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Cameroon's Roger Milla is the oldest player to score in the FIFA World Сup history. He scored in his country's 6-1 defeat by Russia in 1994 at the age of 42

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

Contents

Teams: tournament position[edit]

Teams having equal quantities in the tables below are ordered by the tournament the quantity was attained in (the teams that attained the quantity first are listed first). If the quantity was attained by more than one team in the same tournament, these teams are ordered alphabetically.

Most championships[edit]

RankTeam#
1 Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)5
2 Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)4
3 Germany (1954, 1974, 1990)3
4 Uruguay (1930, 1950),  Argentina (1978, 1986)2
6 England (1966),  France (1998),  Spain (2010)1

Most second-place finishes[edit]

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

Most finishes in the top two[edit]

#Team#
1 Brazil (1950, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 1998, 2002),  Germany (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002)7
3 Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)6
4 Argentina (1930, 1978, 1986, 1990)4
5 Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010)3
6 Uruguay (1930, 1950),  Hungary (1938, 1954),  Czechoslovakia[2] (1934, 1962),  France (1998, 2006)2
10 Sweden (1958),  England (1966),  Spain (2010)1

Most third-place finishes[edit]

#Team#
1 Germany (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010)4
2 Brazil (1938, 1978)  France (1958, 1986)  Poland (1974, 1982)  Sweden (1950, 1994)2
3 Austria (1954)  Chile (1962)  Croatia (1998)  Italy (1990)  Portugal (1966)  Turkey (2002)  United States (1930)1

Most finishes in the top three[edit]

#Team#
1 Germany (1934, 1954, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006, 2010)11
2 Brazil (1938, 1950, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002)9
3 Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1982, 1990, 1994, 2006)7
4 Argentina (1930, 1978, 1986, 1990),  France (1958, 1986, 1998, 2006)4
6 Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010),  Sweden (1950, 1958, 1994)3
8 Czechoslovakia[2] (1934, 1962),  Hungary (1938, 1954),  Poland (1974, 1982),  Uruguay (1930, 1950)2
12 Austria (1954),  Chile (1962),  Croatia(1998),  England (1966),  Portugal (1966),  Spain (2010),  Turkey (2002),  United States (1930)1

Most fourth-place finishes[edit]

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

Most 3rd–4th-place finishes[edit]

5,  Germany (1934, 1958, 1970, 2006, 2010)

#Team#
1 Germany (1934, 1958, 1970, 2006, 2010)5
2 Brazil (1938, 1974 ,1978)  France (1958, 1982, 1986)  Sweden (1938, 1950, 1994)  Uruguay (1954, 1970, 2010)3
3 Poland (1974, 1982)  Yugoslavia[3] (1930, 1962)  Austria (1934, 1954)  Italy (1978, 1990)  Portugal (1966, 2006)2
4 Belgium (1986)  Bulgaria (1994)  England (1990)  South Korea (2002)  Netherlands (1998)  Russia (1966)  Spain (1950)  Chile (1962)  Croatia (1998)  Turkey (2002)  United States (1930)1

Most finishes in the top four[edit]

12,  Germany (1934, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006, 2010)

#Team#
1 Germany (1934, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006, 2010)12
2 Brazil (1938, 1950, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002)10
3 Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994, 2006)8
4 France (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006)  Uruguay (1930, 1950, 1954, 1970, 2010)5
5 Argentina (1930, 1978, 1986, 1990)  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1998, 2010)  Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1994)4
6 Austria (1934, 1954)  England (1966, 1990)  Hungary (1938, 1954)  Poland (1974, 1982)  Portugal (1966, 2006)  Spain (1950, 2010) Czechoslovakia[2] (1934, 1962)  Yugoslavia[3] (1930, 1962)2
7 Belgium (1986)  Bulgaria (1994)  Chile (1962)  Croatia (1998)  South Korea (2002)  Turkey (2002)  Soviet Union (1966)  United States (1930)1
For a detailed list of top four appearances, see FIFA World Cup results

Most 5th–8th-place finishes[edit]

8,  England (1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006)[4]

#Team#
1 England(1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006)8
2 Brazil(1930, 1954, 1982, 1986, 2006, 2010)6
3 Argentina(1966, 1974, 1998, 2006, 2010)  Yugoslavia[3](1950, 1954, 1958, 1974, 1990)5
4 Germany(1962, 1978, 1994, 1998)  Russia(1958, 1962, 1970, 1982)  Spain(1934, 1986, 1994, 2002)   Switzerland(1934, 1938, 1950, 1954)4
5 Hungary(1934, 1962, 1966)3
6 Austria (1978, 1982)  Czechoslovakia[2](1938, 1990) France(1930, 1938)  Italy(1950, 1998) Mexico(1970, 1986) Peru(1970, 1978) Romania(1930, 1994)  Sweden(1934, 1974)2
7 Chile(1930)  Cameroon(1990)  Cuba(1938)  Denmark(1998)  East Germany(1974)  Ghana(2010)  Republic of Ireland(1990)  Paraguay(2010)  Poland(1978)  North Korea(1966)  Netherlands(1994)  Northern Ireland(1958)  Senegal(2002) Ukraine(2006)  Uruguay(1966)  United States(2002)  Wales(1958)1

Most finishes in the top eight[edit]

16,  Brazil (Every tournament except 1934, 1966 and 1990),  Germany (Every tournament except 1930, 1938 and 1950)[5]

#Team#
1 Brazil (1930, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)

 Germany (1934, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)

16
2 Italy (1934, 1938, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006)  Argentina (1930, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010)  England ( 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2006)9
3 France ( 1930, 1938, 1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006 )  Yugoslavia[3](1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990)7
4 Spain (1934, 1950, 1986, 1994, 2002, 2010)  Sweden (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1974, 1994)  Uruguay (1930, 1950, 1954, 1966, 1970, 2010)6
5 Hungary (1934, 1938, 1954, 1962, 1966) Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2010) Russia (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982)5
6 Austria (1934, 1954, 1978, 1982) Czechoslovakia[2](1934, 1938, 1962, 1990)  Switzerland (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954)4
7 Poland(1974, 1978, 1982)3
8 Chile(1930 ,1962) Mexico(1970, 1986)  Peru(1970, 1978) Portugal(1966, 2006) Romania(1930, 1994) United States(1930, 2002)2
9 Belgium(1986) Bulgaria(1994) Cameroon(1990) Croatia(1998) Cuba(1938) Denmark(1998) East Germany(1974) Ghana(2010) Republic of Ireland(1990)  South Korea(2002)  Northern Ireland(1958) Paraguay(2010)  North Korea(1966) Senegal(2002)  Turkey(2002)  Ukraine(2006)  Wales(1958)1

Most 9th–16th-place finishes[edit]

12,  Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)[6]

#Team#
1 Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)12
2 Belgium (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1990, 1994, 2002)9
3 Italy (1954, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1986, 2002)  Paraguay (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002)  Spain (1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1990, 2006)6
4 Argentina (1934, 1958, 1962, 1982, 1994)  Bulgaria (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986)  Chile (1950, 1966, 1974, 1998, 2010) Romania (1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1998) Scotland (1958, 1962, 1974, 1978, 1982)5
5 France  Netherlands  Slovakia  Sweden   Switzerland  Uruguay  United States4
6 Brazil  Czech Republic[1]  England  Hungary3
7 Australia  Bolivia  Colombia  Denmark  Japan  South Korea  Morocco  Nigeria  Norway  Poland  Republic of Ireland  Yugoslavia2
8 Austria  Algeria  Congo DR[7]  Costa Rica  Ecuador  El Salvador  Egypt  Germany  Ghana  Haiti  Indonesia[8]  Iran  Israel  Northern Ireland  Peru  Portugal  Russia  Saudi Arabia  Tunisia  Turkey1

Most finishes in the top sixteen[edit]

19,  Brazil (every tournament).

