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FIFA World Cup 2018: A Look at Interesting Records that May Be Broken this Year in Russia

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Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 by "T".

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled from June 14 to July 15 in Russia, and once again the world will be closely tuned in to see how the highly exciting football tournaments will turn out.

Many interesting records will be up for the better during the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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Just like in the previous editions, the FIFA World Cup 2018 edition shall bear witness to the fall of several records. While most of the attention is centered on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there are some other records that can potentially be broken this year. The finicky weather conditions in Russia makes the World Cup this time to be quite unique and challenging.

According to FIFA.com, there will be ten records that could fall in Russia.
Let's check out some of the records that may possibly be broken in the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup.

Most goals scored
Thomas Müller, Germany's versatile player who usually plays as a midfielder or forward, could potentially become the highest goalscorer in World Cup history, aiming for the record of scoring 5 goals in three World Cups. The 28-year-old Müller, fellow German Miroslav Klose, and Peruvian Teofilo Cubillas are the only players who were able to score over four times in multiple editions of the World Cup. At the moment, Klose holds the record for most World Cup goals (which is 16), and Müller is just six shy.

Oldest player ever to play in a World Cup
Essam El-Hadary, Egypt's goalkeeper (age 45 years and 5 months) is set to replace Colombian keeper Faryd Mondragon (age 43 years and 3 days) as the oldest player ever to play in a World Cup, that is, if he plays in Russia.

Oldest combined age for two coaches in a World Cup
Otto Rehhagel of Greece and Lars Lagerback of Nigeria are holders of the current record for the oldest combined age for two coaches in a World Cup, which is 133 years and 9 months, noted in South Africa 2010. If Fernando Santos of Portugal and Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay meet in the round of 16, they will shatter that current record as their combined age would be 135 years and 3 months.

Most wins in penalty shootouts
The record for most wins in penalty shootouts is currently shared by Argentina and Germany, with four each. Germany had 4 wins out of 4 shootouts, whereas Argentina have participated in the most number of shootouts, and ironically while they were aiming for number five, their only loss came at the hands of Germany in 2006.

Team that remains unbeaten in most World Cup matches
Brazil is the record holder of remaining unbeaten in 13 World Cup matches, but this may be most likely broken this year by Germany. The last loss of the team led by Joachim Low was to Spain back in the South Africa 2010 semi-finals, and they will begin the Russia World Cup flaunting an eight-match unbeaten streak.

Player to be featured in 5 World Cups
If he makes an appearance in Russia, Rafa Marquez of Mexico shall be the third man and the second Mexican to feature in 5 World Cups. German legend Lothar Matthaus and Mexico's Antonio Carbajal achieved this feat, whilst Gigi Buffon went to five World Cups but did not make an appearance at France 1998.

Most goals scored as captain in the World Cup
Diego Maradona has 6 goals scored for Argentina as captain in the World Cup. Argentina captain Lionel Messi could probably surpass his former national coach Maradona, but he has to score 3 more to pull that off.

Person to have won the World Cup as player and coach
Currently, Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer are the only two persons who have won the World Cup as a player and a coach. If Didier Deschamps leads France to World Cup victory, he then will become the third man to have won the trophy both as a player and as a coach. Deschamps is a former defensive midfielder who led his team to World Cup glory back in 1998.

Most wins as manager
One of the first recipients of the FIFA Order of Merit in 1984, West Germany Helmut Schon currently holds the title for coaching the most matches (25) and winning most of them (16). This record may be broken by present Germany coach Joachim Low, who is 7 wins short of Schon's record 16 victories at the World Cup finals, which means Low needs to win all 7 games (every single game this summer) if Germany were to take the title.

First to become a two-time winner of the Golden Ball
First introduced in the 1982 World Cup, the Golden Ball award is something that no player has won twice so far, let alone consecutively. Since its introduction, there have been as many as 9 players predicted to win the coveted individual honor, including legends like Maradona, Zidane, Maradona; but even these football legends are still unable to win the Golden Ball twice. Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball during the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Also, note that there is no other player participating in the 2018 World Cup who has won the Golden Ball previously. Therefore, there is a great chance for Messi to set another record this year in Russia by becoming the first player ever to win the World Cup Golden Ball twice/consecutively.

Of course, there are many other awesome records that might be broken in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. If you know some of them not included in this list, feel free to share with us in the comments below!

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24 comments for "FIFA World Cup 2018: A Look at Interesting Records that May Be Broken this Year in Russia"

