50 awesome stats ahead of Germany vs Argentina World Cup final

Germany vs Argentina 2014 World Cup final

0 – Argentina have not fallen behind in any of their previous six matches in this tournament.

0 – Argentina, Costa Rica, Germany and the Netherlands are all undefeated at the 2014 World Cup ahead of the final.

1 – Toni Kroos could become the first player born in East Germany to win the World Cup. The Bayern Munich playmaker was born in Greifswald, East Germany – 9 months before the Berlin Wall was knocked down.

1 – Miroslav Klose is the only player in the Germany squad who was involved in the 2002 World Cup final.

2 – Germany have eliminated Argentina in each of the past two World Cups. They were victors of a penalty shootout at Germany 2006 and then thrashed the South Americans 4-0 in South Africa four years ago. Both were quarter-final meetings.

2 – Thomas Müller could become the first player to win the Golden Boot twice. After winning the award in 2010, the Bayern Munich forward heads into the final one goal behind leader James Rodríguez but with a better assists tally.

3 – Should Thomas Müller or a teammate finish the tournament as top scorer, Germany will have had a player win the Golden Boot for the last three World Cups (Miroslav Klose in 2006, Thomas Müller in 2010).

3 – This is a record third meeting between Germany and Argentina in a World Cup final. The South Americans won 3-2 in 1986 before West Germany got revenge four years later by winning 1-0 in the final at Italia’ 90.

3 – Only Costa Rica (2) have conceded fewer goals than Argentina heading into the final.

3 – Should Germany win the World Cup it would be the first time in World Cup history the tournament has been won by the same continent for three successive tournaments after Italy won in 2006 and Spain in 2010.

4 – The four previous World Cups held in South America have all been won by teams from the same continent. Germany are only the third European nation to reach the World Cup final in South America, after Czechoslovakia lost 3-1 to Brazil in Chile 1962 and Netherlands lost by the same scoreline to Argentina in 1978.

4 – Germany have lost more World Cup finals than any other nation.

4 – Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Argentina four years ago was the South American’s heaviest defeat in 40 years at the World Cup.

4 – No side has kept more clean sheets than Argentina at the 2014 World Cup – Germany has kept three.

5 – This will be Argentina’s fifth World Cup final, having split the previous four. Only Germany (8), Brazil (7) and Italy (6) have reached the final on more occasions.

5 – Argentina have progressed from all five of their previous World Cup semi-finals.

5 – Thomas Müller (2010 and 2014) and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006) are the only players to have scored 5+ goals in consecutive World Cup tournaments.

Thomas Mueller

6 – Germany have reached six of the last 11 World Cup finals, winning two of them (1974 and 1990).

6 – Lionel Messi has never scored in six knockout round matches at World Cups.

7 – This is the seventh time Argentina and Germany have met at the World Cup. The only fixture that has been played as often is Brazil versus Sweden.

7 – Germany have reached at least one World Cup final in each of the last seven decades.

7 – Germany became the first team to score seven goals in a World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

7 – Seven players combined from these two nations are amongst the ten candidates for the Golden Ball award for the player of the tournament. Argentina have Ángel di María, Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi nominated, whilst Germany have Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Phillip Lahm and Thomas Müller on the list. Brazil’s Neymar, Colombia’s James Rodríguez and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands are the other nominees.

8 – Germany are playing in a record eighth World Cup final. They have won three and lost four of the previous.

8′ – Germany have only been behind for 8 minutes in this tournament.

8 – No player has been involved in more goals at this World Cup than Thomas Müller (5 goals, 3 assists).

9 – Argentina have won nine of their last 11 matches at the World Cup.

10 – This is the tenth World Cup final between a European and South American nation. South America have won seven of the previous nine.

10 – Thomas Müller has scored ten goals in 12 World Cup finals matches, winning nine of them.  He is only 24-years old

10 – Ángel di María or Sami Khedira will become the 10th player to win both the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup in the same season.The previous nine winners have been Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeneß, Jupp Kapellmann, Sepp Maier, Gerd Müller, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck in 1974, Christian Karembeu in 1998 and Roberto Carlos in 2002.

10.49 – Of the outfield Argentina players who played 120 minutes in their semi-final penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands, Lionel Messi covered the least ground (10.49km).

14% – Only one of Germany’s previous seven World Cup finals has gone to extra-time (1966 versus England). The two previous World Cups have gone to extra-time, with Italy and France going to penalties in 2006.

16 Miroslav Klose would extend his record as the all-time World Cup top goalscorer by scoring in the final.

17 – Germany have scored the most goals at the 2014 World Cup with the final still to come.

18 None of Alejandro Sabella’s 18 substitutions have scored so far in this World Cup.

20 – Germany have won 20 of their last 27 matches at the World Cup.

21 – Lionel Messi has created the most chances in this World Cup so far.

Lionel Messi

23 – Only Lothar Matthäus (25) has played more World Cup matches than Miroslav Klose who enters the final on par with Paolo Maldini.

23 – Only Tim Howard (27) has made more saves than Manuel Neuer so far at this World Cup.

25% – Germany have won just one of their last four World Cup finals – beating Argentina in 1990. They lost to Italy in 1982, Argentina in 1986 and Brazil in 2002.

25 – Lionel Messi has scored 25 goals in 31 matches under Alejandra Sabella – he had just 17 goals in 61 matches before.

35 – The winner of the World Cup will receive $35 million (£20.4m).

50% – Germany have won three of the previous six meetings at World Cup between these two nations, drawing two and losing only one. The European side came through one of those draws via penalty shootout.

51 – Manuel Neuer has lost only three of his 51 appearances for the German national team.

80% – Argentina have won four of the five penalty shootouts they have contested at World Cups. Their only loss was to Germany in 2006.

100% – Germany have won all four penalty shootouts they have contested at World Cups.

106 – This will be Germany’s 106th World Cup match – more than any other nation – two more than Brazil.

156 – André Schürrle has scored three goals in only 156 minutes (5 substitute appearances) at this World Cup.

223 – Germany head into the 2014 World Cup final as the competitions’ all-time top scorers – two more than Brazil.

373′ – Argentina enter the final having gone 373 minutes without conceding a goal since Nigeria scored early in the second half of their final group match.

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  1. Awesome blog man. I entertained (and annoyed) all my friends with my statistical knowledge and even wagered a decent sum on argentina! 😛

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