- After the whistle to start the game, soccer player Lee Todd said "F*ck me, that was loud" and received the fastest red card in history: 2 seconds.
- A 20-month-old baby became the youngest professional soccer player ever, after being signed up by a Belgian club.
- Qatar's 2022 World Cup will take more lives than 9/11 due to horrible working conditions for migrant workers building stadiums and infrastructure.
- 8 of the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are among the 50 most violent cities in the world.
- The city of Lusail, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final game, does not exist yet.
- In 2013, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum dedicated to himself.
- The first soccer game televised was a friendly match between Arsenal's first and second team in 1937.
- More than 1 in 20 soccer injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch.
- On average, soccer players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match.
- Argentina's retired soccer player Diego Maradona has his own religion made by his fans.
- The word "soccer" originated as a
- slang abbreviation of the word "association"
- The Vatican has its own soccer team.
- Ronaldinho's deal with Coca-Cola ended after he was caught sipping a Pepsi in a news conference.
- FIFA has more member countries than the U.N.
- The original 2014 World Cup's ball was produced in Pakistan.
- The most goals scored in a World Cup's match was 10 by Hungary against El Salvador in 1982.
- When the World Cup was hosted in the U.S. in 1994, they only spent US$30 million on infrastructure improvements. For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil spent US$11 billion.
- Famous soccer player Mario Balotelli is an Italian, born to immigrants from Ghana, raised by a Jewish mother.
- In 1969, El Salvador waged war on Honduras
- after it lost against it in a soccer match.
- The British coined the term "Soccer" in the late 1800s, not America.
- German soccer player Mesut Ozil donated his €300,000 World Cup victory bonus to pay surgeries for 23 children in Brazil.
- Soccer player Didier Drogba is credited with brokering a cease-fire in his home country of Ivory Coast that brought a five-year civil war to an end.
- When Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it was the first time as a united country. The three previous times, the soccer World Cup was won by West Germany.
- Soccer fans in Italy are called "tifosi", meaning "carriers of typhus", because their fanatism is like a fever.
- In 1967, the Nigerian Civil War ground to a halt for two days because both sides wanted to watch soccer player Pele in an exhibition match.
- A Liverpool fan killed himself when his team was 3-0 down in the 2005 Champions League final's first half. They came back to win the game in the second half.
- The Fastest Goal in Soccer history was scored just over 2 seconds after kick-off.
- Cristiano Ronaldo funded the education of a 7-year-old survivor of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. He was found wearing a Portuguese jersey. The boy grew up to be a soccer player and was signed by Sporting Lisbon in 2015.
- Henry Kissinger convinced Pele to play soccer in the U.S.
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