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  1. Brazil v Mexico preview

    Brazil v Mexico is the first of the second round of the Group matches. Brazil have won all 3 previous meetings of these two sides in the World Cup without conceding a goal: 4-0 in 1950, 5-0 in 1954 and 2-0 in 1962.

    Past performance is no guarantee of future results but:

    • Brazil beat Mexico 4-0 in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
    • Brazil and Mexico last met in the 2013 Confederations Cup, also at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Neymar and Jô scored the goals in a 2-0 victory.
    • Brazil are now unbeaten in 38 successive matches in Brazil, with their last defeat coming against Paraguay (0-1in a friendly) in August 2002.

    Head to Head games

    24/06/50 Brazil v Mexico 4-0 (FIFA World Cup)
    06/04/52 Brazil v Mexico 2-0 (Panamerican ...
  2. Ladbrokes launch Big Penalty quiz celebrating World Cup Penalty shoot-outs

    Ladbrokes have launched an interesting new quiz for the World Cup based on historic penalty shoot-outs. The promotion format is a web page featuring a retro-style pub quiz and allows fans to test their football knowledge and earn those “all-important bragging rights” by sharing their scores on social media.

    Since penalty kicks were introduced to the World Cup in 1978 in order to avoid replays, they have settled 22 out of 118 (18.6%) of knock-out matches, so it is a fair bet by Ladbrokes that this World Cup will again feature matches which can’t be settled within 120 minutes, giving their game additional contemporary interest.

    Without wanting to give any of the answers away, it is worth noting that out of 80 knock-out matches before 1978, 76 were decided ...
  3. Germany v Portugal stats

    The game against Portugal will see Germany becoming the 1st team to reach 100 matches in the World Cup and the story of the stats is that they are likely to celebrate the milestone in style:

    • Germany have only lost 1 of their last 18 games in the group stages of the World Cup (W13 D4 L1). Serbia defeated them 1-0 in 2010.
    • Germany have begun their last 6 World Cups with a win, whereas Portugal have only won 1 of their last 7 openers.
    • Germany scored 36 goals – more than any other team - in the 2014 European World Cup qualifiers.
    • Miroslav Klose currently has 14 World Cup goals - only Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) has more with 15.

    Head to Head games

    27/02/36 Portugal v Germany 1-3 (International)
    24/04/38 Germany v Portugal ...
  4. Ghana v USA stats

    Ghana and the USMNT meet on Monday in a match which both teams need to win to have any realistic chance of progressing from the Group of Death" which includes Portugal and Germany.

    Lets have a look into the stats tea-leaves to see what they may foretell:

    • Ghana beat the USA in their 2 previous World Cups, winning 2-1 in 2006 and 2010.
    • 4 of Ghana's 9 World Cup goals have come against the USA.
    • The USA have only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 23 games at the World Cup.
    • Ghana scored 25 goals in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers – more than any other team.
    • Ghana's Asamoah Gyan scored the highest number of goals in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers (6). He has scored 4 of Ghana's 9 World Cup goals including the winner against USA in 2010.

    Updated 15th June 2014 at 09:32 PM by 11v11

    USMNT , National Teams
  5. France v Honduras stats

    France v Honduras stats
    This will be the 1st ever meeting between France and Honduras.
    France have only won 1 of their last 9 games in the World Cup group stages (2-0 v Togo in 2006).
    Franck Ribéry was France's top scorer during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 5 goals in 10 games. He is injured & out of the French squad.
    Since winning the World Cup in 1998, France have failed to score in 3 World Cup openers, drawing two 0-0 and losing 1-0 to Senegal in 2002
    Honduras failed to score in the 2010 World Cup.
    Jerry Bengtson was Honduras' top scorer in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 9 goals in 12 games.

