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The 2018 Football World Cup or “FIFA World Cup” is here and people from all around the world will be watching. So when did the FIFA World Cup start? Well the The FIFA World Cup started in 1930. It was held in Uruguay and it has the distinctive honor of being the only World Cup without qualifying rounds as only countries which were invited for the competition could participate. Only 13 nations took part in this World Cup.
Since 1930, 20 World Cup tournaments have taken place and eight different teams have won the tournament. Brazil won a record five times. Germany and Italy won four titles each followed by Uruguay and Argentina who won it twice. England, France and Spain are the only other countries to have won the world cup. Here, we look at all the past winners of the FIFA World Cup from 1930 to 2014. So here we look at the All-Time FIFA World Cup Winners List.
|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 teams|
|2022||Qatar: 32 teams|
|2026||USA, Mexico, Canada: 48 (most teams ever)|
Brazil has won the World Cup a record five times (2002, 1994, 1970, 1962 and 1958). The South American’s have also lost two finals (1998 and 1950). Brazilian star Pele is the only player to have won three World Cups. He is known as the best ever footballer of all time.
Both Germany and Italy have won four World Cups each. West Germany was the best team from 1950 after winning four World Cups but also made four World Cup finals. Netherlands are the only nation that made the final more than two times only to lose the final. They lost three finals (1974, 1978 and 2010). Those poor Dutch fans!
Also interestingly, only European or South American teams have ever won the World Cup so far. The USA and Turkey are the teams outside Europe or South America that have finished 3rd in World Cups.
So with the 2018 FIFA World Cup now here, we look through all the teams with the most titles ever. Have a look at the the table below! Here is the All-Time FIFA World Cup Winners List.
|National team||Wins||Runners-up||Total finals||Years won||Years runners-up|
|Brazil||5||2||7||1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002||1950, 1998|
|Germany||4||4||8||1954, 1974, 1990, 2014||1966, 1982, 1986, 2002|
|Italy||4||2||6||1934, 1938, 1982, 2006||1970, 1994|
|Argentina||2||3||5||1978, 1986||1930, 1990, 2014|
|Netherlands||0||3||3||–||1974, 1978, 2010|