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The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974.

The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup, Soccer World Cup, but usually referred in English as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the men's national football teams of member nations of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) (the sport's global governing body). In other languages the competition is often referred as Football World Championships and the winning team hailed as the world champions (of football). FIFA also holds the Women's World Cup on a separate schedule. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II. However, the event is often ongoing, as the qualifying rounds of the competition take place over the three years preceding the final rounds. Image File history File links Padlock. ... Image File history File links Fifa_world_cup_org. ... Image File history File links Fifa_world_cup_org. ... Replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy (1930-1970) The FIFA World Cup (1974-Present) The World Cup is a gold trophy that represents victory in the FIFA World Cup. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... This is a list of the mens national football (soccer) teams in the world. ... The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, known worldwide by its acronym FIFA, is the international governing body of football and the largest sporting organization in the world. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup is the most important competition in international football for women. ... Qualifying countries The first FIFA World Cup was staged in 1930. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, France/Free France, United States, China, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Greece, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Burma, Slovakia Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8...


The tournament's final phase (often called the "World Cup Finals") involves 32 national teams competing at several venues (within the host nation or nations) over a period of about a month. It is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with 1.1 billion people watching the 2002 tournament final.[1] The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ...


In seventeen tournaments held, only seven nations have won. Brazil is the most successful World Cup team, having won the tournament five times. Italy follows with four titles, in addition to being the current holders, whilst Germany holds three. The other former champions are Uruguay and Argentina with two titles each, and England and France with one title each. Of the nine World Cups staged in Europe before the current tournament, only one saw victory by a non-European team, that being Brazil in 1958. When held outside Europe, the competition has only ever been won by South American teams. Only two teams from outside these two continents have ever reached the semi-finals of the competition: the USA (in 1930) and South Korea (in 2002). First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... UEFA logo The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... Qualifying countries In June 1954, the FIFA congress in Bern, Switzerland decided to award the right to host the 1958 Football World Cup to Sweden. ... CONMEBOL or CSF (CONfederación sudaMEricana de FútBOL, South American Football Confederation) is the governing body of football in South America. ... Qualifying countries The first FIFA World Cup was staged in 1930. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ...


The most recent football World Cup Finals were held in Germany between June 9 and July 9, 2006, where Italy was crowned as the champions after a penalty shootout. 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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History

Main article: History of the FIFA World Cup

The History of the FIFA World Cup started in 1928, when FIFA president Jules Rimet decided to stage an international football tournament. ...

Previous international competitions

The first international football match was played in 1872 between Scotland and England. [2] At this stage the sport was rarely played outside Great Britain and Ireland. As football began to increase in popularity, it was held as a demonstration sport (with no medals awarded) at the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics, and at the 1906 Intercalated Games; football became an official competition at the 1908 Summer Olympics. Planned by The Football Association, the event was for amateur players only and was regarded suspiciously as a show rather than a competition. Great Britain (represented by the England national amateur football team) won the event in both 1908 and 1912. See also: 1871 in sports, other events of 1872, 1873 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Cambridge Football (soccer) March 16 - England: Inaugural FA Cup Final: Wanderers F.C. beat Royal Engineers 1–0 November 30 - First International: Scotland 0... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) Worst defeat Uruguay 7 - 0 Scotland (Basel, Switzerland; 19 June 1954) World Cup Appearances 8 (First in 1954) Best result Round 1, all European Championship Appearances 2 (First... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... A demonstration sport is a sport which is played in order to promote itself during the Olympic Games (or other sporting events). ... The 1900 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad, were held in 1900 in Paris, France. ... The 1904 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the III Olympiad, were held in St. ... (Redirected from 1906 Intercalated Games) The fourth modern Olympic games, held in sports Opening ceremonies April 22, 1906 Closing ceremonies May 2, 1906 Officially opened by George I of Greece Athletes Oath not applicable Judges Oath not applicable Olympic Torch not applicable First Intercalated Games These games were... The 1908 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the IV Olympiad, were held in 1908 in London, England. ... The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England (and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Amateur. ... The England national amateur football team was the amateur representative team for England at football. ... The Games of the V Olympiad were held in 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden. ...


In 1906, there was an attempt made by FIFA to arrange an international football tournament between nations outside of the Olympic framework in Switzerland. These were very early days for international football, and the official history of FIFA describes the competition as having been a failure.[3] The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, known worldwide by its acronym FIFA, is the international governing body of football and the largest sporting organization in the world. ...


With the Olympic event continuing to be contested only between amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton produced the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy tournament in Turin in 1909. The Lipton tournament was a championship between individual clubs (not national teams) from different nations, each one of which represented an entire nation. For this reason, it was not really a forerunner of the World Cup. Notwithstanding that, the competition is sometimes described as The First World Cup,[4] and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland. The first tournament was won by West Auckland, an English amateur side from County Durham, that was invited after the Football Association refused to be associated with the competition. West Auckland returned in 1911 to successfully defend their title, and were given the trophy to keep forever, as per the rules of the competition. Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton (born May 10, 1850 in Glasgow; died October 2, 1931 in London), Scottish self-made man, merchant and yachtsman who created the famous Lipton tea brand and was the most persistent challenger in the history of the Americas Cup. ... The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy was a football (soccer) competition that took place in Turin, Italy in 1909. ... Turin (Italian: ; Piedmontese: Turin) is a major industrial city in north-western Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the west bank of the Po River. ... West Auckland Town F.C. are a football club from West Auckland, County Durham, England, competing in the Northern League. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ...


