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]

YearHostChampionWinning coachTop scorer(s)Best player award[1][2]
1930 Uruguay UruguayUruguay Alberto SuppiciArgentina Guillermo Stábile (8)N/A
1934 Italy ItalyItaly Vittorio PozzoCzechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý (5)
1938 France ItalyItaly Vittorio PozzoBrazil Leônidas (7)
1950 Brazil UruguayUruguay Juan LópezBrazil Ademir (8)
1954 Switzerland West GermanyWest Germany Sepp HerbergerHungary Sándor Kocsis (11)
1958 Sweden BrazilBrazil Vicente FeolaFrance Just Fontaine (13)
1962 Chile BrazilBrazil Aymoré MoreiraBrazil 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 EnglandEngland Alf RamseyPortugal Eusébio (9)
1970 Mexico BrazilBrazil Mário ZagalloWest Germany Gerd Müller (10)
1974 West Germany West GermanyWest Germany Helmut SchönPoland Grzegorz Lato (7)
1978 Argentina ArgentinaArgentina César Luis MenottiArgentina Mario Kempes (6)
1982 Spain ItalyItaly Enzo BearzotItaly Paolo Rossi (6)Italy Paolo Rossi
1986 Mexico ArgentinaArgentina Carlos BilardoEngland Gary Lineker (6)Argentina Diego Maradona
1990 Italy West GermanyWest Germany Franz BeckenbauerItaly Salvatore Schillaci (6)Italy Salvatore Schillaci
1994 United States BrazilBrazil Carlos Alberto ParreiraBulgaria Hristo Stoichkov (6)
Russia Oleg Salenko (6)
Brazil Romário
1998 France FranceFrance Aimé JacquetCroatia Davor Šuker (6)Brazil Ronaldo
2002 South Korea
 Japan
 BrazilBrazil Luiz Felipe ScolariBrazil Ronaldo (8)Germany Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany ItalyItaly Marcello LippiGermany Miroslav Klose (5)France Zinedine Zidane
2010 South Africa SpainSpain Vicente del BosqueGermany Thomas Müller (5)
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder (5)
Spain David Villa (5)
Uruguay Diego Forlán (5)
Uruguay Diego Forlán
2014 Brazil GermanyGermany Joachim LöwColombia 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,  Brazil[3] (1930, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014),  Germany[3] (1934, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).
Most finishes in the top sixteen
20,  Brazil (every tournament).
Most World Cup appearances
20,  Brazil.
For a detailed list, see National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup.

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive championships
2,  Italy (1934–1938),  Brazil (1958–1962).
Most consecutive finishes in the top two
3,  West Germany (1982–1990),  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 appearances in the finals
20,  Brazil (1930–2014).
Most consecutive championships by a confederation
3, UEFA (2006–2014).
Biggest improvement in position in consecutive tournaments

Gaps[edit]

Longest gap between successive titles
44 years,  Italy (1938–1982).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top two
48 years,  Argentina (1930–1978).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top three
48 years,  Argentina (1930–1978).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top four
60 years,  Spain (1950–2010).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top eight
72 years,  United States (1930–2002).[4]
Longest gap between successive appearances in the top sixteen
60 years,  Norway (1938–1998).
Longest gap between successive appearances in the finals
56 years:  Egypt (1934–1990),  Norway (1938–1994).[5]

Host team[edit]

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

Defending champion[edit]

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

Debuting teams[edit]

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

Other[edit]

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

Players: tournament position[edit]

Qualification: at least one appearance in each Finals tournament.

Most championships[edit]

PlayerNationTournamentAppsGamesAppsGamesApp %
Pelé Brazil195846121867
196226
197066

Most finishes in the top two[edit]

PlayerNationTournamentAppsGamesAppsGamesApp %
Carlos José Castilho Brazil1950060180
195806
196206
Nílton Santos Brazil195006121867
195866
196266
Pelé Brazil195846121867
196226
197066
Pierre Littbarski West Germany198277182186
198657
199067
Lothar Matthäus West Germany198227162176
198677
199077
Cafu Brazil199437162176
199867
200277
Ronaldo Brazil199407142167
199877
200277

Most finishes in the top three[edit]

PlayerNationTournamentAppsGamesAppsGamesApp %
Miroslav Klose Germany200277242885
200677
201057
201457

Most finishes in the top four[edit]

PlayerNationTournamentAppsGamesAppsGamesApp %
Miroslav Klose Germany200277242885
200677
201057
201457

Most finishes in the top eight[edit]

PlayerNationTournamentAppsGamesAppsGamesApp %
Lothar Matthäus West Germany198227253181
198677
199077
 Germany199455
199845

Coaches: tournament position[edit]

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

Teams: tournament progress[edit]

All time[edit]

Most appearances in the first round
20,  Brazil (every tournament).
Progressed from the first round the most times
17,  Germany (every tournament except 1930, 1938 and 1950),  Brazil (every tournament except 1930, 1934 and 1966).
Most appearances, always progressing from the first round
3,  Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002).[11]
Most appearances, never progressing from the first round
8,  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998).[12]
Most appearances, never winning a match
3,  Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994),  Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014).

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive appearances in the first round
20,  Brazil (every tournament).
Most consecutive progressions from the first round
16,  Germany (1954–2014).
Most consecutive eliminations from the first round
5,  Mexico (1950–1966),  Scotland (1974–1990).
Most consecutive eliminations from the round of 16
6,  Mexico (1994–2014).
Most consecutive eliminations by the same team
3,  Argentina (eliminated by  Germany, 2006–2014),  Chile (eliminated by  Brazil, 1998, 2010–2014).

