National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup

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Map of appearances
Best performance of countries

This article lists the performances of each of the 77 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA World Cup finals.

Debut of teams[edit]

Each successive World Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time, in alphabetical order per year. Teams in parentheses are considered successor teams by FIFA.

Year Debutants Total
1930  Argentina,  Belgium,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  France,  Mexico,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Romania,  United States,  Uruguay,  Yugoslavia[1] 13
1934  Austria,  Czechoslovakia,[2]  Egypt,  Germany,[3]  Hungary,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland 10
1938  Cuba,  Dutch East Indies,[4]  Norway,  Poland 4
1950  England           withdrew:  India,  Scotland,  Turkey 1
1954  Scotland,  South Korea,  Turkey, ( West Germany[3]) 3 (+1*)
1958  Northern Ireland,  Soviet Union,[5]  Wales 3
1962  Bulgaria,  Colombia 2
1966  North Korea,  Portugal 2
1970  El Salvador,  Israel,  Morocco 3
1974  Australia,  East Germany,[3]  Haiti,  Zaire[6] 4
1978  Iran,  Tunisia 2
1982  Algeria,[7]  Cameroon,  Honduras,  Kuwait,  New Zealand 5
1986  Canada,  Denmark,  Iraq 3
1990  Costa Rica,  Republic of Ireland,  United Arab Emirates 3
1994  Greece,  Nigeria, ( Russia[5]),  Saudi Arabia 3 (+1*)
1998  Croatia,[1]  Jamaica,  Japan,  South Africa, ( Yugoslavia[1]) 4 (+1*)
2002  China PR,  Ecuador,  Senegal,  Slovenia[1] 4
2006  Angola, ( Czech Republic[2]),  Ghana,  Ivory Coast, ( Serbia and Montenegro[1]),  Togo,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine[5] 6 (+2*)
2010 ( Serbia[1]),  Slovakia[2] 1 (+1*)
2014  Bosnia and Herzegovina[1] 1
Total 77 (+6*)

*This total number of teams which have participated in the World Cups through 2014 is 77, using FIFA's view on successor teams (e.g., Russia is a successor of USSR and not a separate team, whereas Ukraine is a newer separate entity).
#Qualified but withdrew

Comprehensive team results by tournament[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and 1986–present: knockout round of 8)
  • R2 — Round 2 (1974–1978, second group stage, top 8; 1982: second group stage, top 12; 1986–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •    — Hosts
  •     — Not affiliated to FIFA

The team ranking in each tournament is according to FIFA.[8] The rankings, apart from the top four positions (top two in 1930), are not a result of direct competition between the teams; instead, teams eliminated in the same round are ranked by their full results in the tournament. In recent tournaments, FIFA has used the rankings for seedings for the final tournament draw.[9]

