FIFA World Cup by the num­bers

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

With the World Cup un­der­way, I have been think­ing about the best way to get folks to iden­tify with the most pop­u­lar sport­ing event in the world. While soc­cer is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in the United States, it is still a sport that is a bit alien to some.

One thing is for sure. Sports fans all over the coun­try love their num­bers and sta­tis­tics. Just watch ESPN for five min­utes and you will get a bar­rage of in­for­ma­tion in num­ber form. Whether it’s a pitcher’s ERA, the field goal per­cent­age of a bas­ket­ball player, shoot­ing five un­der par in a golf tour­na­ment or a quar­ter­back’s rat­ing in a game, num­bers are al­ways used to help us un­der­stand what is go­ing on in a sport­ing event.

In or­der to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of this year’s World Cup, I have put to­gether some num­bers on the tour­na­ment.

203 – The num­ber of teams that be­gan the process for qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup back in June of 2011.

3,200,000,000 – The num­ber of people world­wide who watched the 2010 World Cup, 46.4 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

$14,000,000,000 – The to­tal cost in U.S. dol­lars that it cost for Brazil to host the World Cup.

0 – The num­ber of times a Euro­pean team has won a World Cup in

South Amer­ica.

13 – The United States’ cur­rent world rank­ing.

$10,000,000 – The cur­rent value of the 14”, 18K gold, 13.5 pound World Cup tro­phy. It cost $50,000 to make in 1971.

20 – Num­ber of times Brazil has qual­i­fied for the World Cup. It is the only coun­try to have qual­i­fied for each of the 20 World Cups.

.5% - The prob­a­bil­ity that the United States will win the World Cup.

909,600,000 – Num­ber of people that watched the World Cup fi­nal in 2010. This year it is pro­jected to reach more than 1,000,000,000. In com­par­i­son, the 2014 Su­per Bowl was watched by 111,500,000.

42 – Roger Milla of Cameroon was the old­est player to score in a World Cup at the age of 42 in 1994.

17 – Pele was the youngest player to score in a World Cup at the age of 17 in 1958.

8,866 – num­ber of miles the United States will travel to their three venues from their base camp in Sao Paulo. It is more than dou­ble the aver­age of other teams in the World Cup.

12 – Num­ber of cities in Brazil that will host a World Cup match.

3rd – The best fin­ish the United States has ever had in a World Cup, back in 1930.

199,854 – The record at­ten­dance for a World Cup fi­nal match set at the Es­ta­dio do Mara­cana in Rio de Janiero in 1950. The sta­dium, which will host the 2014 fi­nal, has since been ren­o­vated and down­sized to a ca­pac­ity of 76,935.

So there you have it. Some sta­tis­tics to quench ev­ery sports fan’s need for num­bers. I hope you en­joy the 2014 FIFA World Cup. These sta­tis­tics were com­piled by Rafe Mauran.

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