Host team[edit]

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

Defending champion[edit]

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

Teams: matches played and goals scored[edit]

All time[edit]

Most matches played
106,  Germany.
Fewest matches played
1,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies).
Most wins
70,  Brazil.
Most losses
25,  Mexico.
Most draws
21,  Italy.
Most matches played without a win or a draw
6,  El Salvador.
Most matches played without a win
9,  Honduras.
Most matches played until first win
17,  Bulgaria.
Most matches played until first draw
16,  Portugal.
Most matches played until first loss
11,  Uruguay.
Most goals scored
224,  Germany.
Most hat-tricks scored
7,  Germany.
Most goals conceded
121,  Germany.
Most hat-tricks conceded
4,  Germany,  South Korea.
Fewest goals scored
0,  Canada,  China PR,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies),  Trinidad and Tobago,  DR Congo (as  Zaire).
Fewest goals conceded
2,  Angola.
Most matches played always without scoring a goal
3,  Canada,  China PR,  Trinidad and Tobago,  DR Congo (as  Zaire).
Most matches played always conceding a goal
6,  El Salvador.[13]
Highest goal difference
+119,  Brazil.
Lowest goal difference
-36,  South Korea.
Highest average of goals scored per match
2.72,  Hungary.
Lowest average of goals conceded per match
0.67,  Angola.
Highest average of goals conceded per match
6.00,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies).
Most meetings between two teams
7 times,
 Brazil vs  Sweden (5–2–0) (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994);
 Germany ( West Germany) vs  Serbia ( Yugoslavia) (4–1–2) (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2010);
 Germany ( West Germany) vs  Argentina (4–2–1) (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2014),
in 1958 and 1990 all three pairings occurred.
Most played final
3 times,  Argentina vs  Germany[14]
 Argentina (1986);
 West Germany (1990);
 Germany (2014).
Most tournaments unbeaten
[15] 7,  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 2002).
Most tournaments eliminated without having lost a match
[15] 3,  England (1982, 1990,[16] 2006).
Most tournaments eliminated without having won a match
6,  Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978),  Bulgaria (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1998),  South Korea (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014).

In one tournament[edit]

Most wins
[17] 7,  Brazil, 2002.
Fewest wins, champions
3,  Uruguay, 1950 (out of 4).[18]
Most matches not won, champions
3,  Italy, 1982 (out of 7).
Most wins by non-champion (excluding third-place playoff)
[19] 6,  Netherlands, 2010.[20]
Most matches not won
[15] 5,  Yugoslavia, 1974;  Argentina, 1974;  West Germany, 1978;  Belgium, 1986;  Republic of Ireland, 1990;  Argentina, 1990.
Most matches not won in regulation time
6,  Belgium, 1986;  England, 1990.
Most draws
4,  West Germany, 1978;  Republic of Ireland, 1990.[15]
Most matches played without scoring a goal
3,  DR Congo (as  Zaire), 1974;  Canada, 1986;  China PR, 2002;  Trinidad and Tobago, 2006.
Most losses
3 (34 teams, of which only  Mexico has accomplished this feat at three different tournaments: 1930, 1950 & 1978).
Most losses, champions
1,  West Germany, 1954 & 1974;  Argentina, 1978;  Spain, 2010.
All matches won without extra time, replays, penalty shootouts or playoffs
 Uruguay, 1930 (4 matches);  Brazil, 1970 (6 matches);  Brazil, 2002 (7 matches).
Highest finish without winning a match
[15] last eight,  Republic of Ireland, 1990.
Highest finish, winning at most one match
[15] fourth,  Sweden, 1938.[21]
Most goals scored
27,  Hungary, 1954.[22]
Most goals scored, champions
25,  West Germany, 1954.[22]
Most goals scored, hosts
22,  Brazil, 1950.[22]
Most goals scored, eliminated in the first round
12,  Hungary, 1982.[22]
Fewest goals scored, champions
8,  Spain, 2010.[22]
Fewest goals scored, finalists
5,  Argentina, 1990.[22]
Fewest goals scored, hosts
3,  United States, 1994;  South Africa, 2010.[22]
Most goals conceded
16,  South Korea, 1954.[22]
Most goals conceded, champions
14,  West Germany, 1954.[22]
Most goals conceded, hosts
14,  Brazil, 2014.[22]
Fewest goals conceded
0,  Switzerland, 2006.[22]
Fewest goals conceded, champions
2,  France, 1998;  Italy, 2006;  Spain, 2010.[22]
Fewest goals conceded, hosts
2,  Mexico, 1986;  Italy, 1990;  France, 1998.[22]
Fewest goals conceded, eliminated in the first round
1,  Norway, 1994;  Switzerland, 2010.[22]
Most minutes without conceding a goal
517 minutes,  Italy, 1990.[22]
Highest goal difference
+17,  Hungary, 1954.[22]
Highest goal difference, champions
+14,  Brazil, 2002;  Germany, 2014.[22]
Highest goal difference, hosts
+16,  Brazil, 1950.[22]
Highest goal difference, eliminated in the first round
+6,  Hungary, 1982.[22]
Lowest goal difference
-16,  South Korea, 1954.[22]
Lowest goal difference, champions
+6,  Italy, 1938 & 1982;  Spain, 2010.[22]
Lowest goal difference, hosts
-3,  Brazil, 2014.[22]
Highest average of goals scored per match
5.40,  Hungary, 1954.[22]
Highest average of goals scored per match, champions
4.17,  West Germany, 1954.[22]
Lowest average of goals scored per match, champions
1.14,  Spain, 2010.[22]
Highest average of goals conceded per match
8.00,  Bolivia, 1950;  South Korea, 1954.[22]
Highest average of goals conceded per match, champions
2.33,  West Germany, 1954.[22]
Lowest average of goals conceded per match
0.00,  Switzerland, 2006.[22]
Lowest average of goals conceded per match, champions
0.29,  France, 1998;  Italy, 2006;  Spain, 2010.[22]
Highest average goal difference per match
+3.40,  Hungary, 1954.[22]
Highest average goal difference per match, champions
+3.00,  Uruguay, 1930.[22]
Lowest average goal difference per match
-8.00,  Bolivia, 1950;  South Korea, 1954.[22]
Lowest average goal difference per match, champions
+0.86,  Italy, 1982;  Spain, 2010.[22]
Most unbeaten teams
5 teams, 2006 ( Switzerland,  Argentina,  England,  France,  Italy).[15]
Fewest unbeaten teams
0 teams, 1954.[15]
Most matches to qualify for World Cup Finals
20,  Uruguay, 2002 & 2010.

