Whilst it’s obvious that Germany is the main winner of the Soccer World Cup, plenty of our Betjack punters have also had reason to celebrate with many cleaning up over the course of the month long tournament.
We’ve made the closing tallies and finally conclude that Betjack paid out over $400,000.00 in refunds during the course of the Cup on over 37,000 bets, cementing the World Cup’s status as the biggest sports show on Earth.
The tournament started with a bang with home side Brazil’s controversial opening victory over Croatia. The tournament went on from one strength to another strength and saw it record the equal highest tally of total goals scored during a World Cup with 171 and saw the unheralded nation Costa Rica take the fight to the fight up to football’s a league players.
Ultimately though the cream rose to the top with the ever-efficient Germans beating the courageous Argentinians in a tight and tense World Cup final that saw das Mannschaft’s Mario Gotze write his name in the record books with an extraordinary extra-time goal.
And whether or not you’re a fan of the bratwurst you’d be hard pressed to find a football fan who didn’t have something to cheer about during Brazil 2014…especially if you were smart enough to jump on the Germans when they were $7.50 outsiders pre-tournament!
World Cup stats
- There were fewer red cards at the 2014 World Cup than any other edition since 1986 (8).
- The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-high number of goals scored (171).
- Germany reached the World Cup final for the eighth time; more often than any other side in the history of the competition.
- Germany scored 18 goals — the last team to score as many in a World Cup tournament were Brazil (also 18) in 2002.
- Argentina trailed for just seven minutes in the entire tournament (excluding injury time).
- James RodrÃguez became the first player to score in his first five career World Cup appearances since Peru’s TeÃ³filo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments). Gerd MÃ¼ller in 1970 was the last player to do it in a single tournament.
- Miroslav Klose became the top scoring player in World Cup history with his strike against Brazil in the semi-finals (16 goals).
- This was the first time that three sides from the Concafaf region made it out of the group stages and into the last 16 (since the format began in 1986).