World Cup History

The FIFA World Cup is  the world’s most viewed sporting event. The event is so huge and costly, that the 4 years time period between World Cups has never changed! Since 1950, there has been a World Cup every 4 years. It is quite sad that it takes so much time to experience another World Cup, but the bright side is: when this event arrives, you know it is going to be BIG! A FIFA World Cup will always create that special feeling, that unique experience we probably won’t feel when it would be organised every year!

Why did FIFA organize a World Cup in the first place and what type of World Cup awards do exist? What is the story about the World Cup trophy and what do UEFA and CONMEBOL countries even mean? Find out and learn  interesting facts behind a World Cup.

19 World Cups have been organised so far, and the 2014 World Cup will be number 20. So far 76 countries have participated at least once in a World Cup! Read, view and learn about the World Cup history, since there are many unique and amazing facts to find out!

The following FIFA World Cups have been organised:

1930 – Uruguay

Final: Uruguay - Argentina 4-2
Third place: United States
Goals: 70
Top scorer: Guillermo Stábile (Argentina)
1934 – Italy

Final: Italy - Czechoslovakia 2-1
Third place: Germany - Austria 3-2
Goals: 70
Top scorer: Oldřich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia)
1938 – France

Final: Italy - Hungary 4-2
Third place: Brazil - Sweden 4-2
Goals: 84
Top scorer: Leônidas (Brazil)
1950 – Brazil

Final: Uruguay - Brazil 2-1
Third place: Sweden - Spain 3-1
Goals: 88
Top scorer: Ademir (Brazil)
1954 – Switzerland

Final: Hungary - West Germany 2-3
Third place: Uruguay - Austria 1-3
Goals: 140
Top scorer: Sándor Kocsis (Hungary)
1958 – Sweden

Final: Sweden - Brazil 2-5
Third place: West Germany - France 3-6
Goals: 126
Top scorer: Just Fontaine (France)
1962 – Chile

Final: Brazil - Czechoslovakia 3-1
Third place: Chile - Yugoslavia 1-0
Goals: 89
Top scorer: Garrincha (Brazil) and more
1966 – England

Final: England - West Germany 4-2
Third place: Portugal - Soviet Union 2-1
Goals: 89
Top scorer: Eusébio (Portugal)
1970 – Mexico

Final: Brazil - Italy 4-1
Third place: Uruguay - West Germany 0-1
Goals: 95
Top scorer: Gerd Müller (West Germany)
1974 – West Germany

Final: Netherlands - West Germany 1-2
Third place: Brazil - Poland 0-1
Goals: 97
Top scorer: Grzegorz Lato (Poland)
1978 – Argentina

Final: Netherlands - Argentina 1-3
Third place: Brazil - Italy 2-1
Goals: 102
Top scorer: Mario Kempes (Argentina)
1982 – Spain

Final: Italy - West Germany 3-1
Third place: Poland - France 3-2
Goals: 146
Top scorer: Paolo Rossi (Italy)
1986 – Mexico

Final: Argentina - West Germany 3-2
Third place: France - Belgium 4-2
Goals: 132
Top scorer: Gary Lineker (England)
1990 – Italy

Final: West Germany - Argentina 1-0
Third place: Italy - England 2-1
Goals: 115
Top scorer: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)
1994 – USA

Final: Brazil - Italy 3-2 (penalties)
Third place: Sweden - Bulgaria 4-0
Goals: 141
Top scorer: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) and more
1998 – France

Final: Brazil - France 0-3
Third place: Netherlands - Croatia 1-2
Goals: 171
Top scorer: Davor Šuker (Croatia)
2002 – South Korea/Japan

Final: Germany - Brazil 0-2
Third place: South Korea - Turkey 2-3
Goals: 161
Top scorer: Ronaldo (Brazil)
2006 – Germany

Final: Italy - France 5-3 (penalties)
Third place: Germany - Portugal 3-1
Goals: 147
Top scorer: Miroslav Klose (Germany)
2010 – South Africa

Final: Netherlands - Spain 0-1
Third place: Uruguay - Germany 2-3
Goals: 145
Top scorer: Thomas Müller (Germany) and more
2014 – Brazil

Final: Germany - Argentina 1-0
Third place: Brazil - Netherlands 0-3
Goals: 171
Top scorer: James Rodríguez (Colombia)
2018 – Russia
2022 – Qatar

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