List of FIFA World Cup records

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

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
5,  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).
Most finishes in the top two
8,  Germany (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2014).
Most finishes in the top three
12,  Germany (1934, 1954, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).
Most finishes in the top four
13,  Germany (1934, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
For a detailed list of top four appearances, see FIFA World Cup results
Most finishes in the top eight
17,  Germany (Every tournament except 1930, 1938 and 1950),  Brazil (Every tournament except 1934, 1966 and 1990)[3]
Most finishes in the top sixteen
20,  Brazil (every tournament)
Most World Cup appearances
21,  Brazil (every tournament including 2018)
For a detailed list, see National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup.
Most second-place finishes
4,  Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002)
Most third-place finishes
4,  Germany (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010)
Most fourth-place finishes
3,  Uruguay (1954, 1970, 2010)
Most 3rd-4th-place finishes
5,  Germany (1934, 1958, 1970, 2006, 2010)
Most 5th-8th-place finishes
8,  England (1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006)[4]
Most 9th-16th-place finishes
13,  Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)[5]
Most 17th-32nd-place finishes
6,  South Korea (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2014)

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive championships
2,  Italy (1934–1938) and  Brazil (1958–1962).
Most consecutive finishes in the top two
3,  Germany (1982–1990) and  Brazil (1994–2002).
Most consecutive finishes in the top three
4,  Germany (2002–2014)
Most consecutive finishes in the top four
4,  Germany (2002–2014)
Most consecutive finishes in the top eight
16,  Germany (1954–2014)
Most consecutive finishes in the top sixteen
20,  Brazil (1930–2014).
Most consecutive finals tournaments
21,  Brazil (1930–2018).
Most consecutive second-place Finishes
2,  Netherlands (1974–1978) and  Germany (1982–1986).
Most consecutive third-place finishes
2,  Germany (2006–2010)
Most consecutive fourth-place finishes
no country has finished 4th in two consecutive tournaments
Most consecutive 3rd-4th-place finishes
2,  Sweden (1938–1950),  Brazil (1974-1978),  France (1982–1986),  Germany (2006–2010)
Most consecutive 5th-8th-place finishes
4,   Switzerland (1934–1954)[6]
Most consecutive 9th-16th-place finishes
6,  Mexico (1994–2014)
Most consecutive 17th-32nd-place finishes
4,  South Korea (1986–1998)
Biggest improvement in position in consecutive tournaments
did not participate/qualify, then champion,  Italy (1930–1934),  Uruguay (1938–1950),  West Germany (1950–1954),  France (1994–1998).
Most consecutive championships by a confederation
3, UEFA (2006–2014).

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 finals
56 years:  Egypt (1934–1990),  Norway (1938–1994).[7]

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 who participates in the next finals
Group stage:  Italy (1950, 2010),  Brazil (1966),  France (2002),  Spain (2014).

Debuting teams[edit]

Best finish by a debuting team
Champion:  Uruguay (1930),  Italy (1934).[8]
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 appearances, never progressing from the first round
8,  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998).[9]
Least appearances, always progressing from the first round
3,  Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002).
Most appearances, never winning a match
3,  Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994),  Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014).
Most played final
3,  Argentina vs  Germany (1986, 1990, 2014).

Team: tournament progress[edit]

All time[edit]

Most appearances in the first round
21  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)
Eliminated in the first round the most times
8  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)
Most appearances, always progressing from the first round
3  Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002)[10]
Most appearances, never progressing from the first round
8  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)[11]

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive appearances in the first round
21  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)

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 and 2010),  Brazil (1966),  France (2002),  Spain (2014)


All-time table[edit]

Players[edit]