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
 Algeria Part of France[7] × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
12 → 4
 Angola × R1
23rd
8 → 1
 Argentina 2nd R1
T-9th
× × × R1
13th
R1
10th
QF
5th
R2
8th
1st R2
11th
1st 2nd R2
10th
QF
6th
R1
18th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd 17 → 16
 Australia R1
14th
R2
16th
R1
21st
R1
30th
13 → 4
 Austria × 4th ••[10] × 3rd R1
15th
× R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
17 → 7
 Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4th R2
11th
R2
11th
R1
19th
R2
14th
QF
6th
19 → 12
 Bolivia R1
12th
× × R1
13th
× R1
21st
17 → 3
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia[1] × R1
20th
5 → 1
 Brazil R1
6th
R1
14th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
1st 1st R1
11th
1st 4th 3rd R2
5th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
6th
4th 20 → 20
 Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R2
15th
4th R1
29th
18 → 7
 Cameroon × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
12 → 7
 Canada × × × × × × × R1
24th
13 → 1
 Chile R1
5th
× × R1
9th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
11th
R1
22nd
× R2
16th
R2
10th
R2
9th
17 → 9
 China PR × × × × × × × × × R1
31st
10 → 1
 Colombia × × × R1
14th
R2
14th
R1
19th
R1
21st
QF
5th
15 → 5
 Costa Rica × × × × × R2
13th
R1
19th
R1
31st
QF
8th
15 → 4
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia[1] × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
5 → 4
 Cuba QF
8th
× × × × × × × 12 → 1
 Czech Republic[2] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
18 → 9
 Czechoslovakia see Czech Republic (1930–1994)[2]
 Denmark × × × × × × R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
14 → 4
 DR Congo[6] × × R1
16th
× 10 → 1
 Dutch East Indies see Indonesia (1930–1938)[4]
 East Germany[3] Part of Germany × × R2
6th
Part of Germany 9 → 1
 Ecuador × × × × × × R1
24th
R2
12th
R1
17th
14 → 3
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
13 → 2
 El Salvador × × × × × × R1
16th
R1
24th
12 → 2
 England × × × R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1st QF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4th R2
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R2
13th
R1
26th
17 → 14
 France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
•• R1
11th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th 3rd 1st R1
28th
2nd R1
29th
QF
7th
20 → 14
 Germany[3] × 3rd R1
10th
× 1st 4th QF
7th
2nd 3rd 1st R2
6th
2nd 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
7th
2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 18 → 18
 Ghana × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
12 → 3
 Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
13th
18 → 3
 Haiti × × × × × R1
15th
× 13 → 1
 Honduras × × × R1
18th
R1
30th
R1
31st
13 → 3
 Hungary × QF
6th
2nd × 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
18 → 9
 India •• × × × × × × × × 9 → 0
 Indonesia[4] × × R1
15th
× × × × × 13 → 1
 Iran × × × × × × R1
14th
× × R1
20th
R1
T-25th
R1
28th
9 → 4
 Iraq × × × × × × × R1
23rd
10 → 1
 Israel[11] × R1
12th
19 → 1
 Italy × 1st 1st R1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2nd R1
10th
4th 1st R2
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R2
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
19 → 18
 Ivory Coast × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
10 → 3
 Jamaica × × × R1
22nd
11 → 1
 Japan × × × × × × R1
31st
R2
9th
R1
T-28th
R2
9th
R1
29th
14 → 5
 Kuwait × × × R1
21st
11 → 1
 Mexico R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
11th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
16th
QF
6th
× R2
13th
R2
13th
R2
11th
R2
15th
R2
14th
R2
10th
18 → 15
 Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
13 → 4
 Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R2
15th
QF
7th
4th R2
11th
2nd 3rd 17 → 10
 New Zealand × × × × × R1
23rd
R1
22nd
12 → 2
 Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
13 → 5
 North Korea × × QF
8th
× × × × R1
32nd
9 → 2
 Northern Ireland × × × QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
17 → 3
 Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R2
15th
17 → 3
 Paraguay R1
9th
× × R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
13th
R2
14th
R2
16th
R1
18th
QF
8th
18 → 8
 Peru R1
10th
× × × × QF
7th
R2
8th
R1
20th
16 → 4
 Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
17 → 7
 Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R2
11th
R1
18th
19 → 6
 Republic of Ireland[12] × QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
19 → 3
 Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
19 → 7
 Russia[5] × × × × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
R2
7th
R2
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
15 → 10
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × R2
12th
R1
28th
R1
32nd
R1
T-28th
10 → 4
 Scotland × × × •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
17 → 8
 Senegal × × × × QF
7th
10 → 1
 Serbia[1] 4th[13] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
19 → 11
 Serbia and Montenegro see Serbia (2006)[1]
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia[2] R2
16th
5 → 1
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia[1] × R1
30th
R1
18th
5 → 2
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
6 → 3
 South Korea × R1
16th
× × R1
20th
R1
22nd
R1
20th
R1
30th
4th R1
17th
R2
15th
R1
27th
14 → 9
 Soviet Union see Russia (1930–1990)[5]
 Spain × QF
5th
× 4th R1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R2
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st R1
23rd
18 → 14
 Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R2
13th
R2
14th
19 → 11
  Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
19 → 10
 Togo × × × × × R1
30th
9 → 1
 Trinidad and Tobago R1
27th
13 → 1
 Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
13 → 4
 Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd 16 → 2
 Ukraine Part of Soviet Union[5] × QF
8th
5 → 1
 United Arab Emirates × × × R1
24th
8 → 1
 United States 3rd[13] R1
16th
× R1
10th
R1
23rd
R2
14th
R1
32nd
QF
8th
R1
T-25th
R2
12th
R2
15th
19 → 10
 Uruguay 1st × × 1st 4th R1
13th
QF
7th
4th R1
12th
R2
16th
R2
16th
R1
26th
4th R2
12th
18 → 12
 Wales × × × QF
6th
17 → 1
 West Germany see Germany (1950–1990)[3]
 Yugoslavia see Serbia (1930 for Kingdom of Yugoslavia; 1950-1990 for SFR Yugoslavia; 1994–2002 for FR Yugoslavia)[1]
 Zaire see Congo DR (1974–1994)[6]

