The FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup is the world’s most widely celebrated sporting event. Simply known as the World Cup, is the international association football competition by the national teams of the members of FIFA. This championship is awarded every four years for FIFA world cup winners since the first tournament in 1930 which was held in Uruguay and was won by the hosts. 19 tournaments held, 76 nations have arrived at least once. With five titles, Brazil is the most victorious World Cup team and also the only nation to participate in all the world cup tournaments.
Italy and Germany have four titles. Other champions are Uruguay, who won the very first tournament and Argentina, France with two titles each. England and Spain, who have won one each, Present champions, France got their second world cup in 2018.
In the table below, full list of previous FIFA World Cup winners, host country, winning team, runners-up and the score everything is presented.
World Cup Winner List
Year Location Venue Winners Runners-up Final score
1930 Montevideo, Uruguay Estadio Centenario Uruguay Argentina 4–2
1934 Rome, Italy Stadio Nazionale PNF Italy Czechoslovakia 2–1
1938 Paris, France Stade Olympique de Colombes Italy Hungary 4-2
1950 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Estádio do Maracanã Uruguay Brazil 2-1
1954 Bern, Switzerland Wankdorf Stadium West Germany Hungary 3-2
1958 Solna, Sweden Råsunda Stadium Brazil Sweden 5-2
1962 Santiago, Chile Estadio Nacional Brazil Czechoslovakia 3-1
1966 London, England Wembley Stadium England West Germany 4-2
1970 Mexico City, Mexico Estadio Azteca Brazil Italy 4-1
1974 Munich, West Germany Olympiastadion West Germany Netherlands 2-1
1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio Monumental Argentina Netherlands 3-1
1982 Madrid, Spain Santiago Bernabéu Italy West Germany 3-1
1986 Mexico City, Mexico Estadio Azteca Argentina West Germany 3-2
1990 Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico West Germany Argentina 1-0
1994 Pasadena, California, United States Rose Bowl Brazil Italy 0-0
1998 Saint-Denis, France Stade de France France Brazil 3-0
2002 Yokohama, Japan International Stadium Yokohama Brazil Germany 2-0
2006 Berlin, Germany Olympiastadion Italy France 1-1
2010 Johannesburg, South Africa Soccer City Spain Netherlands 1-0
2014 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Estadio do Maracana Germany Argentina 1-0
2018 Moscow, Russia Luzhniki Stadium France Croatia 4-2
A brief History on world cup winners list:
After established in 1904, FIFA tried to arrange an international football tournament in 1906. But the early World Cup tournaments were troublesome due to travel and war. Then some South American teams were agreed to travel to Europe for the 1934 and 1938 tournaments. Brazil was probably the only team to compete in both the tournaments.
The Brazil world cup 1950 was the first to incorporate British participants. Primarily they refused to join but in 1946 the agreed FIFA’s invitation. The 1930 champions Uruguay returned after two world cup boycotts. Unfortunately, Uruguay won against the host nation Brazil in the match named Maracanazo.
For the first time, 24 teams participated in 1982 and then it expanded to 32 in 1998 to create an opportunity for more teams from Asia, Africa, and North America. About two hundred teams entered the 2002 qualification rounds and a record 2010 world cup.
From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to the World Cup winning teams. Originally it was known as World Cup or Coupe du Monde. In1970, Brazil’s third-time victory in the tournament permitted them to keep the trophy permanently. In the year 1970, a new trophy was designed as FIFA World Cup Trophy. The new trophy is never awarded to the winning nations invariably. Winners have to retain the trophy at the next tournament and are will be awarded another gold-plated replica.
In the year 1954, the World Cup was first televised. Now it can be regarded as the most widely followed and viewed sporting event around the globe. The total audience of all matches of the 2006 World Cup is about 26.29 billion. 715.1 million People watched the final match of this tournament (a ninth of the entire population of the planet).
World Cup strongly impacts global branding. The host country can foresee a multi-million dollar revenue increase with just this month-long event. It is expected that Brazil was expecting to bring in more than $11 billion in revenue for the World Cup 2014.
FIFA introduced its first own mascot or logo in 1966. World Cup Willie was the first world mascot in 1966. Recently official match balls are also specially designed for each world cup.