2014 World Cup is already the second most goal-packed Cup in history

10/07/2014 - 12:03
Total attendance is already at the top three, slated to achieve second place after July 13

The semi-final of the World Cup 2014 ended with two unprecedented results for this stage of the competition, to the delight of Germans and Argentinians (and the dismay of Brazilians and the Dutch). After Germany thrashed Brazil by 7-1 and Argentina and the Netherlands tied in a goalless draw in regulation time (4-2 on penalties), the average number of goals in the World Cup now stands at 2.69 per match. The number is the highest since the 1994 World Cup in the United States (average of 2.71 goals per match), and the twelfth largest in history.

A total 167 goals have already been scored in the 62 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil played so far. This is the second largest number in the history of World Cups, four goals less than the 1998 edition played in France. Depending on the scores of the third place match between Brazil and Netherlands on Saturday (July 12) in Brasília and the final match between Germany and Argentina (July 13) in Rio de Janeiro, the competition may end as the most goal-full edition of all 20 World Cups in history.

The Seleção's defeat against the Germans also broke two records: it is both the biggest rout ever suffered by Brazil in the one hundred years of the team and the largest ever thrashing of any team in a World Cup since the introduction of the knockout stage. Other results with the same goal difference had only been seen before in 1950, when Brazil beat Sweden by the same 7-1, and when Argentina routed Peru by 6-0 in 1978. However, both matches happened in a World Cup that did not have a knockout stage (despite happening at a stage preceding the final). The score is also the largest ever defeat suffered by a World Cup host country in its own turf.

Attendance

With 63,267 fans witnessing Argentina's qualification to the final on Wednesday (9 July), the Corinthians Arena (São Paulo) match elevated total attendance numbers for this World Cup to a total of 3,287,101 fans. The number elevates the Brazil World Cup to the pantheon of the highest-attendance editions of the tournament. The first place in that ranking goes to the US World Cup in 1994 (total attendance of 3.58 million), with the 2006 World Cup (3.35 million) in second. The World Cup 2014 now stands at third place, and is likely to surpass 2006’s Germany World Cup after the last two matches.

In average attendance, however, the Brazil World Cup is already the second largest of all tournaments. With 53,017 fans per match, this year's edition is second only to the United States World Cup in 1994 (average of 68,991), which would be impossible to reach due to the capacity of the stadiums.

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