Fun Facts

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The 1994 United States World Cup souvenir sheet featured a map with the locations of each venue for the games.

Greatest Upset: Many would cite the 1950 defeat of England by the United States as the Cup's greatest upset. The ragtag U.S. team of postmen and miners faced an English team of professional players but lodged a 1-0 surprise victory. Some in the British press thought the original reports were misprints, indicating a 10-0 English victory rather than a loss.

Most Consistent: Brazil is the only nation to qualify and play in every World Cup. They have also won the tournament a record five times.

Only Player to Have Won Three World Cups: Brazilian soccer star Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) helped his team to win in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Fastest Goal Scored: In 2002, Hakan Sükür of Turkey scored after only 11 seconds against South Korea in the third place match.

Winning Traditions: Europe and South America are the most successful continents in the World Cup. Each has won the Cup nine times from one of its representative countries. No other continent has produced a winning team (to date!).

Highest attendance overall and on average per game: The 1994 World Cup in the United States had the highest overall attendance (over 3.5 million) and the highest average attendance per game (almost 69,000).