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سال بنیان‌گذاری۱۹۳۰
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قهرمان کنونی فرانسه (دومین قهرمانی)
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مارادونا در حال به ثمر رساندن «گل قرن» در دیدار با تیم ملی فوتبال انگلستان در جام جهانی ۱۹۸۶

جام جهانی فیفا (که همچنین با نام جام جهانی فوتبال یا به‌طور خلاصه، با نام جام جهانی شناخته می‌شود)، مسابقات حرفه‌ای فوتبال است که در ردهٔ مردان و بین اعضای فدراسیون بین‌المللی فوتبال(فیفا) برگزار می‌شود. این مسابقات از سال ۱۹۳۰ به‌طور مرتب و هر ۴ سال یکبار برگزار می‌شود و تنها در سال‌های ۱۹۴۲ و ۱۹۴۶ و به علت جنگ جهانی دوم برگزار نشده‌است. قهرمان فعلی جهان، تیم ملی فوتبال فرانسه است که در سال ۲۰۱۸ قهرمان شد.

در حال حاضر، این دوره از مسابقات به پایان رسیده‌است. تیم‌ها برای ورود به مرحله نهایی جام، در طی ۳ سال قبل از آغاز آن، تلاش کرده و در نهایت به همراه کشور (های) میزبان در این مسابقات حضور پیدا می‌کنند.

تاکنون ۲۱ دوره جام جهانی برگزار شده‌است و تنها ۸ کشور موفق به فتح این مسابقات شده‌اند که کشور برزیل با ۵ قهرمانی، پرافتخارترین تیم این رقابت‌ها است. همچنین برزیلی‌ها تنها تیم در دنیا هستند که در تمام ۲۱ دوره رقابت‌ها حضور داشته‌اند و هرگز از گروه حذف نشدند. آلمان و ایتالیا با چهار قهرمانی، دومین تیم‌های پرافتخار دنیا هستند، آرژانتین، فرانسه و اروگوئه با ۲ قهرمانی و کشورهای انگلیس و اسپانیا دیگر کشورهایی هستند که تجربهٔ کسب عنوان قهرمانی را دارند.

جام جهانی، پربیننده‌ترین رویداد ورزشی است، به طوری که بازی فینال جام جهانی سال ۲۰۰۶ را که در کشور آلمان برگزار شد، ۷۱۵٫۱ میلیون نفر در سرتاسر دنیا به صورت زنده تماشا کردند.[۱]تاکنون ۱۷ کشور از قاره های اروپا (ایتالیا و فرانسه ۲بار _سوئیس،سوئد،انگلستان،اسپانیا،المان،روسیه و آلمان غربی ۱بار) آسیا(کره جنوبی و ژاپن ۱بار مشترک) آمریکای جنوبی (برزیل ۲ بار_اروگوئه،شیلی،آرژانتین ۱بار) آمریکای شمالی (مکزیک ۲بار_ ایالات متحده آمریکا ۱ بار) و قاره آفریقا (آفریقای جنوبی ۱ بار) میزبان این مسابقات بوده است.

میزبان دورهٔ بعدی جام جهانی در سال ۲۰۲۲ کشور قطر خواهد بود. این دوره از جام جهانی که از ۲۱ نوامبر (۳۰ آبان) تا ۱۸ دسامبر ۲۰۲۲ م. (۲۷ آذر ۱۴۰۱ ه‍.ش) در کشور قطر برگزار خواهد شد، اولین باری خواهد بود که کشوری عربی از خاورمیانه میزبانی این مسابقات را برعهده خواهد داشت.[۲]

روز چهارشنبه ۱۳ ژوئن ۲۰۱۸ ایالات متحده آمریکا، مکزیک و کانادا به عنوان میزبانان مشترک جام جهانی فوتبال ۲۰۲۶ انتخاب شدند.همچنین کانادا برای اولین بار میزبانی جام جهانی را تجربه می‌کند.

تاریخچه[ویرایش]

مسابقات بین‌المللی قبلی[ویرایش]

در سال ۱۸۷۲، نخستین مسابقه بین‌المللی فوتبال بین دو تیم انگلیس و اسکاتلند و در گلاسگو انجام شد که با نتیجه مساوی بدون گل به پایان رسید.[۳] نخستین جام برگزار شده نیز در سال ۱۸۸۴ و با نام مسابقات قهرمانی بریتانیا برگزار شد.[۴]

در قرن ۲۰ میلادی، فوتبال رو به رشد رفت و در بازی‌های المپیک تابستانی ۱۹۰۰، فوتبال بدون داشتن مدال و به عنوان یکی از ورزش‌های تیمی، برگزار شد.[۵] در سال ۱۹۰۴ بود که فیفا در سوئیس تأسیس شد. مسئولان وقت فیفا تلاش می‌کردند تا جدا از فوتبالی که در مسابقات المپیک برگزار می‌شود، مسابقات دیگری برگزار کنند اما چون سال‌های آغازین این رشته ورزشی بود، فیفا توفیقی کسب نکرد و شکست خورد.[۶]

در المپیک سال ۱۹۰۸ بود که فوتبال برای نخستین بار، به عنوان ورزشی رسمی در المپیک مورد استفاده قرار گرفت و فیفا مسئولیت برگزاری آن را به عهده داشت. البته در آن زمان تنها تیم ملی انگلیس یک تیم حرفه‌ای بود و سایر تیم‌ها دارای بازیکنان آماتور بودند که به همین دلیل در طی ۲ دوره بعدی المپیک، انگلیس مدال طلا را کسب کرد.

در سال ۱۹۰۹ و در کنار مسابقات المپیک که برای تیم‌های آماتور برگزار می‌شد، سر توماس لیپتون، جام توماس لیپتون را در شهر تورین برگزار کرد. البته در این رقابت‌ها، تیم‌های ملی شرکت نداشتند بلکه از هر کشور، یک تیم باشگاهی و به عنوان نماینده آن کشور در این مسابقات حضور پیدا می‌کرد. زمانی جام توماس لیپتون به عنوان نخستین دوره رقابت‌های جام جهانی شناخته می‌شد.[۷] در این رقابت‌ها، موفق‌ترین تیم‌های ایتالیا، آلمان و سوئیس حضور داشتند اما مسئولین فوتبال انگلیس، حاضر نشدند تا یک تیم حرفه‌ای به این مسابقات بفرستند که لیپتون از باشگاه «آکلند غربی» به نمایندگی از انگلیس، برای شرکت در این رقابت‌ها دعوت کرد که در نهایت همین تیم هم قهرمان شد.

در سال ۱۹۱۴، فیفا مسابقات فوتبال المپیک را با عنوان جام جهانی فوتبال برای افراد آماتور به رسمیت شناخت و مسئولیت برگزاری این رقابت‌ها را پذیرفت.[۸] این حرکت فیفا در سال ۱۹۲۰، منجر به برگزاری نخستین جام بین قاره‌ای فوتبال شد که در آن یک کشور غیر اروپایی نیز شرکت کرد. مصر به همراه ۱۳ تیم اروپایی دیگر در این رقابت‌ها شرکت کرد که در نهایت مسابقات با قهرمانی تیم ملی بلژیک به پایان رسید.[۹] ۲ دوره بعدی رقابت‌ها نیز در سال‌های ۱۹۲۴ و ۱۹۲۸ با قهرمانی تیم ملی اروگوئه به پایان رسید.

نخستین دوره رقابت‌ها[ویرایش]

با توجه به موفقیت در برگزاری مسابقات المپیک، فیفا و رئیس وقت آن زمانش؛ ژول ریمه، مجدداً تلاش خود را برای برگزاری یک جام رسمی بین‌المللی آغاز کردند تا بتوانند مسابقات مربوط به خود را برگزار کنند. در مه سال ۱۹۲۸ بود که فیفا در شهر آمستردام تصمیمش را برای برگزاری مسابقات رسمی خود، اعلام کرد.[۱۰] آن‌ها کشور اروگوئه را که در ۲ دوره قبلی جام جهانی و در آستانهٔ جشن ۱۰۰ سالگی استقلالش بود، به عنوان میزبان رقابت‌ها، انتخاب کردند.

کمیته‌ای برای دعوت تیم‌های ملی برای حضور در این رقابت‌ها تشکیل شد اما انتخاب اروگوئه به عنوان میزبان رقابت‌ها، به منزلهٔ افزایش هزینه‌ها و سخت شدن آمدن تیم‌ها به رقابت‌ها بود که همین مسئله باعث شد که تا قبل از ۲ ماه مانده به آغاز رقابت‌ها، هیچ تیم اروپایی، اعلام آمادگی نکرده باشد. هر چند در نهایت بلژیک، فرانسه، رومانی و یوگسلاوی از اروپا در این رقابت‌ها حضور پیدا کردند. ۷ تیم از آمریکای جنوبی، ۲ تیم از آمریکای شمالی به همراه ۴ تیم اروپایی، ۱۳ تیم حاضر در نخستین دوره رقابت‌های جام جهانی فوتبال بودند.

