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Historical data for FIFA World Cup finals

➔ In celebration of the last 21 editions, 13 selected teams have been able to reach the finals of the World Cup and 8 of them have won the glory.

➔ With 5 titles, Brazil is the team with the most stars in the FIFA World Cup and also the only team to participate in every edition (22). Then select Italy and Germany with 4 titles each; Uruguay, Argentina and France with 2 titles each; and teams from England and Spain, who won an edition each.

The FIFA World Cup has been decided in a single match in each edition, except Brazil 1950, when it was decided by a final round in which 4 teams participated: Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden and Spain. Uruguay’s 2–1 victory against Brazil was the deciding match, with the winner advancing on points and securing the World Championship for the second time.

➔ Highest goalscorer in a FIFA World Cup final: Sweden in 1958 (7 goals in total), hosts Sweden lost 2–5 to Brazil (Nils Lidholm and Agne Simonsson; Vava x2, Pele x2 and Zagalo).

➔ FIFA World Cup final with most yellow cards: South Africa 2010, Netherlands 0-1 Spain (13 bookings).

➔ FIFA World Cup final with most red cards: Italy 1990, Germany 1-0 Argentina (2 eliminations).

Team with most number of finals played in FIFA World Cup: Germany with 8 (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002 and 2014).

➔ Team with most World Cup final wins: Netherlands with 3 (Germany 1974 against hosts, 1978 against hosts and South Africa 2010 against Spain).

➔ Most runners-up in the FIFA World Cup: Germany with 4 (1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002).

➔ Player with most titles: Pelé with Brazil (3) Sweden 1958, Chile 1962 and Mexico 1970.

➔ Player with most FIFA World Cup final appearances: Brazil (3) 1994, France 1998 and Korea-Japan 2002 along with Cafu (3) in USA.

➔ Player with most FIFA World Cup finals: Pele with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970, with 3; Cafu and Ronaldo with Brazil (1994, 1998 and 2002), Lothar Matthaus and Pierre Littbarsky with Germany (1982, 1986, 1990). These last 4 reached the finals of the tournament in 3 consecutive editions. 8 fifa world cup qatar 2022

➔ First penalty goal in a FIFA World Cup final: Johan Nieskens of the Netherlands against the hosts in Germany in 1974.

➔ Last penalty goal in a FIFA World Cup final: Antoine Griezmann with France against Croatia in a 4-2 win at Russia 2018.

➔ First player to miss a penalty in a FIFA World Cup final: Antonio Cabrini with Italy against Germany in Spain in 1982.

Most goals in a single FIFA World Cup final: England’s Geoff Hurst with 3, against Germany in England 1966.

Most goals in a FIFA World Cup final: Brazilians Vava and Pele, Englishman Geoff Hurst and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane all scored 3 goals.

➔ Fastest goal in a FIFA World Cup final: Johan Nieskens of the Netherlands, with 1:27 at 1:00 in 1974 against hosts Germany.

➔ Latest Goal in FIFA World Cup Final: Geoff Hurst of England vs England. Germany in England in 1966 on 120 minutes.

➔ First goal in a FIFA World Cup final: Mario Mandzukic from Croatia against France in Russia 2018.

➔ Oldest player to play in a FIFA World Cup final: Italian Dino Zoff at 40 years and 133 days in the 1982 final against Germany in Spain.

Youngest player in a FIFA World Cup final: Brazilian Pele with 17 years and 249 days against the hosts, Sweden in 1958.

➔ Only 2 finals in FIFA World Cup history were defined by penalties: USA 1994 (Brazil’s 3–2 win over Italy after a 0–0 draw in regulation 120 minutes) and Germany 2006 (Italy’s winning 5–3 after a draw 1–1 in 120 minutes of regulation) There are only two World Cups in history that were defined in this way.

➔ In the FIFA World Cup, 5 finals were defined in extra time: Italy 1934 (Italy 2–1 v Czechoslovakia, 1–1 after 90 minutes), England 1966 (England 4–2 v Germany, 2 draws) -2 in 90 minutes), Argentina 1978 (Argentina 3-1 v Netherlands, after 1-1 draw in 90 minutes), South Africa 2010 (Spain 1-0 v Netherlands, no advantage in 90 minutes) after) ) and Brazil 2014 (Germany 1–0 v Argentina, after a 0–0 draw in 90 minutes).

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