Who is the all-time leading goalscorer at the World Cup Finals?

Who is the all-time leading goalscorer at the World Cup Finals? The all-time list of leading goalscorers at the World Cup Finals obviously contains some legendary names. Interestingly, though, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, only comes in at number four. Of course, his record of 12 goals in 14 appearances, including a hat-trick in the semi-final against France, at the age of 17, in 1958 is still quite special.

Nonetheless, in terms of total goals scored, Pelé is overshadowed by French forward Just Fontaine, who scored 13 times in just six appearances, including two hat-tricks, all at the 1958 World Cup. Better still, though, was German Gerd Müller, who scored 14 goals in 12 appearances at the World Cup Final and was, for a long time, the all-time leading goalscorer.

However, in 2006, Müller was succeeded by the Brazilian Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, or Ronaldo for short, who scored 15 goals in 19 appearances. Currently top of the list, though, is another German, Miroslav Klose, who was actually born in Poland, but moved to Germany to join his father, Josef, a German national, as a boy. In any event, Poland’s loss was Germany’s gain; Klose played at four consecutive World Cup finals, including in 2014, when Germany won and scored 16 goals in 24 appearances for his adopted country.


Who scored the first ever goal for England at the FIFA World Cup finals?

Who scored the first ever goal for England at the FIFA World Cup finals? Having joined the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 1906, the Football Association (FA) left, for the second time, in 1928, following a dispute over the definition of amateurism and did not rejoin until 1946. Consequently, England did not enter the FIFA World Cup in 1930, 1934 or 1938 and, with the competition cancelled in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II, was not invited to take part until 1950.

England qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, held in Brazil, by virtue of winning the 1949/50 Home Championship at the expense of Scotland, who also qualified, but withdrew from the competition. In Brazil, England was drawn in a first round group, or ‘pool’, consisting of Spain, Chile and the USA, with just the group winners to progress to the final round.

England started brightly enough, defeating Chile 2-0 at the do Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Blackpool centre forward Stanley ‘Stan’ Mortensen scored the first ever goal for England in the tournament proper just before half-time and Middlesbrough inside forward Wilfred ‘Wilf’ Mannion, a.k.a. ‘The Golden Boy’, added a second afterwards. Sadly, though, England did not score again, suffering a shock 1-0 defeat by the USA at Estádio Independência in Belo Horizonte and losing to Spain, by the same scoreline, back at Estádio do Maracanã in the final group match.

Biggest League Missteps in Recent Football History

Biggest League Missteps in Recent Football History

Most football fans will agree that the most contentious aspect of the sport is its intersection with big business. Even the Premier League, which has a reputation for defending the culture and artistry of football, now sees half its teams owned by foreign investment groups and individuals.

Slowly but surely, the greatest game is looking to be the subject of boardrooms. Even the latest slew of Premier League stadiums, from Etihad to the current construction of the City of Manchester Stadium, look at risk of being sterile, empty vessels of football as a business venture.

Still, this doesn’t mean the future of football has been compromised. The emphasis on revenue makes sense; at the end of the day, leagues need to make money in order to cater to fans, develop young players through academies, help provide resources to underrepresented teams, and shell out those big checks that attract star players to legacy teams.

But players today face immense challenges that the old guard of the 70s and 80s never contended with. First and foremost, fixture congestion is a huge issue for players, coaches, and team infrastructure. Players face higher rates of injury and burnout, while also dealing with time changes.

Second, there are transfer issues. A growing number of players and fans have brought into question the global trade market for players, which regularly sees players shipped off teams as far as the US’s MLS or China’s SuperLeague.

In both cases, big money seems to be behind fixture congestion, as leagues look to cash in on extra content and cross-continental trades, which clubs agree to for huge payouts from teams like the New York Red Bulls to Shanghai Shenhua.

For context, Ezequiel Lavezzi, a decent striker who spent most of his time in Ligue Un, raked in £798,000 per week after moving to Hebei China Fortune (which is a team, not a holdings group). Clearly, domestic leagues will need to reevaluate their business model with such changes in store for the global football industry.

However, not every idea hits the ground running; many crash and burn before seeing a rehashed model that fans will accept. And the European Super League is only one of many of football’s recent missteps.


The (Old and New) ESL

For decades to come, football fans will remember the two-day period when twelve clubs from the Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga attempted to launch a brand-new league of super-elite clubs. The ESL’s first draft was quickly torched, with multiple clubs issuing public apologies.

The proposed league was seen as a cash-grab that would see powerful teams only extend the gap in resources from smaller clubs around the continent. Though some were pleased to hear that FIFA wouldn’t be involved with the new project, the ESL was almost unanimously seen as being fueled by foreign interests in football as capital, rather than culture.

ESL fans, fear not! Multiple publications from around Europe have speculated that ESL executives will be back with a revamped proposal. Expected changes include an open format for other teams to join, as well as a more transparent financial plan that will address the growing issue of wealth gaps between clubs… though neither are expected to be enough to endear fans to the league.


Biggest League Missteps in Recent Football History

LaLiga North America

Back in 2018, La Liga raised brows of local fans, who wanted to know what potential the Spanish league saw in the North American market. LaLiga North America signed a 15-year deal with the US and Canada’s football-centric Relevent Sports group, which includes La Liga fixtures in both countries.

However, the partnership has since shifted to focus on the Mexican football market instead. Apparently, LaLiga has been facing trouble building its reputation in the US and Canada, and will now shift to develop its existing brand primarily in Mexico.


UEFA Europa Conference League

Like LaLiga North America, the UEFA Europa Conference League went ahead irregardless of early questions posed by fans. Despite clubs around the continent facing fixture congestion, UEFA launched a third-tier league for eligible clubs this year.

The formation was designed to make up for the cutting of 16 teams from the UEFA Europa League… which brings up the question of whether UEFA is actually trying to tackle fixture congestion issues. Though the league will help smaller clubs win invaluable prize money, it will bring hundreds of millions more for UEFA through broadcasting deals.

Some fans have proposed a UEFA Europa Conference scheme that prioritizes smaller countries that struggle to make it to the Champions or Europa Leagues, such as Iceland or Estonia. This could be a more desirable direction.


Which team has won the FA Cup most often?

Which team has won the FA Cup most often? In the history of the FA Cup, which dates back to the 1871/72 season, a total of 23 teams have won the hallowed trophy more than once. Arsenal currently lead the way with 14 wins, the most recent of which came in 2020, courtesy of a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the final, which was delayed until August, and played behind closed doors, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Gunners first won the FA Cup in 1929/30, having lost to Cardiff City on their first appearance in the final three seasons earlier. However, since the turn of twenty-first century they have won the FA Cup seven times, including back-to-back victories in 2001/02 and 2002/03, both at the Millenium Stadium, and in 2013/14 and 2014/15, both at the new Wembley Stadium.

Next best on the all-time list comes Manchester United, with a total of 12 wins between 1908/09 and 2015/16. Indeed, the Red Devils first won the FA Cup at Crystal Palace, 14 years before the first FA Cup final at the old Wembley Stadium in 1923. Their most recent victory came courtesy of a 2-1 win, after extra time, against Crystal Palace at the new Wembley Stadium. Days later, José Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as United manager.


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