All-time table[edit]

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

Teams: overall performance[edit]

 Uruguay (1930),  Brazil (1970 and 2002) and  Italy (1938) won all of their matches.

Several teams have had lost all their matches in a World Cup, but only  El Salvador appeared in multiple tournaments with every single game being a loss (1970 and 1982).

Host team[edit]

Best performance
 Uruguay (1930),  Italy (1934),  England (1966),  West Germany (1974),  Argentina (1978),  France (1998) won the championship.
Worst overall performance
 South Africa (2010) did not advance from the group stage.

Defending champion[edit]

Best overall performance
 Italy (1938) winning all of their four matches and becoming champion.
Worst overall performance
 France (2002) did not advance from the group stage, losing two games and tying one.

Streaks[edit]

Most consecutive successful qualification attempts
20,  Brazil (1930–2014).
Most consecutive failed qualification attempts
19,  Luxembourg (1934–2014).
Most consecutive wins
11,  Brazil, from 2–1 vs Turkey (2002) to 3–0 vs Ghana (2006).
Most consecutive matches without a loss
13,  Brazil, from 3–0 vs Austria (1958) to 2–0 vs Bulgaria (1966).
Most consecutive losses
9,  Mexico, from 1–4 vs France (1930) to 0–3 vs Sweden (1958).
Most consecutive matches without a win
17,  Bulgaria, from 0–1 vs Argentina (1962) to 0–3 vs Nigeria (1994).
Most consecutive draws
5,  Belgium, from 0–0 vs Netherlands (1998) to 1–1 vs Tunisia (2002).
Most consecutive matches without a draw
16,  Portugal, from 3–1 vs Hungary (1966) to 1–0 vs Netherlands (2006).
Most consecutive Top-scoring team
3,  Germany (2006–2014).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least one goal
18,  Brazil (1930–1958),  West Germany (1934–1958).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least two goals
11,  Uruguay (1930–1954).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least three / four goals
4,  Uruguay (1930–1950),  Hungary (1954) (four goals); also  Portugal (1966),  West Germany (1970),  Brazil (1970) (three goals).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least six / eight goals
2,  Hungary (1954) (eight goals); also  Brazil (1950) (six goals).
Most consecutive matches without scoring a goal
5,  Bolivia (1930–1994),  Algeria (1986–2010),  Honduras (1982–2014).
Most consecutive minutes without scoring a goal
517 minutes,  Bolivia (1930–1994).
Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal (clean sheets)
5,  Italy (1990),  Switzerland (2006–2010).
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal
559 minutes,  Switzerland (1994–2010).[23][24]
Most consecutive matches conceding at least one goal
22,  Switzerland (1934–1994).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least two goals
9,  Mexico (1930–1958).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least three goals
5,  Mexico (1930–1950).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least four goals
3,  Bolivia (1930–1950),  Mexico (1930–1950).
Most consecutive matches conceding at least five / six / seven goals
2,  South Korea (1954) (seven goals); also  United States (1930–1934) (six goals); also  Austria (1954) (five goals).

Individual[edit]

For records regarding goalscoring, see Goalscoring; for records regarding goalkeeping, see Goalkeeping.
Most tournaments played
5, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966), Lothar Matthäus ( Germany, 1982–1998).
See here for a list of players who have appeared in multiple FIFA World Cups.
Most championships
3, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958, 1962 (only played in first two matches; medal awarded retroactively by FIFA in 2007[25]) and 1970).
See here for a list of players who have won multiple FIFA World Cups.
Most medals
4, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most appearances in All-Star Team
3, Djalma Santos ( Brazil, 1954–1962), Franz Beckenbauer ( West Germany, 1966–1974), Philipp Lahm ( Germany, 2006–2014).
Most matches played, finals
25, Lothar Matthäus ( Germany, 1982–1998).
Most knockout games played, finals
14, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most minutes played, finals
2,217 minutes, Paolo Maldini ( Italy, 1990–2002).
Most matches played, qualifying
68, Iván Hurtado ( Ecuador, 1994–2010).
Most matches won
17, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most appearances in a World Cup final
3, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002).[26]
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).[27]
Most appearances as substitute
11, Denílson ( Brazil, 1998–2002).
Youngest player
17 years, 1 month and 10 days, Norman Whiteside ( Northern Ireland), vs Yugoslavia, 17 June 1982.
Youngest player, final
17 years, 8 months and 6 days, Pelé ( Brazil), vs Sweden, 29 June 1958.
Youngest player, qualifying match
13 years, 10 months and 6 days, Souleymane Mamam ( Togo), vs Zambia, 6 May 2001, 2002 CAF Group 1.[28]
Youngest captain
21 years, 3 months and 20 days, Tony Meola ( United States), vs Czechoslovakia, 10 June 1990.[29]
Oldest player
43 years and 3 days, Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia), vs Japan, 24 June 2014.
Oldest player, final
40 years, 4 months and 13 days, Dino Zoff ( Italy), vs West Germany, 11 July 1982.
Oldest player, qualifying match
46 years, 5 months and 22 days, MacDonald Taylor, Sr. ( U.S. Virgin Islands), vs Saint Kitts and Nevis, 18 February 2004, 2006 CONCACAF First Round.[30]
Oldest captain
40 years, 9 months and 19 days, Peter Shilton ( England), vs Italy, 7 July 1990.
Oldest player to debut in a World Cup finals tournament
39 years, 10 months and 17 days, David James ( England), vs Algeria, 18 June 2010.
Largest age difference on the same team
24 years, 1 month and 11 days, 1994,  Cameroon (Roger Milla: 42 years, 1 month and 4 days; Rigobert Song: 17 years, 11 months and 23 days).
Largest age difference on a champion team
21 years, 9 months and 24 days, 1982,  Italy (Dino Zoff: 40 years, 4 months and 13 days; Giuseppe Bergomi: 18 years, 6 months and 19 days).
Longest period between World Cup finals appearances as a player
16 years, Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia, 1998–2014).
Longest span of World Cup finals appearances as a player
20 years, Faryd Mondragón ( Colombia, 1994–2014).
Longest period between World Cup finals appearances, overall
44 years, Tim ( Brazil, 1938, as player;  Peru, 1982, as coach).

