Top 3 False World Cup Myths Debunked

In the age of social media, the World Cup is a prime topic for discussion. However, it’s not always easy to discern fact from fiction. So to make sure you’re in the know, here are three false World Cup myths debunked!

Myth: The trophy was once stolen twice

Fact: The trophy has been stolen once

It’s a classic story: the Jules Rimet trophy was given to Brazil as permanent winners of the world cup after their third victory in 1970; but it was stolen in 1983 and never found again. Or so the story goes.

However, the truth is that the trophy was indeed stolen in 1983, but it was soon recovered by an opportunistic dog (yes, really). The real Jules Rimet trophy is now safely on display at the English Football Association’s headquarters in London…

Myth: The most common goal time is 45 minutes

Fact: There is no such thing as a most common goal time

Another popular myth that circulates every four years is that more goals are scored

The World Cup is the most widely watched sporting event on the planet. There’s a lot of talk about this tournament, but unfortunately it is not always rooted in fact. Here are three of the more common myths about the World Cup that you will hear this summer, and why they are simply not true:

Myth 1: The host nation always does well

This belief has been perpetuated by the performances of Brazil (1970/1994) and France (1998). However, over the past 20 years hosts have had little success with only three reaching a semi-final (South Korea 2002 and Germany 2006). Plus, at this year’s edition in Brazil, the hosts may have trouble even getting out of their group containing Chile and Spain.

Myth 2: The champion is always from Europe or South America

Including Uruguay’s win in 1930 when only four nations took part, all but two World Cups have been won by a team from either Europe or South America. However, out of the last 12 major tournaments only six have been won by teams from these two continents. At this year’s World Cup it will be interesting to see how far teams like Mexico and Ivory Coast can go.

Myth 3: The Cup winner will come from one

Like many of you, I’m sure, the World Cup is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s a great time to get together with friends and family and watch some football – or soccer, if you will!

Every tournament there seems to be a few myths that get perpetuated over the years. Most people know that these myths are untrue, but sometimes it can be hard to argue with those who still believe them!

So today I am going to debunk my favourite 3 myths about the world cup:

Myth 1: “The winner of the World Cup gets awarded the Jules Rimet Trophy”

This myth is completely false. The Jules Rimet trophy was only available for winners between 1930 and 1970. Since 1974, when West Germany won it, each winner has been awarded their own trophy. The original Jules Rimet trophy was stolen in 1983 and never recovered.

Myth 2: “The ball used in the 1954 final was called the ‘Swiss Mistake'”

This myth is also false. Although some reports say that this myth might have originated from a mistranslation by a reporter, it is actually quite clear that this nickname simply did not exist. This myth comes from confusion over a different ball made in Switzerland, which was

As the World Cup fever sweeps across the globe, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the myths that surround this great game.

1. The world cup was first played in Uruguay in 1930.

It is widely believed that the first ever football world cup was held in Uruguay back in 1930. But did you know that there were actually two other world cups which have been wiped from history?

The first edition of the tournament was played back in 1872 between England and Scotland on a frozen field at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow. The second edition of the Cup was organised by Sir Thomas Lipton back in 1909 (the tournament’s most successful host) with sixteen teams taking part – Italy beat England 6-1 in Turin to become World Champions!

2. Brazil has won the most World Cups

This is true and false at he same time. Brazil has won more World Cups than any other nation, but if we include all tournaments, then Sir Thomas Lipton’s 1909 tournament has been won by 3 different countries – Italy, Uruguay and England – each with 2 wins apiece!

3. The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in 1966 and never recovered

The Jules Rimet Trophy is awarded to the winner of each World Cup until 1970

1) The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world

While the World Cup is undoubtedly the most popular footballing tournament in the world, it’s not even close to being the most watched sporting event. In fact, it isn’t even the most watched footballing tournament, with the UEFA Champions League attracting more viewers.

2) The World Cup will be hosted in Russia this year

One of my favourite myths that spread like wildfire on social media was that Russia would be hosting this edition of the world cup. It all started with a simple grammatical error made by an American news channel and soon enough social media went into overdrive spreading fake news about the world cup being held in a different country.

3) FIFA is a for-profit organisation

Another commonly spread myth about FIFA is that it is a for-profit organisation. While it does generate huge revenues, it has a zero-profit policy and uses all its surplus to develop football around the world.

As the 2014 World Cup approaches, the experts are busy making their predictions.

But before you make your own, it’s important to understand the historical trends and statistics in order to make an informed decision.

Here are 3 common myths that you’ll hear from your friend at the pub, but you won’t hear from our team of experts at

Myth 1: “The World Cup finals are always won by a South American team playing in Europe”

Perhaps the most commonly-held belief about the World Cup is that South American sides always triumph when hosting the tournament on European soil. It is true that four out of five tournaments held on the old continent were won by teams from South America (Brazil 1958, 1962 and 1970 and Argentina 1978) but overall the competition has been dominated by European nations. In fact, a team from Europe has lifted the trophy nine times compared to only five wins for South American sides.

Myth 2: “The hosts always reach at least semi-finals”

There is no doubt that playing at home gives huge advantage to national teams participating in the World Cup finals. However, it does not mean that they will definitely reach semi-finals or any other stage of the competition for that

The 2018 World Cup will be the most-watched sporting event on the planet, and with it comes a myriad of myths, stereotypes, and preconceptions about host country Russia. I’ll be debunking three of them for you today:

1. Russian Men are all Huge Guys who Drink a Ton and Love Vodka

While it’s no secret that Russia loves to drink Vodka (It is actually banned in some places in Russia like Siberia), not all men there are huge guys who love vodka.

First, you have to understand that Russia spans over many time zones, and has an enormous landmass, so consequently their people are diverse and spread out. That means that men there come in all sizes and shapes, just like any other country in the world.

Secondly, not every Russian man drinks vodka. In fact, there is a growing trend of young Russians who prefer beer or cocktails instead of vodka.

2. Russian Women are Always Looking for Rich Foreign Men to Marry Them

This one is very curious because contrary to popular belief, most Russian women want to marry the man of their dreams from within their own country. They feel more secure with a Russian man than with someone from abroad because they know how to talk and behave

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