Most championships
3, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958, 1962 (only played in first two matches; medal awarded retroactively by FIFA in 2007[12]) and 1970).
See here for a list of players who have won multiple FIFA World Cups.
Most tournaments played
5, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966), Lothar Matthäus (Germany Germany, 1982–1998)
Most tournaments in squad
5, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966), Lothar Matthäus (Germany Germany, 1982–1998), Gianluigi Buffon ( Italy, 1998 (did not play), 2002–2014)
Most finishes in the top two 
3, Nílton Santos ( Brazil 1950, 1958, 1962), Pelé ( Brazil 1958, 1962, 1970), Pierre Littbarski ( West Germany 1982, 1986, 1990), Lothar Matthäus ( West Germany 1982, 1986, 1990), Cafu ( Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002), Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002).
Most finishes in the top three 
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).[13]
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).[14]
Most appearances as substitute
11, Denílson ( Brazil, 1998–2002).
Youngest player
17 years, 41 days, Norman Whiteside ( Northern Ireland), vs Yugoslavia, 17 June 1982.
Youngest player, final
17 years, 249 days, Pelé ( Brazil), vs Sweden, 29 June 1958.
Youngest player, qualifying match
13 years, 310 days, Souleymane Mamam ( Togo), vs Zambia, 6 May 2001, 2002 CAF Group 1.[15]
Youngest captain
21 years, 109 days, Tony Meola ( United States), vs Czechoslovakia, 10 June 1990.[16]
Oldest player
43 years, 3 days, Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia), vs Japan, 24 June 2014.
Oldest player, final
40 years, 133 days, Dino Zoff ( Italy), vs West Germany, 11 July 1982.
Oldest player, qualifying match
46 years, 175 days, MacDonald Taylor, Sr. ( U.S. Virgin Islands), vs Saint Kitts and Nevis, 18 February 2004, 2006 CONCACAF First Round.[17]
Oldest captain
40 years, 292 days, Peter Shilton ( England), vs Italy, 7 July 1990.
Oldest player to debut in a World Cup finals tournament
39 years, 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
12 years and 13 days, Alfred Bickel (  Switzerland, 1938–1950).
Longest span of World Cup finals appearances as a player
16 years, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966); Elías Figueroa ( Chile, 1966–1982); Hugo Sánchez ( Mexico, 1978–1994); Giuseppe Bergomi ( Italy, 1982–1998); Lothar Matthäus ( Germany, 1982–1998); Rigobert Song ( Cameroon, 1994–2010); Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia, 1998-2014).
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).
Most goals scored, overall qualifying
39, Carlos Ruiz ( Guatemala, 2002–2016).[18]
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 ( West 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
8 minutes, László Kiss ( Hungary), scored at 69', 72' and 76', vs El Salvador, 1982.
Most goals scored by a substitute in a match
3, László Kiss ( Hungary), vs El Salvador, 1982.
Olympic Goals (Goals From a Corner) scored in a World Cup
1, Marcos Coll ( Colombia), vs Soviet Union, 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),[19] Arne Nyberg ( Sweden), 3 goals in 3 matches (1938),[20] Alcides Ghiggia ( Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950),[21] Just Fontaine ( France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958),[22] Omar Oreste Corbatta ( Argentina), 3 goals in 3 matches (1958),[23] Ferenc Bene ( Hungary), 4 goals in 4 matches (1966),[24] Jairzinho ( Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970),[25] Teofilo Cubillas ( Peru), 5 goals in 4 matches (1970),[26] James Rodríguez ( Colombia), 6 goals in 5 matches (2014).[27]
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).
Most qualification tournaments with at least one goal
5, Rafael Márquez ( Mexico, 2002–2018) and Carlos Ruiz ( Guatemala, 2002–2018).
Longest period between a player's first and last goals
12 years, 1 month and 7 days; Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 1 June 2002 – 8 July 2014)
Longest period between a player's first and last goals overall
12 years, Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 8 June 1958 – 14 June 1970), Pelé ( Brazil, 19 June 1958 – 21 June 1970), Diego Maradona ( Argentina, 18 June 1982 – 21 June 1994), Michael Laudrup ( Denmark, 8 June 1986 – 24 June 1998), Henrik Larsson ( Sweden, 16 July 1994 – 20 June 2006), Sami Al-Jaber ( Saudi Arabia, 25 June 1994 – 14 June 2006), Cuauhtémoc Blanco ( Mexico, 20 June 1998 – 17 June 2010), Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 1 June 2002 – 8 July 2014) and Ivica Olić ( Croatia, 8 June 2002 – 18 June 2014).
Longest period between one goal and another
12 years, Michael Laudrup ( Denmark, 1986–1998) and Ivica Olić ( Croatia, 2002–2014).
First goalscorer
Lucien Laurent ( France), vs Mexico, 13 July 1930.
Youngest goalscorer
17 years, 7 months and 27 days, Pelé ( Brazil), vs Wales, 19 June 1958.
Youngest hat-trick scorer
17 years, 8 months and 1 day, Pelé ( Brazil), vs France, 24 June 1958.
Youngest goalscorer, final
17 years, 8 months and 6 days, Pelé ( Brazil), vs Sweden, 29 June 1958.
Oldest goalscorer
42 years, 1 month and 8 days, Roger Milla ( Cameroon), vs Russia, 28 June 1994.
Oldest hat-trick scorer
33 years, 5 months and 8 days, Tore Keller ( Sweden), vs Cuba, 12 June 1938.[28]
Oldest goalscorer, final
35 years, 8 months and 21 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.
First substitute winning goalscorer, final
came on 86th minute, Mario Götze ( Germany), vs Argentina, 2014.
Fastest goal from kickoff
11 seconds, Hakan Şükür ( Turkey), vs South Korea, 2002.
Fastest goal by a substitute
16 seconds, Ebbe Sand ( Denmark), vs Nigeria, 1998.
Fastest goal in a final
90 seconds, Johan Neeskens ( Netherlands), vs West Germany, 1974.
Fastest goal in a qualifying match
8.1 seconds, Christian Benteke ( Belgium), vs Gibraltar, 2018 UEFA Group H.[29]
Fastest brace scored
69 seconds, Toni Kroos ( Germany), vs Brazil, 2014.
Latest goal from kickoff
121st minute, Alessandro Del Piero ( Italy), vs Germany, 2006 and Abdelmoumene Djabou ( Algeria), vs Germany, 2014.
Latest goal from kickoff in a final
120th minute, Geoff Hurst ( England), vs Germany, 1966 (see "they think it's all over").
Latest goal from kickoff, with no goals scored between
119th minute, David Platt ( England), vs Belgium, 1990 and Fabio Grosso ( Italy), vs Germany, 2006.
Latest goal from kickoff in a final, with no goals scored between
116th minute, Andrés Iniesta ( Spain), vs Netherlands, 2010.
Most participations in different World Cup penalty shoot-outs
3 times, Roberto Baggio  Italy (1990, converted, 1994, missed, and 1998, converted).

