million spectators have watched Brazil in FIFA World Cups™ since their debut in 1930 – the landmark being passed in tonight's game against Côte d'Ivoire. Italy passed the 4 million total in their first game in South Africa against Paraguay.
minutes had elapsed for Luis Fabiano without a goal in a Brazilian shirt before he fired them into the lead against Côte d'Ivoire – the worst run of his international career.
appearances in the last four editions of the FIFA World Cup mean Fabio Cannavaro moves alongside Italy's legendary goalkeeper Dino Zoff. Leading the way for the Azzurri are Paolo Maldini (23) with Gaetano Scirea and Antonio Cabrini both on 18.
Brazil players have suffered the ignominy of being shown the red card at a FIFA World Cup.
penalties have been converted for Italy in FIFA World Cup matches from 11 attempts. The record is held by Spain who have a 100 per cent record from 14 penalties.
wins have been secured by South American countries in this FIFA World Cup from nine fixtures. The other two games were drawn.
matches have been played by Italy in 2010 and they have not won any of them – the only team in this FIFA World Cup without a victory this year. Today's game with New Zealand extended their run of draws to four and they have also suffered one defeat (against Mexico in Brussels on 3 June) since their last victory, a 1-0 win over Sweden on 18 November last year.
successive editions of the FIFA World Cup dating back to 1994 have seen Brazil qualify from the group phase after the first two games.
times Paraguay have met debut teams at a FIFA World Cup and each time they have consigned them to defeat. Slovakia follow in the footsteps of Iraq (1986), Slovenia (2002) and Trinidad & Tobago (2006).
shots from New Zealand have been on target in this tournament and two goals have come from them.
win only has been recorded at South Africa 2010 across the nine matches played by traditional European powers Germany, Italy, France, England and Spain.
goal has been conceded by Brazil against African sides at a FIFA World Cup. In five previous meetings they had scored 13 goals and always kept a clean sheet.