Handball players, snipers & monsters: The record holders of the previous World Cup
Who is the firefighter? Who could join Monsters, Inc. as Header Monster? Who attracts the ball more than Ronaldo’s substitution scandals? You can find this and many other ‘fbref’ and Fifa statistics for the previous World Cup in this text.
Fifa has summed up some of the best crazy values in a video. For example, the free kick goal from the longest distance. That honor goes to Mexico’s Luis Chavez, who fired into the top corner to make it 2-0 against Saudi Arabia.
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up and away
The typical saying of a (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er goes: High and far brings safety. The Iranians, in the person of Hossein Hosseini, have probably made it their motto. The Iranian goalkeeper’s goal kicks were namely 64.4 yards on average. Thus, his teammates never had to stand near their goalkeeper.
Manuel Neuer is no longer THE number one libero, as the statistics show. Brazilian Alisson averages 22.8m from his own goal when defending. The German goalkeeper only arrives at 20.3 meters.
It magically attracts bullets
Spain is known for tiki-taka and possession. So it’s no surprise that a Spaniard has played the most passes at this World Cup so far, namely Rodri. With 688 passes and 709 ball contacts, the ManCity pro is a real ball magnet.
With Josip Juranović, the question arises whether he missed his job. Because obviously the Croatian likes to take the ball in hand. The defender made 50 touches during this tournament. A real handball player.
Always there when there’s a fire
Morocco created a sensation against Spain and the team is now in the quarter-finals. Moroccans can also thank their firefighter on duty. Because Romain Saïss had 30 enlightening actions on the defensive. The central defender shares first place with Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly
The tackle monster
But the North Africans are not only the best in the « service firefighter » category, but also in terms of tackles. Achraf Hakimi leads there with 17 tackles. He does not have to share this space with anyone.
He jumps the highest
South Korea lost 4-1 to Brazil in the Round of 16. But we can’t blame them for not having given everything in the tournament. Cho Guesung was particularly strong in the air, winning 21 headers.
The bully of the place
A look at fouls shows that all is not always smooth on the pitch in (Site notre bureau spécialisé). In the front row is Jurriën Timber. The Dutchman has committed twelve fouls in the tournament so far. And it’s not over yet for his team, as Argentina awaits the quarter-finals.
Where there are faults, there are also faults. The « victim » in this case is the Senegalese Ismaila Sarr, victim of 21 faults. And that in just four games.
In the offside trap
It’s not his world cup! Cristiano Ronaldo just doesn’t want things to go well right now. CR7 was only replaced against Switzerland, touched, but offside. Overall, it was the seventh time in this tournament. He is therefore the top solitary.
A lot of train to the door
With five goals, Kylian Mbappé is currently the top scorer of this World Cup. It’s no wonder, then, that the PSG star had the most ball contacts in the opposition’s penalty area, namely 42.