World Cup records - Most trophies, top goalscorers, penalty shootout form & amazing statistics

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We are now just months away from the 2018 Russia World Cup.

The groups have been drawn, the training camps have been decided, and national teams are currently preparing for the finals across a number of international friendlies

Four years after the 2014 finals in Brazil the world will again explode with colour as cities, countries and continents celebrate the selected group of players chosen to represent their nation.

But who has won the most World Cup trophies, which player has scored the most goals, and what else do you need to know about the biggest tournament in football?

Goal takes a look at the record books ahead of the summer's kick off.


Who has won the most World Cups?


Cafu Brazil World Cup 2002

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)

Most finishes in the top eight - 17, Germany (Every tournament except 1930, 1938 and 1950), Brazil (Every tournament except 1934, 1966 and 1990)

Most finishes in the top 16 - 20, Brazil (every tournament)

Most World Cup appearances - 21, Brazil (every tournament including 2018)

Most 2nd-place finishes - 4, Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002)

Most 3rd-place finishes - 4, Germany (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010)

Most 4th-place finishes - 3, Uruguay (1954, 1970, 2010)

Most 3rd-4th-place finishes - 5, Germany (1934, 1958, 1970, 2006, 2010)

Most 5th-8th-place finishes - 8, England (1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006)

Most 9th-16th-place finishes - 13, Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)

Most 17th-32nd-place finishes - 6, South Korea (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2014)

Consecutive

Most consecutive championships - 2, Italy (1934–1938) and Brazil (1958–1962)

Most consecutive finishes in the top two - 3, Germany (1982–1990) and Brazil (1994–2002)

Most consecutive finishes in the top three - 4, Germany (2002–2014)

Most consecutive finishes in the top four - 4, Germany (2002–2014)

Most consecutive finishes in the top eight - 16, Germany (1954–2014)

Most consecutive finishes in the top 16 - 20, Brazil (1930–2014)

Most consecutive finals tournaments - 21, Brazil (1930–2018)

Most consecutive second-place Finishes - 2, Netherlands (1974–1978) and Germany (1982–1986)

Most consecutive third-place finishes - 2, Germany (2006–2010)

Most consecutive fourth-place finishes - no country has finished 4th in two consecutive tournaments

Most consecutive 3rd-4th-place finishes - 2, Sweden (1938–1950), Brazil (1974-1978), France (1982–1986), Germany (2006–2010)

Most consecutive 5th-8th-place finishes - 4, Switzerland (1934–1954)

Most consecutive 9th-16th-place finishes - 6, Mexico (1994–2014)

Most consecutive 17th-32nd-place finishes - 4, South Korea (1986–1998)

Biggest improvement in position in consecutive tournaments - Did not participate/qualify, then champion: Italy (1930–1934), Uruguay (1938–1950), West Germany (1950–1954), France (1994–1998)

Most consecutive championships by a confederation - 3, UEFA (2006–2014)

Biggest gaps

Longest gap between successive titles - 44 years, Italy (1938–1982)

Longest gap between successive appearances in the top two - 48 years, Argentina (1930–1978)

Longest gap between successive appearances in the top three - 48 years, Argentina (1930–1978)

Longest gap between successive appearances in the finals - 56 years: Egypt (1934–1990), Norway (1938–1994)

Host team records

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

Best finish by defending champion - Champion: Italy (1938), Brazil (1962)

Worst finish by defending champion - Did not participate: Uruguay (1934)

Worst finish by defending champion who participates in the next finals - Group stage: Italy (1950, 2010), Brazil (1966), France (2002), Spain (2014)

Debuting teams

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)

Most finishes in the top two without ever being champion - 3, Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010)

Most finishes in the top three without ever being champion - 4, Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010, 2014)

Most appearances, never progressing from the first round - 8, Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)

Fewest appearances, always progressing from the first round - 3, Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002)

Most appearances, never winning a match - 3, Bolivia (1930, 1950, 1994), Honduras (1982, 2010, 2014)

Most played final - 3, Argentina vs Germany (1986, 1990, 2014)


World Cup team records


Most appearances in the first round - 21, Brazil (every tournament)

Progressed from the first round the most times - 17, Germany (every tournament except 1930, 1938 and 1950), Brazil (every tournament except 1930, 1934 and 1966)

Eliminated in the first round the most times - 8, Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)

Most appearances, always progressing from the first round - 3, Republic of Ireland (1990, 1994, 2002)

