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FIFA World Cup
480px-WC-2014-Brasil.svg
Founded 1930
Region Worldwide
Tournament information
Current champions Germany.png Germany (4th title)
Number of teams 32 (finals)
209 (eligible to enter qualification)
Most successful club Brazil.png Brazil (5 titles)
Football current event Current
Website Official website

The FIFA World Cup (also called the Football World Cup, the Soccer World Cup, or simply the World Cup) is an international football competition contested by members of the International Federation of Association Football, better known as FIFA. It has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was canceled due to the Second World War.

Format

The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament. The hosts of the tournament qualify automatically.

For the final tournament the qualified 32 teams are split into eight groups, this is known as the Group 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. Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group. The last round of matches of each group is scheduled at the same time to preserve fairness among all four teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament in which teams play each other in one-off matches, with extra time and penalty shootouts used to decide the winner if necessary. The table below shows how the knockout stage works.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Winner Group A  
 Runner-up Group B    
 Winner of R16 1  
   Winner of R16 2    
 Winner Group C  
 Runner-up Group D    
 Winner of QF 1  
   Winner of QF 2    
 Winner Group E  
 Runner-up Group F    
 Winner of R16 3  
   Winner of R16 4    
 Winner Group G  
 Runner-up Group H    
 Winner of SF 1  
   Winner of SF 2  
 Winner Group B  
 Runner-up Group A    
 Winner of R16 5  
   Winner of R16 6    
 Winner Group D  
 Runner-up Group C    
 Winner of QF 3  
   Winner of QF 4     Third place
 Winner Group F  
 Runner-up Group E    
 Winner of R16 7    Loser of SF 1  
   Winner of R16 8      Loser of SF 2  
 Winner Group H  
 Runner-up Group G    

Trophy

The World Cup is a gold trophy that is awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup. Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, two trophies have represented victory. The Jules Rimet Trophy from 1930 to 1970, and the FIFA World Cup Trophy from 1974 to the present day.

Below is a table containing all eight winners of the World Cup and awarded trophies.

Country Jules Rimet Trophy FIFA World Cup Total
Brazil Brazil325
Flag of Italy Italy224
Germany Germany134
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay202
Flag of Argentina Argentina022
England England101
Flag of Spain Spain011
Flag of France France011
Total91120

Results

Year Host Winners Runners-up Third Place
1930 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay (1st title) Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of the United States.png United States
1934 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Flag of Italy.gif Italy (1st title) Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic Germany.png Germany
1938 Flag of France.png France Flag of Italy.gif Italy (2nd title) Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Brazil.png Brazil
1950 Brazil.png Brazil Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay (2nd title) Brazil.png Brazil Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden
1954 Switzerland.png Switzerland Germany.png Germany (1st title) Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Flag of Austria.png Austria


1958 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Brazil.png Brazil (1st title) Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Flag of France.png France
1962 Flag of CHI.png Chile Brazil.png Brazil (2nd title) Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic Flag of Chile.png Chile
1966 England.png England England.png England (1st title) Germany.png Germany Flag of Portugal.png Portugal
1970 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Brazil.png Brazil (3rd title) Flag of Italy.gif Italy Germany.png Germany
1974 Germany.png Germany Germany.png Germany (2nd title) Netherlands.png Netherlands Flag of Poland.png Poland
1978 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Argentina.png Argentina (1st title) Netherlands.png Netherlands Brazil.png Brazil
1982 Flag of Spain.png Spain Flag of Italy.gif Italy (3rd title) Germany.png Germany Flag of Poland.png Poland
1986 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Flag of Argentina.png Argentina (2nd title) Germany.png Germany Flag of France.png France
1990 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Germany.png Germany (3rd title) Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Italy.gif Italy
1994 Flag of the United States.png United States Brazil.png Brazil (4th title) Flag of Italy.gif Italy Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden
1998 Flag of France.png France Flag of France.png France (1st title) Brazil.png Brazil Croatia.png Croatia
2002 South Korea SK & Flag of Japan.png Japan Brazil.png Brazil (5th title) Germany.png Germany Flag of Turkey.png Turkey
2006 Germany.png Germany Flag of Italy.gif Italy (4th title) Flag of France.png France Germany.png Germany
2010 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Flag of Spain.png Spain (1st title) Netherlands.png Netherlands Germany.png Germany
2014 Brazil.png Brazil Germany.png Germany (4th title) Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Netherlands.png Netherlands
2018 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia TBD TBD TBD
2022 Flag of Qatar.png Qatar TBD TBD TBD

