Yes, this was the worst defeat of a host nation in the history of the world cup!
Other notable defeats are:
2010: South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay
1958: Sweden 2 - 5 Brazil
Link: World Cup 2014: Most Lopsided Football Matches, Worst Host Defeat, Biggest Soccer Blowouts in History
This is going to depend a lot on the sport. In general, a reporter does have access to several resources, many of which are accessible to a dedicated fan, but when putting together commentary on the spot it helps a lot to have deep personal knowledge of the sport to consider what facts to research. (This kind of knowledge can be developed by a fan regularly ...
Jesse Owens was snubbed by who?
Everyone knows that at the 1936 Olympics Hitler snubbed Jesse Owens. As the story goes, after Owens won one gold medal, Hitler, incensed, stormed out of Olympic Stadium so he wouldn't have to congratulate Owens on his victory.
The facts are simple. Hitler did not congratulate Owens, but that day he didn't congratulate ...
If instead of "European Championship" you mean the continental championship of the continent where the team is located (since it is not possible for any team outside of Europe to win the European championship) then the answer is:
Santos (Brazil) - 1962
Celtic (Scotland) - 1967
Englebert (DR Congo) - 1967
Cruz Azul (Mexico) - 1969
Ajax Amsterdam (...
I'm almost positive that this team (in red) are the Spokane Chiefs from the WHL. The jerseys match exactly along with the pants. I looked through the leagues of CHL, WHL, QMJHL and AHL and these were the only jerseys that match.
As you can see by the first picture below, the stripes on the jersey match up exactly. If you look in the original photo (with the ...
Yes, the NFC West had all teams finish with a losing record in 2010. Wikipedia mentions this:
In 2010, the NFC West became the first division in NFL history to have a champion with a losing record, after the 2010 Seattle Seahawks won the division title with a record of 7-9.
I also found this heavy.com article that says the following regarding the current ...
6 times the defending champions were knocked out of the group stage (first group stage during the 1950 World Cup) in the FIFA World Cup history:
Italy - 1950
Brazil - 1966
France - 2002
Italy - 2010
Spain - 2014
Germany - 2018
Wikipedia: List of FIFA World Cup records (current revision)
Wikipedia has a list of NFL win-loss records for each of the current 32 NFL teams. The tables on the page include all games that each team has played in, including regular season and playoffs. Sorted by win percentage, combining the regular season and post-season tables, through Super Bowl LV (2020-21), the best team is the Green Bay Packers, with a win ...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have become the first team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium for Super Bowl LV during the 2020-21 season.
Before that, teams entering the playoffs in a year that its stadium was hosting the Super Bowl were:
Super Bowl V (1970-71) in Miami: Dolphins lost first round. (2 games away)
Super Bowl XIII (1978-79) in Miami: ...
Joe Gibbs, the former Washington Redskins coach (1981–1992, 2004-2007), is widely credited with making the phrase popular in a Washington Post article in 1982. Supposedly, he tried to use it to motivate his 1981 team that was off to a terrible 0-4 start and had the worst offensive efficiency in the league when inside their opponents' 20 yard line. The ...
Synchronised swimming was exclusively a women's sport from its first appearance at the World Aquatics Championships in 1973 until 2015 when mixed duet categories were introducted. The earlier (pre-1954) history of synchronised swimming does include male participation, but for many years it was a female only activity.
NHL players started wearing helmets for the most part after a player, Bill Masterson, died from a check that caused him to hit his head on the ice at speed. That occurred in 1968. The mandate was about a decade later:
[I]t took another ten years before the then-President of the NHL, John Ziegler, made protective helmets mandatory for all new incoming ...
I have found record of one sport that had an instant win move. The Mesoamerican ballgame, whose modern descendant is known as ulama, could be won with a single move: putting the ball through a ring.
This was said to be so difficult that it rarely occurred.
According to 16th century Aztec chronicler Motolinia, points were
gained if the ball ...
Lots of reasons.
First, and primarily, there are a lot of sports, and sports teams, competing for spectators' attention in the U.S., and the subsequent ad dollars for TV airtime, stadium naming rights, on-field logos, etc. I realize there are other sports besides soccer in Europe, but the gap in overall popularity between association football and basketball ...
There are six people that have won medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
Gillis Grafström of Sweden is the most successful figure skater in Olympic history, having won 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal in 1920-1932. However, he is only on this list because in 1920, there was no Winter Olympics, and figure skating was an event in the Summer ...
Most sources, including the history presented on the website of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), agree that the game was developed in the 1880's as a variant to the already-popular lawn tennis, which in turn derives from so-called "real tennis", an earlier game, hailing back to medieval times, whose name is derived from French "Tenez!",
Looking at statistics of all world cup matches, this is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of "goal difference". This is also the worst defeat by a host nation in terms of "goals against" jointly with Switzerland (1954) 5-7 against Austria.
The theories of the clock are as I understand it correct in that the score was kept on a clock using the 15, 30 and 45 minute marks ... so why 40? To understand this it is good to realise that this all was established in France and when the scores were called out they would have called quinze (15), trente (30) and quarante-cinq (45) .. however quarante-...
The point values were chosen to give the desired relative weight between a free throw (1 point), a field goal (2 points), and a three-point goal (3 points).
Originally, when Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, goals were worth one point each. Three consecutive fouls by one team (without the opposing team committing a foul) gave the ...
Before 1910, they used to play 2 halves of 30 minutes each. But at the end of each half, the ice was so rutted and covered with snow that it slowed the game way down. So they changed it to 3 periods of 20 minutes each to give them a chance to clean the ice one more time.
It also gave the players more time to rest. They get two 18 minute (as of 2013) ...
Chicago Bulls held the record for most wins in a single NBA season with 72 wins in the 1995-96 season, which has since been surpassed by the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors (with 73 wins).
Prior to that, the record for most number of wins in a single NBA season was held by the Los Angeles Lakers team for the 1971-72 season with 69 wins. Conincidentally, the ...
Yes, here's an example: Alfred and his father Oscar Swahn (Sweden) - 1912, shooting, team gold.
Oscar is particularly interesting, "At 64 years of age, he became the oldest gold medalist ever, which he still remains up to today."
There are many reasons why a select group of countries have dominated international football for so long, and there have been countless articles written about this subject but what it all comes down to is your football infrastructure. A country's football infrastructure is made up of many interconnected facets some of the most important of which are as ...
The answer to why all the U.S. professional teams are named this way (Location Nickname) today is because it is tradition. Baseball teams were named this way, and football, basketball, hockey, and soccer (in the U.S.) all came after baseball.
Baseball teams weren't always named this way, however. The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players ...
The first ever transfer was Willie Groves to Aston Villa in 1893 for £100. This was after player registration was introduced in 1885 by the FA making it possible for a player to play for a club only after he had been registered with them.
Just out of interest that sum of £100 would now be worth £10881.81 taking inflation into account.
It depends exactly how you measure "worst", so I have two submissions for you.
The Muncie Flyers were one of the NFL's inaugural teams in 1920. After losing their first game 45-0 their other opponents cancelled to play against better teams. They ended their first season 0-1. Their second season didn't go much better as they went 0-2, losing 14-0 both times. ...