دو بازی اول در تاریخ رقابت‌های جام جهانی، در ۱۳ ژوئیه ۱۹۳۰ برگزار شد. جاییکه فرانسه موفق شد با نتیجه ۴–۱ تیم مکزیک را شکست دهد و آمریکا نیز با ۳ گل تیم بلژیک را شکست داد. لوسین لورنت فرانسوی، زننده نخستین گل تاریخ رقابت‌های جام جهانی شد.[۱۱]

در بازی فینال نیز اروگوئه میزبان توانست در حضور ۹۳ هزار تماشاگر، با نتیجه ۴–۲ آرژانتین را شکست داده و به عنوان نخستین قهرمان جام جهانی فوتبال شناخته شود. جامی که با نام جام ژول ریمه نیز از آن یاد می‌شود.[۱۲]

جام‌های جهانی قبل از جنگ جهانی[ویرایش]

پس از برگزار شدن نخستین دوره رقابت‌های جام جهانی، بازی‌های المپیک سال ۱۹۳۲ در لوس آنجلس برگزار شد که در آنجا فوتبال محبوبیت بسیار کمی داشت و به جای آن، فوتبال آمریکایی بسیار محبوب شده بود. به همین دلیل بود که مسئولین فیفا و المپیک، تصمیم گرفتند مسابقات فوتبال را در آن دوره از رقابت‌ها برگزار نکنند.[۱۳] فوتبال دوباره در المپیک سال ۱۹۳۶ جزو یکی از رشته‌ها شد اما بیشتر از گذشته تحت شعاع جام جهانی فوتبال قرار گرفته بود.

مسابقات سال ۱۹۳۴، در کشور ایتالیا برگزار شد. جاییکه برای اولین بار مسابقات دارای مرحله گروهی شدند. ۱۶ تیم در این دوره حضور داشتند که تا سال ۱۹۸۲، این تعداد تغییری نکرد. اروگوئه‌ای‌ها که از گسترش فاشیسم در ایتالیا ناراضی بودند، این مسابقات را تحریم کردند. بولیوی و پاراگوئه نیز به دلیل مسائل مالی، در این مسابقات حضور پیدا نکردند تا برزیل و آرژانتین بدون برگزاری هیچ بازی مقدماتی، در مسابقات حضور پیدا کنند. مصر نیز در این دوره، به عنوان نخستین تیم آفریقایی حضور پیدا کرد. ایتالیایی‌ها نیز خود توانستند در این دوره از رقابت‌ها قهرمان شوند و تبدیل به نخستین تیم اروپایی شوند که قهرمان جام جهانی می‌شود.[۱۰]

دوره بعدی رقابت‌ها نیز مجدداً در اروپا و این بار در فرانسه برگزار شد که موجب اعتراض کشورهای آمریکایی شد و اروگوئه و آرژانتین مسابقات را تحریم کردند. همچنین برای نخستین بار اعلام شد که تیم‌های میزبان و قهرمان دوره قبل رقابت‌ها، بدون نیاز به برگزاری مسابقات مقدماتی، می‌توانند در این رقابت‌ها حضور یابند.[۱۰]فرانسوی‌ها که میزبان بودند، تبدیل به نخستین میزبانی شدند که موفق به کسب جام نشد. تیم ملی ایتالیا در نهایت موفق شد تا برای دومین بار پیاپی، قهرمان این رقابت‌ها شود

برگزار نشدن دو جام جهانی بخاطر جنگ جهانی[ویرایش]

دوره‌های ۱۹۴۲ و ۱۹۴۶ جام جهانی، به دلیل جنگ جهانی دوم برگزار نشد. جام جهانی ۱۹۴۲ قرار بود تا در کشور آلمان برگزار شود. این خبر در ۲۳مین سالگرد فیفا در سال ۱۹۳۶ و در برلین اعلام شده بود. اما جنگ جهانی در سال ۱۹۳۹ آغاز شد و میزبانی آلمان منتفی شد. در جوئن همین سال، قرار شد برزیل میزبان رقابت‌ها باشد هرچند که با گسترش جنگ جهانی، برگزاری مسابقات منتفی شد آنهم در حالیکه حتی میزبان رقابت‌ها هم مشخص نشده بود.[۱۰]

بعد از پایان جنگ جهانی نیز، مسابقات سال ۱۹۴۶ به دلیل خرابی‌های حاصل از جنگ، برگزار نشد.[۱۰]

جام‌های جهانی بعد از جنگ جهانی[ویرایش]

۱۹۵۰[ویرایش]

اعضای تیم ملی اروگوئه که قهرمان نخستین جام، پس از جنگ جهانی دوم شدند،

در سال ۱۹۵۰ بود که مسابقات دوباره از سر گرفته شد. مسابقات به میزبانی برزیل برگزار شد و انگلیس برای نخستین بار در این رقابت‌ها حضور پیدا کرد. انگلیسی‌ها که فوتبال را ورزشی انگلیسی می‌دانستند، دوست نداشتند تا در رقابت با تیم‌های غیرانگلیسی شرکت کنند تا بتوانند فوتبال را انگلیسی نگه دارند[۱۴] اما سرانجام در سال ۱۹۴۶ بود که دعوت فیفا را پذیرفتند و در این رقابت‌ها شرکت کردند.[۱۵] هر چند در نهایت آن‌ها با شکست برابر آمریکا، از گردونه رقابت‌ها حذف شدند و نتوانستند به فینال راه پیدا کنند. انگلیسی‌ها آن بازی را با ۱ گل به آمریکا واگذار کرده بودند هرچند در ابتدا اخبار به اشتباه مخابره شد. بنابر اخبار، انگلیسی‌ها بازی را ۱–۰ برده بودند و البته به علت اشتباه تایپی، نتیجه بازی ۱۰–۰ به نفع انگلیس خوانده شده بود. همچنین اروگوئه‌ای که دو دوره قبلی را تحریم کرده بود، مجدداً به این بازی‌ها آمد. کشورهای اروپای شرقی چون شوروی سابق نیز به‌دلایل سیاسی در مسابقات حضور نداشتند. ایتالیا، قهرمان دوره قبل نیز با وجود سقوط هواپیمای خود که باعث کشته شدن اکثر بازیکنانش شد، در این رقابت‌ها شرکت کرد. همچنین این تنها دوره از رقابت‌ها بود که پس از مرحله گروهی، مسابقات حذفی برگزار نشد و در این دور هم مسابقات به شکل گروهی برگزار شد. در نهایت نیز اروگوئه‌ای‌ها، برزیل میزبان را شکست دادند و قهرمان شدند.

۱۹۵۴[ویرایش]

جام جهانی ۱۹۵۴ در کشور سوئیس برگزار شد و مسابقات برای اولین بار از طریق تلویزیون پخش شدند. شوروی که در مسابقات المپیک شگفتی ساز شده بودند، در این رقابت‌ها موفق نبودند. در مرحله یک چهارم نهایی مسابقات نیز پرگل‌ترین بازی تاریخ رقابت‌ها رقم خورد. جاییکه اتریش با وجود آنکه با ۳ گل از سوئیس عقب افتاده بود، در نهایت با نتیجه ۷–۵ موفق شد سوئیس را شکست دهد. در نهایت نیز آلمان غربی با برتری ۳–۲ برابر قهرمان المپیک، یعنی مجارستان موفق شد قهرمان مسابقات شود.[۱۶] این قهرمانی در حالی بدست آمد که آلمانی‌ها ابتدا با ۲ گل از حریف عقب افتاده بودند. به همین دلیل این مسابقه در آلمان، با نام «معجزه برن» معروف شده‌است.[۱۷]

۱۹۵۸[ویرایش]

پله و ژیلمار، اعضای تیمی از برزیل بودند که نخستین قهرمانی جهان را برای برزیل به ارمغان آوردند

جام جهانی ۱۹۵۸ در سوئد برگزار شد و برزیل توانست قهرمان شود. برزیلی‌ها تبدیل به نخستین تیم تاریخ مسابقات شدند که در حالی قهرمان می‌شدند که مسابقات در یک قاره دیگر برگزار می‌شد. همچنین برای اولین بار، هر چهار تیم بریتانیایی موفق به حضور در مرحلهٔ نهایی مسابقات شدند. اتفاقی که دیگر هرگز رخ نداد. همچنین در این مسابقات، پله به جهان فوتبال معرفی شد. وی در فینال ۲ بار گلزنی کرد. جاست فونتین نیز با زدن ۱۳ گل، بهترین گلزن رقابت‌ها شد. رکوردی که تاکنون دست نخورده باقی مانده‌است.[۱۸]

۱۹۶۲[ویرایش]

در حالی شیلی میزبان جام جهانی ۱۹۶۲ بود که قبل از آغاز مسابقات، زلزله ویرانگر و ۹٫۵ ریشتری شیلی رخ داد و خسارات زیادی وارد کرد. این دوره از مسابقات بخاطر خشونت زیادش و بازی‌های تدافعیش بسیار مشهور شد. برای مثال بازی ایتالیا با شیلی که با برد ۲–۰ شیلی همراه بود، به نام نبرد سانتیاگو معروف شد. دو روزنامه‌نگار ایتالیایی، مقاله‌ای تند دربارهٔ کشور میزبان نوشتند و در مسابقه نیز بازیکنان دو تیم به قصد مصدوم کردن بازیکنان حریف بازی می‌کردند و در نهایت دو بازیکن از تیم ایتالیا نیز از بازی اخراج شدند. در نهایت و برای دومین بار پیاپی، برزیل موفق شد در فینال و با نتیجه ۳–۱ تیم چکسلواکی را شکست دهد و قهرمان مسابقات شود. مارکوس کول کلمبیایی نیز تبدیل به نخستین و تنها بازیکن تاریخ شد که از روی نقطه کرنر، موفق به زدن گل در جام جهانی شد. لو یاشین این گل را دریافت کرده بود.[۱۹]

