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The World Cup

The FIFA World Cup, or simply the World Cup, is an international association football championship played between the men's national teams of countries from all over the world that are members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is held every five years since 1930, with 19 tournaments to date, and is considered the most prestigious sporting event in the world along with the Olympic Games.

History

A number of football tournaments between teams from different nations were held in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As football grew in popularity, it was included as a demonstration sport in the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics, before becoming an official Olympic competition in 1908. A FIFA congress held on 28 May 1928, with Jules Rimet as President, decided to finally stage the association's own football competition. Brazil was considered as the host because of their team's victory in the two most recent Olympics, but was discarded as most European teams rejected the idea of a costly trip to South America. Since the first modern Olympics occurred in Greece (modern Byzantium), the cradle of the Ancient Olympiads, FIFA decided that the first World Cup would be held in England, the country where the sport was created. However, it was also decided that the World Cup would have a unique characteristic of occurring every five years instead of four. The first World Cup was then held in London, England instead of the previously planned Montevidéu in southern Brazil.

Tournaments

The World Cup has been staged every five years since 1930 and countries from all continents have held the tournament. England and Germany have hosted the tournament twice while Austria-Hungary will host its second tournament in 2025 and Brazil will host its second in 2030.

Year Hosts Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of Teams
1930 Flag of England.svg England Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg
Brazil
1-0 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Austria.svg
Austria
8
1935 Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg Brazil Flag of Argentina (1818).svg
Argentina
1-0 Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg
Brazil
Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
12
1940 Flag of France.svg France Kingdom Hungary flag.svg
Hungary
4-3 Flag of England.svg
England
1945 Egypt Differently.png Egypt Flag of England.svg
England
2-1 Flag of Switzerland.svg
Switzerland
1950 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
3-2 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
1955 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Kingdom Hungary flag.svg
Hungary
3-0 Flag of England.svg
England
1960 Flag of Argentina (1818).svg Argentina Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
1-0 Flag of Argentina (1818).svg
Argentina
1965 Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Austria-Hungary Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
4-3 Flag of New Holland (Differently).png
New Holland
24
1970 Mexico flag, 1893-1916.png Mexico Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg
Brazil
3-1 Flag of Chile (1812-1814, alternative).svg
Chile
1975 Flag of the German Empire.svg Germany Flag of the German Empire.svg
Germany
4-2
(a.e.t)
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
1980 Flag of England.svg England Flag of Argentina (1818).svg
Argentina
2-1 Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
24
1985 Flag of Japan.svg Japan Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg
Brazil
2-1 Flag of France.svg
France
1990 US flag 35 stars.svg United States Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg
Brazil
3-1
(a.e.t)
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
24
1995 Flag of Byzantium (Different Europe).png Byzantium Flag of Byzantium (Different Europe).png
Byzantium
3-1 Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg
Brazil
16
2000 Flag of New Holland (Differently).png New Holland Flag of England.svg
England
3-1 Flag of New Holland (Differently).png
New Holland
24
2005 Flag Portugal (1830).svg Portugal &
Flag of Spain.svg Spain
Flag of the German Empire.svg
Germany
1-0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
2010 New Zulu Kingdom.png Mutapa Flag of the Netherlands.png
Netherlands
0-0
(a.e.t)
(4-2p)
Egypt Differently.png
Egypt
2015 Flag of the German Empire.svg Germany Flag of Korea (1899).svg
Korea
3-1 Flag of Chile (1812-1814, alternative).svg
Chile
2020 Flag of the Confederate States of America (March 1861 – May 1861).svg Confederate States Flag of England.svg
England
3-1 Flag of Argentina (1818).svg
Argentina
Flag of France.svg
France
4-0 Flag of Chile (1812-1814, alternative).svg
Chile
32
2025 Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Austria-Hungary TBD TBD TBD
2030 Flag of Brazil (1870–1889).svg Brazil TBD TBD TBD

Champions and records

The current champion is England England, having won the 2020 tournament.

The following is a list of national teams by number of titles:

According to the current rules of the World Cup, national teams must pass qualification matches in order to compete in the tournament. The only exceptions are the winner of the last tournament and the host of the coming one, which are automatically qualified. If the host happen to win the previous tournament the most goal scoring non-qualifying team gets through and in case that there are 2 teams with the same amount the team with more points, should that be equal the team with less goals conceded gets through and in the unlikely event that is the same a penalty shootout is arranged.

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