Information about the international soccer World Cup tournament including champions year by year, logos, links, results and other data.
The World Cup (officially Football FIFA World Cup or FIFA World Cup) is the most critical competition in this sport. The tournament takes place every four years, and the venue is a different country on each occasion. More than 160 national teams compete in regional qualifying tournaments for two years, but only 32 of these selected get to be part of the main event. Below is the detail of all the champions with the results of the finals.
Of South Africa 2010 was the nineteenth edition of the World Cup FIFA , and the first to be played on African soil . Of the above, ten were played in Europe, four in South America, three in North America and one in Asia. Only four countries have had the honor of hosting two different World Cups: Mexico, Italy, France and Germany.
The maximum winner of World Cups is Brazil, with five conquests (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) , followed by Italy which has four (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006). As far as contested finals are concerned, the Northerners share the record with Germany (who won three), with seven finals each.
Another anecdote is that only eight countries have achieved glory, five of them being Europeans (Germany, France, England, Italy and Spain) and three South Americans (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay). The statistics can be extended to the runners-up (all the champions plus Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Hungary and the Netherlands) and generates an interesting fact: never a non-European or South American team could reach the final.
Here is a table summarizing all the World Cups between 1930 and 2010, including the definitions of all the editions:
|2002||Brazil||Germany||Korea / Japan|
|1974||West Germany||West Germany||Germany|
|1970||Brazil|| Italy ||Mexico|
|1950||In the 1950 World Cup the champion was defined with a final round. Although there was no final match, Uruguay and Brazil met on the last date in a game that determined the champion . The local Brazil reached him with a draw but Uruguay produced the famous 'Maracanazo' with a 2-1 triumph|