On Thursday 14th of June 2018, the “World’s most widely viewed sporting event”, The World Cup explodes on to the centre stage in Russia.

Whether you are a fan or not, this is a spectacle that is viewed by over 3.2 billion people around the globe. Not bad for a sport that had the humble beginnings as a military exercise dating back to the second and third centuries BC in China. The modern version of course has a history dating back to 1863 in England, when rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the Football Association in England was formed – becoming the sport’s first governing body.

For the enthusiasts, here are some interesting facts;

  • The World Cup has been played 20 times, Brazil holds the most titles with five. Italy and Germany are close behind with four each.
  • The oldest goal scorer in the World Cup was Roger Milla, who was 42 in 1994 when he scored a goal for Cameroon against Russia.
  • It is rumoured that India withdrew from the 1950 tournament as they were not allowed to play barefoot.
  • The highest scoring game in World Cup history was in 1954, when Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5.
  • The Italians have had the most number of draws in World Cup history with 21.
  • Mexico has the most World Cup losses (25), though they do also have 14 wins and 14 draws.
  • The most goals ever scored by one player in a World Cup match is an impressive five, by Oleg Salenko of Russia.

As a global PEO our focus is to support businesses in their global expansion ambitions and as they look to employ staff overseas. Portas Global can provide services in all the countries mentioned above but like many of you over the coming weeks the world will take on a more social focus as the “beautiful game” makes us feel just that little bit more patriotic regardless of where it is that we are in the world.

We wish the best of luck to all the nations that are participating.

Team – Portas Global

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