Most appearances, never progressing from the first round - 8, Scotland (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)

Consecutive

Most consecutive appearances in the first round - 21, Brazil (every tournament)

Most consecutive progressions from the first round - 16, Germany (1954–2014)

Most consecutive eliminations from the first round - 5, Mexico (1950–1966), Scotland (1974–1990)

Host team

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

Defending champion

Defending champion eliminated in the first round - Italy (1950 and 2010), Brazil (1966), France (2002), Spain (2014)


World Cup individual player records


Pele Brazil World Cup 1970

Most championships - 3, Pele (Brazil, 1958, 1962 (only played in first two matches; medal awarded retroactively by FIFA in 2007) and 1970)

Most tournaments played - 5, Antonio Carbajal (Mexico, 1950–1966), Lothar Matthaus (Germany, 1982–1998)

Most tournaments in squad - 5, Antonio Carbajal (Mexico, 1950–1966), Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, 1998 (did not play), 2002–2014)

Most finishes in the top two - 3, Nilton Santos (Brazil 1950, 1958, 1962), Pelé (Brazil 1958, 1962, 1970), Pierre Littbarski (West Germany 1982, 1986, 1990), Lothar Matthaus (West Germany 1982, 1986, 1990), Cafu (Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002), Ronaldo (Brazil, 1994, 1998, 2002)

Most finishes in the top three - 4, Miroslav Klose (Germany, 2002–2014)

Most appearances in All-Star Team - 3, Djalma Santos (Brazil, 1954–1962), Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany, 1966–1974), Philipp Lahm (Germany, 2006–2014)

Most matches played, finals - 25, Lothar Matthaus (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, Ivan 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)

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 Marquez (Mexico, 2002–2014)

Most appearances as substitute - 11, Denilson (Brazil, 1998–2002)

Youngest player - 17 years, 41 days, Norman Whiteside (Northern Ireland), vs Yugoslavia, 17 June 1982

Youngest player, final - 17 years, 249 days, Pele (Brazil), vs Sweden, 29 June 1958

Youngest player, qualifying match - 13 years, 310 days, Souleymane Mamam (Togo), vs Zambia, 6 May 2001, 2002 CAF Group 1

Youngest captain - 21 years, 109 days, Tony Meola (United States), vs Czechoslovakia, 10 June 1990

Oldest player - 43 years, 3 days, Faryd Mondragón (Colombia), vs Japan, 24 June 2014

Oldest player, final - 40 years, 133 days, Dino Zoff (Italy), vs West Germany, 11 July 1982

Oldest player, qualifying match - 46 years, 175 days, MacDonald Taylor, Sr. (U.S. Virgin Islands), vs Saint Kitts and Nevis, 18 February 2004, 2006 CONCACAF First Round.

Oldest captain - 40 years, 292 days, Peter Shilton (England), vs Italy, 7 July 1990

Oldest player to debut in a World Cup finals tournament - 39 years, 321 days, David James (England), vs Algeria, 18 June 2010

Largest age difference on the same team - 24 years and 42 days, 1994, Cameroon (Rigobert Song: 17 years and 358 days; Roger Milla: 42 years and 35 days)

Largest age difference on a champion team - 21 years and 297 days, 1982, Italy (Dino Zoff: 40 years and 133 days; Giuseppe Bergomi: 18 years and 201 days)

Longest period between World Cup finals appearances as a player - 12 years and 13 days, Alfred Bickel (Switzerland, 1938–1950)

Longest span of World Cup finals appearances as a player - 16 years, Antonio Carbajal (Mexico, 1950–1966); Elias Figueroa (Chile, 1966–1982); Hugo Sanchez (Mexico, 1978–1994); Giuseppe Bergomi (Italy, 1982–1998); Lothar Matthaus (Germany, 1982–1998); Rigobert Song (Cameroon, 1994–2010); Faryd Mondragon (Colombia, 1998-2014)

Longest period between World Cup finals appearances, overall - 44 years, Tim ( Brazil, 1938, as a player; and Peru, 1982, as coach)


World Cup goal records


Most goals scored, overall finals - 16, Miroslav Klose (Germany, 2002–2014)

Most goals scored, overall qualifying - 39, Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala, 2002–2016)

Most goals scored in a tournament - 13, Just Fontaine (France, 1958)

