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

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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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RECORDS AT 2014 WORLD CUP

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.

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

STATS FROM THE 2014 WORLD CUP

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

WORLD CUP: Uruguay striker Suarez seeking redemption

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Uruguay’s priority will be keeping Luiz Suarez tamed at this year’s World Cup.

After the striker was expelled from the 2014 tournament in disgrace for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, Uruguay was eliminated by Colombia in the round of 16.

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Suarez promises he is a reformed character and will be better behaved in Russia than in Brazil, where he scored twice before being banned.

“It was my mistake,” Suarez said. “So I have a debt to repay to myself and Uruguay, to try to show a good image.”

Things were already starting to look brighter for two-time World Cup champion Uruguay, based on qualifying at least.

After enduring four consecutive World Cup playoffs and only reaching three of the tournaments, Uruguay secured an automatic place in Russia by finishing second behind Brazil in qualifying.

Here’s a closer look at the Uruguay team:

COACH

Oscar Tabarez will lead Uruguay into his fourth World Cup after a first trip in 1990 followed by 2010 and 2014. A Tabarez team has always made it out of the group stage, including a semifinal appearance in South Africa eight years ago.

A former school teacher and professional player, Tabarez led Uruguay to the Copa America title in 2011. As a club coach, he led Penarol to the Copa Libertadores title in 1987 and Boca Juniors to an Argentine league title in 1992.

The 71-year-old Tabarez has used a wheelchair since he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2016.

GOALKEEPERS

There is little doubt Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will be between the posts for his third World Cup.

DEFENSE

The Atletico Madrid partnership of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez also anchor the heart of Uruguay’s defense. Godin has made more than 100 appearances since his debut in 2005 and scored at his third World Cup with a header against Italy in 2014. The 23-year-old Gimenez offers a solid companion to a player nine years his senior and already has one World Cup under his belt.

Versatile Lazio wingback Martin Caceres should also be sure of a starting spot unless there is a recurrence of one of his frequent injuries.

MIDFIELDERS

Tabarez has always had doubts about his midfield’s attacking qualities. While the unit has usually been capable of defending well, the midfielders have often struggled to generate chances for the forwards.

During qualifying, Tabarez called up several young players who improved in this area: Federico Valverde (19), Nahitan Nandez (22) and Rodrigo Bentancur (20).

FORWARDS

Uruguay shouldn’t be short of goals. The strikers are the team’s greatest strength.

Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer with 50 goals and is coming off the back of a strong season with Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani is next on the list with 41, including a continent-leading 10 goals in 18 matches in South American qualifying.

GROUP GAMES

Uruguay, which will be based in Nizhny Novgorod, will face Egypt in its first match on June 15. That will be followed by matches against Saudi Arabia on June 20 and Russia on June 25.

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LIVE, UCL semifinal: Liverpool v. Roma at Anfield

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Liverpool host AS Roma at Anfield in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal on Tuesday, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men aim to get off to another fast start in a first leg to have one foot in the final.

Tuesday promises to be yet another memorable European night at Anfield.

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With Mohamed Salah leading the goalscoring charts in the Premier League with 31 goals and scoring 42 goals in all competitions this season, Klopp will hope the Egyptian wizard can blow away his former team.

As for Roma, they are similarly set up to attack and their main man is Edin Dzeko who helped the Italian giants overcome Barcelona in the quarterfinals following an incredible comeback from 4-1 down in the first leg to reach the final four.

Both Liverpool and Roma are admired for their attacking play and both are considered the underdogs to win the UCL with Bayern Munich facing Real Madrid in the other semifinal.

That said, when these two teams get hot, nobody can stop them.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have reaction and analysis from the clash at Anfield right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Here’s a look at the top 20 players in the Premier League right now.

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Players from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City dominate our latest rankings after a busy seven days in the PL with midweek games and a funky schedule due to the FA Cup semifinal.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
  2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
  3. David Silva (Man City) – Up 8
  4. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) – New entry
  5. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – New entry
  6. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 3
  7. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Down 4
  8. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – New entry
  9. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Down 3
  10. David De Gea (Man United) – Down 3
  11. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Down 3
  12. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
  13. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Down 9
  14. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Down 4
  15. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Down 3
  16. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Down 3
  17. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) – Down 12
  18. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – Down 3
  19. Salomon Rondon (West Brom) – New entry
  20. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry

Could Iniesta succeed at Manchester City

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It appears more likely with each passing day that Andres Iniesta will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The general feeling around Iniesta’s future is that he’ll either follow former teammate Xavi Hernandez to a club in Qatar or the United Arab Emirates, or follow Javier Mascherano to a club in China.

But according to reports in Spain, Iniesta has received a request from a manager who is inextricably linked with his career.

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Per Diario AS, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reached out to Iniesta to try and gauge the 33-year old’s interest in coming to England. It’s a surprising move, considering Iniesta has appeared to have lost a step, and while his skill on the ball is still world class, he hasn’t played as big of a role for Barcelona this season as in years past.

But the big question for Iniesta – as hard as it is to believe we’re asking this – is where he’d fit into the side, and who he’d push out.

If Guardiola sees Iniesta as part of his best XI, and Iniesta played his usual position on the left side of a midfield trio or at left wing, that would see either David Silva or Leroy Sane losing their spot in the team. That’s hard to see, considering how big of an impact those players had.

Sane has scored nine goals and dished out 12 assists in the Premier League while Silva has a nearly-identical stat line, with nine goals and 11 assists in league play.

However, if Guardiola, who played a very small squad this season, wants to have a world-class player to bring off the bench some games or spot start in the UEFA Champions League, he couldn’t do much better than signing Iniesta.

After being given time to adjust to the physicality of the Premier League, there’s no reason why, even at his advanced age, Iniesta can’t make a big impact in 25-30 games for Man City in the future. You can imagine the Spanish maestro setting up 10 to 15 goals and scoring a few himself as he plays for another title-winning side.

Of course, Iniesta likely won’t earn as much money with Man City as he would in the Arab world or in China, so he has a big decision to make coming up.

Iniesta won three La Liga titles, two Copas Del Rey, two UEFA Champions League and two FIFA Club World Cup titles under Guardiola as Barcelona shined as the best club in the world during that era. Iniesta also made UEFA’s Team of the Year all four years.

Perhaps reuniting with Guardiola can bring the best out of Iniesta once again.