In 1914, FIFA agreed to recognise the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs",[3] and took responsibility for managing the event. This led the way for the world's first intercontinental football competition, at the 1920 Summer Olympics, contested by Egypt (who were knocked out in their first match) and thirteen European teams. The golden medals were won by Belgium.[5] Uruguay won the tournaments in 1924 and 1928. In 1928 FIFA made the decision to stage their own international tournament. With Uruguay now two-time official football world champions and due to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA named Uruguay as the host country. In the football tournament at the 1920 Summer Olympics, held in Antwerp, Belgium won the gold medal while Spain won the silver. ... The 1920 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the VII Olympiad, were held in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. ... A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... The Games of the VIII Olympiad were held in 1924 in Paris, France. ... The Games of the IX Olympiad were held in 1928 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... A centenary is an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of an event. ...


The first official World Cup

The Estadio Centenario, the location of the first World Cup final in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay
The Estadio Centenario, the location of the first World Cup final in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay

The 1932 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, did not plan to include football as part of the schedule due to the low popularity of football in the United States, as American football had been growing in popularity. FIFA and the IOC also disagreed over the status of amateur players, and so football was dropped from the Games.[6] FIFA president Jules Rimet thus planned the inaugural World Cup tournament to be held in Uruguay in 1930. The national associations of selected nations were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay as a venue for the competition meant a long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for European sides. Indeed, no European country pledged to send a team until two months before the start of the competition.[7] Rimet eventually persuaded teams from Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia to make the trip. In total 10 nations took part — four from South America, four from Europe and two from North America. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 381 KB) Summary Estadio Centario Montevideo, Uruguay Taken by Salomon Salvador Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 381 KB) Summary Estadio Centario Montevideo, Uruguay Taken by Salomon Salvador Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Estadio Centenario in Montevideo was a host stadium of the 1930 World Cup. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... The 1932 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the X Olympiad, were held in 1932 in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Youth soccer in small-town Indiana. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Bold textralf is gay IOC redirects here. ... Jules Rimet (b. ... Qualifying countries The first FIFA World Cup was staged in 1930. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


The first two World Cup matches took place simultaneously, and were won by France and the USA, who beat Mexico 4-1 and Belgium 3-0, respectively. The first goal in World Cup history was scored by Lucien Laurent of France. In the final, Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people in Montevideo, and became the first nation to win a World Cup.[8] Lucien Laurent (born December 10, 1907 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, Ile-de-France near Paris; died April 11, 2005 in Besançon) was a French footballer, famous for scoring the first ever World Cup goal. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ...


Growth

The issues facing the early World Cup tournaments were the difficulties of intercontinental travel, and war. Few South American teams were willing to travel to Europe for the 1934 and 1938 tournaments, with Brazil the only South American team to compete in both. The 1942 and 1946 competitions were cancelled due to World War II and its aftermath. Qualifying countries The 1934 Football World Cup was hosted in Italy, chosen by FIFA over the other candidate, Sweden, in Stockholm in October 1932. ... Qualifying countries The 1938 Football World Cup was played in France, the second tournament in a row to be played in Europe. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, France/Free France, United States, China, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Greece, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Burma, Slovakia Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8...


The 1950 World Cup was the first to include British participants. British teams withdrew from FIFA in 1920, partly out of unwillingness to play against the countries they had been at war with, and partly as a protest against a foreign influence to football,[9] but rejoined in 1946 following FIFA's invitation. The tournament also saw the return of 1930 champions Uruguay, who had boycotted the previous two World Cups. Uruguay won the tournament again. Qualifying countries The 1950 Football World Cup was the only one not decided by a knockout final. ...


In the tournaments between 1934 and 1978, 16 teams qualified for each finals tournament, except in 1938 and 1950 where teams withdrew after qualifying. Most were from Europe and Latin America, with a very small minority from Africa, Asia and Oceania. These teams were usually defeated easily by the European and South American teams (with the notable exception of North Korea, who reached the 1966 quarter-finals). Qualifying countries The 1934 Football World Cup was hosted in Italy, chosen by FIFA over the other candidate, Sweden, in Stockholm in October 1932. ... Qualifying countries The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina between June 1 and 25, 1978. ... Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... Oceania is a geographical, often geopolitical, region consisting of numerous lands – mostly islands but often including Australia – in the Pacific Ocean and vicinity. ... Qualifying countries 1966 was a year of triumph for the host nation, England, which won the final beating West Germany 4-2. ...


The finals were expanded to 24 teams in 1982, then 32 in 1998, allowing more teams from Africa, Asia and North America to take part. In recent years, these comparatively new participants have enjoyed more success, with Morocco reaching the knockout rounds in 1986, Cameroon reaching the quarterfinals in 1990, Saudi Arabia reaching the knockout rounds in 1994, Nigeria reaching the knockout rounds in both 1994 and 1998, Japan reaching the knockout rounds, Senegal reaching the quarterfinals, and the United States reaching the quarterfinals and South Korea reaching the semifinals in 2002, and Australia and Ghana reaching the knockout rounds in 2006. Qualifying countries The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain by decision of FIFA in July 1966, in the same session where FIFA gave the right to host the 1974 and 1978 tournaments to, respectively, West Germany and Argentina. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992 beating a bid by Morocco to host the event. ... Qualifying countries The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... Ciao, the mascot. ... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992 beating a bid by Morocco to host the event. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...


198 nations attempted to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and all but three of the 207 FIFA member nations have previously entered the competition, with Comoros, East Timor and Bhutan the only current members not yet to have entered (Comoros and East Timor were not FIFA members at the time of the qualifying draw for the 2006 tournament, and so have not yet had an opportunity to take part).[10] 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...


An equivalent tournament for women's football, the FIFA Women's World Cup, was first held in 1991 in China. This article or section is in need of expansion. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup is the most important competition in international football for women. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup 1991 was held in the China and won by the United States womens national football team. ...


