First held in 1930, the FIFA World Cup™ is the largest single-event sporting competition on the planet. Out of 204 entries across six continents, this tournament collects 32 of the best teams to compete for the title in the Final Competition.

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Teams With the Most Victories

  • Brazil: 5
  • Italy: 4
  • Germany: 4

Highest All-Time Rankings

  • Brazil: 227 points
  • Germany: 218 points
  • Italy: 156 points

Highest Average Points per Match

  • Brazil: 2.18 avg. points
  • Germany: 2.06 avg. points
  • Italy: 1.88 avg. points

Players With the Most Tournament Participations

  • Antonio Carbajal
  • Lothar Matthaeus
  • Gianluigi Buffon

Matches With the Most Goals Scored

  • Austria/Switzerland quarter finals, 1954: 12 goals
  • Brazil/Poland first round, 1938: 11 goals
  • Hungary/Germany, Group 2, 1954: 11 goals

Highest Average Attendance

  • 1994 FIFA World Cup USA: 68,991 avg. attendance
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: 52,918 attendance
  • 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: 52,491 avg. attendance

Most/Fewest Matches Played

Germany : 106 / Indonesia:  1

Most Wins/Losses/Draws

Brazil: 70 / Mexico: 25 / Italy: 21

Highest/Lowest Goal Difference

Brazil: +119 / South Korea: -36

Oldest/Youngest Player in a Final

Dino Zoff (Italy): 40 years, 4 months, 13 days / Pelé (Brazil): 17 years, 8 months, 6 days

Oldest/Youngest Captain

Peter Shilton (England) 40 years, 9 months, 19 days / Tony Meola (United States) 21 years, 3 months, 20 days

Highest Number of Goals Scored (Players)

  • Miroslav Klose (Germany): 16
  • Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (Brazil): 15
  • Gerd Müller (West Germany): 14