List of countries that have won FIFA World cup

List of countries that have won World cup

Do you desire to know the list of countries that have won the FIFA World Cup? The world cup is a prestigious competition that is being contested by qualified senior national teams across the globe.


Also known as the FIFA World Cup, this international football competition is one of the most anticipated tournaments in the history of soccer. The time during which the world cup is being played is when football stars from Europe across Africa to America and other parts of the globe are called upon to showcase their talents in the grand stage of the game.


The Nature of the Tournament

The world cup is contested by a total of 32 senior men national teams - though the competition is open to all countries. The selected teams are ones that had won their world cup qualifiers games and finished their groups as winners.


More so, the qualifiers are held on a continent basis - Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe all have their different world cup qualifying competitions.


However, there is an exception - the host nation has an automatic entry to the tournament irrespective of its qualification status.


Moreover, the FIFA World Cup takes place after every four years - this has been happening right from its inception in 1930 - which was the year the tournament made its debut.


The only time the competition did not hold was during 1942 and 1946 which was marked by a calamity that is commonly called the Second World War or World War II. Aside from this, the competition was successfully held in 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998

2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and subsequent ones are expected to take place in, 2022, 2026, 2030, 2034, 2038, and beyond.


The 1930 FIFA World

The 1930 world cup was the first edition of the tournament and hosted by Uruguay who became the first team that won the competition.


They defeated (the runner-up) Argentina with a scoreline of 4–2 at the Estadio Centenario, Montevideo stadium to clinch the trophy.


Being the first edition of the tournament, it was contested by 13 national teams in total.

The 1934 FIFA World Cup

The 1934 world cup was contested by a total of 16 senior national teams. The competition was hosted by Italy who won the trophy - as confirmed when they defeated Czechoslovakia by a scoreline of  3–2 at the Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples.


This was the second time in the tournament when the host nation has won and the first time a European team won the competition.

The 1938 FIFA World Cup

The 1938 FIFA world cup was hosted by France but they couldn't repeat the trend - which had been marked by the host country winning in two consecutive tournaments.


Instead, Italy stole the show once again - defeating Hungary with a scoreline of 4–2 in a pulsating encounter at Stade de Colombes, Paris.


Moreover, the competition was contested by 15 teams - one less than that of the previous year.

The 1950 FIFA World Cup

The 1950 world cup was hosted by Brazil and won by Uruguay. The host team made it to the final but lost to the rampant Uruguay who won the trophy with a scoreline of 2–1 at Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro.


Also, this year's version of the FIFA Men World Cup was contested by 13 national teams in total.

The 1954 FIFA World Cup

1954 was hosted by Switzerland and was won by West Germany who defeated Hungary 3–2 at Wankdorfstadion, Bern Stadium.


The competition was contested by 16 men national teams - the most since the inauguration of the competition in 1930.

The 1958 FIFA World Cup

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Sweden who happened to make it to the final of the competition yet lost the trophy to a rampaging Brazil after being defeated by a scoreline of 5–2 at Råsundastadion, Solna Stadium.


Interestingly, Brazil happened to be the first time that had lost the final of the competition after being the host (in 1950).


Also, the world cup tournament was contested by a total of 16 teams.

The 1962 FIFA World Cup

Brazil performed a double by capturing the 1962 Version of the World Cup which was hosted by Chile.


The runner-up of the tournament was Czechoslovakia who lost 3–1 to Brazil at

Estadio Nacional, Santiago stadium.


Also, the world cup competition was contested by a total of 16 senior men national teams.

The 1962 FIFA World Cup

The 1962 Men World Cup was hosted by England and they also won the trophy by defeating West Germany by 2–1 at Wembley Stadium, London.


The competition was contested by 16 senior national football teams.

The 1970 FIFA World Cup

The 9th edition of the FIFA World Cup was hosted by Mexico and was contested by a total of 16 national teams.


The tournament was won by Brazil -  after defeating (the runner-up) Italy by the scoreline of 4–1 at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City.

The 1974 FIFA World Cup

The 1974 World Cup was hosted by West Germany who also won the tournament. The runner-up was the Netherlands - losing 2–1 to the host at Olympiastadion, Munich.


The competition was contested by 16 senior national football teams.

