International Football Friendly Statistics

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Marco Streller of Switzerland pose prior to the international friendly match between Switzerland and Brazil at the St.Jakob Park on November 15, 2006 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)Many football fanatics are crazy about statistics, even when it comes to international football friendlies. Who is the top goal scorer in international friendlies? Which team is the most consistent and worth placing a bet on? If you want all the latest international football friendly statistics, look no further.

2007 Top International Friendly Goal Scorers

  • 1: Marco Streller, Switzerland: 6
  • 2: Landon Donovan, United States of America: 5
  • 3: J. John, Bahrain: 5
  • 4: Ronaldinho, Brazil: 4
  • 5: U. Bakaev, Uzbekistan, 4
  • 6: Cristian Benítez, Ecuador: 4
  • 7: Rafael van der Vaart, Netherlands: 4
  • 8: S. Martinez, Honduras: 4
  • 9: Tamás Priskin, Hungary: 4
  • 10: D. Arismendi, Venezuela: 4

All-Time Best Teams in International Friendlies

England top this table, having played an incredible 618 international football friendlies over the years, winning 353 of them – an amazing 64.8% win ratio. In these games, they have scored a grand total of 1 460 goals and conceded only 685.

Only Sweden have played more international football friendlies than England – 624 – but their win ratio is only 56.1% with 303 wins, 142 draws and 120 losses. In the Top 25 all-time best teams in international friendlies, Brazil lead the way with the highest win ratio; an impressive 69.8% of their 408 international friendlies have ended in a win for the South Americans.

Of the Top 25, Norway has the worst record in international football friendly statistics, losing 197 of 471 fixtures. With 111 draws and only 163 victories, Norway’s win ratio is just 42.5%. But the Norwegians needn’t feel so bad, as their total of 766 goals conceded in their friendly history is dwarfed by Scotland’s total of 904 goals shipped in even less games; 464 in total.

Current world champions, Italy, and the only Asian team represented, South Korea, have played the least international football friendlies of any teams in the Top 25 – just 332 and 294 respectively, winning 60.2% and 59.5% of them.

Best Teams in International Football Friendlies in 2006

Team P W D L GF GA GDIF Points %
United States 10 6 2 2 18 8 +10 20 66.7
South Korea 12 5 3 4 11 10 +1 18 50.0
Mexico 8 5 0 3 9 7 +2 15 62.5
Denmark 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13 72.2
Japan 8 3 3 2 11 9 +2 12 50.0
Ukraine 5 3 2 0 10 0 +10 11 73.3
Chile 5 3 2 0 8 3 +5 11 73.3
Uruguay 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11 61.1
Turkey 8 2 5 1 12 11 +1 11 45.8
Germany 5 3 1 1 17 7 +10 10 66.7