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Posted  Thursday, June 12   2014 at  12:50

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The oldest player to lead a Country to the World Cup title was the Italian goalkeeper and captain Dino Zoff, who at the age of 40 captained Italy to their 1982 FIFA World Cup title

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1. The first FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay back in 1930 and 13 countries participated in the very first World Cup tournament.

2. Brazilian Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima holds the record for most World Cup goals scored. He scored 15 goals making him top World Cup goalscorer and earning him a spot in World Cup soccer facts.

3. The oldest player to lead a Country to the World Cup title was the Italian goalkeeper and captain Dino Zoff, who at the age of 40 captained Italy to their 1982 FIFA World Cup title.

4. Soccer World Cup facts continue with the oldest player to participate in the World Cup tournament and also score a goal. Roger Milla from Cameroon was 42 years old when he played in 1994 FIFA World Cup.

5. World Cup facts continue with German National Franz Beckenbauer who is the only player in the history of World Cup that won the title as a player and coach for Germany. He led Germany to their title in 1974 as a player and than again won the title in 1990 as the Germany coach.

5. First player to miss a penalty kick in World Cup competition was Valdemar de Brito of Brazil back in 1930.

6. After winning their 2nd World Cup title in 1938, Italy went on a 44 year drought before winning their third title in 1982.

7. World Cup soccer facts continue with Hungary holding the record for scoring most goals when they beat El Salvador 10:1 in 1982.

9. Germany and Brazil hold the top spot for most appearances in the World Cup final. Both countries made it to the finals on 7 different occasions.

8. Germany has also made the semi finals the most times. Germany has advanced to the final four teams in 11 different World Cups.

9. Scotland made the World Cup qualifications 8 different times and is the only country that was actually eliminated from the tournament during the first round on 8 different occasions.

This makes Scotland the most heartbreaking of all nations, making the world cup 8 times and being eliminated in the first round 8 times :(

10. Brazilian striker Ronaldo was named MVP at the 1998 World Cup final against France even though French came out of this game winners and 1998 World Cup champions.

11. First goalkeeper to win the Most Valuable Player award was the German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn during the 2002 Fifa World Cup.

12. Frenchman Just Fontaine holds the record for most World Cup goals scored when he netted 13 goals in 1958 World Cup.

13. Italy's Vittorio Pozzo is the only head coach to lead the nation to two consecutive World Cup titles as the head coach in 1934 and 1938.

14. Germany has played 99 World Cup matches as of 2012, making them a Nation to have played the most World Cup matches.

17. Brazil has scored 210 goals in all World Cups making them a record holder for most goals scored in World Cup tournament.

15. Record number for most World Cup appearances is held by German soccer player Lothar Matthaus with 25 appearances.

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