football world cup records

Men’s Football World Cup Records

Men’s Football World Cup Records

The men’s football world cup tournament is played every four years where new men’s football world cup records can be set. In 2022 the qualifying football/soccer teams from each continent will meet in Qatar to decide the next football FIFA™ World Cup Champions.

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Football World Cup RecordsRecordPlayers, Coaches, Teams, Countries
Most World Cup appearances (team)20Brazil
Most World Cup games (team)106Germany
Most World Cup wins (team)70Brazil
Most World Cup victories (player)17Cafu, Brazil (1990-2006)
Most World Cup titles (team)5Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Most World Cup runners-up (team)4Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002)
Most Finals (team)8Germany (4 won)
Most World Cup participations (Players)5Lothar Matthäus (1982-1998) & Antonio Carbajal (Mexico’s goalkeeper, 1950-1966)
Most World Cup titles (player)3Pelé (Brazil, 1958, 1962, 1970)
Most World Cup games contested (player)25Lothar Matthäus (1982-1998)
Most World Cup game minutes on the pitch (player)2217Paolo Maldini (Italy, 1990-2002)
Most World Cup goals (team)224Germany
Most World Cup goals in total (player)16Miroslav Klose (Germany, 2002-today)
Most World Cup goals in shortest time
4Germany (4 goals in 6 minutes against Brazil 2014. Final score 7:1)
Most goals in a World Cup (team)27Hungary, 1954 (in 5 games)
Most goals in a World Cup (player)13Just Fontaine in 6 games (France, 1958)
Most goals in a game (player)5Oleg Salenko (Russia vs. Cameroon, 1994)
First World Cup Goal (player)1930Lucien Laurent, France (in the game against Mexico after 19 minutes)
Youngest player in the game17 years, 41 daysNorman Whiteside (Northern Ireland vs. Yugoslavia, 1982)
Youngest World Cup scorer17 yearsPelé (Brazil, 1958)
Youngest world champion (player)17 yearsPelé (Brazil, 1958)
Oldest player in the game42 years, 39 daysRoger Milla (Cameroon vs. Russia, 1994)
The oldest world champion (player)40 yearsDino Zoff (Italy, 1982)
World Cup match with most goals127:5 (Austria vs. Switzerland, 1954)
Highest World Cup victory10:1Hungary vs. El Salvador, 1982
Fastest World Cup goal after kick off
11 secondsHakan Sukur (Turkey vs. South Korea, 2002)
Most World Cup minutes without conceding a goal (goalkeeper)
517Walter Zenga (Italy, 1990)
Most World Cup participation (trainer)6Carlos Alberto Parreira (2 x with Brazil, 1 x Kuwait, 1 x UAE, 1 x Saudi Arabia, 1 x South Africa)
Most World Cup games (coach)25Helmut Schön (1966-1978)
Most World Cup victories (trainer)16Helmut Schön (1966-1978)
Most World Cup titles (trainer)2Vittorio Pozzo (Italy, 1934 and 1938)
World Cup titles (as player and coach)3Mário Zagallo (Brazil, 1958/1962 + 1970)
Youngest coach at World Cup27 yearsJuan José Tramutola (Argentina, 1930)
Oldest coach at World Cup71 yearsOtto Rehhagel (Greece, 2010)
First sending-off in World Cup history1930Placido Galindo (Peru vs. Romania)
Most sending-offs in one game4Portugal vs. Netherlands, 2006 (4 second yellow cards, 2 per team)
Most yellow cards in one game16Germany vs. Cameroon, 2002 (14 yellow cards & 2 second yellow cards)
First penalty (scored)19 July 1930Manuel Rosas (Mexico vs. Argentina)
Fastest penalty in a match1st minuteFinal Germany vs. Netherlands, 1974 (Johann Neeskens took NL into the lead)
Most penalties awarded (team)16Spain (2 missed)
First Golden Goal1998Laurent Blanc (second round, France vs. Paraguay)
First hat-trick (player)1934Edmund Conen, Germany (in the game against Belgium, final result 5:2)
Most World Cup goals (team)121Germany
Most World Cup goals against (goalkeeper)25Antonio Carbajal, Mexico (in 11 games 1950-1966)
Most World Cup games without conceding a goal (goalkeeper)10Peter Shilton, England (1982-1990) & Fabien Barthez, France (1998-2010)
Most clean sheet games (team)39Brazil
Most World Cup goals in the final71958 Brazil vs. Sweden 5:2
Most World Cup defeats (team)25Mexico (in 53 games)
Longest World Cup winning streak (team)11 gamesBrazil (2002-2006)
Longest unbeaten run (team)13 gamesBrazil (1958-1966)
Longest losing streak (team)9 gamesMexico (1930-1958)
Longest run without a victory (team)16 gamesBulgaria (1962-1994)
Longest run without a goal (team)5 gamesBolivia (1930-1994)
Most World Cup knockout games47Germany (32 won)
Most penalty shootouts (team)5Argentina
Most won penalty shootouts4Germany (4 of 4)
Most lost penalty shootouts3England (lost 3 of 3), Italy (lost 3 of 4)
World Cup game with the fewest spectators300Romania vs. Peru, 1930
World Cup game with the most spectators173,850Brazil vs. Uruguay, 1950 (at the Maracana Stadium)
Largest average crowd per game68,9911994 World Cup in USA
Hosts who became world champions6Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934, England 1966, Germany 1974, Argentina 1978, France 1998
Hosts who were runners-up2Brazil in 1950, Sweden in 1958
Hosts that went out in the first round1South Africa 2010
Most frequent host2Brazil 1950, 2014
France 1938, 1998
Germany 1974, 2006
Italy 1934, 1990
Mexico 1970, 1986

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