Own goals[edit]

Penalty shootouts[edit]

By team[edit]

Most played
  • 5,  Argentina (1990, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2014)
Most played in one tournament
Most won
Most won in one tournament
Most lost
  • 3,  England (1990, 1998, 2006) and  Italy (1990, 1994, 1998)

By tournament[edit]

Most played
Fewest played (since the introduction in 1978)

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[30]), Richard Wilson ( New Zealand, 1982)
Most goals conceded
25, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico) and Mohamed Al-Deayea ( Saudi Arabia)
Most goals conceded, one tournament
16, Hong Duk-Yung ( South Korea), 1954
Most goals conceded, one match
10, Luis Guevara Mora ( El Salvador), 1982 (vs  Hungary)
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[31]
Most penalties saved, one tournament (excluding during shootouts)
2, Jan Tomaszewski ( Poland), 1974 and Brad Friedel ( United States), 2002
Most penalties saved overall (excluding during shootouts)
2, Jan Tomaszewski ( Poland, both in 1974), Brad Friedel ( United States, both in 2002), and Íker Casillas ( Spain, 1 in 2002 and 1 in 2010)

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).
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), and Carlos Alberto Parreira ( Kuwait, 1982;  United Arab Emirates, 1990;  Brazil, 1994 and 2006;  Saudi Arabia, 1998,  South Africa, 2010).
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).
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)[32]
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)
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)
First World Cup player to coach a team in a World Cup
Milorad Arsenijević,  Serbia (1930 as player, 1950 as coach, both times for  Yugoslavia)

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), Juan Gardeazábal (Spain Spain, 1958–1966), 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 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.[33]

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) v  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) in  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006 (also known as Battle of Nuremberg).
Most sendings off (final match)
2, Pedro Monzón & Gustavo Dezotti (both  Argentina), v  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, 2006, vs  Netherlands &  Netherlands, 2010, vs  Spain
Most cautions (match, both teams)
16 –  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006;[34] and  Cameroon v  Germany, June 11, 2002[35]
Most cautions (match, player)
3 (61', 90', 93') Josip Šimunić ( Croatia), vs  Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll)[36]
Most cautions (final match, both teams)
14, 5 ( Spain) and 9 ( Netherlands) 2010[37]
Most suspensions (tournament, player)
2, André Kana-Biyik ( Cameroon 1990)[38]
Longest suspension (player, doping)
15 months, Diego Maradona ( Argentina vs  Nigeria, 1994)[39]
Longest suspension (player, misconduct)
Longest suspension, qualifying


