50 Stats from Euro 2016 Qualifying

Euro 2016

0 – Andorra and Gibraltar were the only nations to fail to pick up a single point.

1 – Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales will all be making their European Championship debuts in France next summer after automatic qualification.

1 – San Marino scored the fewest goals.

2 – Two nations who were in pot 1 for the draw failed to qualify (Greece & the Netherlands) – Bosnia and Herzegovina only made the playoffs.

2 – Romania conceded the fewest goals.

2 – Lithuania goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis scored the most own goals.

3 – The Netherlands were the highest-ranked team at the beginning of the draw to fail to qualify (ranked 3rd out of 54 European nations in the FIFA World Rankings).

3 – Croatia had the most players sent off (Duje Čop, Vedran Ćorluka, Darijo Srna).

4 – Republic of Ireland took four points off world champions Germany during qualifying.  Despite this, Martin O’Neill’s side could only finish third and settle for the playoffs.

Republic of Ireland

4 – England’s Wayne Rooney scored the most penalties.

6 – Slovakia’s Vladimír Weiss and Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik recorded the most assists.

6 – Faroe Islands’ Hallur Hansson picked up the most yellow cards.

7 – Germany and Italy hit the woodwork on the highest number of occasions.

7 – Andorra won only seven corners in their 10 qualifying games.

9 – Gibraltar received the fewest cards (9 yellows, 0 reds).

11 – Romania and Wales scored the fewest goals per game among nations to qualify (Albania scored 10 goals in their 8 matches).

12 – Germany will be making a record 12th appearance in this tournament next summer.

12 – England allowed the fewest shots on target.

13 – Robert Lewandowski tied the record for most goals in a single European Championship qualifying campaign.  The Polish striker’s 13 goals is on par with Northern Ireland’s David Healy during the qualifying for the 2008 tournament.

Robert Lewandowski

14 – Czech Republic conceded more goals than any other side to have qualified.  None of the teams in the playoffs even conceded as many.

15 – Real Madrid’s Martin Ødegaard was the youngest player to make an appearance, at the age of 15 years and 300 days for Norway.

22 – Scotland scored more goals than 12 of the nations who qualified automatically.

23 – Only Robert Lewandowski (25) had more shots on goal than Wayne Rooney during qualification.

26% – Andorra only saw, on average, 26% of the ball per game.

28 – Only England (30) picked up more points in qualifying than Austria.  Marcel Koller’s side only dropped points at home to Sweden, having taken all six against Russia, Montenegro, Liechtenstein and Moldova.

28 – Finland’s Perparim Hetemaj committed the most fouls.

28 – Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas have kept more clean sheets in European Championship qualifiers than any other goalkeepers.

32 – Andorra mustered up only 32 attempts on goal in their 10 matches.

33 – Poland scored the most goals in qualifying.

35 – The following 35 players played every minute in qualifying:

Andorra: Ferran Pol
Austria: Robert Almer, Christian Fuchs, Florian Klein
Azerbaijan: Rashad Sadygov
Belgium: Jan Vertonghen
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Asmir Begović
Croatia: Danijel Subašić
Cyprus: Marios Antoniades
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel
Estonia: Karol Mets
Faroe Islands: Gunnar Nielsen
Germany: Jérôme Boateng
Gibraltar: Joseph Chipolina, Liam Walker
Greece: Orestis Karnezis
Iceland: Ragnar Sigurdsson
Israel: Ofir Marciano
Luxembourg: Lars Gerson, Laurent Jans, Jonathan Joubert
Malta: Andrei Agius
Norway: Ørjan Nyland
Poland: Grzegorz Krychowiak
Portugal: Rui Patrício
Romania: Vlad Chiricheş, Dragoş Grigore
Slovakia: Matúš Kozáčik
Slovenia: Boštjan Cesar
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson
Ukraine: Andriy Pyatov, Vyacheslav Shevchuk
Wales: Chris Gunter, Wayne Hennessey, Ashley Williams

37 – Switzerland were caught offside on the most occasions.

37 – Andorra picked up the most yellow cards.

40 – Albania were the lowest-ranked nation at the start of the draw to have qualified automatically.

Albania fans

41 – Swiss-born Liechtenstein international Mario Frick set a new record by losing his 41st qualifier.

45% – Albania and Northern Ireland saw the least ball possession of the nations who qualified automatically.

45 – Wales’ Gareth Bale had the most attempts on goal.

50 – Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie became the first players for England and Netherlands respectively to reach 50 international goals.

56 – Gibraltar conceded the most goals.

65% – The Netherlands saw the highest ball possession of teams who failed to qualify.

Robin van Persie

67% – Germany and Spain averaged the highest possession.

77 – Gibraltar were awarded the fewest free kicks.

91 – Germany committed the fewest fouls.

92% – Germany and Spain completed the highest percentage of their passes.

92 – Germany won the most corners.

95 – Germany fired in the most shots on target during their 10 games.

100% – England joined France (1992 & 2004), Czech Republic (2000), Germany (2012) and Spain (2012) as the sixth nation to get through qualifying with a 100% win record.  Roy Hodgson’s side successfully defeated Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino twice each.

Roy Hodgson

152 – Slovakia committed the most fouls among the teams who qualified automatically.

158 – Andorra committed the most fouls.

166 – Ukraine won the most free kicks.

232 – Germany had the most attempts on goal.