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Wacky World Cup Facts

Wacky World Cup Facts - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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The 2002 World Cup of soccer being played in Korea and Japan will be the planet's largest sporting event. . Here's a list of World Cup soccer facts and feats.

The 2002 World Cup of soccer will be the planet's largest sporting event. More than one billion people are expected to follow the month-long soccer tournament between the world's top 32 soccer powers. It's the first one played in Asia and the first one hosted by two countries - Korea and Japan. Here's a list of some other World Cup soccer facts and feats.

1Crowd Pleasers

  • The largest crowd to watch a World Cup soccer game live are the 199,850 people who crammed into a stadium in Brazil for a game between Brazil and Uruguay during the 1950 World Cup.
  • The smallest crowd to watch a World Cup soccer game was the 300 who showed up to the game between Romania and Peru during the 1930 World Cup of soccer in Uruguay.

    1Soccer Snacking

  • Chile managed to reach the semi-finals of the 1962 World Cup before losing 4-2 to Brazil. On their way they beat Switzerland, USSR and Italy. Players said they ate Swiss cheese to beat the Swiss, spaghetti to beat Italy, drank vodka to beat USSR, and tried coffee to beat Brazil - but coffee obviously didn't agree with them.
  • One food many people will be eating during the 2002 World Cup is dog meat. While most people in North America would never think of eating a poodle or beagle, many people in Korea consider dog meat to be a delicacy. There are around 6,000 dog meat restaurants in Korea that serve soup, sandwiches and even hamburgers made from dog meat. Woof! Woof!

    1Feet and Fingers

  • During the 1994 World Cup, German soccer player, Stefan Effenberg, was sent home because he gave the finger to a fan during a game.
  • India refused to play in the 1950 World Cup because FIFA told the players they would have to play in soccer cleats, rather than barefoot.
  • The soccer player who scores the most goals during the 2002 World Cup wins the Golden Boot Award.

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    rainbowpoptart
    I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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    angelover4
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    angelover4
    I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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