The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in the Soviet Union.

The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s), compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.

The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Germany and Italy, with four titles each; Argentina and inaugural winner Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France and Spain, with one title each.

The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet.

Results

Year Host Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place Number of teams
1930 Uruguay Uruguay
Uruguay
4–2
Argentina

United States
N/A
Yugoslavia
13
1934 Italy
Italy
2–1 a.e.t.
Czechoslovakia

Germany
3–2
Austria
16
1938 Flag of France.svg France
Italy
4–2
Hungary

Brazil
4–2
Sweden
16/15
1950 Brazil
Uruguay

Brazil

Sweden

Spain
16/13
1954 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland
West Germany
3–2
Hungary

Austria
3–1
Uruguay
16
1958 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Brazil
5–2
Sweden

France
6–3
West Germany
16
1962 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Brazil
3–1
Czechoslovakia

Chile
1–0
Yugoslavia
16
1966 England England
England
4–2 a.e.t.
West Germany

Portugal
2–1
Soviet Union
16
1970 Mexico
Brazil
4–1
Italy

West Germany
1–0
Uruguay
16
1974 Germany West Germany
West Germany
2–1
Netherlands

Poland
1–0
Brazil
16
1978 Argentina Argentina
Argentina
3–1 a.e.t.
Netherlands

Brazil
2–1
Italy
16
1982 Spain Spain
Italy
3–1
West Germany

Poland
3–2
France
24
1986 Mexico
Argentina
3–2
West Germany

France
4–2 a.e.t.
Belgium
24
1990 Italy
West Germany
1–0
Argentina

Italy
2–1
England
24
1994 Flag of the United States.svg United States
Brazil
0–0 a.e.t.
(3–2 p)

Italy

Sweden
4–0
Bulgaria
24
1998 Flag of France.svg France
France
3–0
Brazil

Yugoslavia
2–1
Netherlands
32
2002 Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
Flag of Japan.svg Japan

Brazil
2–0
Germany

Turkey
3–2
South Korea
32
2006 Germany Germany
Italy
1–1 a.e.t.
(5–3 p)

France

Germany
3–1
Portugal
32
2010 South Africa South Africa
Spain
1–0 a.e.t.
Netherlands

Germany
3–2
Uruguay
32
2014 Brazil
Germany
1–0 a.e.t.
Argentina

Netherlands
3–0
Brazil
32
2018 Soviet Union Soviet Union
France
4–2
Yugoslavia

Belgium
2–0
England
32
2022 Qatar Future events Future events 32
2026 Flag of the United States.svg United States Mexico Canada 48
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • p: after penalty shoot-out

See also

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