Team: Matches played/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
24,  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 goals conceded
121,  Germany
Fewest goals scored
0,  Canada,  China PR,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies),  Trinidad and Tobago, and  DR Congo (as  Zaire).
Fewest goals conceded
2,  Angola
Most matches played without scoring a goal
3,  Canada,  China PR,  Trinidad and Tobago, and  DR Congo (as  Zaire).
Most matches played always conceding a goal
6,  El Salvador
Highest average of goals scored per match
2.72,  Hungary
Lowest average of goals conceded per match
0.67,  Angola (2 goals in 3 matches)[44]
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 (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994),  Germany vs  Yugoslavia / Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998 and 2010) and  Argentina vs  Germany (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010 and 2014)
Most meetings between two teams, Final match
3 times,  Argentina vs  Germany (1986, 1990, 2014)
Most tournaments unbeaten[45]
7,  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 2002)
Most tournaments eliminated without having lost a match[45]
3,  England (1982, 1990,[46] 2006)
Most tournaments eliminated without having won a match
6,  Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978) and  Bulgaria (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1998)

In one tournament[edit]

Most wins[47]
7,  Brazil, 2002
Fewest wins, champions
3,  Uruguay, 1950 (out of 4)[48]
Most matches not won, champions
3,  Italy 1982 (out of 7)
Most wins by non-champion (excluding third-place playoff)[49]
6,  Netherlands, 2010[50] 6,  Argentina 2014
Most matches not won[45]
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 in 1986 and  England in 1990.
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,  Germany, 1954 and 1974;  Argentina, 1978;  Spain, 2010
Most victories over former World Cup winning teams[45]
3,  Brazil (1970),  Italy (1982),  Argentina (1986),  Germany (2010 and 2014).[51]
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[45]
last eight  Republic of Ireland (1990)
Highest finish, winning at most one match [45]
fourth  Sweden (1938)[52]
Most goals scored
27,  Hungary, 1954[53]
Fewest goals conceded
0,   Switzerland, 2006[53]
Most goals conceded
16,  South Korea, 1954[53]
Most minutes without conceding a goal
517 mins,  Italy, 1990[53]
Highest goal difference
+17,  Hungary, 1954[53]
Highest goal difference, champions
+14,  Brazil, 2002,  Germany, 2014[53]
Lowest goal difference
-16,  South Korea, 1954[53]
Lowest goal difference, champions
+6,  Italy, 1982,  Spain, 2010[53]
Highest average of goals scored per match
5.40,  Hungary, 1954;[53]
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,  Germany, 1954[53]
Fewest goals scored, champions
8,  Spain, 2010[53]
Fewest goals scored, finalists
5,  Argentina, 1990[53]
Fewest goals conceded, champions
2,  France, 1998,  Italy, 2006,  Spain, 2010[53]
Most goals conceded, champions
14,  Germany, 1954[53]
Lowest average of goals scored per match, champions
1.14,  Spain, 2010[53]
Most unbeaten teams
5, 2006 (  Switzerland,  Argentina,  England,  France,  Italy)[45]
Fewest unbeaten teams
0, 1954
Most matches to qualify for World Cup Finals
22,  Australia (2018)
Largest distance travelled in a single qualifying campaign
155,000 Miles:  Australia (2018)

Team: 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
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD GD/M GF/M
 South Africa (2010) 3 1 1 1 44 3 5 -2 -0.7 1.0

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 79 12 6 +6 +0.9 +1.7
 Argentina (1978) 7 5* 1 1 79 15 4 +11 +1.6 +2.1

* one of the wins was after extra time

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

Hat-tricks[edit]

Most Hat-tricks in a single world cup
8, 1954.
Least Hat-tricks in a single world cup
0, 2006.

Streaks[edit]

Most consecutive successful qualification attempts[54]
14,  Brazil and  Germany (1934–2018).
Most consecutive failed qualification attempts
20,  Luxembourg (19342018).
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) and  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) and  Hungary (1954) (four goals); also  Portugal (1966),  Germany (1970),  Brazil (1970),
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, 1950 and 1994),  Algeria (1986 and 2010), and  Honduras (1982 and 2010-2014).
Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal (clean sheets)
5,  Italy (1990) and   Switzerland (2006–2010).
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal
559,   Switzerland (1994, 2006–2010).[55][56]
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).