Trophy

Main article: FIFA World Cup Trophy

From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to the Cup winner. It was originally simply known as the World Cup or Coupe du Monde, but in 1946 it was renamed after the FIFA president who set up the first tournament. In 1970, Brazil's third victory in the tournament entitled them to keep the trophy permanently. However, the trophy was stolen in 1983, and has never been recovered.[11] Replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy (1930-1970) The FIFA World Cup (1974-Present) The World Cup is a gold trophy that represents victory in the FIFA World Cup. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (860x605, 37 KB) Beschreibung Wohlfahrtsbriefmarke der Deutschen Post AG Für den Sport - 100 Jahre FIFA 21. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (860x605, 37 KB) Beschreibung Wohlfahrtsbriefmarke der Deutschen Post AG Für den Sport - 100 Jahre FIFA 21. ... 1990 copy of the World Cup Trophy awarded to West Germany. ... A selection of Hong Kong postal stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... The Jules Rimet trophy was the original physical manifestation of the prize for winning the football world cup, a small gold cup representing the hopes and ambitions of every footballing nation on earth. ... Qualifying countries The 1970 Football World Cup was held in Mexico, from May 31 to June 21. ...


After 1970, a new trophy, known as the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was designed. This is not awarded to the winning nation permanently, irrespective of how many World Cups they win. Argentina, Germany (as West Germany) and Brazil have all won the second trophy twice. It will not be retired until the name plaque has been entirely filled with the names of winning nations in 2038. [12]


The new trophy is 36 cm high, made of solid 18-carat gold and weighs 4.97 kilograms. The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite while the bottom side of the Trophy bears the engraved year and name of each FIFA World Cup winner since 1974. Meanings of Carat or Karat: Carat (mass) is a unit of mass for gems. ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... Malachite from the Democratic Republic of Congo Malachite is a carbonate mineral, copper(II) carbonate hydroxide Cu2CO3(OH)2. ...


World Cup winners retain it until the next tournament and are awarded a gold-plated replica rather than the solid gold original.


Format

Qualification

Main article: FIFA World Cup qualification

Since the second World Cup in 1934, qualifying tournaments have been held to thin the field for the final tournament. They are held within the six FIFA continental zones (Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, Europe), overseen by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA decides the number of places awarded to each of the continental zones beforehand, generally based on the relative strength of the confederations' teams, but also subject to lobbying from the confederations. FIFA World Cup qualification is the process a team must go through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals, or, more commonly known as the FIFA World Cup or Football World Cup. ... Qualifying countries The 1934 Football World Cup was hosted in Italy, chosen by FIFA over the other candidate, Sweden, in Stockholm in October 1932. ...


The qualification process can start as early as almost three years before the final tournament and last over a two-year period. The formats of the qualification tournaments differ between confederations. Usually, one or two places are awarded to winners of intercontinental play-offs. For example, the winner of the Oceanian zone and the fifth-placed team from the South American zone entered a play-off to decide which team would qualify for the 2006 World Cup.[13] From the 1938 World Cup onwards, host nations have received an automatic berth in the finals. This right also used to be granted to the defending champion, but from the 2006 finals onwards, this entitlement has been withdrawn, requiring the champions to qualify as well.[14] A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... Qualifying countries The 1938 Football World Cup was played in France, the second tournament in a row to be played in Europe. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...


Final tournament

The current finals tournament features 32 national teams competing over a month in the host nation(s). There are two stages: a group stage followed by a knockout stage.


In the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Eight teams are seeded (based on both current FIFA World Rankings and recent World Cups) and assigned to separate groups. The other teams are drawn at random. Since 1998, constraints have applied to the draw to ensure that no group contains more than two European teams or more than one team from any other confederation. Each group plays a round-robin tournament, guaranteeing that every team will play at least three matches. The last round of matches of each group is held simultaneously to preserve fairness. A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992 beating a bid by Morocco to host the event. ... A round-robin tournament or all-play-all tournament is a type of group tournament in which each participant plays every other participant an equal number of times. ...


The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. Points are used to rank the teams within a group. Since 1994, three points have been awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss (prior to this, winners received two points rather than three). If two or more teams end up with the same number of points, tie-breakers are used: first is goal difference, then total goals scored, then head-to-head results, and finally drawing of lots (i.e. determining team positions at random).[15] Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... In sports such as ice hockey and soccer, goal difference (that is, goals scored less goals conceded) is often the first tie-breaker used to rank teams which finish a competition with an equal number of points. ...


The knockout stage is a single-elimination round in which teams play each other in one-off matches, with extra time and penalty shootouts used to decide the winner. It begins with the "round of 16" (or "last 16") in which the winner of each group plays against the runner-up from another group. This is followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final. The losing semi-finalists contest a third-place match. Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... Penalty shootouts (officially referred to as kicks from the penalty mark) are sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament following a draw in a game of association football (soccer). ...


Selection of hosts

Main article: FIFA World Cup hosts

Early World Cups were given to countries at meetings of FIFA's congress. The choice of location was highly controversial, given the three week boat journey between South America and Europe, the two centres of strength in football. The decision to hold the first cup in Uruguay, for example, led to only four European nations competing.[16] The next two world cups were both held in Europe. The decision to hold the second of these, the 1938 FIFA World Cup, in France was controversial, as the American countries had been led to understand that the World Cup would rotate between the two continents. Both Argentina and Uruguay thus boycotted the tournament.[17] Map of FIFA World Cup hosts Early World Cups were given to countries at meetings of FIFAs congress. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... Qualifying countries The 1938 Football World Cup was played in France, the second tournament in a row to be played in Europe. ...


