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World Cup by numbers:

0 Minutes played by 17-year-old Theo Walcott. Good choice, Sven.

0 No hat-tricks were scored in the tournament - the first such occurrence in finals history.

0 Goals conceded by Switzerland, who became the first country to be eliminated from a finals tournament without letting in a goal.

0 Step forward again Switzerland, who are the only country to have a zero per cent success rate taking penalties in World Cup finals shoot-outs. They missed three out of three against Ukraine.

1 Observation by Brazilian newspaper Gazeta Esportiva: "England, the home of football, should be grateful that the Wags, anorexics addicted to shopping with hollow, lobotomised heads, are there in Germany to detract from their team's poor football skills."

1 Ritual scalping of Mauro Camoranesi's ponytail after Italy's victory against France.

2 The final between Italy and France was only the second since the War not to feature either Brazil or West Germany/Germany. The other was Argentina v Holland in 1978.

2 Goals conceded by Italy - one an own goal, the other a penalty.

2.02 You thought Peter Crouch was tall? In fact, he was only the sixth-tallest player at the World Cup. Zelgko Kalac (Australia), Jan Koller (Czech Republic) and Nikola Zigic (Serbia & Montenegro) are all 2.02m while Dennis Lawrence (Trinidad & Tobago) is 2.01 and Andreas Isaksson (Sweden) is 1.99. Crouch is a mere 1.98.

2.30 The average number of goals per game. The 2006 finals, which started with a goal-fest when Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2, gradually became a tournament dominated by defence. With 147 goals being scored in 64 matches, the average of 2.30 goals per game was only marginally above the record low of 2.21 in 1990.

3 Penalties missed by England in the shoot-out against Portugal. The previously maligned Owen Hargreaves was the only Englishman to score.

3 David Beckham became the first English player to score in three World Cups.

3 England players who have been sent off at the World Cup finals. Wayne Rooney joins Ray Wilkins and David Beckham in the Hall of Shame.

3 Yellow cards shown by referee Graham Poll to Croatia defender Josip Simunic in one match. Like England's players, the "Thing from Tring" was on an early plane home.

4 Germany are the most successful nation in World Cup penalty shoot-outs, with their quarter-final win over Argentina making it four out of four.

4 Italy have won the World Cup four times, once less than Brazil.

4 Strikers selected by Sven-Goran Eriksson in his 23-man squad. Five might have been better.

5 Goals for Miroslav Klose, the tournament's top scorer. The German's total is the lowest by the Golden Boot winner since six players each scored four in 1962, and the equal second-lowest in World Cup history.

6 Squads (Italy, Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Croatia and Paraguay) that included no players from English clubs.

6 Sol Campbell became the first England player to appear in six consecutive major finals tournaments.

10 Out of 10, the marks that a multitude of diving cheats can award themselves for artistic impression. Shame on them all.

11 Brazil's 3-0 win against Ghana in the last 16 set a record of 11 consecutive victories at the finals, stretching back to the first game of the 2002 tournament.

14 Goals scored by Germany, more than any other country.

15 Goals scored in World Cup finals tournaments by Ronaldo, who broke Gerd Muller's record of 14.

16 Yellow cards - not to mention four red - brandished by Russian referee Valentin Ivanov in the last-16 game between Holland and Portugal. Rumours that Ivanov is suffering from repetitive strain injury have so far proved unfounded.

18 With Theo Walcott confined to the bench for the duration of the tournament and Paraguay's Jose Montiel similarly redundant,

18 -year-old Assimiou Toure of Togo was the youngest participant.

20 Years since both teams had scored in the final.

24 Years since there had been an all-European final.

24 Passes, nine players and 54 seconds - the vital statistics surrounding the goal of the tournament, scored by Argentina's Esteban Cambiasso against Serbia & Montenegro.

26 World Cup finals matches that Italy have played on European soil without losing, excluding penalty shoot-outs. Their last defeat on this continent was in Stuttgart, in 1974, when they lost to Poland.

40 Ali Boumnijel of Tunisia was the oldest player to take the field in Germany. The goalkeeper also became the fifth-oldest player to appear at a World Cup.

54.8 Per cent, the shooting accuracy of Iran - the highest of any nation.

100 Fabio Cannavaro, the outstanding defender and Italy captain, celebrated winning his 100th international cap by lifting the World Cup.

345 Yellow cards and 28 red cards, a World Cup finals record.

600 New hotels that need to be built in South Africa over the next four years to cater for an estimated one million World Cup visitors at the 2010 tournament.

7,614 Helicopter air miles gained by Franz Beckenbauer during the tournament. "Der Kaiser" attended 46 of the 64 games and also found time to get married to Heidi Burmester.

52,416 The average attendance at each of the 64 games. The cumulative number of spectators was 3,354,646.

55,000 Bild, the German daily newspaper, claimed that six England Wags, including Posh and Sven-Goran Eriksson's girlfriend Nancy Dell'Olio, spent



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