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World Cup stats: Looking at the numbers from a record-breaking tournament


Whether or not you’re a believer in the long-list of statistics now churned out at every top soccer match, we have them.

Traditionalist often brush off stats as, ‘numbers without meaning’ but this World Cup saw the advent of plenty of mind-blowing stats that helped analyze the games and the entire tournament.

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Below we have compiled a plethora of statistical picking from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Take a browse through and see what you think. We also have compiled a list of notable records broken at the World Cup.

As the German domination shows, the stats never lie. Plus a few U.S. players got in on the act. Nice!

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Most goals in a World Cup: 171 total goals equaled the 1998 World Cup as the highest scoring in history

Most goals by any player in World Cup: Miroslav Klose became the top scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals

Foreign soil: Germany became the first European team to win the WC in either North, South or Central America

Most CONCACAF teams into knockout rounds: For the first time since the new format in 1986, three CONCACAF teams made the last 16

Group winners prevail: All eight group winners won their last 16 matches for the first time in history

Impact off the bench:  More goals scored by substitutes than in any other World Cup (32)

Howard’s heroics: Tim Howard made more saves, 15, than any ‘keeper at the World Cup in recorded history vs. Belgium

Oldest player ever: Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, Colombia became the oldest player at a World Cup aged 43 years, three days

Three-peat: Nine players scored in a third World Cup, Klose in his fourth – Tim Cahill, Cristiano Ronaldo, Clint Dempsey, Miroslav Klose, Asamoah Gyan, Rafael Marquez, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, David Villa.

source: AP
Germany won the cup, and came top in plenty of categories.


Top goalscorer: James Rodriguez, six

Most clean sheets: Manuel Neuer, Germany. Sergio Romero, Argentina. Jasper Cillessen, Netherlands. – Four

Late collapse: Argentina only trailed for seven minutes the entire tournament, that came in the final

Attendance: 3,429,873 (53,592 per match)

Fastest goal: Clint Dempsey, USA – 0:29 seconds (fifth fastest in history)

Youngest player to score: Julian Green, USA – 19 years and 25 days old

Youngest player: Luke Shaw, England – 18 years, 348 days

Oldest player: Faryd Mondragon, Colombia – 43 years, three days

Number of penalties: 13

Red cards: 8, the fewest number since 1986

Least goals conceded: Costa Rica, 2

Most goals conceded: Brazil, 14

Most goals scored: Germany, 18

Average goals per game: 2.7 (2.3 in 2010)

Average passes per team: 396 (353 in 2010)

Average passes per game: 1039

Average playing time per game: 57.6 minutes (54 minutes in 2010)

Most passes by a team: 4157 (Germany)

Player with highest pass completion: Philipp Lahm, Germany – 86.3 percent, 562 passes completed

Longest distance covered: Thomas Muller, Germany (83,957 meters)

Most goals in a match: Brazil 1-7 Germany (Eight)

Most attempts on goal in a match: Belgium vs. USA (52 shots)

Most cards in a match: Costa Rica vs. Greece (7 yellows, 1 red card)

Most passes completed in a match: Germany vs. Argentina (1501 passes)

Team who allowed the most shots: USA – 67, tournament average – 44.8

Team who had the most attempts: Brazil -111, tournament average – 52.6

WATCH: FC Dallas rocket goal sends Guatemalan rainwater flying off net

TORONTO, ON - MAY 07:  Carlos Lizarazo #22 of FC Dallas looks on during the second half of an MLS soccer game against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 7, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Carlos Lizarazo’s ridiculous rocket shook rain off the net in an aesthetically pleasing CONCACAF Champions League goal on Thursday.

The Cruz Azul loanee struck a vicious shot for FC Dallas’ fifth goal, which boosted out of the No. 8 seed for the quarterfinals after a 5-2 win at Suchitepéquez in Guatemala.

[ MORE: PST talks with FCD’s Hedges, Zimmerman ]

Lizarazo, 25, had two goals in 10 appearances for FCD heading into the game, with both coming in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

FC Dallas advances, giving MLS three teams in CONCACAF Champions League quarters

TORONTO, ON - MAY 07:  Jesse Gonzalez #1 of FC Dallas throws the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 7, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Major League Soccer will have three teams in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League thanks to FC Dallas’ thrilling comeback win on Thursday.

