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 76 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 1
1954  South Korea,  Scotland,  Turkey, ( West Germany[3]) 4
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 4
1998  Croatia,[1]  Jamaica,  Japan,  South Africa, ( Yugoslavia[1]) 5
2002  China PR,  Ecuador,  Senegal,  Slovenia[1] 4
2006  Angola,  Ivory Coast, ( Czech Republic[2]),  Ghana, ( Serbia and Montenegro[1]),  Togo,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine[5] 8
2010 ( Serbia[1]),  Slovakia[2] 2
2014  Bosnia and Herzegovina[1] 1
Total 77*

*This total number of teams which have participated in the World Cup uses FIFA's view on successor teams (e.g., Russia is a successor of USSR and not a separate team).
#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

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

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

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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA Topscorers
 Brazil 97 67 15 15 210 88 Ronaldo 15
Pelé 12
Vava 9
Jairzinho 9
 Germany (1934–1938)
 West Germany (1950–1990)
 Germany (since 1994)
99 60 19 20 206 117 G. Müller 14
M. Klose 14
J. Klinsmann 11
H. Rahn 10
 Italy 80 44 21 15 126 74 C. Vieri 9
R. Baggio 9
P. Rossi 9
 Argentina 70 37 13 20 123 80 G. Batistuta 10
G. Stabile 8
D. Maradona 8
 England 59 26 19 14 77 52 G. Lineker 10
 Spain 56 28 12 16 88 59 D. Villa 8
 France 54 25 11 18 96 68 J. Fontaine 13
T. Henry 6
 Netherlands 43 22 10 11 71 44 J. Rep 7
 Uruguay 47 18 12 17 76 65 O. Miguez 8
 Sweden 46 16 13 17 74 69 H. Larsson 5
K. Andersson 5
 Yugoslavia (1930–1990)
 Yugoslavia (1994–2002)
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006)
 Serbia (since 2010)
43 17 8 18 64 59 D. Jerkovic 4
 Soviet Union (1930–1990)
 Russia (since 1994)
37 17 6 14 64 44 O. Salenko 6
V. Ivanov 5
 Poland 31 15 5 11 44 40 G. Lato 10
 Mexico 49 12 13 24 52 89 L. Hernandez 4
 Hungary 32 15 3 14 87 57 S. Kocsis 11
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994)
 Czech Republic (since 1998)
33 12 5 16 47 49 O. Nejedly 7
 Slovakia 4 1 1 2 5 7 R. Vittek 4
 Austria 29 12 4 13 43 47 E. Probst 6
 Portugal 23 12 3 8 39 22 Eusebio 9
 Belgium 36 10 9 17 46 63 M. Wilmots 5
 Chile 29 9 6 14 34 45 M. Salas 4
L. Sanchez 4
  Switzerland 29 9 6 14 38 52 S. Huegi 6
 Paraguay 27 7 10 10 30 38 N. Cuevas 3
 Romania 21 8 5 8 30 32 F. Răducioiu 4
 Denmark 16 8 2 6 27 24 J.D. Tomasson 5
 United States 29 7 5 17 32 56 L. Donovan 5
 South Korea 28 5 8 15 28 61 Ahn Jung Hwan 3
Park Ji Sung 3
 Croatia 13 6 2 5 15 11 D. Suker 6
 Scotland 23 4 7 12 25 41 J. Jordan 4
 Cameroon 20 4 7 9 17 34 R. Milla 5
 Bulgaria 26 3 8 15 22 53 H. Stoichkov 6
 Turkey 10 5 1 4 20 17 M. Suat 3
S. Burhan 3
I. Mansiz 3
 Japan 14 4 3 7 12 16 J. Inamoto 2
K. Honda 2
 Peru 15 4 3 8 19 31 T. Cubillas 10
 Republic of Ireland 13 2 8 3 10 10 R. Keane 3
 Ghana 9 4 2 3 9 10 A. Gyan 4
 Nigeria 14 4 2 8 17 21 K. Uche 2
D. Amokachi 2
E. Amunike 2
 Northern Ireland 13 3 5 5 13 23 P. McParland 5
 Colombia 13 3 2 8 14 23 A. Valencia 2
B. Redin 2
 South Africa 9 2 4 3 11 16 S. Bartlett 2
B. McCarthy 2
 Morocco 13 2 4 7 12 18 A. Hadda 2
A. Khairi 2
S. Bassir 2
 Costa Rica 10 3 1 6 12 21 R. Gomez 3
P. Wanchope 3
 Ecuador 7 3 0 4 7 8 A. Delgado 3
 Norway 8 2 3 3 7 8 K. Rekdal 2
 Australia 10 2 3 5 8 17 T. Cahill 3
 Senegal 5 2 2 1 7 6 P. Bouba Diop 3
 East Germany 6 2 2 2 5 5 J. Streich 2
 Algeria 9 2 2 5 6 12 S. Assad 2
 Saudi Arabia 13 2 2 9 9 32 S. Al-Jaber 3
 Ivory Coast 6 2 1 3 9 9 A. Dindane 2
D. Drogba 2
 Ukraine 5 2 1 2 5 7 A. Shevchenko 2
 Tunisia 12 1 4 7 8 17 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 I. Allchurch 2
 Iran 9 1 2 6 6 18 S. Bakhtiarizadeh 1
I. Danaeifard 1
H. R. Estili 1
Y. Golmohammadi 1
M. Mahdavikia 1
H. Rowshan 1
 Slovenia 6 1 1 4 5 10 M. Acimovic 1
V. Birsa 1
S. Cimirotic 1
R. Koren 1
Z. Ljubijankic 1
 Cuba 3 1 1 1 5 12 H. Socorro 3
 North Korea 7 1 1 5 6 21 Pak Seung-Zin 2
 Honduras 6 0 3 3 2 6 A. Laing 1
H. Zelaya
 Jamaica 3 1 0 2 3 9 T. Whitmore 2
 New Zealand 6 0 3 3 4 14 W. Reid 1
S. Smeltz 1
S. Sumner 1
S. Wooddin 1
 Greece 6 1 0 5 2 15 D. Salpingidis 1
V. Torosidis 1
 Angola 3 0 2 1 1 2 A. Flavio 1
 Israel 3 0 2 1 1 3 M. Spiegler 1
 Egypt 4 0 2 2 3 6 A. Fawzi 2
 Kuwait 3 0 1 2 2 6 F. Al-Dakhil 1
A. Al-Buloushi 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4
 Bolivia 6 0 1 5 1 20 E. Sanchez 1
 Iraq 3 0 0 3 1 4 A. Radhi 1
 Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 M. Kader 1
 Canada 3 0 0 3 0 5
 Indonesia 1 0 0 1 0 6
 United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 A. Jumaa 1
K. Mubarak 1
 China PR 3 0 0 3 0 9
 Haiti 3 0 0 3 2 14 E. Sanon 2
 Zaire 3 0 0 3 0 14
 El Salvador 6 0 0 6 1 22 L. Ramirez 1
Breakdown of successor teams
Team Pld W D L GF GA
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994) 30 11 5 14 44 45
 Czech Republic (since 1998) 3 1 0 2 3 4
Team Pld W D L GF GA
 Soviet Union (1930–1990) 31 15 6 10 53 34
 Russia (since 1994) 6 2 0 4 11 10
Team Pld W D L GF GA
 Yugoslavia (1930–1990) 33 14 7 12 53 42
 Yugoslavia (1994–2002) 4 2 1 1 5 4
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 3 0 0 3 2 10
 Serbia (since 2010) 3 1 0 2 2 3

