Football Facts

2010: Spain scores a header in the semi final - World champion!
2018: France scores a header in the semi final - World champion!
Both scorers had the number 5!
What a coincidence!

The Spanish number 7 won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer at the Euro 2008 and two years later he got the Silver Boot and the Bronze Ball.
The French number 7 won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer at the Euro 2016 and two years later he got the Silver Boot and  the Bronze Ball.
It must be the impact of the number!

In the last three World Cups, a player with jersey number 10 won the Golden Ball: Forlan in 2010, Messi in 2014 and Modric in 2018.


Biggest loser:

The Netherlands have lost three out of three finals - more than any other team.


Biggest winners:

Uruguay, England and Spain won all of their finals they competed in - Uruguay twice and England and Spain one each.

David Villa was involved in six goals (five scored, one assisted) of his side's eight goals. That's a percentage of 75% - a new record for a World Cup winner since 1962.

France 1998, Italy 2006 and Spain 2010 have conceded the least goals as champions: 2.

Germany 1954 conceded the most: 14!

Spain are the only World champion to not concede any goal in the knockouts.

But they were also the champions to score the least goals: 8.

These were scored by three different players - coincidentally the number 5, 6 and 7 - the least of all champions.

Italy 2006 had 10 different goalscorers - the most for a winning side.

France 1998 and Brazil 2002 are the only champions to win all of their group stage matches.

Brazil is also the country with the most participations in a World Cup: 21 (out of 21)

Since 1998, four out of six teams have won in blue jerseys: Italy 2006, Spain 2010 and France 1998 and 2018.