How well do you remember previous World Cup opening games?

Who was heartbroken? Who set up a record? And who sang what?

The first World Cup, in Uruguay in 1930, began with two matches played simultaneously in Montevideo. France beat Mexico 4-1 in front of 4,444 spectators. What was the score in the other game?

France 2-1 Argentina

Uruguay 4-4 Argentina

Yugoslavia 0-6 Brazil

USA 3-0 Belgium

The second World Cup kicked off in Italy on 27 May 1934. How many matches were played that day?





What was unusual about the opening match of the 1938 tournament?

Four players were sent off

The winner of the fixture was decided in a replay

The reigning champions were knocked out

The referee had to be replaced at half-time as he was injured

Brazil beat Mexico 4-0 at the Maracanã in the opening match of the 1950 World Cup. Englishman George Reader was the referee that day. At which club did he become chairman after his refereeing career came to a close?

Leeds United

Norwich City

Manchester United


What do the 1966, 1970, 1974 and 1978 opening games have in common?

The home team lost

The home team had a man sent off

They finished 0-0

None of the teams in the opening games went on to reach the final

Who scored the winning goal of the opening game at Italia 90?

Diego Maradona

François Omam-Biyik

Roger Milla

Benjamin Massing

What song was Diana Ross singing (or lip-syncing) when she missed a penalty in the opening ceremony of the 1994 World Cup in USA?

Endless Love

I’m Coming Out

The Star-Spangled Banner


Who scored Brazil’s winning goal in the opening game of the 1998 World Cup?




Tom Boyd

Who scored the only goal of the opening game in 2002, when reigning champions France took on Senegal in Seoul?

Thierry Henry

El Hadji Diouf

David Trezeguet

Papa Bouba Diop

Miroslav Klose scored twice for Germany as the hosts thrashed Costa Rica 4-2 in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup. Klose is the all-time record goalscorer in the tournament – with how many goals?





6 and above.

Nice one

7 and above.

Nice one

8 and above.

Superb work

9 and above.

Superb work

10 and above.


4 and above.

Not bad

5 and above.

Not bad

3 and above.

Oh dear

2 and above.

Oh dear

1 and above.

Oh dear

0 and above.

Oh dear

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