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Tuesday, 2 July, 2002, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Albert Sewell
Match of the Day's master statistician has been answering your questions throughout the World Cup.

Albert is taking a break for the summer, but he'll back in August for the start of the Premiership season.

All the best.



Malcolm Wilkes, England

Brazil have appeared in every world Cup since it started. Can you tell me their complete record please?

Counting Sunday's triumph, Brazil's record in their "full house" of 17 World Cup Finals tournaments reads: Played, 87, drawn 14, lost 13; goals for 191, against 82.


Kath, Manchester

What do you reckon are the most controversial goals in World Cup history?

Two stand above all others: (1) Geoff Hurst's "was it over the line?" goal for England in the 1966 Final; (2) Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal for Argentina against England in the quarter-final in Mexico in 1986.


Mark, Gloucs

Is it true that there was a match in the 2002 World Cup Finals without a single offside?

You are right, Mark - it was the semi-final in which Brazil beat Turkey 1-0, and is thought to be the first match in a World Cup finals series without such a decision.


James, Newcastle

Does World Cup match-winner Ronaldo have a longer name, like a lot of other stars from Brazil?

His full name is Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima. His nickname, Phenomeno, matches his record for Brazil - 45 goals in 64 internationals.


Paul Remek, Malaysia

How many times have England failed to qualify since they first entered the World Cup in 1950?

England have missed out on three World Cup tournaments since they first entered. They failed to qualify in 1974, 1978 and 1994.


Richard, Netherlands

My friend says that the fewest points with which a country can go through in the World Cup first round is three. I say two. Who is right?

In the modern format, a country won't qualify with fewer than three points. But in the 1954 tournament West Germany and Switzerland went through (via play-offs) with only two points.


Busta Salis, England

Who is the all-time top scorer in a World Cup Finals competition?

The top four are Gerd Muller with 14 goals for Germany, Just Fontaine with 13 for France, Pele and now Ronaldo each with 12 for Brazil.


Ian, London

What chance that by the next World Cup in 2006 referees will be able to make use of video technology to help eradicate some of the wrong decisions such as we have seen in Japan and South Korea?

In company with BBC World Cup team members Mark Lawrenson and Ray Stubbs, I'd like to think electronic assistance will be available next time. But don't bank on it - Fifa President Sepp Blatter is against the ideażand he's the boss!


Lee Ramsay, England

Were France, in this World Cup, the first holders to fail to reach the second round?

France became the third country to suffer such a fate. Italy were eliminated in the first round in 1950 and Brazil in 1966.


Martin, Merseyside

Next up is the European Championship, so can you tell me which countries England are drawn with in the qualifying round for 2004?

England are grouped with Turkey, Slovakia, Macedonia and Liechtenstein, and their first match is away to Slovakia on October 12. The 10 group winners qualify and the 10 runners-up go into the play-offs for the Finals that Portugal will host.


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