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Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America

The Copa America is one of the prestigious football tournaments in the world. It is also the oldest football tournament in the world, starting from 1916. Formerly, the competition is known as ‘South American Football Championship’. South America is the region, where the game of football flourished better than any part of the world. Football is kind of a religion in this continent. Some greatest footballers were born here and brought glory for their countries. Footballers like Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo all played their magnificent role in world football. In recent time, Messi, Neymar, Rodriguez, David Luiz are remarkable South American footballers who are shining in the world football.

Copa America 2015 is taking place in Chile from 11 June. Now, we have taken an initiative to enlist the top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America. Let’s have a look and enjoy.

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America:

1. Most Titles

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Uruguay National team are the most successful nation in the history of Copa America. The Uruguayans have won 15 Copa America titles. Uruguay won the competition defeating Paraguay by 3-0 in the final. Surprisingly, the runner-up Paraguay were able to reach the finals without winning a single game in the competition.

Their success in the final stage was determined by the way of penalty shoot-outs. However, Uruguay earned the right to play in 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil where they finished third.

2. Hosts

Argentina has hosted Copa America more times than any other nations in the South America. The nation arranged the tournament a record nine times with the last one in 2011. Uruguay are at second place having hosted the event seven times and Peru and Chile both share the third place for this record by hosting six tournaments each. On the other hand, Brazil have hosted only four occasions of this competition.

2015 Copa America is hosted by Chile in 9 different venues. As a matter of fact, the tournament was to be held in Brazil. But, after arranging 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and preparing for the upcoming summer Olympics in 2016, they decided against hosting Copa America in 2015.

3. All-time top scorers

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There are two players sharing the record for the most goals scored in the history of Copa America. They are Zizinho of Brazil and Norberto Mendez of Argentina. Both footballers have scored 17 goals in Copa America campaign. Severino Varela of Uruguay and Teodoro Fernandez are jointly placed second with scoring 15 goals each.

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Agentina’s Norberto Mendez played 33 games for his country and won 3 Copa America titles and 3 Primera Division titles in his career. Zizinho, the Brazilian attacking mid-fielder was great player with his incredible array of offensive skills with both feet as well as extraordinary vision. He made 53 appearances for Brazil and scored 30 goals. Truly, the record is worthy enough to be included in the list of top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America.

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4. Most appearances by player

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The Chilean goalkeeper, Serjio Livingstone held the record of most Copa America appearances. He played 34 Copa America matches, which is more than any other player. He took part in seven South American Championships and one world cup. Livingstone was nicknamed as “El Sapo”, (the Toad) for his trademark posture between the goal-post. The goal-keeper later became a well renowned journalist.

Brazil’s Zizinho is in the second place with 33 appearances while Leonel Alvarez and Carlos Valderrama share the third place with 32 appearances in Copa America.

5. Most successful coach

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The Argentine footballer and manager Guillermo Stabile is the most successful coach in the history of Copa America. He led Argentina to victory in six Copa America tournaments: 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955 and 1957. He coached the Argentine National side in 123 official matches gaining a total 83 victories, which made him one of the few coaches with more than 100 matches in charge of a national team.

As a footballer, Stabile was the top goal scorer of the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. He also played football in France and Italy.

6. Longest match

The longest match in the history of Copa America took place in 1919, in the 3rd Copa America competition, which was held in Brazil. It was a final match, where host Brazil beat Uruguay in the playoff match and claimed their first title. The match lasted a total of two and a half hours.

When the score was level after 90 minutes, it was needed an extra time, which was oddly consisted of four periods of 15 minutes each, not like two halves of 15 minutes as is still usual nowadays. It was a historic match for Brazil as they won their maiden title at home with 1-0 in the playoff against Uruguay.

7. Worst goalkeeper

The worst goalkeeper performance in the history of Copa America came in 1942, at the 17th edition of South American Championship, held in Uruguay. Ecuador goal-keeper Napoleon Medina became the most unlucky man, after conceding a record 31 goals in total. The record is still alive for the most goals ever conceded at a football tournament. Medina nearly broke his own record three years later conceding 27 goals as a goalkeeper.