After the 1958 FIFA World Cup, to avoid any future boycotts or controversy, FIFA began a pattern of alternation between the Americas and Europe, which continued until the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The 2002 FIFA World Cup (hosted jointly by Japan and Korea) was the first one held in Asia, and in 2010, South Africa will become the first African nation to host the World Cup. Qualifying countries In June 1954, the FIFA congress in Bern, Switzerland decided to award the right to host the 1958 Football World Cup to Sweden. ... World map showing the Americas America or the Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere consisting of the continents of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992 beating a bid by Morocco to host the event. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ... Motto: 널리 인간 세계를 이롭게 하라 (Broadly bring benefit to humanity, 弘益人間) Anthem: Aegukga Capital Seoul Largest city Seoul Official language(s) Korean Government Presidential democracy  - President Roh Moo-hyun  - Prime Minister Han Myung-sook Establishment    - Gojoseon 2333 BC   - Declaration of Republic March 1, 1919   - Liberation August 15, 1945   - First Republic August 15, 1948  Area    - Total... World map showing the location of Asia. ... The 2010 FIFA World Cup will take place in South Africa. ... Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ...


The 2014 FIFA World Cup was allocated to South America in 2003, allowing the ten member nations of CONMEBOL to bid in order to host. However, after a short period of time, every nation in the continent backed Brazil as the only viable host of the 2014 finals, creating the odd situation where the 2014 World Cup host was unofficially determined. However, it is not yet certain that Brazil will be able to host the competition; if the Brazilians pull out, the tournament will be moved to another continent. Recently, FIFA president Sepp Blatter indicated that Brazil is "almost certain to be the hosts of the 2014 World Cup.[18]" The 2014 FIFA World Cup will provisionally take place in Brazil. ... CONMEBOL or CSF (CONfederación sudaMEricana de FútBOL, South American Football Confederation) is the governing body of football in South America. ...


The system evolved so that the host country is now chosen in a vote by FIFA's executive committee. This is done under a single transferable vote system. The decision is currently made six years in advance of the tournament. This STV ballot for the Australian Senate illustrates group voting tickets. ...


Media coverage

The World Cup was first televised in 1954 and is now the most widely-viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games.[19] The cumulative audience of the World Cup 2002 event - summing over all matches - is estimated to be 28.8 billion.[1] 1.1 billion individuals watched the final match of this tournament (a sixth of the entire population of the planet). The draw, which decided the distribution of teams into groups, has been watched by 300 million viewers.[20] For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ...


Each Football World Cup usually has its own mascot. World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 competition, was the first World Cup mascot. Mascots for the World Cup 2006 are Goleo, a lion, and Pille, a football. Mascots at the Mascot Olympics in Orlando, Florida. ... Qualifying countries 1966 was a year of triumph for the host nation, England, which won the final beating West Germany 4-2. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Pille be merged into this article or section. ... Binomial name Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758) The Lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae and one of four big cats in the panthera genus. ... Pille is one of the official mascots, along with Goleo VI, for the 2006 World Cup to be held in Germany External links FIFAs profile Categories: | ... A football is a ball used to play one of the sports known as football. ...

Tip and Tap figurine Each Football World Cup usually has its own mascot. ...

Results

World Cup summaries

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1930
Details
Uruguay Uruguay
Uruguay
4–2
Estadio Centenario
Argentina
Argentina

USA

Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia Qualifying countries The first FIFA World Cup was staged in 1930. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uruguay. ... Estadio Centenario in Montevideo was a host stadium of the 1930 World Cup. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States_(1912-1959). ... Image File history File links Kingdom_of_Yugoslavia_Flag. ... First international Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920) Last International Netherlands 2 - 0 Yugoslavia (Amsterdam, Netherlands; 25 March 1992) Largest win Yugoslavia 10 - 1 India (Helsinki, Finland; 15 July 1952) Yugoslavia 9 - 0 Zaire (Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974) Worst defeat Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium...

n/a[21]
1934
Details
Italy
Italy
2–1
after extra time
Stadio Nazionale
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
German Empire
Germany
3–2
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli
Austria
Austria
1938
Details
France
Italy
4–2
Stade Olympique de Colombes
Hungary before 1945
Hungary
Brazil
Brazil
4–2
Parc Lescure
Sweden
Sweden
1950
Details
Brazil Uruguay
Uruguay
[22]
Estádio do Maracanã
Brazil
Brazil
Sweden
Sweden
[22]
Estádio do Pacaembu
Spain (1939-1977)
Spain
1954
Details
Switzerland West Germany
West Germany
3–2
Wankdorf Stadion
Hungary (1949-1956)
Hungary
Austria
Austria
3–1
Hardturm Stadion
Uruguay
Uruguay
1958
Details
Sweden Brazil
Brazil
5–2
Råsundastadion
Sweden
Sweden
France
France
6–3
Ullevi Stadion
West Germany
West Germany
1962
Details
Chile Brazil
Brazil
3–1
Estadio Nacional
Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
Chile
Chile
1–0
Estadio Nacional
SFR Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
1966
Details
England
England
4–2
after extra time
Wembley Stadium
West Germany
West Germany
Portugal
Portugal
2–1
Wembley Stadium
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
1970
Details
Mexico Brazil
Brazil
4–1
Estadio Azteca
Italy
Italy
West Germany
West Germany
1–0
Estadio Azteca
Uruguay
Uruguay
1974
Details
West Germany West Germany
West Germany
2–1
Olympiastadion
Netherlands
Netherlands

Poland
1–0
Olympiastadion
Brazil
Brazil
1978
Details
Argentina Argentina
Argentina
3–1
after extra time
Estadio Monumental
Netherlands
Netherlands
Brazil
Brazil
2–1
Estadio Monumental
Italy
Italy
1982
Details
Spain Italy
Italy
3–1
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
West Germany
West Germany