Ranking of teams by number of appearances[edit]

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Brazil 20 20 20 1930 2014 Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 Germany[3] 18 16 16 1934 2014 Champions (1954, 1974*, 1990, 2014)
 Italy 18 14 14 1934 2014 Champions (1934*, 1938, 1982, 2006)
 Argentina 16 11 11 1930 2014 Champions (1978*, 1986)
 Mexico 15 6 6 1930 2014 Quarterfinals (1970*, 1986*)
 Spain 14 10 10 1934 2014 Champions (2010)
 England 14 6 5 1950 2014 Champions (1966*)
 France 14 5 5 1930 2014 Champions (1998*)
 Belgium 12 6 1 1930 2014 Fourth place (1986)
 Uruguay 12 4 2 1930 2014 Champions (1930*, 1950)
 Serbia[1] 11 4 0 1930 2010 Fourth place (1930,[13] 1962)
 Sweden 11 3 0 1934 2006 Runners-up (1958*)
 United States 10 7 7 1930 2014 Third place (1930[13])
  Switzerland 10 4 3 1934 2014 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954*)
 Russia[5] 10 4 1 1958 2014 Fourth place (1966)
 Netherlands 10 3 3 1934 2014 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 South Korea 9 8 8 1954 2014 Fourth place (2002*)
 Hungary 9 4 0 1934 1986 Runners-up (1938, 1954)
 Czech Republic[2] 9 3 0 1934 2006 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Chile 9 2 2 1930 2014 Third place (1962*)
 Scotland 8 5 0 1954 1998 Round 1
 Paraguay 8 4 0 1930 2010 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Cameroon 7 4 2 1982 2014 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Bulgaria 7 4 0 1962 1998 Fourth place (1994)
 Poland 7 4 0 1938 2006 Third place (1974, 1982)
 Romania 7 3 0 1930 1998 Quarterfinals (1994)
 Austria 7 2 0 1934 1998 Third place (1954)
 Portugal 6 4 4 1966 2014 Third place (1966)
 Japan 5 5 5 1998 2014 Round 2 (2002*, 2010)
 Nigeria 5 3 2 1994 2014 Round 2 (1994, 1998, 2014)
 Colombia 5 3 1 1962 2014 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Saudi Arabia 4 4 0 1994 2006 Round 2 (1994)
 Australia 4 3 3 1974 2014 Round 2 (2006)
 Croatia[1] 4 3 1 1998 2014 Third place (1998)
 Tunisia 4 3 0 1978 2006 Round 1
 Algeria 4 2 2 1982 2014 Round 2 (2014)
 Costa Rica 4 2 1 1990 2014 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Peru 4 2 0 1930 1982 Quarterfinals (1970), Round 2 (top 8) (1978)
 Morocco 4 2 0 1970 1998 Round 2 (1986)
 Denmark 4 2 0 1986 2010 Quarterfinals (1998)
 Iran 4 1 1 1978 2014 Round 1
 Ghana 3 3 3 2006 2014 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Ivory Coast 3 3 3 2006 2014 Round 1
 Honduras 3 2 2 1982 2014 Round 1
 Greece 3 2 2 1994 2014 Round 2 (2014)
 Ecuador 3 2 1 2002 2014 Round 2 (2006)
 Norway 3 2 0 1938 1998 Round 2 (1998)
 Northern Ireland 3 2 0 1958 1986 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1990 2002 Quarterfinals (1990)
 South Africa 3 2 0 1998 2010 Round 1
 Bolivia 3 1 0 1930 1994 Round 1
 Egypt 2 1 0 1934 1990 Round 1
 Turkey 2 1 0 1954 2002 Third place (2002)
 North Korea 2 1 0 1966 2010 Quarterfinals (1966)
 El Salvador 2 1 0 1970 1982 Round 1
 New Zealand 2 1 0 1982 2010 Round 1
 Slovenia[1] 2 1 0 2002 2010 Round 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 1 2014 2014 Round 1
 Cuba 1 1 0 1938 1938 Quarterfinals (1938)
 Indonesia[4] 1 1 0 1938 1938 Round 1
 Wales 1 1 0 1958 1958 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Israel 1 1 0 1970 1970 Round 1
 DR Congo[6] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 1
 East Germany[3] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 2 (top 8) (1974)
 Haiti 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 1
 Kuwait 1 1 0 1982 1982 Round 1
 Canada 1 1 0 1986 1986 Round 1
 Iraq 1 1 0 1986 1986 Round 1
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 1990 1990 Round 1
 Jamaica 1 1 0 1998 1998 Round 1
 China PR 1 1 0 2002 2002 Round 1
 Senegal 1 1 0 2002 2002 Quarterfinals (2002)
 Angola 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Togo 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Ukraine[5] 1 1 0 2006 2006 Quarterfinals (2006)
 Slovakia[2] 1 1 0 2010 2010 Round 2 (2010)
Breakdown of successor teams
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Czech Republic (since 1998) 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1 (2006)
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994) 8 3 0 1934 1990 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Germany (since 1994) 6 6 6 1994 2014 Champion (2014)
 West Germany (1930–1990) 10 10 0 1954 1990 Champions (1954, 1974*, 1990)
 Germany (1930–1938) 2 2 0 1934 1938 Third place (1934)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Russia (since 1994) 3 1 1 1994 2014 Round 1
 Soviet Union (1930–1990) 7 4 0 1958 1990 Fourth place (1966)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Serbia (since 2010) 1 1 0 2010 2010 Round 1
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Yugoslavia (1994–2002) 1 1 0 1998 1998 Round 2 (1998)
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 7 4 0 1950 1990 Fourth place (1962)
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (1930–1938) 1 1 0 1930 1930 Fourth place (1930[13])

