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Smile’s family, who came to support the Korean soccer team in Qatar, where the World Cup was held.The FIFA World Cup in 2010 will be a blast!In the world’s largest sporting event, the best soccer teams from around the world compete each year.The competition will be held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11 this year.The following are some fascinating details about the past and present tournaments:1.Zakumi is the name of the World Cup’s official mascot for 2010.Zakumi is a green-haired humanized leopard.The word “kumi” and the international abbreviation for South Africa (ZA) are combined in the name.The word “kumi” translates to “ten” in English from several African languages.The center of the South African flag also features the colors of the mascot—yellow and green.The most prestigious day in South Africa falls on Zakumi’s birthday:Day for YouthIn addition, the year 1994 marks the first non-racial national elections in South Africa.2.Just two World Cups will have been outside the Americas and Europe.The two exceptions were South Africa in 2010 and South Korea/Japan in 2002.3.South America and Europe have dominated the Event.In fact, the tournament has been won nine times by European nations and nine times by South American nations.It’s interesting to note that no European nation has ever won a World Cup outside of Europe.If you haven’t been living under a rock all your life, you probably already know that Brazil is one of the world’s soccer powerhouses.As a result, the country’s record-breaking five World Cup titles shouldn’t come as a surprise.However, Italy, which has four championships of its own, is close behind.The next team is Germany (West), which has won three World Cups.In the meantime, Argentina and Uruguay each have two championships.Lastly, Britain and France have each won the competition once.4.17 and 42 years old, respectively, were the youngest and oldest players.Norman Whiteside (Ireland), then just 17 years old and 41 days old when he played in the 1982 World Cup, was the youngest player.Meanwhile, Roger Milla (Cameroon) took the file in 1994 when he was 42 years old and 39 days old.5.A Frenchman was the World Cup’s leading scorer all time.In 1958, France’s Just Fontaine averaged just over two points per game and scored a whopping 13 points in the tournament.Sandor Kocsis of Hungary is the second all-time scorer.He scored 11 points in five games during the 1954 tournament, hungry for goals.Gerd Muller of West Germany ranks third among all-time top scorers.In six games in 1970, he scored 10 points.6.In each of the previous four World Cup finals, two players have scored.Intriguingly, the World Cups in which both players scored were the same.In the 1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970 finals, Brazil’s Pele and West Germany’s Uwe Seeler each scored.The 2010 Tournament will be a thrilling occasion as always.In addition to watching the thrilling soccer match, check the record books to see if any new records have been set.For nearly three years, Graeme has been writing articles.His current interest is barbecue cooking.