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Soccer fans from all over the world gather to watch the World Cup every four years. Are you a World Cup supporter? Test your understanding of World Cup history by taking this quiz!

What year was the first-ever World Cup held?

1930

1935

1920

1934

1930
On July 13, 1930, the first-ever World Cup game was played. Jules Rimet, the president of FIFA, assisted in setting up an international competition to fill the void after learning that soccer (or, more commonly known, football) would not be an official event in the 1932 Olympics. The World Cup is currently the most-watched sporting event worldwide.

Who won the World Cup in 2018?

England

France

Croatia

Belgium

France
At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the championship game. France has now won its second World Cup. Croatia, which finished in second place, deserves praise for participating in their first World Cup final.

Which country earned a spot in the 2018 World Cup for the first time?

Estonia

Latvia

Iceland

Finland

Iceland
After 12 failed attempts, Iceland finally qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Despite playing three games, the Icelandic team could not progress past the group stage. Their participation at the World Cup also shatters Trinidad and Tobago’s previous record for the smallest country (by population) to compete.

Which country has won the most World Cups?

France

Germany

Argentina

Brazil

Brazil
With five World Cup victories, Brazil holds the record for most titles won. This football powerhouse is a perennial favorite on the World Cup stage and has participated in the final round seven times.

The second-most World Cup titles won are shared by these two nations.

France and England

Argentina and Germany

Germany and Italy

Italy and Argentina

Germany and Italy
Italy has appeared in the World Cup final six times, while Germany has appeared there eight times. Each nation has won the World Cup four times, with Italy winning in 2006 and Germany most recently in 2014.

In World Cup history, which player has scored the most goals?

Lionel Messi

Miroslav Klose

Cristiano Ronaldo

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Miroslav Klose
From 2002 to 2014, Miroslav Klose participated in four World Cup competitions for the German national team. Klose achieved an impressive total of 16 goals during that time.

The World Cup game with the most goals (total) scored in a single match is which one?

Austria v. Switzerland, 7 – 5 (1954)

Switzerland v. Germany, 8 – 6 (1958)

France v. England, 4 – 3 (1974)

Brazil v. Argentina, 7 – 6 (1966)

Austria v. Switzerland, 7 – 5 (1954)
In a 1954 World Cup quarterfinal game, Austria defeated Switzerland 7–5. This game’s 12 goals broke the previous mark for the highest-scoring game ever.

Which country has participated in the most penalty shootout?

Argentina

Brazil

Croatia

Italy

Argentina
With a total of five penalty shootouts, Argentina holds the record for most of them. The first penalty shootout occurred in 1982, although they were first introduced as a tie-breaker at the 1978 World Cup.

When was the United States World Cup hosting year?

1990

2002

2010

1994

1994
The 1994 World Cup was held in the United States. Brazil won the competition in nine different cities across the nation, including Pasadena, California; Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Washington, D.C.

Which of these countries has never triumphed in the World Cup?

Spain

England

Mexico

Argentina

Mexico
Mexico has competed in 16 World Cup competitions but never finished above sixth. Mexico has played 57 games in all, winning 16, losing 27, and tying 14 of them.

Which nation has participated in the most World Cups in a row?

Argentina

Mexico

Switzerland

Brazil

Brazil
Only Brazil has participated in all 21 World Cup competitions. They have participated in 109 games in total, winning 73 of them.

Which nation has participated in the fewest World Cup games?

Cameroon

Indonesia

Canada

India

Indonesia
The Dutch East Indies, now known as Indonesia, took part in just one World Cup match. In the 1938 World Cup’s first round against Hungary, they were defeated 0–6.

Who scored the first goal ever in a World Cup?

Luis Pérez

Bart McGhee

Lucien Laurent

Pablo Dorado

Lucien Laurent
On July 13, 1930, Lucien Laurent scored the first-ever World Cup goal in the match between France and Mexico. France would ultimately triumph 4-to-1.

Who has the record for most goals in a World Cup game?

Oleg Salenko

Miroslav Klose

Pelé

Just Fonatine

Oleg Salenko
The World Cup record for most goals scored in a single game belongs to Oleg Salenko. In the 1994 World Cup match between Russia and Cameroon, he led his team to a 6-1 victory with five goals.

Who is the lone athlete to have captured three World Cup titles?

Lionel Messi

Neymar

Pelé

Eusébio

Pelé
Only Pelé has won three World Cup championships (1958, 1962, and 1970). With 1,283 goals in 1,363 games, he also holds the Guinness World Record for the most goals scored in a career.

When was the World Cup separation between the two countries?

1998

2002

1994

2006

2002
2002’s 17th FIFA World Cup took place in Japan and South Korea. The tournament was hosted by two different countries for the first time, which was also the first time it had taken place outside of Europe or the Americas.

Which nation hosted the first World Cup and took home the title?

England

Brazil

Germany

Uruguay

Uruguay
Uruguay served as the tournament’s host nation in 1930, the year it first took place. The game featured 13 teams in total, and Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States finished first, second, and third, respectively.

Name the nation that has suffered the most World Cup defeats.

Chile

Honduras

Mexico

Paraguay

Mexico
With 27, Mexico holds the record for the most World Cup defeats. The North American country has made 16 appearances and even participated in one of the inaugural World Cup games back in 1930.

What nation competed in the 1986 World Cup but failed to win a game or score a goal?

Argentina

Canada

Hungary

South Korea

Canada
When Canada made its only World Cup appearance in 1986, it placed 24th overall out of 24 teams. They faced off against France, Hungary, and the Soviet Union in three games.

Which nation has been shown the most yellow and red cards in World Cup history?

Argentina

Brazil

Germany

Spain

Argentina
Argentina has received 120 total yellow and red cards, the most in history as of 2018. Germany comes in second place with a total of 117. The 1970 World Cup was the first competition to use yellow and red cards.

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