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Questions tagged [world-cup]

Questions about the FIFA World Cup. Questions with this tag must also be tagged with football tag.

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Who is the “winner” of each leg of a two-legged football match, or a match that goes to penalties?

Match #1 Europa League, quarter-finals, 2nd leg: After 90 minutes Besiktas was up 2-1 against Lyon. Because of the aggregate score of 3-3 (Lyon won 2-1 in the 1st leg) they had to play extra time and ...
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Which FIFA World Cup qualifiers have never faced each other in the final round of any FIFA World Cup tournament? [closed]

Which FIFA World Cup qualifiers have never faced each other in the final round of any FIFA World Cup tournament?
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Should Jorgensen have been sent off for his DOGSO foul in Croatia-Denmark (2018 FIFA World Cup)?

I am of course referring to the foul that occurred at the 113th minute of the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, when Rebić would have scored an easy goal had he not been fouled in the box ...
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Lowest ball possession in the final match of the World Cup

In the final match of the World Cup 2018 against Croatia, France won having 39% of possession of the ball (34% or even 32% according to other sources). In contrast, possession of the winner of other ...
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Players to score a goal and an own goal in a single World Cup game

Mario Mandžukić of Croatia scored two goals in the 2018 World Cup final against France, one of which was an own goal. How many times has a player scored a goal and an own goal in a single World Cup ...
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Does VAR allow referees to ignore unintentional fouls?

Referees used to ignore unintentional fouls, like unintentional handballs, but it seems that with the introduction of VAR in this world cup, they're not ignoring anything. For instance the penalty in ...
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Lowest percentage of non penalty goals scored by World Cup golden boot winners

With only the final match of the 2018 World cup remaining, Harry Kane of England has a commanding 3 goal lead cushion for winning the Golden Boot. Kane scored 6 goals in the tournament, 3 of which ...
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Has any FIFA World Cup winner ever had all their knockout stage matches won in extra time/penalties? [duplicate]

Croatia is going into the World Cup finals having won their 3 knockout matches so far in extra time/penalties. If they bring their match against France to extra time and win, they'll have done it in ...
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Players who have won Champions League / Copa Libertadores and World Cup in the same year

This ESPN Stats & Info twitter feed states: 10 players in World Cup history have won the Champions League and World Cup in the same year. With Real Madrid's Raphael Varanae of France, and ...
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Why is the Croatian football team so successful despite having a population of only 4 million people?

Not only did they crush Argentina by 3-0 in this 2018 world cup, they also humiliated another traditional 'football power' England and made it to the finals despite their population being less than ...
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Is it frequent that two teams face two times in the same world cup? [duplicate]

With the result of semi-finals, we have a third-place game between Belgium and England. There already have been a Belgium vs England game in the group phase of this word cup 2018. So my question is, ...
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Do Professional Athletes Drink Gatorade, Powerade or Brands Such as High5, SiS or Torq?

I saw at the world cup that Powerade is the official energy drink. Are the players actually drinking Powerade? I would have assumed that they would drink a specialised drink, such as one from Science ...
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Most extra time games played in a World Cup

Croatia has played in the extra time of each of their first 3 knockout stage games in the 2018 World Cup. They played Denmark, Russia, and England in the round of 16, quarterfinals and the semifinals ...
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World cup winner as manager and captain

Didier Deschamps might achieve the feat of winning FIFA World Cup both as captain (1998) and manager (2018) for France. I know Franz Beckenbauer had already done it before. Is there any other person ...
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All European World Cup semifinal

With Brazil and Uruguay, the only non European teams in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup out of the competitions on the first day of the quarter finals, all remaining teams are European. ...
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Hasn't Kasper Schmeichel broke the rules when saving Modrić's penalty during the World Cup 2018, Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark?

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick - 1. Procedure explicitly states that: The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked. ...
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Why is the FIFA overtime period divided into two halves?

My question is about World Cup extra time rules, but I guess it applies to FIFA in general. About the FIFA extra time period, the rules say the following: It shall always consist of two periods of ...
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Earliest the previous World Cup finalists have been eliminated

Germany and Argentina played in the 2014 World Cup final. In 2018, Germany got eliminated in the group stage, and Argentina is the underdog in their round of 16 match against France. What is the ...
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Is the group stage goal ratio lowest?

After done with the group stage, my impression is that FIFA World Cup 2018 easily has the lowest ratio of goals scored per game in the history of FIFA World Cup. Is my impression correct? My search ...
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South Korea defeated Germany who defeated Sweden who defeated Mexico who defeated South Korea

In the 2018 World Cup group F, South Korea defeated Germany who defeated Sweden who defeated Mexico who defeated South Korea and thereby took the most indirect revenge. Did such a long circular ...
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Why did Manuel Neuer leave the goal post and come to the midfield position in group qualifiers?

In the do or die match between Germany and South Korea in 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage, after conceding one goal, the German goalkeeper came forward to attack, leaving the goal post empty. Due to ...
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Youngest goal keepers in the World Cup

Francis Uzoho Nigeria's goalie in the 2018 World Cup was only 19 years of age. While it is not uncommon to see teenagers in the World Cup in general, it is uncommon to see goalies starting for their ...
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Why did Japan stop to play just before the game ends on a match vs Poland?

Japan seems to stop to play the game on the additional time on a World Cup match vs Poland, for about 2 minutes. But the score was 0-1 and Japan was going to be defeat if they cannot score before the ...
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What are the lowest points scored by the top 2 seeds of a World Cup team in the group stage?

Spain and Portugal advanced to the knockout stage of from group B of the 2018 World Cup. They scored 5 points each while Iran and Morocco earned 4 and 1 points respectively. 5 points is the fewest ...
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Why FIFA didn't prevent the potential cheating that may arise when the lasts of group matches are not played simultaneously?

