The World Cup in amazing numbers

The Rio Report

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2,208: The winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, scored by Andres Iniesta deep in extra-time, was the 2,208th goal scored in the finals since 1930.

0: Argentina's Guillermo Stabile, the 1930 edition's top scorer, had not made a single appearance for his country prior to the inaugural tournament in Uruguay. (He only got his chance in Argentina's second match, against Mexico, after starting striker Roberto Cherro suffered a panic attack.)

4: Since the tournament's inception, just four matches have seen the captains of opposing teams score in the same match.

9: Since numbers were introduced onto shirts in 1954, four number 9s have claimed the title of top scorer at the World Cup finals: Drazen Jerkovic (Yugoslavia) in 1962, Oleg Salenko (Russia) in 1994, Davor Suker (Croatia) in 1998 and Ronaldo (Brazil) in 2002.

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517: During the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the host nation's goalkeeper Walter Zenga went unbeaten for 517 minutes.

3: In 2006, against Australia, Croatia's Josip Simunic was on the receiving end of three yellow cards, issued by English referee Graham Poll, who erroneously marked the second booking as "Australia #3" (which was Craig Moore), instead of "Croatia #3".

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11: Luiz Felipe Scolari owns, with 11, the record for the most consecutive victories in the World Cup finals: seven with Brazil in 2002 and then four with Portugal four years later in 2006.

300: The smallest crowd attendance for a World Cup finals match was a paltry 300, who turned up to watch Romania beat Peru 3-1 in 1930.

16: No team has conceded more goals than South Korea at a World Cup. The Asian nation let in 16 during the 1954 edition after losing 9-0 to Hungary and 7-0 to Turkey.

4: West Germany/Germany have taken part in and won four penalty shoot-outs at the World Cup finals.

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14: English referee Howard Webb brandished 14 yellow cards during the acrimonious encounter between Spain and Holland in 2010, a record for a World Cup final. For good measure, Webb also showed one red card.

20: Russian referee Valentin Ivanov dished out a total of 20 cards (16 yellow and four red) during the match between Portugal and Holland four years earlier in 2006.

7: Brazil and Sweden have met seven times in the World Cup finals: in 1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 and twice in 1994. Brazil have the upper hand in their encounters, winning five and drawing twice.

14: No World Cup winning team has let in more goals than West Germany in 1954. Despite conceding a total of 14 (one against Turkey, eight against Hungary, two more against Turkey, one against Austria and another two against Hungary), the Germans still went on to lift the World Cup.

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