FIFA World Cup records

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

Contents

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) 4
3  Germany (1954, 1974, 1990) 3
4  Argentina (1978, 1986)
 Uruguay (1930, 1950)
2
6  England (1966)
 France (1998)
 Spain (2010)
1

Bold: host. Germany won as West Germany

Most second-place finishes[edit]

Rank Team Second-place finishes
1  Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002) 4
2  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010) 3
3  Argentina (1930, 1990)
 Brazil (1950, 1998)
 Czechoslovakia[1] (1934, 1962)
 Hungary (1938, 1954)
 Italy (1970, 1994)
2
8  France (2006)
 Sweden (1958)
1

Most finals reached[edit]

Rank Team Finals
1  Germany (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2014) 8
2  Brazil (1950,[2] 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  Czechoslovakia[1] (1934, 1962)
 France (1998, 2006)
 Hungary (1938, 1954)
 Uruguay (1930, 1950[2])
2
10  England (1966)
 Spain (2010)
 Sweden (1958)
1

Most third-place finishes[edit]

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

Most fourth-place finishes[edit]

Rank Team Fourth-place finishes
1  Uruguay (1954, 1970, 2010) 3
2  Brazil (1974, 2014)
 Yugoslavia[4] (1930, 1962)
2
4  Austria (1934)
 Belgium (1986)
 Bulgaria (1994)
 England (1990)
 France (1982)
 Germany (1958)
 Italy (1978)
 Netherlands (1998)
 Portugal (2006)
 South Korea (2002)
 Soviet Union (1966)
 Spain (1950)
 Sweden (1938)
1

Most 3rd–4th-place finishes[edit]

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

Most 5th–8th-place finishes[edit]

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

Most finishes in the top eight[edit]

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

Most finishes in the top ten[edit]

Rank Team Top-ten finishes
1  Brazil[7] (1930, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
 Germany[7] (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
18
3  Italy (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006) 14
4  Argentina (1930, 1934, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014) 13
5  England (1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) 11
6  Spain (1934, 1950, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2010) 10
7  France (1930, 1934, 1938, 1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2014) 9
8  Yugoslavia[4] (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998) 8
9  Netherlands (1934, 1974, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2010, 2014)
 Sweden (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1994)
7
11  Hungary (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966)
 Soviet Union (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986)
 Uruguay (1930, 1950, 1954, 1966, 1970, 2010)
6
14  Chile (1930, 1950, 1962, 2010, 2014) 5
15  Austria (1934, 1954, 1978, 1982)
 Belgium (1970, 1982, 1986, 2014)
 Czechoslovakia[1] (1934, 1938, 1962, 1990)
 Romania (1930, 1938, 1970, 1994)
  Switzerland (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954)
4
20  Denmark (1986, 1998, 2002)
 Mexico (1970, 1986, 2014)
 Peru (1930, 1970, 1978)
 Poland (1974, 1978, 1982)
 United States (1930, 1950, 2002)
3
25  Japan (2002, 2010)
 Northern Ireland (1958, 1982)
 Paraguay (1930, 2010)
 Portugal (1966, 2006)
 Turkey (1954, 2002)
2
30  Bulgaria (1994)
 Cameroon (1990)
 Colombia (2014)
 Costa Rica (2014)
 Croatia (1998)
 Cuba (1938)
 East Germany (1974)
 Ghana (2010)
 Nigeria (1994)
 North Korea (1966)
 Republic of Ireland (1990)
 Scotland (1974)
 Senegal (2002)
 South Korea (2002)
 Tunisia (1978)
 Ukraine (2006)
 Wales (1958)
1

Highest percentage of finishes in top ten[edit]

No Nation Top-ten finishes Appearances Top-ten %
1  Germany 18 18 100 %
2  Brazil 18 20 90 %
3  Italy 14 18 77 %
4  Argentina 13 16 81 %
5  England 11 14 78 %
6  Spain 10 14 71 %
7  France 9 14 64 %

Most 9th–16th-place finishes[edit]

