All time World Cup inter-federational stats

With all the recent bleating over the allotment of spots for the World Cup,
I've dusted off this long ago message which shows the results of the
various inter-federational matchups in World Cup finals. The stats don't
tell us much that we don't already know, but I am eager to see how the
RSS community manipulates them to prove their points of view. WARNING -
there are no comments on GNPs, boxing, chess, beef or breakfast cereal
to be found in this message.

My take on the obvious (at least in my opinion):

1. Europe and South America are by far the strongest federations.
2. Africa is the (slightly) strongest of the minnows.
3. There is so little data between the minnow federations that it is
meaningless to try and compare them.
4. The minnows are slowly catching up to the old boys.

A few notes:

1. Games which were decided on penalty kicks (there were only a few)
were counted as draws.
2. Oceania is included with Asia since the two Oceanian teams which
qualified (Australia in 1974 and New Zealand in 1982) did so by
competing against Asian teams.
3. Israel's 1970 results are included as part of Asia as they were in
this region for qualifying (they are now considered part of Europe).
4. The T82 values are the totals from 1982-2006 inclusive. They
are an attempt to show how the various federations compare in the
"modern" era of the World Cup, when there were 24 teams and the
allotments were relatively stable (yes, they have changed over this
time period but not significantly, in my opinion)


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. Europe

SA v E  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1930    8  5  0  3  15  10  1.88 1.25 3.13
1934    2  0  0  2   3   6  1.50 3.00 4.50
1938    5  3  1  1  14  11  2.80 2.20 5.00
1950   10  4  3  3  24  16  2.40 1.60 4.00
1954    7  3  1  3  19  14  2.71 2.00 4.71
1958   12  7  2  3  30  26  2.50 2.17 4.67
1962   17  9  3  5  25  24  1.47 1.41 2.88
1966   12  4  2  6  11  17  0.92 1.42 2.33
1970   10  6  1  3  17  11  1.55 1.00 2.55
1974   13  1  6  6   7  20  0.54 1.54 2.08
1978   13  8  3  2  19   9  1.46 0.69 2.15
1982   10  3  1  6  16  20  1.60 2.00 3.60
1986   13  7  4  2  23  17  1.77 1.31 3.08
1990   12  3  5  4   9  11  0.75 0.92 1.67
1994   12  5  2  5  17  15  1.42 1.25 2.67
1998   15  3  6  6  14  20  0.93 1.33 2.26
2002   14  7  2  5  16  13  1.14 0.93 2.07
2006   10  3  2  5  10   8  1.00 0.80 1.80
2010   12  3  3  6  12  16  1.00 1.33 2.33
__________________________________________
TOTAL 207 84 47 76 301 284  1.45 1.37 2.82
T82    98 34 25 39 117 120


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. CONCACAF

SA v C  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1930    3  2  0  1   9   6  3.00 2.00 5.00
1950    2  2  0  0   9   2  4.50 1.00 5.50
1954    1  1  0  0   5   0  5.00 0.00 5.00
1962    1  1  0  0   2   0  2.00 0.00 2.00
1966    1  0  1  0   0   0  0.00 0.00 0.00
1974    1  1  0  0   4   1  4.00 1.00 5.00
1982    1  1  0  0   2   0  2.00 0.00 2.00
1986    1  0  1  0   1   1  1.00 1.00 2.00
1990    1  1  0  0   1   0  1.00 0.00 1.00
1994    2  1  0  1   2   2  1.00 1.00 2.00
1998    1  1  0  0   5   0  5.00 0.00 5.00
2002    2  1  0  1   6   4  3.00 2.00 5.00
2006    3  3  0  0   7   1  2.33 0.33 2.66
2010    3  3  0  0   5   1  1.67 0.33 2.00
__________________________________________
TOTAL  23 18  2  3  58  18  2.52 0.78 3.30
T82    14 11  1  2  29   9


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. Africa

SA v A  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1970    1  1  0  0   3   0  3.00 0.00 3.00
1974    1  1  0  0   3   0  3.00 0.00 3.00
1982    2  0  1  1   2   3  1.00 1.50 2.50
1986    1  1  0  0   1   0  1.00 0.00 1.00
1990    2  0  0  2   1   3  0.50 1.50 2.00
1994    2  2  0  0   5   1  2.50 0.50 3.00
1998    4  3  1  0   8   2  2.00 0.50 2.50
2002    3  1  2  0   6   5  2.00 1.66 3.66
2006    2  2  0  0   5   1  2.50 0.50 3.00
2010    4  3  1  0   8   2  2.00 0.50 2.50
__________________________________________
TOTAL  22 14  5  3  42  17  1.91 0.77 2.68
T82    20 12  5  3  36  17


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: South America vs. Asia/Oceania