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), April 11, 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 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 (Alessandro Del Piero, Alberto Gilardino, Fabio Grosso, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Filippo Inzaghi, Marco Materazzi, Andrea Pirlo, Luca Toni, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Zambrotta).
Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches[57]
+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
111, 1998.
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, 1994 - Hristo 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, 1954 - Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary), Erich Probst ( Austria), Max Morlock ( West Germany) and Josef Hügi (  Switzerland).
Most players scoring at least seven goals in a tournament
2, 1970 - Gerd Müller ( West Germany) and Jairzinho ( Brazil).

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.

Host Records[edit]

Most times hosted
2,  Mexico 1970 & 1986,  Italy 1934 & 1990,  France 1938 & 1998,  Germany 1974 (as West Germany) & 2006, and  Brazil 1950 & 2014.
Best performance by host
Champions, 6 times:  Uruguay 1930,  Italy 1934,  England 1966,  West Germany 1974,  Argentina 1978,  France 1998
Worst performance by host
 South Africa in 2010 became the first host to be eliminated in the first round.[59] 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.
Had its best performance hosting
[60][61] Champions:  Uruguay (1930),  Italy (1934),  England (1966),  West Germany (1974),  Argentina (1978),  France (1998). England and France also had their only titles at home.
Runner-up:  Sweden (1958).
Semifinals:  Chile (1962),  South Korea (2002).
Quarterfinals:   Switzerland (1954),[62]  Mexico (1970, 1986).
Round of 16:  Japan (2002).[63]

Attendance[edit]

Final
114,600, Argentina v West Germany, 29 June 1986, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, World Cup 1986.
Decisive Match
199,854, Uruguay v Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, World Cup 1950.[64]
Lowest match attendance in a World Cup tournament
300, Romania vs Peru, 14 July 1930, Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, World Cup 1930.
Highest match attendance in a World Cup qualifying match
162,764, Brazil vs Colombia, 9 March 1977, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978 CONMEBOL Group 1.
Lowest match attendance in a World Cup 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.[65][66]
Highest average of attendance per match
68,991, 1994.
Highest attendance (tournament)
3,570,000, 1994.
Lowest average of attendance per match
23,235, 1934.
Lowest attendance (tournament)
390,000, 1934.

