Football World Cup: Question 1
Who holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup?
a. The German Gerd Muller
b. The French Just Fontaine
c. The Brazilian Pele
d. The Hungarian Sandor Kocsis
Football World Cup: Question 2
France won against Brazil 3-0 the 1998 World Cup final. Which player scored the last goal?
a. Zinedine Zidane
b. Emmanuel Petit
c. Youri Djorkaeff
d. The Brazilian Cafu via auto-goal
Football World Cup: Question 3
How many countries participated in the first World Cup in 1930?
a. 6 countries
b. 8 countries
c. 10 countries
d. 13 countries
Football World Cup: Question 4
Which teammate Pele was referring to when he said: “He was a phenomenal player. Without him by my side… I would never have won three World Cups”?
a. The striker Vava
b. The winger Garrincha
c. The goalkeeper Gilmar
d. The defensive midfielder Zito
Football World Cup: Question 5
Who is the only goalkeeper who received the Golden Ball (Best player of the World Cup)?
a. The English Gordon Banks in 1966
b. The Italian Dino Zoff in 1982
c. The German Oliver Kahn in 2002
d. The Italian Gianluigi Buffon in 2006
Football World Cup: Question 6
What was the first Asian country to appear in a World Cup?
a. Dutch East Indies
d. South Korea
Football World Cup: Question 7
During what World Cup the number of teams was expanded to 32?
a. Italy 1990
b. USA 1994
c. France 1998
d. South Korea & Japan 2002
Football World Cup: Question 8
Which Brazilian is the only player who has played in three World Cup final matches?
d. Mário Zagallo
Football World Cup: Question 9
Who is the oldest player to have appeared in a World Cup match?
a. Italy’s goalkeeper Dino Zoff
b. Cameroon's forward Roger Milla
c. USA’s defender Fernando Clavijo
d. England’s goalkeeper Peter Shilton
Football World Cup: Question 10
Aside from Franz Beckenbauer, who is the only person to have won the World Cup as both player and head coach?
a. Carlos Alberto Parreira
b. Luiz Felipe Scolari
d. Mario Zagallo
Answers of the Mundial quiz:
Soccer World Cup: Answer 1
The French Just Fontaine
Just Fontaine has participated in only one World Cup, but he did not miss his chance to make history. During the 1958 World Cup, he scored 13 goals, a record that is not surpassed until today.
Two of the 6 matches he played that year stand out among others. The first is the opening game against Paraguay, where he completed a hat trick by scoring three goals. The second is during the small final against Germany, where he scored four goals to end France’s 1958 World Cup campaign in third place.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 2
With the game in injury time, Brazil’s Denilson forced Thuram to concede yet another corner on the left. But poorly drawn, the corner was collected by the French Christophe Dugarry, who immediately launched a counterattack.
Dugarry ran the left flank and found Patrick Vieira upfield, who immediately sent the ball to Petit. Petit received it inside the penalty box and kicked the ball past the Brazilian goalie Taffarel. Petit’s goal is also that 1000th goal scored in the history of the French national football team.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 3
Thirteen teams went to the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. 7 teams were from South America, 2 from North America, and 4 from Europe. Some European teams refused to participate because of the length and cost of travel.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 4
The winger Garrincha
Pele owes some of his greatest moments to Garrincha, who possessed one of the most brilliant dribbling skills in football (How to dribble a soccer ball) history. Garrincha won the 1958 and 1962 World Cup titles with Pele. His talent was duly recognized in his second championship, where he won the player of the tournament award.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 5
The German Oliver Kahn in 2002
The 2002 World Cup created another landmark in the history of soccer, when German captain Oliver Kahn became the first goalkeeper to win Best Player of the Tournament. He merited the award for having only allowed one goal before the finals, and only three during the whole tournament.
This recognition, however, was soured after conceding two crucial goals in the final against Brazil. One of these goals was considered a result of King Kahn’s mistake, when he failed to stop a weak long range shot by Rivaldo. The ball spilled off his hands and it ended up with Ronaldo, who only had to push the ball into the net.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 6
Dutch East Indies
Dutch East Indies (presently Indonesia) became the first Asian representative to the World Cup after Japan withdrew in the qualifying round for Asia. However, Indonesia’s 1938 World Cup appearance was short-lived, having been knocked out by Hungary in the opening game by 6 goals to none.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 7
The 1998 World Cup in France is the first to feature 32 teams. Four of these teams were newcomers to the World Cup: Croatia, Jamaica, Japan, and South Africa.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 8
Cafu owns the record for the most appearances in a World Cup final, having played in the final of 1994, 1998, and 2002. The man regarded as one of the greatest football defenders ever is also the player who has won most number of matches in the World Cup with 16 (1994-2006).
Pele player is the only player who won three World Cup titles (1958, 1962, & 1970), but he missed the 1962 final after sustaining a serious groin injury during the qualifying round.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 9
Cameroon's forward Roger Milla
After his outstanding performance in the 1990 World Cup, Roger Milla was once again called to compete in the 1994 World Cup. His selection was mostly due to his charisma and popularity in his country.
Cameroon was eliminated in the first round but the veteran of the Indomitable Lions saved his country’s honor during the game against Russia by scoring Cameroon’s only goal in their 6-1 defeat. At 42 years and 1 month, he became the oldest outfield player and the oldest goal scorer in World Cup history.
Soccer World Cup: Answer 10
Mario Zagallo had a successful career as a player, having won two World Cup titles with legends like Garrincha and Pele. After retiring, he embarked into an equally remarkable career as coach, winning the 1970 World Cup as Brazil’s head coach and repeating that success in 1994 as an assistant coach.
In his career as player and coach, Zagallo is involved in four of the five World Cup championships of Brazil.