Goalscoring[edit]

Individual[edit]

Most goals scored, overall finals
16, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
For a detailed list of the overall top goalscorers, see FIFA World Cup top goalscorers.
Most goals scored, overall qualifying
35, Ali Daei ( Iran, 1994–2006).[31]
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 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),[32] Arne Nyberg ( Sweden), 3 goals in 3 matches (1938),[33] Alcides Ghiggia ( Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950),[34] Just Fontaine ( France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958),[35] Omar Oreste Corbatta ( Argentina), 3 goals in 3 matches (1958),[36] Ferenc Bene ( Hungary), 4 goals in 4 matches (1966),[37] Jairzinho ( Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970),[38] Teofilo Cubillas ( Peru), 5 goals in 4 matches (1970),[39] James Rodriguez ( Colombia), 6 goals in 5 matches (2014).[40]
Most tournaments with at least one goal
4, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958–1970), Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most tournaments with at least two goals
4, Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014).
Most tournaments with at least three goals
3, Jürgen Klinsmann ( Germany, 1990–1998), Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2010).
Most tournaments with at least four goals
3, Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2010).
Most tournaments with at least five goals
2, Teófilo Cubillas ( Peru, 1970, 1978), Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2006) and Thomas Müller ( Germany, 2010–2014).
Longest period between a player's first and last goals
12 years, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958–1970), Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970), Diego Maradona ( Argentina, 1982–1994), Michael Laudrup ( Denmark, 1986–1998), Henrik Larsson ( Sweden, 1994–2006), Sami Al-Jaber ( Saudi Arabia, 1994–2006), Cuauhtémoc Blanco ( Mexico, 1998–2010), Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2014) and Ivica Olić ( Croatia, 2002–2014).
Longest period between one goal and another
12 years, Michael Laudrup ( Denmark, 1986–1998) and Ivica Olić ( Croatia, 2002–2014).
Youngest goalscorer
17 years, 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.[41]
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 seconds, Davide Gualtieri ( San Marino), vs England, 1994 UEFA Group 2.
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.

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), 2002 OFC Group 1.
Most goals scored in a match, one team
10,  Hungary, vs El Salvador, 1982.
Most goals scored in a match, both teams
12,  Austria (7) vs  Switzerland (5), 1954.
Highest scoring draw
4–4,  England vs  Belgium (a.e.t.), 1954 and  Soviet Union vs  Colombia, 1962.
Largest deficit overcome in a win
3 goals,  Austria, 1954 (coming from 0–3 down to win 7–5 vs Switzerland) and  Portugal, 1966 (coming from 0–3 down to win 5–3 vs North Korea).
Largest deficit overcome in a draw
3 goals,  Colombia, 1962 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 4–4 vs Soviet Union) and  Uruguay, 2002 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 3–3 vs Senegal).
Most goals scored in extra time, both teams
5,  Italy (3) vs  West Germany (2), 1970.
Most goals scored in a semi-final, one team
7,  Germany, vs Brazil, 2014.
Most goals scored in a semi-final, both teams
8,  Germany (7) vs  Brazil (1), 2014.
Most goals scored in a final, one team
5,  Brazil, vs Sweden, 1958.
Most goals scored in a final, both teams
7,  Brazil (5) vs  Sweden (2), 1958.
Fewest goals scored in a final, both teams
0,  Brazil (0) vs  Italy (0), 1994.
Biggest margin of victory in a final
3,  Brazil (5) vs  Sweden (2), 1958;  Brazil (4) vs  Italy (1), 1970;  France (3) vs  Brazil (0), 1998.
Largest deficit overcome in a win in a final
2,  West Germany, 1954 (coming from 0–2 down to win 3–2 vs Hungary).
Most goals in a tournament, one team
27,  Hungary, 1954.
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one match
7,  Yugoslavia, vs Zaire, 1974 (Dušan Bajević, Dragan Džajić, Ivica Šurjak, Josip Katalinski, Vladislav Bogićević, Branko Oblak, Ilija Petković).
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one tournament
10,  France, 1982 (Gérard Soler, Bernard Genghini, Michel Platini, Didier Six, Maxime Bossis, Alain Giresse, Dominique Rocheteau, Marius Trésor, René Girard, Alain Couriol) and  Italy, 2006 (Andrea Pirlo, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Gilardino, Marco Materazzi, Filippo Inzaghi, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Zambrotta, Luca Toni, Fabio Grosso, Alessandro Del Piero).
Fewest individual goalscorers for one team, one tournament, champions
3,  Spain, 2010 (David Villa, Andrés Iniesta, Carles Puyol).
Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches
[42] +10:  Turkey (1954) – lost 1–4 to West Germany, then won 7–0 over South Korea;  West Germany (1954) – lost 3–8 to Hungary, then won 7–2 over Turkey.
Largest goal difference worsening in consecutive matches
-12:  Sweden (1938) – won 8–0 over Cuba, then lost 1–5 to Hungary;  Turkey (1954) – won 7–0 over South Korea, then lost 2–7 to West Germany;  Hungary (1982) – won 10–1 over El Salvador, then lost 1–4 to Argentina.

Tournament[edit]

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

Own goals[edit]

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

Top-scoring teams by tournament[edit]

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

Total and average goals[edit]

YearTeamsMatchesGoalsTop scorerAverage goals
193013187083.89
193416177054.12
193815188474.67
195013228894.00
19541626140115.38
19581635126133.60
196216328942.78
196616328992.78
1970163295102.97
197416389772.55
1978163810262.68
1982245214662.81
1986245213262.54
1990245211562.21
1994245214162.71
1998326417162.67
2002326416182.52
2006326414752.30
2010326414552.27
2014326417162.67

Most and fewest in bold.