Poland
3–2
Estadio José Rico Pérez
France
France
1986
Details
Mexico Argentina
Argentina
3–2
Estadio Azteca
West Germany
West Germany
France
France
4–2
after extra time
Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Belgium
Belgium
1990
Details
Italy Germany
West Germany
1–0
Stadio Olimpico
Argentina
Argentina
Italy
Italy
2–1
Stadio San Nicola

England
1994
Details
USA Brazil
Brazil
0–0
(3–2)
on penalties
Rose Bowl
Italy
Italy
Sweden
Sweden
4–0
Rose Bowl
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
1998
Details
France France
France
3–0
Stade de France
Brazil
Brazil
Croatia
Croatia
2–1
Parc des Princes
Netherlands
Netherlands
2002
Details
South Korea
& Japan
Brazil
Brazil
2–0
International Stadium
Germany
Germany
Turkey
Turkey
3–2
Daegu World Cup Stadium

South Korea
2006
Details
Germany Italy
Italy
1-1
(5-3)
on penalties
Olympiastadion
France
France
Germany
Germany
3–1
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion
Portugal
Portugal
2010
Details
South Africa
Further information: FIFA World Cup hosts

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Image File history File links Flag_of_Hungary_1940. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Stade Chaban Delmas (previously known as Parc Lescure) is the home of Girondins de Bordeaux. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Qualifying countries The 1950 Football World Cup was the only one not decided by a knockout final. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uruguay. ... Maracanã Botafogo v Vasco match The Estádio do Maracanã, also known as Maracanã stadium (official name: Estádio Mário Filho, Maracanã being its neighborhoods name) in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is one of the biggest football stadiums in the world, and it is home of the four... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Estádio do Pacaembu, as it is usually called, or Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, which is its official name, is located on Praça Charles Miller, s/nº - in Pacaembu neighborhood, and is owned by the Municipal Prefecture of São Paulo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Spain_Under_Franco. ... Qualifying countries The 1954 Football World Cup was held in Switzerland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Wankdorf Stadium (Wankdorf Stadion in Swiss German) was a football stadium in the suburb of Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland, and the former home of Swiss club BSC Young Boys. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Hungary_1949-1956. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Austria. ... The Hardturm is a football stadium located in Zurich (Kreis 5). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uruguay. ... 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The Estado Nacional de Chile is located in the Ñuñoa municipality of Santiago, Chile. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Chile. ... The Estado Nacional de Chile is located in the Ñuñoa municipality of Santiago, Chile. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia. ... First international Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920) Last International Netherlands 2 - 0 Yugoslavia (Amsterdam, Netherlands; 25 March 1992) Largest win Yugoslavia 10 - 1 India (Helsinki, Finland; 15 July 1952) Yugoslavia 9 - 0 Zaire (Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974) Worst defeat Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium... Qualifying countries 1966 was a year of triumph for the host nation, England, which won the final beating West Germany 4-2. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... Wembley Stadium is a football stadium located in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt, although it is well behind schedule. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... Wembley Stadium is a football stadium located in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt, although it is well behind schedule. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union. ... Qualifying countries The 1970 Football World Cup was held in Mexico, from May 31 to June 21. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Aztec Stadium, safe stadium. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Aztec Stadium, safe stadium. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uruguay. ... Qualifying countries The 1974 Football World Cup was held in West Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Munich Olympiastadion from bigfotos At the heart of the Olympiapark München in northern Munich, the Olympiastadion was the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland_(bordered). ... The Munich Olympiastadion from bigfotos At the heart of the Olympiapark München in northern Munich, the Olympiastadion was the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Qualifying countries The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina between June 1 and 25, 1978. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... The Estadio Monumental Antonio V. Liberti, better known as El Monumental or River Plate Stadium, is a stadium in the Nuñez district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... The Estadio Monumental Antonio V. Liberti, better known as El Monumental or River Plate Stadium, is a stadium in the Nuñez district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Qualifying countries The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain by decision of FIFA in July 1966, in the same session where FIFA gave the right to host the 1974 and 1978 tournaments to, respectively, West Germany and Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... The Santiago Bernabéu is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland_(bordered). ... Estadio Jose Rico Perez is a multi-use stadium in Alicante, Spain. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Qualifying countries The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Aztec Stadium, safe stadium. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Extra time is an additional period played at the end of some games of football (soccer) if the score is tied after the two standard periods (halves) of play. ... Estadio Cuahutémoc is a football stadium in Puebla, Puebla (seventy miles east of Mexico City). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium. ... Ciao, the mascot. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Stadio Olimpico is a stadium in Rome, Italy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Stadio San Nicola is a multi-use stadium in Bari, Italy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Penalty shootouts (officially referred to as kicks from the penalty mark) are sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament following a draw in a game of association football (soccer). ... The Rose Bowl is a stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, California. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... The Rose Bowl is a stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, California. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992 beating a bid by Morocco to host the event. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... The Stade de France and the district of La Plaine The Stade de France (the English translation Stadium of France is not used) is a stadium in an inner suburb of Paris, and the national stadium of France, built for the 1998 Football World Cup. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Croatia. ... The Parc des Princes (translation: Princes Park) is a 48527 capacity stadium in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... The International Stadium of Yokohama (Japanese: 横浜国際総合競技場; Yokohama Kokusai Sougou Kyougijou) has 73,237 seats, and was inaugurated in March 1998. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkey. ... Daegu World Cup Stadium(Blue Arc) is a sports stadium located in Daegu, South Korea. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea_(bordered). ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Penalty shootouts (officially referred to as kicks from the penalty mark) are sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament following a draw in a game of association football (soccer). ... The Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium) is a sports stadium in Berlin. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion The Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion is a stadium located in Stuttgart, Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... The 2010 FIFA World Cup will take place in South Africa. ... Map of FIFA World Cup hosts Early World Cups were given to countries at meetings of FIFAs congress. ...