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Final matches overview" (PDF). FIFA.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Awards". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ 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).
  4. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then England still has the most 5th-8th-place finishes (6).
  5. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Mexico still has the most 9th-16th-place finishes (10).
  6. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then the record is 2, shared by several countries:   Switzerland (1934-1938),  Yugoslavia (1954-1958),  Soviet Union (1958-1962),  Hungary (1962-1966),  Germany (1994-1998),  England (2002-2006),  Argentina (2006-2010), and  Brazil (2006-2010)
  7. ^  Turkey had a gap of 12 tournaments, equal to that of Egypt and Norway, from 1954 to 2002.
  8. ^ In 1954, the West Germany ("Germany FR") team became world champions in what was the team's debut appearance representing the name and territory of West Germany. However, Germany (since 1949 officially Federal Republic of Germany) is since 1904 represented by the same governing body (Deutscher Fußball-Bund, DFB), and 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. Thus, the 1954 participation is counted as the third appearance of the team, as Germany had previously appeared in the 1934 and 1938 World Cups.
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Other teams always progressing from the first round have only appeared in one tournament each:  Cuba (1938),  Wales (1958),  East Germany (1974),  Senegal (2002),  Ukraine (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
  11. ^ Other teams never progressing from the first round in at least two appearances are as follows: 4 appearances  Tunisia (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006); 3 appearances  Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994),  Iran (1978, 1998, 2006),  South Africa (1998, 2002, 2010),  Russia (excluding Soviet Union. 1994, 2002, 2014),  Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014), and  Ivory Coast (2006, 2010, 2014); 2 appearances  El Salvador (1970, 1982),  Egypt (1934, 1990),  New Zealand (1982, 2010), and  Slovenia (2002, 2010)
  12. ^ "Pele and Greaves to get World Cup winners medals". The Guardian. London. 25 November 2007. 
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - FIFA.com". FIFA.com.  line feed character in |title= at position 28 (help)
  15. ^ 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 320 days old when he played the match.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ According to "FIFA World Cup Superlatives: Players" Archived 10 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.. 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.
  18. ^ "Ruiz nets five goals in historic performance, but Guatemala ousted". CONCACAF. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  19. ^ György Sárosi
  20. ^ 1938 FIFA World Cup
  21. ^ Alcides Ghiggia
  22. ^ Just Fontaine
  23. ^ Orestes Omar Corbatta
  24. ^ Ferenc Bene
  25. ^ Jairzinho
  26. ^ Teófilo Cubillas
  27. ^ James Rodríguez
  28. ^ Some sources such as RSSSF indicated that it was Harry Andersson but not Tore Keller who scored a hat-trick in that match. (link)
  29. ^ https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=a-historic-goal-on-a-day-of-battles-2842444.html
  30. ^ 9 consecutive clean sheets, 5 of them away from home over 2 qualifying rounds against 5 different oppositions from 2 Confederations.
  31. ^ 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);
  32. ^ Zagallo was also an assistant coach when Brazil won in 1994.
  33. ^ 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. 
  34. ^ 2006 Portugal – Netherlands match report
  35. ^ 2002 Cameroon – Germany FIFA match report
  36. ^ 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.
  37. ^ Fifield, Dominic (12 July 2010). "World Cup final: Beauty was rewarded in the end – Vicente del Bosque". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  38. ^ 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.
  39. ^ Kerr, John H. (1997). Motivation and Emotion in Sport: reversal theory. Psychology Press. p. 2. ISBN 0863775004. 
  40. ^ Culf, Andrew (27 July 1994). "Media umpires who point finger face questions of fair play". The Guardian. p. 5. The Italian footballer Mauro Tassotti, who broke a Spanish player's nose with his elbow, was suspended for eight matches by FIFA during the World Cup. The referee missed the incident, but FIFA, using video footage for the first time, handed out the unprecedentedly severe punishment. 
  41. ^ 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). 
  42. ^ "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. 
  43. ^ "FIFA lifts Rojas lifetime ban". CBC Sports. 30 April 2001. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  44. ^ Other low averages, in ascending order of games played: 0.77 (from 11 games)  Republic of Ireland; 0.85 (from 55)  England; 0.89 (from 77)  Italy; 0.91 (from 92)  Brazil
  45. ^ a b c d e f g A match decided by a penalty shootout is considered a draw for both sides
  46. ^ England did lose the third-place playoff in 1990, but had already been eliminated from any chance of winning the Championship.
  47. ^  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.
  48. ^ Uruguay also qualified for the 1950 finals without playing a match as a result of withdrawals by other teams in South America
  49. ^  Poland in 1974 and  Italy in 1990 also won 6 matches, but one of them was the third-place playoff.
  50. ^  Netherlands also won all eight of their qualification matches.
  51. ^ 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). In 2014, Germany beat France (quarter-final), Brazil (semi-final) and Argentina (final).
  52. ^ Sweden progressed to the last eight without playing a single match as a result of withdrawal by  Austria
  53. ^ 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)
  54. ^ Excluding automatic qualification as host, as reigning champion, or by invitation.
  55. ^ Reeves, Nick (21 June 2010). "Chile fell 10-man Swiss to close in on last 16". Yahoo! News. Agence France-Presse. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 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. 
  56. ^ "Attacking excellence, defensive distinction". FIFA World Cup. FIFA. 2010-06-21. 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. 
  57. ^ Matches within one tournament. Otherwise,  Hungary had a +11 swing between 2–4 v  Italy in 1938 and 9–0 v  South Korea in 1954; and again between 1–3 v  France in 1978 and 10–1 v  El Salvador in 1982; and likewise  Germany between 0–3 v  Croatia in 1998 and 8–0 v  Saudi Arabia in 2002.
  58. ^ https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/brazil2014/statistics/teams/goal-scored.html
  59. ^ Lucas, Ryan (22 June 2010). "South Africa beats France 2-1, but eliminated". The Associated Press. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  60. ^ "Ultimate home field advantage: Host nation luck". Philly.com. 11 June 2014. 
  61. ^ What can econometrics tell us about World Cup performance? (pp.6–7)
  62. ^ Switzerland's best position, the sixth place in 1950, relies on retrospective rankings, and had them eliminated in the group stage. While the Swiss also reached the quarterfinals in 1934 and 1938, both tournaments only required one win, in contrast to 1954's group stage format. 1954 also marked the last time Switzerland reached the top 8.
  63. ^ Also reached this stage in 2010.
  64. ^ Although the decisive match of the 1950 tournament, it was simply the last game of a final four-team group format to decide the winner. This is also the highest attendance for ANY World Cup match, or indeed any soccer match anywhere.
  65. ^ Reuters. "Costa Rica fans banned after violence". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  66. ^ It has not been verified whether this is a unique occurrence, or if other World Cup qualification matches throughout history have had an attendance of 0.

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