FIFA World Cup

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The FIFA World Cup is the most watched tournament in football (soccer). The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) organises the World Cup every four years. More people watch the World Cup finals than any other sporting event in the world—even more people than the Olympic Games.[1] The most successful team has been Brazil.

The finals tournament is held every four years. In the other years there are only qualifiers (qualifying tournaments) in the six FIFA world regions. These games help to decide which teams will move on. Over 160 national teams play in the beginning games. The best teams from the beginning games win a place in the finals. The finals now include 32 teams. Before 1998, only 24 teams were in the finals; starting in 2026, there will be 48 teams in the finals. Many years before each World Cup, FIFA picks the host nation, the country where the finals will be held. Being the host nation means that their team has qualified for the finals tournament automatically and does not need to play any qualifying games. The 32 teams in the finals then play for four weeks, usually between June and July, to decide the champion (tournament winner).

Past World Cup results

Year Host Winner Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1930
Details
Uruguayborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Uruguay Uruguay 30x27px
Uruguay
4 - 2 30x27px
Argentina
30x27px
United States
[note 1] [[File:{{{flag alias-kingdom}}}|30x27px|border |alt=|link=]]
Yugoslavia
1934
Details
Italyborder|1861|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Italy Italy 30x27px
Italy
2 - 1
(a.e.t.)
30x27px
Czechoslovakia
30x27px
Germany
3 - 2 30x27px
Austria
1938
Details
Franceborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge France France 30x27px
Italy
4 - 2 30x27px
Hungary
30x27px
Brazil
4 - 2 30x27px
Sweden
1950
Details
Brazilborder|1889|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Brazil Brazil 30x27px
Uruguay
[note 2] 30x27px
Brazil
30x27px
Sweden
[note 2] 30x27px
Spain
1954
Details
Switzerlandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Switzerland Switzerland 30x27px
West Germany
3 - 2 30x27px
Hungary
30x27px
Austria
3 - 1 30x27px
Uruguay
1958
Details
Swedenborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Sweden Sweden 30x27px
Brazil
5 - 2 30x27px
Sweden
30x27px
France
6 - 3 30x27px
West Germany
1962
Details
Chileborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Chile Chile 30x27px
Brazil
3 - 1 30x27px
Czechoslovakia
30x27px
Chile
1 - 0 30x27px
Yugoslavia
1966
Details
Englandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge England England 30x27px
England
4 - 2
(a.e.t.)
30x27px
West Germany
30x27px
Portugal
2 - 1 30x27px
Soviet Union
1970
Details
Mexicoborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Mexico Mexico 30x27px
Brazil
4 - 1 30x27px
Italy
30x27px
West Germany
1 - 0 30x27px
Uruguay
1974
Details
West Germanyborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge West Germany West Germany 30x27px
West Germany
2 - 1 30x27px
Netherlands
30x27px
Poland
1 - 0 30x27px
Brazil
1978
Details
Argentinaborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Argentina Argentina 30x27px
Argentina
3 - 1
(a.e.t.)
30x27px
Netherlands
30x27px
Brazil
2 - 1 30x27px
Italy
1982
Details
Spainborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Spain Spain 30x27px
Italy
3 - 1 30x27px
West Germany
30x27px
Poland
3 - 2 30x27px
France
1986
Details
Mexicoborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Mexico Mexico 30x27px
Argentina
3 - 2 30x27px
West Germany
30x27px
France
4 - 2
(a.e.t.)
30x27px
Belgium
1990
Details
Italyborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Italy Italy 30x27px
West Germany
1 - 0 30x27px
Argentina
30x27px
Italy
2 - 1 30x27px
England
1994
Details
United Statesborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge United States United States 30x27px
Brazil
0 - 0
(a.e.t.)
(3 - 2 PSO)
30x27px
Italy
30x27px
Sweden
4 - 0 30x27px
Bulgaria
1998
Details
Franceborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge France France 30x27px
France
3 - 0 30x27px
Brazil
30x27px
Croatia
2 - 1 30x27px
Netherlands
2002
Details
South Koreaborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge South Korea South Korea
Japanborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Japan Japan
30x27px
Brazil
2 - 0 30x27px
Germany
30x27px
Turkey
3 - 2 Template:Flagdeco

South Korea

2006
Details
Germanyborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Germany Germany 30x27px
Italy
1 - 1
(a.e.t.)
(5 - 3 PSO)
30x27px
France
30x27px
Germany
3 - 1 30x27px
Portugal
2010
Details
South Africaborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge South Africa South Africa 30x27px
Spain
1 - 0
(a.e.t.)
30x27px
Netherlands
30x27px
Germany
3 - 2 30x27px
Uruguay
2014
Details
Brazilborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Brazil Brazil 30x27px
Germany
1 - 0
(a.e.t.)
30x27px
Argentina
30x27px
Netherlands
3 - 0 30x27px
Brazil
2018
Details
23x15px Russia 30x27px
France
4 - 2
30x27px
Croatia
30x27px
Belgium
2 - 0 30x27px
England
2022
Details
23x15px Qatar
Notes
  1. There was no Third Place match in 1930, so FIFA decided that the United States finished third because they played better overall in the tournament than Yugoslavia.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 There was no official World Cup final match in 1950,[3] instead the winner was decided in a final group competition with four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden and Spain). Urugauy finished top of the league, so they were the champions. Brazil finished second, Sweden finished third and Spain finished fourth. Because Uruguay's last match was against Brazil, this match is often considered the final of the 1950 World Cup.[4]

Wins by team

File:World cup winners.png
Map of winning countries
Team Titles Runners-up 3rd Place 4th Place Top 4
Brazilborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Brazil Brazil 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) 2 (1950, 1998) 2 (1938, 1978) 2 11
Germanyborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Germany Germany 4 (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) 4 (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002) 4 (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010) 1 13
Italyborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Italy Italy 4 (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) 2 (1970, 1994) 1 (1990) 1 8
Argentinaborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Argentina Argentina 2 (1978, 1986) 3 (1930, 1990, 2014) 5
Franceborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge France France 2 (1998, 2018) 1 (2006) 2 (1958, 1986) 1 6
Uruguayborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Uruguay Uruguay 2 (1930, 1950) 3 5
Englandborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge England England 1 (1966) 2 3
Spainborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Spain Spain 1 (2010) 1 2
Netherlandsborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge Netherlands Netherlands 0 3 (1974, 1978, 2010) 1 (2014) 1 5
TCHborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge TCH Czechoslovakia 0 2 (1934, 1962) 2
HUNborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge HUN Hungary 0 2 (1938, 1954) 2
23x15px Croatia 1 (2018) 1 (1998) 2
SWEborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge SWE Sweden 1 (1958) 2 (1950, 1994) 1 4

Related pages

References

  1. World’s most watched TV sports events: 2006
  2. 1930 FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com. Retrieved on 5 March 2009. Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  3. 1950 FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com. Retrieved on 5 March 2009.
  4. FIFA World Cup Finals since 1930 (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on 5 March 2009.

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