FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup is a global association football (soccer) tournament held every four years since 1930 (except during the World War II). Its scale as a global sporting event is challenged only by the Olympics. The Women's World Cup began in 1991, and has been played every four years since.
In the current form, the final tournament is contested by 32 nations who, with the exception of the host nation, are required to qualify by beating others from their region in a preliminary tournament. The current holders of the (men's) World Cup are Germany, who beat Argentina in the 2014 final in Brazil. Brazil currently holds the record for most wins, with 5. The next FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia in 2018.
Tournament Winners (men's)
|1974||West Germany||West Germany|
|2002||Japan and South Korea||Brazil|
Tournament Winners (women's)
Dominance by Christian Nations
It is notable that strongly Christian nations have won every World Cup. Muslim teams, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have all failed at various world cups. It is also noticeable that as nations Christian ways have diminished, like Brazil's increasing acceptance of gay marriage, their performance has suffered also. In fact, Brazil have been the favorites for two of the last three tournaments and failed both times, while the truly Christian US have improved and other Christian nations have followed.
Another case in point is Spain, who were knocked out in 2006, were only able to win in 2010 after losing 1-0 in the first match and only winning by a goal in each of their four knockout matches and were beaten easily in the group stages in 2014.
- These titles were technically won by West Germany.