وضعیت کشورهای مختلف در مسابقات

در بین سال‌های ۱۹۳۷ تا ۱۹۷۸، مسابقات با حضور ۱۶ تیم برگزار می‌شد. البته در مسابقات سال ۱۹۳۸ کشور اتریش جزوی از آلمان شده بود و به همین دلیل بود که مسابقات با حضور ۱۵ تیم برگزار شد. همچنین در مسابقات سال ۱۹۵۰ بود که به علت انصراف تیم‌های هند، اسکاتلند و ترکیه، مسابقات با شرکت ۱۳ تیم برگزار شد.[۲۰] در آن سال‌ها اکثر تیم‌های شرکت‌کننده، از اروپا و آمریکای جنوبی بودند و تیم‌های کمی از قاره‌های آمریکای شمالی، آسیا، آفریقا و اقیانوسیه در این رقابت‌ها بودند و اکثر آن‌ها نیز به راحتی از تیم‌های اروپایی و آمریکایی جنوبی، شکست می‌خوردند. در واقع تا سال ۱۹۸۶، تنها آمریکا بود که جزو قاره اروپا و آمریکای جنوبی نبود اما توانسته بود از دور نخست رقابت‌ها صعود کند و در رقابت‌های سال ۱۹۳۰، به دور نیمه نهایی رسیده بود. همچنین تیم‌های ملی کوبا در سال ۱۹۳۸، کره شمالی در سال ۱۹۶۶ و مکزیک در سال ۱۹۷۰ بود که توانسته بودند به مرحله یک چهارم نهایی برسند.

در دوران جنگ جهانی دوم جام در ایتالیا بود و معاون رئیس فیفا، «اوتورینو باراسی» آن را در یک جعبه کفش در زیر تختخواب خود مخفی کرده بود. برزیل در سال ۱۹۶۶ به روال عادی پس از چهار سال جام را به فیفا بازگرداند. این جام در همین سال و قبل از شروع بازیها، بخشی از نمایشگاه «فوتبال در دنیای تمبر» بود که در «وستمینستر سنترهال» لندن برگزار شده بود. در روز ۲۰ مارس ۱۹۶۶ برابر ۲۹ اسفند ۱۳۴۴ خورشیدی، زمانی که در قسمت دیگری از ساختمان نمایشگاه مراسم عبادت برگزار شده بود، ربوده شد. اما یک هفته بعد سگی ضمن بازی در باغچه جلوی خانه‌ای آن را پیدا کرد. جام ژول ریمه پس از مسابقات ۱۹۷۰ برای همیشه به برزیل رفت ولی در دسامبر سال ۱۹۸۳ دوباره و این بار از ویترین فدراسیون فوتبال برزیل به سرقت رفت. در تحقیقات پلیس معلوم شد که دزدان جام را ذوب کرده‌اند. به این خاطر فدراسیون برزیل بدل جام را نزد یک شرکت آلمانی در شهر «هانائو» نزدیک فرانکفورت سفارش داد که اکنون در برزیل نگهداری می‌شود.

پس از این رویداد، فیفا از میان ۵۳ طرح که هنرمندان در رقابتی جهانی برای جام جهانی فراهم آورده بودند، جام فعلی را که طراحی تندیس ساز و سنگتراش ایتالیایی «سیلویو گازانیگا» اهل میلان است را برگزید. جنس جام طلای ۱۸ عیار، وزن آن ۶۱۷۵ گرم و ارتفاع آن ۳۶۸ میلی‌متر است. تیم برنده جام را دریافت می‌کند و پس از پایان مسابقات می‌بایستی آن را قبل از بازگشت به کشور خود تحویل فیفا دهد. تیم قهرمان یک نسخه بدل با روکش آب طلا دریافت می‌کند که آنهم متعلق به فیفا می‌ماند.

نتایج[ویرایش]

دوره سال میزبان(ان) قهرمان گل‌زده و ورزشگاه نایب قهرمان مقام سوم گل‌زده و ورزشگاه مقام چهارم تعداد تیم‌ها
۱ ۱۹۳۰
مشروح
 اروگوئه Flag of اروگوئه
اروگوئه
۱۹۳۰
ورزشگاه سنتناریو، مونته‌ویدئو
Flag of آرژانتین
آرژانتین
Flag of ایالات متحده آمریکا
ایالات متحده آمریکا
[note ۱] Flag of پادشاهی یوگسلاوی
یوگسلاوی
۱۳
۲ ۱۹۳۴
مشروح
 ایتالیا Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
۱۹۳۴ (و.ا.)
ورزشگاه ملی پی‌ان‌اف، رم
Flag of چکسلواکی
چکسلواکی
Flag of آلمان
آلمان
۳–۲
ورزشگاه جورجو آسکارلی، ناپل
Flag of اتریش
اتریش
۱۶
۳ ۱۹۳۸
مشروح
 فرانسه Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
۱۹۳۸
ورزشگاه المپیک ایو-دو-منوا، پاریس
Flag of مجارستان
مجارستان
Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۴–۲
ورزشگاه شابان-دلمس، بوردو
Flag of سوئد
سوئد
۱۵
۱۹۴۲ این دوره‌ها به خاطر جنگ جهانی دوم برگزار نشد.
۱۹۴۶
۴ ۱۹۵۰
مشروح
 برزیل Flag of اروگوئه
اروگوئه
[note ۲]
فینال جام جهانی فوتبال ۱۹۵۰
ورزشگاه ماراکانا، ریو دو ژانیرو
Flag of برزیل
برزیل
Flag of سوئد
سوئد
[note ۲]
۳–۱
ورزشگاه پاکائمبو، سائو پائولو
Flag of اسپانیا
اسپانیا
۱۳
۵ ۱۹۵۴
مشروح
 سوئیس Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
۱۹۵۴
ورزشگاه وانکدورف، برن
Flag of مجارستان
مجارستان
Flag of اتریش
اتریش
۳–۱
ورزشگاه هادتوم، زوریخ
Flag of اروگوئه
اروگوئه
۱۶
۶ ۱۹۵۸
مشروح
 سوئد Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۱۹۵۸
ورزشگاه روسوندا، سولنا
Flag of سوئد
سوئد
Flag of فرانسه
فرانسه
۶–۳
ورزشگاه اولوی، یوتبری
Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
۱۶
۷ ۱۹۶۲
مشروح
 شیلی Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۱۹۶۲
ورزشگاه ملی خولیو مارتینز پرادانوس، سانتیاگو
Flag of چکسلواکی
چکسلواکی
Flag of شیلی
شیلی
۱–۰
Estadio Nacional, سانتیاگو
Flag of یوگسلاوی
یوگسلاوی
۱۶
۸ ۱۹۶۶
مشروح
 انگلستان Flag of انگلستان
انگلستان
۱۹۶۶ (و.ا.)
ورزشگاه ومبلی, لندن
Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
Flag of پرتغال
پرتغال
۲–۱
ورزشگاه ومبلی، [[لندن
Flag of اتحاد جماهیر شوروی
اتحاد جماهیر شوروی
۱۶
۹ ۱۹۷۰
مشروح
 مکزیک Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۱۹۷۰
ورزشگاه آزتکا، مکزیکو سیتی
Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
۱–۰
ورزشگاه آزتکا، مکزیکو سیتی
Flag of اروگوئه
اروگوئه
۱۶
۱۰ ۱۹۷۴
مشروح
 آلمان غربی Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
۱۹۷۴
ورزشگاه المپیک مونیخ، مونیخ
Flag of the Netherlands
هلند
Flag of لهستان
لهستان
۱–۰
Olympiastadion, Munich
Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۱۶
۱۱ ۱۹۷۸
مشروح
 آرژانتین Flag of آرژانتین
آرژانتین
۱۹۷۸ (و.ا.)
ورزشگاه مونومنتال آنتونیو وسپوسیو لیبرتی، بوئنوس آیرس
Flag of the Netherlands
هلند
Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۲–۱
Monumental de Núñez, Buenos Aires
Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
۱۶
۱۲ ۱۹۸۲
مشروح
 اسپانیا Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
۱۹۸۲
ورزشگاه سانتیاگو برنابئو، مادرید
Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
Flag of لهستان
لهستان
۳–۲
ورزشگاه خوزه ریکو پرز، آلیکانته
Flag of فرانسه
فرانسه
۲۴
۱۳ ۱۹۸۶
مشروح
 مکزیک Flag of آرژانتین
آرژانتین
۱۹۸۶
ورزشگاه آزتکا، مکزیکو سیتی
Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
Flag of فرانسه
فرانسه
4–2 (و.ا.)
ورزشگاه کواتموک، پوئبلا سیتی
Flag of بلژیک
بلژیک
۲۴
۱۴ ۱۹۹۰
مشروح
 ایتالیا Flag of آلمان غربی
آلمان غربی
۱۹۹۰
ورزشگاه المپیک رم، رم
Flag of آرژانتین
آرژانتین
Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
۲–۱
ورزشگاه سن نیکولا، باری
Flag of انگلستان
انگلستان
۲۴
۱۵ ۱۹۹۴
مشروح
 ایالات متحده آمریکا Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۱۹۹۴ (و.ا.)
(۳–۲ ضربات پنالتی)
ورزشگاه رز بول، پاسادینا، کالیفرنیا
Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
Flag of سوئد
سوئد
۴–۰
رز بول، پاسادینا
Flag of بلغارستان
بلغارستان
۲۴
۱۶ ۱۹۹۸
مشروح
 فرانسه Flag of فرانسه
فرانسه
۱۹۹۸
ورزشگاه استاد دو فرانس، سن دنی، سن سن دنی
Flag of برزیل
برزیل
Flag of کرواسی
کرواسی
۲–۱
ورزشگاه پارک ده پرنس، پاریس
Flag of the Netherlands
هلند
۳۲
۱۷ ۲۰۰۲
مشروح
 ژاپن
 کره جنوبی
Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۲۰۰۲
ورزشگاه بین‌المللی یوکوهاما، یوکوهاما
Flag of آلمان
آلمان
Flag of ترکیه
ترکیه
۳–۲
ورزشگاه دئگو، دئگو
Flag of کره جنوبی
کره جنوبی
۳۲
۱۸ ۲۰۰۶
مشروح
 آلمان Flag of ایتالیا
ایتالیا
۲۰۰۶ (و.ا.)
(۵–۳ ضربات پنالتی)
ورزشگاه المپیک برلین، برلین
Flag of فرانسه
فرانسه
Flag of آلمان
آلمان
۳–۱
ورزشگاه مرسدس بنز آرنا، اشتوتگارت
Flag of پرتغال
پرتغال
۳۲
۱۹ ۲۰۱۰
مشروح
 آفریقای جنوبی Flag of اسپانیا
اسپانیا
۲۰۱۰ (و.ا.)
ورزشگاه اف‌ان‌بی، ژوهانسبورگ
Flag of the Netherlands
هلند
Flag of آلمان
آلمان
۳–۲
ورزشگاه نلسون ماندلا بی، پورت الیزابت
Flag of اروگوئه
اروگوئه
۳۲
۲۰ ۲۰۱۴
مشروح
 برزیل Flag of آلمان
آلمان
۲۰۱۴ (و.ا.)
ورزشگاه ماراکانا، ریو دو ژانیرو
Flag of آرژانتین
آرژانتین
Flag of the Netherlands
هلند
۳–۰
ورزشگاه ملی مانه گارینشا، برازیلیا
Flag of برزیل
برزیل
۳۲
۲۱ ۲۰۱۸
مشروح
 روسیه Flag of فرانسه
فرانسه
۲۰۱۸
ورزشگاه لوژنیکی، مسکو
Flag of کرواسی
کرواسی
Flag of بلژیک
بلژیک
۲–۰
ورزشگاه کرستوفسکی، سن پترزبورگ
Flag of انگلستان
انگلستان
۳۲
۲۲ ۲۰۲۲
مشروح
 قطر TBD TBD
ورزشگاه ملی لوسیل، لوسیل
TBD TBD TBD
TBD
TBD ۳۲
۲۳ ۲۰۲۶
مشروح
 کانادا
 مکزیک
 ایالات متحده آمریکا
TBD TBD
TBD, United States
TBD TBD TBD
TBD
TBD ۴۸
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • pen.: after penalty shoot-out
  • TBD: to be determined
Notes
  1. There was no جام جهانی فوتبال ۱۹۳۰; the United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. FIFA now recognises the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the tournament.[۲۱]
  2. ۲٫۰ ۲٫۱ There was no official World Cup final match in 1950.[۲۲] The tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). Coincidentally, one of the last two matches of the tournament pitted the two top ranked teams against each other, with فینال جام جهانی فوتبال ۱۹۵۰ thus often being considered as the de facto final of the 1950 World Cup.[۲۳] Likewise, the game between the lowest ranked teams, played at the same time as Uruguay vs Brazil, can be considered equal to a 3rd place match, with Sweden's 3–1 victory over Spain ensuring that they finished third.
  3. تیم‌هایی که به جمع چهار تیم برتر راه یافته‌اند[ویرایش]

