FIFA World Cup: 7 Records That Can Never Be Broken at Qatar 2022 World Cup

FIFA World Cup: 7 Records That Can Never Be Broken at Qatar 2022 World Cup

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • The FIFA World Cup produces indelible memories for fans whether good or bad, and nothing changes this year
  • The 2022 tournament is edging closer as fans prepare for another event of upsets, record-breaking performances and goodbyes to some of the greatest footballers
  • However, there are some records that will not be broken when the curtains come down on December 18 in Qatar

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is a few weeks away, and the build-up is exciting for football fans around the world who've made their picks.

The World Cup is the biggest sports event on the globe, and its stature has steadily grown since the first match was played in 1930.

Pele, 1958 World Cup, 1962 World Cup, 1970 World Cup, Brazil
Pele's record of three FIFA World Cup titles is unmatched. Photo by Alessandro Sabattini.
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There are numerous records set in the tournament, and some will probably never be broken. Here are some of those records, according to Sportskeeda.

1. Most titles for a single player

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According to Guinness World Records, the iconic Pele retired from football with three World Cup titles to his name. He won the tournament in 1958, 1962 and 1970. In Qatar, no player has won two World Cups - Pele's record will thus stand for a very long time.

2. Highest attendance at a World Cup match

The record for the highest attendance at a FIFA World Cup match is officially 173,850, according to Goal. This was set in the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay at the now iconic Maracana Stadium.

The stadium with the highest capacity in Qatar is Lusail, with a capacity of 80,000. It is therefore highly unlikely the 1950 record will be broken.

3. Youngest coach to manage a World Cup side

Juan Jose Tramutola is the youngest coach to ever manage the World Cup at 27 years and 267 days. Tramutola coached Argentina against France in the 1930 tournament, a record that will not be broken anytime soon.

Coincidentally, current Argentian manager Lionel Scaloni will be the youngest coach to manage at the 2022 event at 44 years of age, according to Goal.

Brazil, Cafu, Ronaldo, Kaka, Ronaldinho, 2002 FIFA World Cup
Brazil have won the most FIFA World Cups with five. Photo by Alex Livesey.
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4. Youngest referee to officiate in a World Cup

The youngest referee to officiate in the FIFA World Cup is Spain's Juan Gardeazabal. He refereed Paraguay's 3-7 drubbing at the hands of France in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He was only 24 years and 193 days old at the time.

In Qatar, the youngest referee will be 30-year-old Kevin Ortega from Peru.

5. Fewest matches played by a country in a World Cup

Indonesia played one match in the 1938 World Cup in France. Known as Dutch East Indies then, they qualified automatically for the 1938 FIFA World Cup. Hungary hammered them 6-0 in their first game and sent them home.

However, a format change from FIFA requires all teams to play three group game matches to qualify for the knockout rounds.

6. Most goals in a single World Cup tournament

France's Just Fontaine hit 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, a landmark that has stood for 64 years, according to FIFA. This year's tournament has so many variables that scoring 13 goals in six matches is almost impossible.

The tournament is in the middle of the season, and the hot weather in Qatar will surely affect performances.

Just Fontaine, France, 1958 FIFA World Cup
Just Fontaine scored an unprecedented 13 goals in six matches at the 1958 tournament. Photo by DB/picture alliance.
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7. Most cautions for a player in a single World Cup match

Josip Simunic of Croatia holds the record for the most cautions for a player in a single World Cup match. Referee Graham Poll showed him the yellow card in the 61st, 90th and 93rd minute, before giving him his marching orders during the 2006 World Cup match against Australia, according to These Football Times.

Qatar's World Cup venues

Sports Brief earlier reported on the eight stadiums set to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

These stadiums will be made available for the 64 matches to be played during the competition.

Al Bayt Stadium and Lusail Iconic Stadium are perhaps the most significant for the tournament, with the latter set to host the final.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.