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

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Team

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Overall

Most World Cup appearances
19,  Brazil (only country to appear in every World Cup)
For a detailed list, see National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup
Most championships
5,  Brazil
Most appearances in a World Cup final
7,  Brazil and  Germany
Most appearances in semifinal/last four
11,  Germany
For a detailed list of top four appearances, see FIFA World Cup#Successful national teams
Most matches played
92,  Germany and  Brazil
Fewest matches played
1,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies)
Most wins
64,  Brazil
Most losses
22,  Mexico
Most draws
19,  Germany and  Italy
Most matches played without a win or a draw
6,  El Salvador
Most matches played without a win
6,  Bolivia and  El Salvador
Most goals scored
201,  Brazil
Most goals conceded
112,  Germany
Fewest goals scored
0,  Canada,  China PR,  Indonesia (as  Dutch East Indies),  Greece,  Trinidad and Tobago, and  Congo DR (as  Zaire).
Fewest goals conceded
2,  Angola
Most matches played without scoring a goal
3,  Canada,  China PR,  Greece,  Trinidad and Tobago, and  Congo DR (as  Zaire).
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)[1]
Most meetings between two teams
7 times,  Brazil vs  Sweden (1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994)
Most meetings between two teams, Final match
2 times,  Brazil vs  Italy (1970 & 1994) &  Argentina vs  Germany (1986 & 1990)
Most appearances, always advancing from first round
3,[2]  Denmark and  Republic of Ireland
Most appearances, never advancing from first round
8,  Scotland

In one tournament

Most wins
[3] 7,  Brazil, 2002
Most goals scored
27,  Hungary, 1954
Fewest goals conceded
0,  Switzerland, 2006
Most goals conceded
16,  Korea Republic, 1954
Most minutes without conceding a goal
517 mins,  Italy, 1990
Highest goal difference
+17,  Hungary, 1954
Lowest goal difference
-16,  Korea Republic, 1954
Highest average of goals scored per match
5.40,  Hungary, 1954
Most goals scored, champions
25,  Germany, 1954
Fewest goals scored, champions
11,  Italy, 1938,  England, 1966, and  Brazil, 1994
Fewest goals conceded, champions
2,  France, 1998, and  Italy, 2006
Most goals conceded, champions
14,  Germany, 1954
Worst performance by a defending champion
1 draw, 2 losses and 0 goals scored,  France, 2002[4]

Streaks

Most consecutive championships
2,  Italy (1934–1938) and  Brazil (1958–1962).
Most consecutive final matches
3,  Germany (1982–1990) and  Brazil (1994–2002).
Most consecutive runners-up
2,  Netherlands (1974–1978) and  Germany (1982–1986).
Most consecutive first-round eliminations
8,  Scotland (1954–1958, 1974–1990, 1998).
Most consecutive finals tournaments
19,  Brazil (1930–2010).
Most consecutive successful qualification attempts[5]
7,  Spain (1986–2010).
Most consecutive failed qualification attempts
18,  Luxembourg (19342010).
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).
Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal
5,  Italy (1990).
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,  Korea Republic (1954) (seven goals); also  United States (1930–1934) (six goals); also  Austria (1954) (five goals).

Individual

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 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, 1994–2002).[6]
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, Pelé ( Brazil, vs Sweden, 1958) .
Youngest player, qualifying match
13 years and 310 days, Souleymane Mamam ( Togo, vs Zambia, May 6, 2001, 2002 CAF Group 1).[7]
Youngest captain
21 years and 109 days, Tony Meola ( United States, vs Czechoslovakia, June 10, 1990, 1990).[8]
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 ( U.S. Virgin Islands, vs St. Kitts and Nevis, February 18, 2004, 2006 CONCACAF Prelim Group 4).[9]
Oldest captain
40 years and 292 days, Peter Shilton ( England, vs Italy, July 7, 1990, 1990).
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).
Longest period between World Cup finals appearances, overall
44 years, Tim ( Brazil, 1938, as a player; and  Peru, 1982, as coach).