    رتبه تیم قهرمان نایب قهرمان سوم چهارم
    ۱  برزیل ۵ (۱۹۵۸، ۱۹۶۲، ۱۹۷۰، ۱۹۹۴، ۲۰۰۲) ۲ (۱۹۵۰*، ۱۹۹۸) ۲ (۱۹۳۸، ۱۹۷۸) ۲ (۱۹۷۴، ۲۰۱۴*)
    ۲  آلمان^ ۴ (۱۹۵۴، ۱۹۷۴*، ۱۹۹۰، ۲۰۱۴) ۴ (۱۹۶۶، ۱۹۸۲، ۱۹۸۶، ۲۰۰۲) ۴ (۱۹۳۴، ۱۹۷۰، ۲۰۰۶*، ۲۰۱۰) ۱ (۱۹۵۸)
    ۳  ایتالیا ۴ (۱۹۳۴*، ۱۹۳۸، ۱۹۸۲، ۲۰۰۶) ۲ (۱۹۷۰، ۱۹۹۴) ۱ (۱۹۹۰*) ۱ (۱۹۷۸)
    ۴  آرژانتین ۲ (۱۹۷۸*، ۱۹۸۶) ۳ (۱۹۳۰، ۱۹۹۰، ۲۰۱۴)
    ۵  فرانسه ۲ (۱۹۹۸ ۲۰۱۸) ۱ (۲۰۰۶) ۲ (۱۹۵۸، ۱۹۸۶) ۱ (۱۹۸۲)
    ۶  اروگوئه ۲ (۱۹۳۰*، ۱۹۵۰) ۳ (۱۹۵۴، ۱۹۷۰، ۲۰۱۰)
    ۷  انگلستان ۱ (۱۹۶۶*) ۲ (۱۹۹۰,۲۰۱۸)
    ۸  اسپانیا ۱ (۲۰۱۰) ۱ (۱۹۵۰)
    ۹  هلند ۳ (۱۹۷۴، ۱۹۷۸، ۲۰۱۰) ۱ (۲۰۱۴) ۱ (۱۹۹۸)
    ۱۰  چکسلواکی# ۲ (۱۹۳۴، ۱۹۶۲)
    ۱۱  مجارستان ۲ (۱۹۳۸، ۱۹۵۴)
    ۱۲  سوئد ۱ (۱۹۵۸*) ۲ (۱۹۵۰، ۱۹۹۴) ۱ (۱۹۳۸)
    ۱۳  کرواسی ۱ (۲۰۱۸) ۱ (۱۹۹۸)
    ۱۴  لهستان ۲ (۱۹۷۴، ۱۹۸۲)
    ۱۵  اتریش ۱ (۱۹۵۴) ۱ (۱۹۳۴)
     پرتغال ۱ (۱۹۶۶) ۱ (۲۰۰۶)
     بلژیک ۱ (۲۰۱۸) ۱ (۱۹۸۶)
    ۱۸  ایالات متحده آمریکا ۱ (۱۹۳۰)
     شیلی ۱ (۱۹۶۲)
     ترکیه ۱ (۲۰۰۲)
    ۲۱  یوگسلاوی# ۲ (۱۹۳۰، ۱۹۶۲)
    ۲۲  اتحاد جماهیر شوروی# ۱ (۱۹۶۶)
     بلغارستان ۱ (۱۹۹۴)
     کره جنوبی ۱ (۲۰۰۲*)
    * = میزبان
    ^ = از سال ۱۹۵۴ تا ۱۹۹۰ عناوین آلمان مربوط به آلمان غربی است.
    # = کشورهایی که به دو یا چند کشور تقسیم شدند

    یادداشت‌ها[ویرایش]

    1. ^ بازی رسمی ب حک شد قام سوم در مسابقات ۱۹۳۰ انجام نشد؛ ایالات متحده آمریکا و پادشاهی یوگسلاوی هر دو در نیمه نهایی شکست خوردند. با این حال، بعدها فیفا عطف به ماسبق کرد و ایالات متحده آمریکا و پادشاهی یوگسلاوی را به ترتیب سوم و چهارم اعلام کرد، احتمالاً بر اساس اختلاف گل، ضابطه‌ای که تا پیش از مسابقات ۱۹۶۲ سابقه نداشت.

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    FIFA World Cup
    FIFA World Cup wordmark.svg
    Founded1930; 89 years ago (1930)
    RegionInternational (FIFA)
    Number of teams32 (finals)
    211 (eligible to enter qualification)
    Current champions France (2nd title)
    Most successful team(s) Brazil (5 titles)
    Television broadcastersList of broadcasters
    Websitefifa.com/worldcup/

    The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

    The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. After this, 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s), compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.

    The 21 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Germany and Italy, with four titles each; Argentina, France and inaugural winner Uruguay, with two titles each; and England and Spain with one title each.

    The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world, as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative viewership of all matches of the 2006 World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet.[1][2][3][4]

    17 countries have hosted the World Cup. Brazil, France, Italy, Germany and Mexico have each hosted twice, while Uruguay, Switzerland, Sweden, Chile, England, Argentina, Spain, the United States, Japan and South Korea (jointly), South Africa and Russia have each hosted once. Qatar are planned as hosts of the 2022 finals, and 2026 will be jointly hosted by Canada, the United States and Mexico, which will give Mexico the distinction of being the first country to have hosted games in three finals.

