The ten biggest cards in the history of the World Cup


1. June 15, 1982: Hungary-El Salvador 10-1

The Hungarians took advantage of El Salvador’s defensive largesse to become the first team to score ten World Cup goals. In this group match played in Elche, Spain, Laszlo Kiss notably scored a hat-trick in seven minutes (70th, 73rd, 77th). On the Salvadoran side, Luis Ramirez Zapata remains to this day the only player from his country to have scored at a World Cup.

Nylasi and the Hungarians had fun against El Salvador at the World Cup in Spain in 1982. (Staedele/DPA Picture-Alliance/AFP)

Nylasi and the Hungarians had fun against El Salvador at the World Cup in Spain in 1982. (Staedele/DPA Picture-Alliance/AFP)

2. June 17, 1954: Hungary-South Korea 9-0

Hungary, favorites of the competition, pulverizes South Korea in the group stage. The inevitable Ferenc Puskas scores a double. In the wake of the galloping major, the Hungarians reach the final. In Bern, Germany, however rolled by the same opponent (3-8) a few days earlier, won to everyone’s surprise (3-2) and inflicted on Hungary its first defeat since 1950.

Jules Rimet, the initiator of the World Cup, salutes Ferenc Puskas, in 1954. (L'Équipe)

Jules Rimet, the initiator of the World Cup, salutes Ferenc Puskas, in 1954. (L’Équipe)

3. June 18, 1974: Yugoslavia-Zaire 9-0

Against the backdrop of disputes over bonuses not paid by General Mobutu’s regime, Zaire was ridiculed by Yugoslavia. After twenty minutes of play, led 3 to 0, the African team saw its titular goalkeeper give up his place. The coach, the Yugoslavian Blagoje Vidinic, is convinced that his player wishes to show his dissatisfaction in this way. The rest is just one long ordeal.

4. June 1, 2002: Germany-Saudi Arabia 8-0

For its first match in the competition, Rudi Völler’s Germany enjoys facing Saudi Arabia. Miroslav Klose scores a hat-trick. He will become four editions later the top scorer in history in the final stages (16 goals). Germany reached the final, beaten by Ronaldo’s Brazil (0-2).

5. June 12, 1938: Sweden-Cuba 8-0

A “Team of Steel”: This is how Carthe ancestor of The Team, recounts on its front page the great success of Sweden, in Antibes, against Cuba (8-0). Four goals per period are scored by the Swedes. Their journey will end in the semi-finals against Hungary (1-5).

The front page of L'Auto of June 13, 1938.

The front page of L’Auto of June 13, 1938.

6. July 2, 1950: Uruguay-Bolivia 8-0

Carried by a quintuplet from Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Uruguay, which had only one qualifying match to play to play in the final tournament (a pool of four teams), pulverized Bolivia. La Celeste also took advantage of Caparelli’s injury, leaving the Bolivians to play at ten for almost the entire second period (no replacements being possible). After a draw against Spain (2-2) and a victory against Sweden (3-2), Uruguay won against the hosts of the competition, Brazil (2-1), in what is not a final, but a decisive match for the title, his second in the World Cup

8. June 19, 1974: Haiti-Poland 0-7

Faced with the Haitian Cinderella, Poland won its second match of the first group stage in Munich. A hat-trick from his striker Andrzej Szarmach in particular allows him to qualify for the rest of the competition, another group of four. She finished second behind the FRG, which won the World Cup by dominating the Netherlands of Johan Cruyff. In the match for third place, Poland offers Brazil (1-0) and thus signs the best result in its history in a World Cup.

9. June 21, 2010: Portugal-North Korea 7-0

It seems incredible, but during this victory in the group stage against North Korea, Cristiano Ronaldo will end a two-year drought in official matches with his selection. The Real Madrid striker scores the sixth goal for the Seleçao managed by Carlos Queiroz. The Spanish neighbor, future winner, will end the Portuguese course in the round of 16 (1-0).

A bit lucky, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the sixth Portuguese goal in the big victory against South Korea (7-0) in 2010. (Mark Leech / Offside / Presse Sports)

A bit lucky, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the sixth Portuguese goal in the big victory against South Korea (7-0) in 2010. (Mark Leech / Offside / Presse Sports)

10. July 8, 2014: Brazil-Germany 1-7

Brazil already knew the trauma preventing it from triumphing at home (against Uruguay, in 1950). Sixty-four years later, it is Germany that comes to ridicule the Seleçao, deprived of Neymar. Müller, Klose, Khedira, Kroos and Schürrle (a double for the latter two) have fun breaking through the rear of the team led by Luiz Felipe Scolari. They will lift the trophy a few days later, at the expense of Argentina (1-0 ap).



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