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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 Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
4–2 Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
US flag 48 stars.svg
United States
N/A Flag of Yugoslavia (1918–1941).svg
Yugoslavia
13
1934 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
2–1 a.e.t. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945).svg
Germany
3–2 Flag of Austria.svg
Austria
16
1938 Flag of France France Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
4–2 Flag of Hungary (1920–1946).svg
Hungary
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
Brazil
4–2 Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
16/15
1950 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
Brazil
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of Spain (1945 - 1977).svg
Spain
16/13
1954 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone) Switzerland Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
3–2 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg
Hungary
Flag of Austria.svg
Austria
3–1 Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
16
1958 Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg
Brazil
5–2 Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of France.svg
France
6–3 Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
16
1962 Flag of Chile Chile Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg
Brazil
3–1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Chile.svg
Chile
1–0 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
Yugoslavia
16
1966 England England Flag of England.svg
England
4–2 a.e.t. Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
2–1 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
16
1970 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
4–1 Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
1–0 Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
16
1974 Germany West Germany Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
2–1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
1–0 Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
16
1978 Argentina Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
3–1 a.e.t. Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
2–1 Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
16
1982 Spain Spain Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–1 Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
3–2 Flag of France.svg
France
24
1986 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
3–2 Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Flag of France.svg
France
4–2 a.e.t. Flag of Belgium.svg
Belgium
24
1990 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
1–0 Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
2–1 Flag of England.svg
England
24
1994 Flag of the United States United States Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
0–0 a.e.t.
(3–2 p)
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
4–0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Bulgaria
24
1998 Flag of France France Flag of France.svg
France
3–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Yugoslavia (1918–1941).svg
Yugoslavia
2–1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
32
2002 Flag of South Korea South Korea
Flag of Japan Japan
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
2–0 Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of Turkey.svg
Turkey
3–2 Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
32
2006 Germany Germany Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1–1 a.e.t.
(5–3 p)
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
3–1 Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
32
2010 South Africa South Africa Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
1–0 a.e.t. Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
3–2 Flag of Uruguay.svg
Uruguay
32
2014 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
1–0 a.e.t. Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
3–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
32
2018 Soviet Union Soviet Union Flag of France.svg
France
4–2 Flag of Yugoslavia (1918–1941).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Belgium.svg
Belgium
2–0 Flag of England.svg
England
32
2022 Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar Future events Future events 32
2026 Flag of the United States United StatesFlag of Mexico.svg MexicoFlag of Canada.svg Canada 48
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • p: after penalty shoot-out

See also

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