interesting facts about FIFA
The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930. Many believed American Bart McGee scored the first goal in the World Cup,
against Belgium in the 40th minute. But a dispute erupted and FIFA, soccer's governing body, determined the first goal was
scored by Frenchman Lucien Laurent in the 19th minute against Mexico on July 13, 1930.
First Red Card
The red and yellow card system was not introduced until the 1970 World Cup. The first player to receive a red card was
Chile's Carlos Caszely in 1974 in a match against West Germany in the 67th minute.
The youngest player to play in a World Cup match was Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside against Yugoslavia in 1982. He was
17 years, 41 days old.
The highest attendance for one match was in the 1950 final. The official attendance was 199,854 for the match between Brazil
and Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Top Scoring Team
Hungary scored 27 goals in the 1954 World Cup. Hungary made the finals that year but lost to West Germany 3-2.
Most Consecutive First-Round Eliminations
Scotland holds the record with eight: 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998.