Most 17th–32nd-place finishes[edit]

5,  South Korea (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006)  Cameroon (1982, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010)

#Team#
1 South Korea (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006)  Cameroon (1982, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010)5
2 Russia  Saudi Arabia  Scotland  South Africa  Tunisia  United States3
3 Algeria  Austria  Colombia  Costa Rica  Ivory Coast  Croatia  Czech Republic[1]  France  Greece  Honduras  Iran  Japan  Morocco  New Zealand  Nigeria  Poland  Portugal  Yugoslavia  Slovenia2
3 Angola  Argentina  Australia  Belgium  Bolivia  Bulgaria  Canada  Chile  China PR  Denmark  Ecuador  Egypt  El Salvador  Hungary  Iraq  Italy  Jamaica  North Korea  Kuwait  Northern Ireland  Norway  Paraguay  Peru  Slovakia[1]  Spain  Sweden   Switzerland  Togo  Trinidad and Tobago  United Arab Emirates  Uruguay1

Most World Cup appearances[edit]

20,  Brazil (every tournament).

For a detailed list, see National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup
#Team#
1 Brazil20
2 Italy,  Germany[9]18
3 Argentina16
4 Mexico15
5 England,  France,  Spain14
6 Belgium,  Uruguay12
7 Sweden,  Yugoslavia11
8 Netherlands,  Russia,[10]   Switzerland,  United States10
9 Czech Republic,[1]  Hungary,  South Korea,  Slovakia[1]9
10 Chile,  Paraguay,  Scotland8
11 Austria,  Bulgaria,  Poland,  Romania,  Cameroon7
12 Portugal6
13 Japan,  Colombia,  Nigeria5
14 Australia,  Denmark,  Croatia,[3]  Costa Rica,  Iran,  Morocco,  Peru,  Saudi Arabia,  Tunisia,  Algeria4
15 Bolivia,  Norway,  Republic of Ireland,  South Africa,  Northern Ireland,  Ivory Coast,  Ghana,  Ecuador,  Honduras,  Greece3
16 Egypt,  New Zealand,  North Korea,  El Salvador,  Slovenia,[3]  Turkey2
17 Angola (2006),  Canada (1986),  China PR (2002),  Congo DR[7](1974),  Cuba (1938),  East Germany[9] (1974),  Haiti (1974),  Indonesia[8] (1938),  Iraq (1986),  Israel (1970),  Jamaica (1998),  Kuwait (1982),  Senegal (2002),  Togo (2006),  Trinidad and Tobago(2006),  Ukraine[10] (2006),  United Arab Emirates (1990),  Wales(1958),  Bosnia and Herzegovina(2014)1

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive championships[edit]

#Team#
1 Brazil (1958–1962)  Italy (1934–1938)2

Most consecutive second-place finishes[edit]

2,  Netherlands (1974–1978) and  Germany (1982–1986).

Most consecutive finishes in the top two[edit]

#Team#
1 Brazil (1994–2002)  Germany (1982–1990)3
2 Argentina (1986–1990) Brazil(1958–1962) Italy(1934–1938) Netherlands(1974–1978)2

Most consecutive third-place finishes[edit]

2,  Germany (2006–2010).

Most consecutive finishes in the top three[edit]

#Team#
1 Germany (1966–1974), (1982–1990), (2002–2010) Brazil (1994–2002)3
3 Argentina (1986–1990)  Italy (1934–1938),(1990–1994)  Netherlands (1974–1978)2

Most consecutive fourth-place finishes[edit]

No team has finished 4th in two consecutive tournaments.

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

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

Most consecutive finishes in the top four[edit]

Either Germany or Brazil has finished in the top four of every World Cup except 1930.

#Team#
1 Brazil (1970–1978, 1994–2002)  Germany (1966–1974, 1982–1990, 2002–2010)3
2 Argentina (1986–1990),  Brazil (1938–1950, 1958–1962),  France (1982–1986),  Germany (1954–1958),  Italy (1934–1938, 1978–1982, 1990–1994)  Netherlands (1974–1978),  Sweden (1938–1950),  Uruguay (1950–1954)2

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

4,   Switzerland (1934–1954).[11]

Most consecutive finishes in the top eight[edit]

#Team#
1 Germany (1954–2010)15
2 Brazil (1938–1962)(1970–1986)(1994–2010)5
3 Russia (1958–1970)  Yugoslavia (1950–1962)   Switzerland (1934–1954)4
4 England (1962–1970)(1982–1990)  Italy (1934–1950)(1990–1998)  Poland (1974–1982)  Sweden (1934–1950)3
5 Argentina (1974–1978)(1986–1990)(2006–2010)  Austria (1978–1982)  Czech Republic (1934–1938)  England (1950–1954)(2002–2006)  France (1982–1986)  Hungary (1934–1938)(1962–1966)  Italy (1978–1982)  Netherlands (1974–1978)(1994–1998)  Uruguay (1950–1954)(1966–1970)2
Most consecutive 9th–16th-place finishes
5,  Mexico (1950–1966), (1994–2010)[12]
Most consecutive finishes in the top sixteen
19,  Brazil (1930–2010).
Most consecutive 17th–32nd-place finishes
4,  South Korea (1986–1998).
Most consecutive appearances in the finals
19,  Brazil (1930–2010).
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)[13]
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)[14]

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
28th (of 32),  France (2002)

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 four without ever being champion
4,  Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1994),  Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1998, 2010)
Most finishes in the top eight without ever being champion
7,  Yugoslavia (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990)[15]
Most finishes in the top sixteen without ever being champion
14,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990)
Most appearances without ever being champion
14,  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)[16]
Most finishes in the top sixteen without ever finishing in the top two
14,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990)
Most appearances without ever finishing in the top two
14,  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)[17]
Most finishes in the top sixteen without ever finishing in the top four
14,  Mexico (all except 1934, 1938, 1974, 1982 and 1990)
Most appearances without ever finishing in the top four
14,  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)

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 %
Pierre Littbarski West Germany198277182186
198657
199067
Lothar Matthäus West Germany198227162176
198677
199077
Cafu Brazil199437162176
199867
200277
Pelé Brazil195846121867
196226
197066

Most finishes in the top three[edit]

PlayerNationTournamentAppsGamesAppsGamesApp %
Wolfgang Overath West Germany1966661919100
197066
197477
Franz Beckenbauer West Germany196666181995
197056
197477
Miroslav Klose Germany200277192190
200677
201057
Pierre Littbarski West Germany198277182186
198657
199067
Lothar Matthäus West Germany198227162176
198677
199077
Cafu Brazil199437162176
199867
200277
Pelé Brazil195846121867
196226
197066
Horst-Dieter Höttges West Germany196656101953
197046
197417

Most finishes in the top four[edit]

PlayerNationTournamentAppsGamesAppsGamesApp %
Wolfgang Overath West Germany1966661919100
197066
197477
Franz Beckenbauer West Germany196666181995
197056
197477
Uwe Seeler West Germany195856171894
196666
197066
Miroslav Klose Germany200277192190
200677
201057
Pierre Littbarski West Germany198277182186
198657
199067
Lothar Matthäus West Germany198227162176
198677
199077
Cafu Brazil199437162176
199867
200277
Rivelino Brazil197056152075
197477
197837
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger West Germany195826131872
196666
197056
Pelé Brazil195846121867
196226
197066
Horst-Dieter Höttges West Germany196656101953
197046
197417

