Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
Last Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006, 20:30 GMT 21:30 UK
World Cup facts and figures
Tournament trivia ahead of kick-off in the 2006 World Cup.

Number Fact
1 The number of times that a non-European team has won the World Cup in Europe (Brazil 1958).
2 Champions (Italy 1938 and Brazil 1962) who have retained their crown.
3 Most red cards shown in a World Cup match. This has happened twice (Hungary v Brazil on 27 June 1954 and South Africa v Denmark on 18 Jun 1998).
4 Two nations, Brazil and Netherlands, provide four head coaches at the 2006 World Cup. The Brazilians are Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil), Zico (Japan), Marcos Paqueta (Saudi Arabia) and Luiz Felipe Scolari (Portugal). The Dutchmen are Guus Hiddink (Australia), Dick Advocaat (South Korea), Marco van Basten (Holland) and Leo Beenhakker (Trinidad & Tobago).
5 Goals scored by Russia's Oleg Salenko against Cameroon in 1994, a record for a single World Cup match.
6 There are six debutants at the 2006 World Cup - Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Trinidad & Tobago, Togo and Ukraine.
7 Number of successive wins for Brazil, a joint record.
8 Red cards dished out to Brazil and Argentina players, a competition record.
10 Highest number of goals scored by a team in a World Cup match (Hungary vs El Salvador 1982: 10-1).
11 Seconds required for the fastest goal in World Cup history by Turkey's Hakan Sukur, in Turkey's 3-2 win over South Korea on 29 June 2002.
12 Highest number of goals scored in a single World Cup match, by Austria and Switzerland (7-5) in 1954.
13 Record number of goals in a World Cup, held by France's Juste Fontaine in 1958.
14 Record World Cup career goals, held by West Germany's Gerd Muller.
16 Number of cards in the 2002 World Cup match between Cameroon and Germany, a record for the competition.
17 Age of youngest player in a World Cup match (Norman Whiteside in 1982). England's Theo Walcott could also play at age 17.
18 Germany will host the 18th Fifa World Cup.
20 Most defeats suffered by one nation - Mexico - in World Cups.
23 Number of players that make up a squad at the 2006 World Cup.
25 Number of appearances by Lothar Matthaus; a World Cup record.
29 Own goals in World Cup history.
32 Nations have taken part in the World Cup since the current format was adopted in 1998.
42 Age of Cameroon's Roger Milla in 1994, when he became the oldest player and oldest goalscorer in World Cup history.
48 Number of hat-tricks scored in World Cup history.
50 Number of World Cup victories by Germany, topped only by Brazil's 60.
64 Matches that will be played in the 2006 World Cup.
75 Nations that will have taken part in the World Cup by the end of the 2006 tournament.
83 Yellow cards dished out to Argentina players - more than any other nation.
87 World Cup matches played by Brazil, a competition record.
114 Total number of red cards shown in World Cup history.
115 Matches have finished 1-0, the most common result in World Cup history
191 Goals scored by Brazil, more than any other nation in World Cup history.
644 Matches played in World Cup history.
1,916 Total number of World Cup goals, a number expected to rise to 2,000 halfway through the group phase of the 2006 tournament.
199,854 Spectators saw Uruguay defeat hosts Brazil in the 1950 decider - the highest attendance for a World Cup match.

World Cup 2006 statistics
08 Jun 06 |  World Cup 2006

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability Sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other Sport...

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us