Tournament standings[edit]

Team Champions Finals Semi-finals Quarter-finals
 Brazil 5 7 11 15
 Germany 4 8 13 16
 Italy 4 6 8 9
 Argentina 2 5 5 9
 Uruguay 2 2 5 6
 France 1 2 5 7
 England 1 1 2 8
 Spain 1 1 2 6
 Netherlands 0 3 5 6
 Hungary 0 2 2 5
 Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 4
 Sweden 0 1 4 6
 Yugoslavia 0 0 2 6
 Austria 0 0 2 3
 Poland 0 0 2 3
 Portugal 0 0 2 2
 Soviet Union 0 0 1 4
 Belgium 0 0 1 2
 United States 0 0 1 2
 Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
 Chile 0 0 1 1
 Croatia 0 0 1 1
 South Korea 0 0 1 1
 Turkey 0 0 1 1
  Switzerland 0 0 0 3
 Mexico 0 0 0 2
 Peru 0 0 0 2
 Cameroon 0 0 0 1
 Colombia 0 0 0 1
 Costa Rica 0 0 0 1
 Cuba 0 0 0 1
 Denmark 0 0 0 1
 East Germany 0 0 0 1
 Ghana 0 0 0 1
 North Korea 0 0 0 1
 Northern Ireland 0 0 0 1
 Paraguay 0 0 0 1
 Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 1
 Romania 0 0 0 1
 Senegal 0 0 0 1
 Ukraine 0 0 0 1
 Wales 0 0 0 1

Ranking of teams by number of top eight[edit]

