News: Some facts about the qualification of the World Cup 2018
Qualification of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in figures

Qualification of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in figures

Qualification of the FIFA World Cup 2018 became the longest in the history of the tournament. For some teams the way to Russia has become an easy walk, and for others – a difficult test. Of the 209 teams admitted to participation in the qualification, only 31 teams could win the ticket to the World Cup – all of them joined the hostess of the tournament of Russia. We offer you to get acquainted with some interesting figures and facts related to the completed qualifying tournament.

Matches and records

871 match was played in the qualification of the World Cup 2018 – a new record for the qualifying tournaments of the FIFA World Cup. The first game was held on March 12, 2015 in Asia, and the last – on November 15, 2017 in Peru.

63 matches now counts a win-win series of the Spanish national team in the qualification of the FIFA World Cup. It is possible that the “red fury” will be able to improve this record in the qualifying cycle FM-2022. Following the Spaniards are Nigerians, who do not lose in 36 games in a row.

22 matches were played by the Australian national team in this qualifying tournament. Thus, the “soccer” repeated the previous record of the national teams of Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago, who in the qualification of the 2002 World Cup held the same number of games.

4 teams played for the first time in the qualification of the FIFA World Cup: Bhutan, Gibraltar, Kosovo and South Sudan.

7 out of 8 world champions have overcome the barrier of the qualifying tournament: Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Uruguay, England and Argentina. The only world champion, who could not get through to the Russian championship, was Italy. Thus, the “scuadra adzurra” for the first time in 60 years will not play at the world championship. The last World Cup, which the Italians missed, was the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden. It is curious that it was the Swedes who blocked Italy’s way to the Russian mundial.

21– the national championship in Russia will be for the Brazilian national team of the 21st in its history. On March 28, 2017, the Brazilians were the first to secure participation in the final stage of the 2018 World Cup. In addition, Brazil – the only team that did not miss a single draw of the FIFA World Cup. The current world champions the Germans will play for the 17th time in a world championship.

20 of the 32 teams that will perform at the 2018 World Cup in Russia took part in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Interestingly, of the five teams that represented Africa in Brazil, only Nigeria was able to break into Russia.

36 later the national team of Peru will again play in the final part of the FIFA World Cup. Last time in the world championship on football Peruvians acted in 1982. Slightly less in the World Cup there were no national teams of Egypt (28 years, with the 1990 World Cup in Italy) and Morocco (20 years, with the 1998 World Cup in France).

Goals and scorers

2457 goals were scored in the current qualifying round. The first qualifying ball was recorded by the East Timor striker Kito on his account in a meeting with Mongolia on March 12, 2015 (4: 1). The author of the last goal of the tournament was the defender of the national team of Peru Christian Ramos, who scored the second goal in the gate of the New Zealand team in the return game of the intercontinental playoffs in Lima on November 15, 2017 (2: 0).

The biggest victory in the tournament was won by the team of Qatar, which in the second round of Asian qualification with a score of 15: 0 defeated the team of Bhutan.

The best scorers of the qualifying tournament with 16 balls were:

  • Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ahmed Khalil (United Arab Emirates)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland), and on his account three hat-tricks

The greatest number of goals in one match (5) was scored by two players:

  • Mohammad Al-Sahlavi (Saudi Arabia) in a duel with East Timor
  • Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala) in a match with the team of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Distinguished players:

  • The youngest goal-scorer is Ahmed Al-Sarori (Yemen) – 17 years and 95 days
  • The most age-based author of the goal: Pablo Escobar (Bolivia) – 38 years and 91 days
  • The youngest: Anthony Liciliki (Tonga) – 15 years and 257 days
  • The most age-related: Dadi Aristide (Turks and Caicos) – 44 years and 293 days

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