FIFA World Cup records

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This is a list of records of the FIFA World Cup and its qualification matches.

Contents

General statistics by tournament[edit]

Year Host Champion Winning coach Top scorer(s) Best player award[1][2]
1930  Uruguay  Uruguay Uruguay Alberto Suppici Argentina Guillermo Stábile (8) N/A
1934  Italy  Italy Italy Vittorio Pozzo Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý (5)
1938  France  Italy Italy Vittorio Pozzo Brazil Leônidas (7)
1950  Brazil  Uruguay Uruguay Juan López Brazil Ademir (8)
1954   Switzerland  West Germany West Germany Sepp Herberger Hungary Sándor Kocsis (11)
1958  Sweden  Brazil Brazil Vicente Feola France Just Fontaine (13)
1962  Chile  Brazil Brazil Aymoré Moreira Brazil Garrincha (4)
Brazil Vavá (4)
Chile Leonel Sánchez (4)
Hungary Flórián Albert (4)
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov (4)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković (4)
1966  England  England England Alf Ramsey Portugal Eusébio (9)
1970  Mexico  Brazil Brazil Mário Zagallo West Germany Gerd Müller (10)
1974  West Germany  West Germany West Germany Helmut Schön Poland Grzegorz Lato (7)
1978  Argentina  Argentina Argentina César Luis Menotti Argentina Mario Kempes (6)
1982  Spain  Italy Italy Enzo Bearzot Italy Paolo Rossi (6) Italy Paolo Rossi
1986  Mexico  Argentina Argentina Carlos Bilardo England Gary Lineker (6) Argentina Diego Maradona
1990  Italy  West Germany West Germany Franz Beckenbauer Italy Salvatore Schillaci (6) Italy Salvatore Schillaci
1994  United States  Brazil Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov (6)
Russia Oleg Salenko (6)
Brazil Romário
1998  France  France France Aimé Jacquet Croatia Davor Šuker (6) Brazil Ronaldo
2002  South Korea
 Japan
 Brazil Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari Brazil Ronaldo (8) Germany Oliver Kahn
2006  Germany  Italy Italy Marcello Lippi Germany Miroslav Klose (5) France Zinedine Zidane
2010  South Africa  Spain Spain Vicente del Bosque Germany Thomas Müller (5)
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder (5)
Spain David Villa (5)
Uruguay Diego Forlán (5)
Uruguay Diego Forlán
2014  Brazil  Germany Germany Joachim Löw Colombia James Rodríguez (6) Argentina Lionel Messi

Teams: tournament position[edit]

Teams having equal quantities in the tables below are ordered by the tournament the quantity was attained in (the teams that attained the quantity first are listed first). If the quantity was attained by more than one team in the same tournament, these teams are ordered alphabetically.

Most titles won[edit]

Rank Team Titles
1  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) 5
2  Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
 Germany (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
4
4  Uruguay (1930, 1950)
 Argentina (1978, 1986)
2
6  England (1966)
 France (1998)
 Spain (2010)
1

Bold: host.

Most finishes in the top two[edit]

Rank Team Finals
1  Germany (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2014) 8
2  Brazil (1950,[3] 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 1998, 2002) 7
3  Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) 6
4  Argentina (1930, 1978, 1986, 1990, 2014) 5
5  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010) 3
6  Uruguay (1930, 1950[3])
 Hungary (1938, 1954)
 Czechoslovakia[4] (1934, 1962)
 France (1998, 2006)
2
10  Sweden (1958)
 England (1966)
 Spain (2010)
1

Most finishes in the top three[edit]

Rank Team Top-three finishes
1  Germany (1934, 1954, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 12
2  Brazil (1938, 1950, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002) 9
3  Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1982, 1990, 1994, 2006) 7
4  Argentina (1930, 1978, 1986, 1990, 2014) 5
5  France (1958, 1986, 1998, 2006)
 Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010, 2014)
4
7  Sweden (1950, 1958, 1994) 3
8  Uruguay (1930, 1950)
 Hungary (1938, 1954)
 Czechoslovakia[4] (1934, 1962)
 Poland (1974, 1982)
2
12  United States (1930)[5]
 Austria (1954)
 Chile (1962)
 England (1966)
 Portugal (1966)
 Croatia (1998)
 Turkey (2002)
 Spain (2010)
1

Most finishes in the top four[edit]

Rank Team Top-four finishes
1  Germany (1934, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 13
2  Brazil (1938, 1950, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014) 11
3  Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994, 2006) 8
4  France (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006)
 Uruguay (1930, 1950, 1954, 1970, 2010)
 Argentina (1930, 1978, 1986, 1990, 2014)
 Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1998, 2010, 2014)
5
8  Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1994) 4
9  Austria (1934, 1954)
 Hungary (1938, 1954)
 Czechoslovakia[4] (1934, 1962)
 Yugoslavia[6] (1930, 1962)
 Poland (1974, 1982)
 England (1966, 1990)
 Portugal (1966, 2006)
 Spain (1950, 2010)
2
17  United States (1930)
 Chile (1962)
 Soviet Union (1966)
 Belgium (1986)
 Bulgaria (1994)
 Croatia (1998)
 South Korea (2002)
 Turkey (2002)
1
For a detailed list of top four appearances, see FIFA World Cup results

Most finishes in the top eight[edit]

Rank Team Top-eight finishes
1  Brazil[7] (1930, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
 Germany[7] (1934, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
17
3  England (1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006)
 Italy (1934, 1938, 1950, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006)
 Argentina (1930, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014)
10
6  France (1930, 1938, 1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2014) 8
7  Yugoslavia[6] (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990) 7
8  Sweden (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1974, 1994)
 Spain (1934, 1950, 1986, 1994, 2002, 2010)
 Uruguay (1930, 1950, 1954, 1966, 1970, 2010)
 Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2010, 2014)
6
12  Hungary (1934, 1938, 1954, 1962, 1966)
 Soviet Union (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982)
5
14   Switzerland (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954)
 Austria (1934, 1954, 1978, 1982)
 Czechoslovakia[4] (1934, 1938, 1962, 1990)
4
17  Poland (1974, 1978, 1982) 3
18  Chile (1930, 1962)
 Peru (1970, 1978)
 Mexico (1970, 1986)
 Romania (1930, 1994)
 United States (1930, 2002)
 Portugal (1966, 2006)
 Belgium (1986, 2014)
2
25  Cuba (1938)
 Northern Ireland (1958)
 Wales (1958)
 North Korea (1966)
 East Germany (1974)
 Cameroon (1990)
 Republic of Ireland (1990)
 Bulgaria (1994)
 Croatia (1998)
 Denmark (1998)
 Senegal (2002)
 South Korea (2002)
 Turkey (2002)
 Ukraine (2006)
 Ghana (2010)
 Paraguay (2010)
 Colombia (2014)
 Costa Rica (2014)
1

Most finishes in the top sixteen[edit]

Rank Team Top-sixteen finishes
1  Brazil (every tournament) 20
2  Germany (every tournament except 1930 and 1950, when they did not participate at all) 18
3  Italy (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) 16
4  Argentina (1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014)
 Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
15
6  England (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) 13
7  Spain (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010)
 France (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2014)
12
9  Belgium (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2014)
 Uruguay (1930, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2010, 2014)
11
11  Sweden (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1994, 2002, 2006)
 Netherlands (1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014)
10
13  Yugoslavia (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998)
  Switzerland (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2014)
9
15  Hungary (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982)
 Chile (1930, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1998, 2010, 2014)
8

Most World Cup appearances[edit]

For a detailed list, see National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup
Rank Team Appearances
1  Brazil 20
2  Germany[8]
 Italy
18
4  Argentina 16
5  Mexico 15
6  England
 France
 Spain
14
9  Belgium
 Uruguay
12
11  Serbia[9]
 Sweden
11
13  Netherlands
 Russia[10]
  Switzerland
 United States
10
17  Chile
 Czech Republic[4]
 Hungary
 South Korea
9
21  Paraguay
 Scotland
8
23  Austria
 Bulgaria
 Cameroon
 Poland
 Romania
7
28  Portugal 6
29  Colombia
 Japan
 Nigeria
5
32  Algeria
 Australia
 Costa Rica
 Croatia[6]
 Denmark
 Iran
 Morocco
 Peru
 Saudi Arabia
 Tunisia
4
42  Bolivia
 Ecuador
 Ghana
 Greece
 Honduras
 Ivory Coast
 Northern Ireland
 Norway
 Republic of Ireland
 South Africa
3
52  Egypt
 El Salvador
 New Zealand
 North Korea
 Slovenia[6]
 Turkey
2
58  Angola (2006)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014)
 Canada (1986)
 China PR (2002)
 Cuba (1938)
 Dutch East Indies[11] (1938)
 East Germany[8] (1974)
 Haiti (1974)
 Iraq (1986)
 Israel (1970)
 Jamaica (1998)
 Kuwait (1982)
 Senegal (2002)
 Slovakia[4] (2010)
 Togo (2006)
 Trinidad and Tobago (2006)
 Ukraine[10] (2006)
 United Arab Emirates (1990)
 Wales (1958)
 Zaire[12] (1974)
1

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive championships[edit]

Rank Team Consecutive championships
1  Brazil (1958–1962)
 Italy (1934–1938)
2

Most consecutive finishes in the top two[edit]

Rank Team Consecutive finishes in the top two
1  Brazil (1994–2002)
 Germany (1982–1990)
3
3  Argentina (1986–1990)
 Brazil (1958–1962)
 Italy (1934–1938)
 Netherlands (1974–1978)
2

Most consecutive finishes in the top three[edit]

Rank Team Consecutive finishes in the top three
1  Germany (2002–2014) 4
2  Brazil (1994–2002)
 Germany (1966–1974, 1982–1990)
3
4  Argentina (1986–1990)
 Italy (1934–1938, 1990–1994)
 Netherlands (1974–1978, 2010–2014)
2

Most consecutive finishes in the top four[edit]

Either Germany or Brazil has finished in the top four of every World Cup except 1930.

