100+ Awesome Stats from the 2014 World Cup so far

0 – None of the nations from the AFC section of qualifying mustered a single win in their 12 matches at the 2014 World Cup. South Korea, Japan and Iran all picked up 1 point, whilst Australia lost all 3 matches.

0 – Australia, Honduras and Cameroon all finished with 0 points.

0 – For the third time in five editions of the World Cup, an Asian nation has failed to reach it past the group stage. Four years ago in South Africa both South Korea and Japan made it to the round of 16, which is where their tournament ended.

0 – None of the 3 Italian head coaches managed to progress past the group stage, winning just 1 game combined. This was Cesare Prandelli’s Italy beating England, whilst Fabio Capello’s Russia and Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan went home winless.

0 – Cameroon, England and Iran were the only nations not to take the lead at any point in their three games during this World Cup.

1 – Greece kept their first clean sheet at a World Cup by drawing 0-0 with Japan. This is their only clean sheet in 9 World Cup matches.

1 – Argentina, Germany and Switzerland received the fewest bookings in the group stage, each nation collecting a single yellow card.

1 – Portugal have won exactly 1 match in each of their 4 World Cup campaigns outside of Europe. These came in Mexico ’86, South Korea/Japan 2002 and 2010 South Africa prior to this year’s tournament. They have finished 3rd and 4th in the two tournaments they have qualified for in Europe.

1 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored exactly 1 goal in each of his three World Cups; 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has scored Portugal’s last goal in each of their last two World Cups.

1 – Ecuador’s 0-0 with France was their first-ever draw at a World Cup in their 10th match.

1 – Honduras have scored 1 goal in their last 7 World Cup matches.

1 – Algeria’s Liassine Cadamuro is the only player at the 2014 World Cup to be booked without playing a single minute. He received this in a successful attempt to waste time as a substitute during their 1-1 draw with Russia by punting the ball into the crowd.

2 – Algeria and Greece have reached the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

2 – For the first time in World Cup history two African nations have made it to the second round. There had been exactly one African nation in each of the last seven World Cups reach the second round before Nigeria and Algeria both progressed this year.

2 – Greece have only scored in 2 of their 9 matches at World Cups. The Euro 2004 winners left it until the final minute of their final group game to score a winner against Ivory Coast to see them through to the second round.

2 – Mario Mandžukić became the first Croatian to score two goals in a single game at a World Cup.

2 – Croatia have won only 2 of their last 9 matches at World Cups since winning 5 of 7 in their debut at France ’98.

3 – There are 3 CONCACAF nations into the second round for the first time in World Cup history. Costa Rica, Mexico and USA all qualified whilst Honduras were the only ones to fall at the group stage. Only once has a nation from this region reached the quarter-finals over the past six tournaments – that was USA in 2002.

3 – Colombia had won a total of 3 games at the four previous World Cups combined. They have won all 3 of their games at Brazil 2014 so far.

3 – Belgium have won 3 matches at a World Cup for the first time in their history.

3 – Ivory Coast have failed to get past the group stage of all three World Cups they have qualified for; 2006, 2010 and now 2014.

3 – Colombia’s James Rodríguez and Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored in all three of their group matches.

3 – There are more German head coaches in the last 16 than any other nation. Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland), Joachim Löw (Germany) and Jürgen Klinsmann (USA). Volker Finke (Cameroon) was the only one eliminated in the group stage.

3 – The three highest paid head coaches at the World Cup all dropped out of the group stage (Fabio Capello – Russia, Roy Hodgson – England and Cesare Prandelli – Italy).

3 – Portugal became the first nation to use three goalkeepers in a single World Cup since Greece at USA ‘94. Rui Patrício, Beto and Eduardo all made an appearance in Brazil.

4 – There are three players tied on four goals at the top scorer at Brazil 2014. Brazil’s Neymar, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Müller. Müller currently leads the Golden Boot race by having 1 assist – he could become the first player to win the Golden Boot twice.

4 – Algeria became the first African nation to score 4 goals in a single World Cup match in beating South Korea 4-2

4 – Cameroon had just 4 shots on target in their three matches, the fewest of any nation.

4 – 4 of the top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings were eliminated at the group stage – Spain (1), Portugal (4), Italy (9) and England (10).

5 – For the second successive World Cup, 5 CONMEBOL nations have reached the second round. Four years ago all five nations made it, this year South America had six entrants, with Ecuador the only side to drop out at the group stage. Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia have all made it this year.