Rank Team 9th–16th-place finishes
1  Mexico[8] (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) 13
2  Belgium (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1990, 1994, 2002) 9
3  Chile (1950, 1966, 1974, 1998, 2010, 2014)
 Italy (1954, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1986, 2002)
 Paraguay (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002)
 Spain (1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1990, 2006)
6
7  Argentina (1934, 1958, 1962, 1982, 1994)
 Bulgaria (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986)
 Romania (1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1998)
 Scotland (1958, 1962, 1974, 1978, 1982)
  Switzerland (1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2014)
 United States (1934, 1950, 1994, 2010, 2014)
 Uruguay (1962, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2014)
5
14  France (1934, 1954, 1966, 1978)
 Netherlands (1934, 1938, 1990, 2006)
 Sweden (1970, 1978, 2002, 2006)
4
17  Brazil (1934, 1966, 1990)
 Czechoslovakia[1] (1954, 1958, 1970)
 England (1958, 1998, 2010)
 Hungary (1958, 1978, 1982)
 Nigeria (1994, 1998, 2014)
3
22  Algeria (1982, 2014)
 Australia (1974, 2006)
 Bolivia (1930, 1950)
 Colombia (1962, 1990)
 Denmark (1986, 2002)
 Japan (2002, 2010)
 Morocco (1970, 1986)
 Norway (1938, 1998)
 Poland (1938, 1986)
 Republic of Ireland (1994, 2002)
 South Korea (1954, 2010)
 Yugoslavia (1982, 1998)
2
34  Austria (1958)
 Costa Rica (1990)
 Dutch East Indies[9] (1938)
 Ecuador (2006)
 Egypt (1934)
 El Salvador (1970)
 Germany (1938)
 Ghana (2006)
 Greece (2014)
 Haiti (1974)
 Iran (1978)
 Israel (1970)
 Northern Ireland (1982)
 Peru (1930)
 Portugal (2010)
 Saudi Arabia (1994)
 Slovakia (2010)
 Soviet Union (1986)
 Tunisia (1978)
 Turkey (1954)
 Zaire[10] (1974)
1

Most finishes in the top sixteen[edit]

Rank Team Top-sixteen finishes
1  Brazil 20
2  Germany 18
3  Italy 16
4  Argentina
 Mexico
15
6  England 13
7  France
 Spain
12
9  Belgium
 Uruguay
11
11  Netherlands
 Sweden
10
13   Switzerland
 Yugoslavia
9
15  Chile
 Hungary
8

Most 17th–32nd-place finishes[edit]

Rank Team 17th–32nd-place finishes
1  Cameroon (1982, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014)
 South Korea (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2014)
6
3  Russia (1990 (as  Soviet Union), 1994, 2002, 2014) 4
4  Croatia (2002, 2006, 2014)
 Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014)
 Iran (1998, 2006, 2014)
 Ivory Coast (2006, 2010, 2014)
 Japan (1998, 2006, 2014)
 Portugal (1986, 2002, 2014)
 Saudi Arabia (1998, 2002, 2006)
 Scotland (1986, 1990, 1998)
 South Africa (1998, 2002, 2010)
 Tunisia (1998, 2002, 2006)
 United States (1990, 1998, 2006)
3
15  Algeria (1986, 2010)
 Australia (2010, 2014)
 Austria (1990, 1998)
 Colombia (1994, 1998)
 Costa Rica (2002, 2006)
 Czech Republic[1] (1982, 2006)
 Ecuador (2002, 2014)
 France (2002, 2010)
 Greece (1994, 2010)
 Italy (2010, 2014)
 Morocco (1994, 1998)
 New Zealand (1982, 2010)
 Nigeria (2002, 2010)
 Poland (2002, 2006)
 Serbia[11] (2006, 2010)
 Slovenia (2002, 2010)
 Spain (1998, 2014)
2
32  Angola (2006)
 Argentina (2002)
 Belgium (1998)
 Bolivia (1994)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014)
 Bulgaria (1998)
 Canada (1986)
 Chile (1982)
 China PR (2002)
 Denmark (2010)
 Egypt (1990)
 El Salvador (1982)
 England (2014)
 Ghana (2014)
 Hungary (1986)
 Iraq (1986)
 Jamaica (1998)
 Kuwait (1982)
 North Korea (2010)
 Northern Ireland (1986)
 Norway (1994)
 Paraguay (2006)
 Peru (1982)
  Switzerland (2010)
 Togo (2006)
 Trinidad and Tobago (2006)
 United Arab Emirates (1990)
 Uruguay (2002)
1