Rank Team Consecutive finishes in the top four
1  Germany (2002–2014) 4
2  Brazil (1970–1978, 1994–2002)
 Germany (1966–1974, 1982–1990)
3
4  Argentina (1986–1990)
 Brazil (1938–1950, 1958–1962)
 France (1982–1986)
 Germany (1954–1958)
 Italy (1934–1938, 1978–1982, 1990–1994)
 Netherlands (1974–1978, 2010–2014)
 Sweden (1938–1950)
 Uruguay (1950–1954)
2

Most consecutive finishes in the top eight[edit]

Rank Team Consecutive finishes in the top eight
1  Germany (1954–2014) 16
2  Brazil (1994–2014) 6
3  Soviet Union (1958–1970)
  Switzerland (1934–1954)
 Yugoslavia (1950–1962)
4
6  Argentina (2006–2014)
 England (1962–1970, 1982–1990)
 Italy (1934–1950, 1990–1998)
 Poland (1974–1982)
 Sweden (1934–1950)
3
11  Austria (1978–1982)
 Czechoslovakia[4] (1934–1938)
 Hungary (1934–1938, 1962–1966)
 Netherlands (1974–1978, 1994–1998, 2010–2014)
 Uruguay (1950–1954, 1966–1970)
2
Most consecutive finishes in the top sixteen
20,  Brazil (1930–2014)
Most consecutive appearances in the finals
20,  Brazil (1930–2014)
Most consecutive championships by a confederation
3, UEFA (2006–2014)
Biggest improvement in position in consecutive tournaments
  • Declined to participate, then champion:  Italy (1930–1934),  Uruguay (1938–1950)
  • Banned from participating, then champion:  West Germany (1950–1954)
  • Failed to qualify, then champion:  France (1994–1998)

Gaps[edit]

Longest gap between successive titles
44 years,  Italy (1938–1982)
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top two
48 years,  Argentina (1930–1978)
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top three
48 years,  Argentina (1930–1978)
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top four
60 years,  Spain (1950–2010)
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top eight
72 years,  United States (1930–2002)[13]
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top sixteen
60 years,  Norway (1938–1998)
Longest gap between successive appearances in the finals
56 years:  Egypt (1934–1990),  Norway (1938–1994)[14]

Host team[edit]

Best finish by host team
Champion:  Uruguay (1930),  Italy (1934),  England (1966),  West Germany (1974),  Argentina (1978),  France (1998)
Worst finish by host team
17th–32nd position (FIFA final ranking of 20th):  South Africa (2010)

Defending champion[edit]

Best finish by defending champion
Champion:  Italy (1938),  Brazil (1962)
Worst finish by defending champion
Did not participate:  Uruguay (1934)
Worst finish by defending champion which took part in subsequent finals
17th–32nd:  France (2002),  Italy (2010),  Spain (2014);
9th–16th:  Brazil (1966);
5th–13th:  Italy (1950).
All first-round exits, no quarter-finals in 1950, no round of 16 in 1966.

Debuting teams[edit]

Best finish by a debuting team
Champion:  Uruguay (1930),  Italy (1934)
Best finish by a debuting team after 1934
Third place:  Portugal (1966),  Croatia (1998)

Other[edit]

Most finishes in the top two without ever being champion
3,  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010).
Most finishes in the top three without ever being champion
4,  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010, 2014).
Most finishes in the top four without ever being champion
5,  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1998, 2010, 2014).
Most finishes in the top eight without ever being champion
7,  Yugoslavia (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990).[15]
Most finishes in the top sixteen without ever being champion
15,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990).
Most appearances without ever being champion
15,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990).
Most finishes in the top four without ever finishing in the top two
2,  Austria (1934, 1954),  Yugoslavia (1930, 1962),  Poland (1974, 1982),  Portugal (1966, 2006).
Most finishes in the top eight without ever finishing in the top two
7,  Yugoslavia (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990).[16]
Most finishes in the top sixteen without ever finishing in the top two
15,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990).
Most appearances without ever finishing in the top two
15,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990).
Most finishes in the top eight without ever finishing in the top four
4,   Switzerland (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954).[17]
Most finishes in the top sixteen without ever finishing in the top four
15,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990).
Most appearances without ever finishing in the top four
15,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990).
Most finishes in the top sixteen without ever finishing in the top eight
4,  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978).
Most appearances without ever finishing in the top eight
8,  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998).
Most appearances without ever finishing in the top sixteen
3,  South Africa (1998, 2002, 2010),  Ivory Coast (2006, 2010, 2014),  Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014).
Most played with tournament champion
6,  Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010),  Brazil (1938, 1950, 1978, 1982, 1998, 2014).
Most played with tournament champion or runners-up
11,  Brazil (1938, 1950, 1954, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014).
Most consecutive match between two teams
5,  Argentina vs  Italy (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990).
Titles in the most continents
 Brazil (Europe, 1958; Americas, 1962, 1970, 1994; Asia, 2002).
Won a title outside its own continent
[18]  Brazil (Europe, 1958; Asia, 2002),  Spain (Africa, 2010),  Germany (America, 2014).
Finals in the most continents
[19]  Brazil (Europe, Americas and Asia),  Germany (Europe, Americas and Asia),  Netherlands (Europe, America and Africa).
Most championships with each FIFA World Cup Trophy
Jules Rimet Cup:  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970);
FIFA World Cup:  Germany (1974, 1990, 2014).
Teams that overcame tournament champion
 Hungary, 1954 (8–3 vs  West Germany),  East Germany, 1974 (1–0 vs  West Germany),  Italy, 1978 (1–0 vs  Argentina),   Switzerland, 2010 (1–0 vs  Spain).
Most played final
3,  Argentina vs  Germany (1986, 1990, 2014).
Most played third place match
2,  Germany vs  Uruguay (1970, 2010).

Players: tournament position[edit]

Qualification: at least one appearance in each Finals tournament

Most championships[edit]

Player Nation Tournament Apps Games Apps Games App %
Pelé  Brazil 1958 4 6 12 18 67
1962 2 6
1970 6 6

Most finishes in the top two[edit]

Player Nation Tournament Apps Games Apps Games App %
Pierre Littbarski  West Germany 1982 7 7 18 21 86
1986 5 7
1990 6 7
Lothar Matthäus  West Germany 1982 2 7 16 21 76
1986 7 7
1990 7 7
Cafu  Brazil 1994 3 7 16 21 76
1998 6 7
2002 7 7
Pelé  Brazil 1958 4 6 12 18 67
1962 2 6
1970 6 6

Most finishes in the top three[edit]

Player Nation Tournament Apps Games Apps Games App %
Miroslav Klose  Germany 2002 7 7 24 28 85
2006 7 7
2010 5 7
2014 5 7

Most finishes in the top four[edit]

Player Nation Tournament Apps Games Apps Games App %
Miroslav Klose  Germany 2002 7 7 24 28 85
2006 7 7
2010 5 7
2014 5 7

Most finishes in the top eight[edit]

Player Nation Tournament Apps Games Apps Games App %
Lothar Matthäus  West Germany 1982 2 7 25 31 81
1986 7 7
1990 7 7
 Germany 1994 5 5
1998 4 5

Coaches: tournament position[edit]

Most championships
2, Vittorio Pozzo ( Italy, 1934, 1938).
Most finishes in the top two
2, Vittorio Pozzo ( Italy, 1934, 1938); Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966, 1974); Carlos Bilardo ( Argentina, 1986, 1990); Franz Beckenbauer ( West Germany, 1986, 1990); Mário Zagallo ( Brazil, 1970, 1998).
Most finishes in the top three
3, Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966, 1970, 1974).
Most finishes in the top four
3, Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966, 1970, 1974); Mário Zagallo ( Brazil, 1970, 1974, 1998); Luiz Felipe Scolari ( Brazil, 2002, 2014;  Portugal, 2006).
Most finishes in the top eight
4, Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978).

Teams: tournament progress[edit]

All time[edit]

Most appearances in the first round
20,  Brazil (every tournament)
Progressed from the first round the most times
17,  Germany (every tournament except 1930, 1938 and 1950),  Brazil (every tournament except 1930, 1934 and 1966)
Most appearances, always progressing from the first round
3,  Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002)[20]
Most appearances, never progressing from the first round
8,  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)[21]
Most appearances, never winning a match
3,  Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994),  Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014)

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive appearances in the first round
20,  Brazil (every tournament)
Most consecutive progressions from the first round
16,  Germany (1954–2014)
Most consecutive eliminations from the first round
5,  Mexico (1950–1966),  Scotland (1974–1990)
Most consecutive eliminations from the round of 16
6,  Mexico (1994–2014)
Most consecutive eliminations by the same team
3,  Argentina (eliminated by  Germany, 2006–2014)

Host team[edit]

Host team eliminated in the first round
 South Africa (2010)

Defending champion[edit]

Defending champion eliminated in the first round
 Italy (1950, 2010),  Brazil (1966),  France (2002),  Spain (2014)
Defending champion eliminated after the fewest number of games
2,  Italy (1950),  Spain (2014)

Teams: matches played and goals scored[edit]

All time[edit]

