10 things you didn’t know about the FIFA World CupSubscribe to Showmax Pro
Did you know that every single game of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be streaming live on Showmax Pro, courtesy of SuperSport? Or that, as a Showmax Pro subscriber, you can stream the World Cup in 4K on smart TVs and other compatible devices? (On Showmax Pro Mobile, every game streams in glorious HD.) Plus, on all supported devices, you can pause the live game and rewind for up to five minutes, so you won’t miss a single moment of greatness.
While you wait for the next game, brush up on your knowledge of sport’s biggest spectacle.
The costs of infrastructure developments in preparation for the tournament in Qatar are estimated to be up to $220 billion, which is about 64 times the amount that South Africa invested when they hosted the tournament in 2010.
The hosts are expecting over 1 million international spectators to visit the country, with an estimate of 1 300 flights landing in the country daily throughout the tournament.
Stadiums from scratch
Qatar are using eight stadiums to host matches, seven of which were constructed from scratch. This is the lowest number since Argentina hosted the tournament in 1978 with six stadiums.
A small host nation
At 11 571 km2, Qatar are 15 times smaller than the previous smallest host nation of the FIFA World Cup (Uruguay, at 176 215km2).
The smallest competing country
Iceland hold the record of being the smallest country to take part in a FIFA World Cup in terms of population. They had a population of about 335 000 when they made their maiden tournament appearance in 2018.
There will be female referees for the first time in the history of the men’s tournament, with Stephanie Frappart (France), Salima Muksanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) all set to officiate in Qatar.
A continental streak
Europe has won the last four World Cups, which is the longest streak that any continent has had in the competition (South America is the only other continent that has provided any winners).
No back-to-back winners since 1962
No team has managed to retain the trophy in the last 60 years. Brazil were the the last ones to do so in 1962 with Italy winning back-to-back tournaments before that in 1934 and 1938.
The curse of the defending champions
The defending champions have failed to get past the group stage in four of the last five tournaments with France (2002), Italy (2010), Spain (2014) and Germany (2018) all bowing out at the first hurdle.
The most common final match-up
The most common FIFA World Cup final match-up is Germany vs Argentina with the two teams having met in the final three times. Argentina were the victors in 1986 with Germany winning the next two finals between the teams in 1990 and 2014.
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