10 Things You May Not Have Known About The FIFA World Cup

Jamaicans know everything about football right? Well, here are a few things that weren’t at the tip of our fingers:

  1. Brazil has the most wins with 5, but overall South America has 9 while Europe has 11.
  2. Countries have won on their home soil 6 times (30% of all Cups – Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934, England 1966, West Germany 1974, Argentina 1978, France 1998).
  3. Germany have been Runners-up the most times with 4, while Argentina and Netherlands have been Runners-Up 3 times each and Italy, Brazil and Czechoslovakia with two each.
  4. In 20 World Cup Finals, while 17 countries have hosted the games, only 12 countries have been involved in the actual Final game.
  5. The best attended World Cup was 1994 in the USA where 3,587,538 watched matches in 9 cities. It is estimated that attendance has all World Cups has exceeded 37.5million persons.
  6. Brazil has the most wins all time with 70 out of 104 games played, Germany follows closely with 66 out of 106. Italy is next with 45 wins out of 83 games played. Argentina is hot on their heels with 42 wins out of 77 games played.
    1. Jamaica is ranked 60th with 1 win from 3 games and a -6 goal difference.
    2. Trinidad is ranked 67th with 1 draw from 3 games and a -4 goal difference.
  7. Germany has the most goals scored all time with 224, followed closely by Brazil with 221. Argentina is next with 131 goals.
  8. Miroslav Klose of Germany is the all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup Finals with 16 goals in 24 games played. Ronaldo of Brazil is second with 15 goals in 19 games played. Cristiano Ronaldo has 3 goals in 13 games played and Lionel Messi has 5 goals in 15 games played.
  9. The most goals scored at one World Cup Finals is 13 by Just Fontaine of France in 1958, followed by Sandor Kocsis of Hungary with 11 in 1954 and Gerd Muller of Germany with 10 in 1970. Ronaldo of Brazil scored 8 in 2002.
  10. The 2014 World Cup Final in Brazil tied with the 1998 World Cup Final in France for the greatest number of goals scored with 171. On a per game basis though that was only 2.7 goals per game. That doesn’t compare with the 5.4 goals per game that was scored in 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Austria beat Switzerland 7-5 in the highest scoring game ever in a World Cup in 1954, followed closely by Hungary’s 8-3 beating of West Germany.