List of FIFA World Cup finals

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List of FIFA World Cup finals
Founded1930
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams204 (qualifiers)
32 (finals)
Current champions Germany (4th title)
Most successful team(s) Brazil (5 titles)
 
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List of FIFA World Cup finals
Founded1930
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams204 (qualifiers)
32 (finals)
Current champions Germany (4th title)
Most successful team(s) Brazil (5 titles)
Germany celebrating after their win against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final

The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition established in 1930. It is contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The tournament has taken place every four years, except in 1942 and 1946, when the competition was cancelled due to World War II. The most recent World Cup, hosted by Brazil in 2014, was won by Germany, who beat Argentina 1–0 after extra time.[1]

The World Cup final matches are the last of the competition, and the results determine which country's team is declared world champions. If after 90 minutes of regular play the score is a draw, an additional 30-minute period of play, called extra time, is added. If such a game is still tied after extra time it is decided by kicks from the penalty shoot-out. The winning penalty shoot-out area team are then declared champions.[2] The tournament has been decided by a one-off match on every occasion except 1950, when the tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). Uruguay's 2–1 victory over Brazil was the decisive match (and one of the last two matches of the tournament) which put them ahead on points and ensured that they finished top of the group as world champions. Therefore, this match is regarded by FIFA as the de facto final of the 1950 World Cup.[3]

In the 20 tournaments held, 77 nations have appeared at least once. Of these, 12 have made it to the final match, and eight have won.[n 1] With five titles, Brazil is the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have participated in every World Cup finals tournament.[5] Italy and Germany have four titles. The other former champions are Uruguay and Argentina with two titles each, and England, France, and Spain with one each. The current champions, Germany, took their fourth title in 2014, and it is the first title for the Reunified German team. The 2014 German team also became the first European team to win in South America.[6] The team that wins the finals receive the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and their name is engraved in the bottom side of the trophy.[7]

The 1970 and 1994 along with the 1986, 1990 and 2014 games are to date the only matches competed by the same teams (Brazil, Italy and Argentina, Germany respectively). As of 2014, the 1934 final[n 2] remains the latest final to have been between two teams playing their first final.

List of finals[edit]

Key to the list of finals
daggerMatch was won during extra time
double-daggerMatch was won on a penalty shoot-out
List of finals matches, their venues and locations, the finalists and final scores
YearWinnersFinal score[3]Runners-upVenueLocationAttendanceReferences
Uruguay 1930 World Cup.jpg
1930
Uruguay 4–2 ArgentinaEstadio CentenarioMontevideo, Uruguay80,000[8][9]
WorldCup1934poster.jpg
1934
Italy   2–1dagger
[n 3]
 CzechoslovakiaStadio Nazionale PNFRome, Italy50,000[10][11]
WorldCup1938poster.jpg
1938
Italy 4–2 HungaryStade Olympique de ColombesParis, France45,000[12][13]
1950 World Cup.png
1950
Uruguay 2–1
[n 4]
 BrazilEstádio do MaracanãRio de Janeiro, Brazil174,000[14][15]
WorldCup1954logo.jpg
1954
West Germany 3–2 HungaryWankdorf StadiumBern, Switzerland60,000[16][17]
WorldCup1958logo.jpg
1958
Brazil 5–2 SwedenRåsunda StadiumSolna, Sweden51,800[18][19]
WorldCup1962logo.jpg
1962
Brazil 3–1 CzechoslovakiaEstadio NacionalSantiago, Chile69,000[20][21]
1966 FIFA World Cup logo.png
1966
England   4–2dagger
[n 5]
 West GermanyWembley StadiumLondon, England93,000[22][23]
1970 FIFA World Cup logo.svg
1970
Brazil 4–1 ItalyEstadio AztecaMexico City, Mexico107,412[24][25]
1974 FIFA World Cup emblem.svg
1974
West Germany 2–1 NetherlandsOlympiastadionMunich, West Germany75,200[26][27]
1978 FIFA World Cup logo.svg
1978
Argentina   3–1dagger
[n 6]
 NetherlandsEstadio MonumentalBuenos Aires, Argentina71,483[28][29]
1982fifawc.png
1982
Italy 3–1 West GermanySantiago BernabéuMadrid, Spain90,000[30][31]
Mexico 86 Logo.svg
1986
Argentina 3–2 West GermanyEstadio AztecaMexico City, Mexico114,600[32][33]
1990 Football World Cup logo.svg
1990
West Germany 1–0 ArgentinaStadio OlimpicoRome, Italy73,603[34][35]
1994 FIFA World Cup logo.svg
1994
Brazil   0–0double-dagger
[n 7]
 ItalyRose BowlPasadena, California, United States94,194[36][37]
1998 FIFA World Cup logo.svg
1998
France 3–0 BrazilStade de FranceSaint-Denis, France80,000[38][39]
2002 FIFA World Cup logo.svg
2002
Brazil 2–0 GermanyInternational Stadium YokohamaYokohama, Japan69,029[40][41]
FIFA World Cup 2006 Logo.svg
2006
Italy   1–1double-dagger
[n 8]
 FranceOlympiastadionBerlin, Germany69,000[42][43]
2010 FIFA World Cup logo.svg
2010
Spain   1–0dagger
[n 9]
 NetherlandsSoccer CityJohannesburg, South Africa84,490[44][45]
WC-2014-Brasil.svg
2014
Germany   1–0dagger
[n 10]
 ArgentinaEstádio do MaracanãRio de Janeiro, Brazil74,738[47][48]

Results by nation[edit]

Map of winning countries
National teamWinnersRunners-upTotal finalsYears wonYears runners-up
 Brazil5271958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 20021950, 1998
 Germany4481954, 1974, 1990, 20141966, 1982, 1986, 2002
 Italy4261934, 1938, 1982, 20061970, 1994
 Argentina2351978, 19861930, 1990, 2014
 Uruguay2021930, 1950
 France11219982006
 England1011966
 Spain1012010
 Netherlands0331974, 1978, 2010
 Czechoslovakia0221934, 1962
 Hungary0221938, 1954
 Sweden0111958

Results by confederation[edit]

ConfederationAppearancesWinnersRunners-up
UEFA261115
CONMEBOL1495

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This follows FIFA's consideration that the national teams of West Germany/Germany, Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia, and USSR/Russia are combined respectively for record-keeping.[4]
  2. ^ Technically the 1958 final was also between two first timers, but Brazil's 1950 group game defeat is generally counted as a previous "final" appearance for the team.
  3. ^ Score was 1–1 after 90 minutes.[10][11]
  4. ^ Not the final but the decisive match of the final group stage.
  5. ^ Score was 2–2 after 90 minutes.[22][23]
  6. ^ Score was 1–1 after 90 minutes.[28][29]
  7. ^ Score was 0–0 after 120 minutes. Brazil won 3–2 on penalties.[36][37]
  8. ^ Score was 1–1 after 120 minutes. Italy won 5–3 on penalties.[42][43]
  9. ^ Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes.[44][45]
  10. ^ Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes.[46]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

General

Specific

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  34. ^ "1990 FIFA World Cup Italy". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  35. ^ "World Cup history – Italy 1990". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
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  38. ^ "1998 FIFA World Cup France". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  39. ^ "World Cup history – France 1998". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  40. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
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  44. ^ a b "2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
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  47. ^ "Estadio Do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 18 January 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  48. ^ "Germany 1 Argentina 0". BBC Sport. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 

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