Argentina’s remarkable victory came here when they beat Ecuador by 12-0. And also Uruguay can claim their most fascinating victory against Ecuador when they too crashed them by 7-0 in the 1942 Copa America competition. The record still remains in the book of Copa America.

8. Most goals in a match

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The record for the most goals scored in a Copa America match is five. The record has been accomplished four times in the history of Copa America. Firstly came by Hector Scarone for Uruguay against Bolivia in 1926, Juan Marvezzi for Argentina against Ecuador in 1941, Jose Manuel Monero for Argentina against Ecuador in 1942 and Evaristo de Macedo for Brazil against Colombia in 1957.

9. Longest unbeaten run

Uruguay is the nation holding the record for the longest unbeaten run in Copa America, when it comes to matches in a home nation. They hold the record of unbeaten for 38 matches in Uruguay. The unbeaten matches consist of 31 home victories and 7 draws. The last match Uruguay played at their home was a 1-1 draw against Brazil in 1995.

They became runner-up six times while winning the title a record 17 times. Uruguay’s record is considered to be included in the list of top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America.

10. Red cards

Most amazingly, the first 21 years of Copa America saw no red cards in any of the matches. Juan Emilio Piriz of Uruguay was the first player to be sent off by straight red card in a match against Chile in 1937.

The first 21 years of the Copa America saw no red cards in any of the matches. The first player to be sent off at the tournament was Juan Emilio Piriz of Uruguay when he was shown a straight red card in a match against Chile in 1937. The Uruguayans lost the game by 0-3 to Chile. So far, a total of 169 red cards have been shown in the history of Copa America.

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Champions League Goal Record for Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo has already set the Champions League Goal Record for maximum goals in one tournament. The score is already 16 and the one is yet to play another game.

Definitely the Madrid star will look to extend his own record in Lisbon. Cristiano hopes of delivering another Champions League Title for his club along with the Champions League Goal Record extension.

On May 24th, 2014, the Spanish legends will face the present League title winner Atletico Madrid in Lisbon.

This season Ronaldo really started a little different. Now he is in fact very closer to the all-time Champions League Goal Record for a tournament as well. May be the folks around the world are right now talking about him as the best or not.

It may seem a little earlier for us to crown him the world’s best player. But his chronological up gradation is probably the indication that you shouldn’t need to wait that much.

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Ranking Top 10 Fastest goal in Soccer History

Undoubtedly the game of soccer cab spring up a number surprises. Sometimes lower division team are found to be killing the giant premier division teams with record goals. The present day soccer is mostly dominated by the sporting milieu. And also some of the most celebrated individuals on the hallowed turf are considered to be strikers (forwards). Mostly they are known for their scoring prowess on and some of these most popular figureheads have been the ones knocking the goals into the net.

There had been big names like Alfredo di Stefano and Eusebio who recently passed away. Sir Geoff Hurst is another leading English player who is still the only player in history to have scored a hat trick in a FIFA World Cup Final.

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And for a time now, there has been a battle between two of the greatest players to ever grace this planet. We soccer fans very much know these two names, Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward has just broken the record of goals scored in a UEFA Champions League campaign. Lionel Messi had the previous record of 15 goals. They are in fact fighting in every possible aspects of football.

Top 10 fastest soccer goals of all time:

Now, when we are talking about fastest goal in soccer history, there are actually plenty to choose from. As Bryan Robson’s goal timed at 27 seconds in the 1982 World Cup. Again Theo Walcott in 20 seconds against Queens Park Rangers. Here we are attempting to count the 10 fastest soccer goals in history.

Let’s find, which one is the fastest goal in soccer history?

10. Jesus Navas

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Team: Manchester City

Elapsed time: 14 seconds

At the end of November 2013, winger Jesus Navas put his side Manchester City 1-0 up in less than 15 seconds. The versatile Spanish winger ensured French goalkeeper and Tottenham number 1 torrid afternoon. This was considered to be the fifth fastest goal in soccer history since the inauguration of the Premier League.

