10 FIFA World Cup records that might never be broken
This will be the first World Cup held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup staged entirely in Asia, following the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
Some of the world’s best players will put on a show and hope to bring home the trophy. Furthermore, this is the time of year when everyone transforms into a football commentator.
If you’re one of those pundits, you’ve come to the correct place. We bring to you ten FIFA World Cup records that may never be broken.
10. Highest World Cup match attendance
The official attendance record for a FIFA World Cup match is 173,830 in the Estadio de Maracana during the 1950 Jules Rimet Cup.
Unofficially, the figure was 199,854.
This game was dubbed the “decisive match” since it was the final game in a round-robin style, with both teams having a chance to take home the trophy.
The title would be decided by the match between Brazil and Uruguay; a win or a tie would give Brazil the title, whereas Uruguay needed to win the match to win the championship.
Brazil were the overwhelming favorites to win the tournament, and Uruguay didn’t really look to be a threat on paper.
However, the unthinkable occurred when Uruguay overcame a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1
This record is extremely unlikely to be broken.
The Maracan was largely concrete grandstands with no seats at the time. And, for the time being, the majority of international football matches are played in all-seater stadiums.
Furthermore, the largest stadium in the world, the May Day stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, has a capacity of only 150,000 people. Whoever wanting to break the record must not only win the bid, but also build a larger stadium.
9The longest ban in a World Cup qualification campaign
Chile’s Roberto Rojas has the infamous record for the longest suspension in a qualifying campaign.
Following his infamous deed of being injured by a flare thrown by a Brazilian supporter during Chile’s 1990 World Cup qualifier against Brazil, FIFA punished the goalkeeper for life.
In 2000, FIFA granted him amnesty, lowering his ban to 12 years. The event is known as the Maracanazo de la selección Chilena, which translates as “The Maracanazo of the Chilean Team.”
After being questioned, Rojas admitted to cutting himself with a razor blade hidden in one of his gloves, and that Chilean coach Orlando Aravena had requested Rojas and team doctor Daniel Rodrguez to stay on the field in order to cause a scandal and so nullify the game’s outcome.
With technological improvements, it is exceedingly unlikely that such an atrocity could be perpetrated.
However, if a team resorts to match-fixing, FIFA will not hesitate to ban the players for life.
Let us hope that no future players resort to such deception and that this record is never broken.
8 The youngest coach to lead a World Cup team
Argentina’s Juan Jose Tramutola holds the record for the youngest coach to lead a FIFA World Cup.
At the age of 27 years and 267 days when Argentina played their first match against France, the Argentinian gained the accolade of becoming the youngest coach ever at the 1930 World Cup.
Other major accomplishments include leading Argentina to the 1929 Copa America title and finishing second in the first 1930 World Cup.
It is every manager’s desire to coach a World Cup team, and Tramutola accomplished this so early in his career. At this time, no federation appoints a management who does not have extensive expertise.