Hey world. Sitting here reading some fun soccer facts, and thought I'd reach out to share with those of you who may be interested, but didn't know!
The World Cup of 1958 was the last one where the hosts reached the final and didn't win as Sweden lost to Brazil with 2-5. This was also the only time, a South American team won the World Cup on European ground. On the other hand, no European team ever won if the World Cup wasn't held in Europe.
The only other time a host reached the final and didn't win was in 1950 in Brazil. This however wasn't a final as all the others before or afterwards as this was the only time a final round was installed with four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, Spain) playing each other. Uruguay eventually won with 2 wins and 1 draw.
Since 1954 when Germany liftet the World Cup for the first time, they've been among the last 8 nations every single time. No other team has been that consistent. On 26 June 1954, the quarter-final match in Lausanne produced more goals than any match before or since, Austria beating Switzerland 7-5, despite the Swiss being 3:0 ahead at one stage. The record win however dates from 1982 when Hungary beat El Salvador 10:1 (the only double figure win in World Cup history).
Pretty interesting stuff, huh! Stay tuned for more cool facts.