Most matches played
106,  Germany
Fewest matches played
1,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies)
Most wins
70,  Brazil
Most losses
25,  Mexico
Most draws
21,  Italy
Most matches played without a win or a draw
6,  El Salvador
Most matches played without a win
9,  Honduras
Most matches played until first win
17,  Bulgaria
Most goals scored
224,  Germany
Most hat-tricks scored
7,  Germany
Most goals conceded
121,  Germany
Most hat-tricks conceded
4,  Germany,  South Korea
Fewest goals scored
0,  Canada,  China PR,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies),  Trinidad and Tobago,  DR Congo (as  Zaire).
Fewest goals conceded
2,  Angola
Most matches played without scoring a goal
5,  Bolivia (517 minutes),  Honduras (511 minutes),  Algeria (506 minutes)[22]
Most matches played always conceding a goal
6,  El Salvador[23]
Highest average of goals scored per match
2.72,  Hungary
Top 5
# Team Average MP GS
1.  Hungary 2.72 32 87
2.  Brazil 2.13 104 221
3.  Germany 2.11 106 224
4.  Turkey 2.00 10 20
5.  France 1.80 59 106
Lowest average of goals conceded per match
0.67,  Angola
Top 5
# Team Average MP GC
1.  Angola 0.67 3 2
2.  Republic of Ireland 0.77 13 10
3.  Wales 0.80 5 4
4.  East Germany 0.83 6 5
5.  England 0.90 62 56
Highest average of goals conceded per match
6,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies)
Top 5
# Team Average MP GC
1.  Indonesia 6.00 1 6
2.  DR Congo 4.67 3 14
 Haiti 4.67 3 14
4.  Cuba 4.00 3 12
5.  El Salvador 3.67 6 22
 United Arab Emirates 3.67 3 11
Lowest average of goals both scored and conceded per match
1,  Angola
Top 5
# Team Average MP GS GC
1.  Angola 1.00 3 1 2
2.  Israel 1.33 3 1 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 1.33 3 0 4
4.  Republic of Ireland 1.54 13 10 10
5.  Wales 1.60 5 4 4
Highest average of goals both scored and conceded per match
6,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies)
Top 5
# Team Average MP GS GC
1.  Indonesia 6.00 1 0 6
2.  Cuba 5.67 3 5 12
3.  Haiti 5.33 3 2 14
4.  DR Congo 4.67 3 0 14
5.  Hungary 4.50 32 87 57
Most meetings between two teams
7 times,
 Brazil vs  Sweden (5–2–0) (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994),
 Germany ( West Germany) vs  Serbia ( Yugoslavia) (4–1–2) (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2010),
 Germany ( West Germany) vs  Argentina (4–2–1) (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2014);
in 1958 and 1990 all three pairings occurred
Most tournaments unbeaten
[24] 7,  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 2002)
Most tournaments eliminated without having lost a match
[24] 3,  England (1982, 1990,[25] 2006)
Most tournaments eliminated without having won a match
6,  Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978),  Bulgaria (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1998),  South Korea (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014)

In one tournament[edit]

Most wins
[26] 7,  Brazil, 2002.
Fewest wins, champions
3,  Uruguay, 1950 (out of 4).[27]
Most matches not won, champions
3,  Italy, 1982 (out of 7).
Most wins by non-champion (excluding third-place playoff)
[28] 6,  Netherlands, 2010.[29]
Most matches not won
[24] 5,  Yugoslavia, 1974;  Argentina, 1974;  West Germany, 1978;  Belgium, 1986;  Republic of Ireland, 1990;  Argentina, 1990.
Most matches not won in regulation time
6,  Belgium, 1986;  England, 1990.
Most matches played without scoring a goal
3,  Canada,  China PR,  Trinidad and Tobago,  DR Congo (as  Zaire).
Most losses
3 (28 teams, of which only  Mexico has accomplished this feat at three different tournaments: 1930, 1950 and 1978).
Most losses, champions
1,  West Germany, 1954 and 1974;  Argentina, 1978;  Spain, 2010.
Most victories over former World Cup winning teams
[24] 3,  Brazil, 1970;  Italy, 1982;  Argentina, 1986;  Germany, 2010 and 2014.[30]
Most victories over former World Cup winning teams, from never winning teams
[24] 2,  Yugoslavia, 1962;  Netherlands, 1974;  Poland, 1974;  Denmark, 1986;  Bulgaria, 1994;  Denmark, 2002;  Netherlands, 2010;  Costa Rica 2014;  Netherlands 2014.[31]
All matches won without extra time, replays, penalty shootouts or playoffs
 Uruguay, 1930 (4 matches),  Brazil, 1970 (6 matches) and  Brazil, 2002 (7 matches).
Highest finish without winning a match
[24] last eight  Republic of Ireland, 1990.
Highest finish, winning at most one match
[24] fourth  Sweden, 1938.[32]
Most goals scored
27,  Hungary, 1954.[33]
Fewest goals conceded
0,   Switzerland, 2006.[33]
Most goals conceded
16,  South Korea, 1954.[33]
Most minutes without conceding a goal
517 mins,  Italy, 1990.[33]
Highest goal difference
+17,  Hungary, 1954.[33]
Highest goal difference, champions
+14,  Brazil, 2002 and  Germany, 2014.[33]
Lowest goal difference
-16,  South Korea, 1954.[33]
Lowest goal difference, hosts
-3,  Brazil, 2014.
Lowest goal difference, champions
+6,  Italy, 1938 and 1982,  Spain, 2010.[33]
Highest average of goals scored per match
5.4,  Hungary, 1954.[33]
Highest average goal difference per match
+3.2,  Hungary, 1954.
Highest average goal difference per match, champions
+3.0,  Uruguay, 1930.
Most goals scored, champions
25,  West Germany, 1954.[33]
Fewest goals scored, champions
8,  Spain, 2010.[33]
Fewest goals scored, finalists
5,  Argentina, 1990.[33]
Fewest goals conceded, champions
2,  France, 1998;  Italy, 2006;  Spain, 2010.[33]
Most goals conceded, champions
14,  West Germany, 1954.[33]
Lowest average of goals scored per match, champions
1.14,  Spain, 2010.[33]
Most unbeaten teams
5 teams, 2006 (  Switzerland,  Argentina,  England,  France,  Italy).[24]
Fewest unbeaten teams
0 teams, 1954.
Most matches to qualify for World Cup Finals
20,  Uruguay, 2002 and 2010.

Teams: most consecutive goalscorers[edit]

Consecutive top goalscorers scoring at least 5 goals[edit]

# Team #
1  Germany (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 4
2  Brazil (1938, 1950),  Netherlands (1974, 1978) 2

Consecutive top goalscorers scoring at least 4 goals[edit]

# Team #
1  Italy (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002) 6
2  Germany (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014),  Hungary (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966) 4
3  Brazil (1994, 1998, 2002),  Soviet Union (1962, 1966, 1970) 3
4  Argentina (1994, 1998), (2010, 2014),  England (1986, 1990),  Netherlands (2010, 2014),  Spain (1986, 1990),  Uruguay (1950, 1954) 2

Consecutive top goalscorers scoring at least 3 goals[edit]

# Team #
1  Germany (1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 13
2  Italy (1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002) 7
3  Brazil (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 6

Consecutive top goalscorers scoring at least 2 goals[edit]

# Team #
1  Germany (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 16
2  Brazil (1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 12
3  Italy (1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) 8
4  Argentina (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998),  Spain (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) 7

All-time table[edit]

Giving three points per win and one for a draw for every World Cup. Brazil leads, Germany, Italy, Argentina and Spain by points.

Teams: overall performance (winning percentage)[edit]

In one tournament[edit]

All time[edit]

Best overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 Uruguay (1930) 4 4 0 0 100 15 3 +12 +3.0 3.8
 Brazil (1970) 6 6 0 0 100 19 7 +12 +2.0 3.2
 Brazil (2002) 7 7 0 0 100 18 4 +14 +2.0 2.6
 Italy (1938) 4 4* 0 0 100 11 5 +6 +1.5 2.8

* one of the wins was after extra time

Worst overall performance
Because a large number of teams have had lost all their matches in a world cup, only teams with a goal difference/match ≤ -4.0 are included.
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 South Korea (1954) 2 0 0 2 0 0 16 −16 −8.0 0.0
 Bolivia (1950) 1 0 0 1 0 0 8 −8 −8.0 0.0
 Dutch East Indies (1938) 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 −6 −6.0 0.0
 United States (1934) 1 0 0 1 0 1 7 −6 −6.0 1.0
 Zaire (1974) 3 0 0 3 0 0 14 −14 −4.7 0.0
 Saudi Arabia (2002) 3 0 0 3 0 0 12 −12 −4.0 0.0
 Bolivia (1930) 2 0 0 2 0 0 8 −8 −4.0 0.0
 Scotland (1954) 2 0 0 2 0 0 8 −8 −4.0 0.0
 El Salvador (1982) 3 0 0 3 0 1 13 −12 −4.0 0.3
 Haiti (1974) 3 0 0 3 0 2 14 −12 −4.0 0.7

Host team[edit]

Best overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 Uruguay (1930) 4 4 0 0 100 % 15 3 +12 +3.0 3.8
Worst overall performance

The following teams had a negative overall record as hosts:

Team Round reached Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 South Africa (2010) First (last 32) 3 1 1 1 50 % 3 5 −2 −0.67 1.00
 Spain (1982) Second (last 12) 5 1 2 2 40 % 4 5 −1 −0.20 0.80
 United States (1994) Second (last 16) 4 1 1 2 38 % 3 4 −1 −0.25 0.75

Defending champion[edit]

Best overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 Italy (1938) 4 4* 0 0 100 % 11 5 +6 +1.5 2.8

* one of the wins was after extra time

Worst overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 France (2002) 3 0 1 2 0 0 3 −3 −1.0 0.0

Champion[edit]

Best[neutrality is disputed] overall performance
 Uruguay (1930)
Worst[neutrality is disputed] overall performance
 Italy (1982)

Non-champion[edit]

Best overall performance
 Italy (1990)

Streaks[edit]

Most consecutive successful qualification attempts
20,  Brazil (1930–2014).
Most consecutive failed qualification attempts
19,  Luxembourg (1934–2014).
Most consecutive wins
11,  Brazil, from 2–1 vs Turkey (2002) to 3–0 vs Ghana (2006).
Most consecutive matches without a loss
13,  Brazil, from 3–0 vs Austria (1958) to 2–0 vs Bulgaria (1966).
Most consecutive losses
9,  Mexico, from 1–4 vs France (1930) to 0–3 vs Sweden (1958).
Most consecutive matches without a win
17,  Bulgaria, from 0–1 vs Argentina (1962) to 0–3 vs Nigeria (1994).
Most consecutive draws
5,  Belgium, from 0–0 vs Netherlands (1998) to 1–1 vs Tunisia (2002).
Most consecutive matches without a draw
16,  Portugal, from 3–1 vs Hungary (1966) to 1–0 vs Netherlands (2006).
Most consecutive Top-scoring team
3,  Germany (2006–2014).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least one goal
18,  Brazil (1930–1958),  Germany (1934–1958).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least two goals
11,  Uruguay (1930–1954).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least three / four goals
4,  Uruguay (1930–1950),  Hungary (1954) (four goals); also  Portugal (1966),  West Germany (1970),  Brazil (1970) (three goals).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least six / eight goals
2,  Hungary (1954) (eight goals); also  Brazil (1950) (six goals).
Most consecutive matches without scoring a goal
5,  Bolivia (1930–1994),  Algeria (1986–2014),  Honduras (1982–2014).
Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal (clean sheets)
5,  Italy (1990),   Switzerland (2006–2010).
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal
559,   Switzerland (1994, 2006–2010).[34][35]
Most consecutive matches conceding at least one goal
22,   Switzerland (1934–1994).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least two goals
9,  Mexico (1930–1958).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least three goals
5,  Mexico (1930–1950).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least four goals
3,  Bolivia (1930–1950),  Mexico (1930–1950).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least five / six / seven goals
2,  South Korea (1954) (seven goals); also  United States (1930–1934) (six goals); also  Austria (1954) (five goals).

