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 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.

Tournament Winners (men's)[1]

Year Location Winner
1930 Uruguay Uruguay
1934 Italy Italy
1938 France Italy
1950 Brazil Uruguay
1954 Switzerland 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
2014 Brazil Germany
2018 Russia France
2022 Qatar Argentina
5 Brazil 1958,1962,1970,1994,2002
4 Italy 1934,1938,1982,2006
4 Germany 1954,1974,1990,[2] 2014
2 Argentina 1978,1986,2022
2 Uruguay 1930,1950
2 France 1998,2018
1 Spain 2010
1 England 1966

Tournament Winners (women's)

Year Location Winner
1991 China USA
1995 Sweden Norway
1999 USA USA
2003 USA Germany
2007 China Germany
2011 Germany Japan
2015 Canada USA

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.


  2. These titles were technically won by West Germany.