The first FIFA World Cup was held in 1930. The tournament has taken place every four years, except in 1942 and 1946, when it was cancelled due to second World War. The most recent World Cup 2014 was won by Germany, who beat Argentina 1-0 after extra time.
Out of 20 football world cups held so far, 16 countries has hosted the tournament. Brazil, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico has hosted two times each. Uruguay hosted the inaugural FIFA World Cup. World Cup 2014 was hosted by Brazil. Next World Cup will held in Russia in 2018.
Brazil has won most five titles in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Italy and Germany have won four titles each. Argentina and Uruguay has won 2 times. England, France and Spain became world champions once. Six Hosts has won the tournament. World Cup Football has been won by eight different teams, five teams from Europe and three teams from South America. 11 titles has been won by European teams, while 9 has been won by South American teams.
Five world cup final match was won during extra time and two was won on a penalty shoot-out. Most 7 goals was scored in 1958 final, where Brazil defeated Sweden by 5-2. In 1994 final between Brazil and Italy, no goal was scored and score was 0-0 after 120 minutes of play.
1986, 1990 and 1994 final matches was competed by the same teams, Argentina and Germany. 1970 and 1994 final mathes was played between Brazil and Italy.
12 different teams has played world cup finals. Netherlands, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Sweden has lost all final matches they played. Germany was runner up most four times, followed by Argentina and Netherlands three times each. Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Italy has lost 2 World Cup finals. France and Sweden were runner up one time each.
24 different teams has entered in semifinals and 41 different teams has entered in quarterfinals. Germany has played most 13 semifinals followed by Brazil with 11 semifinals. Italy has played 8 world cup football semifinals. Brazil and Germany entered in Quarterfinal 17 times each, followed by Argentina, Italy and England 10 times each.
|Year||Host||Winner||Runner-up||Final Result||Third||Fourth||Total Teams|
|Full Time||extra time/penalty|
|1934||Italy||Italy||Czechoslovakia||2-1||1-1 after 90 m.||Germany||Austria||16|
|1966||England||England||Germany||4-2||2-2 after 90 m.||Portugal||Soviet Union||13|
|1978||Argentina||Argentina||Netherlands||3-1||1-1 after 90 m.||Brazil||Italy||16|
|1994||USA||Brazil||Italy||0-0||0-0 after 120 m., 3-2 on penalties||Sweden||Bulgaria||24|
|2006||Germany||Italy||France||1-1||1-1 after 120 m., 5-3 on penalties||Germany||Portugal||32|
|2010||South Africa||Spain||Netherlands||1-0||0-0 after 90 m.||Germany||Uruguay||32|
|2014||Brazil||Germany||Argentina||1-0||0-0 after 90 m.||Netherlands||Brazil||32|