FIFA World Cup: The numbers game

Jun 08 2014, 04:43 IST
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SummaryIn the run-up to Fifa World Cup, check out cool stats from the history books

In the run-up to Fifa World Cup, check out cool stats from the history books...

Match! Brazil 2014 guide


Pan Macmillan India

Rs 399

Pages 94

5 South American legends Brazil have won the World Cup five times—that’s more than any other country

30 Germany have scored the most goals at the last two World Cup tournaments. They bagged 16 in 2010 and 14 in 2006.

3 England and Italy share the record for most World Cup penalty shoot-out defeats—they have lost three each

171 Dennis Bergkamp, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo helped make the 1998 tournament the highest-scoring finals ever, when 171 goals were scored in France


That's how many fans watched Brazil play Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in 1950. That’s the highest attendance in World Cup history


England won their only World Cup back in 1966. Geoff Hurst hit a hat-trick against West Germany in the final—the only ever World Cup final treble

16 A crazy 16 cards were shown during Portugal’s fiery clash with Holland at the 2006 World Cup, with four players sent off

13 France’s Just Fontaine holds the record for hitting the most goals in a single World Cup tournament—he scored 13 in 1958

20 This year’s hosts Brazil are the only country to have played in all 20 World Cup tournaments

28 The 2006 World Cup was the dirtiest ever, with 28 red

Excerpted with permission from Pan Macmillan India

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