SA v AO P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1966    1  0  1  0   1   1  1.00 1.00 2.00
1970    1  1  0  0   2   0  2.00 0.00 2.00
1974    1  0  1  0   0   0  0.00 0.00 0.00
1978    1  1  0  0   4   1  4.00 1.00 5.00
1982    1  1  0  0   4   0  4.00 0.00 4.00
1986    2  2  0  0   4   1  2.00 0.50 2.50
1990    2  2  0  0   3   0  1.50 0.00 1.50
1994    1  0  1  0   0   0  0.00 0.00 0.00
1998    1  1  0  0   1   0  1.00 0.00 1.00
2002    1  1  0  0   4   0  4.00 0.00 4.00
2006    2  2  0  0   6   1  3.00 0.50 3.50
2010    5  3  2  0   8   3  1.60 0.60 2.20 
__________________________________________
TOTAL  19 14  5  0  37   7  1.94 0.37 2.31
T82    15 12  3  0  30   5


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Europe vs. CONCACAF

E v C   P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1930    2  1  0  1   4   3  2.00 1.50 3.50
1934    1  1  0  0   7   1  7.00 1.00 8.00
1938    4  2  1  1  18   5  4.50 1.25 5.75
1950    4  3  0  1   9   4  2.25 1.00 3.75
1954    2  2  0  0   8   2  4.00 1.00 5.00
1958    3  2  1  0   8   1  2.67 0.33 3.00
1962    2  1  0  1   2   3  1.00 1.50 2.50
1966    2  1  1  0   3   1  1.50 0.50 2.00
1970    5  3  1  1   9   2  1.80 0.40 2.20
1974    2  2  0  0  10   1  5.00 0.50 5.50
1978    2  2  0  0   9   1  4.50 0.50 5.00
1982    5  3  2  0  14   3  2.80 0.60 3.40
1986    6  3  1  2   6   4  1.00 0.67 1.67
1990    6  4  0  2  13   6  2.17 1.00 3.17
1994    6  2  3  1   6   5  1.00 0.83 1.83
1998    6  4  2  0  12   6  2.00 1.00 3.00
2002    6  2  2  2   8   7  1.33 1.17 2.50
2006    7  5  2  0  14   5  2.00 0.71 2.71
2010    5  1  3  1   5   5  1.00 1.00 2.00
__________________________________________
TOTAL  76 44 19 13 165  65  2.17 0.85 3.02
T82    47 24 15  8  78  41


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Europe vs. Africa

E v A   P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1934    1  1  0  0   4   2  4.00 2.00 6.00
1970    2  1  1  0   3   2  1.50 1.00 2.50
1974    2  2  0  0  11   0  5.50 0.00 5.50
1978    2  1  1  0   1   0  0.50 0.00 0.50
1982    4  1  2  1   4   3  1.00 0.75 1.75
1986    5  2  2  1   6   4  1.20 0.80 2.00
1990    6  3  2  1  10   5  1.67 0.83 2.50
1994    8  5  1  2  16  10  2.00 1.25 3.25
1998   11  4  4  3  19  13  1.72 1.18 2.90
2002   12  5  4  3  14  10  1.17 0.83 2.00
2006    9  7  0  2  15   7  1.66 0.77 2.43
2010    9  5  2  2   9   6  1.00 0.66 1.66
__________________________________________
TOTAL  71 37 19 15 112  62  1.58 0.87 2.45
T82    64 32 17 15  93  58


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Europe vs. Asia/Oceania

E v AO  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1954    2  2  0  0  16   0  8.00 0.00 8.00
1966    4  2  1  1   9   5  2.25 1.25 3.50
1970    2  0  2  0   1   1  0.50 0.50 1.00
1974    2  2  0  0   5   0  2.50 0.00 2.50
1978    2  1  1  0   1   0  0.50 0.00 0.50
1982    5  4  1  0  14   4  2.80 0.80 3.60
1986    3  2  1  0   6   4  2.00 1.33 3.33
1990    4  4  0  0  14   3  3.50 0.75 4.25
1994    5  3  1  1  10   7  2.00 1.40 3.40
1998    7  6  1  0  15   1  2.12 0.14 2.26
2002   12  6  2  4  22  10  1.83 0.83 2.66
2006    8  5  3  0  13   3  1.62 0.37 1.99
2010    8  3  2  3  16   9  2.00 1.12 3.12
__________________________________________
TOTAL  64 40 15  9 142  47  2.22 0.73 2.95
T82    52 33 11  8 110  41


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Africa vs. CONCACAF

A v C   P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1978    1  1  0  0   3   1  3.00 1.00 4.00
2006    2  1  1  0   2   1  1.00 0.50 1.50
2010    3  1  1  1   3   3  1.00 1.00 2.00
__________________________________________
TOTAL   6  3  2  1   8   5  1.33 0.83 2.16


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: CONCACAF vs. Asia/Oceania

CA v AO P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1986    1  1  0  0   1   0  1.00 0.00 1.00
1998    3  2  0  1   6   4  2.00 1.33 3.33
2002    2  1  1  0   3   1  1.50 0.50 2.00
2006    1  1  0  0   3   1  3.00 1.00 4.00
__________________________________________
TOTAL   7  5  1  1  13   6  1.85 0.85 2.70


WORLD CUP Head to Head Results: Asia/Oceania vs. Africa

AO v A  P  W  D  L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
1994    1  1  0  0   2   1  2.00 1.00 3.00
1998    1  0  1  0   2   2  2.00 2.00 4.00
2002    2  1  0  1   2   1  1.00 0.50 1.50
2006    3  1  2  0   5   4  1.66 1.33 3.00
2010    4  1  2  1   4   6  1.00 1.50 2.50
__________________________________________
TOTAL  11  4  5  2  15  14  1.36 1.27 2.63

 


 

And for those of you still reading and curious as to how the
federations match up against the rest of the world, here are the
cumulated stats.

