Comparing England’s points per game record at World Cups to other nations

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England rank 16th on the all-time list of World Cup group stage records, behind the likes of Romania and Senegal, research has revealed.

The research from BonusCodeBets.co.uk, which analysed each nation’s record in the competition’s group stage matches since 1930, found that the English national side typically collects 1.64 points per game in the opening stages.

The Three Lions’ historical performances sees them fall behind Poland (1.72 points), Senegal (1.67 points) and Romania (1.64 points).

However, they do have a better record against their group opposition than four-time champions Italy (1.6 points) and 1998 winners France (1.43 points).

Despite a record five World Cup crowns for Brazil, it is Germany that has the most impressive record in the group stages of the tournament, with an average of 2.39 points per game.

The findings also reveal that Brazil – the most successful team in the history of the competition – follow in second place, with an average of 2.35 points per group game from their 52 matches.

With a united Germany not entering the competition until the 1994 World Cup in the USA, the record of East Germany (which played in the 1974 tournament) means that there are two German sides among the top three nations. Their three group games yielded seven points, at a rate of 2.33 points per game.

Adjusting the points scored before 1994 to the modern ‘three points for a win’ system, the teams with the best record in World Cup group stages are:

1. Germany – 2.39 points per game, 18 games (from 1994 onwards)
2. Brazil – 2.35 points per game, 52 games
3. East Germany – 2.33 points per game, 3 games
4. Argentina – 2.09 points per game, 45 games
5. Netherlands – 2.08 points per game, 24 games

Selected others:
England – 1.64 points per game, 42 games
Wales – 1.5 points per game, 4 games
Northern Ireland – 1.3 points per game, 10 games
Scotland – 0.83 points per game, 23 games

Of those qualifying for this year’s tournament, the top five teams are:
1. Germany – 2.39 points per game, 18 games (from 1994 onwards)
2. Brazil – 2.35 points per game, 52 games
3. Argentina – 2.09 points per game, 45 games
4. Denmark – 1.92 points per game, 12 games
5. Spain – 1.85 points per game, 39 games

England’s record puts them in ninth position, when compared to the other nations heading to Russia this summer.

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Nine countries have failed to collect a single point in World Cup group fixtures, but Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) officially have the worst record of all. They failed to score in any of their three games in Germany in 1974, conceding an average of 4.67 goals in each match. China have a similarly poor record with no points, no goals and an average of three goals conceded per game.

The bottom five teams at this year’s World Cup are:
Panama – have not qualified before
Iran – 0.5 points per game, 12 games
Tunisia – 0.58 points per game, 12 games
Egypt – 0.67 points per game, 3 games
Saudi Arabia – 0.67 points per game, 12 games


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