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Germany[3] 17 16 16 1934 2014 Champions (1954, 1974*, 1990, 2014)
 Brazil 17 6 6 1930 2014 Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 Argentina 10 3 3 1930 2014 Champions (1978*, 1986)
 Italy 10 3 0 1934 2006 Champions (1934*, 1938, 1982, 2006)
 England 10 3 0 1950 2006 Champions (1966*)
 France 8 2 1 1930 2014 Champions (1998*)
 Serbia[1] 7 4 0 1930 1990 Fourth place (1930,[13] 1962)
 Sweden 6 3 0 1934 1994 Runners-up (1958*)
 Netherlands 6 2 2 1974 2014 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 Uruguay 6 2 0 1930 2010 Champions (1930*, 1950)
 Spain 6 1 0 1934 2010 Champions (2010)
 Russia[5] 5 4 0 1958 1982 Fourth place (1966)
 Hungary 5 2 0 1934 1966 Runners-up (1938, 1954)
  Switzerland 4 4 0 1934 1954 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954*)
 Austria 4 2 0 1934 1982 Third place (1954)
 Czech Republic[2] 4 2 0 1934 1990 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Poland 3 3 0 1974 1982 Third place (1974, 1982)
 Belgium 2 1 1 1986 2014 Fourth place (1986)
 Chile 2 1 0 1930 1962 Third place (1962*)
 Romania 2 1 0 1930 1994 Quarterfinals (1994)
 United States 2 1 0 1930 2002 Third place (1930[13])
 Portugal 2 1 0 1966 2006 Third place (1966)
 Peru 2 1 0 1970 1978 Quarterfinals (1970), Round 2 (top 8) (1978)
 Mexico 2 1 0 1970 1986 Quarterfinals (1970*, 1986*)
 Colombia 1 1 1 2014 2014 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Costa Rica 1 1 1 2014 2014 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Cuba 1 1 0 1938 1938 Quarterfinals (1938)
 Northern Ireland 1 1 0 1958 1958 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Wales 1 1 0 1958 1958 Quarterfinals (1958)
 North Korea 1 1 0 1966 1966 Quarterfinals (1966)
 East Germany[3] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 2 (top 8) (1974)
 Cameroon 1 1 0 1990 1990 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Republic of Ireland 1 1 0 1990 1990 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 1994 1994 Fourth place (1994)
 Croatia[1] 1 1 0 1998 1998 Third place (1998)
 Denmark 1 1 0 1998 1998 Quarterfinals (1998)
 Senegal 1 1 0 2002 2002 Quarterfinals (2002)
 South Korea 1 1 0 2002 2002 Fourth place (2002*)
 Turkey 1 1 0 2002 2002 Third place (2002)
 Ukraine[5] 1 1 0 2006 2006 Quarterfinals (2006)
 Ghana 1 1 0 2010 2010 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Paraguay 1 1 0 2010 2010 Quarterfinals (2010)