Individual[edit]

For records regarding goalscoring, see Goalscoring; for records regarding goalkeeping, see Goalkeeping
Most tournaments played
5, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966), Lothar Matthäus ( Germany, 1982–1998).
See here for a list of players who have appeared in multiple FIFA World Cups
Most championships
3, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958, 1962 (only played in first two matches; medal awarded retroactively by FIFA in 2007[36]) and 1970).
See here for a list of players who have won multiple FIFA World Cups
Most medals
4, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most appearances in All-Star Team
3, Djalma Santos ( Brazil, 1954–1962), Franz Beckenbauer ( West Germany, 1966–1974), Philipp Lahm ( Germany, 2006–2014).
Most matches played, finals
25, Lothar Matthäus ( Germany, 1982–1998).
Most knockout games played, finals
14, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most minutes played, finals
2,217 minutes, Paolo Maldini ( Italy, 1990–2002).
Most matches played, qualifying
68, Iván Hurtado ( Ecuador, 1994–2010).
Most matches won
17, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most appearances in a World Cup final
3, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002).[37]
Most finals played with different teams
2, Luis Monti ( Argentina, 1930 and  Italy, 1934).
Most appearances as captain
16, Diego Maradona ( Argentina, 1986–1994).
Most tournaments as captain
4, Rafael Márquez ( Mexico, 2002–2014).[38]
Most appearances as substitute
11, Denílson ( Brazil, 1998–2002).
Youngest player
17 years and 41 days, Norman Whiteside ( Northern Ireland), vs Yugoslavia, 17 June 1982.
Youngest player, final
17 years and 249 days, Pele ( Brazil), vs Sweden, 29 June 1958.
Youngest player, qualifying match
13 years and 310 days, Souleymane Mamam ( Togo), vs Zambia, 6 May 2001, 2002 CAF Group 1.[39]
Youngest captain
21 years and 109 days, Tony Meola ( United States), vs Czechoslovakia, 10 June 1990.[40]
Oldest player
43 years and 3 days, Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia), vs Japan, 24 June 2014.
Oldest player, final
40 years and 133 days, Dino Zoff ( Italy), vs Germany, 11 July 1982.
Oldest player, qualifying match
46 years and 180 days, MacDonald Taylor, Sr. ( U.S. Virgin Islands), vs St. Kitts and Nevis, 18 February 2004, 2006 CONCACAF Prelim Group 4.[41]
Oldest captain
40 years and 292 days, Peter Shilton ( England), vs Italy, 7 July 1990.
Oldest player to debut in a World Cup finals tournament
39 years and 321 days, David James ( England), vs Algeria, 18 June 2010.
Largest age difference on the same team
24 years and 42 days, 1994,  Cameroon (Rigobert Song: 17 years and 358 days; Roger Milla: 42 years and 35 days).
Largest age difference on a champion team
21 years and 297 days, 1982,  Italy (Dino Zoff: 40 years and 133 days; Giuseppe Bergomi: 18 years and 201 days).
Longest period between World Cup finals appearances as a player
16 years, Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia, 1998–2014).
Longest span of World Cup finals appearances as a player
20 years, Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia, 1994–2014).
Longest period between World Cup finals appearances, overall
44 years, Tim ( Brazil, 1938, as a player; and  Peru, 1982, as coach).

Goalscoring[edit]

Individual[edit]

Most goals scored, overall finals
16, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
For a detailed list of the overall top goalscorers, see World Cup overall top goalscorers
Most goals scored, overall qualifying
35, Ali Daei ( Iran, 1994–2006).[42]
Most goals scored in a tournament
13, Just Fontaine ( France, 1958).
For a detailed list of top goalscorers in each tournament (Golden Boot winner), see Golden Boot
Most goals scored in a match
5, Oleg Salenko ( Russia), vs Cameroon, 1994.
Most goals scored in a lost match
4, Ernest Wilimowski ( Poland), vs Brazil, 1938.
Most goals scored in a qualifying match
13, Archie Thompson ( Australia), vs American Samoa, 2002 OFC Group 1.
Most goals scored in a final match
3, Geoff Hurst ( England), vs West Germany, 1966.
Most goals scored in all final matches
3, Vavá ( Brazil, 2 vs Sweden in 1958 & 1 vs Czechoslovakia in 1962), Pelé ( Brazil, 2 vs Sweden in 1958 & 1 vs Italy in 1970), Geoff Hurst ( England, 3 vs West Germany in 1966) and Zinedine Zidane ( France, 2 vs Brazil in 1998 & 1 vs Italy in 2006).
Scored goal(s) in multiple final matches
Vavá ( Brazil, 1958 & 1962), Pelé ( Brazil, 1958 & 1970), Paul Breitner ( Germany, 1974 & 1982) and Zinedine Zidane ( France, 1998 & 2006).
Most matches with at least one goal
11, Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006), Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most consecutive matches with at least one goal
6, Just Fontaine ( France, 1958) and Jairzinho ( Brazil, 1970).
Most matches with at least two goals
4, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954), Just Fontaine ( France, 1958), Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2010).
Most consecutive matches with at least two goals
4, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954).
Most hat-tricks
2, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954), Just Fontaine ( France, 1958), Gerd Müller ( West Germany, 1970) and Gabriel Batistuta ( Argentina, 1994 & 1998).
Most consecutive hat-tricks
2, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954) and Gerd Müller ( West Germany, 1970).
Fastest hat-trick & Most goals scored by a substitute in a match
8 minutes, László Kiss ( Hungary), scored at 69', 72' and 76', vs El Salvador, 15 June 1982.
Olympic Goals scored in a World Cup
1, Marcos Coll ( Colombia), vs  Soviet Union, 3 June 1962.
Hat-tricks from the penalty spot
Never occurred in the final tournament. Four times in qualification: Kubilay Türkyilmaz (  Switzerland), vs Faroe Islands, 7 October 2000, 2002 UEFA Group 1; Henrik Larsson ( Sweden), vs Moldova, 6 June 2001, 2002 UEFA Group 4; Ronaldo ( Brazil), vs Argentina, 2 June 2004, 2006 CONMEBOL; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ( Gabon), vs Niger, 15 June 2013, 2014 CAF Second Round Group E.
Scoring in every match of a team in a World Cup (at least three matches)
György Sárosi ( Hungary), 5 goals in 4 matches (1938),[43] Arne Nyberg, ( Sweden), 3 goals in 3 matches (1938),[44] Alcides Ghiggia ( Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950),[45] Just Fontaine ( France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958),[46] Omar Oreste Corbatta ( Argentina), 3 goals in 3 matches (1958),[47] Ferenc Bene ( Hungary), 4 goals in 4 matches (1966),[48] Jairzinho, ( Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970),[49] Teofilo Cubillas ( Peru), 5 goals in 4 matches (1970),[50] James Rodriguez ( Colombia), 6 goals in 5 matches (2014).[51]
Scoring in every match of a World Cup appeared
[52] Guillermo Stabile ( Argentina), 8 goals in 4 matches (1930) (Didn't play Argentina's first match against France. Despite losing the final, Stábile had made history in only four games, becoming the top scorer in the first ever FIFA World Cup. It turned out that he never played for Argentina again, and thus he scored in every game he played for his country, with an average of two goals per match.),[53] Leônidas da Silva ( Brazil), 7 goals in 4 matches (1938) (Didn't play match against Italy in semifinal. Brazil manager Adhemar Pimenta decided to rest him for the semi-final against Italy. The Italians won the game 2–1),[54] Ernst Wilimowski ( Poland), 4 goals in 1 matches (1938) (Wilimowski has the best goals-to-games ratio – 400 per cent – in FIFA World Cup history, and was the first player to score four times in Poland's 5–6 defeat to Brazil)[54]
Most tournaments with scoring on each appearance
2, György Sárosi ( Hungary, 1934–1938), (1 goal/1 match and 5/4) and Leônidas da Silva ( Brazil, 1934–1938), (1 goal/1 match and 7/4).[54]
Most tournaments with at least one goal
4, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958–1970), Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most tournaments with at least two goals
4, Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most tournaments with at least three goals
3, Jürgen Klinsmann ( Germany, 1990–1998), Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2010).
Most tournaments with at least four goals
3, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2010).
Most tournaments with at least five goals
2, Teófilo Cubillas ( Peru, 1970, 1978), Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2006) and Thomas Müller ( Germany, 2010–2014).
Longest period between a player's first and last goals
12 years, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958–1970), Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970), Diego Maradona ( Argentina, 1982–1994), Michael Laudrup ( Denmark, 1986–1998), Henrik Larsson ( Sweden, 1994–2006), Sami Al-Jaber ( Saudi Arabia, 1994–2006), Cuauhtémoc Blanco ( Mexico, 1998–2010), Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014) and Ivica Olić ( Croatia, 2002–2014).
Longest period between one goal and another
12 years, Michael Laudrup ( Denmark, 1986–1998) and Ivica Olić ( Croatia, 2002–2014).
Youngest goalscorer
17 years and 239 days, Pelé ( Brazil), vs Wales, 19 June 1958.
Youngest hat-trick scorer
17 years and 244 days, Pelé ( Brazil), vs France, 24 June 1958.
Youngest goalscorer, final
17 years and 249 days, Pelé ( Brazil), vs Sweden, 29 June 1958.
Oldest goalscorer
42 years and 39 days, Roger Milla ( Cameroon), vs Russia, 28 June 1994.
Oldest hat-trick scorer
33 years and 159 days, Tore Keller ( Sweden), vs Cuba, 12 June 1938.[55]
Oldest goalscorer, final
35 years, 263 days, Nils Liedholm ( Sweden), vs Brazil, 29 June 1958.
Most penalties scored (excluding during shootouts)
4, Eusébio ( Portugal, 4 in 1966), Rob Rensenbrink ( Netherlands, 4 in 1978) – both records for one tournament – and Gabriel Batistuta ( Argentina, 2 each in 1994 & 1998).
Most penalties missed (excluding during shootouts)
2, Asamoah Gyan ( Ghana), vs Czech Republic, 2006 and vs Uruguay, 2010.
Fastest goal from kickoff
11 seconds, Hakan Şükür ( Turkey), vs Korea Republic, 29 June 2002.
Fastest goal by a substitute
16 seconds, Ebbe Sand ( Denmark), vs Nigeria, 28 June 1998.
Fastest goal in a final
90 seconds, Johan Neeskens ( Netherlands), vs West Germany, 7 July 1974.
Fastest goal in a qualifying match
8 seconds, Davide Gualtieri ( San Marino), vs England, 17 November 1993, 1994 UEFA Group 2.
Fastest brace scored
69 seconds, Toni Kroos ( Germany), vs Brazil, 8 July 2014.
Latest goal from kickoff
121st minute, Alessandro Del Piero ( Italy), vs Germany, 4 July 2006 and Abdelmoumene Djabou ( Algeria), vs Germany, 30 June 2014.
Latest goal from kickoff in a final
120th minute, Geoff Hurst ( England), vs West Germany, 30 July 1966 (see "they think it's all over").
Latest goal from kickoff, with no goals scored between
119th minute, David Platt ( England), vs Belgium, 26 June 1990 and Fabio Grosso ( Italy), vs Germany, 4 July 2006.
Latest goal from kickoff in a final, with no goals scored between
116th minute, Andrés Iniesta ( Spain), vs Netherlands, 11 July 2010.

