BRAZIL 2014: 55 days to go

55 FIFA World Cup™ matches have gone to extra time – including one-third of its 18 Finals.

Italy, England, Argentina and Spain used the additional 30 minutes to seize the Trophy in 1934, 1966, 1978 and 2010 respectively, while, following goalless extra time periods in 1994 and 2006, Brazil and Italy emerged triumphant on penalties.

Gli Azzurri have gone to extra time a record 11 times in the World Cup, losing in it only once, courtesy of Ahn Jung-Hwan’s headed golden goal for Korea Republic in the Round of 16 in 2002 – an act that got him sacked by his Italian club Perugia.

Germany, England and France have gone to extra time nine, eight and seven times respectively, while Argentina, Brazil and Spain have done six times apiece.

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