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In Brazil, it's known as the Campeonato Mundial de Futebol...

In one Wicked match in 1954 FIFA World Cup, 'play' continued in the changing rooms even after the final whistle was blown!

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 02:49 IST

In Brazil, it's known as the Campeonato Mundial de Futebol?

In Germany, it's called the FussballWeltmeisterschaft?

In France, it's the Coupe Du Monde?

In Spain, it's the Copa del Mundo de Futbol?

What is it?

The answer of course is the football World Cup - the FIFA World Cup, to give its proper title. It's the biggest, the best, and the most wicked football tournament!

It's the biggest because, although the finals are held every four years, the whole competition takes well over two years to complete. It's the best because it's a competition to find the best football-playing nation in the world.

And it's the most wicked because, in its history, the World Cup has seen a whole collection of:

Wicked matches, like the rough one in 1954 that was continued in the changing rooms after the final whistle!

Wicked teams, like the one that was nicknamed "the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck team"!

Wicked players, like the one who was sent off in 1966 but refused to go.

Here's some wicked facts and quotes from the World Cup gone past by:

The first ever official match took place on, believe it or not, a cricket ground! This was the West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick. Scotland and England drew 0-0. It cost 5p to get in!