FIFA World Cup records and statistics

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This is a list of records and statistics of the FIFA World Cup.

As of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, 80 national teams have competed at the final tournaments.[1] Brazil is the only team to have appeared in all 22 tournaments to date, with Germany having participated in 20, Italy and Argentina in 18 and Mexico in 17.[2] To date, eight nations have won the tournament. The inaugural winners in 1930 were Uruguay; the current champions are France. The most successful nation in the competition are currently Brazil, who have won the cup on five occasions.[3] European teams have won the tournament a record 12 times, followed by South America with nine victories. Five teams have appeared in FIFA World Cup finals without winning,[4] while eleven more have appeared in semi-finals.[5]

Ranking of teams by number of appearances[edit]

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result
 Brazil 22 22 22 1930 2022 Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 Germany[a] 20 18 18 1934 2022 Champions (1954, 1974,[b] 1990, 2014)
 Argentina 18 13 13 1930 2022 Champions (1978,[b] 1986)
 Italy 18 14 0 1934 2014 Champions (1934,[b] 1938, 1982, 2006)
 Mexico 17 8 8 1930 2022 Quarterfinals (1970,[b] 1986[b])
 Spain 16 12 12 1934 2022 Champions (2010)
 France 16 7 7 1930 2022 Champions (1998,[b] 2018)
 England 16 7 7 1950 2022 Champions (1966[b])
 Belgium 14 6 3 1930 2022 Third place (2018)
 Uruguay 14 4 4 1930 2022 Champions (1930,[b] 1950)
 Serbia[c] 13 4 2 1930 2022 Fourth place (1930, 1962)
 Switzerland 12 5 5 1934 2022 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954[b])
 Sweden 12 3 0 1934 2018 Runners-up (1958[b])
 South Korea 11 10 10 1954 2022 Fourth place (2002[d])
 United States 11 7 1 1930 2022 Third place (1930)
 Netherlands 11 3 1 1934 2022 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 Russia[e] 11 4 0 1958 2018 Fourth place (1966)
 Poland 9 4 2 1938 2022 Third place (1974, 1982)
 Hungary 9 4 0 1934 1986 Runners-up (1938, 1954)
 Czech Republic[f] 9 3 0 1934 2006 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Chile 9 2 0 1930 2014 Third place (1962[b])
 Portugal 8 6 6 1966 2022 Third place (1966)
 Cameroon 8 4 1 1982 2022 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Scotland 8 5 0 1954 1998 Group Stage
 Paraguay 8 4 0 1930 2010 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Japan 7 7 7 1998 2022 Round of 16 (2002,[d] 2010, 2018)
 Bulgaria 7 4 0 1962 1998 Fourth place (1994)
 Romania 7 3 0 1930 1998 Quarterfinals (1994)
 Austria 7 2 0 1934 1998 Third place (1954)
 Australia 6 5 5 1974 2022 Round of 16 (2006)
 Iran 6 3 3 1978 2022 Group Stage
 Costa Rica 6 3 3 1990 2022 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Croatia 6 3 3 1998 2022 Runners-up (2018)
 Saudi Arabia 6 4 2 1994 2022 Round of 16 (1994)
 Tunisia 6 3 2 1978 2022 Group Stage
 Morocco 6 2 2 1970 2022 Round of 16 (1986)
 Denmark 6 2 2 1986 2022 Quarterfinals (1998)
 Colombia 6 3 0 1962 2018 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Nigeria 6 3 0 1994 2018 Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
 Peru 5 2 0 1930 2018 Quarterfinals (1970, 1978)
 Ghana 4 3 1 2006 2022 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Ecuador 4 2 1 2002 2022 Round of 16 (2006)
 Algeria 4 2 0 1982 2014 Round of 16 (2014)
 Senegal 3 2 2 2002 2022 Quarterfinals (2002)
 Ivory Coast 3 3 0 2006 2014 Group Stage
 Norway 3 2 0 1938 1998 Round of 16 (1938, 1998)
 Northern Ireland 3 2 0 1958 1986 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Honduras 3 2 0 1982 2014 Group Stage
 Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1990 2002 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Greece 3 2 0 1994 2014 Round of 16 (2014)
 South Africa 3 2 0 1998 2010 Group Stage
 Bolivia 3 1 0 1930 1994 Group Stage
 Egypt 3 1 0 1934 2018 First Round (1934)
 Wales 2 1 1 1958 2022 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Canada 2 1 1 1986 2022 Group Stage
 Turkey 2 1 0 1954 2002 Third place (2002)
 North Korea 2 1 0 1966 2010 Quarterfinals (1966)
 El Salvador 2 1 0 1970 1982 Group Stage
 New Zealand 2 1 0 1982 2010 Group Stage
 Slovenia 2 1 0 2002 2010 Group Stage
 Cuba 1 1 0 1938 1938 Quarterfinals (1938)
 Indonesia[g] 1 1 0 1938 1938 First Round (1938)
 Israel 1 1 0 1970 1970 Group Stage
 DR Congo[h] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Group Stage
 Haiti 1 1 0 1974 1974 Group Stage
 Kuwait 1 1 0 1982 1982 Group Stage
 Iraq 1 1 0 1986 1986 Group Stage
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 1990 1990 Group Stage
 Jamaica 1 1 0 1998 1998 Group Stage
 China 1 1 0 2002 2002 Group Stage
 Angola 1 1 0 2006 2006 Group Stage
 Togo 1 1 0 2006 2006 Group Stage
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 2006 2006 Group Stage
 Ukraine 1 1 0 2006 2006 Quarterfinals (2006)
 Slovakia 1 1 0 2010 2010 Round of 16 (2010)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 2014 2014 Group Stage
 Iceland 1 1 0 2018 2018 Group Stage
 Panama 1 1 0 2018 2018 Group Stage
 Qatar 1 1 0 2022 2022 Group Stage

Former countries

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result
 East Germany 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 2 (1974)

Notes

  1. ^ Includes participations as  West Germany.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Host of the tournament.
  3. ^ Includes participations as  Yugoslavia until 1990 and as  Serbia and Montenegro (FR Yugoslavia) from 1998 to 2006.
  4. ^ a b Co-host of the tournament.
  5. ^ Includes participations as  Soviet Union until 1990.
  6. ^ Includes participations as  Czechoslovakia until 1990.
  7. ^ Includes participation as  Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  8. ^ Includes participation as  Zaire in 1974.

Debut of national teams[edit]

Each successive World Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time. Using FIFA's view on successor teams, the total number of teams that have participated in the World Cup until the 2022 edition is 80.

Year Debuting teams Successor teams
Teams No. Cum.
1930  Argentina,  Belgium,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  France,  Mexico,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Romania,  United States,  Uruguay,  Yugoslavia[a] 13 13
1934  Austria,  Czechoslovakia,[b]  Egypt,  Germany,[c]  Hungary,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Spain,  Sweden,  Switzerland 10 23
1938  Cuba,  Dutch East Indies,[d]  Norway,  Poland 4 27
1950  England 1 28
1954  South Korea,  Scotland,  Turkey 3 31  West Germany[c]
1958  Northern Ireland,  Soviet Union,[e]  Wales 3 34
1962  Bulgaria,  Colombia 2 36
1966  North Korea,  Portugal 2 38
1970  El Salvador,  Israel,  Morocco 3 41
1974  Australia,  East Germany,[c]  Haiti,  Zaire[f] 4 45
1978  Iran,  Tunisia 2 47
1982  Algeria,  Cameroon,  Honduras,  Kuwait,  New Zealand 5 52
1986  Canada,  Denmark,  Iraq 3 55
1990  Costa Rica,  Republic of Ireland,  United Arab Emirates 3 58
1994  Greece,  Nigeria,  Saudi Arabia 3 61  Germany[c]  Russia[e]
1998  Croatia,[a]  Jamaica,  Japan,  South Africa 4 65  FR Yugoslavia[a]
2002  China,  Ecuador,  Senegal,  Slovenia[a] 4 69
2006  Angola,  Ivory Coast,  Ghana,  Togo,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine[e] 6 75  Czech Republic[b]
2010  Slovakia[b] 1 76  Serbia[a]
2014  Bosnia and Herzegovina[a] 1 77
2018  Iceland,  Panama 2 79
2022  Qatar 1 80

Overall team records[edit]

The system used in the World Cup up to 1990 was 2 points for a win. In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. Teams are ranked by total points, then by goal difference, then by goals scored.[6]