Team[edit]

Biggest margin of victory
9,  Hungary (9) vs  South Korea (0), 1954;  Yugoslavia (9) vs  Zaire (0), 1974;  Hungary (10) vs  El Salvador (1), 1982.
Biggest margin of victory, qualifying match
31,  Australia (31) vs  American Samoa (0), 11 April 2001, 2002 OFC Group 1.
Most goals scored in a match, one team
10,  Hungary, vs  El Salvador, 1982.
Most goals scored in a match, both teams
12,  Austria (7) vs   Switzerland (5), 1954.
Highest scoring draw
4–4,  England vs  Belgium (a.e.t.), 1954 and  Soviet Union vs  Colombia, 1962.
Largest deficit overcome in a win
3 goals,  Austria, 1954 (coming from 0–3 down to win 7–5 vs   Switzerland) and  Portugal, 1966 (coming from 0–3 down to win 5–3 vs  North Korea).
Largest deficit overcome in a draw
3 goals,  Colombia, 1962 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 4–4 vs  Soviet Union) and  Uruguay, 2002 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 3–3 vs  Senegal).
Most goals scored in extra time, both teams
5,  Italy (3) vs  West Germany (2), 1970.
Most goals scored in a semi-final, one team
7,  Germany, vs  Brazil, 2014.
Most goals scored in a semi-final, both teams
8,  Germany (7) vs  Brazil (1), 2014.
Most goals scored in a final, one team
5,  Brazil, vs  Sweden, 1958.
Most goals scored in a final, both teams
7,  Brazil (5) vs  Sweden (2), 1958.
Fewest goals scored in a final, both teams
0,  Brazil (0) vs  Italy (0), 1994.
Biggest margin of victory in a final
3,  Brazil (5) vs  Sweden (2), 1958;  Brazil (4) vs  Italy (1), 1970;  France (3) vs  Brazil (0) 1998.
Largest deficit overcome in a win in a final
2,  West Germany, 1954 (coming from 0–2 down to win 3–2 vs  Hungary).
Most goals in a tournament, one team
27,  Hungary, 1954.
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one match
7,  Yugoslavia, vs  Zaire, 1974 (Dušan Bajević, Dragan Džajić, Ivica Šurjak, Josip Katalinski, Vladislav Bogićević, Branko Oblak, Ilija Petković).
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one tournament
10,  France, 1982 (Gérard Soler, Bernard Genghini, Michel Platini, Didier Six, Maxime Bossis, Alain Giresse, Dominique Rocheteau, Marius Trésor, René Girard, Alain Couriol) and  Italy, 2006 (Andrea Pirlo, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Gilardino, Marco Materazzi, Filippo Inzaghi, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Zambrotta, Luca Toni, Fabio Grosso, Alessandro Del Piero).
Fewest individual goalscorers for one team, one tournament, champions
3,  Spain, 2010 (David Villa, Andrés Iniesta, Carles Puyol).
Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches
[56] +10:  Turkey (1954) – lost 1–4 to  West Germany, then won 7–0 over  South Korea; and  West Germany (1954) – lost 3–8 to  Hungary, then won 7–2 over  Turkey.
Largest goal difference worsening in consecutive matches
-12:  Sweden (1938) – won 8–0 over  Cuba, then lost 1–5 to  Hungary;  Turkey (1954) – won 7–0 over  South Korea, then lost 2–7 to  West Germany;  Hungary (1982) – won 10–1 over  El Salvador, then lost 1–4 to  Argentina.

Tournament[edit]

Most goals scored in a tournament
171 goals, 1998 and 2014.
Fewest goals scored in a tournament
70 goals, 1930 and 1934.
Most goals per match in a tournament
5.38 goals per match, 1954.
Fewest goals per match in a tournament
2.21 goals per match, 1990.
Most scorers in a tournament
121, 2014.
Most players scoring at least two goals in a tournament
37, 1998.
Most players scoring at least three goals in a tournament
21, 1954.
Most players scoring at least four goals in a tournament
11, 1954.
Most players scoring at least five goals in a tournament
6, 1994Hristo Stoichkov ( Bulgaria), Oleg Salenko ( Russia), Romário ( Brazil), Jürgen Klinsmann ( Germany), Roberto Baggio ( Italy) and Kennet Andersson ( Sweden).
Most players scoring at least six goals in a tournament
4, 1954Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary), Erich Probst ( Austria), Max Morlock ( West Germany) and Josef Hügi (  Switzerland).
Most players scoring at least seven goals in a tournament
2, 1970Gerd Müller ( West Germany) and Jairzinho ( Brazil).

Own goals[edit]

Most own goals in a tournament
6 own goals, 1998.
Most own goals in a match
2 own goals,  United States vs  Portugal, 2002 (Jorge Costa of Portugal and Jeff Agoos of USA).
Scoring for both teams in the same match
Ernie Brandts ( Netherlands), vs Italy, 1978 – own goal in the 18th minute, goal in the 50th minute.

Top-scoring teams by tournament[edit]

Teams listed in bold won the tournament. Fewer than half of all World Cup tournaments have been won by the highest scoring team.

Total and average goals[edit]

Year Teams Matches Goals Top scorer Average goals
1930 13 18 70 8 3.89
1934 16 17 70 5 4.12
1938 15 18 84 7 4.67
1950 13 22 88 9 4.00
1954 16 26 140 11 5.38
1958 16 35 126 13 3.60
1962 16 32 89 4 2.78
1966 16 32 89 9 2.78
1970 16 32 95 10 2.97
1974 16 38 97 7 2.55
1978 16 38 102 6 2.68
1982 24 52 146 6 2.81
1986 24 52 132 6 2.54
1990 24 52 115 6 2.21
1994 24 52 141 6 2.71
1998 32 64 171 6 2.67
2002 32 64 161 8 2.52
2006 32 64 147 5 2.30
2010 32 64 145 5 2.27
2014 32 64 171 6 2.67

Most and fewest in bold.

Goalkeeping[edit]

Most clean sheets (matches without conceding)
10, Peter Shilton ( England, 1982–1990) and Fabien Barthez ( France, 1998–2006).
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (finals)
517 mins (5 consecutive clean sheets), Walter Zenga ( Italy, 1990)
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (qualifying)
921 mins (9 consecutive clean sheets[57]), Richard Wilson ( New Zealand, 1982).
Most goals conceded
25, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1962) and Mohamed Al-Deayea ( Saudi Arabia, 1994–2002).
Most goals conceded, one tournament
16, Hong Duk-Yung ( South Korea, 1954).
Most goals conceded, one tournament, hosts
14, Júlio César ( Brazil, 2014).
Most goals conceded, one match
10, Luis Guevara Mora ( El Salvador), vs  Hungary, 1982.
Most shots saved, one match
16, Tim Howard ( United States), vs  Belgium, 2014.
Fewest goals conceded, one tournament, champions
2, Fabien Barthez ( France, 1998), Gianluigi Buffon ( Italy, 2006) and Iker Casillas ( Spain, 2010).
Fewest goals conceded, one tournament
0, Pascal Zuberbühler (  Switzerland, 2006).[58]
Most penalties saved, one tournament (excluding during shootouts)
2, Jan Tomaszewski ( Poland, 1974) and Brad Friedel ( United States, 2002).
Fewest goals conceded, penalty shootouts, one match
0, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy ( Ukraine), vs   Switzerland, 2006.

Coaching[edit]

Most matches coached
25, Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966–1978).
Most matches won
16, Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966–1978).
Most championships
2, Vittorio Pozzo ( Italy, 1934–1938).

(note that five coaches have reached the Final on two occasions: Vittorio Pozzo (Italy, 1934/1938),[59] Helmut Schön (Germany FR 1966/1974),[60] Mário Zagallo (Brazil 1970/1998),[61] Franz Beckenbauer (Germany FR, 1986/1990)[62] and Carlos Bilardo (Argentina, 1986/1990).[63] Only Vittorio Pozzo won both.)

