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This is required so that teams are able to change sides of the field for the same technical reasons why they change sides at half-time, e.g, equal field/weather conditions, wind direction, fan seating, etc. Note that now rules (Law 7 - The Duration of the Match - 2. Half-time interval) explicitly state that: Players are entitled to an interval at half-...


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The answer is actually quite simple here. Côte d'Ivoire prefers to be referred to this way. Here's Wikipedia: Therefore, in April 1986, the government declared Côte d'Ivoire (or, more fully, République de Côte d'Ivoire) to be its formal name for the purposes of diplomatic protocol, and officially refuses to recognize or accept any translation from French ...


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When Neuer left the German's penalty area, Germany were already losing 1-0 and going out of the World Cup. By effectively becoming an extra outfield player, he increased the chance of Germany scoring the goal they needed to draw the match and stay in the World Cup. It didn't work, but that doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to try. A famous similar ...


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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


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Several types of tracking technology exist, and the type used depends upon the the circumstances of the competition. In training, some teams are now tracking with systems like RedFIR, a German technology comprised of tiny (15 gram) radio transmitters that can be placed in uniforms, footwear or balls, and a network of receivers set up around the field. The ...


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It's called "Vanishing foam". It is used by the referees to indicate the minimum distance the players must maintain from ball, in the event of a free kick, as well as the spot from where it is taken. Some technical details: The can contains water (~80%), butane gas (~17%), surfactant (~1%), and other ingredients including vegetable oil (~2%). The foam is ...


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You can find list of tiebreakers in Wikipedia article on 2018 FIFA World Cup (link to the current revision). They are specified in Section 32.5 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Regulations (link to Internet Archive) and on FIFA World Cup site (Internet Archive). I have also copied them below. If I understood them correctly, this is what happens in the situation ...


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Sports governing bodies come down very, very heavily on teams deliberately losing - a very similar example to the England/Belgium World Cup situation is from badminton at the 2012 Olympics, when the teams which deliberately lost were disqualified. FIFA would almost certainly deal with any blatant deliberate losing in the same kind of way; see also a cricket ...


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There is no sudden death in football, overtime (OT), or extra time (not to be confused with stoppage/additional time) as it's called in soccer context, is played in two halves 2 x 15 mins. FIFA tried the sudden death concept several years back, it was called Golden Goal. The idea was that the first goal in the OT would be the tiebreaker. It got quite a ...


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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 References: 1, 2 Wikipedia: List of FIFA World Cup records (current revision)


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1954 - Hungary vs West Germany (group 2, final) 1962 - Brazil vs Czechoslovakia (group 3, final) 1982 - Poland vs Italy (group 1, semi-final) 1994 - Brazil vs Sweden (group B, semi-final) 2002 - Brazil vs Turkey (group C, semi-final) 2018 - Belgium vs England (group G, third place playoff)


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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.


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Soccer balls are a bit different from the balls in other sports. They are often very colorful and are a significant part of the brands of the companies that make them. Unlike in sports like Baseball and American Football where a couple of suppliers make all of the baseballs for pretty much all levels of the game, and they are all identicle except the ...


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We cannot say for sure what the exact reason was, unless Van Gaal goes out and specifies why he's put in Krul instead of the starting GK Cillessen. Here are some relevant facts tho: Cillessen is 1.88 m whereas Tim Krul is 1.93 (as recorded on Wiki page for respective players). So there is a 5 cm difference in their height. How that difference reflects to ...


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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 ...


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I doubt something like AS Adema 149–0 SO l'Emyrne will happen here. FIFA has some fair play regulations giving them the possibility to act accordingly and they're warned. It will be possible to disqualify a team trying to lose deliberately. The Regulations for Russia 2018: Rule 5.4: On entering the competition, the participating member associations and ...


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Distance Covered is being tracked at FIFA World Cup 2014. On FIFA's website, detailed player statistics are provided for each match. For example, here is the page for Match 1 between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. Scrolling down to the Official Document section, you'll find Croatia player stats (.pdf) and Brazil player stats (.pdf). These documents ...