Most 25th–32nd-place finishes[edit]

Rank Team 25th–32nd-place finishes
1  Cameroon (1998, 2010, 2014)
 Japan (1998, 2006, 2014)
 Saudi Arabia (1998, 2002, 2006)
3
4  France (2002, 2010)
 Honduras (2010, 2014)
 Iran (2006, 2014)
 Nigeria (2002, 2010)
 South Korea (1998, 2014)
 Tunisia (1998, 2002)
 United States (1998, 2006)
2
11  Algeria (2010)
 Australia (2014)
 Bulgaria (1998)
 China PR (2002)
 Costa Rica (2006)
 England (2014)
 Ghana (2014)
 Greece (2010)
 Italy (2010)
 North Korea (2010)
 Poland (2002)
 Scotland (1998)
 Serbia[12] (2006)
 Slovenia (2002)
 Togo (2006)
 Trinidad and Tobago (2006)
 Uruguay (2002)
1

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[13]
 Italy
18
4  Argentina 16
5  Mexico 15
6  England
 France
 Spain
14
9  Belgium
 Uruguay
12
11  Serbia[14]
 Sweden
11
13  Netherlands
 Russia[15]
  Switzerland
 United States
10
17  Chile
 Czech Republic[1]
 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[4]
 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[4]
 Turkey
2
58  Angola (2006)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014)
 Canada (1986)
 China PR (2002)
 Cuba (1938)
 Dutch East Indies[9] (1938)
 East Germany[13] (1974)
 Haiti (1974)
 Iraq (1986)
 Israel (1970)
 Jamaica (1998)
 Kuwait (1982)
 Senegal (2002)
 Slovakia[1] (2010)
 Togo (2006)
 Trinidad and Tobago (2006)
 Ukraine[15] (2006)
 United Arab Emirates (1990)
 Wales (1958)
 Zaire[10] (1974)
1

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive championships[edit]

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

Most consecutive Runner-ups finishes[edit]

Rank Team Consecutive Runner-ups
1  Germany (1982–1986)
 Netherlands (1974–1978)
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 third-place finishes[edit]

2,  Germany (2006–2010)

Most consecutive 2nd–3rd-place finishes[edit]

3,  Germany (2002–2010)

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 fourth-place finishes[edit]

No team has finished 4th in two consecutive tournaments.

Most consecutive 3rd–4th-place finishes[edit]

2,  Brazil (1974–1978),  France (1982–1986),  Germany (2006–2010),  Sweden (1938–1950)

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) 3
3  Argentina (1986–1990)
 France (1982–1986)
 Italy (1934–1938, 1978–1982, 1990–1994)
 Netherlands (1974–1978, 2010–2014)
 Sweden (1938–1950)
 Uruguay (1950–1954)
2

Most consecutive 5th–8th-place finishes[edit]

4,   Switzerland (1934–1954)[16]

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[1] (1934–1938)
 Hungary (1934–1938), (1962–1966)
 Netherlands (1974–1978), (1994–1998), (2010–2014)
 Uruguay (1950–1954), (1966–1970)
2
Most consecutive 9th–16th-place finishes
6,  Mexico (1994–2014)
Most consecutive finishes in the top sixteen
20,  Brazil (1930–2014)
Most consecutive 17th–32nd-place finishes
4,  South Korea (1986–1998)
Most consecutive 25th–32nd-place finishes
3,  Saudi Arabia (1998–2006)
Most consecutive appearances in the finals
20,  Brazil (1930–2014)
Most consecutive Runner-ups finishes by a confederation
9, UEFA (1954–1986)
Most consecutive third-place finishes by a confederation
9, UEFA (1982–2014)
Most consecutive all top three teams by a confederation
2, UEFA (2006–2010)
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)[17]
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)[18]

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),  West Germany (1954)
Best finish by a debuting team after 1954
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)[19]
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)[20]
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)[21]
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),  Russia (1994, 2002, 2014)
Most played with tournament champion
6,  Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010)
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)
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 19+? 28  ?
2006 7 7
2010 5 7
2014  ? 7

