Random World Cup Facts

Discussion in 'FIFA and Tournaments' started by benztown, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Pipiolo

    Pipiolo Member+

    Jul 19, 2008
    Country:
    Argentina
    Only if you count England as having won the war against Germany by virtue of being allied to the winners.

    Another one to add to the pattern is USSR being undefeated to their communist subjects: Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, North Korea.
     
  2. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Country:
    Bolivia
    Lol. So we compare US/eng/fr vs Her/ITA?
     
  3. Pipiolo

    Pipiolo Member+

    Jul 19, 2008
    Country:
    Argentina
    USSR?

    And France were winners?
     
  4. Timanfaya

    Timanfaya Member

    May 31, 2005
    Southampton
    Yes, at the end of WW2 there was a French occupation zone in Germany.

    But this has nothing to do with football.
     
  5. Cris 09

    Cris 09 Trololololo

    Nov 30, 2004
    Westfalenstadion
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Country:
    Germany
    Saarländische Fußballnationalmannschaft?
     
  6. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Joe Gaetjens was presumed to have been killed by the Haitian secret police in 1964. He was the American player who scored the winning goal against England at the WC Finals in 1950. Of course, the cause of his death was unconfirmed. His body was never recovered.

    Someone must have been killed during the War. Fritz Walter escaped death and his story was well known. So there must be someone who was not as lucky. Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Holland, etc all participated in the WC Finals before the WC Finals. I do not have the time to google every player from those teams.

    Matthias Sindelar committed suicide or killed by Gestapo, depending which versions of the story you believed in.
     
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  7. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Correct me if I am wrong but I believe Russia will be the first European host with cities/stadiums located in different Time Zones.
     
  8. Cris 09

    Cris 09 Trololololo

    Nov 30, 2004
    Westfalenstadion
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Country:
    Germany
    I think it is the only European nation with more than one time zone to begin with.
     
  9. fero

    fero Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Argentina
    Club:
    CA Boca Juniors
    Country:
    Argentina
    Russian Europe is best Europe.
     
  10. Timanfaya

    Timanfaya Member

    May 31, 2005
    Southampton
    Spain's Canary Islands are in a different time zone to the mainland. There weren't any games there in 82 but it's possible that there would be games at Las Palmas or Tenerife if they were to host again.
     
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  11. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    United States
    Should we count Caribbean islands like British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, or Sint Maarten as being part of Europe?

    What World Cups other than USA 1994 were in multiple time zones?
     
  12. Pipiolo

    Pipiolo Member+

    Jul 19, 2008
    Country:
    Argentina
    Brazil 1950 and 2014, Mexico 1970 and 1986
     
  13. Rafael Hernandez

    Rafael Hernandez Moderator
    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    #1413 Rafael Hernandez, Feb 27, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017
    Nope. All of Mexico's world cup games were in the same time zone.
     
  14. Cris 09

    Cris 09 Trololololo

    Nov 30, 2004
    Westfalenstadion
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Country:
    Germany
    Personally, I would not, because they are not "Europe" from a geographic sense - but a political sense. Let's keep things simple in the name of simplicity.

    EDIT: Though all of Brazil's matches were played in the same time zone, have you looked up their times zones? It's a mess.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_in_Brazil
     
  15. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    IT is a slippery slope.
    If Turkey were to host World Cup matches in the Future you would say those matches are being played in Asia?

    Would some of the matches of Euro 2020 not count as Europe in your mind since they will be played in Baku?
     
  16. Cris 09

    Cris 09 Trololololo

    Nov 30, 2004
    Westfalenstadion
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Country:
    Germany
    Turkey? No need to put in a hypothetical. Lets look at Russia. East of the Ural Mountains lies the continent of Asia. Technically speaking, if the WC were held in the cities of Novosibirsk or Omsk, they would be playing in Asia.

    Baku? Again, UEFA can lean toward the political rather than geographical. Look at Israel. :)
     
  17. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Nope. Manaus & Cuiaba both hosted matches in 2014.
     
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  18. Cris 09

    Cris 09 Trololololo

    Nov 30, 2004
    Westfalenstadion
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Country:
    Germany
    A-ha....so there you go!
     
  19. pipinogol

    pipinogol Member

    May 20, 2016
    Club:
    Cary RailHawks U23
    #1419 pipinogol, Mar 8, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2017
    Many substitute goalkeepers I think, right off the top of my mind Hans-Jorg Butt was selected for world cups 2002 and 2010 by Germany and didn't play any game (would be 14 games total). Dunno about "field" players like Seric.

    EDIT: lol, I found they allowed him to play the 3rd place match in 2010. Nice gesture.
    Another example: Mariano Andujar of Argentina was selected for 2010 and 2014 and didn't play any minutes (12 games). Also seems on the way to be selected for the third time in 2018 if Argentina makes it.
     
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  20. Gibraldo

    Gibraldo Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Pfaffenhofen / Ilm
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Country:
    Serbia
    Watch out for the world cup 1994 euro group 3 standings in April 1993 (found at world soccer)
     

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  21. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    United States
    The standings on the left column are unusual because Poland had played 2 games and Turkey had played 7 games. In qualifying for World Cup 2006, Kenya was suspended for the first 3 matchdays and then reinstated. I wonder what the biggest difference in games played for two teams at any point in the same World Cup qualifying group is.
     
  22. Gibraldo

    Gibraldo Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Pfaffenhofen / Ilm
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Country:
    Serbia
    i am pretty sure, this odd amount of matches (diff of 5) is unique. prior 1990 the groups were smaller then 5 teams and beginning with around 2002, the schedule was organized more centrally in typical matchdays, leading only to variances of 1 or 2 matches
     
  23. Hayaka

    Hayaka Member+

    Jun 21, 2009
    SF North Bay
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    Denmark
    San Marino has been playing competitive matches for 30 years and has one win to show for it in 146 tries, a 1-0 win over Liechtenstein in 2004. In terms of futility, no other country comes close.

    Even the Vatican has a team, which recently drew 0-0 against Monaco. I'm not sure if the Vatican's clergy play, or someone else.
     
  24. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    United States
    Neither the Vatican nor Monaco is a member of FIFA.
     
  25. Rickdog

    Rickdog Member+

    Jun 16, 2010
    Santiago, Chile
    Club:
    CD Colo Colo
    Country:
    Chile
    And neither one of both, has ever taken part in any World cup.
     
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