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)
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
19  Brazil (every tournament)
Progressed from the first round the most times
16  Germany (every tournament except 1930, 1938 and 1950),  Brazil (every tournament except 1930, 1934 and 1966)
Eliminated in the first round the most times
8  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)
Most appearances, always progressing from the first round
3  Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002)[18]
Most appearances, never progressing from the first round
8  Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)[19]
Most appearances, never winning a match
3  Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994)

Consecutive[edit]

Most consecutive appearances in the first round
19  Brazil (every tournament)
Most consecutive progressions from the first round
15  Germany (1954–2010)
Most consecutive eliminations from the first round
5  Mexico (1950–1966),  Scotland (1974–1990)

Host team[edit]

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

Defending champion[edit]

Defending champion eliminated in the first round
 Italy (1950 and 2010),  Brazil (1966),  France (2002)

Teams: matches played and goals scored[edit]

All time[edit]

Most matches played
99,  Germany
Fewest matches played
1,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies)
Most wins
67,  Brazil
Most losses
24,  Mexico
Most draws
21,  Italy
Most matches played without a win or a draw
6,  El Salvador
Most matches played without a win
6,  Bolivia,  El Salvador,  Honduras,  New Zealand
Most matches played until first win
17,  Bulgaria
Most goals scored
210,  Brazil
Most goals conceded
117,  Germany
Fewest goals scored
0,  Canada,  China PR,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies),  Trinidad and Tobago, and  Congo DR (as  Zaire).
Fewest goals conceded
2,  Angola
Most matches played without scoring a goal
3,  Canada,  China PR,  Trinidad and Tobago, and  Congo DR (as  Zaire).
Most matches played always conceding a goal
6,  El Salvador,  Greece
Highest average of goals scored per match
2.72,  Hungary
Lowest average of goals conceded per match
0.67,  Angola (2 goals in 3 matches)[20]
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)

7 times,  Germany vs  Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998, 2010)

Most meetings between two teams, Final match
2 times,  Brazil vs  Italy (1970 & 1994) &  Argentina vs  Germany (1986 & 1990)
Most tournaments unbeaten
[21] 7,  Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 2002)
Most tournaments eliminated without having lost a match
[21] 3,  England (1982, 1990,[22] 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
[23] 7,  Brazil, 2002
Fewest wins, champions
3,  Uruguay, 1950 (out of 4)[24]
Most matches not won, champions
3,  Italy 1982 (out of 7)
Most wins by non-champion (excluding third-place playoff)
[25] 6,  Netherlands, 2010[26]
Most matches not won
[21] 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
[21] 3,  Brazil (1970),  Italy (1982),  Argentina (1986),  Germany (2010).[27]
All matches won without extra time, replays, penalty shootouts or playoffs
 Uruguay 1930 (4 matches),  Brazil 1970 (6 matches) and  Brazil 2002 (7 matches).
Highest finish without winning a match
[21] last eight  Republic of Ireland (1990)
Highest finish, winning at most one match
[21] fourth  Sweden (1938)[28]
Most goals scored
27,  Hungary, 1954[29]
Fewest goals conceded
0,   Switzerland, 2006[29]
Most goals conceded
16,  South Korea, 1954[29]
Most minutes without conceding a goal
517 mins,  Italy, 1990[29]
Highest goal difference
+17,  Hungary, 1954[29]
Highest goal difference, champions
+14,  Brazil, 2002[29]
Lowest goal difference
-16,  South Korea, 1954[29]
Lowest goal difference, champions
+6,  Italy, 1982,  Spain, 2010[29]
Highest average of goals scored per match
5.40,  Hungary, 1954;[29]
Highest average goal difference per match
+3.2,  Hungary, 1954
Highest average goal difference per match, champions
+3.0,  Uruguay, 1930
Most goals scored, champions
25,  Germany, 1954[29]
Fewest goals scored, champions
8,  Spain, 2010[29]
Fewest goals scored, finalists
5,  Argentina, 1990[29]
Fewest goals conceded, champions
2,  France, 1998,  Italy, 2006,  Spain, 2010[29]
Most goals conceded, champions
14,  Germany, 1954[29]
Lowest average of goals scored per match, champions
1.14,  Spain, 2010[29]
Most unbeaten teams
5, 2006 (  Switzerland,  Argentina,  England,  France,  Italy)[21]
Fewest unbeaten teams
0, 1954
Most matches to qualify for World Cup Finals
20,  Uruguay (2002 & 2010)
Largest distance travelled in a single qualifying campaign
55,000 miles:  New Zealand (1982)[30]

Teams: overall performance (winning percentage)[edit]

In one tournament[edit]

All time[edit]

Best overall performance
TeamPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 Uruguay (1930)4400100153+12+3.03.8
 Brazil (1970)6600100197+12+2.03.2
 Brazil (2002)7700100184+14+2.02.6
 Italy (1938)44*00100115+6+1.52.8

* one of the wins was after extra time

Worst overall performance
Because a large number of teams have had lost all their matches in a world cup, only teams with a goal difference/match ≤ -4.0 are included.
TeamPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 South Korea (1954)20020016−16−8.00.0
 Bolivia (1950)1001008−8−8.00.0
 Dutch East Indies (1938)1001006−6−6.00.0
 United States (1934)1001017−6−6.01.0
 Zaire (1974)30030014−14−4.70.0
 Saudi Arabia (2002)30030012−12−4.00.0
 Bolivia (1930)2002008−8−4.00.0
 Scotland (1954)2002008−8−4.00.0
 El Salvador (1982)30030113−12−4.00.3
 Haiti (1974)30030214−12−4.00.7

Host team[edit]

Best overall performance
TeamPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 Uruguay (1930)4400100153+12+3.03.8
Worst overall performance

The following teams had a negative overall record as hosts:

TeamRound reachedPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 South Africa (2010)First (last 32)31113335−2−0.671.00
 United States (1994)Second (last 16)41122534−1−0.250.75
 Spain (1982)Second (last 12)51222045−1−0.200.80

Defending champion[edit]

Best overall performance
TeamPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 Italy (1938)44*00100115+6+1.52.8

* one of the wins was after extra time

Worst overall performance
TeamPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 France (2002)3012003−3−1.00.0

Champion[edit]

Best overall performance
see all-time best overall performance above
Worst overall performance
TeamPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 Italy (1982)743079126+6+0.9+1.7

Non-champion[edit]

Best overall performance
TeamPldWDLWin %GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
 Italy (1990)761093102+8+1.1+1.4
Worst overall performance
see all-time worst overall performance above

Streaks[edit]