Lloris fluffed his clearance. The initial shot was saved from Sergio Aguero and the follow up was rifled in by Navas from the right hand edge of the box. ManCity went on to notch a 6-0 hammering of Spurs in that game. Now this goal is counted as the 10th fastest goal in soccer.

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09. Dwight Yorke

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Team: Aston Villa

Elapsed time: 13 Seconds

Dwight Yorke is the former Aston Villa and Manchester United striker. He took just 13 seconds to get on the score sheet. He was the part of the treble winning 1999 Manchester United side. Roy Keane and their iconic goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel also with the flamboyant Yorke struck up a wonderful partnership.

However the strike for Aston Villa against Coventry City that puts him on the list of top 10 fastest goal in soccer history. The striker is also acclaimed as one of the fastest soccer players of all time.

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08. Mark Viduka

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Team: Leeds United

Elapsed time: 11.1 Seconds

Mark Viduka is one of the prolific goal scorer in his own right. The former Australian international Mark Viduka made his career in the north of England. He managed to score four goals against the mighty Liverpool during his career with Leeds United.

And in 2001, it was against Charlton Athletic that he found the net in less than 11.5 seconds, which is considered as the 8th fastest goal in soccer history. This is of course a remarkable name in the fastest soccer goals list.

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07. Alan Shearer

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Team: Newcastle United

Elapsed time: 10.4 Seconds

Alan Shearer is an absolute legend in every possible way. He was signed for Newcastle at the time for a club record fee of $25 million. But notably, he forged his own career at Southampton. The Wear star moved to Blackburn Rovers where he won the Premier League title in 1995.

Alan Shearer scored after only 10.4 seconds in a game against Manchester City which has catapulted him as one of the fastest soccer players and this goal as the 7th fastest soccer goal in history.

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06. Ledley King

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Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Elapsed time: 10 Seconds

Of course, it is not just strikers that have the ability to hit the back of the post. The Ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King achieved an incredibly quick goal within 10 seconds. His 10 second wonder goal was against Bradford City in 2000-2001 season. Most obviously they were in the highest echelons of soccer for an affordable time period.

Unfortunately, King’s career was plagued by injury and had no choice but to retire. But the 6th fastest goal in soccer history that he made can make him memorable in all time soccer goals list.

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05. Roy Makaay

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Team: Bayern Munich

Elapsed time: 10 Seconds

Dutch international Roy Makaay took again just 10 seconds to make his mark when playing for the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. He bamboozled former Brazilian player Roberto Carlos who was caught napping in the very first minute of the particular match.

A cross came in from winger Hasan Salihamidžić which was tucked away in style by Makaay. And then go down as one of the fastest Champions League goals ever. This goal is also the 5th fastest goal in soccer history.

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04. Tim Cahill

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Team: New York Red Bulls

Elapsed time: 7 Seconds

Tim Cahill is one of the former Everton players. He took less than 8 seconds to strike on his way to a 3-0 MLS victory against Houston Dynamo. Being one of the fastest soccer players of his time, he is officially recognized in the MLS records books as scoring the fastest goal.

Undoubtedly this is the fastest MLS goal since the league came into fruition. We consider this as the 4th fastest goal in soccer history as we still can afford three more thrilling score information.

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03. Nawaf Al Abed

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Team: Al-Hilal

Elapsed time: 2.4 Seconds

Saudi Arabian soccer player Al Abed lays claim to one of the fastest soccer goals on the planet in 2011. The goal is believed to be the speediest goal in soccer history, which was exactly scored in less than 2.5 seconds. His intelligence spotted the goal keeper off his goal line and took a shot direct from the center.

The result was the ball ended up in the net and Al-Hilal went on to record a 4-0 victory for that game. Here in this list this is the third fastest goal in soccer history. A matter of surprise, what kind of times are elapsed for the other two in this list.

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02. Marc Burrows

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Team: Cowes Sport

Elapsed time: 2 Seconds

Definitely we can figure out a heartfelt story from Marc Burrows. He was playing for the Cowes Sport club at the time and his strike against Eastleigh was recorded at an incredible 2 seconds.