Successful national teams

For a more comprehensive list, see National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup
Map of countries' best results
Map of countries' best results

In all, 207 teams have competed to qualify for the World Cup Finals, and 78 nations have qualified at least once. Of these, only eleven have made it to the final match, and only seven have won. This exclusivity inspires much enthusiasm and national pride amongst the tournament's fans. Best performance of countries This article lists the performances of each of the 78 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA World Cup finals. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1357x628, 59 KB) Summary FIFA World Cup showing countries best results (colors as shown) and host countries (purple dots), as listed on w:National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1357x628, 59 KB) Summary FIFA World Cup showing countries best results (colors as shown) and host countries (purple dots), as listed on w:National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup. ... Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ...


With five victories out of its seven appearances in the final match, Brazil is the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have participated in every World Cup Finals tournament so far. Best performance of countries This article lists the performances of each of the 78 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA World Cup finals. ...


As of 2006 - and at the continental level - Europe is guaranteed to draw even with South America at nine titles a piece. Brazil and Germany are tied for most appearances in the final match with seven (Brazil has won five; Germany has won three). Brazil and Italy were finalists each challenging for their third cup in 1970 and for their fourth cup in 1994. In both matches, Brazil won. Qualifying countries The 1970 Football World Cup was held in Mexico, from May 31 to June 21. ...


The seven national teams that have won the World Cup have added stars to the crest, located on their shirt, each star representing a World Cup victory. In football (soccer), some national and club sides include one or more stars as part of (or beside) the crest appearing on their shirt, to represent important trophies the team has previously won. ...

Team Titles Winning years Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
Brazil 5 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 2 (1950*, 1998) 2 (1938, 1978) 1 (1974)
Italy 4 1934*, 1938, 1982, 2006 2 (1970, 1994) 1 (1990*) 1 (1978)
Germany 3 1954, 1974*, 1990 4 (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002) 3 (1934, 1970, 2006*) 1 (1958)
Argentina 2 1978*, 1986 2 (1930, 1990) - -
Uruguay 2 1930*, 1950 - - 2 (1954, 1970)
France 1 1998* 1 (2006) 2 (1958,1986) 1 (1982)
England 1 1966* - - 1 (1990)
* = hosts

Six of the seven champions have won at least one of their titles while playing in their own homeland, the exception being Brazil, who lost the deciding match (known as Maracanazo) when they hosted the 1950 tournament. England (1966 FIFA World Cup) and France (1998 FIFA World Cup) won their only Cups while playing as host nations. Other nations have also been successful during their spell as hosts. Sweden played the final in 1958 and South Korea made it to the semi-finals as a co-host in 2002 despite never previously passing the first round. The success of the host in the Cup is a major reason why nations actively lobby to be selected as hosts, as they seek to gain the advantage of a supportive crowd. All World Cups won by European teams have taken place in Europe. Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... The 1958 Football World Cup remained in Europe,In Bern, Switzerland in June 1954 in its congress with 32 votes FIFA gives the right to hold the event to Sweden. ... In 1962 the Football World Cup returned to the continent of South America. ... The 1970 Football World Cup was held in Mexico, from May 31 to June 21. ... The 1994 Football World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 on penalty kicks after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... The 2002 Football World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... The 1950 Football World Cup was the only World Cup ever held which was not decided by a knockout final (although the last match of the tournament did end up determining the overall winner, and this match, also known as Maracanazo, is usually referred to as if it had been... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France by the FIFA decision in July 1992. ... The 1938 Football World Cup was played in France, the second tournament in a row to be played in Europe. ... The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina. ... The 1974 Football World Cup was held in West Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... The 1934 Football World Cup was hosted by Mussolinis Italy. ... The 1938 Football World Cup was played in France, the second tournament in a row to be played in Europe. ... The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup (officially titled 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, sometimes referred to as the Football World Cup) finals are scheduled to take place in Germany between 9 June and 9 July 2006. ... The 1970 Football World Cup was held in Mexico, from May 31 to June 21. ... The 1994 Football World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 on penalty kicks after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... The 1990 Football World Cup was designated by FIFA in 1984 to be held in Italy, making it the second country to host the event two times. ... The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The 1954 Football World Cup was held in Switzerland. ... The 1974 Football World Cup was held in West Germany. ... The 1990 Football World Cup was designated by FIFA in 1984 to be held in Italy, making it the second country to host the event two times. ... 1966 was a year of triumph for the host nation, England, which won in a controversial final beating West Germany 4-2. ... The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain. ... The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... The 2002 Football World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... The 1934 Football World Cup was hosted by Mussolinis Italy. ... The 1970 Football World Cup was held in Mexico, from May 31 to June 21. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup (officially titled 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, sometimes referred to as the Football World Cup) finals are scheduled to take place in Germany between 9 June and 9 July 2006. ... The 1958 Football World Cup remained in Europe,In Bern, Switzerland in June 1954 in its congress with 32 votes FIFA gives the right to hold the event to Sweden. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina. ... The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... The first Football World Cup was staged in 1930. ... The 1990 Football World Cup was designated by FIFA in 1984 to be held in Italy, making it the second country to host the event two times. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Uruguay. ... The first Football World Cup was staged in 1930. ... The 1950 Football World Cup was the only World Cup ever held which was not decided by a knockout final (although the last match of the tournament did end up determining the overall winner, and this match, also known as Maracanazo, is usually referred to as if it had been... The 1954 Football World Cup was held in Switzerland. ... The 1970 Football World Cup was held in Mexico, from May 31 to June 21. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France by the FIFA decision in July 1992. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup (officially titled 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, sometimes referred to as the Football World Cup) finals are scheduled to take place in Germany between 9 June and 9 July 2006. ... The 1958 Football World Cup remained in Europe,In Bern, Switzerland in June 1954 in its congress with 32 votes FIFA gives the right to hold the event to Sweden. ... The 1986 Football World Cup was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29. ... The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... 1966 was a year of triumph for the host nation, England, which won in a controversial final beating West Germany 4-2. ... The 1990 Football World Cup was designated by FIFA in 1984 to be held in Italy, making it the second country to host the event two times. ... Maracanazo (Portuguese: Maracanaço) is a term which is used to refer to the famous final group match of the Football World Cup 1950, that took place in Brazil, when the Uruguayan team beat, against all odds, their Brazilian counterpart at the Maracanã stadium (therefore the term Maracanazo). ... The 1950 Football World Cup was the only World Cup ever held which was not decided by a knockout final (although the last match of the tournament did end up determining the overall winner, and this match, also known as Maracanazo, is usually referred to as if it had been... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Qualifying countries 1966 was a year of triumph for the host nation, England, which won the final beating West Germany 4-2. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992 beating a bid by Morocco to host the event. ... Qualifying countries In June 1954, the FIFA congress in Bern, Switzerland decided to award the right to host the 1958 Football World Cup to Sweden. ... The 2002 Football World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... The 12th man is a term used to describe the home team fans within a stadium during an American football or association football game. ...