As of 2022 FIFA World Cup (27 November 2022)
Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 22 110 74 18 18 231 105 +126 240
2  Germany[g] 20 111 67 21 23 228 128 +100 222
3  Italy 18 83 45 21 17 128 77 +51 156
4  Argentina 18 83 44 15 24 140 95 +45 147
5  France 16 68 36 13 19 126 79 +47 121
6  England 16 71 30 22 19 97 66 +31 112
7  Spain 16 65 31 16 18 107 73 +34 109
8  Netherlands 11 52 28 13 11 89 49 +40 97
9  Uruguay 14 57 24 13 20 87 74 +13 85
10  Belgium 14 50 21 9 20 69 74 −5 72
11  Sweden 12 51 19 13 19 80 73 +7 70
12  Russia[h] 11 45 19 10 16 77 54 +23 67
13  Mexico 17 59 16 15 28 60 100 −40 63
14  Serbia[i] 13 47 18 8 21 66 65 +1 62
15  Poland 9 36 17 6 13 48 45 +3 57
16  Portugal 8 31 15 6 10 52 37 +15 51
17  Hungary 9 32 15 3 14 87 57 +30 48
18  Switzerland 12 38 13 8 17 51 64 −13 47
19  Croatia 6 25 12 5 8 39 27 +12 41
20  Czech Republic[j] 9 33 12 5 16 47 49 −2 41
21  Austria 7 29 12 4 13 43 47 −4 40
22  Chile 9 33 11 7 15 40 49 −9 40
23  Denmark 6 22 9 6 7 31 28 +3 33
24  United States 11 35 8 8 19 38 63 −25 32
25  Paraguay 8 27 7 10 10 30 38 −8 31
26  Colombia 6 22 9 3 10 32 30 +2 30
27  Romania 7 21 8 5 8 30 32 −2 29
28  South Korea 11 35 6 10 19 34 70 −36 28
29  Japan 7 23 6 5 12 22 31 −9 23
30  Costa Rica 6 20 6 5 9 20 35 −15 23
31  Nigeria 6 21 6 3 12 23 30 −7 21
32  Scotland 8 23 4 7 12 25 41 −16 19
33  Cameroon 8 24 4 7 13 18 44 −26 19
34  Peru 5 18 5 3 10 21 33 −12 18
35  Ecuador 4 12 5 2 5 13 12 +1 17
36  Bulgaria 7 26 3 8 15 22 53 −31 17
37  Turkey 2 10 5 1 4 20 17 +3 16
38  Senegal 3 10 4 3 3 14 13 +1 15
39  Ghana 4 13 4 3 6 15 19 −4 15
40  Morocco 6 18 3 6 9 16 22 −6 15
41  Republic of Ireland 3 13 2 8 3 10 10 0 14
42  Northern Ireland 3 13 3 5 5 13 23 −10 14
43  Saudi Arabia 6 18 4 2 12 13 42 −29 14
44  Iran 6 17 3 4 10 13 30 −17 13
45  Australia 6 18 3 4 11 15 35 −20 13
46  Algeria 4 13 3 3 7 13 19 −6 12
47  Tunisia 6 17 2 5 10 13 26 −13 11
48  Ivory Coast 3 9 3 1 5 13 14 −1 10
49  South Africa 3 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10
50  Norway 3 8 2 3 3 7 8 −1 9
51  Greece 3 10 2 2 6 5 20 −15 8
52  Ukraine 1 5 2 1 2 5 7 −2 7
53  Wales 2 7 1 4 2 5 7 −2 7
54  Slovakia 1 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
55  Slovenia 2 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4
56  Cuba 1 3 1 1 1 5 12 −7 4
57  North Korea 2 7 1 1 5 6 21 −15 4
58  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
59  Jamaica 1 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
60  New Zealand 2 6 0 3 3 4 14 −10 3
61  Honduras 3 9 0 3 6 3 14 −11 3
62  Angola 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
63  Israel 1 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
64  Egypt 3 7 0 2 5 5 12 −7 2
65  Iceland 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
66  Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
67  Trinidad and Tobago 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
68  Bolivia 3 6 0 1 5 1 20 −19 1
69  Iraq 1 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
70  Qatar 1 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
71  Togo 1 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
72  Indonesia[k] 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0
73  Panama 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
74  United Arab Emirates 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
75  Canada 2 5 0 0 5 1 10 −9 0
76  China 1 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
77  Haiti 1 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
78  DR Congo[l] 1 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
79  El Salvador 2 6 0 0 6 1 22 −21 0

Predecessor countries

Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Czechoslovakia (1934–1990) 8 30 11 5 14 44 45 −1 38
 Germany (1934–1938) 1 6 3 1 2 14 13 +1 10
 East Germany (1952–1990) 1 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
 West Germany (1954–1990) 10 62 36 14 12 131 77 +54 122
 Soviet Union (1958–1990) 7 31 15 6 10 53 34 +19 51
 Yugoslavia (1930) 1 3 2 0 1 7 7 0 6
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 7 30 12 7 11 48 35 +13 43
 FR Yugoslavia (1998) 1 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 1 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil5229
2 West Germany
 Germany
44412
3 Italy4217
4 Argentina2305
5 France2125
6 Uruguay2002
7 England1001
 Spain1001
9 Netherlands0314
10 Czechoslovakia0202
 Hungary0202
12 Sweden0123
13 Croatia0112
14 Poland0022
15 Austria0011
 Belgium0011
 Chile0011
 Portugal0011
 Turkey0011
 United States0011
Totals (20 entries)21212163

Comprehensive team results by tournament[edit]

Legend

The team ranking in each tournament is according to FIFA.[7] The rankings, apart from the top four positions (top two in 1930), are not a result of direct competition between the teams; instead, teams eliminated in the same round are ranked by their full results in the tournament. In recent tournaments, FIFA has used its world rankings for seeding in the final tournament draw.[8]

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament are shown (in parentheses).

Team
 
1930
Uruguay

(13)
QF
1934
Italy

(16)
QF
1938
France

(15)
QF
1950
Brazil

(13)
QF
1954
Switzerland

(16)
QF
1958
Sweden

(16)
QF
1962
Chile

(16)
QF
1966
England

(16)
QF
1970
Mexico

(16)
QF
1974
West Germany

(16)
QF
1978
Argentina

(16)
QF
1982
Spain

(24)
QF
1986
Mexico

(24)
QF
1990
Italy

(24)
QF
1994
United States

(24)
QF
1998
France

(32)
QF
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
QF
2006
Germany

(32)
QF
2010
South Africa

(32)
QF
2014
Brazil

(32)
QF
2018
Russia

(32)
QF
2022
Qatar

(32)
Total
 Algeria × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
4
 Angola × R1
23rd
1
 Argentina 2nd R1
T-9th
× × × R1
13th
R1
10th
QF
5th
R2
8th
1st R2
11th
1st 2nd R2
10th
QF
6th
R1
18th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd R2
16th
Q 18
 Australia R1
14th
R2
16th
R1
21st
R1
30th
R1
30th
Q 6
 Austria × 4th ••[m] × 3rd R1
15th
× R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
7
 Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4th R2
11th
R2
11th
R1
19th
R2
14th
QF
6th
3rd Q 14
 Bolivia R1
12th
× × R1
13th
× R1
21st
3
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia[a] R1
20th
1
 Brazil R1
6th
R1
14th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
1st 1st R1
11th
1st 4th 3rd R2
5th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
6th
4th QF
6th
Q 22
 Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R2
15th
4th R1
29th
7
 Cameroon × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
Q 8
 Canada × × × × R1
24th
R1
TBD
2
 Chile R1
5th
× × R1
9th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
11th
R1
22nd
× R2
16th
R2
10th
R2
9th
9
 China PR[n] × × × × × × × × × R1
31st
1
 Colombia × × × R1
14th
R2
14th
R1
19th
R1
21st
QF
5th
R2
9th
6
 Congo DR[f] × × R1
16th
× 1
 Costa Rica × × × × × R2
13th
R1
19th
R1
31st
QF
8th
R1
29th
Q 6
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd Q 6
 Cuba QF
8th
× × × × × × × 1
 Czech Republic[b] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
9
 Denmark × × × × × × R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
R2
11th
Q 6
 East Germany[c] Part of Germany × R2
6th
Part of Germany 1
 Ecuador × × × × × × R1
24th
R2
12th
R1
17th
Q 4
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
R1
31st
3
 El Salvador × × × × × × R1
16th
R1
24th
2
 England R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1st QF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4th R2
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R2
13th
R1
26th
4th Q 16
 France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
R1
11th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th 3rd 1st R1
28th
2nd R1
29th
QF
7th
1st Q 16
 Germany[c] × 3rd R1
10th
× 1st 4th QF
7th
2nd 3rd 1st R2
6th
2nd 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
7th
2nd 3rd 3rd 1st R1
22nd
Q 20
 Ghana × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
Q 4
 Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
13th
3
 Haiti × × × × × R1
15th
× 1
 Honduras × × × × R1
18th
R1
30th
R1
31st
3
 Hungary × QF
6th
2nd × 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
9
 Iceland × × × × × R1
28th
1
 Indonesia[d] × × R1
15th
× × •× × × × × 1
 Iran × × × × × × R1
14th
× × R1
20th
R1
T-25th
R1
28th
R1
18th
Q 6
 Iraq × × × × × × R1
23rd
1
 Israel[o] × R1
12th
1
 Italy × 1st 1st R1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2nd R1
10th
4th 1st R2
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R2
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
18
 Ivory Coast × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
3
 Jamaica × × × R1
22nd
1
 Japan × × × × × × R1
31st
R2
9th
R1
T-28th
R2
9th
R1
29th
R2
15th
Q 7
 Kuwait × × R1
21st
•× 1
 Mexico R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
11th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
16th
QF
6th
× R2
13th
R2
13th
R2
11th
R2
15th
R2
14th
R2
10th
R2
12th
Q 17
 Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
Q 6
 Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R2
15th
QF
7th
4th R2
11th
2nd 3rd Q 11
 New Zealand × × × × × R1
23rd
R1
22nd
2
 Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
6
 North Korea × × QF
8th
× × × × R1
32nd
•× 2
 Northern Ireland QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
3
 Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R2
15th
3
 Panama × × × × × × × × R1
32nd
1
 Paraguay R1
9th
× × R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
13th
R2
14th
R2
16th
R1
18th
QF
8th
8
 Peru R1
10th
× × × × QF
7th
R2
8th
R1
20th
R1
20th
5
 Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
Q 9
 Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R2
11th
R1
18th
R2
13th
Q 8
 Qatar × R1
TBD
1
 Republic of Ireland[p] × QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
3
 Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
7
 Russia[e] × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
•× R2
7th
R2
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
•× 11
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × R2
12th
R1
28th
R1
32nd
R1
T-28th
R1
26th
Q 6
 Scotland •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
8
 Senegal × × × QF
7th
R1
17th
Q 3
 Serbia[a] 4th[q] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
Q 13
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia[b] R2
16th
1
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × R1
30th
R1
18th
2
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
3
 South Korea × R1
16th
× × R1
20th
R1
22nd
R1
20th
R1
30th
4th R1
17th
R2
15th
R1
27th
R1
19th
Q 11
 Spain × QF
5th
× 4th R1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R2
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st R1
23rd
R2
10th
Q 16
 Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R2
13th
R2
14th
QF
7th
12
 Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
R2
14th
Q 12
 Togo × × × × R1
30th
1
 Trinidad and Tobago R1
27th
1
 Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
Q 6
 Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd 2
 Ukraine Part of Soviet Union[e] × QF
8th
1
 United Arab Emirates × × × R1
24th
1
 United States 3rd[q] R1
16th
× R1
10th
R1
23rd
R2
14th
R1
32nd
QF
8th
R1
T-25th
R2
12th
R2
15th
Q 11
 Uruguay 1st × × 1st 4th R1
13th
QF
7th
4th R1
13th
R2
16th
R2
16th
R1
26th
4th R2
12th
QF
5th
Q 14
 Wales QF
6th
Q 2
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total