Most finishes in the top four[edit]

Player Nation Tournament Apps Games Apps Games App %
Miroslav Klose  Germany 2002 7 7 19+? 28  ?
2006 7 7
2010 5 7
2014  ? 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)[22]
Most appearances, never progressing from the first round
8,  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)[23]
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)

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
105,  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
223,  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).
Most matches played without scoring a goal
5,  Bolivia (517 minutes),  Honduras (511 minutes),  Algeria (506 minutes)[24]
Most matches played always conceding a goal
6,  El Salvador
Highest average of goals scored per match
2.72,  Hungary
Fewest number of goals conceded
2,  Angola
Lowest average of goals conceded per match
0.67,  Angola (2 goals in 3 matches)[25]
Highest average of goals conceded per match
6,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies)
Lowest average of goals both scored and conceded per match
1,  Angola
Highest average of goals both scored and conceded per match
6,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies)
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 (3–2–1) (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2014);
in 1958 and 1990 all three pairings occurred
Most meetings between two teams, final match
3 times,  Argentina vs  Germany (1986, 1990, 2014)
Most tournaments unbeaten
[26] 7,  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 2002)
Most tournaments eliminated without having lost a match
[26] 3,  England (1982, 1990,[27] 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
[28] 7,  Brazil, 2002
Fewest wins, champions
3,  Uruguay, 1950 (out of 4)[29]
Most matches not won, champions
3,  Italy, 1982 (out of 7)
Most wins by non-champion (excluding third-place playoff)
[30] 6,  Netherlands, 2010[31]
Most matches not won
[26] 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 and  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
[26] 3,  Brazil (1970),  Italy (1982),  Argentina (1986),  Germany (2010).[32]
Most victories over former World Cup winning teams, from never winning teams
[26] 2,  Yugoslavia (1962),  Netherlands (1974),  Poland (1974),  Denmark (1986),  Bulgaria (1994),  Denmark (2002),  Netherlands (2010),  Costa Rica (2014)[33]
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
[26] last eight  Republic of Ireland (1990)
Highest finish, winning at most one match
[26] fourth  Sweden (1938)[34]
Most goals scored
27,  Hungary, 1954[35]
Fewest goals conceded
0,   Switzerland, 2006[35]
Most goals conceded
16,  South Korea, 1954[35]
Most minutes without conceding a goal
517 mins,  Italy, 1990[35]
Highest goal difference
+17,  Hungary, 1954[35]
Highest goal difference, champions
+14,  Brazil, 2002[35]
Lowest goal difference
-16,  South Korea, 1954[35]
Lowest goal difference, champions
+6,  Italy, 1982,  Spain, 2010[35]
Highest average of goals scored per match
5.40,  Hungary, 1954[35]
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[35]
Fewest goals scored, champions
8,  Spain, 2010[35]
Fewest goals scored, finalists
5,  Argentina, 1990[35]
Fewest goals conceded, champions
2,  France, 1998,  Italy, 2006,  Spain, 2010[35]
Most goals conceded, champions
14,  West Germany, 1954[35]
Lowest average of goals scored per match, champions
1.14,  Spain, 2010[35]
Most unbeaten teams
5, 2006 (  Switzerland,  Argentina,  England,  France,  Italy)[26]
Fewest unbeaten teams
0, 1954
Most matches to qualify for World Cup Finals
20,  Uruguay (2002 & 2010)
Largest distance travelled in a single qualifying campaign
55,000 miles:  New Zealand (1982)[36]

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]