Overall team records[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. 3 points per win, 1 point per draw and 0 points per loss.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points Topscorers
 Brazil 104 70 17 17 221 102 +119 227 Ronaldo 15
Pelé 12
 Germany (since 1994)
 West Germany (1950–1990)
 Germany (1934–1938)
106 66 20 20 224 121 +103 218 M. Klose 16
G. Müller 14
J. Klinsmann 11
T. Müller 10
H. Rahn 10
 Italy 83 45 21 17 128 77 +51 156 C. Vieri 9
R. Baggio 9
P. Rossi 9
 Argentina 77 42 14 21 131 84 +47 140 G. Batistuta 10
D. Maradona 8
G. Stábile 8
 Spain 59 29 12 18 92 66 +26 99 D. Villa 9
 England 62 26 20 16 79 56 +23 98 G. Lineker 10
 France 59 28 12 19 106 71 +35 96 J. Fontaine 13
 Netherlands 50 27 12 11 86 48 +38 93 J. Rep 7
 Uruguay 51 20 12 19 80 71 +9 72 O. Miguez 8
 Sweden 46 16 13 17 74 69 +5 61 H. Larsson 5
K. Andersson 5
 Russia (since 1994)
 Soviet Union (1930–1990)
40 17 8 15 66 47 +19 59 O. Salenko 6
V. Ivanov 5
 Serbia (since 2010)
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006)
 Yugoslavia (1994–2002)
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990)
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (1930–1938)
43 17 8 18 64 59 +5 59 D. Jerkovic 4
 Mexico 53 14 14 25 57 92 -35 56 L. Hernandez 4
 Belgium 41 14 9 18 52 66 -14 51 M. Wilmots 5
 Poland 31 15 5 11 44 40 +4 50 G. Lato 10
 Hungary 32 15 3 14 87 57 +30 48 S. Kocsis 11
 Portugal 26 13 4 9 43 29 +14 43 Eusebio 9
 Czech Republic (since 1998)
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994)
33 12 5 16 47 49 -2 41 O. Nejedly 7
 Austria 29 12 4 13 43 47 -4 40 E. Probst 6
 Chile 33 11 7 15 40 49 -9 40 M. Salas 4
L. Sanchez 4
  Switzerland 33 11 6 16 45 59 -14 39 S. Huegi 6
 Paraguay 27 7 10 10 30 38 -8 31 N. Cuevas 3
 United States 33 8 6 19 36 61 -25 30 L. Donovan 5
 Romania 21 8 5 8 30 32 -2 29 F. Răducioiu 4
 Denmark 16 8 2 6 27 24 +3 26 J.D. Tomasson 5
 South Korea 31 5 9 17 31 67 -36 24 Ahn Jung Hwan 3
Park Ji Sung 3
 Croatia 16 7 2 7 21 17 +4 23 D. Suker 6
 Colombia 18 7 2 9 26 27 -1 23 J. Rodríguez 6
 Costa Rica 15 5 4 6 17 23 -6 19 R. Gomez 3
P. Wanchope 3
 Scotland 23 4 7 12 25 41 -16 19 J. Jordan 4
 Cameroon 23 4 7 12 18 43 -25 19 R. Milla 5
 Nigeria 18 5 3 10 20 26 -6 18 D. Amokachi 2
E. Amunike 2
A. Musa 2
K. Uche 2
 Bulgaria 26 3 8 15 22 53 -31 17 H. Stoichkov 6
 Turkey 10 5 1 4 20 17 +3 16 M. Suat 3
S. Burhan 3
I. Mansiz 3
 Japan 17 4 4 9 14 22 -8 16 K. Honda 3
 Ghana 12 4 3 5 13 16 -3 15 A. Gyan 6
 Peru 15 4 3 8 19 31 -12 15 T. Cubillas 10
 Republic of Ireland 13 2 8 3 10 10 0 14 R. Keane 3
 Northern Ireland 13 3 5 5 13 23 -10 14 P. McParland 5
 Ecuador 10 4 1 5 10 11 -1 13 A. Delgado 3
E. Valencia 3
 Algeria 13 3 3 7 13 19 -6 12 S. Assad 2
A. Djabou 2
I. Slimani 2
 Ivory Coast 9 3 1 5 13 14 -1 10 W. Bony 2
A. Dindane 2
D. Drogba 2
Gervinho 2
 South Africa 9 2 4 3 11 16 -5 10 S. Bartlett 2
B. McCarthy 2
 Morocco 13 2 4 7 12 18 -6 10 A. Hadda 2
A. Khairi 2
S. Bassir 2
 Norway 8 2 3 3 7 8 -1 9 K. Rekdal 2
 Australia 13 2 3 8 11 26 -15 9 T. Cahill 5
 Senegal 5 2 2 1 7 6 +1 8 P. Bouba Diop 3
 East Germany 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8 J. Streich 2
 Greece 10 2 2 6 5 20 -15 8 S. Papastathopoulos 1
D. Salpingidis 1
G. Samaras 1
A. Samaris 1
V. Torosidis 1
 Saudi Arabia 13 2 2 9 9 32 -23 8 S. Al-Jaber 3
 Ukraine 5 2 1 2 5 7 -2 7 A. Shevchenko 2
 Tunisia 12 1 4 7 8 17 -9 7 R. Bouzaiene 1
M. Dhouib 1
N. Ghommidh 1
R. Jaidi 1
Z. Jaziri 1
A. Kaabi 1
J. Mnari 1
S. Souayah 1
 Wales 5 1 3 1 4 4 0 6 I. Allchurch 2
 Iran 12 1 3 8 7 22 -15 6 S. Bakhtiarizadeh 1
I. Danaeifard 1
H. R. Estili 1
Y. Golmohammadi 1
R. Ghoochannejhad 1
M. Mahdavikia 1
H. Rowshan 1
 Slovakia 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 4 R. Vittek 4
 Slovenia 6 1 1 4 5 10 -5 4 M. Acimovic 1
V. Birsa 1
S. Cimirotic 1
R. Koren 1
Z. Ljubijankic 1
 Cuba 3 1 1 1 5 12 -7 4 H. Socorro 3
 North Korea 7 1 1 5 6 21 -15 4 Pak Seung-Zin 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 E. Dzeko 1
V. Ibisevic 1
M. Pjanic 1
A. Vrsajevic 1
 Jamaica 3 1 0 2 3 9 -6 3 T. Whitmore 2
 New Zealand 6 0 3 3 4 14 -10 3 W. Reid 1
S. Smeltz 1
S. Sumner 1
S. Wooddin 1
 Honduras 9 0 3 6 3 14 -11 3 A. Laing 1
H. Zelaya 1
C. Costly 1
 Angola 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2 A. Flavio 1
 Israel 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2 M. Spiegler 1
 Egypt 4 0 2 2 3 6 -3 2 A. Fawzi 2
 Kuwait 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1 F. Al-Dakhil 1
A. Al-Buloushi 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1
 Bolivia 6 0 1 5 1 20 -19 1 E. Sanchez 1
 Iraq 3 0 0 3 1 4 -3 0 A. Radhi 1
 Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 -5 0 M. Kader 1
 Canada 3 0 0 3 0 5 -5 0
 Indonesia 1 0 0 1 0 6 -6 0
 United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 -9 0 A. Jumaa 1
K. Mubarak 1
 China PR 3 0 0 3 0 9 -9 0
 Haiti 3 0 0 3 2 14 -12 0 E. Sanon 2
 Zaire (1971–1997) 3 0 0 3 0 14 -14 0
 El Salvador 6 0 0 6 1 22 -21 0 L. Ramirez 1
Breakdown of successor teams
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Czech Republic (since 1998) 3 1 0 2 3 4 -1 3
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994) 30 11 5 14 44 45 -1 38
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Germany (since 1994) 38 27 5 6 79 31 +48 86
 West Germany (1950–1990) 62 36 14 12 131 77 +54 122
 Germany (1930–1938) 6 3 1 2 14 13 +1 10
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Russia (since 1994) 9 2 2 5 13 13 0 8
 Soviet Union (1930–1990) 31 15 6 10 53 34 +19 51
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Serbia (since 2010) 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 3 0 0 3 2 10 -8 0
 Yugoslavia (1994–2002) 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 30 12 7 11 48 35 +13 43
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (1930–1938) 3 2 0 1 7 7 0 6