Hosts[edit]

Results of host nations
Year Host Nation Finish
1930  Uruguay Champions
1934  Italy Champions
1938  France Quarter-Final
1950  Brazil Runners-up
1954  Switzerland Quarter-Final
1958  Sweden Runners-up
1962  Chile Third Place
1966  England Champions
1970  Mexico Quarter-Final
1974  West Germany Champions
1978  Argentina Champions
1982  Spain Round 2 (top 12)
1986  Mexico Quarter-Final
1990  Italy Third Place
1994  United States Round of 16
1998  France Champions
2002  South Korea Fourth Place
 Japan Round of 16
2006  Germany Third Place
2010  South Africa Group Stage
2014  Brazil Fourth Place
2018  Russia Quarter-Final
2022  Qatar Group Stage
2026  Canada TBD
 Mexico
 United States

Results of defending finalists[edit]

The defending World Cup champions were formerly granted an automatic spot in the Cup finals field. As of the 2006 tournament, this berth is no longer guaranteed.[10] However, no defending World Cup champion has yet failed to qualify. Automatic berths have never been given for defending World Cup runners-up. Defending runners-up have qualified 16 times in 19 attempts for the following World Cup.

Year Defending champions Finish Defending runners-up Finish
1934  Uruguay Did not enter  Argentina Round of 16
1938  Italy Champions  Czechoslovakia Quarter-Final
1950  Italy Group Stage  Hungary Did not enter
1954  Uruguay Fourth Place  Brazil Quarter-Final
1958  West Germany Fourth Place  Hungary Group Stage
1962  Brazil Champions  Sweden Did not qualify
1966  Brazil Group Stage  Czechoslovakia Did not qualify
1970  England Quarter-Final  West Germany Third Place
1974  Brazil Fourth Place  Italy Group Stage
1978  West Germany Round 2 (top 8)  Netherlands Runners-up
1982  Argentina Round 2 (top 12)  Netherlands Did not qualify
1986  Italy Round of 16  West Germany Runners-up
1990  Argentina Runners-up  West Germany Champions
1994  Germany Quarter-Final  Argentina Round of 16
1998  Brazil Runners-up  Italy Quarter-Final
2002  France Group Stage  Brazil Champions
2006  Brazil Quarter-Final  Germany Third Place
2010  Italy Group Stage  France Group Stage
2014  Spain Group Stage  Netherlands Third Place
2018  Germany Group Stage  Argentina Round of 16
2022  France TBD  Croatia TBD

Results by confederation[edit]

AFC[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 5 6 43
Top 16 0[r] 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 6
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th South Korea 1

CAF[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 49
Top 16 0[r] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 9
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

CONCACAF[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 46
Top 16 0[r] 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 1 14
Top 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 5
Top 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd United States 1
4th 0

CONMEBOL[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 4 89
Top 16 2[r] 4 4 2 4 2 3 5 5 4 35
Top 8 0 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 2 4 3 2 34
Top 4 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 22
Top 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 14
1st Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Brazil Brazil Argentina Argentina Brazil Brazil 9
2nd Argentina Brazil Argentina Brazil Argentina 5
3rd Brazil Chile Brazil 3
4th Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Uruguay Brazil 5

OFC[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
Top 16 0[r] 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

UEFA[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 4 12 12 6 12 12 10 10 9 9 10 14 14 14 13 15 15 14 13 13 14 13 258
Top 16 10[r] 10 10 10 10 9 10 6 6 10 91
Top 8 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 6 5 5 6 7 6 4 6 3 4 6 100
Top 4 1 4 3 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 4 60
Top 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 28
1st Italy Italy West Germany England West Germany Italy West Germany France Italy Spain Germany France 12
2nd Czechoslovakia Hungary Hungary Sweden Czechoslovakia West Germany Italy Netherlands Netherlands West Germany West Germany Italy Germany France Netherlands Croatia 16
3rd Germany Sweden Austria France Portugal West Germany Poland Poland France Italy Sweden Croatia Turkey Germany Germany Netherlands Belgium 17
4th Kingdom of Yugoslavia Austria Sweden Spain West Germany Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Soviet Union Italy France Belgium England Bulgaria Netherlands Portugal   England 15

Active consecutive participations[edit]

This is a list of active consecutive participations of national teams in the FIFA World Cup

Team Confederation Managed to qualify since Consecutive participations
 Brazil CONMEBOL 1930 22
 Germany UEFA 1954 18[s]
 Argentina CONMEBOL 1974 13
 Spain UEFA 1978 12
 South Korea AFC 1986 10
 Mexico CONCACAF 1994 8
 England UEFA 1998 7
 France UEFA 1998 7
 Japan AFC 1998 7
 Portugal UEFA 2002 6
 Switzerland UEFA 2006 5
 Australia AFC 2006 5
 Uruguay CONMEBOL 2010 4
 Belgium UEFA 2014 3
 Croatia UEFA 2014 3
 Iran AFC 2014 3
 Costa Rica CONCACAF 2014 3
 Denmark UEFA 2018 2
 Serbia UEFA 2018 2[t]
 Saudi Arabia AFC 2018 2
 Senegal CAF 2018 2
 Poland UEFA 2018 2
 Tunisia CAF 2018 2
 Morocco CAF 2018 2

Droughts[edit]

This section is a list of droughts associated with the participation of national football teams in the FIFA World Cups. 1942 and 1946, when the tournament was not held due to World War II, are not included in the calculation of a drought.

Longest active World Cup appearance droughts[edit]

Does not include teams that have not yet made their first appearance or teams that no longer exist.

As of 2022 FIFA World Cup
Team Last appearance WC Missed
 Cuba 1938 19
 Indonesia 1938 19
 Israel 1970 13
 DR Congo 1974 12
 Haiti 1974 12
 El Salvador 1982 10
 Kuwait 1982 10
 Hungary 1986 9
 Iraq 1986 9
 Northern Ireland 1986 9
 United Arab Emirates 1990 8
 Bolivia 1994 7
 Austria 1998 6
 Bulgaria 1998 6
 Jamaica 1998 6
 Norway 1998 6
 Romania 1998 6
 Scotland 1998 6
 China 2002 5
 Republic of Ireland 2002 5
 Turkey 2002 5
 Angola 2006 4
 Czech Republic 2006 4
 Togo 2006 4
 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 4
 Ukraine 2006 4
 New Zealand 2010 3
 North Korea 2010 3
 Paraguay 2010 3
 Slovakia 2010 3
 Slovenia 2010 3
 South Africa 2010 3
 Algeria 2014 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 2
 Chile 2014 2
 Greece 2014 2
 Honduras 2014 2
 Italy 2014 2
 Ivory Coast 2014 2
 Colombia 2018 1
 Egypt 2018 1
 Iceland 2018 1
 Nigeria 2018 1
 Panama 2018 1
 Peru 2018 1
 Russia 2018 1
 Sweden 2018 1

Longest World Cup appearance droughts overall[edit]

