1. 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.
  2. A 20-month-old baby became the youngest professional soccer player ever, after being signed up by a Belgian club.
  3. Qatar's 2022 World Cup will take more lives than 9/11 due to horrible working conditions for migrant workers building stadiums and infrastructure.
  4. 8 of the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are among the 50 most violent cities in the world.
  5. The city of Lusail, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final game, does not exist yet.
  6. In 2013, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo opened a museum dedicated to himself.
  7. The first soccer game televised was a friendly match between Arsenal's first and second team in 1937.
  8. More than 1 in 20 soccer injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch.
  9. On average, soccer players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match.
  10. Argentina's retired soccer player Diego Maradona has his own religion made by his fans.
  11. The word "soccer" originated as a
  12. slang abbreviation of the word "association"
  13. The Vatican has its own soccer team.
  14. Ronaldinho's deal with Coca-Cola ended after he was caught sipping a Pepsi in a news conference.
  15. FIFA has more member countries than the U.N.
  16. The original 2014 World Cup's ball was produced in Pakistan.
  17. The most goals scored in a World Cup's match was 10 by Hungary against El Salvador in 1982.
  18. 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.
  19. Famous soccer player Mario Balotelli is an Italian, born to immigrants from Ghana, raised by a Jewish mother.
  20. In 1969, El Salvador waged war on Honduras
  21. after it lost against it in a soccer match.
  22. The British coined the term "Soccer" in the late 1800s, not America.
  23. German soccer player Mesut Ozil donated his €300,000 World Cup victory bonus to pay surgeries for 23 children in Brazil.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Soccer fans in Italy are called "tifosi", meaning "carriers of typhus", because their fanatism is like a fever.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. The Fastest Goal in Soccer history was scored just over 2 seconds after kick-off.
  30. 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.
  31. Henry Kissinger convinced Pele to play soccer in the U.S.
  32. Soccer player Ronaldinho came to media attention at 13 years old when his team won 23-0. He'd scored all 23 goals.
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