World Cup 2022: Hungary’s 9 Leads the Way For Biggest Winning Margins in the Tournament’s History

World Cup 2022: Hungary’s 9 Leads the Way For Biggest Winning Margins in the Tournament’s History

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Hungary were a lethal team and twice have scored at least 9 goals in the FIFA World Cup tournament
  • A margin of 9 goals is the biggest margin that any team has won a game by in the history of the World Cup
  • László Kiss once scored three goals in seven minutes in a World Cup game as Hungary defeated El Salvador 10-1

All eyes are on Qatar with the 2022 FIFA World Cup just days away.

With so many big-name players at this year's tournament, many are eager to see how many goals will be scored.

The tournament's last edition saw big wins for teams like Belgium (5-2) and England (6-1), but their results don't feature on the list of biggest margins in World Cup history.

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László Kiss scored a hat-trick as Hungary recorded the biggest winning margin in a World Cup game of 10-1. There have been other big wins as well. Image: Peter Robinson/ Visionhaus/ Paul Ellis.
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Germany's famous 7-1 demolition of Brazil doesn't rank high enough either, thankfully for the Brazilians.

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Sports Brief looks at the 6 biggest margins of victory at the FIFA World Cup.

Germany, Uruguay, Sweden scored 8

Germany, Uruguay and Sweden have all won World Cup games by a margin of 8 goals. They also all won those games 8-0.

Germany beat Saudi Arabia in 2002 thanks partly to a hat-trick by Miroslav Klose. Uruguay achieved the feat when they beat Bolivia in 1950. There was also a hat-trick in that game, thanks to Oscar Míguez.

Sweden scored their eight in 1938 when they beat Cuba. Harry Andersson and Gustav Wetterstrom both scored hat-tricks in the game.

Yugoslavia and Hungary scored 9

At the World Cup in 1974, Yugoslavia defeated Zaire 9-0. Zaire were the only African country to compete in that year’s tournament.

Hungary also scored nine goals as they beat South Korea in 1954. Ferenc Puskas scored twice in that game as Hungary eventually made their way to the final, where they were beaten by West Germany.

Hungary are hungry for goals

In 1982, Hungary took their appetite for scoring out on El Salvador. The European side scored 10 goals and conceded just 1.

László Kiss made history with his hat trick-in the game. He scored three goals in just seven minutes, the fastest in the competition’s history. He also became the first and only player to come on as a substitute and score a hat-trick in the tournament.

The fastest World Cup hat-tricks

Football fans everywhere on earth eagerly await the commencement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Qatar starting on November 20.

The World Cup is rated as the world's biggest football tournament, considering the competition's level of skill and the rivalries among the players, nations and even fans.

In this special report, Sports Brief took a look at the players who have scored the fastest hat-tricks in the World Cup's history.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.