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All-Time World Cup Records

The FIFA World Cup has existed for 84 years, and is set to usher in its 19th tournament this summer in Brazil. It is one of the best loved sporting events in the world, and captures the imagination of the majority of the planet for one glorious month every four years.

With the 2014 World Cup just on the horizon, lets take a saunter back through the glorious annuls of World Cup history, and take note of some of the best and most impressive records in the history of the event. Will any be beaten this summer?

Most wins by one nation

2014 World Cup hosts Brazil have won the trophy more than any other nation with a total of five wins; 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

Arguably the most well respected footballing country, the Selecao have been helped along the way by some of the best players to have ever graced the game such as Pele, Ronaldo and Romario

Most goals scored in a single tournament (Team)

The highest number of goals ever scored by one team at a World Cup was Hungary in the 1954 tournament, with a tally of 27 goals.

West Germany scored 25 in the same tournament, and Just Fontaine’s France bagged 23 goals during Sweden 1958. Brazil, famous for their attacking invention, scored 22 goals in the 1950 tournament and 19 goals in the 1970 tournament.

All-time top goal-scorers

The real Ronaldo played in three tournaments in 1998, 2002 and 2006. The Brazilian legend scored 15 goals in total which is more than any other player in the history of the tournament, but it is a record that will be under threat this summer.

Germany striker Miroslav Klose is one behind him with 14 goals, scored over the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and with the 35-year-old set to appear in the 2014 tournament, Ronaldo’s record could finally be beaten. Fellow German Gerd Muller is equal with Klose with 14 goals, having played one tournament less; 1970 and 1974.

Most clean sheets 

England's Peter Shilton (1982-90) shares this record with France's Fabian Barthez (1998-2006), with the duo notching up 10 clean sheets during their respective World Cup careers.

Most goals conceded in one tournament

South Korea keeper Hong Duk-Yung has kept this miserable record since the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, losing their two games 7-0 and 9-0 respectively.

Most appearances by a single player

Lothar Matthaus has the current records for most ever appearances at World Cup tournaments with 25 caps for Germany.

Paolo Maldini, one of the greatest defenders of all time, has 23 caps for Italy, while Diego Maradona of Argentina, Uwe Seeler of West Germany and Wladyslaw Zmuda of Poland are joint third with 21.

Most red cards in a single tournament

The highest number of red cards ever handed out during a World Cup came in Germany 2006. A total of 28 red cards were shown, including one to Zinedine Zidane in the famous final against Italy.

France 1998 produced the second highest number of dismissals with 22, including David Beckham’s infamous dismissal against Argentina.

Youngest & oldest players (inc. qualifiers)

The youngest ever player to appear in World Cup qualifiers was Togo's Souleymane Mamam, who appeared against Zambia on May 6th 2001 aged just 13 years and 310 days old.

The oldest ever World Cup player is MacDonald Taylor, aged 46 years and 180 days old, when he played for the Virgin Islands against St Kitts and Nevis in February 2004.

Penalty Shoot-Outs records

Germany (and West Germany) have the best record in terms of penalty shoot-outs with four wins.

On the flip-side, England hold the record for most defeats with three.

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