Results of host nations[edit]

Except 1934, host nations are granted an automatic spot in the World Cup finals. The first host ever to fail to advance past the first round was South Africa in 2010. † denotes the best result in the team's history, ‡ - the best result at the time of the competition (improved later).

Year Host Nation Finish
1930  Uruguay Champions
1934  Italy Champions
1938  France Quarter-final‡
1950  Brazil Runners-up
1954   Switzerland Quarter-final†
1958  Sweden Runners-up
1962  Chile Third place
1966  England Champions
1970  Mexico Quarter-final†
1974  West Germany Champions
1978  Argentina Champions
1982  Spain Round 2 (top 12)
1986  Mexico Quarter-final†
1990  Italy Third place
1994  United States Round of 16
1998  France Champions
2002  South Korea Fourth place
 Japan Round of 16†
2006  Germany Third place
2010  South Africa Group stage†
2014  Brazil Fourth place
2018  Russia TBD
2022  Qatar TBD

Results of defending finalists[edit]

Until 2002, defending champions were granted an automatic spot in the World Cup finals. Since 2006, they have to enter qualifying as well.[citation needed]

Year Defending champions Finish Defending runners-ups Finish
1934  Uruguay Did not enter  Argentina Round 1 (Round of 16)
1938  Italy Champions  Czechoslovakia Quarter-Final
1950  Italy Group Stage  Hungary Did not enter
1954  Uruguay Fourth Place  Brazil Quarter-Final
1958  West Germany Fourth Place  Hungary Group Stage
1962  Brazil Champions  Sweden Did not qualify
1966  Brazil Group Stage  Czechoslovakia Did not qualify
1970  England Quarter-Final  West Germany Third place
1974  Brazil Fourth Place  Italy Group Stage
1978  West Germany Round 2 (top 8)  Netherlands Runners-up
1982  Argentina Round 2 (top 12)  Netherlands Did not qualify
1986  Italy Round of 16  West Germany Runners-up
1990  Argentina Runners-up  West Germany Champions
1994  Germany Quarter-Final  Argentina Round of 16
1998  Brazil Runners-up  Italy Quarter-Final
2002  France Group Stage  Brazil Champions
2006  Brazil Quarter-Final  Germany Third place
2010  Italy Group Stage  France Group Stage
2014  Spain Group Stage  Netherlands Third place
2018  Germany TBD  Argentina TBD

Results by confederation[edit]

   — Hosts are from this confederation

AFC (Asia)[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1[14] 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 32
Top 16 0[15] 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 5
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th South Korea 1

CAF (Africa)[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
Teams 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 39
Top 16 0[15] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 9
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

CONCACAF (North, Central America and the Caribbean)[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
Teams 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 4 39
Top 16 0[15] 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 13
Top 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
Top 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd United States 1
4th 0

CONMEBOL (South America)[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
Teams 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 80
Top 16 2[15] 4 4 2 4 2 3 5 5 31
Top 8 0 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 2 4 3 32
Top 4 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 22
Top 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 14
1st Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Brazil Brazil Argentina Argentina Brazil Brazil 9
2nd Argentina Brazil Argentina Brazil Argentina 5
3rd Brazil Chile Brazil 3
4th Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Uruguay Brazil 5