South America vs World
SA v W  P   W   D   L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
TOTAL 271 130  59  82 438 326  1.62 1.20 2.82
T82   147  69  34  44 212 151  1.44 1.03 2.47

Europe vs World
E  v W  P   W   D   L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
TOTAL 418 197 100 121 703 475  1.68 1.13 2.81
T82   261 128  68  65 401 257  1.54 0.98 2.52

Africa vs World
A  v W  P   W   D   L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
TOTAL 110  23  31  56 101 174  0.92 1.58 2.50
T82   100  22  29  49  94 148  0.94 1.48 2.42

CONCACAF vs World
C  v W  P   W   D   L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
TOTAL 112  22  24  66 101 237  0.90 2.12 3.02
T82    73  16  19  38  67 118  0.92 1.61 2.53

Asia/Oceania vs World
AO v W  P   W   D   L   F   A  GF/M GA/M G/M
TOTAL 101  14  26  61  75 206  0.74 2.04 2.78
T82    85  13  20  52  67 167  0.79 1.96 2.75


World Cup 2002 - Confederational Head-to-Heads

South America			20 10  4  6 32-22 34 1,700
North and Central America	10  4  3  3 14-15 15 1,500
Europe				44 18 10 16 57-43 64 1,455
Africa				17  4  6  7 16-22 18 1,059
Asia				17  5  3  9 13-30 18 1,059

Head to head results
Europe - Africa					12 5 4 3 14-10 
Europe - Asia					12 6 2 4 22-10
Europe - North and Central America		 6 2 2 2  8- 7
Europe - South America				14 5 2 7 13-16
South America - Africa	 			 3 1 2 0  6- 5
South America - Asia				 1 1 0 0  4- 0
South America - North and Central America	 2 1 0 1  6- 4
North and Central America - Asia		 2 1 1 0  3- 1
Asia - Africa	 				 2 1 0 1  2- 1

Matches between countries in the same confederation are excluded.

World Cup 2006 - Confederational Head-to-Heads

Europe				34 22 7  5 50-25 73 2,147
South America			17 10 2  5 28-11 32 1,882
Africa				16  3 3 10 14-26 12 0,750
Asia				14  1 5  8 10-26  8 0,571
North and Central America	13  1 3  9 10-24  6 0,462

Head to head results
Europe - Africa					 9 7 0 2 15- 7
Europe - Asia					 8 5 3 0 13- 3
Europe - North and Central America		 7 5 2 0 14- 5
Europe - South America				10 5 2 3  8-10		
South America - Africa				 2 2 0 0  5- 1
South America - Asia				 2 2 0 0  6- 1
South America - North and Central America	 3 3 0 0  7- 1
North and Central America - Asia		 1 1 0 0  3- 1
North and Central America - Africa		 2 0 1 1  1- 2
Asia - Africa					 3 1 2 0  5- 4

Matches between countries in the same confederation are excluded.
Australia is included in Asia.

World Cup 2010 - Confederational Head-to-Heads

South America                24 12 6  6 33-22 42 1,750
Europe                       34 15 10 9 46-32 55 1,617
Asia                         17  4 6  7 16-30 18 1,058
North and Central America    11  2 4  5  9-13 10 0,909
Africa                       20  4 6 10 17-24 18 0,900

Head to head results
Europe - Africa					 9 5 2 2  9- 6
Europe - Asia					 8 3 2 3 16- 9
Europe - North and Central America		 5 1 3 1  5- 5
Europe - South America				12 6 3 3 16-12		
South America - Africa				 4 3 1 0  8- 2
South America - Asia				 5 3 2 0  8- 3
South America - North and Central America 3 3 0 0  5- 1
North and Central America - Asia		 0 0 0 0  0- 0
North and Central America - Africa		 3 1 1 1  3- 3
Asia - Africa					 4 1 2 1  4- 6

Matches between countries in the same confederation are excluded.
Australia and New Zealand are included in Asia.



About this document

posting in rec.sport.soccer on Mar 25, 1998

updated to include 1998-2010 results by Roberto Di Maggio

2002-2010 overviews thanks to Sondre Zachariassen (sondrez@yahoo.com)

Prepared and maintained by Stephen Halchuk for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Stephen Halchuk (halchuk@seismo.nrcan.gc.ca)
Last updated: 17 Sep 2010

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