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Qatar 2022 World Cup: The numbers game – from the top scorers to the most prolific winners

THE World Cup starts in Qatar in just under two weeks and here’s a look at the tournament in numbers.

5 – Brazil’s record number of World Cup victories, one ahead of Italy and Germany. Pelé played in three of them for an individual record.

8 – nations that have won the tournament – ​​also including Uruguay, Argentina and France, twice each, as well as England and Spain.

16 – former Germany striker Miroslav Klose is the all-time top scorer in the World Cup. Compatriot Thomas Muller is the first active player, out of 10.

WINNERS: France celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Sunday, nearly 12 years after the Gulf state was chosen to host the tournament. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA.

13 – Just Fontaine’s tally of goals in 1958 for France remains the record for a single World Cup.

25 – Germany’s Lothar Matthaus holds the record for most matches played in World Cup finals. Lionel Messi, 19, could break his record if Argentina make it to the final or third place play-off.

2 – FIFA confederations provided a World Cup finalist – UEFA, with 12 winners and 16 runners-up, and South American confederation CONMEBOL with nine and five.

4-2 – the score as France beat Croatia in the 2018 final.

LEADING MAN: Former Germany striker Miroslav Klose is the World Cup’s all-time top scorer with 16. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

22 – 2022 sees the 22nd edition of the World Cup.

1 – it is the first World Cup organized in the Middle East and only the third outside Europe and the Americas, after 2002 in South Korea and Japan and 2010 in South Africa.

32 – teams in the tournament, following the format used since 1998, before an extension to 48 in 2026.

29 – duration of this year’s tournament in days, from November 20 to December 18, for 64 matches.

A BIG MONTH AHEAD: The World Cup in Qatar will last 29 days, from Sunday 20 November to 18 December – with 64 matches in all. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

26 – players allowed in each nation’s squad, matching the increased numbers introduced by UEFA for Euro 2020.

3 – female referees selected, the very first at a major international men’s tournament. Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga and Yoshimi Yamashita will go down in history with three assistant referees.

64 – years between World Cup appearances for Wales, qualifying for the first time since 1958.

8 – goals for Gareth Bale in Wales’ qualifying campaign and play-offs, after winning their winner against Ukraine, which was initially credited as an own goal.

26 – points for England in the qualifying campaign after eight wins and two draws, behind only Germany and Denmark in the UEFA section.

51 – international goals for England captain Harry Kane, who needed two to equal Wayne Rooney’s national World Cup record.