FIFA World Cup in numbers: Titles, goals, age and prize-money

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The FIFA World Cup 2022 is taking place in Qatar which becomes the first country in the Middle East to host football’s biggest event. 


Here are some more stats and figures on World Cup history: 


8: Only eight countries have ever lifted the trophy. Brazil have won five times, while Germany and Italy have four titles each. Argentina, France and Uruguay have each won the World Cup twice,  

while England and Spain have each won once. 


20: There have been 20 World Cup tournaments held since the inaugural competition in 1930. 


32: There are 32 teams competing across eight groups in this year’s event. 


334,000: Population of Iceland, the smallest country to ever qualify for a World Cup (2018). Namibia be inspired. Yes we can. 


16: Most World Cup goals scored by a single player – Germany’s Miroslav Klose, over a span of four tournaments between 2002 and 2014. 


5 billion: People, more than half the population of the planet, are expected to tune in to watch this year’s World Cup. 


$44m: The prize money for the World Cup winners in Qatar. 


The event will take place from Sunday, Nov 20, 2022, to Sun, Dec 18, 2022.

Written by: Paula Christoph

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