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Thursday, 8 December 2016

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know of these special achievements at the World Cup?


> Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer are the only people to date to win the World Cup as players and head coach. Zagallo won in 1958 and 1962 as a player and in 1970 as head coach, while Beckenbauer won in 1974 as captain and in 1990 as head coach.

> All World Cup winning head coaches were natives of the country they coached to victory. Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo is the only head coach to ever win two World Cups (1934 and 1938).

> Five-time champions Brazil are the only team to have competed in every world cup since 1930. The football nation won the coveted trophy in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.

> Germany’s striker Miroslav Klose holds the record of scoring the most number of goals in the World Cup with 16 goals. He was also the golden boot winner in the 2006 World Cup with five goals. Klose, who featured in the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, retired in 2014 after helping to make Germany champions for the fourth time.

> Three goalkeepers are credited with having conceded the least number of goals in the World Cup. Fabien Barthez (France, 1998), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, 2006) and Iker Casillas (Spain, 2010) had only let in two goals each in the entire tournament en route to their team’s World Cup success.

> Football legend Pele holds many distinctions in the World Cup. His most special one was his 1958 debut in Sweden. He was the youngest goalscorer, aged 17 years, seven months and 27 days. Pele is also the only player to have won three World Cup winners’ medals in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

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