Goalkeeping[edit]

Most clean sheets (matches without conceding)
10, Peter Shilton ( England, 1982–1990) and Fabien Barthez ( France, 1998–2006).
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (finals)
517 minutes (5 consecutive clean sheets), Walter Zenga ( Italy, 1990).
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (qualifying)
921 minutes (9 consecutive clean sheets),[43] Richard Wilson ( New Zealand, 1982).
Most goals conceded
25, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1962) and Mohamed Al-Deayea ( Saudi Arabia, 1994–2002).
Most goals conceded, one tournament
16, Hong Duk-Yung ( South Korea, 1954).
Most goals conceded, one tournament, hosts
14, Júlio César ( Brazil, 2014).
Most goals conceded, one match
10, Luis Guevara Mora ( El Salvador), vs Hungary, 1982.
Most shots saved, one match
16, Tim Howard ( United States), vs Belgium, 2014.
Fewest goals conceded, one tournament, champions
2, Fabien Barthez ( France, 1998), Gianluigi Buffon ( Italy, 2006) and Iker Casillas ( Spain, 2010).
Fewest goals conceded, one tournament
0, Pascal Zuberbühler ( Switzerland, 2006).[44]
Most penalties saved, one tournament (excluding during shootouts)
2, Jan Tomaszewski ( Poland, 1974) and Brad Friedel ( United States, 2002).
Fewest goals conceded, penalty shootouts, one match
0, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy ( Ukraine), vs Switzerland, 2006.

Coaching[edit]

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

(note that five coaches have reached the Final on two occasions: Vittorio Pozzo (Italy, 1934/1938),[45] Helmut Schön (Germany FR 1966/1974),[46] Mário Zagallo (Brazil 1970/1998),[47] Franz Beckenbauer (Germany FR, 1986/1990)[48] and Carlos Bilardo (Argentina, 1986/1990).[49] Only Vittorio Pozzo won both.)

Most tournaments
6, Carlos Alberto Parreira (1982, 1990–1998, 2006, 2010).
Most nations coached
5, Bora Milutinović ( Mexico, 1986;  Costa Rica, 1990;  United States, 1994;  Nigeria, 1998;  China PR, 2002); Carlos Alberto Parreira ( Kuwait, 1982;  United Arab Emirates, 1990;  Brazil, 1994 & 2006;  Saudi Arabia, 1998;  South Africa, 2010).[50]
Most consecutive tournaments with same team
4, Walter Winterbottom ( England, 1950–1962); Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966–1978).

(note that Sepp Herberger took Germany/West Germany to four tournaments (1938, 1954, 1958, 1962), omitting the 1950 competition from which Germany was banned; and Lajos Baroti took Hungary to four tournaments (1958, 1962, 1966, 1978), omitting the 1970 and 1974 competition, when Hungary failed to qualify.)[51]

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, 8 months and 22 days, Juan José Tramutola ( Argentina), vs France, 13 July 1930.
Oldest coach
71 years, 10 months and 13 days, Otto Rehhagel ( Greece), vs Argentina, 22 June 2010.
Quickest substitution made
4th minute, Cesare Maldini ( Italy), Giuseppe Bergomi for Alessandro Nesta, vs Austria, 1998; Sven-Göran Eriksson ( England), Peter Crouch for Michael Owen, vs Sweden, 2006.
Most championship wins as player and head coach
3, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970 as coach).[52]
Most final appearances as player and head coach
5, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970, 1974 & 1998 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966, 1970 & 1974 as player; 1986 & 1990 as coach); Berti Vogts,  West Germany (1970, 1974 & 1978 as player; 1994 & 1998 (Germany) as coach); Henri Michel,  France (1978 as player; 1986 (France), 1994 (Cameroon), 1998 (Morocco) & 2006 (Ivory Coast) as coach); Jürgen Klinsmann,  Germany (1990, 1994, 1998 as player; 2006 (Germany) & 2014 (United States) as coach); Hong Myung-bo,  South Korea (1990, 1994, 1998 & 2002 as player; 2014 as coach); Marc Wilmots,  Belgium (1990, 1994, 1998 & 2002[53] as player; 2014 as coach).
Won tournaments as both player and head coach
Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1974 as player; 1990 as coach).
Most final match appearances as player and head coach
4, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player; 1970 & 1998 as coach);[47] Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966 & 1974 as player; 1986 & 1990 as coach).[48]
Won tournaments as both captain and head coach
Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1974 as captain; 1990 as coach).
Lost tournaments (final match) as both player and head coach
Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966 as player; 1986 as coach).[48]
First person ever to have had both roles – as player and coach
Milorad Arsenijevic, was the first person ever to have had both roles – as player for Yugoslavia in 1930 and later as coach in 1950.[54]
Coaches who have made it to the semi-finals with two different teams
Guus Hiddink and Luiz Felipe Scolari are the only two coaches to have made it to the semi-finals with two different teams. Dutchman Hiddink did so with the Netherlands in 1998 and Korea Republic in 2002. Scolari's record was with Brazil in 2002 (and later 2014) and Portugal in 2006.
A foreign coach has never managed a World Cup winning team. The nearest is West Germany, whose coach in 1974, Helmut Schön, was born in what became East Germany.

(note that Best performance of a team with a foreign trainer: The best any team has done with a foreign trainer was second place, reached by Sweden in 1958 with Englishman George Raynor,[55] and the Netherlands in 1978 with Ernst Happel[55] of Austria, whose co-trainer was Dutchman Jan Zwartkruis.)

