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2018 FIFA WC: Russia might witness three AMAZING records




XtraTime Web Desk:
Like every FIFA World Cup, the FIFA World Cup in Russia too is expected to come up with a lot of surprises. Today, www.xtratime.in traces three incredible records which might get broken in Russia.

The oldest player in FIFA World Cup

On 24 June 2014, Faryd Mondragon wrote his name on the history books after coming on as an 85th-minute substitute in Colombia's match against Japan. He became the oldest player to play in a World Cup at the age of 43 years and 3 days old, surpassing Roger Milla's previous record.

This record might only be one edition old, but it seems set to be broken. And the one looking to break that record is none other than Egypt's Essam El-Hadary.

The Egyptian has already been named as a part of the preliminary 29-member squad and might make it through to the final squad given his vast experience.




A new Head to Head record in the making

Three pairs of teams hold the current record for the most meetings between two teams. They are Brazil and Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994), Germany and Yugoslavia/ Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998 and 2010), and Argentina and Germany (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010 and 2014). Moreover, the pair of Argentina and Germany hold the record for the most meetings between two teams in the final of FIFA World Cup.

This year, all the four teams have made it through to the World Cup. Now, if Germany finishes at the top of their group and Serbia finishes second, or vice-versa, they would meet each other at the Round of 16. The same scenario also holds if Brazil tops their group, and Sweden finishes second, or vice-versa. Meanwhile, if Argentina and Germany top their group and win the subsequent Round of 16 matches, they would meet each other at the quarter-final.

Brazil in front of a new record

Unlike the previous records, no team will take pride in holding this record. As of now, no team has finished fourth consecutively, and Brazil might hold the record if they finish fourth.

2014 FIFA World Cup was a heartbreaking one for the Brazilians. Germany annihilated Brazil in the semi-final with a scoreline of 7-1. In the succeeding third-place playoff, Netherlands would defeat Brazil 3-0, and end their campaign in an enervated note.

Moreover, they would equal Uruguay's record of finishing fourth for the most number of times if they finish so.

 

 

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