Most tournaments
6, Carlos Alberto Parreira (1982, 1990–1998, 2006, 2010).
Most nations coached
5, Bora Milutinović ( Mexico, 1986;  Costa Rica, 1990;  United States, 1994;  Nigeria, 1998;  China PR, 2002) & Carlos Alberto Parreira ( Kuwait, 1982;  United Arab Emirates, 1990;  Brazil, 1994 & 2006;  Saudi Arabia, 1998;  South Africa, 2010)[64]
Most consecutive tournaments with same team
4, Walter Winterbottom ( England, 1950–1962); Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966–1978) (note that Sepp Herberger took Germany/West Germany to four tournaments (1938, 1954, 1958, 1962), omitting the 1950 competition from which Germany was banned; and Lajos Baroti took Hungary to four tournaments (1958, 1962, 1966, 1978), omitting the 1970 and 1974 competition, when Hungary failed to qualify).[65]
Most consecutive wins
11, Luiz Felipe Scolari ( Brazil, 2002, 7 wins;  Portugal, 2006, 4 wins – Portugal "won" its next match, the quarterfinal against England, by penalty kicks, which technically counts as a draw).
Most consecutive matches without a loss
12, Luiz Felipe Scolari ( Brazil, 2002, 7 matches;  Portugal, 2006, 5 matches).
Youngest coach
27 years and 267 days, Juan José Tramutola ( Argentina, 1930)
Oldest coach
71 years and 317 days, Otto Rehhagel ( Greece, 2010)
Quickest substitution made
4th minute, Cesare Maldini, Giuseppe Bergomi for Alessandro Nesta ( Italy), vs Austria, 1998; Sven-Göran Eriksson, Peter Crouch for Michael Owen ( England), vs Sweden, 2006.
Most championship wins as player and head coach
3, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970 as coach)[66]
Most final appearances as player and head coach
5, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970, 1974 & 1998 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966, 1970 & 1974 as player; 1986 & 1990 as coach); Berti Vogts,  West Germany (1970, 1974 & 1978 as player; 1994 & 1998 (Germany) as coach); Henri Michel,  France (1978 as player; 1986 (France), 1994 (Cameroon), 1998 (Morocco) & 2006 (Ivory Coast) as coach); Jürgen Klinsmann,  Germany (1990, 1994, 1998 as player; 2006 (Germany) & 2014 (United States) as coach), Hong Myung-bo,  South Korea (1990, 1994, 1998 & 2002 as player; 2014 as coach); Marc Wilmots,  Belgium (1990, 1994, 1998 & 2002[67] as a player; 2014 as coach)
Won tournaments as both player and head coach
Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1974 as player; 1990 as coach)
Most final match appearances as player and head coach
4, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970 & 1998 as coach);[61] Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966 & 1974 as player; 1986 & 1990 as coach)[62]
Won tournaments as both captain and head coach
Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1974 as captain; 1990 as coach)
Lost tournaments (final match) as both player and head coach
Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966 as player; 1986 as coach)[62]
First person ever to have had both roles – as player and coach
Milorad Arsenijevic, was the first person ever to have had both roles – as player for Yugoslavia in 1930 and later as coach in 1950.[68]
Coaches who have made it to the semi-finals with two different teams
Guus Hiddink and Luiz Felipe Scolari are the only two coaches to have made it to the semi-finals with two different teams. Dutchman Hiddink did so with the Netherlands in 1998 and Korea Republic in 2002. Scolari's record was with Brazil in 2002 (and later 2014) and Portugal in 2006.
A foreign coach has never managed a World Cup winning team. The nearest is West Germany, whose coach in 1974, Helmut Schön, was born in what became East Germany.

(note that Best performance of a team with a foreign trainer: The best any team has done with a foreign trainer was second place, reached by Sweden in 1958 with Englishman George Raynor,[69] and the Netherlands in 1978 with Ernst Happel[69] of Austria, whose co-trainer was Dutchman Jan Zwartkruis.)

Refereeing[edit]

Most tournaments
3 – John Langenus (Belgium Belgium, 1930–1938), Ivan Eklind (Sweden Sweden, 1934–1950), Benjamin Griffiths (Wales Wales, 1950–1958), Arthur Ellis (England England, 1950–1958), István Zsolt (Hungary Hungary, 1954–1962), Juan Gardeazábal (Spain Spain, 1958–1966), Arturo Yamasaki Maldonado (Peru Peru, 1962–1970), Kurt Tschenscher (Germany West Germany, 1966–1974),[70] Ramón Barreto (Uruguay Uruguay, 1970–1978), Nicolae Rainea (Romania Romania, 1974–1982), Erik Fredriksson (Sweden Sweden, 1982–1990), Jamal Al Sharif (Syria Syria, 1986–1994), Joël Quiniou (France France, 1986–1994), Ali Mohamed Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates, 1994–2002), Óscar Ruiz (Colombia Colombia, 2002–2010), Carlos Eugênio Simon (Brazil Brazil, 2002–2010), Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico Mexico, 2006–2014)
Most matches refereed, overall
9 – Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan Uzbekistan, 2010–2014)
Most matches refereed, one tournament
5 – Benito Archundia (Mexico Mexico, 2006), Horacio Elizondo (Argentina Argentina, 2006) and Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan Uzbekistan, 2010)
Youngest referee
24 years and 193 days – Juan Gardeazábal (Spain Spain, 1958)
Oldest referee
53 years and 236 days – George Reader (England England, 1950)

Discipline[edit]

Note: There are no official records for cautions issued in tournaments before the introduction of yellow cards in 1970.[71]

Fastest caution
first minute, Giampiero Marini ( Italy), vs  Poland, 1982; Sergei Gorlukovich ( Russia), vs  Sweden, 1994.
Fastest sending off
56 seconds, José Batista ( Uruguay), vs  Scotland, 1986.
Fastest sending off, qualification
37 seconds, Rashed Al Hooti ( Bahrain), vs  Iran, 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Latest caution
during penalty shootout: Edinho ( Brazil), vs  France, 1986; Carlos Roa ( Argentina), vs  England, 1998.
Latest sending off
after penalty shootout: Leandro Cufré ( Argentina), vs  Germany, 2006 (Cufré was red carded for kicking Per Mertesacker in an altercation following the match).
Sent off from the bench
Claudio Caniggia ( Argentina), vs  Sweden, 2002.
Most cards (all-time, player)
6, Zinedine Zidane ( France, 1998–2006) and Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006).
Most cautions (all-time, player)
6, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006).
Most sendings off (all-time, player)
2, Rigobert Song ( Cameroon, 1994 and 1998) and Zinedine Zidane ( France, 1998 and 2006).
Most sendings off (tournament)
28 (in 64 games), 2006.
Most sendings off (all-time, team)
11 (in 97 games),  Brazil.
Most sendings off (match, both teams)
4 (2 each),  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006 (also known as Battle of Nuremberg).
Most sendings off (final match)
2, Pedro Monzón & Gustavo Dezotti (both  Argentina), vs  West Germany, 1990.
Most cautions (tournament)
345 (in 64 matches), 2006.
Most cautions (all-time, team)
88 (in 64 games),  Argentina.
Most cautions (match, one team)
9,  Portugal, vs  Netherlands, 2006 and  Netherlands, vs  Spain, 2010.
Most cautions (match, both teams)
16,  Cameroon vs  Germany, 2002[72] and  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006.[73]
Most cautions (match, player)
3 (61', 90', 93') Josip Šimunić ( Croatia), vs  Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll).[74]
Most cautions (final match, both teams)
14,  Netherlands (9) vs  Spain (5), 2010.[75]
Most suspensions (tournament, player)
2, André Kana-Biyik ( Cameroon, 1990).[76]
Longest suspension (player, doping)
15 months, Diego Maradona ( Argentina), vs  Nigeria, 1994.[77]
Longest suspension (player, misconduct)
Longest suspension, qualifying

Host records[edit]

Most times hosted[edit]

# Country Host
1  Mexico (1970, 1986),  Italy (1934, 1990),  France (1938, 1998),  Germany (1974, 2006),  Brazil (1950, 2014) 2
6  Uruguay (1930),   Switzerland (1954),  Sweden (1958),  Chile (1962),  England (1966),  Argentina (1978),  Spain (1982),  United States (1994),  South Korea (2002),  Japan (2002),  South Africa (2010) 1

Best performance by host[edit]

Champions, 6 times:  Uruguay 1930,  Italy 1934,  England 1966,  West Germany 1974,  Argentina 1978,  France 1998

# Performance WC Team Pld W D L Win% GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
1 Champion 1930  Uruguay 4 4 0 0 100 % 15 3 12 3 3.8
2 Champion 1998  France 7 6 1 0 93 % 15 2 13 1.9 2.1
3 Champion 1966  England 6 5 1 0 92 % 11 3 8 1.3 1.8
4 Champion 1934  Italy 5 4 1 0 90 % 12 3 9 1.8 2.4
5 Champion 1974  Germany 7 6 0 1 86 % 13 4 9 1.3 1.9
6 Champion 1978  Argentina 7 5 1 1 79 % 15 4 9 1.3 2.1
7 Runners-up 1950  Brazil 6 4 1 1 75 % 22 6 16 2.7 3.7
8 Runners-up 1958  Sweden 6 4 1 1 75 % 12 7 5 0.8 2
9 Third place 1990  Italy 7 6 1 0 93 % 10 2 8 1.1 1.4
10 Third place 2006  Germany 7 5 1 1 79 % 14 6 8 1.1 2
11 Third place 1962  Chile 6 4 0 2 67 % 10 8 2 0.33 1.3
12 Fourth place 2014  Brazil 7 4 1 2 64 % 11 14 −3 −0.4 1.57
13 Fourth place 2002  South Korea 7 3 2 2 57 % 8 6 2 0.3 1.1
14 Quarter-final 1986  Mexico 5 3 2 0 80 % 6 2 4 0.8 1.2
15 Quarter-final 1970  Mexico 4 2 1 1 63 % 6 4 2 0.5 1.5
16 Quarter-final 1954   Switzerland 4 2 0 2 50 % 11 11 0 0 2.8
17 Quarter-final 1938  France 2 1 0 1 50 % 4 4 0 0 2
18 Second Round 1982  Spain 5 1 2 2 40 % 4 5 −1 −0.2 0.8
19 Round of 16 2002  Japan 4 2 1 1 63 % 5 3 2 0.5 1.25
20 Round of 16 1994  United States 4 1 1 2 38 % 3 4 −1 −0.3 0.8
21 Group stage 2010  South Africa 3 1 1 1 50 % 3 5 −2 −0.7 1
  • Win% → Every drew counted as a half win.

