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Beginning May 31, billions of fans would follow the fortunes of 32 nations as they battle it out for the `Holy Grail' of world football the FIFA World Cup in Japan and Korea. Some servings of World Cup trivia to whet the appetite of the inquizitive:
1. The inaugural edition of the Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and one of the three reasons taken into consideration by FIFA was that Uruguay was the defending Olympic champion. Name the other factors.
2. A simple one. After whom was the original World Cup named?
3. India made it to the 1950 edition, without playing a game (opponents withdrew), but pulled out because of an official rule. What was the reason?
4. The first world cup was the only event to not involve the modern qualifying rounds. Seven South American teams (including the host), Mexico, USA and only four Europeans teams took part. Name the four European nations.
5. Who scored the first ever goal in World Cup history?
6. Total trivia. How many goals have been scored so far in the Finals?
7. Why was a new trophy crafted before the 1974 World Cup in West Germany?
8. Two players have the distinction of appearing in five World Cups, with one of them being the captain of a winning team. Name these two ageless legends.
9. Triumphing once itself is an achievement. Brazil (see picture) has won four times (1958, 62, 70 and 94) in six final appearances. Which other country also has six final appearances?
10. In which World Cup did a record 199,584 fans gather to watch the final?
11. Even the World Cup needs good luck and mascots. What were the mascots of 1966 (the first ever mascot) and 1998 tourneys called?
12. Who has been the supplier of the Official Match Balls since 1970?
13. Many encounters have become so controversial that the media has dubbed them battles. Which matches have been dubbed Battle of Berne and Battle of Santiago?
14. Which coach has the distinction of taking five different countries into the finals?
15. What dubious distinction do Argentinas Pedro Monzon and Gustavo Dezotti and Marcel Desailly of France share?
1. A tribute to the country's centennial celebrations and the fact that the country agreed to meet the expenses of all the participating nations.
2. The former FIFA president, Jules Rimet. The trophy, a gold statuette of Nike, weighed about 3.8 kilograms and was about 35 centimeters tall.
3. As a protest to FIFA since it prevented playing with bare feet.
4. France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, and Romania.
5. Frances Lucien Laurent against Mexico in the 19th minute in the first World Cup match on July 13, 1930
6. 1755 goals in 580 matches.
7. Brazil, after winning the Jules Rimet Cup for the third time in 1970, gained permanent possession of it.
8. Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal (1950-1966) and German Lothar Matthaeus (1982-1998). Matthaeus, who has played a record 25 matches, lifted the cup in 1990.
9. (West) Germany. It won in 1954, 74 and 90 and finished runner-up in 1966, 82 and 70.
10. The ``final'' match between Brazil & Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro on July 16, 1950.
11. Willie and Footix.
13. The tie between Brazil and Hungary (1954) and the Chile vs Italy match in 1962.
14. Yugoslavias Bora Milutinovic (Mexico 1986, Costa Rica 90, United States 94 and Nigeria 98 and China 2002).
15. Only players to be sent off in a World Cup final V.V. Ramanan
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