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The timeline shows the major events in the match. I will try to explain by using few events as shown in your example timeline. The number in bracket always indicates the respective player’s jersey number. 5' Nani (#17) 0 – 1 Portugal: a goal was scored by Nani for Portugal. 16' Portugal made a subtitution, in which Hélder Postiga (#23) was replaced by ...


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The main reason is to have more spots open for qualification. In 2002, before the start of the qualification, three countries were already qualified. These countries being France (1998 champions), Japan and South-Korea (hosts). So, only 29 spots were available for approximately 200 countries. Closely related, in the 2002 qualification there were 14,5 spots ...


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why FIFA not just decided to start all four matches simultaneously? Because that reduces the television audience. Having two matches at the same time is bad enough, four matches just makes it worse. Also note that in this case, it's not the round of 16 game (which is group G vs group H) which is the issue, but the quarter-final. You'd have had to have ...


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Brazil's defeat against Germany in World Cup 2014 semi-final is the heaviest loss of the last four teams remaining. This is tied with Sweden against Brazil (1-7) in 1950. Other notable losses: 1930: Argentina beat USA 6-1 (first semi-final) Uruguay beat Yugoslavia 6-1 (second semi-final) 1950: Brazil beat Spain (6–1) (after beating Sweden 7-1) 1954: ...


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1994 and before, World Cup semifinals often took place on the same day, so one team had only a few hours more preparation time than the other. When semifinals did not take place on the same day, the team with the extra rest day most often lost. Here is a list with the team with 5 days between semifinal and final first, team with 4 days second: 1966: West ...


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This is a community wiki post with a partial answer. If you have can add some missing information or additional sources, go ahead and edit this post. The statistics below should be taken with caution. They are only as reliable as the sources where they were taken from. Moreover, it's not sure whether we can rely on such exact timekeeping - especially for ...


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This will be the fifth (5) time that we will have all European semi final in a world cup. Other 4 times are as follows: 1934 FIFA World Cup1: Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany 1966 FIFA World Cup2: West Germany, Soviet Union, England, Portugal 1982 FIFA World Cup3: Poland, Italy, West Germany, France 2006 FIFA World Cup4: Germany, Italy, Portugal, ...


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This rule concerns how the teams are ranked after the Group Stage (Round of 32) is done, determining which teams move on to the Round of 16. In each group, there are four teams. During the Group Stage, each team plays the other three teams in their group. For these three matches, each team is awarded 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points ...


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Italy's Vittorio Pozzo - He remains the only person to have won two FIFA World Cups as a coach (1934, 1938) Source: Wikipedia


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Let me list out the FIFA world cup finals in which two countries from same continent faced each other. 2018: FRANCE vs CROATIA 4-2 2010: SPAIN vs NETHERLANDS 1–0 2006: ITALY vs FRANCE 1–1 (5–3p) 1982: ITALY vs WEST GERMANY 3-1 1974: WEST GERMANY vs NETHERLANDS 2–1 1966: ENGLAND vs WEST GERMANY 4–2 ...


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In the world cup the group structure is such that there are 4 teams each in 8 groups. The top two teams from each group advance. The way that the bracket is structured after this advancement is such that it is impossible for two teams in the same group to play each other any earlier than the final. To do this they structure the bracket so that the top team ...


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There are 3 footballers who won the World Cup both as a player and as a coach: Mário Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach) Franz Beckenbauer, West Germany (1974 as player, 1990 as coach) Didier Deschamps, France (1998 as player, 2018 as coach) Out of them only Beckenbauer and Deschamps were the captains of the winning squad....


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The first Keeper sent off in a WC match was the Italian keeper Gianluca Pagliuca. He was sent off for handling a ball outside the box. The card was a straight red. The other is Itumeleng Khune, a South African keeper who was sent off during a match with Uruguay during the 2010 cup. He was sent off for tripping a striker in the box. The complete history of ...


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