Most consecutive successful qualification attempts
[31] 8,  Spain (1986–2014).
Most consecutive failed qualification attempts
19,  Luxembourg (19342014).
Most consecutive wins
11,  Brazil, from 2–1 Turkey (2002) to 3–0 Ghana (2006).
Most consecutive matches without a loss
13,  Brazil, from 3–0 Austria (1958) to 2–0 Bulgaria (1966).
Most consecutive losses
9,  Mexico, from 1–4 France (1930) to 0–3 Sweden (1958)
Most consecutive matches without a win
17,  Bulgaria, from 0–1 Argentina (1962) to 0–3 Nigeria (1994).
Most consecutive draws
5,  Belgium, from 0–0 Netherlands (1998) to 1–1 Tunisia (2002).
Most consecutive matches without a draw
16,  Portugal, from 3–1 Hungary (1966) to 1–0 Netherlands (2006).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least one goal
18,  Brazil (1930–1958) and  Germany (1934–1958).
Most consecutive matches scoring at least two goals
11,  Uruguay (1930–1954)
Most consecutive matches scoring at least three / four goals
4,  Uruguay (1930–1950) and  Hungary (1954) (four goals); also  Portugal (1966),  Germany (1970),  Brazil (1970),
Most consecutive matches scoring at least six / eight goals
2,  Hungary (1954) (eight goals); also  Brazil (1950) (six goals)
Most consecutive matches without scoring a goal
5,  Bolivia (1930–1994) and  Algeria (1986–2010).
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).[32][33]
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) and Lothar Matthäus (Germany 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[34]) and 1970).
See here for a list of players who have won multiple FIFA World Cups
Most matches played, finals
25, Lothar Matthäus (Germany Germany, 1982–1998).
Most minutes played, finals
2,217 minutes, Paolo Maldini ( Italy, 1990–2002).
Most matches played, qualifying
68, Iván Hurtado ( Ecuador, 1994–2010)
Most matches won
16, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006).
Most appearances in a World Cup final
3, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002).[35]
Most finals played with different teams
2, Luis Monti  Argentina (1930),  Italy (1934)
Most appearances as captain
16, Diego Maradona ( Argentina, 1986–1994).
Most appearances as substitute
11, Denílson ( Brazil, 1998–2002).
Youngest player
17 years and 41 days, Norman Whiteside ( Northern Ireland, vs Yugoslavia, 1982).
Youngest player, final
17 years and 249 days, Pele ( Brazil, vs Sweden, 1958).
Youngest player, qualifying match
13 years and 310 days, Souleymane Mamam ( Togo, vs Zambia, 6 May 2001, 2002 CAF Group 1).[36]
Youngest captain
21 years and 109 days, Tony Meola ( United States, vs Czechoslovakia, 10 June 1990).[37]
Oldest player
42 years and 39 days, Roger Milla ( Cameroon, vs Russia, 1994).
Oldest player, final
40 years and 133 days, Dino Zoff ( Italy, vs Germany, 1982).
Oldest player, qualifying match
46 years and 180 days, MacDonald Taylor, Sr. ( U.S. Virgin Islands, vs St. Kitts and Nevis, 18 February 2004, 2006 CONCACAF Prelim Group 4).[38]
Oldest captain
40 years and 292 days, Peter Shilton ( England, vs Italy, 7 July 1990).
Oldest player to debut in a World Cup finals tournament
39 years and 321 days, David James ( England, vs Algeria, 18 June 2010).
Largest age difference on the same team
24 years and 42 days, 1994,  Cameroon (Rigobert Song: 17 years and 358 days; Roger Milla: 42 years and 35 days).
Largest age difference on a champion team
21 years and 297 days, 1982,  Italy (Dino Zoff: 40 years and 133 days; Giuseppe Bergomi: 18 years and 201 days).
Longest period between World Cup finals appearances as a player
12 years and 13 days, Alfred Bickel (  Switzerland, 1938–1950).
Longest span of World Cup finals appearances as a player
16 years, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966); Elías Figueroa ( Chile, 1966–1982); Hugo Sánchez ( Mexico, 1978–1994); Giuseppe Bergomi ( Italy, 1982–1998); Lothar Matthäus ( Germany, 1982–1998); Rigobert Song ( Cameroon, 1994–2010).
Longest period between World Cup finals appearances, overall
44 years, Tim ( Brazil, 1938, as a player; and  Peru, 1982, as coach).

Goalscoring[edit]

Individual[edit]

Most goals scored, overall finals
15, Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006).
For a detailed list of the overall top goalscorers, see World Cup overall top goalscorers
Most goals scored, overall qualifying
35, Ali Daei ( Iran, 1994–2006).[39]
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 FIFA World Cup awards#Golden Boot
Most goals scored in a match
5, Oleg Salenko ( Russia, vs Cameroon, 1994).
Most goals scored in a lost match
4, Ernest Wilimowski ( Poland, vs Brazil, 1938).
Most goals scored in a qualifying match
13, Archie Thompson ( Australia, vs American Samoa, 2002 OFC Group 1).
Most goals scored in a final match
3, Geoff Hurst ( England, vs West Germany, 1966).
Most goals scored in all final matches
3, Vavá ( Brazil, 2 vs Sweden in 1958 & 1 vs Czechoslovakia in 1962), Pelé ( Brazil, 2 vs Sweden in 1958 & 1 vs Italy in 1970), Geoff Hurst ( England, 3 vs West Germany in 1966), and Zinedine Zidane ( France, 2 vs Brazil in 1998 & 1 vs Italy in 2006).
Most matches with at least one goal
11, Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006).
Most consecutive matches with at least one goal
6, Just Fontaine ( France, 1958) and Jairzinho ( Brazil, 1970).
Most matches with at least two goals
4, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954), Just Fontaine ( France, 1958), Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2010).
Most consecutive matches with at least two goals
4, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954).
Most hat-tricks
2, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954), Just Fontaine ( France, 1958), Gerd Müller ( West Germany, 1970), and Gabriel Batistuta ( Argentina, 1994 and 1998).
Most consecutive hat-tricks
2, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954) and Gerd Müller ( West Germany, 1970).
Fastest hat-trick & Most goals scored by a substitute in a match
8 minutes, László Kiss ( Hungary), scored at 69', 72', and 76' against El Salvador, 1982.
Olympic Goals scored in a World Cup
1, Marcos Coll  Colombia vs  Soviet Union, 3 June 1962.
Hat-tricks from the penalty spot
Never occurred in the final tournament. Four times in qualification: Kubilay Türkyilmaz (  Switzerland, vs Faroe Islands, 7 October 2000, 2002 UEFA Group 1); Henrik Larsson ( Sweden, vs Moldova, 6 June 2001, 2002 UEFA Group 4); Ronaldo ( Brazil, vs Argentina, 2 June 2004, 2006 CONMEBOL), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ( Gabon, vs Niger, 15 June 2013, 2014 CAF Second Round Group E).
Scoring in every match of a World Cup
György Sárosi ( Hungary), 5 goals in 4 matches (1938), Alcides Ghiggia ( Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950), Just Fontaine ( France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958), Jairzinho ( Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970).[40]
Scoring in every match of a World Cup appeared
Guillermo Stabile ( Argentina), 8 goals in 4 matches (1930) (Didn't play Argentina's first match against France. Despite losing the final, Stábile had made history in only four games, becoming the top scorer in the first ever FIFA World Cup. It turned out that he never played for Argentina again, and thus he scored in every game he played for his country, with an average of two goals per match.),[41] Leônidas da Silva ( Brazil), 7 goals in 4 matches (1938) (Didn't play match against Italy in semifinal. Brazil manager Adhemar Pimenta decided to rest him for the semi-final against Italy. The Italians won the game 2–1.),[42] György Sárosi ( Hungary), 5 goals in 4 matches (1938),[43] Arne Nyberg ( Sweden), 3 goals in 3 matches (1938),[44] Ernst Wilimowski ( Poland), 4 goals in 1 matches (1938) (The Golden Shoe may have eluded Ernest Wilimowski of Poland, but he does boast the best goals-to-games ratio - 400 per cent - in FIFA World Cup history. Indeed, in his solitary appearance - an unforgettable match played in Strasbourg, during the 1938 FIFA World Cup at France - he scored four of Poland's goals in a 6-5 defeat by Brazil in the first round, becoming the first player ever to score four goals in a single World Cup match.),[45] Alcides Ghiggia ( Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950),[46] Ferenc Puskás ( Hungary), 4 goals in 3 matches (1954) (Puskás scored three goals in the two first-round matches Hungary played at the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They defeated South Korea 9–0 and then West Germany 8–3. In the latter game, he suffered a hairline fracture of the ankle after a tackle by Werner Liebrich, and did not return until the final, mean he didn't play quarter final against Brazil and semifinal against Uruguay. Puskás played the entire 1954 World Cup final against West Germany with the hairline fracture. Despite this, he scored his fourth goal of the tournament to put Hungary ahead after six minutes, and with Czibor adding another goal two minutes later, it seemed that the pre-tournament favorites would take the title. However, the West Germans pulled back two goals before half time, with six minutes left the West Germans scored the winner. Two minutes from the end of the match, Puskás appeared to score an equalizer but the goal was disallowed due to an offside call),[47] Just Fontaine ( France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958),[48] Omar Oreste Corbatta ( Argentina), 3 goals in 3 matches (1958),[49] Ferenc Bene ( Hungary), 4 goals in 4 matches (1966),[50] Jairzinho ( Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970),[51] Teofilo Cubillas ( Peru), 5 goals in 4 matches (1970).[52]
Most tournaments with scoring on each appearance
2, György Sárosi ( Hungary), 1934–1938 (1 goal/1 match and 5/4) and Leônidas da Silva ( Brazil), 1934–1938 (1 goal/1 match and 7/4).[53]
Most tournaments with at least one goal
4, Pelé ( Brazil, 1958–1970) and Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970).
Most tournaments with at least two goals
4, Uwe Seeler ( West Germany, 1958–1970).
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) and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2006).
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), and Cuauhtémoc Blanco ( Mexico, 1998–2010).
Youngest goalscorer
17 years and 239 days, Pelé ( Brazil, vs Wales, 1958).
Youngest hat-trick scorer
17 years and 244 days, Pelé ( Brazil, vs France, 1958).
Youngest goalscorer, final
17 years and 249 days, Pelé ( Brazil, vs Sweden, 1958).
Oldest goalscorer
42 years and 39 days, Roger Milla ( Cameroon, vs Russia, 1994).
Oldest hat-trick scorer
33 years and 159 days, Tore Keller ( Sweden, vs Cuba, 1938).[54]
Oldest goalscorer, final
35 years, 263 days, Nils Liedholm ( Sweden, vs Brazil, 1958).
Most penalties scored (excluding during shootouts)
4, Eusébio ( Portugal, 4 in 1966), Rob Rensenbrink ( Netherlands, 4 in 1978) – both records for one tournament – and Gabriel Batistuta ( Argentina, 2 each in 1994 and 1998).
Most penalties missed (excluding during shootouts)
2, Asamoah Gyan ( Ghana, 2006 vs  Czech Republic and 2010 vs  Uruguay).
Fastest goal from kickoff
10.89 seconds, Hakan Şükür ( Turkey, vs Korea Republic, 29 June 2002, 2002).
For a detailed list of the fastest goals from kickoff, see below
Fastest goal by a substitute
16 seconds, Ebbe Sand ( Denmark, vs Nigeria, 28 June 1998, 1998).
Fastest goal in a final
90 seconds, Johan Neeskens ( Netherlands, vs West Germany, 7 July 1974).
Fastest goal in a qualifying match
8 seconds, Davide Gualtieri ( San Marino, vs England, 17 November 1993, 1994 UEFA Group 2).
Latest goal from kickoff
121st minute, Alessandro Del Piero ( Italy vs Germany, 4 July 2006).
Latest goal from kickoff in a final
120th minute, Geoff Hurst ( England vs West Germany 1966) (see "they think it's all over").
Latest goal from kickoff, with no goals scored inbetween
119th minute, David Platt ( England vs Belgium, 26 June 1990) and Fabio Grosso ( Italy vs Germany, 4 July 2006).