Only includes droughts begun after a team's first appearance and until the team ceased to exist. Updated to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Team Prev. appearance Next appearance WC Missed
 Cuba 1938 active 19
 Indonesia[d] 1938 active 19
 Wales 1958 2022 15
 Israel 1970 active 13
 DR Congo[f] 1974 active 12
 Haiti 1974 active 12
 Egypt 1934 1990 11
 Norway 1938 1994 11
 Turkey 1954 2002 11
 Bolivia 1950 1994 10
 North Korea 1966 2010 10
 El Salvador 1982 active 10
 Kuwait 1982 active 10
 United States 1950 1990 9
 Hungary 1986 active 9
 Iraq 1986 active 9
 Northern Ireland 1986 active 9
 Peru 1982 2018 8
 Canada 1986 2022 8
 United Arab Emirates 1990 active 8
 South Korea 1954 1986 7
 Australia 1974 2006 7
 Netherlands 1938 1974 6
 Poland 1938 1974 6
 Paraguay 1958 1986 6
 Colombia 1962 1990 6
 Switzerland 1966 1994 6
 Honduras 1982 2010 6
 New Zealand 1982 2010 6
 Austria 1998 active 6
 Bulgaria 1998 active 6
 Jamaica 1998 active 6
 Romania 1998 active 6
 Scotland 1998 active 6
 Algeria 1986 2010 5
 China 2002 active 5
 Republic of Ireland 2002 active 5
 Portugal 1966 1986 4
 East Germany[c] 1974 dissolved 4
 Iran 1978 1998 4
 Tunisia 1978 1998 4
 Morocco 1998 2018 4
 Angola 2006 active 4
 Czech Republic 2006 active 4
 Togo 2006 active 4
 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 active 4
 Ukraine 2006 active 4
 Argentina 1934 1958 3
 Belgium 1954 1970 3
 Chile 1982 1998 3
 Greece 1994 2010 3
 Senegal 2002 2018 3
 Slovakia 2010 active 3
 Slovenia 2010 active 3
 South Africa 2010 active 3
 Mexico 1930 1950 2
 Serbia[a] 1930 1950 2
1962 1974
 Uruguay 1930 1950 2
1974 1986
1990 2002
 Sweden 1958 1970 2
1978 1990
2006 2018
 France 1966 1978 2
1986 1998
 Spain 1966 1978 2
 England 1970 1982 2
 Russia[e] 1970 1982 2
2002 2014
 Denmark 1986 1998 2
 Costa Rica 1990 2002 2
 Saudi Arabia 2006 2018 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 active 2
 Italy 2014 active 2
 Ivory Coast 2014 active 2
 Germany[c] 1938 1954 1
 Cameroon 1982 1990 1
2002 2010
2014 2022
 Nigeria 2002 2010 1
2018 active
 Croatia 2006 2014 1
 Ecuador 2006 2014 1
2014 2022
 Ghana 2014 2022 1
 Iceland 2018 active 1
 Panama 2018 active 1

General statistics by tournament[edit]

Year Host Champion Winning coach Top scorer(s) Best player award[11][12][13]
1930  Uruguay  Uruguay Uruguay Alberto Suppici Argentina Guillermo Stábile (8) Uruguay José Nasazzi
1934  Italy  Italy Italy Vittorio Pozzo Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý (5) Italy Giuseppe Meazza
1938  France  Italy Italy Vittorio Pozzo Brazil Leônidas (7) Brazil Leônidas
1950  Brazil  Uruguay Uruguay Juan López Brazil Ademir (9) Brazil Zizinho
1954  Switzerland  West Germany West Germany Sepp Herberger Hungary Sándor Kocsis (11) Hungary Ferenc Puskás
1958  Sweden  Brazil Brazil Vicente Feola France Just Fontaine (13) Brazil Didi
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)
Brazil Garrincha
1966  England  England England Alf Ramsey Portugal Eusébio (9) England Bobby Charlton
1970  Mexico  Brazil Brazil Mário Zagallo West Germany Gerd Müller (10) Brazil Pelé
1974  West Germany  West Germany West Germany Helmut Schön Poland Grzegorz Lato (7) Netherlands Johan Cruyff
1978  Argentina  Argentina Argentina César Luis Menotti Argentina Mario Kempes (6) Argentina Mario Kempes
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
2018  Russia  France France Didier Deschamps England Harry Kane (6) Croatia Luka Modrić
2022  Qatar

Teams: Tournament position[edit]

Note: In case there are teams with equal quantities, they will be mentioned in chronological order of tournament history (the teams that attained the quantity first, are listed first). If the quantity was attained by more than one team in the same tournament, the teams will be listed 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
18, Brazil (every tournament except 1934, 1966 and 1990)[u]
Most finishes in the top 16
21, Brazil (every tournament)
Most World Cup appearances
22, Brazil (every tournament)
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 eliminated in semi-final
5, Germany (1934, 1958, 1970, 2006, 2010)
Most eliminated in quarter-final
8, England (1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006)[v]
Most eliminated in round of 16
14, Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)[w]
Most eliminated in first round
8, South Korea (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018), and Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)
Most titles won by a confederation
12, UEFA (1934, 1938, 1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
Most final appearances by confederation
28, UEFA (2 in 1934, 2 in 1938, 2 in 1954, 1958, 1962, 2 in 1966, 1970, 2 in 1974, 1978, 2 in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2 in 2006, 2 in 2010, 2014, 2 in 2018)
Confederation with highest percentage of teams who qualified for the finals at least once
90% (9 out of 10), CONMEBOL (all but Venezuela)
Confederation with lowest percentage of teams who qualified for the finals at least once
15.38% (2 out of 11 current and 2 former), OFC (only Australia and New Zealand)

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 16
21, Brazil (1930–2018)[x]
Most consecutive finals tournaments
22, Brazil (1930–2022)
Most consecutive second-place finishes
2, Netherlands (1974–1978) and West 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)[y]
Most consecutive 9th–16th-place finishes
7, Mexico (1994–2018)
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
4, UEFA (2006–2018)
Most consecutive top two appearances by confederation
17, UEFA (1954–2018)
Most consecutive top three appearances by confederation
20, UEFA (1934–2018)
Most consecutive top four appearances by confederation
21, UEFA (1930–2018)

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 finals
64 years, Wales (1958–2022)
Longest holding of the world champion title
Italy: 16 years, 1 month and 6 days (10 June 1934 – 16 July 1950)

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), Qatar (2022)

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 tournament
Group stage: Italy (1950), Brazil (1966), France (2002), Italy (2010), Spain (2014), Germany (2018)

Debuting teams[edit]

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

Other[edit]

Most finishes in the top two without ever being champion
3, Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010)
Most finishes in the top three without ever being champion
4, Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010, 2014)
Most finishes in the top four without ever being champion
5, Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1998, 2010, 2014)
Most appearances, never progressing from the first round
8, Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)[aa]
Most finals played, never lost
2, Uruguay (1930,1950)
Most semi-finals played, never lost
5, Argentina (1930, 1978, 1986, 1990, 2014)[ab]
Most quarter-finals (or best eight round) played, never lost
2, Croatia (1998, 2018), Portugal (1966, 2006) and Austria (1934, 1954)
Most round of 16 (from 1986 to date) played, never lost
8, Germany (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
Most appearances, never winning a match
3, Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994), Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014), Egypt (1934, 1990, 2018)
Most played final
3, Argentina vs Germany (1986, 1990, 2014)
Most played match
7, Argentina vs Germany (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2014), Brazil vs Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990, 1994 (2x)), Germany vs Yugoslavia/Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2010)

Teams: Tournament progress[edit]

All time[edit]

Most appearances in the first round
22, Brazil (every tournament)
Progressed from the first round the most times
18, Brazil (every tournament except 1930, 1934 and 1966)
Progressed from the first round as group winners the most times
15, Brazil (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
Eliminated in the first round the most times (and therefore most appearances without reaching the second round)
8, Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)
Most appearances without elimination from the first round
3, Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002)[ac]
Fewest appearances, reaching quarter-finals
1, Cuba (1938), East Germany (1974), Ukraine (2006)
Most appearances without reaching quarter-finals
8, Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)
Fewest appearances, reaching semi-finals
2, Turkey (2002)
Most appearances, without reaching semi-finals
16, Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
Fewest appearances, reaching a final
5, Croatia (2018)
Most appearances without reaching a final
16, Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
Fewest appearances, winning a title
14, Uruguay (1930, 1950)
Most appearances without winning a title
16, Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive appearances in the first round
22, Brazil (every tournament)
Most consecutive progressions from the first round
16, Germany (1954–2014)
Most consecutive progressions from the first round as group winners
10, Brazil (1982–2018)
Most consecutive eliminations from the first round
5, Mexico (1950–1966), Scotland (1974–1990)
Most consecutive result by the same team
7, Round of 16, Mexico (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)

Players[edit]

