The clock is ticking and we are days away from the first whistle. The 2022 FIFA World Cup begins on November 20 with hosts Qatar and Ecuador in Group A.
Of course, one of the most exciting parts of the biannual tournament is when a goal is scored. Whether it’s a penalty, a header or just a shot from the edge of the goal box, every goal is exciting in the course of the tournament.
As we prepare for the intensity that is about to set sail, let’s take a look back at the history of World Cup goals:
At which World Cup were the most goals scored?
When it comes to the most goals scored in a single World Cup, it’s two tournaments:
First up is the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which was held in France and crowned France world champions. 171 goals were scored in this tournament. In second place is the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil and crowned Germany champions, also scoring a total of 171 goals.
At which World Cup were the fewest goals scored?
The World Cup with the fewest goals was during the first two tournaments, held in 1930 and 1934. Both tournaments only scored 70 goals. However, it is important to note that these World Cups only featured 13-16 teams, while the 1998 tournament started the trend of 32 teams participating.
How many goals have been scored in total at World Cups?
A total of 2,548 goals were scored in World Cup tournaments.
How many players scored a goal at the World Cup?
There have been over 1,300 goalscorers in 21 editions of the World Cup.
Who has scored the most goals in a single World Cup?
France’s Just Fontaine holds the record for most goals scored at a single FIFA World Cup.
Fontaine achieved this record during the 1958 FIFA World Cup, held in Sweden, where he scored 13 goals in six games.
At a FIFA awards ceremony, Pele named him one of the 125 greatest living footballers of all time.
Who has scored the most goals in their World Cup appearances?
Although Fontaine has scored the most goals at a single World Cup, someone else tops the list when it comes to scoring most goals at his World Cup appearances.
The honor goes to the German Miroslav Klose. In four of his World Cup participations (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) he played 24 games and scored a total of 16 goals.
Next in line is Brazilian Ronaldo, who scored a total of 15 goals in four of his games (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006).