All figures as of 11 June 2014

Team Participations Pld W D L GF GA GD Best finish
 Brazil 19 97 67 15 15 210 88 122 Winners
 Germany[37] 17 99 60 19 20 206 117 89 Winners
 Italy 17 80 44 21 15 126 74 52 Winners
 Argentina 15 70 37 13 20 123 80 43 Winners
 England 13 59 26 19 14 77 52 25 Winners
 Spain 13 56 28 12 16 88 59 29 Winners
 France 13 54 25 11 18 96 68 28 Winners
 Netherlands 9 43 22 10 11 71 44 27 Runners-up
 Uruguay 11 47 18 12 17 76 65 11 Winners
 Sweden 11 46 16 13 17 74 69 5 Runners-up
 Serbia[38] 11 43 17 8 18 64 59 5 Fourth place
 Russia[39] 9 37 17 6 14 64 44 20 Fourth place
 Poland 7 31 15 5 11 44 40 4 Third place
 Mexico 14 49 12 13 24 52 89 −37 Quarter-finals
 Hungary 9 32 15 3 14 87 57 30 Runners-up
 Czech Republic[1] 9 33 12 5 16 47 49 −2 Runners-up
 Austria 7 29 12 4 13 43 47 −4 Third place
 Portugal 5 23 12 3 8 39 22 17 Third place
 Belgium 11 36 10 9 17 46 63 −17 Fourth place
 Chile 8 29 9 6 14 34 45 −11 Third place
  Switzerland 9 29 9 6 14 38 52 −14 Quarter-finals
 Paraguay 8 27 7 10 10 30 38 −8 Quarter-finals
 Romania[40] 7 21 8 5 8 30 32 −2 Quarter-finals
 Denmark 4 16 8 2 6 27 24 3 Quarter-finals
 United States 9 29 7 5 17 32 56 −24 Third place
South Korea Korea Republic 8 28 5 8 15 28 61 −33 Fourth place
 Croatia[41] 3 13 6 2 5 15 11 4 Third place
 Cameroon 6 20 4 7 9 17 34 −17 Quarter-finals
 Scotland 8 23 4 7 12 25 41 −16 First round
 Bulgaria 7 26 3 8 15 22 53 −31 Fourth place
 Turkey 2 10 5 1 4 20 17 3 Third place
 Japan 4 14 4 3 7 12 16 −4 Second round
 Peru 4 15 4 3 8 19 31 −12 Second round
 Republic of Ireland 3 13 2 8 3 10 10 0 Quarter-finals
 Ghana 2 9 4 2 3 9 10 −1 Quarter-finals
 Nigeria 4 14 4 2 8 17 21 −4 Second round
 Northern Ireland 3 13 3 5 5 13 23 −10 Quarter-finals
 Colombia 4 13 3 2 8 14 23 −9 Quarter-finals
 South Africa 3 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 First round
 Morocco 4 13 2 4 7 12 18 −6 Second round
 Costa Rica 3 10 3 1 6 12 21 −9 Quarter-Finals
 Ecuador 2 7 3 0 4 7 8 −1 Second round
 Norway 3 8 2 3 3 7 8 −1 Second round
 Australia 3 10 2 3 5 8 17 −9 Second round
 Senegal 1 5 2 2 1 7 6 1 Quarter-finals
 East Germany[42] 1 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 Second round
 Algeria 3 9 2 2 5 6 12 −6 Second round
 Saudi Arabia 4 13 2 2 9 9 32 −23 Second round
 Ukraine[39] 1 5 2 1 2 5 7 −2 Quarter-finals
 Ivory Coast 2 6 2 1 3 9 9 0 First round
 Tunisia 4 12 1 4 7 8 17 −9 First round
 Wales 1 5 1 3 1 4 4 0 Quarter-finals
 Iran 3 9 1 2 6 6 18 −12 First round
 Cuba 1 3 1 1 1 5 12 −7 Quarter-finals
 Slovakia[1] 1 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 Second round
 Slovenia[41] 2 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 First round
North Korea Korea DPR 2 7 1 1 5 6 21 −15 Quarter-finals
 Jamaica 1 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 First round
 Honduras 2 6 0 3 3 2 6 −4 First round
 New Zealand 2 6 0 3 3 4 14 −10 First round
 Greece 2 6 1 0 5 2 15 −13 First round
 Angola 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 First round
 Israel 1 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 First round
 Egypt 2 4 0 2 2 3 6 −3 First round
 Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 First round
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 First round
 Bolivia 3 6 0 1 5 1 20 −19 First round
 Iraq 1 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 First round
 Togo 1 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 First round
 Canada 1 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 First round
 Dutch East Indies[9] 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 First round
 United Arab Emirates 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 First round
 China PR 1 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 First round
 Haiti 1 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 First round
 Zaire[10] 1 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 First round
 El Salvador 2 6 0 0 6 1 22 −21 First round