5 – After beating Bosnia and Herzegovina in the group stage, Nigeria have now won 5 of their 17 matches at the World Cup. All five of these came against European nations. They face France in the second round.

5 – England have only scored 5 goals in their last 8 World Cup matches.

5 – Ghana are winless in their last 5 World Cup group stage matches.

5 – Roy Hodgson is winless in his last 5 matches at World Cups, drawing 1 and losing 4 during spells with Switzerland and England.

6 – Algeria became only the 6th African nation to reach the second round of a World Cup, after Morocco, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana.

6 – For the second successive World Cup, only six European nations have reached the second round. The six tournaments prior to South Africa 2010 since the second round began back in 1982, had seen 9-10 European nations reach the second round.

6 – Asamoah Gyan became the first African player to score 6 goals in their career at the World Cup.

6% – Cameroon have won just 1 of 18 World Cup matches outside of Italy. The Indomitable Lions won 3 of their 5 matches at Italia ’90, losing in the quarter-finals to England.

7 – Germany have won their group at each of the last 7 World Cups

7 – Mexico have now progressed past the group stage of the last 7 World Cups they have participated in. They have been eliminated at the round of 16 at the last five.

7 – Spain conceded 6 goals in winning Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 (19 games). They conceded 7 goals in at the 2014 World Cup (3 games).

7 – The Ivory Coast and Uruguay were the dirtiest teams in the group stage, both picking up 7 cards. For Uruguay it was 6 yellows and 1 red, whilst Ivory Coast picked up 7 yellow cards. Honduras got away with 5 yellow cards and 1 red.

7 – Ghana have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 7 World Cup matches.

7 – Cameroon have lost their last seven World Cup matches, scoring just 3 goals and conceding 16 during this run.

8 – England have won only 1 of their last 8 matches at the World Cup.

8 – Portugal are unbeaten in their last 8 World Cup matches against nations outside of Europe, winning 5 and drawing 3. They are winless in their last 5 World Cup matches versus fellow European nations, drawing 1 and losing 4.

8% – South Korea have now only won 2 of their 24 World Cup matches outside of their own country.

9 – Four nations picked up maximum points in the group stage – the Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina and Belgium. This is the same number as in South Africa four years ago. This is twice as many as 1998 and 2002, the only other tournaments to contain 8 groups of 4 nations (32 teams).

9 – Brazil have finished top of their group for each of the last 9 World Cups.

9 – Argentina and Netherlands have picked up the maximum 9 points in the group stage at each of the last two World Cups. In 2006 they both picked up 7 points after drawing with each other in the same group.

9 – Thomas Müller has scored 9 goals in 9 World Cup matches including a hat-trick in Germany’s opener against Portugal at this World Cup, and their winner versus the USA.

9 – Belgium have now gone undefeated in 9 consecutive World Cup group stage matches, winning 4 and drawing 5.

9 – Honduras are winless in all 9 of their games at World Cup finals, losing 6. No team are winless having played as many games.

11 – Wayne Rooney has scored once in his 11 matches at World Cup finals. This came in England’s second game at this tournament, against Uruguay.

11 – England extended their record to a World Cup high 11 0-0s.

12 – Iran’s 0-0 draw with Nigeria at this World Cup is the only time they have kept a clean sheet in 12 games at the finals.

14% – Fabio Capello has now won only 1 of 7 matches at a World Cup.

15 – Miroslav Klose’s equaliser against Ghana saw the German striker tie Ronaldo’s record as the top scorer in the history of the World Cup with 15 goals.

15 – Jürgen Klinsmann’s defeat to Germany was his first defeat in the group stage as either a player or a manager, winning 10 and drawing 4.

15 – Italy extending their scoring streak to a national record 15 consecutive World Cup matches in their 2-1 win over England, before failing to score in their next two matches.

15 – Iran used the fewest players at the 2014 World Cup.

16 – England’s two defeats at this World Cup means Brazil have now lost the fewest games (15) in World Cup history amongst the eight nations to have previously won the competition.

17% – Steven Gerrard has won just 1 of 6 World Cup matches as England captain. England were the bookmakers’ favourites in each of these matches. He has won 3 of the other 6 matches he has played, which includes the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica where he only came on to take the captain’s armband late on.

19 – Cameroon have kept only one clean sheet in their last 19 World Cup matches.

