Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FIFA World Cup Records, Statistics and Amazing facts

The FIFA World Cup is emulate only to the Olympics Games. Fifa world cup has followed by billion of people. After four years, this wonderful tournament is currently underway in Russia Like every sporting event, we have records, Statistics and interesting facts that adds character to the tournament, and the current football (Soccer) world cup in Russia is on course to breaking quite a few records.
In 84 years, 77 nations took part in the FIFA World Cup final rounds at least once and 12 teams had the rare opportunity of appearing in the grand final but only 8 countries had won the ultimate Title of Fifa world cup. Brazil on first position with 5 titles, followed by Italy with 4 and Germany with 3. Argentina and Uruguay have won two titles while England, France and Spain have won only one time. Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Hungary and Netherlands has appeared in finals but had failed to reach the pinnacle.
Mexico is the first country to host the World Cup twice in (1970, 1986). Later Italy (1934,1990), France (1938,1998), Germany (1974,2006) and Brazil (1950,2014) also joined as two-time hosts Nation. Estadio Azteca in Mexico City is the only stadium to have host two finals of fifa world cup. Out of the winners, only Brazil and Spain had failed to win on home soil while others have won at least once as the host nation.

FIFA World Cup Records, Statistics and Amazing facts

Most World Cup appearances (team)
Most World Cup games (team)
Most World Cup wins (team)
Most World Cup victories (player)
Cafu, Brazil (1990-2006)
Most World Cup titles (team)
Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Most World Cup runners-up (team)
Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002)
Most Finals (team)
Germany (4 won)
Most World Cup participations (Players)
Lothar Matthäus (1982-1998) & Antonio Carbajal (Mexico’s goalkeeper, 1950-1966)
Most World Cup titles (player)
Pelé (Brazil, 1958, 1962, 1970)
Most World Cup games contested (player)
Lothar Matthäus (1982-1998)
Most World Cup game minutes on the pitch (player)
Paolo Maldini (Italy, 1990-2002)
Most World Cup goals
Most World Cup goals in total (player)
Miroslav Klose (Germany, 2002-today)
Most World Cup goals in shortest time
Germany (4 goals in 6 minutes against Brazil 2014. Final score 7:1)
Most goals in a World Cup (team)
Hungary, 1954 (in 5 games)
Most goals in a World Cup (player)
Just Fontaine in 6 games (France, 1958)
Most goals in a game (player)
Oleg Salenko (Russia vs. Cameroon, 1994)
First World Cup Goal (player)
Lucien Laurent, France (in the game against Mexico after 19 minutes)
Youngest player in the game
17 years, 41 days
Norman Whiteside (Northern Ireland vs. Yugoslavia, 1982)
Youngest World Cup scorer
17 years
Pelé (Brazil, 1958)
Youngest world champion (player)
17 years
Pelé (Brazil, 1958)
Oldest player in the game
42 years, 39 days
Roger Milla (Cameroon vs. Russia, 1994)
The oldest world champion (player)
40 years
Dino Zoff (Italy, 1982)
World Cup match with most goals
7:5 (Austria vs. Switzerland, 1954)
Highest World Cup victory
Hungary vs. El Salvador, 1982
Fastest World Cup goal after kick off
11 seconds
Hakan Sukur (Turkey vs. South Korea, 2002)
Most World Cup minutes without conceding a goal (goalkeeper)
Walter Zenga (Italy, 1990)
Most World Cup participation (trainer)
Carlos Alberto Parreira (2 x with Brazil, 1 x Kuwait, 1 x UAE, 1 x Saudi Arabia, 1 x South Africa)
Most World Cup games (coach)
Helmut Schön (1966-1978)
Most World Cup victories (trainer)
Helmut Schön (1966-1978)
Most World Cup titles (trainer)
Vittorio Pozzo (Italy, 1934 and 1938)
World Cup titles (as player and coach)
Mário Zagallo (Brazil, 1958/1962 + 1970)
Youngest coach at World Cup
27 years
Juan José Tramutola (Argentina, 1930)
Oldest coach at World Cup
71 years
Otto Rehhagel (Greece, 2010)
First sending-off in World Cup history
Placido Galindo (Peru vs. Romania)
Most sending-offs in one game
Portugal vs. Netherlands, 2006 (4 second yellow cards, 2 per team)
Most yellow cards in one game
Germany vs. Cameroon, 2002 (14 yellow cards & 2 second yellow cards)
First penalty (scored)
19 July 1930
Manuel Rosas (Mexico vs. Argentina)
Fastest penalty in a match
1st minute
Final Germany vs. Netherlands, 1974 (Johann Neeskens took NL into the lead)
Most penalties awarded (team)
Spain (2 missed)
First Golden Goal
Laurent Blanc (second round, France vs. Paraguay)
First hat-trick (player)
Edmund Conen, Germany (in the game against Belgium, final result 5:2)
Most World Cup goals (team)
Most World Cup goals against (goalkeeper)
Antonio Carbajal, Mexico (in 11 games 1950-1966)
Most World Cup games without conceding a goal (goalkeeper)
Peter Shilton, England (1982-1990) & Fabien Barthez, France (1998-2010)
Most clean sheet games (team)
Most World Cup goals in the final
1958 Brazil vs. Sweden 5:2
Most World Cup defeats (team)
Mexico (in 53 games)
Longest World Cup winning streak (team)
11 games
Brazil (2002-2006)
Longest unbeaten run (team)
13 games
Brazil (1958-1966)
Longest losing streak (team)
9 games
Mexico (1930-1958)
Longest run without a victory (team)
16 games
Bulgaria (1962-1994)
Longest run without a goal (team)
5 games
Bolivia (1930-1994)
Most World Cup knockout games
Germany (32 won)
Most penalty shootouts (team)
Most won penalty shootouts
Germany (4 of 4)
Most lost penalty shootouts
England (lost 3 of 3), Italy (lost 3 of 4)
World Cup game with the fewest spectators
Romania vs. Peru, 1930
World Cup game with the most spectators
Brazil vs. Uruguay, 1950 (at the Maracana Stadium)
Largest average crowd per game
1994 World Cup in USA
Hosts who became world champions
Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934, England 1966, Germany 1974, Argentina 1978, France 1998
Hosts who were runners-up
Brazil in 1950, Sweden in 1958
Hosts that went out in the first round
South Africa 2010
Most frequent host
Brazil 1950, 2014
France 1938, 1998
Germany 1974, 2006
Italy 1934, 1990
Mexico 1970, 1986