The 1978 FIFA World Cup

During the 1978 men FIFA World Cup, history was made - the Netherlands became the first team to lose back-to-back finals.


They were defeated by Argentina with a scoreline of 3–1 (After Extra Time) at Monumental de Núñez, Buenos Aires - after West Germany hosted and also won the last edition of the competition.


Moreover, this World Cup was the last contested by 16 senior football teams.

The 1982 FIFA World Cup

The 1978 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Spain and was contested by a total of 24 men national teams.


The competition was won by Italy who defeated West Germany by a scoreline of 3–1 at the Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup

The 1986 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Mexico and won by Argentina. The runner-up of the tournament was West Germany who were defeated by a scoreline of 3–2 at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City.


More so, the competition was contested by 24 men national senior team.

The 1990 FIFA World Cup

After having won the 13th edition of the tournament, Argentina was runner-up in the 1990 World Cup.


They lost to the winner; West Germany by a score line of 1–0 at Stadio Olimpico, Rome.


Moreover, the competition was hosted by Italy and was contested by 24 teams.

The 1994 FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA Men's World Cup was hosted by the United States of America. This edition marked the end of 24 team participation as laws were amended to allow for more squad participation after the end of the tournament.


The competition was won by Brazil who defeated Italy on penalties (3–2 p) after the duo played a goalless draw at Rose Bowl, Pasadena Stadium.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was hosted by France who also clinch the trophy after defeating Brazil (the previous champion) by a scoreline of 3–0 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis.


This competition was contested by a total of 32 senior men national teams.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup

The 2002 edition of the FIFA Men's World Cup was hosted by two Asian countries - South Korea and Japan - this was the first time the competition was dual-hosted.


It was won by Brazil who defeated Germany (previously known as West Germany) by a scoreline of 2–0 at International Stadium, Yokohama.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup

The 2006 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Germany and was contested by 23 senior men national teams.


The competition was won by Italy who defeated France on penalties (5–3 p) after playing a 1-1 draw at  Olympiastadion, Berlin.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was hosted in South Africa - the first time for the tournament to be held in the shores of an African country in the history of the competition.


The tournament was won by Spain who defeated the Netherlands by a scoreline of 1–0 (After Extra Time) at Soccer City, Johannesburg.


Moreover, it was contested by a total of 32 senior men national teams.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 world cup was hosted by Brazil and was contested by a total of 32 teams.


The competition was won by Germany who defeated Argentina by a scoreline of 1–0 (After Extra Time) at Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro.


It was the first time of Argentina's Lionel Messi to reach that stage of the competition.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Russia and won by France. The runner-up of the competition was Croatia who lost by a scoreline of 4–2 at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.


Furthermore, the tournament was contested by a total of 32 senior men national teams.

Fun Facts About the World Cup

  • Germany has appeared in the World Cup final for a record 8 times

  • Didier Deschamps has won the tournament both as a player and coach; the only other two soccer players to achieve this feat is Mário Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of (West) Germany 

  • France attacker; Just Fontaine scored 13 goals during the 1958 World Cup tournament - the most by any player in the competition 

  • Brazil holds the record for the most wins and goals in the World Cup - scoring 229 goals and claiming 73 victories.

  • Miroslav Klose has a total of 16 goals in World Cup - more than that of any other player in the history of the competition 

  • The notorious Italian coach; Vittorio Pozzo has won two World Cups trophies (1934 and 1938) - the first to do so.

  • Brazil is the only team to have participated in all 21 editions of the FIFA Men's World Cup; winning it for a record 5 times

  • Germany has also appeared in a record 16 quarter-finals and 13 semi-finals.

  • No foreign coach has ever won a World Cup tournament since its inception till date.

  • Germany Star; Lothar Matthäus has made the most appearances in the World Cup - having played in 25 matches

  • Pele of Brazil has won the tournament for a record 3 times - more than any other player in history 

  • Brazil and Germany have both played a total of 109 matches

  • The 2006 World Cup final was viewed by approximately 715.1 million people - this is 9 out of 10 of the world's population; the most in the history of the entire tournament


Conclusion 

The Men's FIFA World Cup tournament is one of the most anticipated tournaments. After starting with 13 participants in 1930, the tournament has grown to accommodate 32 teams.


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