3. More people watch the World Cup than the Super Bowl
Around 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. As a reference point, Super Bowl XLVIII had 167 million total worldwide viewers. Take your Super Bowl party and multiply it by 3.5. That's how big a deal the World Cup is.
Switzerland 1954 was the first World Cup to be televised. Sixteen years later, at Mexico 1970, the World Cup was televised across the globe and instant replays (!) were introduced.
South Africa 2010 was shown in every single country and territory on Earth, including Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, reached more than 3.2 billion in-home people – 46.4% of the world’s population -- and that’s not even counting the folks at bars, restaurants, and online.
4. 2014's host also owns the most World Cup victories
The tournament has been played every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, when it wasn't held because of the World War II. Only eight teams have won the tournament, with Brazil winning five; Italy claiming four; Germany three; Argentina and Uruguay two; and England, France, and Spain each winning one title apiece.