Team[edit]

Biggest margin of victory
9,  Hungary (9) vs  South Korea (0), 1954;  Yugoslavia (9) vs  Zaire (0), 1974;  Hungary (10) vs  El Salvador (1), 1982.
Biggest margin of victory, qualifying match
31,  Australia (31) vs  American Samoa (0), 11 April 2001, 2002 OFC Group 1.
Most goals scored in a match, one team
10,  Hungary, vs El Salvador, 1982.
Most goals scored in a match, both teams
12,  Austria (7) vs   Switzerland (5), 1954.
Highest scoring draw
4–4,  England vs  Belgium (AET), 1954, and  Soviet Union vs  Colombia, 1962.
Largest deficit overcome in a win
3 goals,  Austria, 1954 (coming from 0–3 down to win 7–5 vs   Switzerland) and  Portugal, 1966 (coming from 0–3 down to win 5–3 vs  North Korea).
Largest deficit overcome in a draw
3 goals,  Colombia, 1962 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 4–4 vs  Soviet Union) and  Uruguay, 2002 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 3–3 vs  Senegal).
Most goals scored in extra time, both teams
5,  Italy (3) vs  West Germany (2), 1970.
Most goals scored in a final, one team
5,  Brazil, 1958.
Most goals scored in a final, both teams
7,  Brazil (5) vs.  Sweden (2), 1958.
Fewest goals scored in a final, both teams
0,  Brazil (0) vs.  Italy (0), 1994.
Biggest margin of victory in a final
3,  France (3) vs.  Brazil (0) 1998 and  Brazil (4) vs.  Italy (1), 1970 and  Brazil (5) vs.  Sweden (2), 1958.
Largest deficit overcome in a win in a final
2,  West Germany, 1954 (coming from 0–2 down to win 3–2 vs  Hungary).
Most goals in a tournament, one team
27,  Hungary, 1954.
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one match
7,  Yugoslavia, vs  Zaire, 1974 (Dušan Bajević, Dragan Džajić, Ivica Šurjak, Josip Katalinski, Vladislav Bogićević, Branko Oblak, Ilija Petković).
Most individual goalscorers for one team, one tournament
10,  France, 1982 (Gérard Soler, Bernard Genghini, Michel Platini, Didier Six, Maxime Bossis, Alain Giresse, Dominique Rocheteau, Marius Trésor, René Girard, Alain Couriol) and  Italy, 2006 (Andrea Pirlo, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Gilardino, Marco Materazzi, Filippo Inzaghi, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Zambrotta, Luca Toni, Fabio Grosso, Alessandro Del Piero).
Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches
[55] +10:  Turkey (1954) — lost 1–4 to  West Germany, then won 7–0 over  South Korea; and  West Germany (1954) — lost 3–8 to  Hungary, then won 7–2 over  Turkey.
Largest goal difference worsening in consecutive matches
-12:  Sweden (1938) — won 8–0 over  Cuba, then lost 1–5 to  Hungary ;  Turkey (1954) — won 7–0 over  South Korea, then lost 2–7 to  West Germany;  Hungary (1982) — won 10–1 over  El Salvador, then lost 1–4 to  Argentina.

Tournament[edit]

Most goals scored in a tournament
171 goals, 1998.
Fewest goals scored in a tournament
70 goals 1930 and 1934.
Most goals per match in a tournament
5.38 goals per match, 1954.
Fewest goals per match in a tournament
2.21 goals per match, 1990.
Most scorers in a tournament
111, 1998.
Most players scoring at least two goals in a tournament
37, 1998.
Most players scoring at least three goals in a tournament
21, 1954.
Most players scoring at least four goals in a tournament
11, 1954.
Most players scoring at least five goals in a tournament
6, 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
4 goals, 1954, 1998 & 2006.
Most own goals in a match
2,  United States vs  Portugal, 2002 (Jorge Costa of Portugal and Jeff Agoos of USA).
Scoring for both teams in the same match
Ernie Brandts ( Netherlands, vs Italy, 1978 – own goal in the 18th minute, goal in the 50th minute).

