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Have the three goalkeepers of a squad ever been used during a World Cup?

Usually, the same goalkeeper plays all the games during the competition, and I rarely saw the second goalkeeper playing, even less the third one. Have there been occurrences of teams having their ...
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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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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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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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How do I read this chart about a FIFA World Cup 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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Meaning of '4:1 (3:0)' as score in football (World Cup match)

I'm looking at Fifa data on the France vs Mexico World Cup match in 1930, the score is presented as 4:1 (3:0). Looking at the 'goals scored' section I see 5 goals have been scored, all of them in ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does the UK have 4 national football (soccer) teams? [duplicate]

Currently there is the UEFA European Championship in football (soccer) taking place and the UK has 3 teams participating: England, Wales and North Ireland. It could have been 4 if Scotland qualified. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Golden Ball vs Golden Boot in FIFA World Cup [duplicate]

What is the difference between the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot awarded in the FIFA World Cup?
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Strikers who can defend as well

I have read that both Rio Ferdinand and Daniel van Buyten began their careers as strikers (I have even managed to train van Buyten to be a top striker in Football Manager). Their careers as strikers ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. This didn't happen. But has it ever happened, that in the same ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?