Goalscoring

Individual

Most goals scored, overall finals
15, Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006).
For a detailed list of the overall top goalscorers, see FIFA World Cup goalscorers#Overall top goalscorers
Most goals scored, overall qualifying
35, Ali Daei ( Iran, 1994–2006).[10]
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 Shoe - Top Goalscorers
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 one Final
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), and Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006).
Most consecutive matches with at least two goals
4, Sándor Kocsis ( Hungary, 1954).
The only Olympic goal
Marcos Coll ( Colombia vs  Soviet Union, 1962)
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.
Hat-tricks from the penalty spot
Never occurred in the final tournament. Twice in qualification: Kubilay Türkyilmaz ( Switzerland, vs Faroe Islands, October 7, 2000, 2002 UEFA Group 1); Ronaldo ( Brazil, vs Argentina, June 2, 2004, 2006 CONMEBOL).
Scoring in every match of a World Cup
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).[11]
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) and Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2006).
Most tournaments with at least four goals
2, Helmut Rahn ( West Germany, 1954–1958), Gerd Müller ( West Germany, 1970–1974), Vavá ( Brazil, 1958–1962), Pelé ( Brazil, 1958, 1970), Teófilo Cubillas ( Peru, 1970, 1978), Gary Lineker ( England, 1986–1990), Gabriel Batistuta ( Argentina, 1994–1998), Ronaldo ( Brazil, 1998–2002), Christian Vieri ( Italy, 1998–2002), and Miroslav Klose ( Germany, 2002–2006).
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), and Sami Al-Jaber ( Saudi Arabia, 1994–2006).
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).[12]
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).
Fastest goal from kickoff
11 seconds, Hakan Şükür ( Turkey, vs Korea Republic, June 29, 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, June 28, 1998, 1998).
Fastest goal in a final
90 seconds, Johan Neeskens ( Netherlands, vs West Germany, July 7, 1974, 1974).
Fastest goal in a qualifying match
8 seconds, Davide Gualtieri ( San Marino, vs England, November 17, 1993, 1994 UEFA Group 2).
Latest goal from kickoff
121st minute, Alessandro Del Piero ( Italy vs Germany, July 4, 2006, 2006).
Latest goal from kickoff in a final
120th minute, Geoff Hurst ( England vs West Germany 1966) (see "they think it's all over").

Team

Biggest margin of victory
9,  Hungary (9) vs  Korea Republic (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), April 11, 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  Korea DPR).
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.
Largest goal difference 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 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 (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[13]
+10:  Turkey (1954) — lost 1-4 to  West Germany, then won 7-0 over  Korea Republic; and  West Germany (1954) — lost 3-8 to  Hungary, then won 7-2 over  Turkey.
Largest goal difference disimprovement in consecutive matches
-12:  Sweden (1938) — won 8-0 over  Cuba, then lost 1-5 to  Hungary ;  Turkey (1954) — won 7-0 over  Korea Republic, then lost 2-7 to  West Germany;  Hungary (1982) — won 10-1 over  El Salvador, then lost 1-4 to  Argentina.

Tournament

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.

Own goals

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).

Goalkeeping

Most clean sheets (matches without conceding)
10, Peter Shilton ( England, 1982–1990) and Fabien Barthez ( France, 1998–2006)
Most consecutive minutes without conceding
517 mins, Walter Zenga ( Italy, 1990)
Most goals conceded
25, Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico) and Mohamed Al-Deayea ( Saudi Arabia)
Most goals conceded, one tournament
16, Hong Duk-Yung ( Korea Republic), 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 and Gianluigi Buffon ( Italy, 2006)
Fewest goals conceded, one tournament
0, Pascal Zuberbühler ( Switzerland), 2006[14]
Most penalties saved, one tournament (excluding during shootouts)
2, Jan Tomaszewski ( Poland), 1974 and Brad Friedel ( United States), 2002

