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!