89 days to go: Identical tallies in the '60s

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 89 days to go!

In less than three months' time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia. That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown.

Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.

89 the number of goals scored at back-to-back editions of the FIFA World Cup™ in the 1960s: Chile 1962 and England 1966. Champions Brazil were the most prolific team in 1962, notching 14 goals, none of which came from the penalty spot. Seleção stars Garrincha and Vava were the joint‑top scorers with four goals, together with Hungary's Florian Albert, the Soviet Union's Valentin Ivanov, home hero Leonel Sanchez and Yugoslavia's Drazen Jerkovic. Albert deserves special mention because he racked up the tally in just three matches.

Portuguese great Eusebio stood head and shoulders above the rest in 1966, striking nine times, of which four were penalties. Thanks in no small part to his inspirational contribution, Portugal claimed a third-place finish and were the tournament's highest scorers with 17 goals, two more than runners-up Germany and six more than champions England.