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Stuart Dalgleish 8th Jul 2010 - 16:21

World Cup Final & 3rd/4th playoff Opta Facts

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

World Cup Third Place Play-Off

Uruguay v Germany

  • No World Cup third place play-off has ever ended in a draw.
  • South American sides have met European teams in six third-place play-offs so far, with both continents picking up three wins.
  • This will be the Uruguayans' third third place play-off, having already lost to Austria (3-1 in 1954) and Germany (1-0 in 1970).
  • Four of Diego Forlan's five goals overall in the World Cup have come from outside the box, with the other from the penalty spot.
  • Since 1966, no player has ever scored more long-range goals in a single World Cup than Forlan in 2010 (three).
  • Uruguay are without a win in their last 14 World Cup matches against European sides, a run that started with a 1-0 defeat to Germany in the third place play-off in 1970.
  • Uruguay are without a win in three World Cup meetings with Germany, losing twice.
  • Germany have played in four third-place play-offs, winning three.
  • The Germans have hit three goals in three of their four third place play-offs.
  • The last seven third place play-offs have been won by a side from Europe.
  • Miroslav Klose needs just one more goal to equal Ronaldo's all-time record of 15 World Cup goals.
  • With 13 goals, Germany are the highest-scoring team at this World Cup so far.
  • Uruguay's shooting accuracy from outside the box at this World Cup has been higher (49%) than from inside (48%).


World Cup Final

Holland v Spain

  • These nations have previously met on nine occasions, each team winning four times (one draw).
  • Holland go into the final on the back of six wins, and if they are victorious on Sunday, they will become only the fifth side to register a 100% record in WC finals so far, joining Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1938, and Brazil in 1970 and 2002.
  • The Dutch also had a 100% record in qualification for South Africa and will become only the second nation ever to win all their qualifiers and finals games, after Brazil achieved this feat in 1970.
  • This will be Holland's third World Cup final but the first where they haven't had to play the hosts.
  • Only four other sides have appeared in more World Cup finals than the Dutch (including 2010) - Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Italy.
  • The Dutch have lost just one of their last 10 games in World Cup finals tournaments.
  • The Oranje have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last four games.
  • Holland are now unbeaten in 25 successive international matches - a run that started in their first World Cup 2010 qualifying match.
  • Wesley Sneijder has equalled the most goals scored by a Holland player in a single World Cup (5).
  • The Dutch have won just five of their last 12 World Cup finals meetings with fellow European sides.
  • This will be the seventh all-European final and means that a European nation will win the tournament for a record 10th time.
  • Only one World Cup final has not featured a European side - the first-ever in 1930.
  • Spain could be the second reigning European champions to win the World Cup, after Germany in 1974.
  • Spain are the 12th different side to reach a World Cup final.
  • This will be the first World Cup final without Brazil, Argentina, (West) Germany or Italy in.
  • Spain have won 42 of their last 44 matches, losing the other two.
  • Xavi has created 25 goalscoring chances in this tournament - eight more than any other player.
  • Should Spain win, they will need to score at least four goals to avoid becoming the lowest-scoring winner of the World Cup (Italy in '38, England in '66 and Brazil in '94 hit 11).
  • David Villa has scored six of Spain's last eight goals at World Cup finals.
  • All three of Spain's matches since the group stages have finished 1-0, with the goal coming after the 60th minute.
  • Between them, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Giovanni van Bronckhorst have had just two shots at this World Cup, but have scored two goals.
  • Sergio Ramos has made 15 fouls at this World Cup, more than any other player without receiving a card.
  • Xavi has made a pass every 55 seconds at this World Cup, more often than any other player.
  • 10 of the 12 matches these two sides have played at this World Cup have been decided by a one-goal margin.
  • Spain's last seven World Cup goals have been scored by Barcelona players (Villa, Puyol and Iniesta), whilst seven of Holland's last eight have been scored by players who left Real Madrid in 2009 (Huntelaar, Sneijder and Robben).



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