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), István Zsolt ( Hungary, 1954–1962), Juan Gardeazábal ( Spain, 1958–1966), Arturo Yamasaki Maldonado ( Peru, 1962–1970), Kurt Tschenscher ( West Germany, 1966–1974),[56] Ramón Barreto ( Uruguay, 1970–1978), Abraham Klein ( Israel, 1970, 1978–1982), Nicolae Rainea ( Romania, 1974–1982), 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 Antonio Rodríguez ( Mexico, 2006–2014).
Most matches refereed, overall
9, Ravshan Irmatov ( Uzbekistan, 2010–2014).
Most matches refereed, one tournament
5, Benito Archundia ( Mexico, 2006), Horacio Elizondo ( Argentina, 2006), Ravshan Irmatov ( Uzbekistan, 2010).
Youngest referee
24 years, 6 months and 12 days, Juan Gardeazábal ( Spain), France vs Paraguay, 8 June 1958.
Oldest referee
53 years, 7 months and 24 days, George Reader ( England), Uruguay vs Brazil, 16 July 1950.

Discipline[edit]

Note: There are no official records for cautions issued in tournaments before the introduction of yellow cards in 1970.[57]

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 AFC Third Round Group E.
Latest caution
during penalty shootout: Edinho ( Brazil), vs France, 1986; Carlos Roa ( Argentina), vs England, 1998.
Latest sending off
after penalty shootout: Leandro Cufré ( Argentina), vs Germany, 2006 (Cufré was red carded for kicking Per Mertesacker in an altercation following the match).
Sent off from the bench
Claudio Caniggia ( Argentina), vs Sweden, 2002.
Most cards (all-time, player)
6, Zinedine Zidane ( France, 1998–2006) and Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006).
Most cautions (all-time, player)
6, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006).
Most sendings off (all-time, player)
2, Rigobert Song ( Cameroon, 1994 & 1998) and Zinedine Zidane ( France, 1998 & 2006).
Most sendings off (tournament)
28, 2006 (in 64 matches).
Most sendings off (all-time, team)
11,  Brazil (in 104 matches).
Most sendings off (match, both teams)
4,  Portugal (2) vs  Netherlands (2), 2006 (also known as Battle of Nuremberg).
Most sendings off (final match)
2, Pedro Monzón & Gustavo Dezotti (both  Argentina), vs West Germany, 1990.
Most cautions (tournament)
345, 2006 (in 64 matches).
Most cautions (all-time, team)
108,  Argentina (in 77 matches). (need to check)
Most cautions (match, both teams)
16,  Cameroon (8) vs  Germany (8), 2002[58] and  Portugal (9) vs  Netherlands (7), 2006.[59]
Most cautions (match, one team)
9,  Portugal, vs Netherlands, 2006 and  Netherlands, vs Spain, 2010.
Most cautions (match, player)
3 (61', 90', 93') Josip Šimunić ( Croatia), vs Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll).[60]
Most cautions (final match, both teams)
14,  Netherlands (9) vs  Spain (5), 2010.[61]
Most cautions (final match, one team)
9,  Netherlands, vs Spain, 2010.
Most suspensions (tournament, player)
2, André Kana-Biyik ( Cameroon, 1990).[62]
Longest suspension (player, doping)
15 months, Diego Maradona ( Argentina), vs Nigeria, 1994.[63]
Longest suspension (player, misconduct)
Longest suspension, qualifying

Host records[edit]

Most times hosted
2,  Mexico (1970, 1986),  Italy (1934, 1990),  France (1938, 1998),  Germany (1974, 2006),  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.[68] Two other hosts:  United States in 1994 and  Spain in 1982 both reached the second round but finished with a worse overall W–D–L record than  South Africa's, 1–1–1. However,  South Africa had a worse goal difference of −2 and both  United States and  Spain finished the first round with a goal difference of 0.

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

Had its best performance hosting
[69][70] 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),[71]  Mexico (1970, 1986).
Round of 16:  Japan (2002).[72]

Attendance[edit]

Highest attendance in a match
173,850,  Uruguay vs  Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950.
Highest attendance in a final
173,850,  Uruguay vs  Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950.
Lowest attendance in a match
2,000,  Chile vs  France, 19 July 1930, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1930.
Highest attendance in a qualifying match
162,764,  Brazil vs  Colombia, 9 March 1977, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978 CONMEBOL Group 1.
Lowest attendance in a qualifying match
0,  Costa Rica vs  Panama, 26 March 2005, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San Juan de Tibás, San José, Costa Rica, 2006 CONCACAF Final Group.[73]
Highest average of attendance per match
68,991, 1994.
Highest attendance in a tournament
3,587,538, 1994.
Lowest average of attendance per match
20,872, 1938.
Lowest attendance in a tournament
363,000, 1934.

Total and average attendance[edit]

YearMatchesAttendance
TotalAverageLowestHighest
193018590,54932,808CHI  FRARound 12,000URU  YUGSemi-finals79,867
193417363,00021,353GER  SWEQuarterfinals3,000ITA  TCHFinal55,000
193818375,70020,872CUB  ROU
SWE  CUB
Round 1
Quarterfinals
7,000FRA  ITAQuarterfinals58,455
1950221,045,24647,511SUI  MEXRound 13,580URU  BRAFinal round173,850
195426768,60729,562TUR  KORRound 14,000HUN  FRGFinal62,500
195835819,81023,423WAL  HUNRound 12,823BRA  URSRound 150,928
196232893,17227,912ENG  BULRound 15,700BRA  CHISemi-finals76,594
1966321,563,13548,848CHI  PRKRound 113,792ENG  FRARound 198,270
1970321,603,97550,124SWE  ISRRound 19,624MEX  BELRound 1108,192
1974381,865,75349,099BUL  URURound 113,400FRG  CHIRound 181,100
1978381,545,79140,679SCO  IRNRound 17,938ARG  ITARound 171,712
1982522,109,72340,572PER  CMRRound 111,000ARG  BELRound 195,000
1986522,394,03146,039HUN  CANRound 113,800MEX  PAR
ARG  FRG
Round 1
Final
114,600
1990522,516,21548,389YUG  UAERound 127,833FRG  YUGRound 174,765
1994523,587,53868,991NGA  BULRound 144,132BRA  ITAFinal94,194
1998642,785,10043,517PAR  BULRound 129,800BRA  FRAFinal80,000
2002642,705,19742,269ESP  PARRound 124,000GER  BRAFinal69,029
2006643,359,43952,491IRN  ANGRound 138,000BRA  CRO
SWE  PAR
ECU  GER
UKR  TUN
GER  ARG
Round 1
Round 1
Round 1
Round 1
Quarterfinals
72,000
2010643,178,85649,670NZL  SVKRound 123,871RSA  MEX
NED  ESP
Round 1
Final
84,490
2014643,429,87353,592RUS  KORRound 137,603GER  ARGFinal74,738

