Tampa Bay Sports Day

FIFA World Cup Records and Memories

The FIFA World Cup is the greatest sporting event in the world and a huge betting event for companies like Unibet. Held once every four years, it’s a competition that means much more than sport, as it unites the world during the time that the event is being held.

Here are some of the most amazing records in the tournament’s history.

The Australians hold the record for the tournament’s largest winning margin when they defeated American Samoa 31-0 in a preliminary match when qualifying for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

The 2014 hosts Brazil have won the tournament more times than anyone else recording five victories, and they also hold the record for most appearances with 20. Continuing on the Brazilian theme and the great Pele is the only player to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 & 1970), they have scored the most goals than any other team with 210, and Ronaldo holds the record for the most goals scored in the finals with 15.

Keeping on the goal scoring front and Ali Daei for Iran holds the record for the most qualifying goals with 35, Just Fontaine of France still holds the record for most goals scored in a single finals with 13 scored in the 1958 finals; Oleg Salenko holds the record for most goals scored in a single game with all five in a 5-1 victory over Cameroon, and Roger Milla, who also scored in that match, became the oldest player to do as the age of 42.

The English also pitch in with a goal scoring record after Geoff Hurst’s hat trick for England in the 1966 World Cup Final makes him the only player to do so, and ties with Vava, Pele and Zinedine Zidane as the four people to score three goals in all World Cup Final matches.