Ten World Cup Records that Could Fall in Russia 2018

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By EADM Correspondent and Agencies

In Summary: The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Moscow's 80,000-seater-Luzhniki Stadium this Thursday and ends at the same venue on July 15. During the one-month soccer showpiece, ten World Cup records could fall during this Russia 2018 edition.  While Deschamps, Messi, Muller and Ronaldo are chasing records in Russia, Brazil, Maradona, and Mondragon could lose milestones.  Argentina superstar Diego Maradona holds the World Cup record of having scored 6 goals while he was the national team captain. Lionel Messi, the current Argentina skipper requires three to break his former coach’s milestone. If France’s Didier Deschamps leads France to glory,  the former defensive midfielder, who captained his country to the title in 1998, would emulate Brazilian soccer legend Mario Lobo Zagallo and German’s ‘Kaiser’ Franz Beckenbauer as the third man to have won the World Cup as player and coach. Brazil is 5-time World Cup champions while Germany, the defending champions, is 4-time winners. Both countries are hot favorites to win. Should Brazil win, it will have set a record of having won the tournament highest number of time, (6 in total). However, should Germany win, it will equal Brazil’s record of 5 World Cup victories. Will we see a happy, old couple or not? Watch this space between June 14 and July 15 as the action in Russia unfolds.

The coveted World Cup trophy

Moscow, Russia--135 years and three months will be the combined age of Oscar Tabarez and Fernando Santos if Uruguay and Portugal meet in the Round of 16 – the oldest combined age for two coaches in a World Cup game. The current record is the 133 years and nine months held by Greece’s Otto Rehhagel and Nigeria’s Lars Lagerback had between them at South Africa in 2010. 45 years and five months is what Essam El-Hadary will be when Egypt begin their campaign against Uruguay. If Essam El-Hadary plays in Russia he will break Faryd Mondragon’s record (43 years and three days) to become the oldest player in World Cup history.

Brazil has won the World Cup a record 5 times. The 2018 Brazilian national team in Russia is billed as one of the hot favorites to capture the crown it last won 16 years ago.

Brazil, with a 13 World Cup matches unbeaten – between a 4-2 loss to Hungary holds the enviable unbeaten run. in the 1954 quarter-finals and a 3-1 defeat by the same team in the group stage in 1966 – is the World Cup record held by Brazil. Germany’s last loss was 1-0 to Spain in the 2010 semi-finals. The two will begin Russia 2018 on an eight-match unbeaten streak in the tournament.

Additionally, Brazil is 5-time World Cup champions while Germany, the defending champions, is 4-time winners. Both countries are hot favorites to win. Should Brazil win, it will have set a record of having won the tournament the highest number of times, (6 in total). However, should Germany win, it will equal Brazil’s record of 5 World Cup victories.

Some members of the Germany 2018 World Cup Squad in Russia who face an uphill task of equaling Brazil’s title tally of 5 crowns.

Diego Maradona’s record--6 goals as captain is the World Cup milestone set by Diego Maradona. Current Argentina skipper Lionel Messi requires three to break his former coach’s record.

Argentina skipper Lionel Messi requires three goals to break Diego Maradona’s record, his former coach and national captain.

For Mexico, it holds 6-games unbeaten in the World Cup over USA in 1994 and France in 1998.  Costa Rica, who didn’t lose any of their five matches at Brazil 2014, will equal Mexico’s record if they avoid defeat against Serbia and surpass it if they do the same against Brazil.

Germany’s Thomas Muller is bidding to become the first player to register 5 goals in three World Cups at Russia 2018. The 28-year-old, fellow German Miroslav Klose and Peruvian Teofilo Cubillas are the only men to have scored more than four times in multiple editions of the tournament. Klose, on 16 overall, holds the record for the most World Cup goals, with Muller six goals shy.

At Russia 2018, Mexican Rafa Marquez will be chasing Antonio Carbajal and German legend Lothar Matthaus record of 5 World Cup appearances 

Antonio Carbajal and German legend Lothar Matthaus record at stake--5 World Cups is what Rafa Marquez will become– the third man – and second Mexican – to play in if he makes an appearance in Russia. Antonio Carbajal and German legend Lothar Matthaus are the only two players to have achieved the feat, while Gigi Buffon went to five World Cups but didn’t make an appearance at France in 1998.

5 consecutive World Cup draws is the record Belgium set over 1998 and 2002. Costa Rica drew their last three outings at Brazil 2014. 4 World Cups is what Australia’s Tim Cahill, Mexico’s Rafa Marquez and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo will have netted in if they find the target at Russia 2018. Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose are the only men to have scored in more than three instalments of the competition.

France’s national team manager Didier Deschamps bids to equal the record set by Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and legendary Franz Beckenbauer 

Didier Deschamps threatens the Mario Zagallo and legendary Franz Beckenbauer record.  3 men will have won the World Cup as a player and a coach if Didier Deschamps leads France to glory. The former defensive midfielder, who captained his country to the title in 1998, would emulate Mario Zagallo and legendary Franz Beckenbauer of Germany.

Source: Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).

 

https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/ten-records-that-could-fall-in-russia

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