We all know that STATSCORE loves sport. Just for you, we have decided to look at some fun, interesting facts, from the biggest, sporting events in the world.
FIFA World Cup
We just couldn’t get away from the fact that the FIFA World Cup had to be number one on the list. This mega footballing (soccer) event was first played in 1930. But did you know that:
1. This tournament has been held 21 times and in 17 different countries.
2. In 1966, the year that England won the event. The Jules Rimet Trophy went missing, it was stolen but thankfully recovered.
3. Only European & South American teams have even won this event.
4. Every World Cup has been won by a coach who holds the same nationality as the winning team.
5. Mexico holds the record for the most losses with 25.
6. I’m sure we know that Brazil has the most wins with 5.
7. At 42 years old, Roger Miller playing for Cameroon is the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history.
8. The last World Cup Final had an average live audience of around 517 million viewers.
The Super Bowl
The first-ever Super Bowl was played between the Green Bay Packers & the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers came out on top, 35-10. But did you know:
1. 12 teams have never won the Super Bowl.
2. Peyton Manning is the only quarterback who has won a Super Bowl title with two different teams.
3. The only person ever voted the most valuable player from a losing team was Chuck Howley. He played for the Dallas Cowboys when they lost to the Baltimore Colts.
4. The New England Patriots have appeared in the most Super Bowls with 11.
5. The Patriots also hold the record for the most losses along with the Broncos. They have lost 5 each.
6. Super Bowl LI was the only one to go to overtime. The game between the Falcons and the Patriots ended 28-28. The Patriots went on to win 34-28 after trailing 28-3.
7. The only time Roman numerals were not used, was for Super Bowl 50.
Wimbledon Tennis Championship
Last year, the Wimbledon tennis championship was cancelled due to the situation with Covid-19. This was the first time since World War 2 in 1945 and, for the first time ever in peacetime. Not bad for a tournament that’s been taking place since 1877. But did you know:
1. Wimbledon had insurance in case of a pandemic and, was rumoured to receive a pay-out in the region of 114 million pounds.
2. The tennis balls weren’t always yellow. The original balls used were white and, only replaced in 1986, so they could be seen better on TV coverage.
3. Wimbledon is the largest annual sporting catering operation in Europe. They serve somewhere in the region of 234,000 meal, 330,000 cups of tea and coffee, 140,000 portions of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream.
4. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis competition in the world. The first time it was held, it was contested by only 22 participants.
5. It’s now the only Grand Slam held on grass and, it’s cut to a very precise 8mm.
6. Wimbledon has it’s own hawk, who goes by the name Rufus. His job is to scare off pigeons.
7. The longest match ever played at Wimbledon took place in 2010. An epic that was played over 3 days and lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. In the end, John Isner (USA) beat Nicolas Mahut (FRA), 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. A grand total of 183 games! If anyone ever needed a nice cup of tea, it’s these two!
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