Top scoring teams by tournament[edit]

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

Total and average goals[edit]

YearTeamsMatchesGoalsTop scorerAverage goals
193013187083.89
193416177054.12
193815188474.67
195015228894.00
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

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 mins (5 consecutive clean sheets), Walter Zenga ( Italy, 1990)
Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (qualifying)
921 mins (9 consecutive clean sheets[56]), 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[57]
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), 2006 (vs   Switzerland)

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),[58] Helmut Schön (Germany FR 1966/1974),[59] Mário Zagallo (Brazil 1970/1998),[60] Franz Beckenbauer (Germany FR, 1986/1990)[61] and Carlos Bilardo (Argentina, 1986/1990).[62] 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 &  Brazil, 2006;  Saudi Arabia, 1998;  South Africa, 2010)[63]
Most consecutive tournaments with same team
4, Walter Winterbottom ( England, 1950–1962); Helmut Schön ( West Germany, 1966–1978) (note that Sepp Herberger took Germany/West Germany to four tournaments, (1938, 1954, 1958, 1962) omitting the 1950 competition from which Germany was banned) & Lajos Baroti took Hungury to four tournaments, (1958, 1962, 1966, 1978) omitting the 1970 & 1974 competition, when Hungury failed to qualify).[64]
Most consecutive wins
11, Luiz Felipe Scolari ( Brazil, 2002, 7 wins;  Portugal, 2006, 4 wins – Portugal "won" its next match, the quarterfinal against England, by penalty kicks, which technically counts as a draw).
Most consecutive matches without a loss
12, Luiz Felipe Scolari ( Brazil, 2002, 7 matches;  Portugal, 2006, 5 matches).
Youngest coach
27 years and 267 days, Juan José Tramutola ( Argentina, 1930)
Oldest coach
71 years and 317 days, Otto Rehhagel ( Greece, 2010)
Quickest substitution made
4th minute, Cesare Maldini, Giuseppe Bergomi for Alessandro Nesta ( Italy, vs Austria, 1998); Sven-Göran Eriksson, Peter Crouch for Michael Owen ( England, vs Sweden, 2006).
Most championship wins as player and head coach
3, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach)[65]
Most final appearances as player and head coach
5, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970, 1974 & 1998 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966–1974 as player, 1986 & 1990 as coach); Berti Vogts,  West Germany (1970–1978 as player, 1994 & 1998 as coach) & Henri Michel,  France (1978 as player (France), 1986 (France), 1994 (Cameroon), 1998 (Morocco) & 2006 (Ivory Coast) as coach)[66]
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);[60] Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966 & 1974 as player, 1986 & 1990 as coach)[61]
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)[61]
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.[67]
Coaches Who have made it to the semi-finals with two different teams
Guus Hiddink[68] and Luiz Felipe Scolari[69] 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 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,[70] and the Netherlands in 1978 with Ernst Happel[70] of Austria, whose co-trainer was Dutchman Jan Zwartkruis.)

Refereeing[edit]

Most tournaments
3 – John Langenus (Belgium Belgium, 1930–1938), Ivan Eklind (Sweden Sweden, 1934–1950), Benjamin Griffiths (Wales Wales, 1950–1958), Arthur Ellis (England England, 1950–1958), István Zsolt (Hungary Hungary, 1954–1962), Juan Gardeazábal (Spain Spain, 1958–1966), Arturo Yamasaki Maldonado (Peru Peru, 1962–1970), Ramón Barreto (Uruguay Uruguay, 1970–1978), Nicolae Rainea (Romania Romania, 1974–1982), Erik Fredriksson (Sweden Sweden, 1982–1990), Jamal Al Sharif (Syria Syria, 1986–1994), Joël Quiniou (France France, 1986–1994), Ali Mohamed Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates UAE, 1994–2002), Óscar Ruiz (Colombia Colombia, 2002–2010), Carlos Eugênio Simon (Brazil Brazil, 2002–2010)
Most matches refereed, overall
8 – Joël Quiniou (France France, 1986–1994), Benito Archundia (Mexico Mexico, 2006–2010) and Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay Uruguay, 2006–2010) [71]
Most matches refereed, one tournament
5 – Benito Archundia (Mexico Mexico, 2006), Horacio Elizondo (Argentina Argentina, 2006) and Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan Uzbekistan, 2010)
Youngest referee
24 years and 193 days – Juan Gardeazábal (Spain Spain, 1958)
Oldest referee
53 years and 236 days – George Reader (England England, 1950)

Discipline[edit]

Note: There are no official records for cautions issued in tournaments before the introduction of yellow cards in 1970.[72]

Fastest caution
first minute, Giampiero Marini ( Italy), vs  Poland, 1982; Sergei Gorlukovich ( Russia), vs  Sweden, 1994.
Fastest sending off
56 seconds, José Batista ( Uruguay), vs  Scotland, 1986.
Fastest sending off, qualification
37 seconds, Rashed Al Hooti ( Bahrain), vs  Iran, 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Latest caution
during penalty shootout: Edinho ( Brazil) v  France 1986; Carlos Roa ( Argentina), vs  England, 1998.
Latest sending off
after penalty shootout: Leandro Cufré ( Argentina), vs  Germany, 2006 (Cufré was red carded for kicking Per Mertesacker in an altercation following the match).
Sent off from the bench
Claudio Caniggia ( Argentina), vs  Sweden, 2002.
Most cards (all-time, player)
6, Zinedine Zidane ( France, 1998–2006) and Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006).
Most cautions (all-time, player)
6, Cafu ( Brazil, 1994–2006).
Most sendings off (all-time, player)
2, Rigobert Song ( Cameroon, 1994 and 1998) and Zinedine Zidane ( France, 1998 and 2006).
Most sendings off (tournament)
28 (in 64 games), 2006.
Most sendings off (all-time, team)
11 (in 97 games),  Brazil
Most sendings off (match, both teams)
4 (2 each) in  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006 (also known as Battle of Nuremberg).
Most sendings off (final match)
2, Pedro Monzón & Gustavo Dezotti (both  Argentina), v  West Germany, 1990
Most cautions (tournament)
345 (in 64 matches), 2006.
Most cautions (all-time, team)
88 (in 64 games),  Argentina
Most cautions (match, one team)
9,  Portugal, 2006, vs  Netherlands &  Netherlands, 2010, vs  Spain
Most cautions (match, both teams)
16 –  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006;[73] and  Cameroon v  Germany, 11 June 2002[74]
Most cautions (match, player)
3 (61', 90', 93') Josip Šimunić ( Croatia), vs  Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll)[75]
Most cautions (final match, both teams)
14, 5 ( Spain) and 9 ( Netherlands) 2010[76]
Most suspensions (tournament, player)
2, André Kana-Biyik ( Cameroon 1990)[77]
Longest suspension (player, doping)
15 months, Diego Maradona ( Argentina vs  Nigeria, 1994)[78]
Longest suspension (player, misconduct)
Longest suspension, qualifying

Host records[edit]

Most times hosted[edit]

2,  Mexico 1970 & 1986,  Italy 1934 & 1990,  France 1938 & 1998,  Germany 1974 (as West Germany) & 2006 and  Brazil 1950 & 2014.

