Qatar will host the twenty-second edition of the FIFA World Cup at the end of 2022, a championship that on twenty-one previous occasions left unbeatable numbers, whether at the level of teams or players.
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The main official international tournament for men’s soccer has been held every four years since 1930, with exceptions in 1942 and 1946. Eight countries have won the trophy, Brazil the most successful with five. But the contest has left other marks to highlight.
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The oldest player
In the Russia 2018 group stage, Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary started the Pharaohs’ 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia and became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup match . At 45 years and 161 days, El-Hadary surpassed the record held by Faryd Mondragón. The Colombian was the oldest man to appear in a World Cup game, after his participation at the age of 43 in Brazil 2014.
Most minutes played
The Italian Paolo Maldini recorded, between the 1990 and 2002 editions of the World Cup, 2,217 minutes played. With the Azzurra, the former defender reached third place in Italy 1990, runner-up in the USA in 1994, the quarterfinals in France 1998 and the round of 16 in Japan-South Korea 2002. Curiously, the Eternal Captain he did not play at Germany 2006, when his country lifted the FIFA cup 24 years after it did so for the previous time at Spain 1982.
Most goals scored in a championship (player)
Decades pass and the name of Just Fontaine remains in force in football. The Frenchman leads the ranking of top scorers in a single edition of the world cups by scoring 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. The record remains: three against Paraguay (7-3), two against Yugoslavia (2-3), one against Scotland (2-1), two against Northern Ireland (4-0), one against Brazil (2-5) and four against the former world champion Federal Germany (6-3) in the dispute for third place.
Highest number of goals in a match
On June 26, 1954 at the Stade Olympique de La Pontaise (Lausanne), for the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Switzerland, Austria eliminated the host team with a score of 7-5: 12 goals in total, the highest number in a Cup match. The scoreboard was already quite high by halftime, with the temporary 5-4 in favor of the Austrians. A feast of notes for the 31,000 spectators (other records indicate 35,000) who attended the stage of the Swiss west.
Player with the most wins
Between the 2002 and 2014 editions of the World Cup, the German Miroslav Klose set some unbeatable records, among these the 17 victories he achieved with the Teutonic national team, more than any other footballer in the history of the championship. The former goalscorer announced his retirement from football in November 2016, two years after becoming champion in Brazil 2014, where he also recorded his name for the legend by becoming the top scorer in the World Cups (16 goals).
Most appearances as captain
The Mexican Rafael Marquez, with 17 games, is the player with the most appearances as captain in the FIFA World Cup. The Kaiser of Michoacan he played Japan-South Korea 2002, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018; in all of them he reached the round of 16 of the championship with the Aztec team. The former FC Barcelona player, out of a total of 19 games, did not wear the leader’s belt twice, both in 2010, in favor of Gerardo Torrado (vs. South Africa) and Cuauhtémoc Blanco (vs. Uruguay).
Oldest player to play in a final
The Italian Dino Zoff, at 40 years and 134 daysHe is the oldest footballer to play in a FIFA World Cup final. He achieved it with his team against Federal Germany in Spain 1982, a championship won by the Azzurra with a final score of 3-1. The then Juventus Turin goalkeeper was also captain of his national team. Zoff conceded six goals in seven Cup games 40 years ago as Italy lifted their third tournament title.
Player with the most games in which he scored at least one goal
The Brazilian Ronaldo and the German Miroslav Klose share the record of the player with the most games in which he scored at least one goal, with 11 games. To the Freak from Brazil the editions of France 1998, Japan-South Korea 2002 and Germany 2006 are counted, since he did not play any minute in USA 1994 although he was called up. Meanwhile, to the new Bombardier from Germany are considered the World Cups of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Oldest player to score a hat-trick
The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who to date holds the title of the greatest scorer in the history of football, became in Russia 2018 the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a game. He got it in the game against Spain on the opening day of the group stage. The current Manchester United footballer scored at minutes 4 (penalty), 44 and 88, in the 3-3 tie between the Portuguese team and the Red. Cristiano will be with Portugal in Qatar 2022.
Most clean sheets (player)
On ten occasions, both England’s Peter Shilton and France’s Fabien Barthez came out clean sheets in World Cup games. Shilton did it in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 championships, while Barthez did it in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Of both, the former France goalkeeper achieved the highest revenue, who 24 years ago won the title in his country (undefeated in the final against Brazil) and 16 years ago reached second place in the competition.
The youngest champion
A hard mark to beat in the FIFA World Cup is the one held by Brazilian legend Pelé. The King of football was consecrated as champion in 1958, at just 17 years and 249 days, the youngest in history. In that edition of the World Cup, in Sweden, the then football figure also scored a double in the definition against the hosts, a duel that ended with a 5-2 in favor of Verdeamarela.