'The moment lasts a second, the legend lasts forever.' Read the Niki advert. How true of the World Cup. As the build up to this years Finals continues, enjoy this collection of great facts, weird stories, some images, a few Tottenham references and some adverts from the World Cup's previous tournaments. Please inform the cabin crew if you have enjoyed the in-flight entertainment.
1930 - The original trophy was called ''The Goddess of Victory Trophy, a statuette 30cm high and weighing 4kg. It was designed by a Frenchman Abel Lafleur.
1978 - A nun was arrested in Frankfurt when she tried to strangle a man who had been cheering Austria's 3-2 win over West Germany
1950 - Throughout the Second World War the prized trophy had laid hidden in a shoebox under the bed of the Italian FIFA vice-president, Dr Ottorino Barassi.
1934 - The first ever World Cup qualifier was on 11th June 1933 between Sweden and Estonia.
1978 - Ossie Ardiles worn the number 2 shirt, as the host nation numbered their squad alphabetically.
1942 - No competition was held and no decision made but the favorites to host the 1942 and 1946 finals were Germany and Brazil.
1950- When Sweden beat Italy 3-2 it was the first-ever defeat for a defending World Cup champion.
1978 - After a mix up over team strips in the France V Hungary game, France borrowed kit from a local club Kimberley and played the game in green and white strips! Argentine TV was only black and white and the standard strips of the two sides made them indistinguishable
1986 - Marcelo Trobbiani played one game in the World Cup. He appeared as a 89th minute substitute in the Final
1978 - Netherlands refused to attend the post-match ceremonies after the final because of what they claimed were deliberate stalling tactics by the Argentines before the start
The NiKi advert from 2010. 'Just Write it.' Is this the best ad yet ? DoH!
Hocus Pocus from Dutch band Focus, Federer, Bryant and co.
1974 - Having not had to qualify, there were hosts (1966) and holders (1970) England failed to reach the finals for the first time since they entered the World Cup. This would lead to Sir Alf Ramsey being sacked as manager.
1978 - This was the first tournament that had over 100 entries.
1950 - Was the only Finals without a Final. The teams having gone into another group stage to decide the winner. Brazil started the last game only needing a draw to win the trophy but they lost.
1962 - During the famous Battle of Santiago, Italy's Ferrini was sent off and had to be dragged from the pitch by police when he refused to walk
1934 - When Mexico played USA in an extra qualifying game in Italy before the Finals, it was the only qualifying game ever played in the host nation.
1962 - After the “Battle of Santiago” between Italy and hosts Chile. The referee said “I wasn't refereeing a football match, I was acting as an umpire in military manoeuvres”
1970 - With the introduction of yellow cards, the first Englishman to be booked was Francis Lee of Manchester City, and the second was Francis Lee.
And Finally - 1938 - Italy’s captain Giuseppe Meazza's shorts fell down after he scored a penalty in the semifinal. He had taken the kick with one hand holding them up.
All images not credited in text from FIFA. Thanks - Mostly to FIFA , but also The BBC, ESPN and Planet World Cup.
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4/5/2014 01:12:49 pm
HaHa.. ROFL for the crazy nun!!
5/5/2014 03:17:07 am
defending champions - 1934 Uruguay did not compete, 1938 - Italy retained the trophy 1950 thus Sweden beating Italy....
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