With six days and twelve matches gone, half of the eight sides are still standing. The first round of the FIFA Confederations Cup was a footballing feast that produced a trail of fascinating facts and figures. FIFA.com takes a statistician’s perspective of the proceedings so far; goals, goalscorers, red card sinners and fans all come under our microscope.
Nakamura – three strikes and out
France were most people’s favourites, and if they keep banging in the goals at their current rate they will surely live up to that pre-tournament status. Eight goals in three games (2.66 goals per game) makes Jacques Santini’s boys the most prolific side in the competition by far. Colombia and Turkey can still hope to better their four-goal tally but Japan, who bagged as many, will score no more.
Current tournament top scorer Shunsuke Nakamura is faced with the same frustrating reality. The Japanese playmaker struck three times in two games yet is denied the chance to add to his total. Zico’s charges failed to find the target in the only game he did not play and Japan were sent packing by Colombia.
Four two-goal men are still in the competition though: Colombian talisman Giovanni Hernández, Turkish goalgetter Okan Yilmaz, and France’s Arsenal pair of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires will all be hoping to overtake the impressive Reggina midfielder. Pires finished joint top scorer with two goals in 2001 but will need at least one more this time around if he hopes to repeat that exploit.
One game will do
Ludovic Giuly holds the distinction of being the only man with two assists to his name, despite the fact that he has only appeared in one game so far. The diminutive Monaco captain is followed by a pack of players with one assist to their credit, including Thierry Henry (1) and Oliver Kapo (1). The French pair are also the only players to have supplied decisive passes and got onto the scoresheet themselves.
Cameroon youngster shuts up shop
Cameroon are the only one of the eight sides to have escaped the first round without conceding a goal, and they can largely thank young keeper Idris Kameni for that enviable record. His athletic displays are all the more noteworthy given the fact that at 19 he is the youngest player in the competition, and that he turns out in the French second division for Saint Etienne.
100% penalty record
Four penalties were awarded in the first round, and all were converted with a minimum of fuss. In Group A, France have had two, with Henry scoring against Colombia and Pirès knocking one in against Japan. In Group B, Yilmaz put one away for Turkey against the United States, but then had to watch in the next match as Cameroon’s Geremi converted a late spot kick to take all three points.
Fair Play has been much in evidence in France this past week, but that has not prevented three players from being shown the red card. Willy Sagnol is the only one to have got a straight red, on ‘home’ soil in Saint Etienne. Brazil’s Ronaldinho and New Zealander Chris Killen also received their marching orders after getting two yellows.
Cameroon and Turkey draw the crowds
Some of the crowd numbers make for interesting reading. At the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, for example, the games involving Cameroon and Turkey have proved particularly popular. The African champions pulled in 46,719 fans against Brazil, the largest crowd of the tournament so far. Turkey v Cameroon was a hit too, with 43,743 supporters flooding through the turnstiles. And hosts France? Their attendance of 36,842 for the game against New Zealand was roughly the same figure as when the All Whites faced Japan.