Most championships
3, Pelé (Brazil, 1958, 1962[ad] and 1970)
See here for a list of players who have won multiple FIFA World Cups.
Most man of the match awards in one tournament
4, Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) in 2010, Lionel Messi (Argentina) in 2014[15]
Most tournament appearances
5, Antonio Carbajal (Mexico, 1950–1966), Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998), Rafael Márquez (Mexico, 2002–2018), Lionel Messi (Argentina, 2006–2022), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, 2006–2022), Andrés Guardado (Mexico, 2006–2022)[16]
Most finishes in the top two
3, Nílton Santos (Brazil; 1950, 1958, 1962), Carlos José Castilho (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 of Brazil had also appeared in 3 occasions, 1994–2002, but did not play in 1994)
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
25, Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998)
Most knockout games played
14, Miroslav Klose (Germany, 2002–2014)
Most minutes played
2,217 minutes, Paolo Maldini (Italy, 1990–2002)
Most qualifier matches played
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)[ae]
Most different teams played in tournaments
2, Luis Monti (Argentina, 1930 and Italy, 1934), Robert Prosinečki and Robert Jarni (Yugoslavia, 1990 and Croatia, 1998 and 2002), Ferenc Puskás (Hungary, 1954 and Spain, 1962)
Most appearances as captain
17, Rafael Márquez (Mexico, 2002–2018)[17]
Most tournaments as captain
5, Rafael Márquez (Mexico, 2002–2018)[17]
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[af]
Youngest captain
21 years, 109 days, Tony Meola (United States), vs Czechoslovakia, 10 June 1990[ag]
Youngest player to ever be named to a FIFA World Cup squad
16 years, 339 days, Edu (Brazil), 1966
Oldest player
45 years, 161 days, Essam El-Hadary (Egypt), vs Saudi Arabia, 25 June 2018
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. (United States Virgin Islands), vs Saint Kitts and Nevis, 18 February 2004, 2006 CONCACAF First Round[19]
Oldest captain
45 years, 161 days, Essam El-Hadary (Egypt), vs Saudi Arabia, 25 June 2018
Oldest player to debut in a World Cup finals tournament
45 years, 161 days, Essam El-Hadary (Egypt), vs Saudi Arabia, 25 June 2018
Oldest player to ever be named to a FIFA World Cup squad
45 years, 150 days, Essam El-Hadary (Egypt), 2018[20]
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
15 years and 363 days, Faryd Mondragón (Colombia, 1998–2014)
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); Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon, 1998–2014); Rafael Márquez (Mexico, 2002–2018), Lionel Messi (Argentina, 2006–2022), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, 2006–2022), Andrés Guardado (Mexico, 2006–2022)
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, final tournaments
16, Miroslav Klose (Germany, 2002–2014)[17]
Most goals scored, qualifying
39, Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala, 2002–2016)[21]
Most goals scored, single tournament
13, Just Fontaine (France, 1958)[17]
Most goals scored in a match
5, Oleg Salenko (Russia), vs Cameroon, 1994[17]
Most goals scored in a lost match
4, Ernst Wilimowski (Poland), vs Brazil, 1938[ah]
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)[22]
Most consecutive hat-tricks
2, Sándor Kocsis (Hungary, 1954) and Gerd Müller (West Germany, 1970)[22]
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 of penalty kicks
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), Arne Nyberg (Sweden), 3 goals in 3 matches (1938), Alcides Ghiggia (Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950), Just Fontaine (France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958), Omar Oreste Corbatta (Argentina), 3 goals in 3 matches (1958), Ferenc Bene (Hungary), 4 goals in 4 matches (1966), Jairzinho (Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970), Teófilo Cubillas (Peru), 5 goals in 4 matches (1970), James Rodríguez (Colombia), 6 goals in 5 matches (2014)
Most tournaments with at least one goal
5, Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, 2006–2022)
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 overall
16 years, Lionel Messi (Argentina, 16 June 2006 – 26 November 2022) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, 17 June 2006 – 24 November 2022)
Longest period between successive goals
12 years, Michael Laudrup (Denmark, 1986–1998) and Ivica Olić (Croatia, 2002–2014)
First goalscorer
Lucien Laurent (France), vs Mexico, 13 July 1930[22]
100th goal goalscorer
Angelo Schiavio (Italy), vs United States, 27 May 1934[22]
1000th goal goalscorer
Rob Rensenbrink (Netherlands), vs Scotland, 11 June 1978[22]
2000th goal goalscorer
Marcus Allbäck (Sweden), vs England, 20 June 2006[22]
Youngest goalscorer
17 years, 239 days, Pelé (Brazil), vs Wales, 19 June 1958[23]
Youngest hat-trick scorer
17 years, 244 days, Pelé (Brazil), vs France, 24 June 1958[23]
Youngest goalscorer, final
17 years, 249 days, Pelé (Brazil), vs Sweden, 29 June 1958[23]
The youngest player who received "at least Bronze Boot" for being top goalscorer in the tournament
17 years, 249 days, Pelé (Brazil), 1958
Oldest goalscorer
42 years, 39 days, Roger Milla (Cameroon), vs Russia, 28 June 1994
Oldest debut goal
38 years, 19 days, Roger Milla (Cameroon), 1990
Oldest hat-trick scorer
33 years, 130 days, Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), vs Spain, 15 June 2018
Oldest goalscorer, final
35 years, 264 days, Nils Liedholm (Sweden), vs Brazil, 29 June 1958
The oldest player who received "at least Bronze Boot" for being top goalscorer in the tournament
38 years, 49 days, Roger Milla (Cameroon), 1990
Only player to score in his teens, his twenties and his thirties
Lionel Messi (Argentina) (2006, 2014, 2018 and 2022)[24][25]
Most penalties scored (excluding shoot-outs)
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 shoot-outs)
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 kick-off
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 final
Fastest goal in a qualifying match
8.1 seconds, Christian Benteke (Belgium), vs Gibraltar, 10 October 2016, 2018 UEFA Group H[26]
Fastest brace scored
69 seconds, Toni Kroos (Germany), vs Brazil, 2014
Latest goal in regular time
90+13th minute, Mehdi Taremi (Iran), vs England, 2022[27]
Latest goal from kick-off
121st minute, Alessandro Del Piero (Italy), vs Germany, 2006 and Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria), vs Germany, 2014
Latest goal from kick-off in a final
120th minute, Geoff Hurst (England), vs Germany, 1966 (see "They think it's all over")
Latest goal from kick-off, with no goals scored between
119th minute, David Platt (England), vs Belgium, 1990 and Fabio Grosso (Italy), vs Germany, 2006
Latest goal from kick-off in a final, with no goals scored between
116th minute, Andrés Iniesta (Spain), vs Netherlands, 2010

Team[edit]

Biggest margin of victory
9, Hungary 9–0 South Korea, 1954;[28] Yugoslavia 9–0 Zaire, 1974[28] and Hungary 10–1 El Salvador, 1982[28]
Biggest margin of victory, qualifying match
31, Australia 31–0 American Samoa, 11 April 2001, 2002 OFC Group 1
Most goals scored in a match, one team
10, Hungary 10–1 El Salvador, 1982
Most goals scored in a match, both teams
12, Austria 7–5 Switzerland, 1954
Highest scoring draw
4–4, England vs Belgium (a.e.t.), 1954 and Soviet Union vs Colombia, 1962
Largest deficit overcome in a win
3 goals, Austria, 1954 (coming from 0–3 down to win 7–5 vs Switzerland) and Portugal, 1966 (coming from 0–3 down to win 5–3 vs North Korea)
Largest deficit overcome in a draw
3 goals, Colombia, 1962 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 4–4 vs Soviet Union) and Uruguay, 2002 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 3–3 vs Senegal)
Most goals scored in extra time, both teams
5, Italy 3–2 West Germany, 1970
Most goals scored in a final, one team
5, Brazil, 1958
Most goals scored in a final, both teams
7, Brazil 5–2 Sweden, 1958
Fewest goals scored in a final, both teams
0, Brazil 0–0 Italy, 1994
Biggest margin of victory in a final
3, Brazil 5–2 Sweden, 1958; Brazil 4–1 Italy, 1970 and France 3–0 Brazil, 1998
Largest deficit overcome in a win in a final
2, West Germany, 1954 (coming from 0–2 down to win 3–2 vs Hungary)
Most goals in a tournament, one team
27, Hungary, 1954
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one match
7, Yugoslavia, vs Zaire, 1974 (Dušan Bajević, Dragan Džajić, Ivica Šurjak, Josip Katalinski, Vladislav Bogićević, Branko Oblak and Ilija Petković)
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one tournament
11, incl. an own goal by an opponent, Belgium, 2018 (Michy Batshuayi, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen and an own goal by Brazil's Fernandinho)[ai]
Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches
[aj] +10: Turkey (1954) – lost 1–4 to West Germany, then won 7–0 over South Korea; and West Germany (1954) – lost 8–3 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 5–1 to Hungary; Turkey (1954) – won 7–0 over South Korea, then lost 7–2 to West Germany and Hungary (1982) – won 10–1 over El Salvador, then lost 1–4 to Argentina
Most consecutive FIFA World Cup goals for a team scored by same player
6: Eusébio (Portugal), Paolo Rossi (Italy), Oleh Salenko (Russia), Enner Valencia (Ecuador). Valencia's goals were scored across two tournament appearances for Ecuador, spanning over eight years.

