The World Cup Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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The World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events in the world. How much do you know about this frenzy of football (or soccer)?

What year featured the first men's World Cup?

It was held at three sites in South America

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How often is the World Cup held?

It is the largest single-event sporting competition on the planet.

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Which country won the first World Cup?

The country was also host of that year's event.

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Which team did England defeat to claim the 1966 World Cup?

England hosted the Cup that year and won the final 4 to 2.

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About how many people watched the final game of the 2006 World Cup featuring Italy versus France?

In sum, the entire tournament was one of the most-watched in television history.

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Where was the final game of the 1994 World Cup held?

Brazil defeated Italy in a shootout.

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According to FIFA rules, what is the minimum capacity of venues hosting World Cup finals matches?

And for the opening and closing matches, a venue must have a capacity of at least 80,000.

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From which country was a player first given a red card in a World Cup?

His name was Carlos Caszely, and he was booted in the 1974 World Cup.

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Why did few European teams play in the first World Cup?

In 1930, getting to Uruguay from South America was hard work.

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When the host country's team is playing, the World Cup has a reputation for causing more of which health problem?

The correlation isn't necessarily true, but the stress level definitely goes up when watching your team play.

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As of 2014, how many countries have played in the World Cup?

And only eight different national teams have won the whole thing.

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Only two World Cups have been canceled. What caused their cancellation?

The 1942 and 1946 Cups were scuttled by WWII.

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How many times has the United States hosted the World Cup?

The matches had an average attendance of 69,000 people, a record that still stands.

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Why did Turkey withdraw from the 1950 World Cup?

They couldn't justify the expense of traveling to Brazil.

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Which country is the only one to have played in all 19 FIFA World Cups?

And the country has won a whopping five times.

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In 1982, the tournament was expanded to how many teams?

There is now talk of increasing the field of 32 to 40

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About how many teams vie for a spot in the World Cup?

Hundreds of teams hope to make a splash on the football world's biggest stage.

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How many qualifying matches did teams play as part of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup?

The qualifying process is long and arduous.

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Why did FIFA suspend bidding for the 2026 World Cup?

An enormous corruption case embroiled FIFA in 2015.

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A player from which country scored the first goal in World Cup history?

Lucien Laurent's goal came in the 19th minute against Mexico.

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How long does the Final Competition last?

It involves 31 teams, plus the team from the host nation.

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In which year did the World Cup begin featuring custom mascots or logos for the event?

A lion named World Cup Willie was the mascot that year.

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What was a primary reason that Uruguay was selected as host for the first World Cup?

The country spared no expense to host the event.

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In what year was the World Cup first televised?

Uruguay won that year; Brazil was the host country and also runner-up.

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Footix was the name of the mascot for the 1998 World Cup held in France. What kind of animal was Footix?

He is colored mostly blue in honor of the host team's uniforms.

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Why has Qatar already received criticism for its handling of the 2022 World Cup?

In addition, reports of bribery and corruption have emerged in many news stories.

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Zakumi was the mascot for which year's World Cup?

A zakumi is a type of leopard that can be found in South Africa, which was that year's host.

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About how many different TV channels broadcast the 2010 World Cup in South Africa?

The World Cup is always one of the most-watched sporting events.

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When was the first FIFA Women's World Cup held?

It was held in China and won by the United States, which defeated Norway.

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What is the planned capacity of the largest venue for the World Cup in 2022?

The other venues will top out at capacities of less than 50,000.

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