Argentina and Uruguay have two titles each while England, France, and Spain have one title.
Within a year of its inception, this got slurred down to “Assoccer,” after the common practice of adding “-er” to nicknames at the time in Britain.
Very shortly after this, “Assoccer” became “Soccer,” which remained a semi-popular nickname for the sport in Britain until about a half century ago, along with just “Football.” The game initially spread throughout the world primarily known as “Football.” However, in countries where other forms of football already were dominate, the nickname “Soccer” was, and in some cases still is, the preferred name for this reason.
Teams ranked from 1st to 34th in Asia received bye whereas teams ranked from 35 to 46 will compete in first round.
Asian teams received bye: Iran, Japan, South Korea, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, Philippines, Maldives, Vietnam, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, North Korea, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Guam, Bangladesh.
Quick Fact 762: Frenchman Just Fontaine holds the record for most World Cup goals in one tournament from 1958 when he scored an astonishing 13 goals.
For reference, the top scorer in the history of the World Cup, Brazilian Ronaldo, scored a total of 15 times participating in four different World Cups.
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Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003.