    History

    Previous international competitions

    The world's first international football match was a challenge match played in Glasgow in 1872 between Scotland and England,[5] which ended in a 0–0 draw. The first international tournament, the inaugural British Home Championship, took place in 1884.[6] As football grew in popularity in other parts of the world at the start of the 20th century, it was held as a demonstration sport with no medals awarded at the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics (however, the International Olympic Committee has retroactively upgraded their status to official events), and at the 1906 Intercalated Games.[7]

    After FIFA was founded in 1904, it tried to arrange an international football tournament between nations outside the Olympic framework in Switzerland in 1906. These were very early days for international football, and the official history of FIFA describes the competition as having been a failure.[8]

    At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, football became an official competition. Planned by The Football Association (FA), England's football governing body, the event was for amateur players only and was regarded suspiciously as a show rather than a competition. Great Britain (represented by the England national amateur football team) won the gold medals. They repeated the feat at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.

    With the Olympic event continuing to be contested only between amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton organised the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy tournament in Turin in 1909. The Lipton tournament was a championship between individual clubs (not national teams) from different nations, each one of which represented an entire nation. The competition is sometimes described as The First World Cup,[9] and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland, but the FA of England refused to be associated with the competition and declined the offer to send a professional team. Lipton invited West Auckland, an amateur side from County Durham, to represent England instead. West Auckland won the tournament and returned in 1911 to successfully defend their title.

    In 1914, FIFA agreed to recognise the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs", and took responsibility for managing the event.[10] This paved the way for the world's first intercontinental football competition, at the 1920 Summer Olympics, contested by Egypt and 13 European teams, and won by Belgium.[11] Uruguay won the next two Olympic football tournaments in 1924 and 1928. Those were also the first two open world championships, as 1924 was the start of FIFA's professional era.

    World Cups before World War II

    FIFA president Jules Rimet convinced the confederations to promote an international football tournament.

    Due to the success of the Olympic football tournaments, FIFA, with President Jules Rimet as the driving force, again started looking at staging its own international tournament outside of the Olympics. On 28 May 1928, the FIFA Congress in Amsterdam decided to stage a world championship itself.[12] With Uruguay now two-time official football world champions and to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA named Uruguay as the host country of the inaugural World Cup tournament.

    The national associations of selected nations were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay as a venue for the competition meant a long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for European sides. Indeed, no European country pledged to send a team until two months before the start of the competition. Rimet eventually persuaded teams from Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia to make the trip. In total, 13 nations took part: seven from South America, four from Europe and two from North America.

    Estadio Centenario, the location of the first World Cup final in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay

    The first two World Cup matches took place simultaneously on 13 July 1930, and were won by France and the US, who defeated Mexico 4–1 and Belgium 3–0 respectively. The first goal in World Cup history was scored by Lucien Laurent of France.[13] In the final, Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in front of 93,000 people in Montevideo, and became the first nation to win the World Cup.[14] After the creation of the World Cup, FIFA and the IOC disagreed over the status of amateur players, and so football was dropped from the 1932 Summer Olympics.[15] Olympic football returned at the 1936 Summer Olympics, but was now overshadowed by the more prestigious World Cup.

    The issues facing the early World Cup tournaments were the difficulties of intercontinental travel, and war. Few South American teams were willing to travel to Europe for the 1934 World Cup and all North and South American nations except Brazil and Cuba boycotted the 1938 tournament. Brazil was the only South American team to compete in both. The 1942 and 1946 competitions, which Germany and Brazil sought to host,[16] were cancelled due to World War II and its aftermath.

    World Cups after World War II

    The opening game of the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, shortly before the 1950 FIFA World Cup. From the National Archives of Brazil

    The 1950 World Cup, held in Brazil, was the first to include British participants. British teams withdrew from FIFA in 1920, partly out of unwillingness to play against the countries they had been at war with, and partly as a protest against foreign influence on football,[17] but rejoined in 1946 following FIFA's invitation.[18] The tournament also saw the return of 1930 champions Uruguay, who had boycotted the previous two World Cups. Uruguay won the tournament again after defeating the host nation Brazil, in the match called "Maracanazo" (Portuguese: Maracanaço).

    In the tournaments between 1934 and 1978, 16 teams competed in each tournament, except in 1938, when Austria was absorbed into Germany after qualifying, leaving the tournament with 15 teams, and in 1950, when India, Scotland, and Turkey withdrew, leaving the tournament with 13 teams.[19] Most of the participating nations were from Europe and South America, with a small minority from North America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. These teams were usually defeated easily by the European and South American teams. Until 1982, the only teams from outside Europe and South America to advance out of the first round were: USA, semi-finalists in 1930; Cuba, quarter-finalists in 1938; North Korea, quarter-finalists in 1966; and Mexico, quarter-finalists in 1970.

    Expansion to 32 teams

    Interior view of the Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

    The tournament was expanded to 24 teams in 1982,[20] and then to 32 in 1998,[21] also allowing more teams from Africa, Asia and North America to take part. Since then, teams from these regions have enjoyed more success, with several having reached the quarter-finals: Mexico, quarter-finalists in 1986; Cameroon, quarter-finalists in 1990; South Korea, finishing in fourth place in 2002; Senegal, along with USA, both quarter-finalists in 2002; Ghana, quarter-finalists in 2010; and Costa Rica, quarter-finalists in 2014. Nevertheless, European and South American teams continue to dominate, e.g., the quarter-finalists in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2018 were all from Europe or South America and so were the finalists of all tournaments so far.

    Two hundred teams entered the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds; 198 nations attempted to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, while a record 204 countries entered qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[22]

    Expansion to 48 teams

    In October 2013, Sepp Blatter spoke of guaranteeing the Caribbean Football Union's region a position in the World Cup.[23] In the edition of 25 October 2013 of the FIFA Weekly Blatter wrote that: "From a purely sporting perspective, I would like to see globalisation finally taken seriously, and the African and Asian national associations accorded the status they deserve at the FIFA World Cup. It cannot be that the European and South American confederations lay claim to the majority of the berths at the World Cup."[24] Those two remarks suggested to commentators that Blatter could be putting himself forward for re-election to the FIFA Presidency.[25]

    Following the magazine's publication, Blatter's would-be opponent for the FIFA Presidency, UEFA President Michel Platini, responded that he intended to extend the World Cup to 40 national associations, increasing the number of participants by eight. Platini said that he would allocate an additional berth to UEFA, two to the Asian Football Confederation and the Confederation of African Football, two shared between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, and a guaranteed place for the Oceania Football Confederation.[26] Platini was clear about why he wanted to expand the World Cup. He said: "[The World Cup is] not based on the quality of the teams because you don't have the best 32 at the World Cup ... but it's a good compromise. ... It's a political matter so why not have more Africans? The competition is to bring all the people of all the world. If you don't give the possibility to participate, they don't improve."[26]

    In October 2016, FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated his support for a 48-team World Cup in 2026.[27] On 10 January 2017, FIFA confirmed the 2026 World Cup will have 48 finalist teams.[28]

    2015 FIFA corruption case

    By May 2015, the games were under a particularly dark cloud because of the 2015 FIFA corruption case, allegations and criminal charges of bribery, fraud and money laundering to corrupt the issuing of media and marketing rights (rigged bids) for FIFA games,[29] with FIFA officials accused of taking bribes totaling more than $150 million over 24 years. In late May, the US Department of Justice announced a 47-count indictment with charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy against 14 people. Arrests of over a dozen FIFA officials were made since that time, particularly on 29 May and 3 December.[30] By the end of May 2015, a total of nine FIFA officials and five executives of sports and broadcasting markets had already been charged on corruption. At the time, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he would relinquish his position in February 2016.[31]

    On 4 June 2015 Chuck Blazer while co-operating with the FBI and the Swiss authorities admitted that he and the other members of FIFA's then-executive committee were bribed in order to promote the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.[32] On 10 June 2015 Swiss authorities seized computer data from the offices of Sepp Blatter.[33] The same day, FIFA postponed the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in light of the allegations surrounding bribery in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. Then-secretary general Jérôme Valcke stated, "Due to the situation, I think it's nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being."[34] On 28 October 2015, Blatter and FIFA VP Michel Platini, a potential candidate for presidency, were suspended for 90 days; both maintained their innocence in statements made to the news media.[35]

    On 3 December 2015 two FIFA vice-presidents were arrested on suspicion of bribery in the same Zurich hotel where seven FIFA officials had been arrested in May.[36] An additional 16 indictments by the US Department of Justice were announced on the same day.[37]

    Other FIFA tournaments

    An equivalent tournament for women's football, the FIFA Women's World Cup, was first held in 1991 in China.[38] The women's tournament is smaller in scale and profile than the men's, but is growing; the number of entrants for the 2007 tournament was 120, more than double that of 1991.[39]

    Men's football has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932. Unlike many other sports, the men's football tournament at the Olympics is not a top-level tournament, and since 1992, an under-23 tournament with each team allowed three over-age players.[40] Women's football made its Olympic debut in 1996.

