World Cup

World Cup by the numbers

As you get ready for Sunday's World Cup final, here are some useful and not-so-useful numbers you can impress your friends with.

Weird statistics emerge from Brazil 2014

Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder has covered 69.6 kilometres up to the end of the semifinals. Is that good? Maybe. Or it maybe it means he's been caught out of position a lot. You be the judge. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

As you get ready for Sunday's World Cup final, here are some useful and not-so-useful numbers you can impress your friends with. Just remember one rule: don't use this at parties. These statistics are accurate up to and including the semifinals.

0  Shots on target by the Netherlands in the opening 90 minutes of their semifinal against Argentina before they lost 4-2 on penalties

0 — Yellow cards shown for diving

2 — Previous finals between Germany and Argentina. Argentina won 3-2 in 1986 and Germany 1-0 in 1990

2 — Two African countries, Nigeria and Algeria, made it to the knockout stages for the first time but failed to reach the last eight

2.69 — Average goals per match after 62 of 64 games, up from a final tally of 2.27 in South Africa four years ago but far below the record of 5.38 in Switzerland in 1954

4 — Months Luis Suarez was banned from soccer-related activities after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. The Uruguay forward was also handed a nine-match competitive international suspension

6 — Goals scored by leading marksman James Rodriguez of Colombia, one more than Germany's Thomas Mueller

8 — German goalscorers in the tournament, twice as many as Argentina (4)

10 — Red cards, fewer than any other World Cup since 1986 (8) and down from the record 28 shown at Germany 2006

16 — Germany striker Miroslav Klose's record for the number of goals at the World Cup set when he scored against Brazil in the semifinals to surpass their former forward Ronaldo

16 — Saves made by United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in the Round of 16 defeat against Belgium, a total unmatched since World Cup records began

17 — Germany's goal tally on the way to the final, more than twice as many as Argentina (8)

28 — Tackles Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has made, more than any other player

57.3 — Average minutes played per match, up from 54 at the 2010 edition

69.6 — Kilometres covered by Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder in his six matches, the most of any player

167 — Goals scored up to the semifinals, already the most since the record total of 171 set at France 1998

172 — Yellow cards in 62 of 64 matches, down from a peak of 307 at Germany 2006

506 — World Cup minutes played by Algeria without scoring until they netted against Belgium in their Group H opener

53,018 — Average stadium attendance, the most since the record of 68,991 at USA 1994

$3,000,000 — U.S. dollars sent in cash by plane to Brazil to placate disgruntled Ghana players


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