The key to World Cup success? Clean sheets

July 1, 2010

In knock-out competitions, a focus on ‘not losing’ often seems to take precedence over ‘winning’.

It is therefore little surprise that recent champions have boasted good defensive records in the final few games of their victorious tournaments.

Still, it is interesting to note the similarity in the records of the past four World Cup winners – each have only conceded a goal in one knockout tie.

There are five opposition goalscorers in total (in one instance, the team conceded two in a game). How many can you name? Answer at the top of the comments section.