1950 World Cup Brazil final boasts largest football match attendance with 200K fans.
The largest attendance for a football match was the 1950 World Cup final which saw Brazil going up against Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Around 200,000 people attended the match, which was won by Uruguay with a score of 2-1.
Brazil are 5 time winners: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 & 2002. Brazil is also the only country to qualify for all 22 editions of the competition.
No team has ever won three championships straight – Brazil and Italy came close. Italy won back to back in 1934 and 1938, and Brazil won in 1958 and 1962. No one seems to be able to break the pattern of three.
Birth rates go up in countries doing well in World Cup.
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This is one of the weirdest ones. Birth rates are seen to go up in countries which are doing well in the World Cup. The reasons behind this are suspected to be alcohol consumption and excitement. In 2006, when Germany hosted and placed 3rd, the birth rate in the entire country jumped by 10% just 9 months later.
Germany’s Miroslav Klose scored the most World Cup goals: total of 16. Brazil’s Ronaldo follows close with 15 goals. Meanwhile, Just Fontaine of France scored all 13 of his World Cup goals at one World Cup.
Only 8 countries won the World Cup:
Brazil – 5
Italy & Germany – 4
Argentina, Uruguay, France – 2
England & Spain – 1
Russia hosted most expensive World Cup in 2018 at $14.2 billion after 2022’s Qatar. Other expensive World Cups include the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at $11.6 billion and Germany 2006 ($6 billion).