FIFA World Cup

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The FIFA World Cup is a global association football (soccer) tournament held every four years since 1930 (except during the Second World War). Its scale as a global sporting event is challenged only by the Olympics.

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 World Cup are Spain, who beat the Netherlands in the 2010 final in South Africa. Brazil currently holds the record for most wins, with 5. The United States has never won the competition but reached third place in the first edition. The United States also reached the Round of 16 in the most recent iteration of the tournament.

Tournament Winners[1]

Year Location Winner
1930 Uruguay Uruguay
1934 Italy Italy
1938 France Italy
1942 (No tournament) (No tournament)
1946 (No tournament) (No tournament)
1950 Brazil Uruguay
1954 Swizerland West Germany
1958 Sweden Brazil
1962 Chile Brazil
1966 England England
1970 Mexico Brazil
1974 West Germany West Germany
1978 Argentina Argentina
1982 Spain Italy
1986 Mexico Argentina
1990 Italy Germany
1994 United States Brazil
1998 France France
2002 Japan and South Korea Brazil
2006 Germany Italy
2010 South Africa Spain
5 Brazil 1958,1962,1970,1994,2002
4 Italy 1934,1938,1982,2006
3 Germany 1954,1974,1990[2]
2 Argentina 1978,1986
2 Uruguay 1930,1950
1 England 1966
1 France 1998
1 Spain 2010


  2. Including two titles technically won by West Germany.