By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

It will be intriguing to see if “Jeopardy!” will add a category or two about the World Cup in honor of the World Cup. If the game show doesn’t, there is still plenty to talk about, and you don’t have to put your response in the form of a question.

First game: Mexico vs. France in Montevideo, Uruguay, on July 13, 1930. France won, 4–1.

First goal: By Lucien Laurent of France in the first half.

First multiple-goal game: By Andre Maschinot of France, as he scored twice in the opener.

First hat trick: By Guillermo Stabile of Argentina in a 6–3 victory over Mexico on July 19, 1930.

First penalty kick: By Mexico’s Manuel Rocquetas Rosas in the 38th minute of Argentina’s 6–3 win in 1930.

First penalty kick miss: By Argentina’s Fernando Paternoster in the 6–3 triumph over Mexico.

First tie: Italy 1, Spain 1 on May 31, 1934, in Florence, Italy.
First replay: Italy edged Spain, 1–0, on June 1, 1934, after the first tie.

First scoreless tie: Brazil 0, England 0 on June 11, 1958, in Stockholm, Sweden.

First own goal: By Ernst Loertscher for Switzerland vs. Germany on June 4, 1938, in Paris.

First yellow card: In Mexico’s scoreless tie with the Soviet Union on May 31, 1970.

First red card: Chile’s Carlos Caszely for kicking West Germany’s Berti Vogts (who coached Germany in the 1998 Cup) in the 67th minute in the Germans’ 1–0 win over Chile on June 14, 1970.

First ejection: Peru captain Mario de las Casas by Chilean referee Alberto Warken in a 3–1 loss to Romania on July 14, 1930.

First substitute: The Soviet Union’s Albert Shesterniev was replaced by Anatoly Pusatch at halftime in the 1970 opener, a scoreless tie with host Mexico on May 31.

First player to replace a substitute: Mexico’s Juan Basaguren, who replaced Salgado Lopez, who had replaced Garcia Borja in a 3–0 first-round victory over El Salvador on June 7, 1970.

First player to score as a substitute: Mexico’s Basaguren scored in the 83rd minute of that same game.

First substitution of a goalkeeper: Romania’s Steve Adamache had to come out after an injury in the 29th minute of a 3–2 loss to Brazil on June 10, 1970. He was replaced by Necula Raducanu.

First injury: To French goalkeeper Alex Thepot, who had to be replaced in his country’s 4–1 1930 opening victory ten minutes into the match after a Mexican player kicked him in the jaw. Augustin Chantrel, a midfielder, replaced him.

First player to score an extratime (overtime) goal: Austria’s Anton Schall, who tallied against France to break a 1–1 tie on May 27, 1934 en route to a 3–2 triumph. A number of observers felt Schall was offside. Years later, he agreed he probably was.

First player to score an extratime goal in a World Cup championship game:

Italy’s Angelo Schiavo, who scored against Czechoslovakia in the 95th minute of the 1934 final in a 2–1 win.

First final: Uruguay vs. Argentina on July 30, 1930 in Montevideo. Uruguay won, 4–2.

First televised game: Yugoslavia vs. France in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 16, 1954.

First time a goal was scored a minute or less into a match: By Emile Veinante of France, who scored forty seconds into the game of his country’s 3–1 victory over Belgium on June 5, 1938, in Paris.

First time penalty-kick tie-breakers were used: In 1982 as West Germany took on France. The teams were tied after extratime, 3–3, but Germany prevailed in the tie-breaker, 5–4.

First time a final was decided by a shootout:West Germany 1, Argentina 0 on July 8, 1990.

First World Cup mascot: World Cup Willie at the 1966 cup in England. It was a lion-like boy.

The teams that participated in the first World Cup (13): Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, United States, France, Mexico, Chile, Yugoslavia, Bolivia, Romania, Peru and Belgium.

First time a non-European or non-American country played: Egypt in 1934.

First time two CONCACAF countries qualified for the second round: In 1994, when the U.S. and Mexico accomplished that feat. In fact, CONCACAF teams had reached the second round or beyond only five times before – the U.S. (1930), Cuba (1938), Mexico (1970 and 1986, when it hosted the cup), and
Costa Rica (1990).

First time a player scored and was red-carded in the same match: Brazilian forward Garrincha, who accomplished that rare feat in the 1962 semifinals (he was, however, allowed to play in the championship match). It happened a second time during France ’98— South Korea’s Ha Seok-Ju duplicated the feat in a 3-1 loss to Mexico on June 13, 1998.

First time a player scored for two separate countries in World Cup finals: Robert Prosinecki. He scored for Yugoslavia against the United Arab Emirates at Italia ’90 and then for newly created Croatia vs. Jamaica at France ’98.

First time a coach was fired during a World Cup: Carlos Alberto Parreira by Saudi Arabia after it was eliminated after the second match of the three-game, first-round at France ’98 on June 18. As it turned out, Tunisia and South Korea quickly followed suit. Henri Kasperczak was dismissed by the African country after two defeats in two games on June 20, and Cha Bum-Kun was given his walking papers by Korea after two losses in as many games on June 22.

First time a team scored two goals in an official World Cup opening match: Brazil, which found the back of the net twice in a 2-1 victory over Scotland at France ’98. Every opening match ended either 1-0 or in a scoreless draw since FIFA decided to have one official opener in 1954.

First host team failing to reach the knockout round: South Africa.

First Middle Eastern country to host a World Cup: Qatar.