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World Cup: 20 Fun Facts

As the 2018 World Cup gets set to kick off on Thursday, Vodacom Soccer digs into the archives to bring you some of the most striking statistics from the world's greatest sporting spectacle.

1. Most World Cup finals won: 5 - Brazil.

2. Most appearances in the final without winning the tournament: 3 - Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010).

3. Most appearances in a World Cup tournament: 21 - Brazil - the only team to have appeared in every World Cup finals.

4. Most World Cup appearances without going past the first round: 8 - Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998).

5. Most tournaments played in by an individual player: 5 - Antonio Carbajal Mexico, 1950; 1966), Lothar Matthaus (Germany, 1982;1998).

6. Most matches played in World Cup tournaments: 25 - Lothar Matthaus (Germany, 1982; 1998).

7. Most appearances at the World Cup as as captain: 16 - Diego Maradona (Argentina, 1986; 1994).

8. Most goals scored in World Cup tournaments: 16 - Miroslav Klose (Germany, 2002; 2014).

9. Most goals scored in a match: 5 - Oleg Salenko (Russia), vs Cameroon, 1994.

10. Most goals scored in a qualifying match: 13 - Archie Thompson (Australia), vs American Samoa, 2002 OFC Group 1.

11. Most goals scored in a World Cup final match: 3 - Geoff Hurst (England), vs West Germany, 1966.

12. Fastest hat-trick: 8 minutes, Laszlo Kiss (Hungary), scored in the 69th, 72nd and 76th minutes vs El Salvador, 1982.

13. Fastest goal from kickoff: 11 seconds, Hakan Sukur (Turkey), vs South Korea, 2002.

14: Fastest goal in a World Cup final: 90 seconds - Johan Neeskens (Netherlands), vs West Germany, 1974.

15. Most hat-tricks in a single World Cup: 8, 1954.

16. Fewest hat-tricks in a single World Cup: 0, 2006.

17. Youngest player at a World Cup tournament: 17 years, 41 days - Norman Whiteside (Northern Ireland), vs Yugoslavia, 17 June 1982.

18. Youngest goal-scorer in a World Cup tournament: 17 years, 7 months and 27 days, Pele (Brazil), vs Wales, 19 June 1958.

19. Oldest player to debut in a World Cup finals tournament: 39 years, 321 days - David James (England), vs Algeria, 18 June 2010.

20. Oldest goal-scorer: 42 years, 1 month and 8 days, Roger Milla (Cameroon), vs Russia, 28 June 1994.