Questions about the FIFA World Cup

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Which players won both FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup?

Which players won both FIFA U-20 World Cup (until 2005 known as the FIFA World Youth Championship) and FIFA World Cup? This would show players who excelled both in the young age and in their later ...
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Have two teams ever played each other twice in the same world cup?

In FIFA World Cup 2014, if the United States and Germany had both advanced to the final, then they would have played each other twice. Of course, this didn't happen. But has it ever happened, that in ...
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Is it true that Brazil made 1 billion dollars from the world cup?

I've heard that Brazil invested 11 billion dollars to prepare for the world cup and have made less than 1 billion. Is it true? If so, does it mean that they lost 10 billion dollars? And if that's ...
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What medal did the referee in the FIFA world cup get?

The referee, Nicola Rizzoli, seemed to have received a medal in yesterday's finale. What kind of medal is this?
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Does the team with the extra rest day perform better?

In the World Cup 2014, the semi-finals were held on 8th/9th July, and the final will be on 13th July. This gives Germany an extra day to rest/prepare compared to Argentina. This has been mentioned by ...
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Why is Brazil's top football stadium (Maracana) in Rio de Janeiro rather than São Paulo?

Maracana stadium "was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup", at which time it was the largest stadium in the world. I have heard the stadium referred to as "the spiritual home of Brazilian ...
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How many times two teams from the same continent have played the World Cup Final game?

There is a chance that Germany and the Netherlands will play for 2014 World cup, so here is a related question. the How many times two teams from the same continent have played the World Cup Final ...
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Does FIFA have contingencies for riots during or after a match that make the winner incapable of continuing the tournament?

During the monumental defeat of Brazil yesterday, some people jokingly said on Twitter that Holland and Argentina should hope that the Brazil fans storm the field and lynch both teams (their own team ...
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Worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history

Brazil, host nation of world cup 2014, lost to Germany by 1-7. This seems very big defeat in term of goal difference. What is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of goal ...
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Heaviest loss of last four teams remaining in history of World Cup

Brazil just lost 1-7 to Germany in 2014 World Cup. What is the biggest loss ever among the top 4 teams in a world cup (that is biggest lost in the semifinals, 3rd place match or the final match)? Did ...
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What is the stuff referees spray on the ground in Football matches?

During the World Cup, the referees sprayed something on the ground. It looked like it was white paint, but it was foamy. It was right before a free-kick on goal. What was the stuff they sprayed on ...
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Why did the Netherlands put in their backup keeper for the PKs?

In the Netherlands v. Costa Rica World Cup game that just finished (5 July 2014), the Dutch substituted their keeper at 120+1', clearly solely for the inevitable penalty kick shootout. I'd expect the ...
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FIFA World Cup 2014 final ranking rules

I have tried to find the final ranking rules for the FIFA World Cup 2014. What are the rules to rank teams after the tournament finished?
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How many balls are used in a typical World Cup game?

I've noticed that often after a ball goes out a different ball is used. Also I don't know if the same ball will be used for both halves (plus extra time). So how many balls are used during a typical ...
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Football coaches who have won multiple FIFA World Cups

Has there been any coach(manager) that has won the world cup more than once? If so, please provide the manager's name, winning years and team(s) managed.
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FIFA World Cup 2014 overtime

After having seen Brazil win its match against Chile 3-2 on penalties, I was wondering how the overtime is played. Is that sudden death?
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Does football (soccer) require more calories than running?

Michael Bradley of the US team leads all athletes in "distance covered" during the group stage of the 2014 World Cup with 38 km (23.6 mi) in 270 minutes of play. That's about 8 mi per game (90 min), ...
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I need a reference - Is Luis Suarez the Dennis Rodman of soccer? [closed]

I have no reference to what kind of player Luis Suarez is as I don't watch soccer, but I read that he's an excellent player but has some terrible scars on his record. Is he like Dennis Rodman, ...
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Player throwing himself into another running player's way

Alternative title: Please explain why the situation leading to Antonio Valencia's red card was not also a foul on Lucas Digne's part. In yesterday's match Ecuador - France, around the 49th minute a ...
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Are there reports of Luis Suárez biting other players (but not getting caught)?

Yesterday, Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez was accused of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the 80th minute of Uraguay's 1-0 group stage win. It wasn't the first time Suárez was accused ...
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Any players who playing at 2014 World Cup without a club?

Watching the world cup games i was thinking, are there players which are currently not employed by any club participating in this world cup?
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Why is Ivory Coast being referred to as “Côte d'Ivoire” in the 2014 World Cup?

I'm hoping this is on-topic. I understand that the country's basic language is French, but you don't see any other countries using non-English names in the World Cup. Japan isn't called "Nihon" or ...
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How much of an effect does a “Group of death” have on teams winning the World Cup?

