FIFA World Cup is a football event contested by the senior men’s national teams of members of FIFA (which is the sport’s global governing body). The first FIFA WORLD CUP tournament commenced in 1930, and it normally takes hold every four years, except in 1942 and 1946, when it was not held due to World War II.
Below are list of the countries that have won FIFA World Cup so far.
The 1930 inaugural FIFA World Cup, Uruguay from July 13 to July 30, 1930. Uruguay was allowed to host the event, because the country would be celebrating the centennial of its first constitution and the Uruguay national football team had successfully defended their title at the 1928 Summer Olympics.
1934 FIFA World Cup was held in Italy from May 27 to June 10. The 1934 World Cup was the first to require teams to qualify in order to take part in the tournament. Thirty-two countries competed, with 16 teams qualifying for the final tournament. However, only four European teams had accepted their invitation to the 1930 tournament, so reigning champions Uruguay did not accept it as well. Italy defeated Czechoslovakia 2–1 to win the World Cup for the second time and become the first European team to do so.
The 1938 FIFA World Cup Final was the third edition of the FIFA quadrennial football event match between Italy and Hungary to determine the 1938 FIFA World Cup champions. In the final match before World War II, Italy defended its title with a 4–2 victory.
The “final” match was held at Paris’ Stade Olympique de Colombes. The Italian team of Vittorio Pozzo took an early lead, but Hungary equalized within two minutes. The Italians quickly regained the lead, and by halftime, they were up 3–1 on the Hungarians. With a score of 4–2, Italy successfully defended its title, becoming the first team to do so on foreign soil.
The 1950 FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil from June 24 to July 16, 1950, and was the 4th edition of the international football championship for senior men’s national teams. Due to World War II, 1942 and 1946 World Cups didn’t hold. This tournament marked the end of the hiatus. Uruguay, which had won the inaugural competition in 1930, beat Brazil in the final round’s deciding match of the four-team group. This was the only world cup tournament in which the final was not decided in a single match. It was also the first world cup tournament in which the trophy was dubbed the Jules Rimet Cup, in honor of Jules Rimet’s 25-year presidency of FIFA as well.
Switzerland – 1954
The 1954 FIFA World Cup was the 5th which was held in Switzerland. In July 1946, Switzerland was chosen as the host country. Several all-time goal-scoring records were set at the tournament, including the highest average number of goals scored per game. West Germany won the tournament, defeating tournament favorites Hungary 3–2 in the final to claim their first World Cup title.
Sweden – 1958
The 1958 FIFA World Cup was held in Sweden from June 8 to 29, 1958, and was the sixth edition of the quadrennial football tournament for men’s senior national teams. It was the first time that the FIFA World Cup was held in a Nordic country. Brazil won their first World Cup by defeating Sweden (5–2) in the final stage (in the Stockholm suburb of Solna). The tournament also marked the debut of Pelé, who was then 17 years old, on the international stage.
Chile – 1962
This took place in Chile from May 30 to June 17, 1962. Between August 1960 and December 1961, 56 teams from six confederations competed in the qualification rounds, with fourteen qualifying for the finals tournament alongside hosts Chile and defending champions Brazil.
1962 World Cup was won by Brazil in Santiago, Chile, defeating Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the final. Brazil became the second team to win the World Cup twice in a row, following Italy in 1934 and 1938; no other team has done so since. Chile, the host nation, came in third place after beating Yugoslavia 1–0 in the third-place play-off.
England – 1966
The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth edition of the quadrennial men’s senior national team football tournament. From July 11 to July 30, 1966, it was held in England. The match ended up 2–2 went to extra time, where Geoff Hurst scored two goals to complete his hat-trick, the first to be scored in a World Cup final, with a few spectators wandering on to the pitch during the fourth goal. After Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934, England became the fifth and third host countries to win the event.
Mexico – 1970
The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the first World Cup tournament held outside of Europe and South America, and it took place in Mexico from May 31 to June 21. The competition’s qualification rounds began in May 1968, with teams representing 75 countries from all six inhabited continents. In the 16-team final tournament, fourteen teams qualified from this process to join host nation Mexico and defending champions England. At the final stage, El Salvador, Israel, and Morocco made their first appearances as well.
West Germany – 1974
The 1974 FIFA World Cup held in West Germany from June 13 to July 7, 1974. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won by Brazil for the third time in 1970 and was given to the Brazilians in perpetuity. This was the first of three World Cups to be held in the United States.