Best performances by continental zones

To date, the final of the World Cup has only been contested by European and South American teams. Best performance of countries This article lists the performances of each of the 78 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA World Cup finals. ... UEFA logo The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... CONMEBOL or CSF (CONfederación sudaMEricana de FútBOL, South American Football Confederation) is the governing body of football in South America. ...

Continent Best performance
Europe 9 titles, won by Italy (4), Germany (3), England (1), and France (1)
South America 9 titles, won by Brazil (5), Argentina (2), and Uruguay (2)
North America Semi-final (USA, 1930)
Asia Fourth place (South Korea, 2002)
Africa Quarterfinal (Cameroon, 1990; Senegal, 2002)
Oceania Second Round (Australia, 2006)

UEFA logo The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... CONMEBOL or CSF (CONfederación sudaMEricana de FútBOL, South American Football Confederation) is the governing body of football in South America. ... CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is the continent-wide governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. ... Qualifying countries The first FIFA World Cup was staged in 1930. ... Asian Football Confederation Logo The 45 member Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of football in Asia, excluding Israel. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ... CAF Logo The 53 member Confederation of African Football (CAF; French: Confédération Africaine de Football) represents international football in Africa, and organises the African Cup of Nations as well as the African Champions League. ... Ciao, the mascot. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ... Oceania Football Confederation logo since 1998 The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of international football. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...

Awards

Main article: FIFA World Cup awards
Ronaldo, the winner of the Golden Boot at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Ronaldo, the winner of the Golden Boot at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

At the end of each World Cup final tournament, awards are presented to the players and teams for accomplishments other than winning the tournament outright. At the end of each World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (828x960, 83 KB) cropped from by me File links The following pages link to this file: Ronaldo ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (828x960, 83 KB) cropped from by me File links The following pages link to this file: Ronaldo ... Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (b. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ...


There are currently six awards:

  • The Adidas Golden shoe (formerly called the Golden Shoe, or, sometimes, the Golden Boot, first awarded in 1930) for top goal scorer;
  • The Adidas Golden Ball for best player (formerly called the Golden Ball, first awarded in 1982);
  • The Yashin Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 1994);
  • The FIFA Fair Play Award for the team with the best record of fair play (first awarded in 1978);
  • The Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, first awarded in 1994;
  • The Gillette Best Young Player award for best player under-21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006.

Adidas is a German sports apparel manufacturer, part of the Adidas Group. ... At the end of each World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game. ... At the end of each World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game. ... The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain. ... The 1994 Football World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 on penalty kicks after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina. ... The 1994 Football World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 on penalty kicks after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup (officially titled 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, sometimes referred to as the Football World Cup) finals are scheduled to take place in Germany between 9 June and 9 July 2006. ...