In the context of the FIFA World Cup, does a team being placed in a "Group of death" have much of an impact on the likelihood of a team winning the tournament? For example, would a mid-ranking team ...
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Is football's (soccer's) popularity in the US increasing?

How is soccer trending in the United States? Anecdotally, it seems like the World Cup is generating a lot more interest here this year than it did when it was hosted here twenty years back. I'm not ...
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How do I read this chart about a FIFA World Cup Soccer/Futbol game from Google?

Throughout the World Cup the Google Doodle has been Fifa themed, and clicking it takes you to a search for the latest game. Today it's United States vs Portugal. The search brings up a chart which ...
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Why do World Cup teams bring kids out onto the pitch before the game

I'm watching USA vs. Portugal right now, and both teams have brought kids out onto the field for the national anthems. But it's not just these two teams that do it, it seems like every team, even in ...
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Why do some soccer players wear small shin guards?

I've noticed that Thomas Müller of Germany wears very small shin guards (at least most of the time). If I remember correctly he did the same thing during the last world cup or Euros. I played a bit of ...
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How is 'distance covered' tracked in football (soccer) at the World Cup and during other official competitions?

In most football leagues, and now the World Cup, distance covered is now a commonly-shared statistic. Are there trackers in the boots? Do the players have chips implanted in their brains? How is ...
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Is there any goal keeper who received red card in FIFA World cup?

I heard that the referee can give red card even for goal-keepers in football. Is there any goal-keepers who received red card in FIFA world cup matches? If yes, please provide the details.
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FIFA World Cups History: Defending Champion Knocked Out in First Round?

As you all might have seen on 18th June, 2014 that Spain, winner of Last FIFA World Cup 2010 was knocked out in first round. I need to know that is it happened first time or it did happen in any past ...
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What guidelines would a World Cup official follow when deciding whether to book a player for hitting another when contesting a ball in the air?

During the U.S.'s World Cup match against Ghana today, I was surprised to see that the player who kicked Clint Dempsey in the face while contesting a ball in the air wasn't booked. I've seen bookings ...
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In which countries did broadcasting rights for the World Cup sell for the most?

In which countries did broadcasting rights for the World Cup sell for the most? If possible, let's include all media (TV, streaming internet, radio) and all languages (so in the U.S. this would ...
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How do teams progress to the 2nd stage in case of same points?

I am not very familiar with football. I only follow football matches during world cups. Suppose two teams end up the first group with same points then how the final group standing is decided? I can ...
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Highest Win Over Reigning Champion In FIFA World Cup

After having seen the Dutch team win their first group B match in the FIFA World Cup 2014, against the reigning world champion (Spain), I was wondering what the highest win was ever against a ...
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How is FIFA world cup schedule created?

For example, on 13/06 it was Spain and Netherlands. How are the matching teams decided and based on what? What are these groups? Sorry, I'm new to football and this site.
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Can you keep the ball if it is thrown at the audience?

I have always wondered. Do people keep the balls? What happens?
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How to find “distance covered” for players during the World Cup?

I was curious about the in-depth player stats from yesterdays game, Brazil - Croatia (specifically to assess Ivan Perisic's impact in the game) and came across a bunch of sites that provide basic ...
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Odd Schedule Group C at the FIFA World Cup 2014

Having seen the schedules for the different groups in the group stage, at the FIFA World Cup 2014, I noticed in Group C an odd starting time. It is match number 6 on the 14th of June 2014, between ...
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What kind of ball is used in the FIFA World Cup?

What are the specifications, the FIFA World Cup football needs to have? I'm looking for weight, size, flight and possibly more info?
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FIFA World Cup 2014 Tie Breaker Rules: “Between the teams concerned”?

Here is the rule for the ranking of the teams in the Group Stage of the World Cup, from Article 41 of the Regulations, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PDF): The ranking of each team in each group ...
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Material FIFA World Cup Football Goal Posts

In my younger years, when I still played football, I got rid of the dirt underneath my football shoes by smashing them against one of the goal posts. I remember the sound to have a high pitch. What ...
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New soccer ball for 2014 World Cup

I've heard that this year they will be introducing a new soccer ball for World Cup. What are the differences between this ball and the ball that was used in previous years? Why did they feel the need ...
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Who is the lowest ranked european team to qualify for world cup?

If Iceland wins tonight against Croatia, would they be the lowest ranked team to ever qualify from Europe? Also who is the lowest ranking to ever qualify for a world cup from any continent?
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How come Belgium and even Switzerland are atop of Holland on FifaRankings for WorldCup 2014?

Holland reached finals at WorldCup2010; qualified to Euro2012; won the qualifying group for WorldCup2014 with only one draw. Belgium missed WorldCup2010 missed Euro2012 won the qualifying group ...