Argentina – 1978
The 1978 FIFA World Cup was held for the 11th time in 1978. It took place in Argentina from June 1 to June 25. Argentina, the host nation, won the Cup after beating the Netherlands 3–1 in extra time in the final. The final took place at River Plate’s home stadium, Estadio Monumental, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina won its first World Cup title, becoming the fifth team to host and win the tournament. The gold, silver, and bronze medalists were Argentina, the Netherlands, and Brazil respectively.
Spain – 1982
The 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain from June 13 to July 11, 1982. Italy lifted the trophy, defeating West Germany in the final at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain’s capital 3-1. Italy won their third World Cup, however their first since 1938. Argentina, the defending champions, were defeated in the second round (finishing third and last in their group).
Mexico – 1986
The 1986 FIFA World Cup, took place in Mexico from May 31 to June 29, 198. The tournament featured a 24-team format for the second time. Where European nations were barred from hosting after the previous World Cup in Spain, FIFA chose Colombia to host the event. However, due to financial constraints, Colombia was unable to host the event and formally resigned in 1982. In May 1983, Mexico was chosen as the new host, making it the first country to host the World Cup twice.
Italy – 1990
The 1990 FIFA World Cup was held every four years. It took place in Italy from June 8 to July 8, 1990, making it the second country to host the event for the second time (the first being Mexico in 1986). Qualification began in April 1988 with teams representing 116 national football associations. This process qualified 22 teams, including the host nation Italy and the defending champions Argentina.
West Germany won the tournament for the third time. In a rematch of the previous final four years ago, they defeated Argentina 1–0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. After both losing their semi-finals in penalty shootouts, Italy came in third and England came in fourt.
USA – 1994
The FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men’s national soccer teams, was held for the 15th time in 1994. It was hosted by the United States and took place at nine venues across the country from June 17 to July 17, 1994. FIFA selected the United States as the host country on July 4, 1988. Thistournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history, even though soccer was not popular in USA then.
France – 1998
The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th edition of the men’s national football teams’ world championship. It took place in France from June 10 to July 12, 1998. FIFA chose the country to host the tournament for the second time in the tournament’s history, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. The competition was held for the second time in France (the first was in 1938) and for the ninth time in Europe. It is the longest World Cup tournament ever, lasting 32 days.
France won the tournament after defeating defending champions Brazil 3–0 in the final. France won their first World Cup, becoming the seventh country to do so and the sixth to do so on home soil (after Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany, and Argentina). Croatia, Jamaica, Japan, and South Africa were the first teams to compete in the tournament.
South Korea – 2002
The FIFA World Cup 2002 was the 17th edition of FIFA’s quadrennial world championship for men’s national football teams. It was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30, 2002, with the final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama. Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 to win the trophy.
Germany – 2006
The 2006 FIFA World Cup took place in Germany from June 9 to July 9, 2006, after Germany won the right to host the event in July 2000. The qualification process, which began in September 2003, included teams representing 198 national football associations from all six inhabited continents.
Italy won the tournament for the fourth time in their history, claiming their fourth World Cup title. After a 1–1 draw in extra time, they defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shootout in the final. Germany finished third after defeating Portugal 3–1. The finals saw the debuts of Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Trinidad and Tobago, and Togo.
South Africa – 2010
The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th edition of the men’s national association football teams’ world championship. This tournament took place in South Africa from June 11 to July 11, 2010. Only African nations were eligible to bid for the right to host the tournament finals.
Spain, the European champions, defeated the Netherlands, the third-time losing finalists, 1–0 in extra time to win their first world title. Spain won the tournament and became the first European nation to win a World Cup held outside of its home continent.
Brazil – 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup took place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. The competition was held for the second time in Brazil, after the first in 1950, and for the fifth time in South America. This World Cup, in the opinion of both fans and pundits, is one of the best ever held.
Germany defeated Argentina in the final to win the tournament and claim the country’s fourth world title 1-0, the first since German reunification in 1990, when they beat Argentina by the same score in the World Cup final as West Germany. Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup held in the Americas, and it was the European team’s third title in a row.
Russia – 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was an international football tournament for men’s national teams held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. It was the 21st FIFA World Cup, a four-year international football tournament. The championships were held for the eleventh time in Europe, and it was the first time they were held in Eastern Europe. It was the most expensive World Cup to date, with an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion.
The defending (Germany) champions, were eliminated from the group stage. Russia, the host nation, was knocked out in the quarter-finals. On July 15, France faced Croatia in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. The match ended in a 4–2 victory for France, giving them their second World Cup.
Qatar – 2021
The next world Cup is going to hold in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This will be the first time an Arab country hosts a World Cup.