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 33 3 5 −2 −0.67 1.00
 United States (1994) Second (last 16) 4 1 1 2 25 3 4 −1 −0.25 0.75
 Spain (1982) Second (last 12) 5 1 2 2 20 4 5 −1 −0.20 0.80

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 overall performance
see all-time best overall performance above
Worst overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 Italy (1982) 7 4 3 0 57 12 6 +6 +0.9 +1.7

Non-champion[edit]

Best overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 Italy (1990) 7 6 1 0 86 10 2 +8 +1.1 +1.4
Worst overall performance
see all-time worst overall performance above

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 Turkey (2002) to 3–0 Ghana (2006).
Most consecutive matches without a loss
13,  Brazil, from 3–0 Austria (1958) to 2–0 Bulgaria (1966).
Most consecutive losses
9,  Mexico, from 1–4 France (1930) to 0–3 Sweden (1958).
Most consecutive matches without a win
17,  Bulgaria, from 0–1 Argentina (1962) to 0–3 Nigeria (1994).
Most consecutive draws
5,  Belgium, from 0–0 Netherlands (1998) to 1–1 Tunisia (2002).
Most consecutive matches without a draw
16,  Portugal, from 3–1 Hungary (1966) to 1–0 Netherlands (2006).
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).[43][44]
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[45]) 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).
Most matches played, finals
25, Lothar Matthäus ( Germany, 1982–1998).
Most knockout games played, finals
13, 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
16, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006), Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most appearances in a World Cup final
3, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002).[46]
Most finals played with different teams
2, Luis Monti  Argentina (1930),  Italy (1934).
Most appearances as captain
16, Diego Maradona ( Argentina, 1986–1994).
Most tournaments as captain
4, Rafael Márquez ( Mexico, 2002–2014).[47]
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).[48]
Youngest captain
21 years and 109 days, Tony Meola ( United States, vs Czechoslovakia, 10 June 1990).[49]
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).[50]
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).
Fastest Sprint Recorded, finals
32.98 km/h (20.49 mph), Darijo Srna ( Croatia, 2014).[51][52]

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).[53]
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).
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 and 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' against El Salvador, 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),[54] Arne Nyberg, ( Sweden), 3 goals in 3 matches (1938),[55] Alcides Ghiggia ( Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950),[56] Just Fontaine ( France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958),[57] Omar Oreste Corbatta ( Argentina), 3 goals in 3 matches (1958),[58] Ferenc Bene ( Hungary), 4 goals in 4 matches (1966),[59] Jairzinho, ( Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970),[60] Teofilo Cubillas ( Peru), 5 goals in 4 matches (1970),[61] James Rodriguez ( Colombia), 6 goals in 5 matches (2014).[62]
Scoring in every match of a World Cup appeared
[63] 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.),[64] 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.),[65] 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)[65]
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).[65]
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).[66]
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 and 1998).
Most penalties missed (excluding during shootouts)
2, Asamoah Gyan ( Ghana, vs Czech Republic, 2006 and vs Uruguay, 2010).
Fastest goal from kickoff
10.89 seconds, Hakan Şükür ( Turkey, vs Korea Republic, 29 June 2002).
For a detailed list of the fastest goals from kickoff, see below
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 (AET), 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 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, 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,  France (3) vs  Brazil (0) 1998 and  Brazil (4) vs  Italy (1), 1970 and  Brazil (5) vs  Sweden (2), 1958.
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).
Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches
[67] +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.
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 (after match 63 of 64 to be played).
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 goals, 1998.
Most own goals in a match
2,  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 63 170 6 2.69

Most and fewest in bold.

  • 2014 stats as of July 12/Full time of Match 63 (of 64 to be played).