Worst performance by host[edit]

 South Africa in 2010 became the first host to be eliminated in the first round.[82] Two other hosts:  United States in 1994 and  Spain in 1982 both reached the second round but finished with a worse overall W–D–L record than  South Africa's, 1–1–1. However,  South Africa had a worse goal difference of −2 and both  United States and  Spain finished the first round with a goal difference of 0.

The largest defeat suffered by a host is Brazil 1–7 Germany in 2014 (tying the amount of goals against of Switzerland 5–7 Austria, 1954), and the 14 goals against in the whole campaign are also the most of a host team. Brazil in 2014 also has recorded the worst goal difference by a host at −3.

Attendance[edit]

Highest attendance in a match
173,850, Uruguay vs Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950.
Highest attendance in a final
173,850, Uruguay vs Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950.
Lowest attendance in a match
2,000, Chile vs France, 19 July 1930, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1930.
Highest attendance in a qualifying match
162,764, Brazil vs Colombia, 9 March 1977, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978 CONMEBOL Group 1.
Lowest attendance in a qualifying match
0, Costa Rica vs Panama, 26 March 2005, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San Juan de Tibás, San José, Costa Rica, 2006 CONCACAF Final Group.[83]
Highest average of attendance per match
68,991, 1994.
Highest attendance in a tournament
3,587,538, 1994.
Lowest average of attendance per match
20,872, 1938.
Lowest attendance in a tournament
363,000, 1934.

Total and average attendance[edit]

Year Matches Attendance
Total Average Lowest Highest
1930 18 590,549 32,808 CHI  FRA Round 1 2,000 URU  YUG Semi-finals 79,867
1934 17 363,000 21,353 GER  SWE Quarterfinals 3,000 ITA  TCH Final 55,000
1938 18 375,700 20,872 CUB  ROU
SWE  CUB
Round 1
Quarterfinals
7,000 FRA  ITA Quarterfinals 58,455
1950 22 1,045,246 47,511 SUI   MEX Round 1 3,580 URU  BRA Final round 173,850
1954 26 768,607 29,562 TUR  KOR Round 1 4,000 HUN  FRG Final 62,500
1958 35 819,810 23,423 WAL  HUN Round 1 2,823 BRA  URS Round 1 50,928
1962 32 893,172 27,912 ENG  BUL Round 1 5,700 BRA  CHI Semi-finals 76,594
1966 32 1,563,135 48,848 CHI  PRK Round 1 13,792 ENG  FRA Round 1 98,270
1970 32 1,603,975 50,124 SWE  ISR Round 1 9,624 MEX  BEL Round 1 108,192
1974 38 1,865,753 49,099 BUL  URU Round 1 13,400 FRG  CHI Round 1 81,100
1978 38 1,545,791 40,679 SCO  IRN Round 1 7,938 ARG  ITA Round 1 71,712
1982 52 2,109,723 40,572 PER  CMR Round 1 11,000 ARG  BEL Round 1 95,000
1986 52 2,394,031 46,039 HUN  CAN Round 1 13,800 ARG  FRG Final 114,600
1990 52 2,516,215 48,389 YUG  UAE Round 1 27,833 FRG  YUG Round 1 74,765
1994 52 3,587,538 68,991 NGA  BUL Round 1 44,132 BRA  ITA Final 94,194
1998 64 2,785,100 43,517 PAR  BUL Round 1 29,800 BRA  FRA Final 80,000
2002 64 2,705,197 42,269 ESP  PAR Round 1 24,000 GER  BRA Final 69,029
2006 64 3,359,439 52,491 IRN  ANG Round 1 38,000 GER  ARG Quarterfinals 72,000
2010 64 3,178,856 49,670 NZL  SVK Round 1 23,871 NED  ESP Final 84,490
2014 64 3,429,873 53,592 RUS  KOR Round 1 37,603 GER  ARG Final 74,738

Penalty shootouts[edit]

Most shootouts, team, all-time
5,  Argentina.
Most shootouts, team, tournament
2,  Argentina, 1990;  Spain, 2002;  Costa Rica, 2014;  Netherlands 2014.
Most shootouts, all teams, tournament
4, 1990, 2006, 2014.
Most wins, team, all-time
4,  Argentina,  Germany.
Most wins, team, tournament
2,  Argentina, 1990.
Most losses, team, all-time
3,  Italy,  England.
Most shootouts with 100% record (all won)
4,  Germany.[84]
Most shootouts with 0% record (all lost)
3,  England.[85]
Most shootouts, kicker, all-time
3, Roberto Baggio,  Italy (1990 semi-final, 1994 final, 1998 quarter final).
Most successful kicks, shootout, one team
5,  West Germany, 1982;  Belgium, 1986;  Republic of Ireland, 1990;  Sweden, 1994;  South Korea, 2002;  Italy, 2006;  Paraguay, 2010;  Costa Rica, 2014.
Most successful kicks, shootout, both teams
9,  West Germany vs  France, 1982;  Belgium vs  Spain, 1986;  Republic of Ireland vs  Romania, 1990;  Sweden vs  Romania, 1994.
Most successful kicks, team, all-time
17,  Argentina (in 5 shootouts),  Germany (in 4 shootouts).
Most kicks taken, shootout, both teams
12,  West Germany vs  France, 1982;  Sweden vs  Romania, 1994.
Fewest kicks taken, shootout, both teams
7,  West Germany vs  Mexico, 1986;  Ukraine vs   Switzerland, 2006.
Fewest kicks taken, shootout, one team
3,  Mexico, 1986;   Switzerland, 2006.
Most kicks taken, team, all-time
22,  Argentina (in 5 shootouts).
Most kicks taken, team, one tournament
10,  Costa Rica, 2014.
Most kicks missed, shootout, both teams
5,  Argentina vs  Yugoslavia, 1990;  Spain vs  Republic of Ireland, 2002;  Portugal vs  England, 2006;  Brazil vs  Chile, 2014.
Most kicks missed, team, all-time
7,  England (in 3 shootouts),  Italy (in 4 shootouts).
Fewest successful kicks, shootout, one team
0,   Switzerland vs  Ukraine, 2006.
Most saves, all-time
4, Sergio Goycochea ( Argentina), Harald Schumacher ( West Germany).
Most saves, tournament
4, Sergio Goycochea ( Argentina, 1990).
Most saves, shootout
3, Ricardo ( Portugal), vs  England, 2006; Oleksandr Shovkovskiy ( Ukraine), vs   Switzerland, 2006.

