PHOTO: Find out which World Cup nations see red, yellow most often

Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts after receiving a red card during their 2014 World Cup qualifying...

Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts after receiving a red card during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Czech Republic in Prague June 7, 2013. (REUTERS/David W Cerny)

John Matisz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Ever wonder which countries break the rules most often at the World Cup?

Well, thankfully, the good folks at Quartz have done the leg work for you.

They've released a nifty graphic laying out the average number of cards assessed per game to World Cup-playing nations.

The data is generally unsurprising, with the sport's titans -- the Brazils, Argentinas and Germanys of the world -- checking in toward the bottom of the list while less successful countries dominate the top.

Quartz only used information from the current officiating era -- 1970 onwards. ​

Although their sample size is small with only six Cup games played, Slovenia leads the pack with an average of 3.33 cards per game.

At the other end of the spectrum, South American nation Peru is the least aggressive, averaging 0.69 cards per game over 13 matches.

None of the 20 most penalized squads have made a Cup final since '70. ​​

At 2.1 cards per game over 71 matches, perennial contender Germany has the highest total among Cup winners.

Their neighbour, West Germany, has been the most disciplined nation among winners.

The main takeaway from the numbers breakdown is that those who are penalized often are less successful at the once-every-four-years event. Not a groundbreaking thesis, we know, but interesting nonetheless.


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