OFC (Oceania)[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[16] 0 1[16] 0 0 0 0 0 1[17] 1 0 4
Top 16 0[15] 0 0 0 0 0 1[17] 0 0 1
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

UEFA (Europe)[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
Total
Teams 4 12 12 6 12 12 10 10 9 9 10 14 14 14 13 15 15 14 13 13 231
Top 16 10[15] 10 10 10 10 9 10 6 6 81
Top 8 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 6 5 5 6 7 6 4 6 3 4 94
Top 4 1 4 3 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 56
Top 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 26
1st Italy Italy West Germany England West Germany Italy West Germany France Italy Spain Germany 11
2nd Czechoslovakia Hungary Hungary Sweden Czechoslovakia West Germany Italy Netherlands Netherlands West Germany West Germany Italy Germany France Netherlands 15
3rd Germany Sweden Austria France Portugal West Germany Poland Poland France Italy Sweden Croatia Turkey Germany Germany Netherlands 16
4th Kingdom of Yugoslavia Austria Sweden Spain West Germany Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Soviet Union Italy France Belgium England Bulgaria Netherlands Portugal 14

Overall[edit]

AFC CAF CONCACAF CONMEBOL OFC UEFA Total
Teams 32 39 39 80 4 231 425
Top 16 5 9 13 31 1 81 140[15]
Top 8 2 3 5 32 0 94 136
Top 4 1 0 1 22 0 56 80
Top 2 0 0 0 14 0 26 40
1st 0 0 0 9 0 11 20
2nd 0 0 0 5 0 15 20
3rd 0 0 1 3 0 16 20
4th 1 0 0 5 0 14 20

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r The Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1930) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified eight times from 1930–1990 under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup by the secession of many of its constituent republics in 1992. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified once in 1998 under the name Yugoslavia, and Serbia and Montenegro qualified once in 2006 after a name change in 2003. All these teams are considered the predecessor of the current Serbia team by FIFA. The other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the original Yugoslavia — Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia — are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also compete separately after independence in 2006. In 2010, Serbia debuted at the FIFA World Cup with their own national team.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Czechoslovakia qualified eight times prior to being divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. FIFA considers the Czech Republic as the successor team of Czechoslovakia. The other national team which resulted from the breakup of the Czechoslovakia — Slovakia, is considered a distinct entity from the Czechoslovakia team. The Czech Republic national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time as a separate nation in 2006, with Slovakia doing the same in 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Germany (since 1949 officially Federal Republic of Germany) is since 1904 represented by the same governing body (Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB)). After World War II and the division of Germany, the DFB was only re-admitted to FIFA after the 1950 WC, while Saar (until 1956) and East Germany (until 1990) fielded teams of their own before (re-)joining (West) Germany and the DFB in the German reunification. FIFA officially attributes all international results of the DFB team since 1908 to Germany, including the results of 1954-1990, when the team was often called West Germany.
  4. ^ a b c d Indonesia competed as the Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Soviet Union qualified seven times prior to being dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  6. ^ a b c d The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed as Zaire in 1974.
  7. ^ a b Algeria gained independence in 1962, but they joined with other African nations to boycott the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Thus the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification was their first participation.
  8. ^ "FIFA World Cup Statistical Overview (page 4)" (PDF). Retrieved May 17, 2006. 
  9. ^ Seeding of national teams (PDF). Accessed 8 June 2006.
  10. ^ Austria qualified in 1938, but withdrew to play as part of Germany after being annexed.
  11. ^ Israel competed as Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) in 1934 and in 1938, with a team consisting exclusively of Jewish and British footballers from the Palestine Mandate.
  12. ^ Republic of Ireland competed as the Irish Free State in 1934 and then as Ireland in 1938 and 1950.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g There was no official World Cup Third Place match in 1930; The USA and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. Currently, FIFA recognizes USA as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  14. ^ The Asian team in 1970 was Israel, who were then an AFC member. They were expelled from AFC in 1974 and joined UEFA in 1994.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g The 1982 edition in Spain had a format with a second round consisting of 12 teams, not 16 teams.
  16. ^ a b The Oceanian teams in 1974 (Australia) and 1982 (New Zealand) both qualified after playing in a continental zone consisting of Asian and Oceanian teams.
  17. ^ a b Australia's qualification in 2006 was through the Oceanian zone as they were an OFC member during qualifying. However, on 1 January 2006, they left the OFC and joined the AFC.

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