Football is one of, if not the, most popular team sport played in the world. This dedication and passion for the sport are shown no more than during the World Cup competition. If you aren’t aware this is a competition that is held every four years in a different country throughout the world. National teams throughout the world train hard to be in the best physical and mental condition that they can be ready for the start of the competition. You will find that coaches and managers encourage the players to maintain their general fitness levels and also their football skill levels by watching Football Training drill Videos like the ones you can find at https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Football/index.jsp
The next World Cup is to be held in 2022 in Qatar, where 211 countries enter the qualification rounds in a hope to make it into the final 32 who will compete in the group stages. Here are some interesting facts about the World Cup:
- The games began in 1930 in Montevideo in Uruguay and were the creation of Jules Rimet. He wanted to recreate the idea of the Olympics and the worldwide community feel that goes along with it but with football at the heart of the competition. He saw a way of bringing the countries of the world together through their combined love of the sport. This first competition saw just 13 teams take part with only four of these coming from the Europe region. Not surprisingly Uruguay who was the host nation won the competition in a final against Argentina.
- Like most other sporting events the competition did not take place during and just after the Second World War.
- There have been some phenomenal players who have been a part of the World Cup and some incredible statistics to go with it. The most successful player of all time (in terms of goals scored) is Miroslav Kose who played for Germany and has scored a total of 16 goals in four tournaments. In 2002 a goal was scored by Hakan Sukur for Turkey within the first 11 seconds of their match against South Korea.
- The team who has won the most trophies is Brazil, with World Cup wins in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1992 and 2002. Germany and Italy are close behind them having won a total of 4 trophies.
Who knows what the 2022 World Cup will bring, but it is sure to be an exciting competition.