    The FIFA Confederations Cup was a tournament held one year before the World Cup at the World Cup host nation(s) as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming World Cup. It is contested by the winners of each of the six FIFA confederation championships, along with the FIFA World Cup champion and the host country.[41] The first edition took place in 1992 and the last edition was played in 2017. In March 2019, FIFA confirmed that the tournament would no longer be active owing to an expansion of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2021.[42]

    FIFA also organises international tournaments for youth football (FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA U-17 World Cup, FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup), club football (FIFA Club World Cup), and football variants such as futsal (FIFA Futsal World Cup) and beach soccer (FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup). The latter three do not have a women's version, although a FIFA Women's Club World Cup has been proposed.[43]

    The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is held the year before each Women's World Cup and both tournaments are awarded in a single bidding process. The U-20 tournament serves as a dress rehearsal for the larger competition.[44]

    Trophy

    Queen Elizabeth II presenting the Jules Rimet trophy to 1966 World Cup winning England captain Bobby Moore

    From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to the World Cup winning team. It was originally simply known as the World Cup or Coupe du Monde, but in 1946 it was renamed after the FIFA president Jules Rimet who set up the first tournament. In 1970, Brazil's third victory in the tournament entitled them to keep the trophy permanently. However, the trophy was stolen in 1983 and has never been recovered, apparently melted down by the thieves.[45]

    The current trophy (held by France forward Ousmane Dembélé in 2018) has been presented since 1974

    After 1970, a new trophy, known as the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was designed. The experts of FIFA, coming from seven countries, evaluated the 53 presented models, finally opting for the work of the Italian designer Silvio Gazzaniga. The new trophy is 36 cm (14.2 in) high, made of solid 18 carat (75%) gold and weighs 6.175 kg (13.6 lb).[46] The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite while the bottom side of the trophy bears the engraved year and name of each FIFA World Cup winner since 1974.[46] The description of the trophy by Gazzaniga was: "The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory."[47]

    This new trophy is not awarded to the winning nation permanently. World Cup winners retain the trophy only until the post-match celebration is finished. They are awarded a gold-plated replica rather than the solid gold original immediately afterwards.[48]

    Currently, all members (players, coaches, and managers) of the top three teams receive medals with an insignia of the World Cup Trophy; winners' (gold), runners-up' (silver), and third-place (bronze). In the 2002 edition, fourth-place medals were awarded to hosts South Korea. Before the 1978 tournament, medals were only awarded to the eleven players on the pitch at the end of the final and the third-place match. In November 2007, FIFA announced that all members of World Cup-winning squads between 1930 and 1974 were to be retroactively awarded winners' medals.[49][50][51]

    Format

    Qualification

    Since the second World Cup in 1934, qualifying tournaments have been held to thin the field for the final tournament.[52] They are held within the six FIFA continental zones (Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, and Europe), overseen by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA decides the number of places awarded to each of the continental zones beforehand, generally based on the relative strength of the confederations' teams.

    The qualification process can start as early as almost three years before the final tournament and last over a two-year period. The formats of the qualification tournaments differ between confederations. Usually, one or two places are awarded to winners of intercontinental play-offs. For example, the winner of the Oceanian zone and the fifth-placed team from the Asian zone entered a play-off for a spot in the 2010 World Cup.[53] From the 1938 World Cup onwards, host nations receive automatic qualification to the final tournament. This right was also granted to the defending champions between 1938 and 2002, but was withdrawn from the 2006 FIFA World Cup onward, requiring the champions to qualify. Brazil, winners in 2002, were the first defending champions to play qualifying matches.[54]

    Final tournament

    The current final tournament has been used since 1998 and features 32 national teams competing over the course of a month in the host nation(s). There are two stages: the group stage followed by the knockout stage.[55]

    In the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Eight teams are seeded, including the hosts, with the other seeded teams selected using a formula based on the FIFA World Rankings and/or performances in recent World Cups, and drawn to separate groups.[56] The other teams are assigned to different "pots", usually based on geographical criteria, and teams in each pot are drawn at random to the eight groups. Since 1998, constraints have been applied to the draw to ensure that no group contains more than two European teams or more than one team from any other confederation.[57]

    Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group. This means that a total of six matches are played within a group. The last round of matches of each group is scheduled at the same time to preserve fairness among all four teams.[58] The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout 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 (before, winners received two points).

    If one considers all possible outcomes (win, draw, loss) for all six matches in a group, there are 729 (= 36) outcome combinations possible. However, 207 of these combinations lead to ties between the second and third places. In such case, the ranking among these teams is determined as follows:[59]

    1. Greatest combined goal difference in all group matches
    2. Greatest combined number of goals scored in all group matches
    3. If more than one team remain level after applying the above criteria, their ranking will be determined as follows:
      1. Greatest number of points in head-to-head matches among those teams
      2. Greatest goal difference in head-to-head matches among those teams
      3. Greatest number of goals scored in head-to-head matches among those teams
      4. Fair play points, defined by the number of yellow and red cards received in the group stage:
        1. Yellow card: minus 1 point
        2. Indirect red card (as a result of a second yellow card): minus 3 points
        3. Direct red card: minus 4 points
        4. Yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
    4. If any of the teams above remain level after applying the above criteria, their ranking will be determined by the drawing of lots

    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. It begins with the round of 16 (or the second round) in which the winner of each group plays against the runner-up of another group. This is followed by the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the third-place match (contested by the losing semi-finalists), and the final.[55]

    On 10 January 2017, FIFA approved a new format, the 48-team World Cup (to accommodate more teams), which consists of 16 groups of three teams each, with two teams qualifying from each group, to form a round of 32 knockout stage, to be implemented by 2026.[60]

    Hosts

    Map of FIFA World Cup final hosts, 1930–2022. Green: once; dark green: twice; light green: planned

    Selection process

    Early World Cups were given to countries at meetings of FIFA's congress. The locations were controversial because South America and Europe were by far the two centres of strength in football and travel between them required three weeks by boat. The decision to hold the first World Cup in Uruguay, for example, led to only four European nations competing.[61] The next two World Cups were both held in Europe. The decision to hold the second of these in France was disputed, as the South American countries understood that the location would alternate between the two continents. Both Argentina and Uruguay thus boycotted the 1938 FIFA World Cup.[62]

    Since the 1958 FIFA World Cup, to avoid future boycotts or controversy, FIFA began a pattern of alternating the hosts between the Americas and Europe, which continued until the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan, was the first one held in Asia, and the first tournament with multiple hosts.[63] South Africa became the first African nation to host the World Cup in 2010. The 2014 FIFA World Cup was hosted by Brazil, the first held in South America since Argentina 1978,[64] and was the first occasion where consecutive World Cups were held outside Europe.

    Russian delegates celebrate being chosen as the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

    The host country is now chosen in a vote by FIFA's Council. This is done under an exhaustive ballot system. The national football association of a country desiring to host the event receives a "Hosting Agreement" from FIFA, which explains the steps and requirements that are expected from a strong bid. The bidding association also receives a form, the submission of which represents the official confirmation of the candidacy. After this, a FIFA designated group of inspectors visit the country to identify that the country meets the requirements needed to host the event and a report on the country is produced. The decision on who will host the World Cup is usually made six or seven years in advance of the tournament. However, there have been occasions where the hosts of multiple future tournaments were announced at the same time, as was the case for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, with Qatar becoming the first Middle Eastern country to host the tournament.[65][66]

    For the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the final tournament is rotated between confederations, allowing only countries from the chosen confederation (Africa in 2010, South America in 2014) to bid to host the tournament. The rotation policy was introduced after the controversy surrounding Germany's victory over South Africa in the vote to host the 2006 tournament. However, the policy of continental rotation will not continue beyond 2014, so any country, except those belonging to confederations that hosted the two preceding tournaments, can apply as hosts for World Cups starting from 2018.[67] This is partly to avoid a similar scenario to the bidding process for the 2014 tournament, where Brazil was the only official bidder.[68]

    The 2026 FIFA World Cup was chosen to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, marking the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations.[69] The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held, with 48 teams playing 80 matches. Sixty matches will take place in the US, including all matches from the quarter-finals onward, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.[69]

    Performances

    Six of the eight champions have won one of their titles while playing in their own homeland, the exceptions being Brazil, who finished as runners-up after losing the deciding match on home soil in 1950 and lost their semi-final against Germany in 2014, and Spain, which reached the second round on home soil in 1982. England (1966) won its only title while playing as a host nation. Uruguay (1930), Italy (1934), Argentina (1978) and France (1998) won their first titles as host nations but have gone on to win again, while Germany (1974) won their second title on home soil.[70]

    Other nations have also been successful when hosting the tournament. Switzerland (quarter-finals 1954), Sweden (runners-up in 1958), Chile (third place in 1962), South Korea (fourth place in 2002), and Mexico (quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986) all have their best results when serving as hosts. So far, South Africa (2010) has been the only host nation to fail to advance beyond the first round.[71]