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 matches without a scoreless draw
63 matches, 2018
Most consecutive matches without a scoreless draw
36 matches, 2018
Most knockout matches without a scoreless draw
16 matches, 2018
Most scorers in a tournament
122, 2018
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, 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, 1970Gerd Müller (West Germany) and Jairzinho (Brazil)
Longest distance covered by a player in a tournament
84 km, 2014 – Thomas Müller (Germany)[29]

Own goals[edit]

Top scoring teams by tournament[edit]

  • 1930: Argentina, 18 goals
  • 1934: Italy, 12 goals
  • 1938: Hungary, 15 goals
  • 1950: Brazil, 22 goals
  • 1954: Hungary, 27 goals
  • 1958: France, 23 goals
  • 1962: Brazil, 14 goals
  • 1966: Portugal, 17 goals
  • 1970: Brazil, 19 goals
  • 1974: Poland, 16 goals
  • 1978: Argentina & Netherlands, 15 goals each
  • 1982: France, 16 goals
  • 1986: Argentina, 14 goals
  • 1990: West Germany, 15 goals
  • 1994: Sweden, 15 goals
  • 1998: France, 15 goals
  • 2002: Brazil, 18 goals
  • 2006: Germany, 14 goals
  • 2010: Germany, 16 goals
  • 2014: Germany, 18 goals
  • 2018: Belgium, 16 goals

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

Goal scoring by tournament[edit]

  • 1930: 70 goals in 18 matches (15 group matches, 3 knockout matches). 3.89 goals per game (gpg)
  • 1934: 70 goals in 17 matches (15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off, 1 replay). 4.67 gpg
  • 1938: 84 goals in 18 matches (14 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off, 3 replays). 3.56 gpg
  • 1950: 88 goals in 22 matches (22 group matches). 4 gpg
  • 1954: 140 goals in 26 matches (16 group matches, 7 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off, 2 progress play-offs). 5.38 gpg
  • 1958: 126 goals in 35 matches (24 group matches, 7 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off, 3 progress play-offs). 3.6 gpg
  • 1962: 89 goals in 32 matches (24 group matches, 7 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.78 gpg
  • 1966: 89 goals in 32 matches (24 group matches, 7 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.78 gpg
  • 1970: 95 goals in 32 matches (24 group matches, 7 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off) 2.97 gpg
  • 1974: 97 goals in 38 matches (36 group matches, 1 final, 1 third place play-off). 2.55 gpg
  • 1978: 102 goals in 38 matches (36 group matches, 1 final, 1 third place play-off). 2.68 gpg
  • 1982: 146 goals in 52 matches (48 group matches, 3 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.81 gpg
  • 1986: 132 goals in 52 matches (36 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.54 gpg
  • 1990: 115 goals in 52 matches (36 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.21 gpg
  • 1994: 141 goals in 52 matches (36 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.71 gpg
  • 1998: 171 goals in 64 matches (48 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.67 gpg
  • 2002: 161 goals in 64 matches (48 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.52 gpg
  • 2006: 147 goals in 64 matches (48 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.3 gpg
  • 2010: 145 goals in 64 matches (48 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.27 gpg
  • 2014: 171 goals in 64 matches (48 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.67 gpg
  • 2018: 169 goals in 64 matches (48 group matches, 15 knockout matches, 1 third place play-off). 2.64 gpg

Assisting[edit]

Most assists provided, overall, final tournaments
10, Pelé (Brazil, 1958–1970)[30]
Most assists provided in a tournament
6, Pelé (Brazil, 1970)[31]
Most assists provided in final matches
3, Pelé (Brazil, 1 in 1958, 2 in 1970)[32]
Most tournaments with at least one assist
5, Lionel Messi (Argentina, 2006–2022)[33]
Most consecutive tournaments with at least one assist
5, Lionel Messi (Argentina, 2006–2022)[33]

Penalties[edit]

By team[edit]

Most awarded
19, Spain
Most converted
16, Spain
Most missed or saved
4, Brazil

By tournament[edit]

Most awarded
29, 2018[34]
Most converted
22, 2018
Most not converted
7, 2018

Penalty shoot-outs[edit]

By team[edit]

Most played
5, Argentina (1990, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2014)
Most played in one tournament
2, Argentina (1990), Spain (2002), Costa Rica and Netherlands (2014), Croatia and Russia (2018)
Most won
4, Germany (1982, 1986, 1990, 2006) and Argentina (1990, 1990, 1998, 2014)
Most won in one tournament
2, Argentina (1990) and Croatia (2018)
Most lost
3, England (1990, 1998, 2006), Italy (1990, 1994, 1998) and Spain (1986, 2002, 2018)
Most played shoot-out
2, France vs Italy (1998, 2006)

By tournament[edit]

Most played
4, 1990, 2006, 2014, 2018
Fewest played (since the introduction in 1978)
0, 1978

Extra time[edit]

By team[edit]

Most played
11, Germany (1938, 1966, 1970 (2), 1982, 1986, 1990, 2006 (2), 2014 (2)) and Italy (1934 (2), 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 (2), 1998, 2002, 2006 (2))
Most tournaments playing extra time
8, Germany (1938, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2014) and Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Most consecutive tournaments playing extra time
5, Italy (1990–2006)
Most played in one tournament
3, Belgium (1986), England (1990), Argentina (2014) and Croatia (2018)
Most consecutive played in one tournament
3, England (1990) and Croatia (2018)
Most won (excluding replays and shoot-outs)
5, Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1994, 2006)
Most lost (excluding replays and shoot-outs)
3, Germany (1966, 1970, 2006)
Most won in one tournament (excluding replays and shoot-outs)
2, England (1990) and Germany (2014)
Most consecutive won in one tournament (excluding replays and shoot-outs)
2, England (1990)
Most played match
3, England vs Germany (1966, 1970, 1990)
Most consecutive played match
2, England vs Germany (1966–1970)

By tournament[edit]

Most played
8, 1990, 2014
Most played, not ending in replays or shoot-outs
4, 1990, 2014
Most played ending in replays
3, 1938
Most played ending in shoot-outs
4, 1990, 2006, 2014, 2018
Most played ending in a golden goal (sudden death)
3, 2002
Fewest played
0, 1930, 1950, 1962, 1974

Tiebreakers[edit]

Cases when replays were used
Cases when play-offs were used
Cases when drawing of lots was used
Cases when fair play was used

Goalkeeping[edit]

Most clean sheets (matches without conceding)
10, Peter Shilton (England, 1982–1990) and Fabien Barthez (France, 1998–2006)[17]
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[ak]), 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[al]
Fewest goals conceded, penalty shoot-outs, one match
0, Oleksandr Shovkovskyi (Ukraine), vs Switzerland, 2006
Most saves, one match
16, Tim Howard (United States), vs Belgium, 2014[35]
Most penalties saved, one tournament (excluding during shoot-outs)
2, Jan Tomaszewski (Poland), 1974 and Brad Friedel (United States), 2002
Most penalties saved overall (excluding during shoot-outs)
2, Jan Tomaszewski (Poland, both in 1974), Brad Friedel (United States, both in 2002), and Iker Casillas (Spain, 1 in 2002 and 1 in 2010)
Most penalties saved in one penalty shoot-out
3, Ricardo (Portugal), vs England, 2006 and Danijel Subašić (Croatia), vs Denmark, 2018
Most penalties saved overall in penalty shoot-outs
4, Harald Schumacher (Germany, 2 vs France in 1982 and 2 vs Mexico in 1986), Sergio Goycochea (Argentina, 2 vs Yugoslavia in 1990 and 2 vs Italy in 1990), and Danijel Subašić (Croatia, 3 vs Denmark, 2018 and 1 vs Russia, 2018)[36]
Youngest goalkeeper
19 years, 191 days, Lee Chang-myung (North Korea), vs Soviet Union, 12 July 1966
Youngest goalkeeper to save a penalty (excluding during shoot-outs)
21 years, 27 days, Iker Casillas (Spain), vs Republic of Ireland, 16 June 2002
Youngest goalkeeper to save a penalty in a shoot-out
21 years, 27 days, Iker Casillas (Spain), vs Republic of Ireland, 16 June 2002
Oldest goalkeeper
45 years, 161 days, Essam El-Hadary (Egypt), vs Saudi Arabia, 25 June 2018
Oldest goalkeeper to save a penalty (excluding during shoot-outs)
45 years, 161 days, Essam El-Hadary (Egypt), vs Saudi Arabia, 25 June 2018
Oldest goalkeeper to save a penalty in a shoot-out
36 years, 232 days, Jens Lehmann (Germany), vs Argentina, 30 June 2006

Coaching[edit]

Most matches coached
25, Helmut Schön (West Germany, 1966–1978)
Most matches won
16, Helmut Schön (West Germany, 1966–1978)
Most tournaments won
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, 2002), and Carlos Alberto Parreira (Kuwait, 1982; United Arab Emirates, 1990; Brazil, 1994 and 2006; Saudi Arabia, 1998, South Africa, 2010)
Most consecutive tournaments
5, Bora Milutinović (Mexico, 1986; Costa Rica, 1990; United States, 1994; Nigeria, 1998; China, 2002)[37]
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 quarter-final against England, by penalty shoot-out, 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, 267 days, Juan Jose Tramutola (Argentina, 1930)
Youngest coach, champions
31 years, 252 days, Alberto Suppici (Uruguay, 1930)
Oldest coach
71 years, 317 days, Otto Rehhagel (Greece, 2010)
Oldest coach, champions
59 years, 200 days, Vicente del Bosque (Spain, 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)[am]
Most tournament 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); Diego Maradona, Argentina (1982–1994 as player, 2010 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) and Didier Deschamps, France (1998 as player, 2018 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)
Won tournament as a foreign head coach
No foreign coach has won a tournament (all winning head coaches were natives of the country they coached)
Best finish for a foreign head coach
Runners-up, George Raynor (England, coached Sweden in 1958) and Ernst Happel (Austria, coached Netherlands in 1978)

