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Drawing the draws picture

india Updated: Jun 25, 2006 20:45 IST

While working out the probabilities of wins and losses every four years during the football World Cup, crazy fans generally overlook draws which on many occasions spring up surprises.

Some interesting facts come to the fore when we take a look at the draws the World Cup has witnessed so far since its inception in 1930.

Till date, including this year's event in Germany, some 141 drawn matches have been played in the quadrennial event of which a maximum number of 63 have ended as 1-1 draw.

The scoreline of 4-4 appears least number of times on the record book. Only twice the FIFA World Cup has seen such draws, which are also the matches in which highest number of goals (8) have been traded.

The first instance when the result of the match could not be decided despite such scoring spree dates back to 1954, when in Sweden, England held Sweden at Basel 4-4.

And after eight years, the second such match was played between Soviet Union and Columbia at Arica, Chile.

Draws have happened in huge numbers over the years, the highest number of such ties being played in 1998 -- the year when France lifted the title on home ground. That year as many as 17 matches ended in draws. More

On the other hand, the inaugural 1930 edition of the mega event in Uruguay saw no matches finishing undecided.

If one takes a look at the teams, it would be surprising to know that many major teams have got engaged in a lot of draws. If one ignores the divided Germany and considers it as one country, then the present hosts have drawn maximum of 19 matches till today.

Next in line is the English team with 14 draws followed by Italy with 12.

Among other big-drawing names, powerhouses Brazil and Argentina have 10 and nine draws against their names.