The 2018 World Cup by numbers

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The 2018 Fifa World Cup will surely go down the history books as one of the most memorable. From Lionel Messi disappointing fans to Germany's shocking exit, perhaps the bizarre reactions we saw from Argentinian legend Diego Maradona made sense after all.

Giving us a list of things to talk about, this year’s edition boasted a number of firsts and interesting statistics, on and off the pitch.

1

The number of saves made by Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea during the four matches he played. Of the 40 goalkeepers, he had the lowest save score at 14.3%.

4

The number of Russian soccer fanatics DStv hosted for an Mzansi-style World Cup experience. Presenter Minnie Dlamini was tasked with finding the four Russians. One of them, Dmitry Pogosov, told DStv the experience was "as if the World Cup is back in South Africa”. “Our friends and family are so focused on what we’re doing here, and not what is happening in Russia, which gives it that exact feeling."

Russian fans Veronika, Tatiana, Dmitry and Slava enjoying West African cuisine at Asanka Restaurant
Russian fans Veronika, Tatiana, Dmitry and Slava enjoying West African cuisine at Asanka Restaurant
Image: Mpumelelo Macu

9

Daily Maverick reported this year’s tournament had nine goals scored in the 90th minute (excluding extra time), a feat no other World Cup has achieved. 

27

The total number of times Brazilian Neymar da Silva made an attempt at goal. But only two of them were successful, according to Daily Maverick.

88 825

Web-based soccer magazine Live Soccer TV reported US soccer fans topped the top 10 ticket buyers. The total of 88 825 tickets bought put them in first place although, ironically, the American side did not qualify. The Chinese team also did not qualify but fans bought 40 251 tickets, placing them in eighth spot.

400 percent

Thanks to the World Cup, Russia saw a rise in sales of TV sets. Reuters reported there was an increase of up to 400%.

800 litres

Soccer fans love their beer and, according to Mail Online, Moscow's pubs became concerned about the increase in alcohol consumption. One Russian barman, named only as Dmitry, told Mail Online soccer fans had consumed 800 litres of beer in three days at his pub. 

400 

Thanks to the world cup, Russia saw a rise in sales of TV sets. Reuters reported an increase of up to 400 percent.

88 825 

Web-based soccer magazine Live Soccer TV reported that USA soccer fans made it to the top 10 ticket buyers. A total of 88 825 tickets bought put them in first place while ironically, the American side did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The Chinese side also did not qualify for the world cup while their locals bought 40 251 tickets, placing them in eighth.

72

The total distance Croatian midfielder Ivan Perišić covered on the field in km, according to Irish broadcaster RTE.

72km

The total distance Croatian midfielder Ivan Perišić covered on the field, according to Irish broadcaster RTE.

1998

Kylian Mbappé's year of birth. The 19-year-old was not yet born when France won its first World Cup title in that year, RTE said.

39 million

The Sun noted this is the amount in dollars the winners would walk away with.

744

This is how much the most expensive ticket at the World Cup cost in pounds, according to The Sun. That is about R13 600.

1

How many goalless draws were recorded at this year's tournament, as reported by The Guardian.

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