Records and statistics

Main article: FIFA World Cup records

Most World Cup goals: This article lists records of the FIFA World Cup and its qualification matches. ... Qualifying countries The 1954 Football World Cup was held in Switzerland. ... First international Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920) Last International Netherlands 2 - 0 Yugoslavia (Amsterdam, Netherlands; 25 March 1992) Largest win Yugoslavia 10 - 1 India (Helsinki, Finland; 15 July 1952) Yugoslavia 9 - 0 Zaire (Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974) Worst defeat Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium... The 1974 Football World Cup was held in West Germany. ... Qualifying countries The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain by decision of FIFA in July 1966, in the same session where FIFA gave the right to host the 1974 and 1978 tournaments to, respectively, West Germany and Argentina. ... 197 teams took part in the 2002 World Cup qualification rounds, divided in 6 Continental Zones, every team trying to snatch a place in the first Football World Cup realized in Asia. ... Antonio Tota Carbajal is a legendary player. ... Lothar Matthäus. ... Lothar Matthäus. ... Ronaldo Luiz Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), simply known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer. ... Just Fontaine (born August 18, 1933 in Marrakech, Morocco) was a French football player. ... Qualifying countries In June 1954, the FIFA congress in Bern, Switzerland decided to award the right to host the 1958 Football World Cup to Sweden. ... Oleg Salenko (born October 25, 1969 in Leningrad, Soviet Union) is a Russian soccer striker, who set a World Cup record by scoring five goals in one game, for Russia against Cameroon on June 28, 1994. ... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... Hakan Şükür Hakan Şükür, (born on September 1, 1971 in Adapazari, Sakarya, Turkey), is the most successful Turkish footballer ever at the striker position. ... The 2002 FIFA World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. ... David Gualtieri (born 1971 in San Marino) was a San Marino international footballer. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Largest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Worst defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Norman Whiteside holding aloft the FA Cup in 1985 Norman Whiteside (born May 7, 1965) was a Northern Irish football player who represented his country in two World Cups. ... First international Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; February 18, 1882) Largest win Ireland (IFA) 7 - 0 Wales (Belfast, Northern Ireland; February 1, 1930) Worst defeat Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; February 18, 1882) World Cup Appearances 3 (First in 1958) Best result Quarterfinals, 1958 European Championship Appearances none... Qualifying countries The 1982 Football World Cup was held in Spain by decision of FIFA in July 1966, in the same session where FIFA gave the right to host the 1974 and 1978 tournaments to, respectively, West Germany and Argentina. ... Edson Arantes do Nascimento (born October 23, 1940), nicknamed Pelé, is a former Brazilian football player who won three World Cup medals and currently holds several records, also known as O Rei do Futebol (The King of Football). ... First international Scotland 4 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876) Largest win Wales 11 - 0 Ireland (Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888) Worst defeat Scotland 9 - 0 Wales (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1958) Best result Quarter-finals, 1958 European Championship Appearances none (First... Qualifying countries In June 1954, the FIFA congress in Bern, Switzerland decided to award the right to host the 1958 Football World Cup to Sweden. ... Roger Milla (born Albert Roger Miller, May 20, 1952, Yaoundé) is a former Cameroonian football player. ... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... Roger Milla (born Albert Roger Miller, May 20, 1952, Yaoundé) is a former Cameroonian football player. ... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA was won by Brazil who beat Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game and extra time ended 0-0. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Valentin Valentinovich Ivanov (born July 4, 1961) is a Russian international football referee. ...

Rank Player, Team Goals Scored by Player Games Played/ Tournaments
1 Ronaldo, Brazil 15 4 World Cups 1994 1998 2002 2006 (18 matches, did not play in 1994)
2 Gerd Müller, Germany 14 2 World Cups 1970 1974 (14 matches)
3 Just Fontaine, France 13 1 World Cup 1958 (6 matches)
4 Pelé, Brazil 12 4 World Cups 1958 1962 1966 1970 (14 matches)
5 Sándor Kocsis, Hungary 11 1 World Cup 1954 (5 matches)
6 Jürgen Klinsmann, Germany 11 3 World Cups 1990 1994 1998 (17 matches)

Ronaldo Luiz Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), simply known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer. ... Gerhard Gerd Müller (born November 3, 1945 in Nördlingen) is a former West German football player. ... Just Fontaine (born August 18, 1933 in Marrakech, Morocco) was a French football player. ... Edson Arantes do Nascimento (born October 23, 1940), nicknamed Pelé, is a former Brazilian football player who won three World Cup medals and currently holds several records, also known as O Rei do Futebol (The King of Football). ... Sándor Kocsis (born September 21, 1929 in Budapest; died July 22, 1979) was a Hungarian football striker, who ranks fourth all-time with seventy five international goals (in only sixty eight caps). ... Jürgen Klinsmann a. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b 2002 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage, FIFA official website. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  2. ^ England National Football Team Match No. 1
  3. ^ a b Where it all began FIFA official website. Retrieved on April 10, 2006.
  4. ^ 'The First World Cup'. The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy. Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council. Retrieved on April 11, 2006.
  5. ^ VII. Olympiad Antwerp 1920 Football Tournament rec.sport.soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved on June 10, 2006.
  6. ^ The Football World Cup - An Introduction, h2g2. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  7. ^ Uruguay 1930 FIFA World Cup site. Retrieved on January 9, 2006.
  8. ^ FIFA World Cup Origin, FIFA Media Release. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  9. ^ Scotland and the 1950 World Cup, BBC. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  10. ^ Bhutan - team profile, FIFA World Cup site. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  11. ^ Jules Rimet Cup, FIFA World Cup site. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  12. ^ The FIFA World Cup Trophy, Official Site of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  13. ^ Matches and Results, FIFA World Cup site. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  14. ^ Brazil's Juan warns against complacency, FIFA World Cup site. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  15. ^ Regulations of the 2006 FIFA World Cup (page 40-41). (PDF) Retrieved on 2006-05-22.
  16. ^ History of 1930 World Cup, BBC. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  17. ^ France 1938, FIFA World Cup site. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  18. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=373231&cc=5739
  19. ^ http://www.fifa.com/fifa/pub/newsletter/fifanews.6-97.html FIFA Newsletter] by Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA General Secretary, June 1997. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  20. ^ "Socceroos face major challenge: Hiddink", ABC Sport, December 10, 2005. Retrieved on May 13, 2006.
  21. ^ There was no official World Cup Third Place match in 1930 and no official third place was awarded; USA and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals.
  22. ^ a b There was no official World Cup final match in 1950. The tournament winner was decided by a final group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). However, Uruguay's 2-1 victory over Brazil (match known as Maracanazo), was the decisive match (and also coincidentally one of the last two matches of the tournament) which put them ahead on points and ensured that they finished top of the group as world champions. Sweden's 3-1 victory over Spain (played at the same time as Uruguay vs Brazil) likewise ensured that Sweden finished third.

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