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[68]), 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 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).[69]
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),[70] Helmut Schön (Germany FR 1966/1974),[71] Mário Zagallo (Brazil 1970/1998),[72] Franz Beckenbauer (Germany FR, 1986/1990)[73] and Carlos Bilardo (Argentina, 1986/1990).[74] 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)[75]
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) & Lajos Baroti took Hungary to four tournaments, (1958, 1962, 1966, 1978) omitting the 1970 & 1974 competition, when Hungary failed to qualify).[76]
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)[77]
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 (1966–1974 as player, 1986 & 1990 as coach); Berti Vogts,  West Germany (1970–1978 as player, 1994 & 1998 as coach), Henri Michel,  France (1978 as player (France), 1986 (France), 1994 (Cameroon), 1998 (Morocco) & 2006 (Ivory Coast) as coach), Jürgen Klinsmann,  Germany (1990, 1994, 1998 as player, 2006 as coach; also coached United States in 2014), Hong Myung-bo,  South Korea (1990, 1994, 1998 & 2002 as player, 2014 as coach) & Marc Wilmots,  Belgium (1990–2002[78] 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);[72] Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966 & 1974 as player, 1986 & 1990 as coach)[73]
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)[73]
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.[79]
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,[80] and the Netherlands in 1978 with Ernst Happel[80] 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),[81] 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 UAE, 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.[82]

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[83] and  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006.[84]
Most cautions (match, player)
3 (61', 90', 93') Josip Šimunić ( Croatia), vs  Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll).[85]
Most cautions (final match, both teams)
14,  Netherlands (9) vs  Spain (5), 2010.[86]
Most suspensions (tournament, player)
2, André Kana-Biyik ( Cameroon, 1990).[87]
Longest suspension (player, doping)
15 months, Diego Maradona ( Argentina), vs  Nigeria, 1994.[88]
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),  Brazil (1950, 2014),  Germany (1974, 2006) 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 Team Pld W D L Win% GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
1 Champion  Uruguay (1930) 4 4 0 0 100 15 3 12 3 3.8
2 Champion  France (1998) 7 6 1 0 85.7 15 2 13 1.9 2.1
3 Champion  Germany (1974) 7 6 0 1 85.7 13 4 9 1.3 1.9
4 Champion  England (1966) 6 5 1 0 83.3 11 3 8 1.3 1.8
5 Champion  Italy (1934) 5 4 1 0 80 12 3 9 1.8 2.4
6 Champion  Argentina (1978) 7 5 1 1 71.4 15 4 9 1.3 2.1
7 Runners-up  Brazil (1950) 6 4 1 1 66.7 22 6 16 2.7 3.7
8 Runners-up  Sweden (1958) 6 4 1 1 66.7 12 7 5 0.8 2
9 Third place  Italy (1990) 7 6 1 0 85.7 10 2 8 1.1 1.4
10 Third place  Germany (2006) 7 5 1 1 71.4 14 6 8 1.1 2
11 Third place  Chile (1962) 6 4 0 2 66.7 10 8 2 0.33 1.3
12 Fourth place  South Korea (2002) 7 3 2 2 42.8 8 6 2 0.3 1.1
13 Fourth place  Brazil (2014) 7 4 1 2 61.9 11 14 -3 -0.4 1.57
14 Quarter-final  Mexico (1986) 5 3 2 0 60 6 2 4 0.8 1.2
15 Quarter-final  Mexico (1970) 4 2 1 1 50 6 4 2 0.5 1.5
16 Quarter-final   Switzerland (1954) 4 2 0 2 50 11 11 0 0 2.8
17 Quarter-final  France (1938) 2 1 0 1 50 4 4 0 0 2
18 Second Round  Spain (1982) 5 1 2 2 20 4 5 −1 −0.2 0.8
19 Round of 16  Japan (2002) 4 2 1 1 50 5 3 2 0.5 1.0
20 Round of 16  United States (1994) 4 1 1 2 25 3 4 −1 −0.3 0.8
21 Group stage  South Africa (2010) 3 1 1 1 33.3 3 5 −2 −0.7 1

Worst performance by host[edit]

 South Africa in 2010 became the first host to be eliminated in the first round.[93] 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
199,854, Uruguay v Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, World Cup 1950.
Highest attendance in a final
199,854, Uruguay v Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, World Cup 1950.
Lowest attendance in a match
300, Romania vs Peru, 14 July 1930, Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, World Cup 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.[94][95]
Highest average of attendance per match
68,991, 1994.
Highest attendance in a tournament
3,570,000, 1994.
Lowest average of attendance per match
23,235, 1934.
Lowest attendance in a tournament
390,000, 1934.

Total and average attendance[edit]

Year Matches Attendance
Total Average Lowest Highest
1930 18 434,500 24,139