    Attendance

    Year Hosts Venues/
    Cities
    Total
    attendance
    Matches Avg.
    attendance
    Highest attendances †
    Number Venue Game(s)
    1930  Uruguay 3/1 590,549 18 32,808 93,000 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo Uruguay 6–1 Yugoslavia, Semi-final
    1934  Italy 8/8 363,000 17 21,353 55,000 Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome Italy 2–1 Czechoslovakia, Final
    1938  France 10/9 375,700 18 20,872 58,455 Olympique de Colombes, Paris France 1–3 Italy, Quarter-final
    1950  Brazil 6/6 1,045,246 22 47,511 173,850[72] Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 1–2 Uruguay, Deciding match
    1954   Switzerland 6/6 768,607 26 29,562 63,000 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern West Germany 3–2 Hungary, Final
    1958  Sweden 12/12 819,810 35 23,423 50,928 Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg Brazil 2–0 Soviet Union, Group stage
    1962  Chile 4/4 893,172 32 27,912 68,679 Estadio Nacional, Santiago Brazil 4–2 Chile, Semi-final
    1966  England 8/7 1,563,135 32 48,848 98,270 Wembley Stadium, London England 4–2 West Germany, Final
    1970  Mexico 5/5 1,603,975 32 50,124 108,192 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City Mexico 1–0 Belgium, Group stage
    1974  West Germany 9/9 1,865,753 38 49,099 83,168 Olympiastadion, West Berlin West Germany 1–0 Chile, Group stage
    1978  Argentina 6/5 1,545,791 38 40,679 71,712 River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires Italy 1–0 Argentina, Group stage
    1982  Spain 17/14 2,109,723 52 40,572 95,500 Camp Nou, Barcelona Argentina 0–1 Belgium, Opening match
    1986  Mexico 12/11 2,394,031 52 46,039 114,600 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City Mexico 1–1 Paraguay, Group stage
    Argentina 3–2 West Germany, Final
    1990  Italy 12/12 2,516,215 52 48,389 74,765 San Siro, Milan West Germany 4–1 Yugoslavia, Group stage
    1994  United States 9/9 3,587,538 52 68,991 94,194 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California Brazil 0(3)–(2)0 Italy, Final
    1998  France 10/10 2,785,100 64 43,517 80,000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis Brazil 0–3 France, Final
    2002  Japan
     South Korea
    20/20 2,705,197 64 42,269 69,029 International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan Brazil 2–0 Germany, Final
    2006  Germany 12/12 3,359,439 64 52,491 72,000 Olympiastadion, Berlin Germany 1(4)–(2)1 Argentina, Quarter-final
    2010  South Africa 10/9 3,178,856 64 49,670 84,490 Soccer City, Johannesburg Spain 1–0 Netherlands, Final
    2014  Brazil 12/12 3,429,873 64 53,592 74,738 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro Germany 1–0 Argentina, Final
    2018  Russia 12/11 3,031,768 64 47,371 78,011 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow France 4–2 Croatia, Final
    2022  Qatar (8/5) (64)
    2026  Canada
     Mexico
     United States
    (16/16) (80)
    Overall 40,532,478 900 45,036 171,772 Maracanã Stadium, Rio (1950)

    dagger The best-attended single match, shown in the last three columns, has been the final in 11 of the 21 World Cups as of 2018. Another match or matches drew more attendance than the final in 1930, 1938, 1958, 1962, 1970–1982, 1990 and 2006.

    Broadcasting and promotion

    A Coca-Cola bottle promoting the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan

    The World Cup was first televised in 1954 and is now the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world. The cumulative viewership of all matches of the 2006 World Cup is estimated to be 26.29 billion.[1] 715.1 million individuals watched the final match of this tournament (a ninth of the entire population of the planet). The 2006 World Cup draw, which decided the distribution of teams into groups, was watched by 300 million viewers.[74] The World Cup attracts many sponsors such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Adidas. For these companies and many more, being a sponsor strongly impacts their global brands. Host countries typically experience a multimillion-dollar revenue increase from the month-long event. The governing body of the sport, FIFA, generated $4.8 billion in revenue from the 2014 tournament,[75] and $6.1 billion from the 2018 tournament.[76]

    The FIFA International Broadcast Centre for television in Johannesburg, South Africa during the 2010 World Cup.

    Each FIFA World Cup since 1966 has its own mascot or logo. World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 competition, was the first World Cup mascot.[77] World Cups feature official match balls specially designed for each tournament.[78] Each World Cup also has an official song, which have been performed by artists ranging from Shakira to Will Smith.[79][80] Other songs, such as “Nessun dorma”, performed by The Three Tenors at four World Cup concerts, have also become identified with the tournament.[81]

    Forming a partnership with FIFA in 1970, Panini published its first sticker album for the 1970 World Cup.[82] Since then, collecting and trading stickers and cards has become part of the World Cup experience, especially for the younger generation.[83] FIFA has also licensed World Cup video games since 1986, with Electronic Arts the current license holder.[82]

    The World Cup even has a statistically significant effect on birth rates, the male/female sex ratio of newborns, and heart attacks in nations whose national teams are competing.[84][85][86]

    Results

    Edition Year Hosts Champions Score and Venue Runners-up Third place Score and Venue Fourth place No. of Teams
    1 1930
    Details
     Uruguay
    Uruguay
    4–2
    Estadio Centenario, Montevideo

    Argentina

    United States
    [note 1]
    Yugoslavia
    13
    2 1934
    Details
     Italy
    Italy
    2–1 (a.e.t.)
    Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome

    Czechoslovakia

    Germany
    3–2
    Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples

    Austria
    16
    3 1938
    Details
     France
    Italy
    4–2
    Stade de Colombes, Paris

    Hungary

    Brazil
    4–2
    Parc Lescure, Bordeaux

    Sweden
    15
    1942 Editions cancelled without organization because of World War II.
    1946
    4 1950
    Details
     Brazil
    Uruguay
    [note 2]
    2–1
    Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

    Brazil

    Sweden
    [note 2]
    3–1
    Pacaembu, São Paulo

    Spain
    13
    5 1954
    Details
      Switzerland
    West Germany
    3–2
    Wankdorfstadion, Bern

    Hungary

    Austria
    3–1
    Hardturm, Zürich

    Uruguay
    16
    6 1958
    Details
     Sweden
    Brazil
    5–2
    Råsundastadion, Solna

    Sweden

    France
    6–3
    Ullevi, Gothenburg

    West Germany
    16
    7 1962
    Details
     Chile
    Brazil
    3–1
    Estadio Nacional, Santiago

    Czechoslovakia

    Chile
    1–0
    Estadio Nacional, Santiago

    Yugoslavia
    16
    8 1966
    Details
     England
    England
    4–2 (a.e.t.)
    Wembley Stadium, London

    West Germany

    Portugal
    2–1
    Wembley Stadium, London

    Soviet Union
    16
    9 1970
    Details
     Mexico
    Brazil
    4–1
    Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

    Italy

    West Germany
    1–0
    Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

    Uruguay
    16
    10 1974
    Details
     West Germany
    West Germany
    2–1
    Olympiastadion, Munich

    Netherlands

    Poland
    1–0
    Olympiastadion, Munich

    Brazil
    16
    11 1978
    Details
     Argentina
    Argentina
    3–1 (a.e.t.)
    Monumental de Núñez, Buenos Aires

    Netherlands

    Brazil
    2–1
    Monumental de Núñez, Buenos Aires

    Italy
    16
    12 1982
    Details
     Spain
    Italy
    3–1
    Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

    West Germany

    Poland
    3–2
    Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante

    France
    24
    13 1986
    Details
     Mexico
    Argentina
    3–2
    Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

    West Germany

    France
    4–2 (a.e.t.)
    Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla

    Belgium
    24
    14 1990
    Details
     Italy
    West Germany
    1–0
    Stadio Olimpico, Rome

    Argentina

    Italy
    2–1
    Stadio San Nicola, Bari

    England
    24
    15 1994
    Details
     United States
    Brazil
    0–0 (a.e.t.)
    (3–2 pen.)
    Rose Bowl, Pasadena

    Italy

    Sweden
    4–0
    Rose Bowl, Pasadena

    Bulgaria
    24
    16 1998
    Details
     France
    France
    3–0
    Stade de France, Saint-Denis

    Brazil

    Croatia
    2–1
    Parc des Princes, Paris

    Netherlands
    32
    17 2002
    Details
     Japan
     South Korea

    Brazil
    2–0
    International Stadium, Yokohama

    Germany

    Turkey
    3–2
    Daegu Stadium, Daegu

    South Korea
    32
    18 2006
    Details
     Germany
    Italy
    1–1 (a.e.t.)
    (5–3 pen.)
    Olympiastadion, Berlin

    France

    Germany
    3–1
    Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart

    Portugal
    32
    19 2010
    Details
     South Africa
    Spain
    1–0 (a.e.t.)
    Soccer City, Johannesburg

    Netherlands

    Germany
    3–2
    Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

    Uruguay
    32
    20 2014
    Details
     Brazil
    Germany
    1–0 (a.e.t.)
    Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

    Argentina

    Netherlands
    3–0
    Estádio Nacional, Brasília

    Brazil
    32
    21 2018
    Details
     Russia
    France
    4–2
    Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

    Croatia

    Belgium
    2–0
    Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

    England
    32
    22 2022
    Details
     Qatar TBD TBD
    Iconic Stadium, Lusail
    TBD TBD TBD
    TBD
    TBD 32
    23 2026
    Details
     Canada
     Mexico
     United States
    TBD TBD
    TBD, United States
    TBD TBD TBD
    TBD
    TBD 48
    • a.e.t.: after extra time
    • pen.: after penalty shoot-out
    • TBD: to be determined
    Notes
    1. ^ There was no third place match in 1930; the United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. FIFA now recognises the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the tournament.[87]
    2. ^ a b There was no official World Cup final match in 1950.[88] The tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). Coincidentally, one of the last two matches of the tournament pitted the two top ranked teams against each other, with Uruguay's 2–1 victory over Brazil thus often being considered as the de facto final of the 1950 World Cup.[89] Likewise, the game between the lowest ranked teams, played at the same time as Uruguay vs Brazil, can be considered equal to a 3rd place match, with Sweden's 3–1 victory over Spain ensuring that they finished third.

    In all, 79 nations have played in at least one World Cup.[90] Of these, eight national teams have won the World Cup, and they have added stars to their badges, with each star representing a World Cup victory. (Uruguay, however, choose to display four stars on their badge, representing their two gold medals at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics and their two World Cup titles in 1930 and 1950).

