2010 FIFA World Cup By the Numbers

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IMay 28, 2010

We are less than a month away from the start of the 2010 World Cup. As the world prepares to descend on South Africa for the biggest global event, except for maybe the summer Olympics, let’s have a little fun.

Just about every sports fan likes numbers and stats. Here are some interesting numbers and stats before the World Cup starts.

I know I always have enjoyed reading articles like this and I hope everyone else enjoys this article. Before I bore you to death about what I like.

Here is the 2010 World Cup by the numbers:


30 Million- Payout by FIFA to the winners in this year’s World Cup

5760- Combined time in minutes of all 64 matches barring extra time at the end of each half and games and overtime

345- The record number of yellow cards handed out during the 2006 World Cup

201- Goals scored by Brazil all time in the World Cup

156- Number of countries that have broadcast rights to show the 2010 World Cup

147- Goals scored in the 2006 World Cup

112- Goals conceded by Germany, the most all time

92- The number of World Cup matches played by Germany and Brazil

88- Argentina’s all time record for most World Cup Yellow Cards

74- The number of countries that have taken part in at least one World Cup

64- Brazil’s record for wins in the World Cup

58- As in 1958, when Brazil won its first World Cup

48- The number of group play matches before the round of 16 is set

31- Largest margin of victory in a qualifying match, Australia 31 vs. American Soma 0 in 2001

27- Most goals scored by one team in the tournament held by Hungary in 1954 but lost in the finals to West Germany

22- Record for most losses in the World Cup held by Mexico

20- Is for the Under 20 World Cup held in 2009 and won by Ghana

19- Consecutive World Cup appearances by Brazil, which happens to be every single tournament

18- Luxembourg’s consecutive steak for failing to qualify for the World Cup from 1934-2010

17- Record for most consecutive matches without a victory held by Bulgaria from 1962 to 1994

16- Most matches won by a coach held by Germany’s Helmut Schön from 1966-1978

15- Number of goals scored by Ronaldo in the World Cup from 1998-2006, but Ronaldo will not be able to add to that total not being named to this year’s national team

14- Most goals conceded by the eventual champion held by Germany in 1954

13- Record held by Brazil for the most matches without a loss from 1958 to 1966

12- Consecutive matches without by a manager held by Luiz Felipe Scolari with Brazil and Portugal

11- Most appearances in the final four or semifinals held by Germany

10- Record for most clean sheets by a goaltender held by England’s Peter Shilton from 1982 to 1990 and Fabien Barthez of France from 1998 to 2006

9- Most consecutive losses held by Mexico started in 1930 to 1958

8- The number of appearances by Scotland while failing to advance from the first round

7- Appearances by Brazil in the World Cup final

6- Most cards all-time by a player held by Zinedine Zidane of France and Cafu of Brazil

5- Brazil’s World Cup final victory, giving them the most championships

4- Number of own goals scored in the 2006 World Cup

3- Most matches played without a goal scored held by multiple teams

2- Number of times Brazil and Italy (1970, 1994) Germany and Argentina have met in the finals

1- World Cup appearances and matches by Indonesia as the Dutch East Indies

0- The number of times the host nation has failed to reach the second round, which many experts think will change with South Africa failing to make out of the first round


This World Cup might be defined less by numbers and more by the amount of star players missing the tournament. Injuries will keep David Beckham from playing for England, Micheal Essen from playing for Ghana, Charlie Davies from playing for the USA and Micheal Ballack of Germany.

Other players might be limited by injuries like England’s Wayne Rooney Spain’s Fernando Torres and America’s Oguchi Onyewu. Some players, like Ronaldinho will miss the World Cup after not being named to their respective national teams. 


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