Of course 2/3 seconds goal cannot be scored none other than striking from the center. His one came straight from the kick off after being set up by one of his team mates. Unfortunately the fastest soccer player passed away at the age of 30 after battling cancer in 2009. But still we remember him as producing the 2nd fastest goal in soccer history.

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Fastest Goal in Soccer History:

01. Nicklas Bendtner

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Team: Arsenal

Elapsed time: 1.8 Seconds

Technically this is the quickest goal in soccer to have ever been scored. In fact the goal was scored by a substitute in the Premier League. The Danish international Nicklas Bendtner scored for Arsenal against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in just 1.8 seconds. Unfortunately he was fined more than $75,000 for showing advertising on his undergarments in 2012.

Nicklas headed his way into the record books after being teed up by a Cesc Fabegras corner. So, can you believe the fastest goal in soccer history came from only a second and a bit of time!!!

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Top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup Records of All-time

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest stage of football. It is not only applicable for men, but also applicable in the women’s version of football. The event is equally exciting in FIFA Women’s World Cup. Some of the greatest records in women’s soccer have been created in FIFA Women’s World Cup’s history. The female soccer players from different countries try their best to go down in the history. Holding a record in a world cup, is very much significant for a player, whether the player is a man or woman.

With the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is progressing, many new records will be built, breaking the older ones. The world cup records thus carry a significant importance to both players and the soccer fans.

10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time:

Sporty Ghost have taken an initiative to enlist top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. Let’s have a look at it, but do not forget to give us your valuable comments.

10. Highest attendance in a match: 90,185 (1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final)

The final match of 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup took place on 10 July, 1999, at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States where United States met China for the title. The final is widely considered as one of the most important events in the American soccer history. A whooping number, which is estimated 90,185, of soccer fans gathered that day in one place to see the final showdown. The 1999 final set a record of highest attendance in the history of a Women’s World Cup match.

We have selected the record as no. 10 in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The match became a breath taking, heart-throbbing phenomenon while the score remained a 0-0 draw and finally United States won the final with a 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the end of the extra-time.

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9. Biggest victory: Germany (11)-(0) Argentina

The German women’s national soccer team holds the record of the biggest margin of victory in the history of FIFA Women’s World Cup. The World Cup match took place on 10 September, 2007 at Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China. The invincible German team demolished Argentina women’s side by scoring 11 goals with a clean sheet. The German forward Birgit Prinz scored a magnificent hat trick, while Lingor and Behringer also scored two goals each. Smisek is another player, who made another hat trick in that match.

It became the only world cup match where two players of same side scored a hat trick. Argentina, on the other hand failed to net a single goal and also faced their biggest loss by 11-0 in the world cup. The record is placed at no. 9 in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time.

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8. Most consecutive losses: Argentina (6 world cup matches)

The Argentine women’s national team is consisted of amateur players, because there is no professional soccer league for the women in Argentina. Women’s football in Argentina still remains in shadow in compared of men’s soccer. The team’s last major achievement came when they defeated Brazil in the finals of 2006 Sudamericano Femenino on November 26, 2006. The inexperienced Argentine women’s team lost 6 times in a row in the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 2003 till 2007.

The record of most consecutive losses goes for the Argentine national women’s team and it is the no. 8 record in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The poor team started the streak with a 6-0 loss against Japan on 20 September, 2003 Women’s World Cup and the streak ended after the 1-6 loss against England on 17 September in 2007 Women’s World Cup.

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7. Most consecutive matches without a loss-Germany (15 World Cup matches)

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The German women’s national football team is one of the most successful teams in the history of FIFA Women’s World Cup. They are the winners of 2003 and 2007 Women’s World Cup. Germany remain the sole nation to have won both the men’s and women’s world cup. The German women’s team is holding the record of most consecutive matches without a loss with 15-match streak without facing a loss in the world cup, which has given the 7th spot in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time.

Their winning streak started when they won by 4-1 against Canada in 2003 Women’s world cup at Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus and won the final match of the streak by 4-2 against France in 2011 Women’s world cup at Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach. German women’s team is one of the hardest contenders in 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup, Canada.

