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The cult French TV programme Téléfoot originated from a video game. Entitled Téléfoot Manager 99, it allowed players to manage teams and try to lead them to the top. It came out before Football Manager.
Pele is a football legend. Sadly, the technology we have today was not around during his fabled playing career, which began in 1956 and ended in 1977. The finest goal he ever scored was not captured on film and can only be seen in computer-generated images.
Brazil have not always played in yellow. The Seleção used to wear white shirts. But when they lost the final match of the 1950 World Cup to Uruguay at the Maracana, white became associated in the fans' eyes with defeat. It was after that shattering defeat that the Brazilian Football Federation adopted the famous yellow jersey with green trim, now synonymous with the most successful team in World Cup history.
The World Cup Trophy was once stolen! The theft came in 1966, while it was on display in London, England, which was hosting the tournament that year. Scotland Yard even received demands for a ransom. There was a happy ending though, with the trophy (known at the time as the Jules Rimet Trophy) being found undamaged in a bush. Phew!
One person in seven watched France beat Croatia in the last World Cup final. The global TV audience for the game was 1.12 billion people.
Our technical partner Marinette Pichon is the France women's team's all-time top scorer, with 81 goals in 122 appearances. Hot on her heels, however, is Eugénie Le Sommer, who has 80 goals and counting in 170 matches.