Coaching

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).
Most tournaments
5, Bora Milutinović (1986–2002) and Carlos Alberto Parreira (1982, 1990–1998, 2006).
Most nations coached
5, Bora Milutinović ( Mexico, 1986;  Costa Rica, 1990;  United States, 1994;  Nigeria, 1998;  China PR, 2002).
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
70 years and 131 days, Cesare Maldini ( Paraguay, 2002)
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)[15]
Most final appearances as player and head coach
4, Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 & 1998 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1966 & 1974 as player, 1986 & 1990 as coach)
Won tournaments as both player and head coach
Mário Zagallo,  Brazil (1958 & 1962 as player, 1970 as coach); Franz Beckenbauer,  West Germany (1974 as player, 1990 as coach)

Refereeing

Most tournaments
3, Jean Langenus (Belgium Belgium, 1930–1938), Ivan Eklind (Sweden Sweden, 1934–1950), Benjamin Griffiths (Wales Wales, 1950–1958), Arthur Ellis (England England, 1950–1958), Juan Gardeazábal (Spain Spain, 1958–1966), Jamal Al Sharif (Syria Syria, 1986–1994), Joël Quiniou (France France, 1986–1994), Ali Mohamed Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates UAE, 1994–2002)
Most matches refereed, overall
8, Joël Quiniou (France France), 1986–1994
Most matches refereed, one tournament
6, Benito Archundia (Mexico Mexico), 2006, and Horacio Elizondo (Argentina Argentina), 2006
Youngest referee
24 years and 193 days, Juan Gardeazábal (Spain Spain, 1958)
Oldest referee
56 years and 236 days, George Reader (England England, 1950)

Discipline

Note: There are no official records for cautions issued in tournaments before the introduction of yellow cards in 1970.[16]

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.
Latest caution
during penalty shootout: Edinho ( Brazil) v  France 1986; Carlos Roa ( Argentina), vs  England, 1998.
Latest sending off
121 minutes Leandro Cufre ( Argentina), vs  Germany, 2006.
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)
10,  Argentina (in 64 games)
Most sendings off (match, both teams)
4 (2 each) in  Portugal vs  Netherlands , 2006. (referee: Valentin Ivanov)
Most sendings off (final match)
2, 1990: both  Argentina (v  West Germany): Pedro Monzón & Gustavo Dezotti
Most cautions (tournament)
345 in 64 matches, 2006.
Most cautions (all-time, team)
88,  Argentina (in 64 games)
Most cautions (match, one team)
9,  Portugal, vs Netherlands, 2006
Most cautions (match, both teams)
16 -  Portugal vs  Netherlands, 2006;[17] and  Cameroon v  Germany, June 11, 2002[18]
Most cautions (match, player)
3 (61', 90', 93') Josip Šimunić ( Croatia), vs  Australia, 2006 (referee: Graham Poll)[19]
Most suspensions (tournament, player)
2, André Kana-Biyik ( Cameroon 1990)[20]
Longest suspension (player, doping)
15 months, Diego Maradona ( Argentina vs  Nigeria, 1994)[21]
Longest suspension (player, misconduct)
Longest suspension, qualifying

Attendance

Highest match attendance in a World Cup final tournament
199,854, Uruguay vs Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, World Cup 1950.
Lowest match attendance in a World Cup tournament
300, Romania vs Peru, 14 July 1930, Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, World Cup 1930.
Highest match attendance in a World Cup qualifying match
162,764, Brazil vs Colombia, 9 March 1977, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978 CONMEBOL Group 1.
Lowest match attendance in a World Cup qualifying match
0, Costa Rica vs Panama, 26 March 2005, Saprissa Stadium, San Juan de Tibás, Costa Rica, 2006 CONCACAF Final Group.[26][27]
Highest average of attendance per match
68,991, 1994.
Lowest average of attendance per match
23,235, 1934.