Refereeing[edit]

Most tournaments
3 – John Langenus (Belgium, 1930–1938), Ivan Eklind (Sweden, 1934–1950), Benjamin Griffiths (Wales, 1950–1958), Arthur Ellis (England, 1950–1958), Juan Gardeazábal (Spain, 1958–1966), Erik Fredriksson (Sweden, 1982–1990), Jamal Al Sharif (Syria, 1986–1994), Joël Quiniou (France, 1986–1994), Ali Mohamed Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates, 1994–2002), Óscar Ruiz (Colombia, 2002–2010), Carlos Eugênio Simon (Brazil, 2002–2010), Marco Rodríguez (Mexico, 2006–2014), Joel Aguilar (El Salvador, 2010–2018), Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan, 2010–2018)
Most matches refereed, overall
11 – Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan, 2010–2018)
Most matches refereed, one tournament
5 – Benito Archundia (Mexico, 2006), Horacio Elizondo (Argentina, 2006), Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan, 2010) and Néstor Pitana (Argentina, 2018)
Youngest referee
24 years and 193 days – Juan Gardeazábal (Spain, 1958)
Oldest referee
53 years and 236 days – George Reader (England, 1950)

Discipline[edit]

Note: There are no official records for cautions issued in tournaments before the introduction of yellow cards in 1970.[38]

Fastest caution
11 seconds, Jesús Gallardo (Mexico), vs Sweden, 2018
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 shoot-out: Edinho (Brazil), vs France, 1986; Carlos Roa (Argentina), vs England, 1998
Latest sending off
after penalty shoot-out: 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)
7, Javier Mascherano (Argentina, 2006–2018)[39]
Most cautions (all-time, player)
7, Javier Mascherano (Argentina, 2006–2018)[39]
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 until 2006), Argentina[40]
Most cautions (match, one team)
9, Portugal, 2006, vs Netherlands & Netherlands, 2010, vs Spain
Most cautions (match, both teams)
16 – Portugal vs Netherlands, 25 June 2006;[41] and Cameroon v Germany, 11 June 2002[42]
Most cautions (match, player)
3 (61', 90', 93') Josip Šimunić (Croatia), vs Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll)[an]
Most cautions (final match, both teams)
14, 5 (Spain) and 9 (Netherlands) 2010[43]
Most suspensions (tournament, player)
2, André Kana-Biyik (Cameroon 1990)[ao]

Suspension[edit]

Offence Qualifying Final Round
Doping Many cases
Misconduct
  • 10 matches, Josip Šimunić (Croatia vs Iceland, 2013) for shouting fascist Ustaše salute after the game.[45]
Fair Play Violation
  • Life (amnestied after 12 years): Roberto Rojas (Chile vs Brazil, 1989) for feigning injury from a firecracker, leading to a match being abandoned.[49]
none

Fine[edit]

Offence Qualifying Final Round
Doping Many cases
Misconduct
  • (Have other sanction) CHF 30,000, Josip Šimunić (Croatia vs Iceland, 2013) for shouting fascist Ustaše salute after the game.[45]
  • (Only fined) CHF 50,000, Croatia (Kosovo vs Croatia, 2016) for anti-Serbia chants by fans.
Fair Play Violation none none
Other none none

Other sanctions[edit]

Offence Qualifying Final Round
Doping Many cases none
Misconduct
  • Empty stadium, many cases
none
Fair Play Violation Chile banned from the qualifiers for the 1994 FIFA World Cup none
Other Russia banned from the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, due to invading Ukraine, significantly escalating the war between both countries started in 2014 none

Teams: Matches played/goals scored[edit]

All time[edit]

Most matches played
110, Brazil, Germany
Fewest matches played
1, Indonesia (as Dutch East Indies)
Most wins
74, Brazil
Most losses
28, Mexico
Most draws
22, England
Most points
240, Brazil
Most average points/match
2.18, Brazil
Highest draw rate (participating in more than one finals)
61.5%, Republic of Ireland (8 draws from 13 matches)
Most matches played without a point (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
231, Brazil
Most goalscorers
81, Brazil
Most goals conceded
127, Germany
Fewest goals scored
0, China, Indonesia (as Dutch East Indies), Trinidad and Tobago and DR Congo (as Zaire)
Fewest goals conceded
2, Angola
Best goal difference
+126, Brazil
Worst goal difference
–38, Mexico
Most matches played without ever scoring a goal
4, Canada
Most matches played always conceding a goal
6, El Salvador
Highest average of goals scored per match
2.72, Hungary (87 goals in 32 matches)
Lowest average of goals conceded per match
0.67, Angola (2 goals in 3 matches)
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 in the knockout stage
5 times, Argentina vs Germany (1986 final, 1990 final, 2006 quarter-final, 2010 quarter-final and 2014 final)
Most meetings between two teams, final-four or final (not counting 3rd place match)
3 times, Argentina vs Germany (1986 final, 1990 final, 2014 final), Brazil vs Sweden (1950 final group, 1958 final, 1994 semi-final), Brazil vs Italy (1938 semi-final, 1970 final, 1994 final), Germany vs Italy (1970 semi-final, 1982 final, 2006 semi-final)
Most meetings between two teams in the group stage
6 times, Brazil vs Yugoslavia/Serbia (1930 group 2, 1950 group 1, 1954 group 1, 1974 group 2, 2018 group E, 2022 group G)
Most meetings between two teams, final match
3 times, Argentina vs Germany (1986, 1990, 2014)
Most frequent matchup without a loss
Brazil vs Sweden, 5 wins and 2 draws
Most frequent matchup with a perfect record
Argentina vs Nigeria, 5 wins (1994, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018)
Most frequent matchup in the knockout stage with a perfect record
Brazil eliminated Chile 4 times (1962 semi-final, 1998 round of 16, 2010 round of 16 and 2014 round of 16)
Most consecutive meetings between two teams
5 times, Italy vs Argentina (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990)
Most consecutive meetings between two teams in the knockout stage
3 times, Germany vs Yugoslavia/Serbia (1954 quarter-final, 1958 quarter-final and 1962 quarter-final), Argentina vs Germany (2006 quarter-final, 2010 quarter-final and 2014 final)
Most consecutive meetings between two teams, final match
2 times, Argentina vs Germany (1986–1990)
Most knockout wins
[ap] 35, Germany
Most knockout losses
[aq] 14, Germany
Most tournaments unbeaten
[ar] 7, Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 2002)
Most tournaments eliminated without having lost a match
[ar] 3, England (1982, 1990,[as] 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
7, Brazil, 2002[at]
Fewest wins, champions
3, Uruguay, 1950 (out of 4)[au]
Most matches not won, champions
3, Italy, 1982 (out of 7)
Most wins by non-champion (excluding third-place playoff)
[av] 6, Netherlands, 2010[aw]
Most matches not won
[ar] 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
[ar] 3, Brazil, 1970; Italy, 1982; Argentina, 1986; Germany, 2010 and 2014[ax]
Most matches against former World Cup champions and staying unbeaten
[ar] 4, Argentina, 1986[ay]
Most matches between former World Cup champions
[ar] 7, 1970[az]
All matches won without extra time, replays, penalty shoot-outs or playoffs
Uruguay in 1930 (4 matches), Brazil in 1970 (6 matches), and Brazil in 2002 (7 matches)
Highest finish without winning a match
[ar] Quarter-finals, Republic of Ireland (1990)
Highest finish, winning at most one match
[ar] Fourth, Sweden (1938)[ba]
Most goals scored
27, Hungary, 1954[bb]
Fewest goals conceded
0, Switzerland, 2006[bb]
Most goals conceded
16, South Korea, 1954[bb]
Most matches gone into extra time
3, Belgium, 1986; England, 1990; Argentina, 2014; Croatia, 2018
Most minutes without conceding a goal
517 mins, Italy, 1990[bb]
Highest goal difference
+17, Hungary, 1954[bb]
Highest goal difference, champions
+14, Brazil, 2002; Germany, 2014[bb]
Lowest goal difference
−16, South Korea, 1954[bb]
Lowest goal difference, champions
+6, Italy, 1938 and 1982; Spain, 2010[bb]
Highest average of goals scored per match
5.40, Hungary, 1954;[bb]
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[bb]
Fewest goals scored, champions
8, Spain, 2010[bb]
Fewest goals scored, finalists
5, Argentina, 1990[bb]
Fewest goals conceded, champions
2, France, 1998; Italy, 2006; Spain, 2010[bb]
Most goals conceded, champions
14, West Germany, 1954[bb]
Lowest average of goals scored per match, champions
1.14, Spain, 2010[bb]
Most unbeaten teams
5, 2006 (Switzerland, Argentina, England, France, Italy)[ar]
Fewest unbeaten teams
0, 1954
Most matches to qualify for World Cup finals
22, Australia (2018)
Longest distance travelled in a single qualifying campaign
155,000 miles: Australia (2018)
Most brothers in the same team in the finals
3, Honduras (Johnny Palacios, Jerry Palacios, Wilson Palacios, 2010)[50]

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
 Uruguay (1930) 4 4 0 0 100 15 3 +12
 Brazil (1970) 6 6 0 0 100 19 7 +12
 Brazil (2002) 7 7 0 0 100 18 4 +14
 Italy (1938) 4 4* 0 0 100 11 5 +6

* One of the wins was after extra time.

