Facts About FIFA World Cup 

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Inception

The inaugural FIFA World Cup took place in 1930, hosted by Uruguay. Only 13 teams participated in the tournament's first edition.

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Frequency

Initially held every four years, the World Cup became a quadrennial event, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to World War II.

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Trophy Evolution

The current trophy, awarded to the winning team, is the FIFA World Cup Trophy. It replaced the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1974 after Brazil's third victory.

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Brazil's Dominance

Brazil holds the record for the most World Cup victories, winning the tournament five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).

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Maracanã Magic

The Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, witnessed one of the most significant moments in World Cup history: Pelé's triumph with Brazil in 1958.

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Fastest Goal

Hakan Şükür of Turkey scored the fastest goal in World Cup history, finding the net just 11 seconds into a match against South Korea in 2002.

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Prolific Scorer

Miroslav Klose of Germany holds the record for the most goals scored in World Cup history, netting 16 times in four tournaments.

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VAR Introduction

The 2018 World Cup in Russia marked the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology, aiming to enhance officiating accuracy.

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Host Nations

Countries from various continents have hosted the World Cup, including Italy, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and upcoming host Qatar in 2022.