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup™ – Awards – adidas Golden Ball, FIFA.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  2. ^ FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Awards, RSSSF.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  3. ^ a b Technically, the 1950 FIFA World Cup had its final round in a group of 4, without a final match per se.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Czechoslovakia qualified eight times prior to being divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. FIFA considers both the Czech Republic and Slovakia as successor teams of Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time as a separate nation in 2006, with Slovakia doing the same in 2010.
  5. ^ There was no third place match in 1930; the United States are considered third for having a better retrospect than fellow semifinalist Yugoslavia.
  6. ^ a b c d The Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1930) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified eight times from 1930–1990 under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup by the secession of many of its constituent republics in 1992. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified once in 1998 under the name Yugoslavia, and Serbia and Montenegro qualified once in 2006 after a name change in 2003. All these teams are considered the predecessor of the current Serbia team by FIFA. The other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the original Yugoslavia – Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia – are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also compete separately after independence in 2006. In 2010, Serbia debuted at the FIFA World Cup with their own national team.
  7. ^ a b In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th places. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Brazil's 1930 and 1982 results drop out and Germany alone has the most top-eight finishes (17 vs. Brazil's 15).
  8. ^ a b Germany (since 1949 officially Federal Republic of Germany) is since 1904 represented by the same governing body (Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB)). After World War II and the division of Germany, the DFB was only re-admitted to FIFA after the 1950 WC, while Saar (until 1956) and East Germany (until 1990) fielded teams of their own before (re-)joining (West) Germany and the DFB in the German reunification. FIFA officially attributes all international results of the DFB team since 1908 to Germany, including the results of 1954–1990, when the team was often called West Germany.
  9. ^ participated until 1990 as a part of  Yugoslavia, and 1998–2006 as a part of  Serbia and Montenegro (FR Yugoslavia)
  10. ^ a b The Soviet Union qualified seven times prior to being dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  11. ^ now known as  Indonesia
  12. ^ now known as  DR Congo
  13. ^ For the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions, the FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine which teams finished in 5th to 8th places. These rankings place Paraguay 9th in 1930. If Paraguay is considered to have finished in the top eight in 1930 (due to finishing second in the first round group stage – see page 45) then Paraguay would have the biggest gap (1930–2010). The USA reached the final four in 1930, so its top-eight finish in that competition does not rely on the retrospective rankings.
  14. ^  Turkey had a gap of 12 tournaments, equal to that of Egypt and Norway, from 1954 to 2002.
  15. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th place. If these rankings are excluded Yugoslavia shares this record with  Sweden on 6 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1974, 1994).
  16. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th place. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Yugoslavia still holds this record (6).
  17. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th place. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Switzerland still holds this record (3).
  18. ^ The two Americas are separate confederations, but all tournaments in North America were won by South American teams (Brazil in 1970 and 1994, Argentina in 1986)
  19. ^ Counting North America and South America separatedly, Germany and Brazil have four regions, the Netherlands (Europe, South America and Africa) and Argentina (Europe, North and South America) have three.
  20. ^ All the other teams always progressing from the first round have only appeared in one tournament:  Cuba (1938),  Wales (1958),  East Germany (1974),  Senegal (2002),  Ukraine (excluding Soviet Union. 2006) and  Slovakia (excluding Czechoslovakia. 2010). Germany has never failed to advance from 14 first-round group phases, but lost its first-round knockout match in 1938
  21. ^ Other teams never progressing from the first round in at least two appearances are as follows: 4 appearances  Tunisia (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006),  Iran (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014); 3 appearances  Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994),  South Africa (1998, 2002, 2010),  Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014),  Ivory Coast (2006, 2010, 2014); 2 appearances  El Salvador (1970, 1982),  Egypt (1934, 1990),  New Zealand (1982, 2010) and  Slovenia (2002, 2010)
  22. ^ Algeria national football team
  23. ^ El Salvador only played 6 games at the World Cup, and in none of these games scored a goal. There have been longer streaks than 6 games where a team always conceded a goal : Switzerland from 1934 to 1994 (22), Mexico from 1930 to 1966 (16), Greece from 1994 to 2014 (7). Those teams ended their streak by eventually not conceding, which hasn't happened yet for El Salvador.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h A match decided by a penalty shootout is considered a draw for both sides
  25. ^ England did lose the third-place playoff in 1990, but had already been eliminated from any chance of winning the Championship.
  26. ^  France in 1998 had 6 match wins; the  Italy match is regarded as drawn although France progressed via penalties. In addition, France's win against  Paraguay happened after extra time, while Brazil won all their matches in regulation time.
  27. ^ Uruguay also qualified for the 1950 finals without playing a match as a result of withdrawals by other teams in South America
  28. ^  Poland in 1974 and  Italy in 1990 also won 6 matches, but one of them was the third-place playoff.
  29. ^  Netherlands also won all eight of their qualification matches.
  30. ^ Details as follows: Brazil in 1970 beat England (first round), Uruguay (semi-final) and Italy (final). Italy in 1982 beat Argentina (second group stage), Brazil (second group stage) and West Germany (final). Argentina in 1986 beat Uruguay (round of 16), England (quarter-final) and West Germany (final). Germany in 2010 beat England (round of 16), Argentina (quarter-final) and Uruguay (3rd/4th place match). Germany in 2014 beat France (quarter–final), Brazil (semi-final) and Argentina (final).
  31. ^ Details as follows: Yugoslavia in 1962 beat Uruguay (first round) and West Germany (quarterfinal). In 1974, the Netherlands beat Uruguay (first round) and Brazil (second group stage), while Poland beat Italy (first round) and Brazil (3rd/4th place match). Denmark in 1986 beat both West Germany and Uruguay in the group stage. Bulgaria in 1994 beat Argentina (group stage) and Germany (quarterfinals). Denmark in 2002 beat both Uruguay and France in the group stage. Netherlands in 2010 beat Brazil (quarterfinals) and Uruguay (semifinal). Costa Rica in 2014 beat Uruguay and Italy in the group stage. Netherlands in 2014 beat Spain (group stage) and Brazil (3rd/4th place match).
  32. ^ Sweden progressed to the last eight without playing a single match as a result of withdrawal by  Austria
  33. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Successful kicks in a penalty shootout are not counted as goals (but penalties scored in the normal course of play are counted)
  34. ^ Reeves, Nick (21 June 2010). "Chile fell 10-man Swiss to close in on last 16". Yahoo! News (Agence France-Presse). Retrieved 2010-06-21. "Small consolation but the Swiss set a new World Cup record of 559 minutes played without scoring a goal, to overtake Italy's mark of 550 minutes." [dead link]
  35. ^ "Attacking excellence, defensive distinction". FIFA World Cup (FIFA). 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-22. "9 hours and 19 minutes without conceding a goal enabled Switzerland to set a new and impressive FIFA World Cup record today. The Swiss, who started the day in third place behind Italy (550 minutes) and England (501), rose to the No1 position midway through the second half, but only had eight minutes to savour their new status. That was when Chile's Mark Gonzalez became the first player to score against the Helvetians since Spain's Txiki Beguiristain at USA 1994." 
  36. ^ "Pele and Greaves to get World Cup winners medals". The Guardian (London). 25 November 2007. 
  37. ^ Pelé, Lothar Matthäus, Pierre Littbarski and Ronaldo each appeared 3 times in the squads of the teams that reached the finals, but none of them played in all three games.
  38. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/players/player=178119/index.html
  39. ^ FIFA official records claimed he was born in 1987, but some sources claimed he was born in 1985, which would mean he was 15 years and 310 days old when he played the match.
  40. ^ According to RSSSF's 1994 World Cup page, Fuad Amin of Saudi Arabia would have been the youngest captain, at 21 years & 250 days in the 1994, but the source does not specify the match in which he was captain. It is listed that the starting captain was substituted in both the match against the Netherlands and the one against Sweden, in which Amin may have been given the armband on the captains' substitutions, but this information has not been verified. In any case, Meola still is the youngest starting captain, and players who received the captain's armband during the course of the match are generally not regarded as official captains.
  41. ^ According to "FIFA World Cup Superlatives: Players". A FIFA report, however, indicates that Taylor participated in another match after that date, again versus St. Kitts and Nevis, on 31 March 2004, breaking his own record. If the age listed in the "Superlatives" (PDF) file corresponds to the February match, then in accordance with the match report from March the actual record would be 46 years and 222 days.
  42. ^ Communications Division (27 July 2007). "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). Good to Know. FIFA. p. 42. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  43. ^ György Sárosi
  44. ^ 1938 FIFA World Cup
  45. ^ Alcides Ghiggia
  46. ^ Just Fontaine
  47. ^ Orestes Omar Corbatta
  48. ^ Ferenc Bene
  49. ^ Jairzinho
  50. ^ Teófilo Cubillas
  51. ^ James Rodriguez
  52. ^ Ferenc Puskás scored in all three games he played for Hungary in the 1954 World Cup; however, as part of the Spanish team in 1962, he went blank in the team's three games.
  53. ^ Stabile, the fleeting wonder
  54. ^ a b c 1938 FIFA World Cup France
  55. ^ Some sources such as RSSSF indicated that it was Harry Andersson but not Tore Keller who scored a hat-trick in that match. (link)
  56. ^ Matches within one tournament. Otherwise,  Hungary had a +11 swing between 2–4 vs  Italy in 1938 and 9–0 vs  South Korea in 1954; and again between 1–3 vs  France in 1978 and 10–1 vs  El Salvador in 1982; and likewise  Germany between 0–3 vs  Croatia in 1998 and 8–0 vs  Saudi Arabia in 2002.
  57. ^ 9 consecutive clean sheets, 5 of them away from home over 2 qualifying rounds against 5 different oppositions from 2 Confederations.
  58. ^ Zuberbühler kept goal throughout every minute of Switzerland's 4 matches. Other keepers have kept clean sheets only playing part of their team's matches: Velloso (Brazil, 1930, 1 match of 2); Pedro Benítez (Paraguay, 1930, 1 of 2); József Háda (Hungary, 1938, 1 of 4); Giuseppe Moro (Italy, 1950, 1 of 2); István Ilku (Hungary, 1958, 1 of 4); Lorenzo Buffon (Italy, 1962, 2 of 3); Rogelio Domínguez (Argentina, 1962, 1 of 3); Adán Godoy (Chile, 1962, 1 of 6); Antonio Carbajal (Mexico, 1966, 1 of 3); Horst Wolter (West Germany, 1970, 1 of 6); József Szendrei (Hungary, 1986, 1 of 3); Viktor Chanov (USSR, 1986, 1 of 4); Manuel Bento (Portugal, 1986, 1 of 3); Plamen Nikolov (Bulgaria, 1994, 45 mins of 7); Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria, 2002, 1 of 3); Rami Shaaban (Sweden, 2006, 1 of 4); Santiago Cañizares (Spain, 2006, 1 of 4); Pepe Reina (Spain, 2014, 1 of 3)
  59. ^ Vittorio Pozzo
  60. ^ Helmut Schön
  61. ^ a b Mário Zagallo
  62. ^ a b c Franz Beckenbauer
  63. ^ Carlos Bilardo
  64. ^ Carlos Alberto Parreira
  65. ^ Lajos Baroti
  66. ^ Zagallo was also an assistant coach when Brazil won in 1994.
  67. ^ Did not play in 1990, but had caps in all three subsequent tournaments.
  68. ^ Milorad Arsenijevic
  69. ^ a b George Raynor
  70. ^ Kurt Tschenscher
  71. ^ Chris Goodwin & Peter Young. "England's World Cup Final Tournament Player Disciplinary Records". Retrieved 2006-11-03. "records of player discipline prior to the advent of yellow and red cards may not be complete." 
  72. ^ 2002 Cameroon – Germany FIFA match report
  73. ^ 2006 Portugal – Netherlands match report
  74. ^ Šimunić was given three yellow cards in the match: the referee failed to send him off the pitch after the second yellow, and was only red carded after the third yellow. The original FIFA match report listed all three cautions, however was revised shortly after, with the second caution (90') not being recorded; it is unknown whether this was for consistency in the reports, or whether the caution was retrospectively overturned.
  75. ^ Fifield, Dominic (12 July 2010). "World Cup final: Beauty was rewarded in the end – Vicente del Bosque". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  76. ^ Biyik missed the team's second game after receiving a red card in the first; and then missed their fifth game after yellow cards in the third and fourth. Others, including Zinedine Zidane in 2006, have earned a second suspension in their team's final match of the tournament, not servable during the tournament.
  77. ^ Kerr, John H. (1997). Motivation and Emotion in Sport: reversal theory. Psychology Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-86377-500-4. 
  78. ^ "Luis Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  79. ^ Lewis, Michael (June–July 2002). "The difference makers: from a do-everything goaltender to a snakebit sniper to America's newest, greatest hope, these will be the most influential players at the World Cup – The 2002 World Cup". Soccer Digest. "Iraq's Barmeer [sic] Shaker was slapped with a one-year suspension for spitting at a referee in a loss to Belgium (1986)." 
  80. ^ "Banned for a year". The Toronto Star. 15 June 1986. p. E2. "Iraqi World Cup player Bameer [sic] Shaker has been banned for one year from international soccer for spitting at a referee." 
  81. ^ "FIFA lifts Rojas lifetime ban". CBC Sports. 30 April 2001. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  82. ^ Lucas, Ryan (22 June 2010). "South Africa beats France 2–1, but eliminated". The Associated Press. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  83. ^ Reuters. "Costa Rica fans banned after violence". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  84. ^ All the other teams with 100% records have only appeared in one shootout each: they are  Belgium,  Bulgaria,  Paraguay,  Portugal,  South Korea,  Sweden,  Ukraine and  Uruguay
  85. ^ Other teams with 0% records are  Mexico (2),  Romania (2),  Ghana (1),  Greece (1),  Japan (1),  Netherlands (1),   Switzerland (1) and  Yugoslavia (1)

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