Clash of the toughest. Participated by the best. Watched by the billions. Dream of throngs of aspirants. These are just what FIFA World Cup all about. The battle to become number national football team in the world where renowned field players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar, Iniesta, Hulk, and many world’s popular football players back on their country to join their squad in quest to become number one. One of the most awaited events transpires every four year. A time when every football player tastes the holy grail of the soccer world. And on this, let’s bring the people who excelled the most in the history of the world’s most celebrated soccer tournament.
1. Carlos Alberto Parreira
First on our list is this Brazilian coach who recorded the “Most Appeared Coach” in FIFA World Cup. Parreira appeared for six times in the tournament. He firstly managed an Asian team, Kuwait in the year 1982 and ended up only in the first round. In his second appearance in 1990, he was selected to handle the national football team of United Arab Emirates which they also reached the first round. This Brazilian coach had taken hold of his country’s national team strategy for the first time in the year 1994 and tasted its first championship title via penalty against an Italian team. On his fourth appearance, he did not manage his former team, instead he had been selected to coach another Asian country, Saudi Arabia who only reached the first round of the tournament with no win record in the 1998 World Cup. Coming back to coach his country’s team again in the 2006 tournament, Parreira enabled the Brazilian team to play until the quarterfinal round. Carlos’s last appearance in the competition was with the host country during the 2010 World Cup, South Africa.
This Turk player created a trembling of excitement during the 2002 FIFA World Cup especially when they were facing the host country, South Korea for the 3rd Place position. In only 10 seconds past after the kick-off, Sukur put in the “Fastest Goal” in World Cup History.
- Miroslav Klose
Along with the championship title during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Klose bagged home another world breaking record when he scored during the 23rd minute of their match against Brazil in the semi-final round setting the record as the “All-Time Top Scorer” of the final tournament of FIFA World Cup.
Passion will let you continue do what you love doing in your life. This is what this Cameroon player put in his mind when he still played in FIFA World Cup at the age of 42 days and 27 days during the 1994 final tournament and scored for the last time in his career in most awaited soccer tournament on their match against Russia in the 47th minute.
- Norman Whiteside
The earlier, the better. The earlier this Irish player participated in the FIFA World Cup tournament, the better he had recorded on his career. On his first appearance during the 1982 world cup tournament, Whiteside, only 17 years and 37 days, set the record as the “Youngest Player Who Ever Played in FIFA World Cup.”
Officiating in a soccer match requires a well thought-of decision. A little bad judgement will surely create a colossal commotion and being in-charge in a match in the world’s most celebrated tournament is totally a different thing. But for this Uzbek referee, he made being umpire as one of his hobbies in life. For only appearing twice in the final tournament of World Cup, Irmatov had set the record as the “No. 1 Referee Who Officiated Most Matches in FIFA World Cup” with 9 matches.