Uruguay hosted 1st cup in 1930

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SOC­CER was in­tro­duced as an Olympic sport in 1900, but in 1928 Fifa, the sport’s gov­ern­ing body, de­cided to turn it into an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment.

Uruguay, then reign­ing Olympic cham­pi­ons, hosted the first World Cup in 1930, with 13 na­tions tak­ing part.

The cham­pi­onship has been awarded ev­ery four years since then, ex­cept in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

In all, 76 na­tions have played in at least one World Cup. Brazil and Ger­many have both made seven ap­pear­ances in the fi­nal – the most of any other nation in the world. Ger­many has made the most ap­pear- an­ces in the top four, with 11 ap­pear­ances.

Two play­ers share the record for play­ing in the most World Cups – Mex­ico’s An­to­nio Car­ba­jal and Ger­many’s Lothar Matthäus. Both played in five tour­na­ments. Matthäus has played the most World Cup matches over­all, with 25 ap­pear­ances.

Rus­sia’s Oleg Salenko holds the record for the high­est num­ber of goals scored in a World Cup match – five goals against Cameroon in 1994.

Brazil’s Pelé is the only player to have won two World Cup medals, while fel­low coun­try­man Ron­aldo is the over­all top goal scorer in World Cups, hav­ing scored 15 goals in three tour­na­ments. – Thanda Mhlanga

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