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 TBD
2018  Russia TBD
2022  Qatar TBD

Results of defending champions[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
1934  Uruguay Did not enter
1938  Italy Champions
1950  Italy Group Stage
1954  Uruguay Fourth Place
1958  Germany Fourth Place
1962  Brazil Champions
1966  Brazil Group Stage
1970  England Quarter-Final
1974  Brazil Fourth Place
1978  Germany Round 2 (top 8)
1982  Argentina Round 2 (top 12)
1986  Italy Round of 16
1990  Argentina Runners-up
1994  Germany Quarter-Final
1998  Brazil Runners-up
2002  France Group Stage
2006  Brazil Quarter-Final
2010  Italy Group Stage
2014  Spain 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)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(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 0 1 0 2 0 2 5
Top 12 0 0
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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
1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2nd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 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 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
Top 12 0 0
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
Top 4 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
1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2nd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 10
Top 12 0 0
Top 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Top 4 1 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
1st 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2nd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3rd 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
4th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 4 4 2 4 2 3 5 24
Top 12 2 2
Top 8 0 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 2 4 29
Top 4 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 20
Top 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 13
1st 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 9
2nd 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4
3rd 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
4th 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4

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[15] 0 1[15] 0 0 0 0 0 1[16] 1 0 4
Top 16 0 0 0 0 0 1[16] 0 0 1
Top 12 0 0
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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2nd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 10 10 10 9 10 6 65
Top 12 10 10
Top 8 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 6 5 5 6 7 6 4 6 3 90
Top 4 1 4 3 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 54
Top 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 25
1st 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 10
2nd 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 15
3rd 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15
4th 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 14

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p 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 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 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 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 start qualifications in 1970. Before 1962, the French Algeria was a french department (1830–1962). Algeria withrew the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification.
  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 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 The Oceanian teams in 1974 (Australia) and 1982 (New Zealand) both qualified after playing in a continental zone consisting of Asian and Oceanian teams.
  16. ^ 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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