World Cup facts

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The three most-goal scoring teams were:
1) Germany (18)
2) Netherlands (15)
3) Colombia (12)

The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-high number of goals scored (171)

Brazil conceded the most goals out of the 32 teams in this World Cup.

171 goals were the total goals scored in Brazil 2014, this is the highest scoring record in a WC as well as France 1998

145 in South Africa if anyone was wondering, no. fine then.

The goal per match ratio was 2.7, the past WC it was 2.3

James Rodríguez became the first player to score in his first five career World Cup appearances since Peru’s Teófilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments). Gerd Müller in 1970 was the last player to do it in a single tournament

There were more goals scored by substitutes in this World Cup than in any previous edition (32)

Silvestre Varela’s goal for Portugal v USA was the latest during normal time of a World Cup finals match since 1994 (94min 33sec)


The players who covered most distance were:
1) Thomas Müller (84.km)
2) Toni Kroos (82.6km)
3) Javier Mascherano (81.2km)

Thomas Muller ran 123 meters a minute
Toni Kroos ran 120 meters a minute
Javier Mascherano ran 113 meters a minute
If Usain Bolt ran 90 minutes constantly at his record breaking 100m pace, he would have ran 463.8km total and would have ran 736 meters a minute

The players with the top speed were:
1) Junior Díaz (33.8km/h)
2) Serge Aurier (33.5km/h)
3) Gonzalo Higuain; Alvaro Pereira (33.1km/h)

According to FIFA's official webpage Robben's top speed was 32.2km/h, not 37 as we all previously thought.


The players with most balls recovered were:
1) Stefan de Vrij (58)
2) Ezequiel Garay (52)
3) Jerome Boateng (51)


The players with most minutes were:
1) Pablo Zabaleta; Javier Mascherano; Sergio Romero; Ezequiel Garay (720)
2) Lionel Messi (693)
3) Arjen Robben; Toni Kroos; Benedikt Höwedes; Ron Vlaar; Philipp Lahm; Manuel Neuer; Jasper Cillessen (690)


The teams with the highets percentage of passes completed were:
1) Italy (85%)
2) Spain; Germany (82%)
3) Bosnia i Herzegovina (80%)

The teams with most passes completed were
1) Germany (4157)
2) Argentina (3344)
3) Netherlands (3000)

The teams which completed the least amount of passes were:
1) Iran (604)
2) Ecuador (799)
3) Cameroon (878)

The players with most passes completed were:
1) Philipp Lahm (651)
2) Toni Kroos (633)
3) Javier Mascherano (626)

The 3 players with most assists were:
1) Juan Cuadrado; Toni Kroos (4)
3) Thomas Müller; Daily Blind (3)


The teams with most saves were:
1) USA (27)
2) Germany (24)
3) Algeria (23)

And one game Tim Howard saved 16 shots (16/27)

no goalkeeper has ever made as many saves in a single World Cup game (1966-2014)


The Golden Ball award (Best player of the tournament) was given to Lionel Messi.
The Silver Ball was given to Thomas Müller.
The Bronze Ball was given to Arjen Robben.

The Hyundai Player Young Player was given to Paul Pogba.

In WC 2014 the record of the most veteran player to participate in a WC match was broken by Faryd Mondragon (COL, 43 years, 3 days)

The record for the most number of goals scored in World Cup finals was also broken by Miroslav Klose (16)


The players who comitted the most amount of fouls were:
1) Marouane Fellaini (19)
2) Robin van Persie (18)
3) Reza Ghoochannejad (Iran) (17)

The players who received the most amount of fouls were:
1) Arjen Robben (28)
2) Alexis Sanchez (24)
3) Georgios Samaras (21)

The teams with the most fouls committed were;
1) Netherlands (126)
2) Brazil (123)
3) Costa Rica (94)

Brazil committed 31 fouls in their quarter-final win over Colombia; the most fouls that they had made in a single World Cup game since records began in 1966

The teams with most fouls suffered were:
1) Brazil (129)
2) Argentina (116)
3) Germany (100)

Teams with most cards:
1) Brazil (14; 14 Y, 0 R)
2) Costa Rica (11; 10 Y, 1 R)
3) Netherlands (11; 11 Y, 0 R)

The Fair Play Award was given to Colombia (5 yellow cards in 5 matches)

There were fewer red cards at the 2014 World Cup than any other edition since 1986 (8)


The players who were caught more times in offside were:
1) Robin van Persie (12)
2) Thomas Müller (8)
3) Marouane Fellaini; Joel Campbell (7)


Germany reached the World Cup final for the eighth time; more often than any other side in the history of the competition

This was the first time that three sides from the Concafaf region made it out of the group stages and into the last 16 (since the format began in 1986)

Only six European nations made it to the last 16; a joint-World Cup low since the round of 16 was introduced in 1986

All eight group stage winners progressed to the quarter-finals stage for the first time in World Cup history

Italy have exited at the group stage in their last two World Cups. The last time they managed this was in the 1960s (1962 and 1966)

Germany are the first European team to win the World Cup in Latin America

Teams from Uefa have won the last three World Cups, the first time a single confederation has won three in a row

Three of the last four teams to win the World Cup have gone out in the following group stage (France 2002, Italy 2010, Spain 2014)

This was the first time that England have been eliminated from a World Cup at the group stage since 1958

One point was England’s lowest-ever return in a World Cup group stage


Argentina trailed for just seven minutes in the entire tournament (excluding injury time)

Belgium reached the quarter-final stage, despite only holding a lead for 52 minutes in their five matches combined


Germany’s 7-1 win was the biggest margin of victory ever seen in a World Cup semi-final


Sources:
http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/14504954/
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/14/brazil-2014-stats-world-cup

The guardian source also has about 50 more stats from this tournament if anyone's wondering

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    I can't believe they got Robbens top speed wrong haha, I was so impressed with it

    Me too. But at least his diving skill wasn't denied:

    The players who received the most amount of fouls was Arjen Robben.
    - xdvx July 15, 2014, 8:13 am
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