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    France: Rank: 17 Points: 913
    Honduras: Rank: 33 Points: 731

    World Cup 2014 Qualifying ...
  6. Switzerland v Ecuador

    Switzerland v Ecuador stats

    This will be the first ever meeting between Switzerland and Ecuador
    The Swiss have only conceded one goal in their last 7 World Cup games
    Switzerland were unbeaten in World Cup qualification, winning 7 and drawing 3 of their 10 qualifiers

    • Ecuador have never drawn a World Cup game (W3 D0 L4)
    • Felipe Caicedo scored 7 goals in 9 games in qualification (including 3 penalties)
    • Switzerland’s only defeat in their last 18 internationals came away to South Korea in November (W12, D5, L1)
    • Ecuador failed to win any of their eight matches outside Ecuador in the qualifying campaign
    • Ecuador’s only win in the last 7 matches was against Australia: They beat Australia 4-3 in March after being 3-0 down

    Fifa Ranking ...
  7. England v Italy preview stats

    England v Italy stats

    The only previous World Cup meeting was the 1990 3rd place play-off: Italy won 2-1
    England won the last encounter 2-1 in August 2012
    England have lost only 1 of 15 matches played abroad under Hodgson (W6, D8)
    England have scored all eight World Cup penalties they have been awarded (excl penalty shoot-outs)
    England have only lost 2 of their last 16 World Cup games (W7, D7), excluding penalty shoot-outs
    Wayne Rooney has failed to score in 594 minutes of World Cup football for England
    Luke Shaw is the youngest player at the World Cup apart from Cameroon's Fabrice Olinga
    Since 3 July 1998 against France, Italy have scored in every one of their last 14 games at the World Cup (the best current run)
    7 of Italy's last ...

    Updated 14th June 2014 at 12:55 PM by 11v11

    world cup , England , National Teams
  8. Spain's worst ever performance?

    Spain's performance against the Netherlands will probably go down in history as their most humiliating ever.

    Spain have however conceded 5 goals or more on a number of occasions:

    England 7 v 1 Spain 09 December 1931 (International)
    Spain 4 v 5 Austria 19 January 1936 (International)
    Brazil 6 v 1 Spain 13 July 1950 (FIFA World Cup)
    Spain 2 v 6 Scotland 13 June 1963 (International)
    Spain 1 v 5 Netherlands 13 June 2014 (FIFA World Cup)
  9. Chile v Australia

    Preview Stats

    Head to Head

    22/06/74 Australia v Chile 0-0 (FIFA World Cup)

    24/04/96 Chile v Australia 3-0 (International)

    07/02/98 Australia v Chile 0-1 (Optus World Series)

    09/02/2000 Chile v Australia 2-1 (Copa Valparais)

    Fifa Ranking (June 5nd 2014)

    Chile: Rank: 14 Points: 1026
    Australia: Rank: 62 Points: 526

    World Cup 2014 Qualifying

    Third in CONMEBOL Group with 28 points (P16 W9 D1 L6 GF29 GA25)

    Second in AFC Group B with 13 points (P8 W3 D4 L1 GF12 GA7)

    Last 10 Matches


    07/09/13 Chile 3 - 0 Venezuela (World ...

    Updated 13th June 2014 at 03:43 PM by 11v11

    National Teams
  10. Spain v Netherlands

    Spain v Netherlands
    This is a rematch of the 2010 final & the 1st time finalists from the previous tournament have met in their 1st game

    16 of Spain's 23 players were in the 2010 squad - only 7 of the Dutch.


    • Spain lost their opening game of the 2010 World Cup to Switzerland becoming the first team to lift the trophy after losing their 1st game
    • Vicente Del Bosque has only lost 1 of his 25 World Cup games as Spain head-coach, including qualifiers (W22 D2).
    • Spain have won their last 6 World Cup games - their last 4 were all 1-0 wins.
    • In 2010, Spain were the lowest-scoring winners of a World Cup finals, scoring just 8 goals in 7 matches.


    • Netherlands

    Updated 13th June 2014 at 06:50 PM by 11v11

    world cup , National Teams
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