#teamHost
1 Mexico (1970, 1986)  Italy (1934, 1990)  France (1938, 1998)  Brazil (1950,2014)  Germany (1974, 2006)2
2 Uruguay (1930)   Switzerland (1954)  Sweden (1958)  Chile (1962)  England (1966)  Argentina (1978) Spain (1982)  United States (1994)  South Korea (2002)  Japan (2002)  South Africa (2010)  Russia (2018)  Qatar (2022)1

Best performance by host[edit]

Champions, 6 times:  Uruguay 1930,  Italy 1934,  England 1966,  West Germany 1974,  Argentina 1978,  France 1998

#PerformanceTeamPldWDLWin%GFGAGDGD/MGF/M
1Champion Uruguay (1930)44001001531233.8
2Champion France (1998)761085.7152131.92.1
3Champion Germany (1974)760185.713491.31.9
4Champion England (1966)651083.311381.31.8
5Champion Italy (1934)54108012391.82.4
6Champion Argentina (1978)751171.415491.32.1
7Runners-up Brazil (1950)641166.7226162.73.7
8Runners-up Sweden (1958)641166.712750.82
9Third place Italy (1990)761085.710281.11.4
10Third place Germany (2006)751171.414681.12
11Third place Chile (1962)640266.710820.331.3
12Fourth place South Korea (2002)732242.88620.31.1
13Quarter-final Mexico (1986)5320606240.81.2
14Quarter-final Mexico (1970)421150640.50.81.5
15Quarter-final  Switzerland (1954)4202501111002.8
16Quarter-final France (1938)21015044002
17Second Round Spain (1982)51222045−1−0.20.8
18Round of 16 Japan (2002)4211505320.51.0
19Round of 16 United States (1994)41122534−1−0.30.8
20Group stage South Africa (2010)311133.335−2−0.71

Worst performance by host[edit]

 South Africa in 2010 became the first host to be eliminated in the first round.[83] 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.

Attendance[edit]

Highest attendance in a match
199,854, Uruguay v Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, World Cup 1950.
Highest attendance in a final
114,600, Argentina v West Germany, 29 June 1986, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, World Cup 1986.
Lowest attendance in a match
300, Romania vs Peru, 14 July 1930, Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, World Cup 1930.
Highest attendance in a qualifying match
162,764, Brazil vs Colombia, 9 March 1977, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978 CONMEBOL Group 1.
Lowest attendance in a qualifying match
0, Costa Rica vs Panama, 26 March 2005, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San Juan de Tibás, San José, Costa Rica, 2006 CONCACAF Final Group.[84][85]
Highest average of attendance per match
68,991, 1994.
Highest attendance in a tournament
3,570,000, 1994.
Lowest average of attendance per match
23,235, 1934.
Lowest attendance in a tournament
390,000, 1934.

Total and average attendance[edit]

YearMatchesAttendanceLowest match attendanceHighest match attendanceAvg Attendance
193018434,500 Romania PeruRound 1300 Uruguay ArgentinaFinal93,00024,139
193417358,000 Czechoslovakia RomaniaRound 18,000 Italy AustriaSemi-finals60,00021,059
193818483,000 Sweden CubaQuarterfinals6,846 France ItalyQuarterfinals58,45526,833
1950221,043,500  Switzerland MexicoRound 14,000 Uruguay BrazilFinal199,85447,432
195426889,500 Turkey South KoreaRound 13,000 Hungary West GermanyRound 165,00034,212
195835919,580 Northern Ireland CzechoslovakiaRound 16,196 Sweden BrazilFinal51,80026,274
196232899,074 England BulgariaRound 15,700 Brazil ChileSemi-finals76,50028,096
1966321,635,000 Chile North KoreaRound 116,000 England FranceRound 198,27051,094
1970321,603,975 Israel SwedenRound 110,000 Brazil ItalyFinal107,41250,127
1974381,774,022 East Germany AustraliaRound 110,000 West Germany ChileRound 183,16846,685
1978381,546,151 Poland TunisiaRound 19,624 Argentina ItalyRound 171,71240,688
1982522,109,723 Peru CameroonRound 111,000 Argentina BelgiumRound 195,50040,572
1986522,393,031 Hungary Canada/Round 113,800 Argentina West GermanyFinal114,60046,020
1990522,516,348 Yugoslavia United Arab EmiratesRound 127,833 West Germany YugoslaviaRound 174,76548,391
1994523,587,538 Netherlands Saudi ArabiaRound 150,535 Brazil ItalyFinal94,19468,991
1998642,785,100 Paraguay BulgariaRound 127,650 Brazil FranceFinal80,00043,517
2002642,705,197 Spain ParaguayRound 124,000 Germany BrazilFinal69,02942,269
2006643,359,439 Iran AngolaRound 138,000 Germany ArgentinaQuarterfinals72,00052,491
2010643,178,856 New Zealand SlovakiaRound 123,871 Netherlands SpainFinal84,49049,670

Penalty shootouts[edit]

Most shootouts, team, all-time
4,  Argentina,  France,  Germany and  Italy
Most shootouts, team, tournament
2,  Argentina 1990 and  Spain 2002
Most shootouts, all teams, tournament
4, 1990, 2006
Most wins, team, all-time
4,  Germany
Most wins, team, tournament
2,  Argentina 1990
Most losses, team, all-time
3,  Italy and  England
Most shootouts with 100% record (all won)
4,  Germany[86]
Most shootouts with 0% record (all lost)
3,  England[87]
Most shootouts, kicker, all-time & Most losses, kicker, all-time
3, Roberto Baggio,  Italy (1990 semi-final, 1994 final, 1998 quarter final)
Most successful kicks, shootout, one team
5,  West Germany 1982,  Belgium 1986,  Republic of Ireland 1990,  Sweden 1994,  South Korea 2002,  Italy 2006,  Paraguay 2010
Most successful kicks, shootout, both teams
9, (in 5 matches)
Most successful kicks, team, all-time
17,  West Germany
Most kicks taken, shootout, both teams
12,  West Germany vs  France 1982 and  Sweden vs  Romania 1994
Most kicks taken, team, all-time
20,  France and  Italy
Most kicks taken, team, one tournament
9,  Argentina 1990 and  Spain 2002
Most kicks missed, shootout, both teams
5,  Argentina vs  Yugoslavia 1990,  Spain vs  Republic of Ireland 2002 and  Portugal vs  England 2006
Most kicks missed, team, all-time
7,  England (in 3 shootouts) and  Italy (in 4 shootouts)
Fewest successful kicks, shootout, one team
0,   Switzerland 2006 vs  Ukraine
Most saves, all-time
4, Sergio Goycochea  Argentina and Harald Schumacher  Germany
Most saves, tournament
4, Sergio Goycochea  Argentina, 1990.
Most saves, shootout
3, Ricardo  Portugal, vs  England, 2006.

