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Discover the most successful team, individual stars and greatest editions since the first tournament in 1930.

Team stats

Most titles
1. Brazil – 5 wins (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
2. Italy – 4 wins (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
3. Germany – 3 wins (1954, 1974, 1990)
4. Uruguay – 2 wins (1930, 1950) = Argentina – 2 wins (1978, 1986)
6. England – 1 win (1966) = France – 1 win (1998) = Spain – 1 win (2010)

Most appearances (top ten)
1. Brazil – 20 appearances
2. Italy, Germany – 18
3. Argentina – 16
4. Mexico – 15
5. England, France, Spain – 14
6. Belgium, Uruguay – 12
7. Sweden, Yugoslavia – 11
8. Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, USA – 10
9. Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea Republic, Slovakia – 9
10. Chile, Paraguay, Scotland – 8
*includes 2014 FIFA World Cup


Biggest margin of victory
9 goals: Hungary 9 –Korea Republic 0 (1954); Yugoslavia 9 – Zaire 0 (1974); Hungary 10 – El Salvador 1 (1982)

Highest scoring game
12 goals: Austria 7 – Switzerland 5 (1954)

Overall FIFA World Cup league table (top ten)

Brazil P97 W67 D15 L15 GF210 GA88 Pts216

Germany P99 W60 D19 L20 GF206 GA117 Pts199

Italy P80 W44 D21 L15 GF126 GA74 Pts153

Argentina P70 W37 D13 L20 GF123 GA80 Pts124

England P59 W26 D19 L14 GF77 GA52 Pts97

Spain P56 W28 D12 L16 GF88 GA59 Pts96

France P54 W25 D11 L18 GF96 GA68 Pts86

Netherlands P43 W22 D10 L11 GF71 GA44 Pts76

Uruguay P47 W18 D12 L17 GF76 GA65 Pts66

Sweden P46 W16 D13 L17 GF74 GA69 Pts61
Table compiled according to three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a defeat

Tournament stats

Most goals in a tournament
171 goals (1998)

Fewest goals in a tournament
70 goals (1930 and 1934)

Highest attendance
199,854: Brazil vs. Uruguay, Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 16 1950

Lowest attendance
300: Peru vs. Romania, Estadio Pacitos, Montevideo, Uruguay, July 14 1930

Highest average attendance per match
68,991: USA 1994

Lowest average attendance per match
23,235: Italy 1934

Player stats

Most titles
3: Pele (Brazil 1958, 1962, 1970)

Most tournaments
5: Antonio Carbajal (Mexico 1950-1966); Lothar Matthaus (Germany 1982-1998)

Most matches played
25: Lothar Matthaus (Germany 1982-1998)

Most minutes played
2,217: Paolo Maldini (Italy 1990-2002)

Most matches won
16: Cafu (Brazil 1994-2006)

Youngest player
17 years, 41 days: Norman Whiteside (For Northern Ireland vs. Yugoslavia, 1982)

Oldest player and oldest goal scorer
42 years, 39 days: Roger Milla (For Cameroon vs. Russia, 1994)

Most goals scored
15: Ronaldo (Brazil 1998-2006)

Most goals scored in a tournament
13: Just Fontaine (France, 1958)

Most goals scored in a match
5: Oleg Salenko (For Russia vs. Cameroon, 1994)

Youngest goal scorer
17 years, 239 days: Pele (For Brazil vs. Wales, 1958)

By Time Out staff
Time Out Bahrain,

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