First Red Card

  • The red and yellow card system was not introduced until the 1970 World Cup. The first player to receive a red card was Chile’s Carlos Caszely in 1974 in a match against West Germany in the 67th minute.

First Goal

  • The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930. Many believed American Bart McGee scored the first goal in the World Cup, against Belgium in the 40th minute. But a dispute erupted and FIFA, soccer’s governing body, determined the first goal was scored by Frenchman Lucien Laurent in the 19th minute against Mexico on July 13, 1930.

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Red cards often cause controversy, but the controversy was huge regarding the decision to send off a French player at a semi-final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Who was sent off for "elbowing" Croatia's Slaven Bilic in the face?