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historyworld1.fullIn doing these World Cup team histories, you quickly realize, “hey, these teams have played a lot of games”, and it obviously does no harm to have some World Cup history underneath the belt, even if it was year’s previous.

I wanted to see just how many games all the teams of World Cup 2010 has played. Following is a list of records and games played by all 32 teams in this years World Cup.

First off, there is one slight issue: the global history of the 20th century wasn’t always defined by butterflies and cupcakes. Things were said, things done which couldn’t be undone and some countries broke up.

A perfect example is Serbia. As constituted – the Serbian national team – this will be their first World Cup. You’ll remember they were Serbia & Montenegro in ‘06 and Yugoslavia before that. So technically they have zero experience…but they clearly do.

Since FIFA recognizes them as “the direct descendant of the Yugoslavia national team” (per Wiki), they get Yugoslavia’s history.

Team: Games (w.d.l.)

Brazil: 92 (64-14-14)
Germany: 92 (55-19-18)
Italy: 77 (44-19-14)
Argentina: 65 (33-13-19)
England: 55 (25-17-13)
France: 51 (25-10-16)
Spain: 49 (22-12-15)
Mexico: 45 (11-12-22)
Serbia: 40 (16-8-16)
Uruguay: 40 (15-10-15)
Netherlands: 36 (16-10-10)
Switzerland: 26 (8-5-13)
Chile: 25 (7-6-12)
US: 25 (6-3-16)
South Korea: 24 (4-7-13)
Paraguay: 22 (6-7-9)
Portugal: 19 (11-1-7)
Cameroon: 17 (4-7-6)
Denmark: 13 (7-2-4)
Nigeria: 11 (4-1-6)
Japan: 10 (2-2-6)
Australia: 7 (1-2-4)
Algeria: 6 (2-1-3)
South Africa: 6 (1-3-2)
Ghana: 4 (2-0-2)
North Korea: 4 (1-1-2)
Ivory Coast: 3 (1-0-2)
Honduras: 3 (0-2-1)
Slovenia: 3 (0-0-3)
Greece: 3 (0-0-3)
New Zealand: 3 (0-0-3)
Slovakia: 0 (0-0-0)

And by Group:

B: 103
C: 89
D: 143
E: 76
F: 102
G: 118
H: 103

If history aids us in forecasting the future, does this make Group D the Group of Death?

Wasn’t it always?

Plenty more interesting info at the Wiki page.


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