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player of each World Cup. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1930 Uruguay Flag of Uruguay José Nasazzi Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Uruguay José Andrade
1934 Italy Flag of Italy Giuseppe Meazza Flag of Austria Matthias Sindelar Flag of Czech Oldřich Nejedlý
1938 France Brazil Leônidas Flag of Italy Silvio Piola Flag of Hungary György Sárosi
1950 Brazil Brazil Zizinho Flag of Uruguay Juan Schiaffino Brazil Ademir
1954 Switzerland Flag of Hungary Ferenc Puskás Flag of Hungary Sándor Kocsis Germany Fritz Walter
1958 Sweden Brazil Didi Brazil Pelé Flag of France Just Fontaine
1962 Chile Brazil Garrincha Flag of Czech Josef Masopust Flag of CHI Leonel Sánchez
1966 England England Bobby Charlton England Bobby Moore Flag of Portugal Eusébio
1970 Mexico Brazil Pelé Brazil Gérson Germany Gerd Muller
1974 West Germany Netherlands Johan Cruijff Germany Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Poland Kazimierz Deyna
1978 Argentina Flag of Argentina Mario Kempes Flag of Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Dirceu
1982 Spain Flag of Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Falcão Germany Karl Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Flag of Argentina Diego Maradona Germany Harald Schumacher Flag of Denmark Preben Elkjær
1990 Italy Flag of Italy Salvatore Schillaci Germany Lothar Matthäus Flag of Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 United States Brazil Romário Flag of Italy Roberto Baggio Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France Brazil Ronaldo Croatia Davor Šuker Flag of France Lilian Thuram
2002 Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn Brazil Ronaldo South Korea Hong Myung-Bo
2006 Germany Flag of France Zinedine Zidane Flag of Italy Fabio Cannavaro Flag of Italy Andrea Pirlo
2010 South Africa Flag of Uruguay Diego Forlán Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Flag of Spain David Villa
2014 Brazil Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Germany Thomas Müller Netherlands Arjen Robben
2018 Russia TBD TBD TBD
2022 Qatar TBD TBD TBD

Future World Cups

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 World Cup will be hosted by Russia and will be the first World Cup to take place in Eastern Europe.

2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar and will be the first World Cup to take place in the Middle East.

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FIFA World Cup
Tournaments

Uruguay 1930 · Italy 1934 · France 1938 · Brazil 1950 · Switzerland 1954 · Sweden 1958 · Chile 1962 · England 1966 · Mexico 1970 · West Germany 1974 · Argentina 1978 · Spain 1982 · Mexico 1986 · Italy 1990 · United States 1994 · France 1998 · South Korea/Japan 2002 · Germany 2006 · South Africa 2010 · Brazil 2014 · Russia 2018 · Qatar 2022 · 2026 ·

FIFA World Cup finals

1930 · 1934 · 1938 · 1950 · 1954 · 1958 · 1962 · 1966 · 1970 · 1974 · 1978 · 1982 · 1986 · 1990 · 1994 · 1998 · 2002 · 2006 · 2010 · 2014 ·

FIFA World Cup Qualification

1930 · 1934 · 1938 · 1950 · 1954 · 1958 · 1962 · 1966 · 1970 · 1974 · 1978 · 1982 · 1986 · 1990 · 1994 · 1998 · 2002 · 2006 · 2010 · 2014 · 2018 ·

FIFA World Cup Squads

1930 · 1934 · 1938 · 1950 · 1954 · 1958 · 1962 · 1966 · 1970 · 1974 · 1978 · 1982 · 1986 · 1990 · 1994 · 1998 · 2002 · 2006 · 2010 · 2014 ·

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