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Facts about all the 32 nations participating in world cup

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By Agencies

Posted  Friday, June 6  2014 at  19:35

Here are 32 of the best statistics and facts, one for the each of the 32 nations participating in this year’s World Cup.

Algeria: Algeria became the first ever African nation to win against a European side at a World Cup when they beat West Germany in 1982.

Argentina: Argentina have won just two of their last nine meetings with European opponents at the World Cup.

Australia: Australia have kept just one clean sheet in their ten World Cup games. It came in a 0-0 draw with Chile at the 1974 World Cup.

Belgium: Belgium were the first side to score every penalty in a shootout at the World Cup when they beat Spain on penalties in 1986.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnia are the only side appearing in their debut World Cup of the 32 nations competing in Brazil this year.

Brazil: Brazil are competing in their 20th World Cup, and remain the only side to have played in every World Cup tournament.

Cameroon: Cameroon have won just one of their last thirteen World Cup matches, with the victory coming in a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in 2002.

Chile: The last time Chile scored more than a single goal in a World Cup match was against Italy in 1998.

Colombia: Colombia had the only ever player to score an Olympic goal in a World Cup, with Marcos Coll scoring directly from a corner against the Soviet Union in 1962.

Costa Rica: Costa Rica have lost their last four World Cup matches, conceding fourteen goals in the process.

Croatia: Croatia have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight World Cup matches. This came in the 0-0 stalemate with Japan at the 2006 World Cup.

Ecuador: Ecuador have never drawn a game at the World Cup (W3, L4), which is a unique feat among the teams to have played at least seven World Cup matches.

England: England haven’t won a World Cup match where the opponent has scored, since beating Cameroon in 1990.

France: Since Zinedine Zidane’s retirement, France have had just one victory in their ten matches at international tournaments.

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