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32 teams will play a total of 64 games to determine the champion. Can Spain be the third country to successfully defend their crown? 


12
different Brazilian cities will stage matches — Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.


245
different television channels showed the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.


3.2
billion people worldwide watched the 2010 World Cup — 46.4 percent of the world.


3,000
miles separate the northern city of Boa Vista and the southern city of Porto Alegre.


The cheapest ticket advertised in May for the July 13 final at Rio’s Maracana stadium is $5,100 more than 10 times its $440 face value.

History-makers?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Miroslav Klose both need one more goal to become their country’s leading scorer.

Ronaldo is currently on 47 and Klose is on 68.


World Cup records

Wins

5 Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

4 Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)

3 Germany (1954, 1974, 1990)

2 Uruguay (1930, 1950),  Argentina (1978, 1986)

1 England (1966),  France (1998),  Spain (2010)


Record scorers

15 Ronaldo (1998, 2002, 2006)

14 Miroslav Klose (2002, 2006, 2010); Gerd Mueller (1970, 1974)

13 Just Fontaine (1958)

12 Pelé (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970)

11 Sandor Kocsis (1954); Jurgen Klinsmann (1990, 1994, 1998)

10 Helmut Rahn (1954, 1958);  Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002); Gary Lineker (1986, 1990); Teofilo Cubillas (1970, 1978, 1982); Grzegorz Lato (1974, 1978, 1982)


...in one tournament

13 Just Fontaine (France), 1958.


...in one game

5 Oleg Salenko ( Russia, vs Cameroon, 1994)


Most sendings off

2 Rigobert Song (Cameroon, 1994 & 1998) and Zinedine Zidane (France, 1998 & 2006).


Most shootouts with 100 per cent record

4 Germany


...with 0% record

3 England


Most clean sheets

10 Peter Shilton (England, 1982, 1986, 1990); Fabien Barthez (France, 1998, 2002, 2006)


Most tournaments played

5 Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966); Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998)


Most championship wins

3 Pelé ( Brazil, 1958, 1962)


Most World Cup games

25 Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998)