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, Vava (Brazil), 2 vs Sweden in 1958 & 1 vs Czechoslovakia in 1962; Pele (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 - Vava (Brazil, 1958 & 1962), Pele (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, Sandor 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, Sandor Kocsis (Hungary, 1954)

Most hat-tricks - 2, Sandor Kocsis (Hungary, 1954), Just Fontaine (France, 1958), Gerd Muller (West Germany, 1970) and Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina, 1994 & 1998)

Most consecutive hat-tricks - 2, Sandor Kocsis (Hungary, 1954) and Gerd Muller (West Germany, 1970)

Fastest hat-trick - 8 minutes, Laszlo Kiss (Hungary), scored at 69', 72' and 76', vs El Salvador, 1982

Most goals scored by a substitute in a match - 3, Laszlo Kiss (Hungary), vs El Salvador, 1982

Olympic Goals (Goals From a Corner) scored in a World Cup - 1, Marcos Coll (Colombia), vs Soviet Union, 1962

Hat-tricks from the penalty spot - Never occurred in the final tournament, four times in qualification: Kubilay Turkyilmaz (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) - Gyorgy Sárosi (Hungary), 5 goals in 4 matches (1938), Arne Nyberg (Sweden), 3 goals in 3 matches (1938), Alcides Ghiggia (Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950), Just Fontaine (France), 13 goals in 6 matches (1958), Omar Oreste Corbatta (Argentina), 3 goals in 3 matches (1958), Ferenc Bene (Hungary), 4 goals in 4 matches (1966), Jairzinho (Brazil), 7 goals in 6 matches (1970), Teofilo Cubillas (Peru), 5 goals in 4 matches (1970), James Rodriguez (Colombia), 6 goals in 5 matches (2014)

Most tournaments with at least one goal - 4, Pele (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, Jurgen 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, Teofilo Cubillas (Peru, 1970, 1978), Miroslav Klose (Germany, (2002–2006) and Thomas Muller (Germany, 2010–2014)

Most qualification tournaments with at least one goal - 5, Rafael Marquez (Mexico, 2002–2018) and Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala, 2002–2018)

Longest period between a player's first and last goals - 12 years, 1 month and 7 days; Miroslav Klose (Germany, 1 June 2002 – 8 July 2014)

Longest period between a player's first and last goals overall - 12 years, Uwe Seeler (West Germany, 8 June 1958 – 14 June 1970), Pele (Brazil, 19 June 1958 – 21 June 1970), Diego Maradona (Argentina, 18 June 1982 – 21 June 1994), Michael Laudrup (Denmark, 8 June 1986 – 24 June 1998), Henrik Larsson (Sweden, 16 July 1994 – 20 June 2006), Sami Al-Jaber (Saudi Arabia, 25 June 1994 – 14 June 2006), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Mexico, 20 June 1998 – 17 June 2010), Miroslav Klose (Germany, 1 June 2002 – 8 July 2014) and Ivica Olic (Croatia, 8 June 2002 – 18 June 2014)

Longest period between one goal and another - 12 years, Michael Laudrup (Denmark, 1986–1998) and Ivica Olic (Croatia, 2002–2014)

First goalscorer - Lucien Laurent (France), vs Mexico, 13 July 1930

Youngest goalscorer - 17 years, 7 months and 27 days, Pelé (Brazil), vs Wales, 19 June 1958

Youngest hat-trick scorer - 17 years, 8 months and 1 day, Pele (Brazil), vs France, 24 June 1958

Youngest goalscorer, final - 17 years, 8 months and 6 days, Pele (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

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, Eusebio (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), 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 Sukur (Turkey), vs South Korea, 2002

Fastest goal by a substitute - 16 seconds, Ebbe Sand (Denmark), vs Nigeria, 1998

Fastest goal in a final - 90 seconds, Johan Neeskens (Netherlands), vs West Germany, 1974

Fastest goal in a qualifying match - 8.1 seconds, Christian Benteke (Belgium), vs Gibraltar, 2018 UEFA Group H

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

Latest goal from kickoff, with no goals scored between - 119th minute, David Platt (England), vs Belgium, 1990 and Fabio Grosso (Italy), vs Germany, 2006

Latest goal from kickoff in a final, with no goals scored between - 116th minute, Andrés Iniesta (Spain), vs Netherlands, 2010

Most participations in different World Cup penalty shoot-outs - 3 times, Roberto Baggio (Italy) (1990, converted, 1994, missed, and 1998, converted)