Penalty shootouts

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, kicker, all-time & Most losses, kicker, all-time
3, Roberto Baggio,  Italy (1990 semi-final, 1994 final, 1998 quarter final)
Most goals, shootout, one team
5,  West Germany 1982,  Belgium 1986,  Republic of Ireland 1990,  Sweden 1994,  Korea Republic 2002,  Italy 2006
Most goals, shootout, both teams
9, (in 4 matches)
Most goals, 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
21,  France
Most kicks taken, team, one tournament
10,  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 goals, shootout, one team
0,  Switzerland 2006 vs  Ukraine
Fewest goals conceded during after-match penalty shootouts
0, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy ( Ukraine), 2006, vs  Switzerland
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.

Top scoring teams by tournament

Note, totals do not include penalty shoot-outs. Teams in bold also won the tournament. Fewer than half of all World Cups have been won by the top-scoring team.

References and footnotes

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Germany has never failed to advance from 14 first-round group phases, but lost its first-round knockout match in 1938
  3. ^  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.
  4. ^ 1930 champions  Uruguay refused to enter the 1934 tournament, while three defending champions were eliminated in the first round:  Italy in 1950,  Brazil in 1966, and  France in 2002, with the first two teams both managing a win.
  5. ^ Excluding automatic qualification as host, as reigning champion, or by invitation.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ According to RSSSF's 1994 World Cup page, Fuad Amin of Saudi Arabia would have been the youngest captain, at 21-250 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.
  9. ^ 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 March 31, 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 40 years and 222 days.
  10. ^ Communications Division (27 July 2007). "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). Good to Know. FIFA. p. 42. http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/fifafacts/mcwc/fifaworldcuppreliminaryhistory_byyear__13876.pdf. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Some sources such as RSSSF indicated that it was Harry Andersson but not Tore Keller who scored a hat-trick in that match. (link)
  13. ^ Matches within one tournament. Otherwise,  Hungary had a +11 swing between 2-4 v  Italy in 1938 and 9-0 v  Korea Republic 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.
  14. ^ 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);
  15. ^ Zagallo was also an assistant coach when Brazil won in 1994.
  16. ^ Chris Goodwin & Peter Young. "England's World Cup Final Tournament Player Disciplinary Records". http://www.englandfootballonline.com/CmpWC/CmpWCPlyrsDisc.html. Retrieved 2006-11-03. "records of player discipline prior to the advent of yellow and red cards may not be complete." 
  17. ^ 2006 Portugal - Netherlands match report
  18. ^ 2002 Cameroon - Germany FIFA match report
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Kerr, John H. (1997). Motivation and Emotion in Sport: reversal theory. Psychology Press. p. 2. ISBN 0863775004. 
  22. ^ Culf, Andrew (27 July 1994). "Media umpires who point finger face questions of fair play". The Guardian: p. 5. "The Italian footballer Mauro Tassotti, who broke a Spanish player's nose with his elbow, was suspended for eight matches by Fifa during the World Cup. The referee missed the incident, but Fifa, using video footage for the first time, handed out the unprecedentedly severe punishment." 
  23. ^ Lewis, Michael (June-July, 2002). "The difference makers: from a do-everything goaltender to a snakebit sniper to America's newest, greatest hope, these will be the most influential players at the World Cup - The 2002 World Cup". Soccer Digest. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCN/is_2_25/ai_87015809/pg_4/. "Iraq's Barmeer [sic] Shaker was slapped with a one-year suspension for spitting at a referee in a loss to Belgium (1986).". 
  24. ^ "Banned for a year". The Toronto Star: p. E2. 15 June 1986. "Iraqi World Cup player Bameer [sic] Shaker has been banned for one year from international soccer for spitting at a referee." 
  25. ^ "FIFA lifts Rojas lifetime ban". CBC Sports. 30 April 2001. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2001/04/30/rojas010430.html. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  26. ^ Reuters. "Costa Rica fans banned after violence". ESPN Soccernet. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=327196&cc=5739. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  27. ^ 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.

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