After almost three decades of waiting, the Pharaohs of the Egyptian national team have made us proud, which means Magdy Abd El Ghany will need to find something else to tease us with! The magnitude of Mohamed Salah’s scoring that final penalty set Egypt into a celebration frenzy for all the right reasons. Our luck with the FIFA World Cup has been short of successful, only qualifying three times overall. But nothing about this international tournament is conventional either this year, with Italy and Netherlands being disqualified, lots of Arab countries joining (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) and most of the smaller teams getting an opportunity to join the battle of the fittest for the first time such as Panama.
Here are some other shocking things that happened in the World Cup over the course of the years:
A Goal in 11 seconds
In the 2002 World Cup, Turkey’s Hakan Sukur scored a goal in just 11 seconds. The goal helped the Turks defeat South Korea 3:2 and finish the tournament in 3rd place.
10 Goals in one match
Hungary takes the prize for most goals scored by a team in single World Cup match. In 1982, they made 10 goals to beat El Salvador in a group game 10:1.
3.2 billion people
Almost 3.2 billion people worldwide, roughly 46% of the world’s population, watched more than one minute of the 2010 World Cup making it “the world’s most widely viewed sporting event” according to FIFA.
Traffic light Inspiration
Yellow and Red Cards were first used in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Traffic lights inspired English referee Ken Aston to come up with the idea for them as a way of making it easier for players of all languages to understand the referee.
The Quickest Red Card
Uruguayan defender Jose Batista got a red card in none less than 56 seconds, eventually getting sent off of the court for a high studded slide tackle to the back of the legs of an English midfielder.
To keep the football spirit going, Mall of Egypt held a competition for shoppers to win a lifetime experience for two in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. All they had to do was move through the field of Mall of Egypt, shopping and scoring points every time they made a purchase, bought groceries or revamped their wardrobe. The more they used their Visa Card, the bigger their changes were to make it to the World Cup.
Our lucky winners will be witnessing history in the making live from the roaring stadiums, allowing them to cross off a big experience on their bucket list.