Which Team Has Won the Most World Cup Penalty Shootouts?

The dreaded penalty shoot-out. It’s the ultimate pressure moment. But that pressure reaches unprecendented levels if you factor in that you’re taking penalties for your country at the World Cup.

Some people call penalties a lottery. But as you’ll see from the penalty records of teams at the World Cup, some clear patterns certainly emerge.

World Cup Penalty Shootouts

Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, there have been 30 penalty shootouts at the tournaments. But, amazingly, only two have ever reached sudden death (West Germany vs France in 1982 and Sweden vs Romania in 1994).

But which teams have the best World Cup penalty shootout records? Below you can see the records of all of the teams to have taken part in two or more World Cup penalty shootouts.





World Cup Penalty Shootout Records by Team:

TEAMPlayedWonLostWin %
Argentina54180%
Germany440100%
Brazil43175%
France42250%
Italy41325%
Spain41325%
England41325%
Netherlands31233%
Croatia221100%
Republic of Ireland21150%
Costa Rica21150%
Russia21150%
Mexico2020%
Romania2020%
Last Updated 16 November 2022

Teams with One World Cup Penalty Shootout:

Won: Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden, South Korea, Portugal, Ukraine, Uruguay, Paraguay.

Lost: Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Ghana, Japan, Chile, Greece, Colombia, Denmark.

Team with Best World Cup Penalty Record

Of the 14 teams that have had two or more World Cup penalty shootouts, just two have won 100% of their shootouts. Germany have the best World Cup penalty record having won all four of their shootouts (1982, 1986, 1990, 2006), while Croatia also won both of their shootouts in 2018.

Which Team Has Won Most World Cup Penalty Shootouts?

Germany and Argentina share the record for having won the most World Cup penalty shootouts, with each team winning four shootouts.

Team with Worst World Cup Penalty Record

Of the 14 teams to have played in two or more World Cup penalty shootouts, only Mexico (0 for 2) and Romania (0 for 2) have never won a shootout. Three teams have lost 3 of their 4 World Cup shootouts: Italy, Spain and England.

England World Cup Penalties Record

England have a dismal World Cup penalty record, having won just one of their four World Cup penalty shootouts. The Three Lions won their first World Cup penalty shootout in 2018 after beating Colombia, having lost their first three World Cup penalty shootouts.

YearOpponentStageFT ResultPenalties Score
1990West GermanySemis1-13-4 (L)
1998ArgentinaLast 162-23-4 (L)
2006PortugalQuarters0-01-3 (L)
2018ColombiaLast 161-14-3 (W)

Which Team Has Lost the Most World Cup Penalty Shootouts?

England, Spain and Italy have lost the most World Cup penalty shootouts, with each team having lost three (out of four) shootouts.

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