 CALICUL6/14/2018 6:25:22 PM GMT
It remains to be seen who and how to take advantage of these records and if this world cup is one spectacular. I do not know what the weather forecast is in Russia but the organizers will do something to improve the conditions for players, viewers and tv viewers. I hope the president Putin to stop russian hooligans not to provoke dramas.
 Mober6/14/2018 7:21:17 PM GMT
Quite a few records that can be broken indeed.
We passed from a couple of coffee shops today, that had tv screens,
and they were packed while the game was on Smile
Lets see if we can make any money from the bets...
 godoy6/14/2018 10:48:49 PM GMT
an event of this magnitude that moves the whole planet where anything can happen and I am in the middle of it like watching and betting on very good games and I want Brazil to lose kkkk or not kkkkk
 pajalnick6/15/2018 9:04:38 AM GMT
yesterday I watched the first match ..... and it was very cool ... great joy that the collection of my country for which I did not expect showed a good game and a wonderful result of this game .... 5-0 it's very cool ... I certainly understand that the opponent was weak but still very happy
 doubletop7776/15/2018 9:12:44 AM GMT
Records are always there to be broken and i wouldn't be surprised to see a few go here. Thomas Muller, i think, will break a few records and will become the highest scorer in World Cup history
 dule-vu6/15/2018 12:58:02 PM GMT
at every new world cup,some of records can be broken and probably some of this will be broken at this one in russia!I am sure that this goalkeeper will play for few minutes,just to beat record,also mexican player marquez will play,messi will score and so on...
 CALICUL6/15/2018 6:26:13 PM GMT
I saw the 5 goals in the first match of this World Cup. Some of them were beautiful but others could be defended by the goalkeeper. Played poorly and after Saudi Arabia is eliminated this goalkeeper can find another job. He can drive a camel or something like that. Smile
 pochui6/15/2018 8:19:12 PM GMT
well yeah by the looks of things there will be some records broken and I reckon that this is the case in every world cup, you can always find some angle that makes the competition unique and that's the job of the press, job which they are doing very well I must admit
 shokaku6/15/2018 8:22:18 PM GMT
I didn't see the Saudi goalkeeper that bad. He saved what could be saved, but found himself left aöone by his defenders time and again. The only goalkeeper error so far in the World Cup was from de Gea.
 ligador376/15/2018 8:43:02 PM GMT
What a great day! In a very boring game for those who were not Egyptians or Uruguayans, but luckily Uruguay won! I hope you have not bet on the tie, because that goal in the hour must have ruined them!
The same with the goal of Iran (in the game of BRM bet on the tie, a pity).
But beautiful match between Spain and Portugal! Hattrick of CR7 and a beautiful goal by Nacho!
Nothing to say. For now, although not many games have passed, the best match of the Cup!
 godoy6/15/2018 11:31:58 PM GMT
the world cup is already steamy and with every game exciting and fun and with the promotion of the site even more interesting and it will take that Brazil miss of 3x0 kkkkkkk
 pajalnick6/16/2018 10:47:14 AM GMT
yesterday was a great game !!! .... I thought before the game that Spain would win ... but when the 3 minutes Ronaldo scored a goal I began to doubt .... then Spain of course showed the class of the game but the Great Cristiano used the last chance .. very cool game .... great
 dule-vu6/16/2018 1:33:28 PM GMT
first goal from free kick for ronaldo on world cup or european cup and its was from his 47. free kick!also first hat trick for him!so we can just wait for new records at this world cup!also mascherano from todays game have most games at argentina squad,one game more then legend javier zanetti!
 Gerimantas6/16/2018 4:21:07 PM GMT
I dont see game with egypt goalkeeper is he play or not, also I think rafael marquez will play some minutes because he is in team and not big role to him so maybe because to make record so country show respect for all his performance
 CALICUL6/16/2018 6:27:10 PM GMT
Records have already begun to be broken. Cristiano Ronaldo has 8 consecutive final tournaments with goal scored. 4 European Championships and 4 World Cups. It is unique in history with this record. Sergio ramos can also make a record in the next matches. The match between Spain and Portugal was nice.
 pochui6/16/2018 8:43:09 PM GMT
well of those records mentioned I have to admit that muller does have a decent shot to become the 1st dude to score 5 goals in 3 world cups, if he will be used more like a center forward with say 3 attacking midfielders then why not
 shokaku6/17/2018 8:52:08 AM GMT
That is not his best position. He had played central forward on occasion, but never really that good. It is much better to let him roam freely behind the forward, and show up in places the defenders didn`t expect.
 Calmplay6/17/2018 9:29:51 AM GMT
Correct me if I'm wrong but is C.Ronaldo hat trick was the oldest player to ever did it at the WC? If yes it was a record broken too....
 CALICUL6/17/2018 6:28:18 PM GMT
It is possible to be right about this thing Calmplay. What i have not seen too well, was or was not a penalty to the Cristiana Ronaldo because this football player with authentic talent is often a cheater. Big players like him do not have to beg penalties. My opinion - he cheated on that penalty with Spain.
 thefly1316/17/2018 6:32:49 PM GMT
cheating is part of the game … for some players
 dule-vu6/18/2018 3:15:46 PM GMT
penalty was clear for ronaldo and portugal!he just used opportunity with leg from spanish player and he didnt cheat anything!I know that he know to do lot of times this for club,but in this situation everything was clear!
 CALICUL6/18/2018 6:29:16 PM GMT
Yeah, some players are redoubtable cheaters and cristiano ronaldo is one of them. I'm glad because i did not bet on Germany but also on brazil. I just did it here in BRM and i was wrong. Now i expect other matches to see what surprises we see and anothers records.
 dule-vu6/19/2018 6:31:12 PM GMT
today we have some results that you maybe didnt expect,but thats football!didnt expect that japan will win and will have three points in pocket and then senegal big win with poland,that make whole new situation in that group!probably we will have lot of strange results till end!
 pochui6/19/2018 8:18:15 PM GMT
yeah I have to agree with dule-vu, there have been some quite unexpected results flying in lately and to be honest almost none of the big favorites really proven that they are heads and shoulders better than their opponents, probably Belgium cruised past with ease but still weren't looking very sharp

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