Penalty shootouts[edit]

Most shootouts, team, all-time
5,  Argentina.
Most shootouts, team, tournament
2,  Argentina, 1990;  Spain, 2002;  Costa Rica, 2014;  Netherlands 2014.
Most shootouts, all teams, tournament
4, 1990, 2006, 2014.
Most wins, team, all-time
4,  Argentina,  Germany.
Most wins, team, tournament
2,  Argentina, 1990.
Most losses, team, all-time
3,  Italy,  England.
Most shootouts with 100% record (all won)
4,  Germany.[74]
Most shootouts with 0% record (all lost)
3,  England.[75]
Most shootouts, kicker, all-time
3, Roberto Baggio,  Italy (1990 semi-final, 1994 final, 1998 quarter final).
Most successful kicks, shootout, one team
5,  West Germany, vs France, 1982;  Belgium, vs Spain, 1986;  Republic of Ireland, vs Romania, 1990;  Sweden, vs Romania, 1994;  South Korea, vs Spain, 2002;  Italy, vs France, 2006;  Paraguay, vs Japan, 2010;  Costa Rica, vs Greece, 2014.
Most successful kicks, shootout, both teams
9,  West Germany (5) vs  France (4), 1982;  Belgium (5) vs  Spain (4), 1986;  Republic of Ireland (5) vs  Romania (4), 1990;  Sweden (5) vs  Romania (4), 1994.
Most successful kicks, team, all-time
17,  Argentina (in 5 shootouts),  Germany (in 4 shootouts).
Most successful kicks, team, tournament
8,  Costa Rica, 2014 (in 2 shootouts).
Most successful kicks, all teams, tournament
28, 1990 (in 4 shootouts).
Most kicks taken, shootout, both teams
12,  West Germany (6) vs  France (6), 1982;  Sweden (6) vs  Romania (6), 1994.
Fewest kicks taken, shootout, both teams
7,  West Germany (4) vs  Mexico (3), 1986;  Ukraine (4) vs  Switzerland (3), 2006.
Fewest kicks taken, shootout, one team
3,  Mexico, vs West Germany, 1986;  Switzerland, vs Ukraine, 2006.
Most kicks taken, team, all-time
22,  Argentina (in 5 shootouts).
Most kicks taken, team, tournament
10,  Costa Rica, 2014 (in 2 shootouts).
Most kicks taken, all teams, tournament
38, 1990 (in 4 shootouts).
Most kicks missed, shootout, both teams
5,  Argentina (2) vs  Yugoslavia (3), 1990;  Spain (2) vs  Republic of Ireland (3), 2002;  Portugal (2) vs  England (3), 2006;  Brazil (2) vs  Chile (3), 2014.
Most kicks missed, team, all-time
7,  England (in 3 shootouts),  Italy (in 4 shootouts).
Most kicks missed, all teams, tournament
12, 2006 (in 4 shootouts).
Fewest successful kicks, shootout, one team
0,  Switzerland, vs Ukraine, 2006.
Fewest successful kicks, shootout, both teams
3,  Ukraine (3) vs  Switzerland (0), 2006.
Most saves, all-time
4, Harald Schumacher ( West Germany, 19821986); Sergio Goycochea ( Argentina, 1990).
Most saves, tournament
4, Sergio Goycochea ( Argentina, 1990).
Most saves, shootout
3, Ricardo ( Portugal), vs England, 2006.