Worst overall performance

Because a large number of teams have 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
 South Korea (1954) 2 0 0 2 0 0 16 −16
 Bolivia (1950) 1 0 0 1 0 0 8 −8
 Dutch East Indies (1938) 1 0 0 1 0 0 6 −6
 United States (1934) 1 0 0 1 0 1 7 −6
 Zaire (1974) 3 0 0 3 0 0 14 −14
 Saudi Arabia (2002) 3 0 0 3 0 0 12 −12
 Bolivia (1930) 2 0 0 2 0 0 8 −8
 Scotland (1954) 2 0 0 2 0 0 8 −8
 El Salvador (1982) 3 0 0 3 0 1 13 −12
 Haiti (1974) 3 0 0 3 0 2 14 −12

Host team[edit]

Best overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD
 Uruguay (1930) 4 4 0 0 100 15 3 +12
Worst overall performance
Team Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD
 Spain (1982) 5 1 2 2 20 4 5 −1

Defending champion[edit]

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

* One of the wins was after extra time.

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

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.

Upsets[edit]

Teams eliminated by penalty shoot-outs are not considered as defeated.

Overall[edit]

Biggest upset in the group stage, per FIFA rankings
+74 – South Africa (2010) ranked 83 – won 2–1 over France (ranked 9)[51]
Biggest upset in the knockout stage, per FIFA rankings
+34 – South Korea (2002) ranked 40 – won 2–1 over Italy (ranked 6)[bc]
Biggest upset of a former champion, per FIFA rankings
+74 – South Africa (2010) ranked 83 – won 2–1 over France (ranked 9)
Biggest upset of a defending champion, per FIFA rankings
+56 – South Korea (2018) ranked 57 – won 2–0 over Germany (ranked 1)
Biggest upset of a top-ranked team, per FIFA rankings
+56 – South Korea (2018) ranked 57 – won 2–0 over Germany (ranked 1)

Continental records[edit]

Biggest upset by an African team, per FIFA rankings
+74 – South Africa (2010) ranked 83 – won 2–1 over France (ranked 9)[51]
Biggest upset by an Asian team, per FIFA rankings
+56 – South Korea (2018) ranked 57 – won 2–0 over Germany (ranked 1)
Biggest upset by a European team, per FIFA rankings
+29 – Slovakia (2010) ranked 34 – won 3–2 over Italy (ranked 5)
Biggest upset by an Oceanian team, per FIFA rankings
+24 – Australia (2006) ranked 42 – won 3–1 over Japan (ranked 18)
Biggest upset by a North American team, per FIFA rankings
+21 – Costa Rica (2014) ranked 28 – won 3–1 over Uruguay (ranked 7)
Biggest upset by a South American team, per FIFA rankings
+15 – Ecuador (2002) ranked 36 – won 1–0 over Croatia (ranked 21)

National prize-winners who did not qualify for the World Championship for the longest time[edit]

The reigning gold medalist who missed the most finals after that
2, Uruguay (1934, 1938)
Current silver medalist who missed the most finals after that
2, Sweden, (1962, 1966), Netherlands, (1982, 1986)
Current bronze medalist who missed the most finals after that
5, Turkey, (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022)

Hat-tricks[edit]

Most hat-tricks in a single World Cup
8, 1954
Fewest hat-tricks in a single World Cup
0, 2006

Streaks[edit]

Most consecutive successful qualification attempts
[bd] 10, Spain (1986–2022)
Most consecutive failed qualification attempts
21, Luxembourg (1934–2022)
Most consecutive wins
11, Brazil, from 2–1 vs. Turkey (2002) to 3–0 vs. Ghana (2006)
Most consecutive matches without a loss
13, Brazil, from 3–0 vs. Austria (1958) (group stage) to 2–0 vs. Bulgaria (1966) (group stage)
Most consecutive losses
9, Mexico, from 1–4 vs. France (1930) to 0–3 vs. Sweden (1958)
Most consecutive matches without a win
17, Bulgaria, from 0–1 vs. Argentina (1962) to 0–3 vs. Nigeria (1994)
Most consecutive draws
5, Belgium, from 0–0 vs. Netherlands (1998) to 1–1 vs. Tunisia (2002)
Most consecutive matches without a draw
16, Portugal, from 3–1 vs. Hungary (1966) to 1–0 vs. Netherlands (2006); also Belgium from 3–2 vs. Russia (2002) to 0–2 vs. Morocco (2022)
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), West 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)[52][53]
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)

Host records[edit]

Most times hosted
2, Mexico, 1970 and 1986; Italy, 1934 and 1990; France, 1938 and 1998; Germany, 1974 and 2006; Brazil, 1950 and 2014
Most times hosted, continent
11, Europe (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2018)
Best performance by host
Winners, 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.[54] 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 as hosts
Champions: Uruguay (1930), Italy (1934), England (1966),[be] West Germany (1974), Argentina (1978), France (1998)[55][56]
Runners-up: Sweden (1958)
Third place: Chile (1962)
Fourth place: South Korea (2002)
Quarter-finals: Switzerland (1954),[bf] Mexico (1970, 1986), Russia (2018)[bg]
Round of 16: Japan (2002)[bh]
Group stage of 32: South Africa (2010)[bi]
Stadium to host most World Cup matches
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, 19 (10 in 1970 and 9 in 1986)
Most times a stadium hosted a World Cup final
2, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico (1970 and 1986) and Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1950 and 2014)
City to host most World Cup matches
Mexico City, Mexico, 23 (19 at Estadio Azteca and 4 at Estadio Olimpico Universitario)
Most times a city hosted a World Cup final
2, Mexico City, Mexico (1970 and 1986); Rome, Italy (1934 and 1990); Paris, France (1938 and 1998); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1950 and 2014)

Attendance[edit]

Final
114,600, Argentina v West Germany, 29 June 1986, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, 1986
Decisive match
199,854, Uruguay v Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950[bj]
Lowest match attendance in a World Cup tournament
300, Romania vs Peru, 14 July 1930, Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, 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
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

Others[edit]

Most players provided by a club overall
139, Juventus[57]
Most players provided by a club in one tournament
17, Barcelona (2022)[58]
Most players provided by a club for champions squads overall
25 (22 Italians), Juventus[59]
Most players provided by a football association overall
1,156, Premier League[57]
Most players provided by a football association in one tournament
164, The Football Association (2022)
Most players provided by a football association for champions squads overall
113 (89 Italians), Serie A

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The Yugoslavia national football team qualified eight times during eras of Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1930) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990). They qualified from 1930–1990 under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup in 1992 by the secession of many of its constituent republics. They qualified once in 1998 as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, then changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, only qualifying under that name in 2006. All of these teams are considered the predecessors of the current Serbia team by FIFA, which first qualified under that name in 2010. The other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the SFR Yugoslavia in 1992 — Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia — are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also competes separately after independence in 2006 and Kosovo was recognized by FIFA in 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Czechoslovakia qualified eight times prior to being divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. FIFA considers the Czech Republic as the successor team of Czechoslovakia. The other national team which resulted from the breakup of the Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, is considered a distinct entity from the Czechoslovakia team. The Czech Republic national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time as a separate nation in 2006, with Slovakia doing the same in 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany since 1949, has been represented by the same governing body, the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), since 1904. Following World War II and the division of Germany, the DFB was re-admitted to FIFA after the 1950 World Cup as West Germany. Saar competed in the 1954 World Cup qualifying before joining West Germany in 1956. East Germany fielded teams of their own from 1958 to 1990 before joining with West Germany and the DFB during the German reunification. FIFA officially attributes all international results of the DFB team since 1908 to Germany, including the results of West Germany from 1954–1990.
  4. ^ a b c Indonesia competed as the Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  5. ^ a b c d e f The Soviet Union qualified seven times prior to its dissolution in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the Soviet Union.
  6. ^ a b c The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed as Zaire in 1974.
  7. ^ Includes participations as  West Germany from 1954–1990.
  8. ^ Includes participations as  Soviet Union until 1990.
  9. ^ Includes participations as  Yugoslavia until 1990 and as  Serbia and Montenegro (FR Yugoslavia) from 1998 to 2006.
  10. ^ Includes participations as  Czechoslovakia until 1990.
  11. ^ Participated as  Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  12. ^ Participated as  Zaire in 1974.
  13. ^ Austria qualified in 1938, but withdrew to play as part of Germany after being annexed.
  14. ^ On 14 June 1952, FIFA acknowledged that the CFA on Mainland China, not the Republic of China Football Association (ROCFA) located on Taiwan, was the recognized authority over Chinese Football with their membership dating to 1931.
  15. ^ Israel competed as Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) in 1934 and in 1938, with a team consisting exclusively of Jewish and British footballers from the Palestine Mandate.
  16. ^ Republic of Ireland competed as the Irish Free State in 1934 and then as Ireland in 1938 and 1950.
  17. ^ a b