FCD beat Guatemalan side Suchitepéquez 5-2 at the Estadio Mateo Flores after going down by a pair of first half goals.

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Carlos Gruezo and Matt Hedges helped Dallas to level terms by halftime, and Atiba Harris scored just after the break to put FCD ahead. An own goal and a must-watch Carlos Lizarazo 90th minute wonderstrike gave us the final scoreline. Gruezo also added an assist.

A tie would’ve been enough to send Dallas through atop Group H, but the big win moves it ahead of New York Red Bulls. FCD will finish seventh at worst.

FCD joins Vancouver and New York Red Bulls as the MLS representatives in the tournament, and the league will have at-worst the joint-most clubs in the quarters.

[ MORE: PST talks with FCD’s Hedges, Zimmerman ]

Mexican sides UANL Tigres and Pachuca are quarterfinalists, while Panamanian side Arabe Unido and Costa Rican stalwarts Saprissa advanced as well.

The field’s eighth team will be set after the 10 p.m. ET matchup between Honduras Progreso and Mexico’s UNAM.

The Whitecaps are the No. 1 seed, and could well match-up with the Red Bulls if there is a winner between UNAM and Honduras Progreso. If Honduras Progreso advances via draw, the Hondurans will be the No. 8 seed.

Florida businessman pleads guilty in FIFA corruption case

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29:  Aaron Davidson, a sports marketing executive from Florida, leaves a Brooklyn court house with his lawyer after pleading not guilty on Friday to conspiracy and other charges resulting from the FIFA corruption scandal on May 29, 2015 in New York City. Since the case was announced earlier this week, Davidson is the first defendant to be arraigned in a U.S. court.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) A Florida businessman pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy charges Thursday in a scheme to pay bribes to high-ranking soccer officials in exchange for media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments and matches.

Aaron Davidson, 45, entered the plea in Brooklyn federal court. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen was set for April 24, when Davidson could face decades in prison. As part of his plea, he agreed to forfeit more than a half-million dollars.

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Davidson was arrested last year in the FIFA probe after prosecutors said soccer officials accepted $150 million in bribes over a 24-year period in exchange for rigging bids for lucrative marketing rights. Davidson ran a Miami-based marketing firm. He was arrested along with more than a dozen other people in a case prosecuted in the United States on the grounds that illegal payments used U.S. banks and those involved conducted meetings in the United States.

Prosecutors said Davidson negotiated and agreed to make bribe payments totaling more than $14 million, executing multiple criminal schemes including the agreement to pay bribes to a high-ranking official of FIFA, CONCACAF, the Caribbean Football Union and one of FIFA’s national member associations.

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The government said the bribes were paid to secure lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments and matches for his company, Traffic USA, and its business partners.

Prosecutors said those sports events included FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League, among others.

The government said its investigation continues.

UEFA president talks up Champions League final in U.S.

ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin poses for a picture during UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo Unveiling on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is open to the idea of the UEFA Champions League final being played outside Europe.

Specifically, Ceferin thinks about New York.

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Ceferin said Thursday that staging the first ever UCL final away from Europe would be discussed at some point.

From FOX:

“To go from Portugal to Azerbaijan for example is almost the same or the same as if you go to New York. For the fans it’s no problem but we should see. It’s a European competition so let’s think about it.”

Given the preseason matches played in the United States, China, and Australia, it makes sense to stage an important UEFA match outside Europe. Those first two countries especially aim to become power players in the game, and certainly it would benefit UEFA to showcase its absolute finest (if only as a reminder).

We don’t get to see entire first teams playing the game in earnest when friendlies hit U.S. soil, and the successful Copa America showed UEFA that CONMEBOL and CONCACAF trust the States with critical matches.

Selfishly, of course we want this. And selfishly, of course Europe wants to keep it. Their fans wouldn’t necessarily want to take an incredibly expensive trip to see a UCL final.