NEW YORK – World Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 12, may be you don’t fond of that sports, but these 10 amazing fact can help get you through the season.
1. Japan’s team is nicknamed The Blue Samurai. Their kit has a hidden background of leaves – a reference to Samurai code Bushido, whose name translates as “hidden leaves”.
2. Brazil hosted one of the most unique editions of the World Cup in 1950 as it was the only tournament in which the winner was determined by a final group stage, with the final four teams playing in a round-robin format, instead of a knockout stage.
One of the biggest upsets occurred in the final game between Uruguay and Brazil as Uruguay defeated the hosts 2-1 after which the final came to be known as the Maracanazo. But what might have bypassed your attention was that the final was watched by 199,854 people in the Maracana stadium – the largest crowd to ever attend a World Cup match.
3. Argentina holds the record for the most yellow cards in the competition’s history, with a total of 64 in 88 games.
4. Germany holds the record for most third-place finishes in the tournament, as they have finished in the top three 11 times.
5. Brazil’s Pele is the only player to win three World Cups – in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
6. The first symbolic kick will not be made by any known or famous person this year. Instead it will be made by a paraplegic teenager in a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit.
The teenager is paralysed from the waist down, but will “feel” the kick due to sensory feedback. He will stand up from his wheelchair, walk over to the midfield and take the very first kick. This marks a very important step in the evolution of technology. This event is designed to show that one day wheelchairs will cease to exist.
7. Germany will be the first country which will play their 100th World Cup match. They only need to play their first 2014 World Cup group match against Portugal in order to achieve this.
8. Bet you didn’t know that a lot of Japanese players play for some of the top clubs in the world, including Kagawa (United), Honda (AC Milan) and Nagatomo (Inter Milan).
9. The 2014 FIFA World Cup mascot is named “Fuleco” as voted for by the Brazilian public. He is a Brazilian three-banded Armadillo. The blue shell represents Brazil’s fertility and landscape, the skies and the water.
10. This year’s hosts are the only country to have been present at every World Cup.