian striker Gianfranco Zola was the only player to get sent off on his birthday. After being sent off for a foul on Nigeria's Augustine Eguavoen, Zola missed the next two World Cup games. Italy prevailed by a score of 2-1 and advanced to the World Cup final. Unfortunately, after serving this ban, Gianfranco Zola was never reinstated to the squad.

Which goalkeeper has conceded the most World Cup goals?

Hong Duk-Yung, a South Korean goalkeeper, holds the record for most goals allowed during a World Cup competition. In 1954, Hong Duk-Yung allowed 16 goals to be scored against his team. Coincidentally, this makes his record for goals lost the same as the record for most goals saved, which we learned earlier is held by Tim Howard. Strangely, it is also a numerical match for the most goals scored in a single World cup – a record held by Miroslav Klose. It seems 16 is a fateful number in the World Cup! 

Who is the goalkeeper with the longest unbeaten record in world cup history?

The Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga holds the record for the longest undefeated streak in the history of the World Cup. In the competition that took place in 1990, he lasted 517 minutes without letting a goal through his defense. Claudio Caniggia of Argentina was eliminated from the competition in the semifinals as Italy was defeated on penalties.

Which football player is also known as “Black Spider”?

The legendary goalie Lev Yashin appeared in three World Cups and was named "Black Spider'' for his all-black goalkeeper uniform (1958, 1962, and 1966). When questioned about his pre-match ritual, he said, "I prefer to take a cigarette before a match to calm my nerves, then drink a strong drink to tone my muscles." What an answer!

When were yellow cards and substations introduced?

At the 1970 World Cup, yellow cards and the concept of substations were first implemented. On May 31, 1970, a player from the USSR named Kakhi Asatiani was the first person to be given a yellow card for caution. They were competing against the Mexican team at the time. This is how the rules of the beautiful game evolved into what we all know and love now.