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6. Most consecutive wins: Norway (10 World Cup matches)

The Norway national women’s team is widely regarded as the most successful teams in women soccer. They are the former European, world and Olympic champions. The Norway team won consecutive 10 world cup matches from 1995-1999. They started the winning streak with a massive 8-0 victory against Nigeria at 1995 FIFA Women’s world cup.

The Norwegians accomplished their 10th win in world cup consecutively on 30 June, 1999, while they defeated Sweden by 3-1. This unbelievable women’s world cup record stays at no. 6 in the list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. The Norway national team is still showing.

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5. Players with most goals in a single world cup: Michelle Akers (10 goals, 1991)

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Former American soccer player, Michelle Akers was an integral part of US team in 1991 and 1999 women’s world cup victories. The 1991 women’s world cup held in China, was very significant in Akers’ football career, as she managed to score a record 10 goals in total. She scored two match winning goals in the final and was awarded the golden Boot as she was the top goal scorer of that tournament.

In the 1991 season of soccer, Michelle Akers scored a stunning 39 goals in 26 matches, which settled the all-time team record for most goals in a single season of football. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Century for her outstanding goal scoring ability. Her name is also inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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4. Youngest goal scorer in World Cup: Elena Danilova (16 years 3 months 15 days)

The Russian soccer team forward, Elena Danilova became the youngest goal scorer in the world cup history at 2003 FIFA Women’s world cup, held in United States. She scored Russia’s last goal in that world cup campaign in a quarterfinal clash against Germany, who were the eventual champion. After scoring the goal, Elena made a history by being the youngest goal scorer in a world cup match with just 16 years 3 months and 15 days of age.

Her amazing record remains at no. 4 spot in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time. She is a remarkable player for Russia as in 2005, she alone scored 9 goals in U-19 Euro and led her team to win their first international title. She is currently playing football for Ryazan VDV, besides Russian national team.

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3. Player with most world cup appearances: Kristine Lilly (5 world cups)

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Kristine Lilly was the captain of United States women’s team and she appeared in a total five Women’s world cup during her soccer career. Her final appearance came at the 2007 World cup in China. It is an amazing record which made her the first woman and also one of the three footballers in the soccer history to appear in five world cups.

This unique record has been placed at no. 3 spot in our list of top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time. She played the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s world cup, scoring 8 goals in total. The record of appearing in five world cup also later achieved by Brazilian Formiga, Norwegian Bente Nordby , Japanese Homare Sawa and Birgit Prinz for Germany.

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2. Top goal scorer: Marta, Brazil (15 world cup goals)

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Brazilian football forward, Marta da Silva is one of the soccer legends in Brazil’s football history. She has made some important contributions to the Brazil all through her career. Marta was the key player in Brazil’s silver winning performance at 2004 and 2008 summer Olympics. She has participated in four Women’s world cups, including 2015 from the 2003 version of Women’s world cup and has played some extraordinary knocks for her team.

All through her world cup career, Marta scored a total 15 goals. In her first world cup appearance in 2003 FIFA Women’s world cup in United States, she scored 3 goals, and then 7 in 2007 FIFA Women’s world cup in China, 4 more goals in 2011 world cup in Germany, and 1 goal so far in 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The record is placed at no. 2 in top 10 FIFA Women’s World Cup records of all-time.

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1. Best national side: United States (30 wins in 40 world cup matches)

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The United States Women’s national team, nicknamed as “The USWNT” is the most successful team in Women’s world cup history. The team has won 30 matches in their 40 appearances, while winning the world title twice, in 1991 and 1999. So far, the team have scored 104 goals in world cups, while consuming just 33 goals. The USWNT have achieved Olympic gold medal four times in history, which have taken the team to another level. Most recently, they have beaten Colombia in 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup, round of 16 by 2-0. The team, with its all firepower, is comfortably advancing towards their third world cup title.

The records are always built to be broken some day for sure. Nothing stays forever in this world. Hope, in the coming year, we will be writing another story of building new records in FIFA Women’s world cup. The players will be always in the history and they will be remembered for many years. The top 10 FIFA Women’s world cup records of all-time is just a temporary issue from our desk. So, let’s wait for the next year to see some more new records.

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