It might not have felt like it for many English football fans but the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil was a classic renewal of the worlds most popular sporting event.
We had unbelievable results, records falling and goals galore along with the customary capitulation by England. Russia has a lot to live up to.
World Cup 2014 Goal Records
The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-high number of goals scored (171)
Germany scored 18 goals – the last team to score as many in a World Cup tournament were Brazil (also 18) in 2002
James Rodríguez became the first player to score in his first five career World Cup appearances since Peru’s Teófilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments). Gerd Müller in 1970 was the last player to do it in a single tournament.
Miroslav Klose became the top scoring player in World Cup history with his strike against Brazil in the semi-finals (16 goals).
There were more goals scored by substitutes in this World Cup than in any previous edition (32).
Germany’s 7-1 win was the biggest margin of victory ever seen in a World Cup semi-final.
With their destruction of Brazil, Germany became the top scoring nation in World Cup history (223), overtaking Brazil in the process. Germany ended the tournament with 224 goals, three ahead of Brazil.
World Cup 2014 Player Records
Clint Dempsey’s goal on 29 seconds v Ghana for the USA was the fifth fastest in World Cup history.
Neymar scored the 100th goal of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil’s 100th game in World Cup finals history.
Thomas Müller has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in just 13 World Cup matches.
Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas saved 21 of the 23 shots on target that he faced at this World Cup (91%).
Mario Götze is the first substitute to score a winning goal in the World Cup final.
Sami Khedira is the 10th player to win the European Cup/Champions League and World Cup in the same season.
World Cup 2014 Team Records
Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup game when they beat South Korea 4-2.
In losing 4-0 to Germany, Portugal conceded four goals in a World Cup for the first time in their history.
Ghana went out in the group stage for the first time ever (in their third World Cup). Now only three teams have never been knocked out of a World Cup opening group stage: Germany, Holland and the Republic of Ireland.
Honduras have now played nine games without a win at the World Cup (D3 L6). They have played more matches at the World Cup without winning than any other side (New Zealand, El Salvador and Bolivia – all six).
Switzerland have failed to score in their last three World Cup knockout matches, last scoring in one in 1954.
Belgium conceded only three goals in five games at the 2014 World Cup.
Holland progressed to the semi-finals for the third time in their last four World Cups.
Germany scored two more goals v Brazil than England have in their past two World Cup campaigns combined.
Brazil conceded 10 goals from 14 shots on target conceded in the semi-final and third place play-off game combined.
A miserable world cup from an English point of view but a great spectacle for a football fan.