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Czechoslovakia qualified eight times prior to being divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. FIFA considers both the Czech Republic and Slovakia as successor teams of Czechoslovakia. 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e Czechoslovakia ualified eight times prior to being divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. FIFA considers both the Czech Republic and Slovakia as successor teams of Czechoslovakia. 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 The Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1930) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified eight times from 1930–1990 under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup by the secession of many of its constituent republics in 1992. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified once in 1998 under the name Yugoslavia, and Serbia and Montenegro qualified once in 2006 after a name change in 2003. All these teams are considered the predecessor of the current Serbia team by FIFA. The other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the original Yugoslavia – Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia – are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also compete separately after independence in 2006. In 2010, Serbia debuted at the FIFA World Cup with their own national team.
  4. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then England still has the most 5th–8th-place finishes (6).
  5. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used 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 (16).
  6. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then Mexico still has the most 9th–16th-place finishes (10).
  7. ^ a b The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed as Zaire in 1974.
  8. ^ a b Indonesia competed as the Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  9. ^ a b Germany (since 1949 officially Federal Republic of Germany) is since 1904 represented by the same governing body (Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB)). After World War II and the division of Germany, the DFB was only re-admitted to FIFA after the 1950 WC, while Saar (until 1956) and East Germany (until 1990) fielded teams of their own before (re-)joining (West) Germany and the DFB in the German reunification. FIFA officially attributes all international results of the DFB team since 1908 to Germany, including the results of 1954–1990, when the team was often called West Germany.
  10. ^ a b The Soviet Union qualified seven times prior to being dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  11. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, then the record is 2, shared by several countries:   Switzerland (1934–1938),  Yugoslavia (1954–1958),  Soviet Union (1958–1962),  Hungary (1962–1966),  Germany (1994–1998),  England (2002–2006),  Argentina (2006–2010), and  Brazil (2006–2010)
  12. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used. If these rankings are excluded from consideration, Mexico still holds the record with 5 (1994–2010)
  13. ^ 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, although that team finished second in the first round group stage. If Paraguay is considered to have finished in the top eight in 1930, then Paraguay would have the biggest gap (1930–2010). See http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/afdeveloping/technicaldevp/50/09/00/fwc_mexico_1986_en_part4_279.pdf, page 45. The USA reached the final four in 1930, so its top eight finish in that competition does not rely on the retrospective rankings.
  14. ^  Turkey had a gap of 12 tournaments, equal to that of Egypt and Norway, from 1954 to 2002.
  15. ^ In the 1930, 1950 and 1982 competitions FIFA retrospective rankings were used to determine 5th–8th place. If these rankings are excluded Yugoslavia shares this record with  Sweden on 6 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1974, 1994).
  16. ^ 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).
  17. ^ 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).
  18. ^ Other teams always progressing from the first round are as follows: 2 appearances  Ghana (2006, 2010); 1 appearance  Cuba (1938),  Wales (1958),  East Germany (1974),  Senegal (2002),  Ukraine (2006), and  Slovakia (excluding Czechoslovakia. 2010). Germany has never failed to advance from 14 first-round group phases, but lost its first-round knockout match in 1938
  19. ^ Other teams never progressing from the first round in at least two appearances are as follows: 4 appearances  Tunisia (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006); 3 appearances  Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994),  Iran (1978, 1998, 2006),  Algeria (1982, 1986, 2010),  South Africa (1998, 2002, 2010); 2 appearances  El Salvador (1970, 1982),  Egypt (1934, 1990),  Russia (excluding Soviet Union. 1994, 2002),  Honduras (1982, 2010),  New Zealand (1982, 2010),  Greece (1994, 2010),  Slovenia (2002, 2010), and  Ivory Coast (2006, 2010),
  20. ^ Other low averages, in ascending order of games played: 0.77 (from 11 games)  Republic of Ireland; 0.85 (from 55)  England; 0.89 (from 77)  Italy; 0.91 (from 92)  Brazil
  21. ^ a b c d e f g A match decided by a penalty shootout is considered a draw for both sides
  22. ^ England did lose the third-place playoff in 1990, but had already been eliminated from any chance of winning the Championship.
  23. ^  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.
  24. ^ Uruguay also qualified for the 1950 finals without playing a match as a result of withdrawals by other teams in South America
  25. ^  Poland in 1974 and  Italy in 1990also won 6 matches, but one of them was the third-place playoff.
  26. ^  Netherlands also won all eight of their qualification matches.
  27. ^ Details as follows: Brazil in 1970 beat England (first round), Uruguay (semi-final) and Italy (final). Italy in 1982 beat Argentina (second group stage), Brazil (second group stage) and West Germany (final). Argentina in 1986 beat Uruguay (round of 16), England (quarter-final), and West Germany (final). Germany in 2010 beat England (round of 16), Argentina (quarter-final) and Uruguay (3rd/4th place match).
  28. ^ Sweden progressed to the last eight without playing a single match as a result of withdrawal by  Austria
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Successful kicks in a penalty shootout are not counted as goals (but penalties scored in the normal course of play are counted)
  30. ^ http://www.nzsoccer.com/page/1982_world_cup_team.html
  31. ^ Excluding automatic qualification as host, as reigning champion, or by invitation.
  32. ^ 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]
  33. ^ "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." 
  34. ^ "Pele and Greaves to get World Cup winners medals". The Guardian (London). 25 November 2007. 
  35. ^ 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.
  36. ^ 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 310 days old when he played the match.
  37. ^ 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.
  38. ^ 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.
  39. ^ 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. 
  40. ^ Defined as a player who played all matches for a team that reached the final or the third-place match, meaning their team played the maximum number of matches. Because two opponents of Uruguay withdrew in 1950, Uruguay only played 4 matches instead of 6.
  41. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_Stabile
  42. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B4nidas_da_Silva
  43. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%C3%B6rgy_S%C3%A1rosi
  44. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_FIFA_World_Cup
  45. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Wilimowski
  46. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcides_Ghiggia
  47. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferenc_Pusk%C3%A1s
  48. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Fontaine
  49. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orestes_Omar_Corbatta
  50. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferenc_Bene
  51. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jairzinho
  52. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te%C3%B3filo_Cubillas
  53. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leônidas_da_Silva
  54. ^ Some sources such as RSSSF indicated that it was Harry Andersson but not Tore Keller who scored a hat-trick in that match. (link)
  55. ^ Matches within one tournament. Otherwise,  Hungary had a +11 swing between 2–4 v  Italy in 1938 and 9–0 v  South Korea in 1954; and again between 1–3 v  France in 1978 and 10–1 v  El Salvador in 1982; and likewise  Germany between 0–3 v  Croatia in 1998 and 8–0 v  Saudi Arabia in 2002.
  56. ^ 9 consecutive clean sheets, 5 of them away from home over 2 qualifying rounds against 5 different oppositions from 2 Confederations.
  57. ^ Zuberbühler kept goal throughout every minute of Switzerland's 4 matches. Other keepers have kept clean sheets only playing part of their team's matches: Velloso (Brazil, 1930, 1 match of 2); Pedro Benítez (Paraguay, 1930, 1 of 2); József Háda (Hungary, 1938, 1 of 4); Giuseppe Moro (Italy, 1950, 1 of 2); István Ilku (Hungary, 1958, 1 of 4); Lorenzo Buffon (Italy, 1962, 2 of 3); Rogelio Domínguez (Argentina, 1962, 1 of 3); Adán Godoy (Chile, 1962, 1 of 6); Antonio Carbajal (Mexico, 1966, 1 of 3); Horst Wolter (West Germany, 1970, 1 of 6); József Szendrei (Hungary, 1986, 1 of 3); Viktor Chanov (USSR, 1986, 1 of 4); Manuel Bento (Portugal, 1986, 1 of 3); Plamen Nikolov (Bulgaria, 1994, 45 mins of 7); Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria, 2002, 1 of 3); Rami Shaaban (Sweden, 2006, 1 of 4); Santiago Cañizares (Spain, 2006, 1 of 4);
  58. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Pozzo
  59. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Sch%C3%B6n
  60. ^ a b https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A1rio_Zagallo
  61. ^ a b c https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Beckenbauer
  62. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Bilardo
  63. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Alberto_Parreira
  64. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lajos_Baroti
  65. ^ Zagallo was also an assistant coach when Brazil won in 1994.
  66. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Michel
  67. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milorad_Arsenijevic
  68. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guus_Hiddink
  69. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe_Scolari
  70. ^ a b https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Raynor
  71. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_FIFA_World_Cup
  72. ^ 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." 
  73. ^ 2006 Portugal – Netherlands match report
  74. ^ 2002 Cameroon – Germany FIFA match report
  75. ^ 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.
  76. ^ Fifield, Dominic (12 July 2010). "World Cup final: Beauty was rewarded in the end – Vicente del Bosque". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  77. ^ 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.
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  85. ^ It has not been verified whether this is a unique occurrence, or if other World Cup qualification matches throughout history have had an attendance of 0.
  86. ^ All the other teams with 100% records have only appeared in one shootout each: they are  Belgium,  Bulgaria,  South Korea,  Paraguay,  Portugal,  Sweden,  Ukraine and  Uruguay
  87. ^ Other teams with 0% records are  Mexico (2),  Romania (2),  Ghana (1),  Japan (1),  Netherlands (1),   Switzerland (1) and  Yugoslavia (1)

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