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA World Cup™ – Awards – adidas Golden Ball, FIFA.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  2. ^ FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Awards, RSSSF.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  3. ^ a b In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th places. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Brazil's 1930 and 1982 results drop out and Germany alone has the most top-eight finishes (17 vs. Brazil's 15).
  4. ^ For the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions, the FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine which teams finished in 5th to 8th places. These rankings place Paraguay 9th in 1930. If Paraguay is considered to have finished in the top eight in 1930 (due to finishing second in the first round group stage – see page 45) then Paraguay would have the biggest gap (1930–2010). The USA reached the final four in 1930, so its top-eight finish in that competition does not rely on the retrospective rankings.
  5. ^  Turkey had a gap of 12 tournaments, equal to that of Egypt and Norway, from 1954 to 2002.
  6. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th place. If these rankings are excluded Yugoslavia shares 6 tournaments with  Sweden (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1974, 1994) and  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2010, 2014).
  7. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th place. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Yugoslavia still holds this record (6).
  8. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th place. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Switzerland still holds this record (3).
  9. ^ The two Americas are separate confederations, but all tournaments in North America were won by South American teams (Brazil in 1970 and 1994, Argentina in 1986)
  10. ^ Counting North America and South America separatedly, Germany and Brazil have four regions, the Netherlands (Europe, South America and Africa) and Argentina (Europe, North and South America) have three.
  11. ^ All the other teams always progressing from the first round have only appeared in one tournament:  Cuba (1938),  Wales (1958),  East Germany (1974),  Senegal (2002),  Ukraine (excluding Soviet Union. 2006) and  Slovakia (excluding Czechoslovakia. 2010). Germany has never failed to advance from 14 first-round group phases, but lost its first-round knockout match in 1938
  12. ^ 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)
  13. ^ El Salvador only played 6 games at the World Cup, and in none of these games had a clean sheet. There have been longer streaks than 6 games where a team always conceded a goal:  Switzerland from 1934 to 1994 (22),  Mexico from 1930 to 1966 (16),  France from 1930 to 1958 (11),  Germany from 1934 to 1954 (9),  South Korea from 1934 to 1994 (9),  Iran from 1978 to 2006 (9),  Romania from 1930 to 1970 (8),  Algeria from 1982 to 2010 (8),  Greece from 1994 to 2014 (7),  Belgium from 1930 to 1954 (6). Those teams ended their streak by eventually not conceding, which hasn't happened yet for El Salvador.
  14. ^ Refers to the Federal Republic of Germany. From 1949–1990 it was referred to as West Germany. The reunified Germany from mid-1990 onwards is called Germany.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h A match decided by a penalty shootout is considered a draw for both sides.
  16. ^ England did lose the third-place playoff in 1990, but had already been eliminated from any chance of winning the Championship.
  17. ^  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.
  18. ^ Uruguay also qualified for the 1950 finals without playing a match as a result of withdrawals by other teams in South America.
  19. ^  Poland in 1974 and  Italy in 1990 also won 6 matches, but one of them was the third-place playoff.
  20. ^  Netherlands also won all eight of their qualification matches.
  21. ^ Sweden progressed to the last eight without playing a single match as a result of withdrawal by  Austria
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag Successful kicks in a penalty shootout are not counted as goals (but penalties scored in the normal course of play are counted).
  23. ^ Reeves, Nick (21 June 2010). "Chile fell 10-man Swiss to close in on last 16". Yahoo! News (Agence France-Presse). Retrieved 2010-06-21. "Small consolation but the Swiss set a new World Cup record of 559 minutes played without scoring a goal, to overtake Italy's mark of 550 minutes." [dead link]
  24. ^ "Attacking excellence, defensive distinction". FIFA World Cup (FIFA). 21 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-22. "9 hours and 19 minutes without conceding a goal enabled Switzerland to set a new and impressive FIFA World Cup record today. The Swiss, who started the day in third place behind Italy (550 minutes) and England (501), rose to the No1 position midway through the second half, but only had eight minutes to savour their new status. That was when Chile's Mark Gonzalez became the first player to score against the Helvetians since Spain's Txiki Beguiristain at USA 1994." 
  25. ^ "Pele and Greaves to get World Cup winners medals". The Guardian (London). 25 November 2007. 
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/players/player=178119/index.html
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ According to "FIFA World Cup Superlatives: Players". A FIFA report, however, indicates that Taylor participated in another match after that date, again versus St. Kitts and Nevis, on 31 March 2004, breaking his own record. If the age listed in the "Superlatives" (PDF) file corresponds to the February match, then in accordance with the match report from March the actual record would be 46 years and 222 days.
  31. ^ Communications Division (27 July 2007). "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). Good to Know. FIFA. p. 42. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  32. ^ György Sárosi
  33. ^ 1938 FIFA World Cup
  34. ^ Alcides Ghiggia
  35. ^ Just Fontaine
  36. ^ Orestes Omar Corbatta
  37. ^ Ferenc Bene
  38. ^ Jairzinho
  39. ^ Teófilo Cubillas
  40. ^ James Rodriguez
  41. ^ Some sources such as RSSSF indicated that it was Harry Andersson but not Tore Keller who scored a hat-trick in that match. (link)
  42. ^ Matches within one tournament. Otherwise,  Hungary had a +11 swing between 2–4 vs  Italy in 1938 and 9–0 vs  South Korea in 1954; and again between 1–3 vs  France in 1978 and 10–1 vs  El Salvador in 1982; and likewise  Germany between 0–3 vs  Croatia in 1998 and 8–0 vs  Saudi Arabia in 2002.
  43. ^ 9 consecutive clean sheets, 5 of them away from home over 2 qualifying rounds against 5 different oppositions from 2 Confederations.
  44. ^ 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, 1/2 of 7); Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria, 2002, 1 of 3); Rami Shaaban (Sweden, 2006, 1 of 4); Santiago Cañizares (Spain, 2006, 1 of 4); Pepe Reina (Spain, 2014, 1 of 3)
  45. ^ Vittorio Pozzo
  46. ^ Helmut Schön
  47. ^ a b Mário Zagallo
  48. ^ a b c Franz Beckenbauer
  49. ^ Carlos Bilardo
  50. ^ Carlos Alberto Parreira
  51. ^ Lajos Baroti
  52. ^ Zagallo was also an assistant coach when Brazil won in 1994.
  53. ^ Did not play in 1990, but had caps in all three subsequent tournaments.
  54. ^ Milorad Arsenijevic
  55. ^ a b George Raynor
  56. ^ Kurt Tschenscher
  57. ^ 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." 
  58. ^ 2002 Cameroon – Germany FIFA match report
  59. ^ 2006 Portugal – Netherlands match report
  60. ^ 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.
  61. ^ Fifield, Dominic (12 July 2010). "World Cup final: Beauty was rewarded in the end – Vicente del Bosque". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  62. ^ 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.
  63. ^ Kerr, John H. (1997). Motivation and Emotion in Sport: reversal theory. Psychology Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-86377-500-4. 
  64. ^ "Luis Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  65. ^ 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)." 
  66. ^ "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." 
  67. ^ "FIFA lifts Rojas lifetime ban". CBC Sports. 30 April 2001. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  68. ^ Lucas, Ryan (22 June 2010). "South Africa beats France 2–1, but eliminated". The Associated Press. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  69. ^ Ultimate home field advantage: Host nation luck
  70. ^ What can econometrics tell us about World Cup performance? (pp.6-7)
  71. ^ 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.
  72. ^ Also reached this stage in 2010.
  73. ^ Reuters. "Costa Rica fans banned after violence". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  74. ^ All the other teams with 100% records have only appeared in one shootout each: they are  Belgium,  Bulgaria,  Paraguay,  Portugal,  South Korea,  Sweden,  Ukraine and  Uruguay
  75. ^ Other teams with 0% records are  Mexico (2),  Romania (2),  Ghana (1),  Greece (1),  Japan (1),  Netherlands (1),  Switzerland (1) and  Yugoslavia (1)

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