20 – Thibaut Courtois is unbeaten in all 20 international matches, keeping 12 clean sheets.

20% – Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have won just 2 of their last 10 matches at World Cups.

21 – Germany have lost only 1 of their last 21 group stage matches at the World Cup. Four years ago they were beaten 1-0 by Serbia. They have won 16 and drawn the other 5.

21 – Italy were caught offside on the most occasions.

22% – The three Portuguese head coaches at this World Cup combined to win 2 of their 9 group stage matches. Greece won 1 under Fernando Santos, Iran 0 under Carlos Queiroz and Portugal 1 under Paulo Bento.

22% – Russia have only won 2 of 9 matches at the World Cup since the USSR split.

22 – Spain were the only side to use as many as 22 players in the group stage. Only Manchester United’s David de Gea failed to make an appearance.

24 – There have already been more goals scored by substitutes at this World Cup than any previous edition.

24 – Iran had the fewest attempts on goal in the group stage.

26 – France called the opposition goalkeeper into action on more occasions than any other nation, with 26 shots on target.

26 – USA have only kept two clean sheets in their last 26 games at the World Cup.

26 – England officially finished 26th out of 32 nations at the 2014 World Cup – their lowest ever finish.

30% – Iran averaged the least possession over three games.

32 – Cameroon officially finished bottom of the tournament, picking up 0 points and with a goal difference of -8. The Indomitable Lions finished 31st four years ago.

35 – 22-year old Neymar has become Brazil’s sixth-highest goalscorer of all-time during this World Cup by adding 4 goals to take his tally up to 35 in 52 caps.

39% – Italy have now been eliminated at the group stage of 7 of the 18 World Cups they have qualified for.

43 – Brazil have now kept 43 clean sheets – the most of any nation in World Cup history.

43 – At 43 years and 3 days, Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón became the oldest player in World Cup history when he made a cameo appearance at the end of their 4-1 victory over Japan.

44 – Nigeria are the lowest-ranked team in the FIFA World Rankings to reach the second round.

45% – Tim Cahill has scored 5 of Australia’s 11 goals in their World Cup history.

50 – Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat-trick for Switzerland against Honduras was the 50th scored at a World Cup.

54% – David Villa has scored 7 of Spain’s last 13 World Cup goals.

60 – Greece were fouled the most times.

63 – France had the most attempts on goal in the group stage.

65% – Argentina averaged the highest percentage of possession over three games, ahead of Germany (62%) and Spain (61%).

68 – The Netherlands committed the most fouls in the group stage, ahead of Costa Rica on 59.

68% – The Netherlands have won 15 of their 22 World Cup matches outside of Europe, compared to only 42% of World Cup matches in Europe.

75% – 3 of Belgium’s 4 goals in the group stage were scored by substitutes.

75% – 3 of Lionel Messi’s 4 goals so far at the 2014 World Cup have come from outside the penalty area.

80% – Argentina have won 12 of their last 15 World Cup group matches, drawing 2 and losing only 1. That defeat came courtesy of a David Beckham penalty against England in 2002.

102 – Germany were the first nation to reach 100 games at a World Cup, moving onto 102 at the end of the group stage. Brazil’s final group stage match was their 100th.

104 – France became the fifth nation to score over a century of goals – behind Brazil (217), Germany (213), Argentina (129) and Italy (128).

126′ – Spain’s Diego Costa failed to get a single shot on target from 5 attempts in his 126 minutes at this World Cup in his country of birth.

156 – Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas took his international caps up to 156 during this tournament – the most amongst any player at the 2014 World Cup.

266′ – Mexico went the longest without conceding a single goal during the group stage; 266 minutes before Ivan Perišić late on in their third game.

1958 – England were eliminated from the first round/opening group stage of a World Cup for the first time since Sweden 1958.

6 Replies to “100+ Awesome Stats from the 2014 World Cup so far”

  1. Hi Ben,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Cameroon, Honduras and Iran all scored 1 goal at the 2014 World Cup, the joint-fewest.



  2. Hi Jon,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Ivory Coast and Uruguay both picked up 7 cards in the group stage, the most amongst the 32 nations in the group stage. All of the Ivory Coast’s cards were yellow, whilst Uruguay collected 6 yellows and 1 red.



    1. Hi Grant,

      Argentina, Germany and Switzerland received the fewest bookings in the group stage, each nation collecting a single yellow card.



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