World Cup penalty records


Most played - 5, Argentina (1990, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2014)

Most played in one tournament - 2, Argentina (1990), Spain (2002), Costa Rica (2014) and Netherlands (2014)

Most won - 4, Germany (1982, 1986, 1990, 2006) and Argentina (1990, 1990, 1998, 2014)

Most won in one tournament - 2, Argentina (1990)

Most lost - 3, England (1990, 1998, 2006) and Italy (1990, 1994, 1998)


World Cup goalkeeper records


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[21]), 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 Zuberbuhler (Switzerland), 2006

Most penalties saved, one tournament (excluding during shootouts) - 2, Jan Tomaszewski (Poland), 1974 and Brad Friedel (United States), 2002

Most penalties saved overall (excluding during shootouts) - 2, Jan Tomaszewski (Poland, both in 1974), Brad Friedel (United States, both in 2002), and Iker Casillas (Spain, 1 in 2002 and 1 in 2010)


World Cup coaching records


Most matches coached - 25, Helmut Schon (West Germany, 1966–1978)

Most matches won - 16, Helmut Schon (West Germany, 1966–1978)

Most championships - 2, Vittorio Pozzo (Italy, 1934–1938)

Most tournaments - 6, Carlos Alberto Parreira (1982, 1990–1998, 2006, 2010)

Most nations coached - 5, Bora Milutinovic (Mexico, 1986; Costa Rica, 1990; United States, 1994; Nigeria, 1998; China PR, 2002), and Carlos Alberto Parreira (Kuwait, 1982; United Arab Emirates, 1990; Brazil, 1994 and 2006; Saudi Arabia, 1998, South Africa, 2010)

Most consecutive tournaments with same team - 4, Walter Winterbottom (England, 1950–1962); Helmut Schon (West Germany, 1966–1978). Sepp Herberger took Germany/West Germany to four tournaments, (1938, 1954, 1958, 1962) omitting the 1950 competition from which Germany was banned).

Most consecutive wins - 11, Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil, 2002, 7 wins; Portugal, 2006, 4 wins – Portugal "won" its next match, the quarterfinal against England, by penalty kicks, which technically counts as a draw)

Most consecutive matches without a loss - 12, Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil, 2002, 7 matches; Portugal, 2006, 5 matches)

Youngest coach - 27 years and 267 days, Juan Jose 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, Mario Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach)

Most final appearances as player and head coach - 5, Mario Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970, 1974 & 1998 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer, West Germany (1966–1974 as player, 1986 & 1990 as coach); Berti Vogts, West Germany (1970–1978 as player, 1994 & 1998 as coach)

Won tournaments as both player and head coach - Mario Zagallo, Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer, West Germany (1974 as player, 1990 as coach)

First World Cup player to coach a team in a World Cup - Milorad Arsenijevic, Serbia (1930 as player, 1950 as coach, both times for Yugoslavia)


World Cup streaks


Most consecutive successful qualification attempts - 15, Brazil (1930-2018) and 14, Germany (1934–2018)

Most consecutive failed qualification attempts - 20, Luxembourg (1934–2018)

Most consecutive wins - 11 Brazil, from 2–1 Turkey (2002) to 3–0 Ghana (2006)

Most consecutive matches without a loss - 13, Brazil, from 3–0 Austria (1958) to 2–0 Bulgaria (1966)

Most consecutive losses - 9, Mexico, from 1–4 France (1930) to 0–3 Sweden (1958)

Most consecutive matches without a win - 17, Bulgaria, from 0–1 Argentina (1962) to 0–3 Nigeria (1994)

Most consecutive draws - 5, Belgium, from 0–0 Netherlands (1998) to 1–1 Tunisia (2002)

Most consecutive matches without a draw - 16, Portugal, from 3–1 Hungary (1966) to 1–0 Netherlands (2006)

Most consecutive matches scoring at least one goal - 18, Brazil (1930–1958) and Germany (1934–1958)

Most consecutive matches scoring at least two goals - 11, Uruguay (1930–1954)

Most consecutive matches scoring at least three / four goals - 4, Uruguay (1930–1950) and Hungary (1954) (four goals); also Portugal (1966), Germany (1970), Brazil (1970)

Most consecutive matches scoring at least six / eight goals - 2, Hungary (1954) (eight goals); also Brazil (1950) (six goals)

Most consecutive matches without scoring a goal - 5, Bolivia (1930, 1950 and 1994), Algeria (1986 and 2010), and Honduras (1982 and 2010-2014)

Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal (clean sheets) - 5, Italy (1990) and Switzerland (2006–2010)

Most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal - 559, Switzerland (1994, 2006–2010)

Most consecutive matches conceding at least one goal - 22, Switzerland (1934–1994)

Most consecutive matches conceding at least two goals - 9, Mexico (1930–1958)

Most consecutive matches conceding at least three goals - 5, Mexico (1930–1950)

Most consecutive matches conceding at least four goals - 3, Bolivia (1930–1950), Mexico (1930–1950)

Most consecutive matches conceding at least five / six / seven goals - 2, South Korea (1954) (seven goals); also United States (1930–1934) (six goals); also Austria (1954) (five goals)

Team

Biggest margin of victory - 9, Hungary 9-0 South Korea, 1954; Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire, 1974; Hungary 10-1 El Salvador, 1982

Biggest margin of victory, qualifying match - 31, Australia 31-0 vs American Samoa, April 11, 2001, 2002 OFC Group 1

Most goals scored in a match, one team - 10, Hungary 10-1 El Salvador, 1982

Most goals scored in a match, both teams - 12, Austria 7-5 Switzerland, 1954

Highest scoring draw - 4–4, England vs Belgium (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 3-2 West Germany, 1970

Most goals scored in a final, one team - 5, Brazil, 1958

Most goals scored in a final, both teams - 7, Brazil 5-2 Sweden, 1958

Fewest goals scored in a final, both teams - 0, Brazil 0-0 Italy, 1994

Biggest margin of victory in a final - 3, France 3-0 Brazil 1998, and Brazil 4-1 Italy, 1970, and Brazil 5-2 Sweden, 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 (Dusan Bajevic, Dragan Dzajic, Ivica Surjak, Josip Katalinski, Vladislav Bogicevic, Branko Oblak, Ilija Petkovic)

Most individual goalscorers for one team, one tournament - 10, France, 1982 (Gerard Soler, Bernard Genghini, Michel Platini, Didier Six, Maxime Bossis, Alain Giresse, Dominique Rocheteau, Marius Tresor, Rene Girard, Alain Couriol) and Italy, 2006 (Alessandro Del Piero, Alberto Gilardino, Fabio Grosso, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Filippo Inzaghi, Marco Materazzi, Andrea Pirlo, Luca Toni, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Zambrotta)

Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches - +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.


World Cup referees and disciplinary records


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Most tournaments - 3, John Langenus (Belgium, 1930–1938), Ivan Eklind (Sweden, 1934–1950), Benjamin Griffiths (Wales, 1950–1958), Arthur Ellis (England, 1950–1958), Juan Gardeazabal (Spain, 1958–1966), Jamal Al Sharif (Syria, 1986–1994), Joel Quiniou (France, 1986–1994), Ali Mohamed Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates, 1994–2002), Oscar Ruiz (Colombia, 2002–2010), Carlos Eugênio Simon (Brazil, 2002–2010), Marco Rodriguez (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) and Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan, 2010)

Youngest referee - 24 years and 193 days – Juan Gardeazábal (Spain, 1958)

Oldest referee - 53 years and 236 days – George Reader (England, 1950)

Fastest caution - first minute - Giampiero Marini (Italy) vs Poland, 1982; Sergei Gorlukovich (Russia), vs Sweden, 1994

Fastest sending off - 56 seconds, Jose 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 Cufre (Argentina), vs Germany, 2006 (Cufre 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 Monzon & Gustavo Dezotti (both Argentina), vs 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 and Cameroon v Germany, June 11, 2002

Most cautions (match, player) - 3, (61', 90', 93') Josip Simunic (Croatia), vs Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll)

Most cautions (final match, both teams) - 14, 5 (Spain) and 9 (Netherlands) 2010

Most suspensions (tournament, player) - 2, Andre Kana-Biyik (Cameroon 1990)

Longest suspension (player, doping) - 15 months, Diego Maradona (Argentina vs Nigeria, 1994)

Longest suspension (player, misconduct) - 9 matches, Luis Suarez (Uruguay vs Italy, 2014) for biting Giorgio Chiellini; 1 year, Ndaye Mulamba (Zaire vs Yugoslavia, 1974) for kicking the referee; 1 year, Samir Shaker Mahmoud (Iraq vs Belgium, 1986) for spitting at the referee

Longest suspension, qualifying - Life (amnestied after 12 years): Roberto Rojas (Chile vs Brazil, 1989) for feigning injury from a firecracker, leading to a match being abandoned.