Team Records

Brazil has played in all 20 tournaments. The ‘Selecao’ also along with Germany has taken part in 7 finals while Germany carries most number of top four finishes (12). Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil (1958, 1962) are the only nations to win consecutive titles. West Germany (1982-1990) and Brazil (1994-2002) had participated in 3 consecutive finals. Netherlands have played the most number of finals without a single title (3), while Mexico has the most World Cup appearances without a title (14). Scotland holds the significance of failing to go through to the second round a record 8 times. France has featured the largest variation on improvement and decline. After failing to qualify for the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, they went on to become the champions in 1998 but later was knocked out from the group stage in 2002. Italy holds the longest gap between successive titles (44 years, 1938-1982) while Argentina has a 48-year gap between successive finals (1930-1978).
.Brazil has most wins (68), Mexico has most losses (24) while Italy has contributed to most draws (21). Sweden and Brazil has the most World Cup meetings between the two sides (7).
Considering the fact that a match decided by a penalty shootout is a draw for both sides, Brazil has the most number of unbeaten tournaments (7) and England has faced the most eliminations without losing a single game (1982,1990,2006)..
Games between Hungary and South Korea in 1954 (9-0), Yugoslavia and Zaire in 1974 (9-0) and Hungary & El Salvador in 1982 (10-1) remain highest margins of victories. The encounter between Austria and Switzerland in 1954 produced 12 goals, highest in a single game as it ended 7-5.

Player Records          

The legendary Pele has the most titles (3) by any player. He was a part of winning teams in 1958, 1962 and 1970. The Brazilian skipper in 2002 Cafu is the only footballer to play in three consecutive World Cup finals. Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal (1950-1966), Lothar Matthaus (1982-1998) and Gianluigi Buffon (1998-2014) share the record for appearing in five World Cups. Matthaus has played most number of World Cup games (25) which includes his role as the leader in West Germany’s triumph in 1990. However, the veteran Italian defender Paolo Maldini has 2217 minutes of playing time during his World Cup career. Argentine icon Diego Maradona has most appearances as a captain. The winning captain in Mexico ’86, has played 16 games while leading his team. Mexican skipper Rafael Marquez owns the record for the most number of tournaments as captain (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014).
No captain has won two World Cup titles; in fact there are only four captains who have led their teams in two finals. Diego Maradona (1986 & 1990), Lothar Matthuas (1986 & 1990) and Dunga (1994 & 1998) led Argentina, West Germany and Brazil in two finals, winning one. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge of West Germany is the only captain to lose two World Cup finals (1982 & 1986).
Although Pele is the youngest goal scorer (17y 239d), the youngest to appear in a World Cup game was Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland (17y 41d). He made his debut against Yugoslavia in 1982. Oldest Player, Cameroonian footballer Roger Milla, at 42 years & 39 days turned up against Russia in 1994..
Brazilian striker Ronaldo and Miroslav Klose are equaled for the most career goals in the World Cup which stands at 15. They are followed by Gerd Muller with 14 goals. Just Fontaine of France scored 13 goals in 1958, most goals in a single tournament.
There are only 4 players who have scored two hat-tricks in their World Cup careers, Sandor Kocsis, Just Fontaine, Gerd Muller and Gabriel Batistuta. Both hat-tricks of Kocsis (1954), Just Fontaine (1958) and Gerd Muller (1970) came in the same tournament while Gabriel Batistuta is the only player to score hat-tricks in consecutive world cups (1994, 1998).

Coaching Records

Five coaches have reached the final on two occasions. Helmut Schon (1966 & 1974), Carlos Billardo (1986 & 1990), Franz Beckenbauer (1986 & 1990), Mario Zagallo (1970 & 1998) had guided their teams for two finals, winning one. Vittorio Pozzo is the only coach to win two titles where he mentored the Italians to victory in both 1934 and 1938.

Attendance Records

When Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950, the game between Uruguay and Brazil became the title decider as there was no official final according to the tournament format. The deciding encounter was played at the newly built Maracana and according to the records it was witnessed by 199,854 spectators, the largest attended football game in history. However the highest attended final was between Argentina and West Germany in 1986 at Estadio Azteca, played amidst a crowd of 114,600. The lowest attended game was between Romania and Peru in 1930 when mere 300 appeared. The highest average attendance per match occurred when USA hosted in 1994 which had an average attendance of nearly 69,000 per game. The tournament with the lowest average attendance was the 1934 edition with 23,000 spectators per game.