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100 facts about the World Cup part 3

41 — as in 17 years and 41 days, the age of Northern Ireland’s Norman Whiteside when he became the youngest player to appear at the World Cup, in 1982.
42 — the age of Cameroon's Roger Milla when he became the oldest player to score and play at the World Cup, in 1994 in the United States.
43 — the average attendance (per game) at the World Cup: just over 43,000 fans.
44 — the gap in years between Italy's second World Cup title (in 1938) and third (in 1982).
45 — Italian legend Giuseppe Meazza scored over 50 goals during his international career, with his 45th coming against Brazil in the semifinals of the 1938 World Cup. Famously, Meazza was set to take a penalty shot against Brazil when the elastic holding up his shorts snapped. Undaunted, Meazza held up his shorts with his left hand while scoring from the spot to give Italy a 2-0 lead. Meazza's shorts fell down around his waist after he scored.
46 — the aftermath of the Second World War caused the cancellation of the 1946 World Cup.
47 — Germany’s Miroslav Klose was the 47th player in history to record a hat trick at the World Cup, in 2002 against Saudi Arabia. Amazingly, all three goals were scored on headers.
48 — number of hat tricks recorded in World Cup history.
49 — Spain has played 49 games at the World Cup, the most of any nation that has not won the tournament.
50 — the 1950 World Cup was the only tournament not to have a final game. Instead, the winner was determined via a four-team round robin after Brazil, Uruguay, Spain and Sweden won their respective first-round groups. Uruguay defeated hosts Brazil 2-1 in the final game of the round robin to win the World Cup.
51 — the minute in which Argentina's Diego Maradona scored his infamous "Hand of God" goal against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
52 — the age of Vittorio Pozzo at the time he led Italy to World Cup glory in 1938. Pozzo is still the only coach to win two World Cup titles.
53 — the oldest referee in a World Cup game was George Reader of England, who was 53 when he took charge of the Brazil-Uruguay World Cup finale in 1950.
54 — the minute in which Argentina's Diego Maradona scored his famous "Goal of the Century" goal against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
55 — with Brazil sitting on a slender 2-1 lead over Sweden in the 1958 final, a 17-year-old Pele took control of the game in the 55th minute when he scored a stunningly breathtaking goal. Standing in a crowd in the penalty area with his back toward goal, he trapped a high pass with his chest, knocked the ball over his head while being marked by a defender, whirled around and volleyed it past Swedish goalkeeper Karl Svensson.
56 — Uruguay's Jose Batista was red carded a mere 56 seconds into a first-round game against Scotland at the 1986 World Cup, the fastest ejection in tournament history.
57 — the legendary Alfredo di Stefano of Argentina acquired Spanish citizenship and played four World Cup qualifying matches for Spain in 1957, but the team failed to qualify. Di Stefano is considered the greatest player never to have played at the World Cup.
58 — Brazil’s Mario Zagallo became the first man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach. He won his first title while playing for Brazil in 1958.
59 — Poland’s Ernst Wilimowski became the first player in World Cup history to score four goals in a single game when he netted four times against Brazil in a first-round match in 1938. His second goal was scored in the 59th minute.
60 — in 1960, FIFA was in the midst of selecting the host nation when a catastrophic earthquake and the ensuing tsunami rocked Chile. Thousands were killed, and the country was devastated. Strangely, though, this did not weaken Chile's application to stage the World Cup, and the South American nation held the tournament two years later.


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