    With five titles, Brazil are the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have played in every World Cup (21) to date.[91] Brazil were also the first team to win the World Cup for the third (1970), fourth (1994) and fifth (2002) time. Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) are the only nations to have won consecutive titles. West Germany (1982–1990) and Brazil (1994–2002) are the only nations to appear in three consecutive World Cup finals. Germany has made the most top-four finishes (13), medals (12), as well as the most finals (8).

    Map of countries' best results

    Teams reaching the top four

    Teams reaching the top four
    Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Top 4
    Finishes
    Top 3
    Finishes
    Top 2
    Finishes
    Appearances
     Brazil 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) 2 (1950*, 1998) 2 (1938, 1978) 2 (1974, 2014*) 11 9 7 21
     Germany1 4 (1954, 1974*, 1990, 2014) 4 (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002) 4 (1934, 1970, 2006*, 2010) 1 (1958) 13 12 8 19
     Italy 4 (1934*, 1938, 1982, 2006) 2 (1970, 1994) 1 (1990*) 1 (1978) 8 7 6 18
     Argentina 2 (1978*, 1986) 3 (1930, 1990, 2014) 5 5 5 17
     France 2 (1998*, 2018) 1 (2006) 2 (1958, 1986) 1 (1982) 6 5 3 15
     Uruguay 2 (1930*, 1950) 3 (1954, 1970, 2010) 5 2 2 13
     England 1 (1966*) 2 (1990, 2018) 3 1 1 15
     Spain 1 (2010) 1 (1950) 2 1 1 15
     Netherlands 3 (1974, 1978, 2010) 1 (2014) 1 (1998) 5 4 3 10
     Hungary 2 (1938, 1954) 2 2 2 9
     Czech Republic2 2 (1934, 1962) 2 2 2 9
     Sweden 1 (1958*) 2 (1950, 1994) 1 (1938) 4 3 1 12
     Croatia 1 (2018) 1 (1998) 2 2 1 5
     Poland 2 (1974, 1982) 2 2 7
     Austria 1 (1954) 1 (1934) 2 1 7
     Portugal 1 (1966) 1 (2006) 2 1 7
     Belgium 1 (2018) 1 (1986) 2 1 13
     United States 1 (1930) 1 1 10
     Chile 1 (1962*) 1 1 9
     Turkey 1 (2002) 1 1 2
     Serbia3 2 (1930, 1962) 2 12
     Russia4 1 (1966) 1 11
     Bulgaria 1 (1994) 1 7
     South Korea 1 (2002*) 1 10
    * = hosts

    Best performances by continental zones

    South Koreans watching their nation on the big screens in Seoul Plaza during the 2002 World Cup when they became the first Asian country to reach the semi-finals.

    To date, the final of the World Cup has only been contested by teams from the UEFA (Europe) and CONMEBOL (South America) confederations. European nations have won twelve titles, while South American have won nine. Only two teams from outside these two continents have ever reached the semi-finals of the competition: United States (North, Central America and Caribbean) in 1930 and South Korea (Asia) in 2002. The best result of an African team is reaching the quarter-finals: Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010. Only one Oceanian qualifier, Australia in 2006, has advanced to the second round.[92]

    Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany are the only teams to win a World Cup outside their continental confederation; Brazil came out victorious in Europe (1958), North America (1970 and 1994) and Asia (2002). Argentina won a World Cup in North America in 1986, while Spain won in Africa in 2010. In 2014, Germany became the first European team to win in the Americas. Only on five occasions have consecutive World Cups been won by teams from the same continent, and currently it is the first time with four champions in a row from the same continental confederation. Italy and Brazil successfully defended their titles in 1938 and 1962 respectively, while Italy's triumph in 2006 has been followed by wins for Spain in 2010, Germany in 2014 and France in 2018. Currently, it is also the first time that one of the currently winning continents (Europe) is ahead of the other (South America) by more than one championship.

    Total times teams qualified by confederation
    Confederation AFC CAF CONCACAF CONMEBOL OFC UEFA Total
    Teams 37 44 42 85 4 245 457
    Top 16 6 9 14 35 1 91 156
    Top 8 2 3 5 34 0 100 144
    Top 4 1 0 1 22 0 60 84
    Top 2 0 0 0 14 0 28 42
    1st 0 0 0 9 0 12 21
    2nd 0 0 0 5 0 16 21
    3rd 0 0 1 3 0 17 21
    4th 1 0 0 5 0 15 21

    Awards

    At the end of each World Cup, awards are presented to the players and teams for accomplishments other than their final team positions in the tournament. There are currently six awards:[93]

    • The Golden Ball for the best player, determined by a vote of media members (first awarded in 1982); the Silver Ball and the Bronze Ball are awarded to the players finishing second and third in the voting respectively;[94]
    • The Golden Boot (sometimes called the Golden Shoe) for the top goalscorer (first awarded in 1982, but retrospectively applied to all tournaments from 1930); most recently, the Silver Boot and the Bronze Boot have been awarded to the second and third top goalscorers respectively;[95]
    • The Golden Glove Award (formerly the Yashin Award) for the best goalkeeper, decided by the FIFA Technical Study Group (first awarded in 1994);[96]
    • The Best Young Player Award for the best player aged 21 or younger at the start of the calendar year, decided by the FIFA Technical Study Group (first awarded in 2006);[97]
    • The FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team with the best record of fair play, according to the points system and criteria established by the FIFA Fair Play Committee (first awarded in 1978);[97]
    • The Most Entertaining Team for the team that has entertained the public the most during the World Cup, determined by a poll of the general public (first awarded in 1994);[97]

    An All-Star Team consisting of the best players of the tournament has also been announced for each tournament since 1998.

    Records and statistics

    Lothar Matthäus played a record 25 World Cup matches across a joint record five tournaments.

    Three players share the record for playing in the most World Cups; Mexico's Antonio Carbajal (1950–1966) and Rafael Márquez (2002–2018); and Germany's Lothar Matthäus (1982–1998) all played in five tournaments.[98] Matthäus has played the most World Cup matches overall, with 25 appearances.[99] Brazil's Djalma Santos (1954–1962), West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer (1966–1974) and Germany's Philipp Lahm (2006–2014) are the only players to be named to three Finals All-Star Teams.[100]

    Miroslav Klose of Germany (2002–2014) is the all-time top scorer at the finals, with 16 goals. He broke Ronaldo of Brazil's record of 15 goals (1998–2006) during the 2014 semi-final match against Brazil. West Germany's Gerd Müller (1970–1974) is third, with 14 goals.[101] The fourth placed goalscorer, France's Just Fontaine, holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup; all his 13 goals were scored in the 1958 tournament.[102]

    In November 2007, FIFA announced that all members of World Cup-winning squads between 1930 and 1974 were to be retroactively awarded winners' medals.[49] This made Brazil's Pelé the only player to have won three World Cup winners' medals (1958, 1962, and 1970, although he did not play in the 1962 final due to injury),[103] with 20 other players who have won two winners' medals. Seven players have collected all three types of World Cup medals (winners', runner- ups', and third-place); five players were from West Germany's squad of 1966–1974 including Franz Beckenbauer, Jürgen Grabowski, Horst-Dieter Höttges, Sepp Maier and Wolfgang Overath (1966–1974), Italy's Franco Baresi (1982, 1990, 1994) and the most recent has been Miroslav Klose of Germany (2002–2014) with four consecutive medals.[104]

    Brazil's Mário Zagallo, West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and France's Didier Deschamps are the only people to date to win the World Cup as both player and head coach. Zagallo won in 1958 and 1962 as a player and in 1970 as head coach.[105] Beckenbauer won in 1974 as captain and in 1990 as head coach,[106] and Deschamps repeated the feat in 2018, after having won in 1998 as captain.[107] Italy's Vittorio Pozzo is the only head coach to ever win two World Cups (1934 and 1938).[108] All World Cup-winning head coaches were natives of the country they coached to victory.[109]

    Among the national teams, Germany and Brazil have played the most World Cup matches (109), Germany appeared in the most finals (8), semi-finals (13), quarter-finals (16), while Brazil has appeared in the most World Cups (21), has the most wins (73) and has scored the most goals (229).[110][111] The two teams have played each other twice in the World Cup, in the 2002 final and in the 2014 semi-final.[112]

    Top goalscorers

    Miroslav Klose scored a record 16 goals across four World Cups.
    Players with more than 10 goals at World Cup tournaments
    Rank Nation Player Goals scored
    1 Germany Miroslav Klose 16
    2 Brazil Ronaldo 15
    3 West Germany Gerd Müller 14
    4 France Just Fontaine 13
    5 Brazil Pelé 12
    6 Germany Jürgen Klinsmann 11
    Hungary Sándor Kocsis 11

    All-time table for champions

    Rank Team Participations Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Avg
    Pts
    Trophies
    1  Brazil 21 109 73 18 18 229 105 124 237 2.17 5
    2  Germany[113] 19 109 67 20 22 226 125 101 221 2.03 4
    3  Italy 18 83 45 21 17 128 77 51 156 1.88 4
    4  Argentina 17 81 43 15 23 137 93 44 144 1.78 2
    5  France 15 66 34 13 19 120 77 43 115 1.74 2
    6  England 15 69 29 21 19 91 64 27 108 1.59 1
    7  Spain 15 63 30 15 18 99 72 27 105 1.67 1
    8  Uruguay 13 56 24 12 20 87 74 13 84 1.50 2

    See also

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