World Cup tournament records


Most matches played - 106, Germany

Fewest matches played - 1, Indonesia (as Dutch East Indies)

Most wins - 70, Brazil

Most losses - 24, Mexico

Most draws - 21, Italy

Most matches played without a win or a draw - 6, El Salvador

Most matches played without a win - 9, Honduras

Most matches played until first win - 17, Bulgaria

Most goals scored - 224, Germany

Most goals conceded - 121, Germany

Fewest goals scored - 0, Canada, China PR, Indonesia (as Dutch East Indies), Trinidad and Tobago, and DR Congo (as Zaire)

Fewest goals conceded - 2, Angola

Most matches played without scoring a goal - 3, Canada, China PR, Trinidad and Tobago, and DR Congo (as Zaire)

Most matches played always conceding a goal - 6, El Salvador

Highest average of goals scored per match - 2.72, Hungary

Lowest average of goals conceded per match - 0.67, Angola (2 goals in 3 matches)

Highest average of goals conceded per match - 6, Indonesia (as Dutch East Indies)

Lowest average of goals both scored and conceded per match - 1, Angola

Highest average of goals both scored and conceded per match - 6, Indonesia (as Dutch East Indies)

Most meetings between two teams - 7 times, Brazil vs Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994), Germany vs Yugoslavia/Serbia (1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1990, 1998 and 2010) and Argentina vs Germany (1958, 1966, 1986, 1990, 2006, 2010 and 2014)

Most meetings between two teams, Final match - 3 times, Argentina vs Germany (1986, 1990, 2014)

Most tournaments unbeaten - 7, Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 2002)

Most tournaments eliminated without having lost a match - 3, England (1982, 1990, 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

Most wins - 7, Brazil, 2002

Fewest wins - champions - 3, Uruguay, 1950 (out of 4)

Most matches not won, champions - 3, Italy 1982 (out of 7)

Most wins by non-champion (excluding third-place playoff) - 6, Netherlands 2010, Argentina 2014

Most matches not won - 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 - 3, Brazil (1970), Italy (1982), Argentina (1986), Germany (2010 and 2014)

Highest finish without winning a match - last eight, Republic of Ireland (1990)

Highest finish, winning at most one match - fourth, Sweden (1938)

Most goals scored - 27, Hungary, 1954

Fewest goals conceded - 0, Switzerland, 2006

Most goals conceded - 16, South Korea, 1954

Most minutes without conceding a goal - 517 mins, Italy, 1990

Highest goal difference - +17, Hungary, 1954

Highest goal difference, champions - +14, Brazil, 2002, Germany, 2014

Lowest goal difference - −16, South Korea, 1954

Lowest goal difference, champions - +6, Italy, 1982, Spain, 2010

Highest average of goals scored per match - 5.40, Hungary, 1954

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

Fewest goals scored, champions - 8, Spain, 2010

Fewest goals scored, finalists - 5, Argentina, 1990

Fewest goals conceded, champions - 2, France, 1998, Italy, 2006, Spain, 2010

Most goals conceded, champions - 14, Germany, 1954

Lowest average of goals scored per match, champions - 1.14, Spain, 2010

Most unbeaten teams - 5, 2006 (Switzerland, Argentina, England, France, Italy)

Fewest unbeaten teams - 0, 1954

Most matches to qualify for World Cup Finals - 22, Australia (2018)

Largest distance travelled in a single qualifying campaign - 155,000 Miles: Australia (2018)


World Cup attendance records


Final - 114,600, Argentina v West Germany, 29 June 1986, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, 1986

Decisive match - 199,854, Uruguay v Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950

Lowest match attendance in a World Cup tournament - 300, Romania vs Peru, 14 July 1930, Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1930

Highest match attendance in a World Cup qualifying match - 162,764, Brazil vs Colombia, 9 March 1977, Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978 CONMEBOL Group 1

Lowest match attendance in a World Cup qualifying match - 0, Costa Rica vs Panama, 26 March 2005, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San Juan de Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2006 CONCACAF

Final Group

Highest average of attendance per match - 68,991, 1994

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Highest attendance (tournament) - 3,570,000, 1994

Lowest average of attendance per match - 23,235, 1934

Lowest attendance (tournament) - 390,000, 1934

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