Random World Cup Facts

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

  1. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Country:
    United States
    It's a bit different if your team's part of the elite though, right?

    Take the 2009 Confederations Cup: the US lost a heartbreaker against Brazil after going into halftime 2-0 up...but I sure as hell wouldn't have traded that in for not making the Final in the first place, since we rarely make it that far in FIFA tournaments.
     
  2. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    So at what point of a tournament is it more comforting to get knocked out?
    Semifinal...
    Quarterfinal...
    Group stage...
    Or not bother to qualify at all?
     
  3. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Perhaps.
    As a Spain fan that 2009 semifinal defeat hurt, probably more than if they had reached the final and lost to Brazil.
     
  4. Metropolitan

    Metropolitan Member

    Sep 5, 2005
    Paris
    Club:
    Paris Saint Germain FC
    Country:
    France
    The thing is that when you reach the final, no matter what you can tell to yourself, you necessarily believe you can get the whole thing, because you actually can.

    France hasn't always been a title contender, I knew a time as a kid back in the 1980's when France was a 2nd-tier footballing nation. And when we reached the final for the first time in 1998, of course I was telling to myself this was already a huge success, no matter the outcome against Brazil. But I was lying to myself.

    In 2006, we weren't a favourite to win it all, but despite this, losing it was something totally heart-breaking. Of course I should feel lucky enough to come from a country breeding talented footballers who brought titles to their people, but there is something emotional in being so close to the thing and actually losing it which cannot be understood if you don't experience it by yourself.

    The only thing I can say is that I'm glad to not be Dutch. Because having reached thrice the world cup final to never win it should be something really awful to live.
     
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  5. Gibraldo

    Gibraldo Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Pfaffenhofen / Ilm
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Country:
    Serbia
    Can it be, that Bolilo Gomez is now the only couch who made a world cup debut happen for TWO countries? 2002 with Ecuador, 2018 with Panama?
     
  6. Yacine9

    Yacine9 Member

    Jun 23, 2014
    Algiers
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Country:
    Algeria
    Yes, which is what I said.
     
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  7. Cris 09

    Cris 09 Trololololo

    Nov 30, 2004
    Westfalenstadion
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Country:
    Germany
    You did - I'm clarifying it for the pundits.
     
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  8. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Country:
    Bolivia
    No. Bora Milutinovic qualified Costa Rica and China to their first World Cups.
     
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  9. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Country:
    United States
    Italy's streak of reaching the WC Final every 12 years is officially over. :(
     
  10. Metropolitan

    Metropolitan Member

    Sep 5, 2005
    Paris
    Club:
    Paris Saint Germain FC
    Country:
    France
    But the streak that every 12 years Italy is either in final or not here at all still holds:
    1934- Champion
    1946- No world cup
    1958- Not qualified
    1970- Finalist
    1982- Champion
    1994- Finalist
    2006- Champion
    2018- Not qualified
     
  11. Rafael Hernandez

    Rafael Hernandez Moderator
    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    Bora didn't qualify Costa Rica. He took over before the World Cup but it was Marvin Rodriguez who qualified them.
     
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  12. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Country:
    United States
    I met Bora at the Chinese embassy here in Doha a couple of years ago. I think he may work with the Qatar youth academies... we were all in the normal line for getting Chinese visas, while he was in the back doing some stuff with the VIPs... on his way out I shouted, "Bora Bora!" and he smiled and shook my hand... and I was like "USA '94!" and he waved on his way out... was pretty cool. You meet a lot of random famous footballers here in Qatar
     
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  13. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Country:
    United States
    If Denmark go through today, would that set the new record for most Scandinavian sides at a single WC finals?
     
  14. Rickdog

    Rickdog Member+

    Jun 16, 2010
    Santiago, Chile
    Club:
    CD Colo Colo
    Country:
    Chile
    will have to wait for 2030, to see if it continues.......
    :p
     
  15. Hayaka

    Hayaka Member+

    Jun 21, 2009
    SF North Bay
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    Denmark
    Yes, it would. There were three Scandia sides at Euro 2000 (Denmark, Norway, Sweden), but there have never been three together at the World Cup.
     
  16. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    There has never been a Golden boot from the same Nation in consecutive World Cups. (I don't count the large gap between Cups during wars.)

    I am hoping Falcao does it for Colombia this summer though. :p
     
  17. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Country:
    Bolivia
    Gareca and Peru is an unparalleled situation. 32 years ago, Peru we're nine minutes from a world cup when Gareca scored against them and sent them to the playoffs. Per then lost to Chile.

    Now Gareca guides Peru to a playoff win and the World Cup.
     
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  18. Gibraldo

    Gibraldo Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Pfaffenhofen / Ilm
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Country:
    Serbia
    man, i didnt know about that one... what a downer.

    interesting that they braced the 4 finals with failing to qualify at both ends of. the streak (last time not there in 58, 12 yrs ahead if the first final of that streak)
     
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  19. Gibraldo

    Gibraldo Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Pfaffenhofen / Ilm
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Country:
    Serbia
    wc 1998 ha
    so muslin doesn't feel alone.
     
  20. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Gareca started the streak of Peru not making the World Cup and now he is the main reason why they are back in the World Cup. :p;)
     
  21. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Country:
    Bolivia
    It was such a cheat goal also. Gareca goes in with hands up and shoves a defender into the ball. Both ball and defender go into the goal.

     
  22. Rafael Hernandez

    Rafael Hernandez Moderator
    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    Pasculli was the one who pushed the Peru player.
     
  23. Fuera del Area

    Jun 27, 2007
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Club:
    Club Deportivo FAS
    Country:
    United States
    2018 is the first WC that Peru has qualified for in which the players will need translators (unless they already speak Russian). All their previous appearances have been in Spanish-speaking countries (Uruguay 1930, Mexico 1970, Argentina 1978, Spain 1982)
     
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  24. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    So their first tournament in a non -Spanish speaking country. That is interesting.
     
  25. nooshcat

    nooshcat Member

    Jan 3, 2017

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