Football World Cup now commonly known as “FIFA World Cup” started back in 1930 when they first world cup was held in Uruguay. 1930 World Cup was the only tournament without a qualifying round as only countries which were affiliated with “FIFA” invited for the competition. 13 countries took part in the first ever world cup and Uruguay went on to become first ever World Champions defeating Argentina in the final.
Since 1930 21 world cup has taken place and 8 different teams has won the competition with Brazil winning record 5 times, Germany and Italy won 4 titles each followed by Uruguay, Argentina and France who won it twice. England and Spain are the only other countries to have won the world cup. We take a look at past winners of FIFA World Cup from 1930 to 2018.
|YEAR||WINNERS||RUNNERS-UP||HOSTS & TOTAL TEAMS|
|1930||Uruguay||Argentina||Uruguay: 13 teams were invited. no qualification|
|1934||Italy||Czechslovakia||Italy: 16 teams qualified through qualification round|
|1938||Italy||Hungary||France: 16 teams qualified but Austria withdrew|
|1950||Uruguay||Brazil||Brazil: 13 teams competed after 3 teams withdrew|
|1954||W. Germany||Hungary||Switzerland: 16 teams from 4 regions|
|1958||Brazil||Sweden||Sweden: 16 team from three regions (no asia)|
|1962||Brazil||Czechslovakia||Chile: 16 teams (no teams from Asia or Africa)|
|1966||England||West Germany||England: 16 teams 4 regions (North Korea Asian)|
|1970||Brazil||Italy||Mexico: 16 teams 5 regions (Morocco 1st africa side)|
|1974||W. Germany||Netherlands||West Germany: 16 teams 5 regions|
|1978||Argentina||Netherlands||Argentina: 16 teams|
|1982||Italy||West Germany||Spain: Expanded to 24 teams from 6 confederations|
|1986||Argentina||West Germany||Mexico: 24 teams and 52 matches made it biggest|
|1990||W. Germany||Argentina||Italy: 24 teams (More than 1 Asian team for first time)|
|1994||Brazil||Italy||United States: 24 teams 5 confenderations|
|1998||France||Brazil||France: Expanded to 32 teams (8 groups of 4 teams)|
|2002||Brazil||Germany||Korea/Japan: 32 teams, (first time in hosted in asia)|
|2006||Italy||France||Germany: 32 teams, 64 matches, record attendance|
|2010||Spain||Netherlands||South Africa: 32 teams (first time in Africa)|
|2014||Germany||Argentina||Brazil: 32 team (most viewed world cup in history)|
|2018||France||Croatia||Russia: 32 team|
Most Successful FIFA World Cup Team: Brazil has won the competition record 5 times (2002, 1994, 1970, 1962 and 1958) they also lost two finals in (1998 and 1950). Pele is the only player to have won three world cups which is a unique record and from the looks of things will stay forever.
- Germany and Italy has won four world cups each. West Germany was by far the most consistent team after 1950 as they not only won 3 world cups but also lost 4 world cup finals. Netherlands is the only team to have appeared in the final more than 2 teams and fail to win the world cup. They lost three finals (1974, 1978 and 2010).
- Since 1930, We only had 8 world cup winners and 6 of them have won the tournament more than once. France became the sixth team to win the world cup more than once. England and Spain have won 1 world cup each.
- Only European or South American teams has won the world cup so far. Only United States and Turkey are the only teams (outside Europe and South America) to have finished 3rd in world cups.