• The biggest scoreline in the history of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers - and indeed in the history of international football - was recorded on 11 April 2001, when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0.
This legendary match also brought global renown for Archie Thompson, whose 13-goal haul set a new world record, which stands to this day, for an individual player in a single international match.
• The FIFA World Cup’s current 32-team format was adopted for the first time at France 1998.
It seems remarkable now, but just 13 teams contested the inaugural tournament in 1930, and the number scheduled to compete rose only slightly - to 16 - for the next ten editions.
Spain 1982 was the first 24-team World Cup, while Brazil 2014 will continue the recent tradition of beginning with eight groups of four. As always, though, there can only be one winner.
• Sweden’s Tore Keller is the oldest player to have scored a FIFA World Cup hat-trick, having done so at the age of 33.
The tall striker netted his record-breaking treble at France 1938, helping the Swedes clinch an emphatic 8-0 victory over Cuba at the Stade du Fort Carre in Antibes, in a match that also saw team-mate Gustav Wetterstrom also bag a three.
France proved to be a happy hunting ground for Keller, whose hat-trick heroics came a full 14 years after he had won bronze as a fresh-faced teenager at the 1924 Paris Olympics.