It truly has been a marvelous festival of football as the greatest show on earth, the World Cup put on one of it’s best ever performances.
While there was much trepidation about Russia hosting the World Cup this year, and concerns over the safety of fans, what has transpired has been one of the best editions of the FIFA World Cup in memory.
Despite being labelled as one of the worst Russian teams ever, the host nation did themselves proud by making it to the quarter-finals, knocking out Spain in the process.
There were plenty of big scalps to fall too to add to the excitement and drama in what was a record breaking tournament. Here are 21 of the best stats that we could find from this summers World Cup:
- France were the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970
- Germany became the third consecutive reigning World Champions to be knocked out in the group stages.
- Kylian Mbappe became just the second teenager to ever score in a World Cup final. Pele was the first.
- Cristiano Ronaldo became just the fourth plater to score in four different World Cups after Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.
- Ronaldo also became the oldest player to ever score a World Cup hat-trick, aged 33y and 130d.
- Mario Mandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final.
- England scored nine goals from set-pieces, the most by any team since 1966.
- Didier Deschamps is just the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager.
- Belgium’s 3-2 victory over Japan was the first time a team had come from 2-0 down to win a knockout match within 90 minutes since 1966.
- For the first time in World Cup history, every single team at this summer scored at least two goals.
- Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary become the oldest player to ever play in World Cup history (45y 161d).
- Brazil have been knocked out by a European team in the last four World Cups (France 2006, Netherlands 2010, Germany 2014 and Belgium 2018).
- Mexico’s Rafael Marquez became just the third player to feature in five seperate World Cups.
- England won their first ever World Cup penalty shootout in their last 16 game against Colombia.
- Mexico have been knocked out of the last seven World Cups at the last 16 stage.
- Russia’s victory against Saudi Arabia means that a host nation has still never lost the opening game of the World Cup.
- Kieran Tripper set a new record of creating 24 chances for England, the previous record was 18 by Bobby Charlton in 1966.
- England had six different goalscorers, their highest ever in a single World Cup campaign.
- Belgium meanwhile had 10 different scorers, the joint most for any time at a single World Cup.
- 29 penalties were awarded, with 22 scored, the most ever at any World Cup.
- There was just one goalless draw in the 2018 World Cup (France v Denmark), the fewest since 1954, when there was none.