Referring to the question here, the first and second paragraph. On Thursday at 2pm GMT, the football matches for group H of the World Cup 2018 will begin. By 4 pm GMT, the fate of that group will ...
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Can a football team force its defeat, e.g. via own goals?

On Thursday at 2pm GMT, the football matches for group H of the World Cup 2018 will begin. By 4 pm GMT, the fate of that group will be decided. Let us assume that Japan comes first and Colombia ...
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Why is Croatia so strong in 2018 FIFA WC? [duplicate]

Notably, Croatia has a very small population. What is the reason behind Croatian Football team so strong in 2018?
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Fifa World Cup 2018 Group F Qualification Scenarios

With Germany winning 2-1 against Sweden yesterday, the group F qualification scenarios have become complex. In the next round of group games, if Germany beat South Korea 1-0, Sweden beat Mexico 1-0. ...
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What if goal happens whilst a penalty VAR review is in process?

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is being implemented in the World Cup 2018. Sometimes, an action occurs (e.g. a penalty), but the referee does not think in the first instance that it does so. Then, as ...
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Why try in a match after your team is guaranteed to pass the group stage

I was thinking about Group D (standings after two matches) in the world cup this year, and as it stands now, Croatia has a big lead: W T L pts goal-difference Croatia 2-0-0 6 +...
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What is the walk out song World Cup 2018?

During the FIFA World Cup this year (2018), you can hear a song being played throughout the stadium as the players walk out of the tunnel onto the field. What song is this?
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Why do countries start to build stadiums after getting elected to host FIFA World Cup?

I have observed this time again that a country starts building new stadiums whenever they are elected for hosting a FIFA World Cup. Why is that? Why don't they have sufficient stadiums already ...
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Why aren't Russian World Cup venues spread proportionately?

This map shows that most of Russia has no World Cup stadium nearby, especially the central and eastern regions. Why is that?
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Teams in the same group in consecutive World Cups

Argentina and Nigeria are in group D of the 2018 Russia world cup. In Brazil's 2014 world cup these 2 teams were also in the same group where Argentina lead the group and Nigeria qualified to the ...
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Are there any languages where people use a different word for goal?

With the start of the World Cup today, I wanted to compile a list of how to say "goal" (event of scoring, not the target) in every language of the 2018 World Cup participating countries. As in many ...
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Use of Video Assistant Review (VAR) in FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA is going to use Video Assistant Review VAR in the Russia 2018 World Cup. This is is the first time it's going to get used in a major tournament. Under this new rule there are 4 reviewable ...
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What will be the playing position of Thomas Muller? Will he play as CF? [closed]

Thomas Müller of Germany was a midfielder in the last World Cup in 2014. In this World Cup some news on the Internet claim that Müller will play as a forward. So, what will be his position during the ...
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Quickest goal scored in each World Cup edition

I'm looking for the following statistic, if available: Quickest goal scored in any match throughout the tournament in each edition of the World Cup. For example, for the 2014 World Cup, Clint ...
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Where can I purchase tickets for the 2018 World Cup?

Where can I purchase tickets for the 2018 World Cup? If I cannot find any tickets online to buy, can I get tickets from the stadium two or three days before the match? Can I apply for a "wheelchair ...
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Procedure for World Cup draw 2018. How is the principle of geographical separation respected?

The procedure for drawing teams into groups for the 2018 World Cup has changed compared with 2014. (Source) The principles are: All teams will be allocated to pots 1 to 4 [...] The October 2017 ...
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World cup winners qualified through play-offs

Has it ever happened that a team got to the world cup through the playoff and then won the cup? Or any team who did the playoff is historically doomed? I couldn't find any statistics, maybe you know ...
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Football teams qualifed for World Cup with no loss

With only one more match to play, the Iranian National team has already qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup without losing a game in any rounds of the qualifiers. How many teams which played in the ...
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Has a team ever refused to participate in the World Cup finals after qualification?

Has a national football team ever declined to participate in the World Cup finals after qualifying? If there has been such a case, what were their reasons for not taking part?
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Why does the Australian soccer team compete in the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup?

Today, the Australian soccer team plays a match against Saudi-Arabia in the qualification rounds for the World Cup. Qualifications for the World Cup are usually organized per continent; e.g. Europe (...
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Tie breaking in association football championships

I'm pretty sure the algorithm established by FIFA in order to rank teams during 2014 World Cup group stages is ambiguous for the case of three or more teams having equal number of points. The rule is ...
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Why was Messi suspended for 4 games during 2018 world cup qualifications?

On March 28th 2017, Lionel Messi got suspended for 4 international games few hours before a World Cup qualifier match between Argentina and Bolivia Argentina lost 2-0 in absence of their superstar. ...
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Is Franco Baresi a World Cup winner?

In 1982 Franco Baresi took part of the Italian national team, but he had 0 appearances in that World Cup. Is he officially a World Cup winner? In some of his interviews he said "I only lost the World ...
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Fastest opening goal of a FIFA World Cup

What was the fastest opening goal of a FIFA World Cup? This is not the fastest opening goal in a single match across tournaments, but fastest goal(the first goal of that particular World edition) of ...
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Which medals are given when there are multiple tied positions that would earn them? [closed]

In some sports it is (actually, not just theoretically) possible that two contestants receive the same total score. If this happened in the first three positions, would each medal be awarded to two ...
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Furthest EURO/World Cup progression without regulation time win?

In 2016, Portugal tied every game in their groups to qualify for the elimination rounds. After that, they won against Croatia and Poland in PKs. Their streak stops there since they won against Wales ...