world cup statisticsJune 14, 2018, is the date in every soccer fan’s diary as 32 teams do battle across 11 different cities in Russia. Current champions Germany will be looking to defend their title and add to their 2017 Confederations Cup success. The World Cup 2018 is set to be an0ther terrific tournament and here at BettingTop10, we cannot wait until it gets started. We’ve compiled a guide to some of the most interesting facts and figures from previous events. Many of the top Canadian bookmakers have already priced up the outright odds for the upcoming tournament and make sure you keep an eye out for free bets and bonuses ahead of Russia 2018. The World Cup is viewed by millions of viewers all over the globe and is set to be enjoyed once again in over 30 different countries.

Brazil will want to put the World Cup 2014 behind them, as they were beaten 7-1 on home soil in the semi-final by Germany. However, this is far from the largest defeat in a World Cup. El Salvador hold the dubious honor of being on the wrong end of a record scoreline when losing 10-1 to Hungary in the 1982 finals.

Canada have only appeared in one World Cup, which came when they qualified for the 1986 tournament. Sadly, they were eliminated in the group stage, losing all three matches. However, they have lodged a bid to host the World Cup 2026 and if successful, this would secure automatic qualification for the event. Other nations to have only qualified for a single tournament include Haiti (1974), Iraq (1986), Jamaica (1998) and Israel (1970). The World Cup 2026 Canada would give Octavio Zambrana’s men the chance to progress to the knockout rounds. South Africa remain the only hosts (2010) to have been eliminated in the group stages.

Scotland, who drew 1-1 with Canada in an international friendly in March 2017, have qualified for eight World Cup tournaments but have never progressed beyond the group stage. They appear extremely unlikely to qualify for the World Cup 2018, having struggled in qualifying.

Interesting Facts About World Cup Players

Miroslav Klose holds the current record for the highest number of World Cup goals. The German striker gazumped Ronaldo’s 15 tournament goals during World Cup 2014 shortly before retiring. Just Fontaine holds the record for the highest amount of goals during one specific tournament. The Frenchman hit 13 goals during the 1958 World Cup but his potency wasn’t enough to guide his side to the final. There were some high scores in this particular tournament, with Brazil beating Sweden 5-2 to secure the Jules Rimet Trophy.

The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are all likely to be competing for the Golden Ball at the World Cup 2018 but they are unlikely to break Fontaine’s record in Russia. Roger Milla (42) remains the oldest player to find the net at the World Cup. The Cameroon veteran scored in the 1994 tournament despite having officially retired a few years earlier.

The president insisted Milla featured at the competition and he came off the bench to set the record, which is unlikely to ever be broken. Hakan Sukur still holds the record for the quickest goal in the World Cup finals. It took just 11 seconds for the Turkish player to break the deadlock in 2002 against South Korea. His side went on to win 3-2 against the host nation in the third place play-off match.

Recent success has been few and far between for Turkey, who dismissed manager Fatih Terim after a poor World Cup 2014. We cannot wait for the World Cup 2018 to get started on June 14 and we’re looking forward to bringing you the latest news, analysis and offers for the tournament in Russia.