List of FIFA World Cup finals

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List of FIFA World Cup finals
France champion of the Football World Cup Russia 2018.jpg
France celebrating after their win against Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final
Founded 1930
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 204 (qualifiers)
32 (finals)
Current champions  France (2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  Brazil (5 titles)

The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition established in 1930. It is contested by the men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The tournament has taken place every four years, except in 1942 and 1946, when the competition was cancelled due to World War II. The most recent World Cup, hosted by Russia in 2018, was won by France, who beat Croatia 4–2 in regulation time.

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

In the 21 tournaments held, 79 nations have appeared at least once. Of these, 13 have made it to the final match, and eight have won.[n 1] With five titles, Brazil is the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have participated in every World Cup finals tournament.[4] Italy and Germany have four titles. Current champion France, along with past champions Uruguay and Argentina, have two titles each, while England and Spain have one each. The team that wins the finals receive the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and their name is engraved on the bottom side of the trophy.[5]

The 1970 and 1994, along with the 1986, 1990 and 2014 games are to date the only matches competed by the same teams (Brazil–Italy and Argentina–Germany respectively). As of 2018, the 1934 final[n 2] remains the latest final to have been between two teams playing their first final. The final match of the most recent tournament in Russia took place at the country's biggest sports complex, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.[6] The 1930 and the 1966 games are the only ones that did not take place on a Sunday. The former did on a Wednesday and the latter on a Saturday. As of 2018, only nations from Europe and South America have competed in a World Cup final. Six nations have won the final as host: Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany, Argentina and France. Two nations have lost the final as host: Brazil and Sweden.

List of finals[edit]

Key to the list of finals
dagger Match was won during extra time
double-dagger Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
  • The "Year" column refers to the year the World Cup was held, and wikilinks to the article about that tournament. The wikilinks in the "Final score" column point to the article about that tournament's final game. Links in the "Winners" and "Runners-up" columns point to the articles for the national football teams of the countries, not the articles for the countries.
List of finals matches, their venues and locations, the finalists, and final scores
Year Winners Final score[2] Runners-up Venue Location Attendance References
1930 Uruguay  4–2  Argentina Estadio Centenario Montevideo, Uruguay 80,000 [7][8]
1934 Italy    2–1dagger
[n 3]
 Czechoslovakia Stadio Nazionale PNF Rome, Italy 50,000 [9][10]
1938 Italy  4–2  Hungary Stade Olympique de Colombes Paris, France 45,000 [11][12]
1950[n 4] Uruguay  2–1
[n 5]
 Brazil Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 199,854[13] [14][15]
1954 West Germany  3–2  Hungary Wankdorf Stadium Bern, Switzerland 60,000 [16][17]
1958 Brazil  5–2  Sweden Råsunda Stadium Solna, Sweden 51,800 [18][19]
1962 Brazil  3–1  Czechoslovakia Estadio Nacional Santiago, Chile 69,000 [20][21]
1966 England    4–2dagger
[n 6]
 West Germany Wembley Stadium London, England 93,000 [22][23]
1970 Brazil  4–1  Italy Estadio Azteca Mexico City, Mexico 107,412 [24][25]
1974 West Germany  2–1  Netherlands Olympiastadion Munich, West Germany 75,200 [26][27]
1978 Argentina    3–1dagger
[n 7]
 Netherlands Estadio Monumental Buenos Aires, Argentina 71,483 [28][29]
1982 Italy  3–1  West Germany Santiago Bernabéu Madrid, Spain 90,000 [30][31]
1986 Argentina  3–2  West Germany Estadio Azteca Mexico City, Mexico 114,600 [32][33]
1990 West Germany  1–0  Argentina Stadio Olimpico Rome, Italy 73,603 [34][35]
1994 Brazil    0–0double-dagger
[n 8]
 Italy Rose Bowl Pasadena, United States 94,194 [36][37]
1998 France  3–0  Brazil Stade de France Saint-Denis, France 80,000 [38][39]
2002 Brazil  2–0  Germany International Stadium Yokohama, Japan 69,029 [40][41]
2006 Italy    1–1double-dagger
[n 9]
 France Olympiastadion Berlin, Germany 69,000 [42][43]
2010 Spain    1–0dagger
[n 10]
 Netherlands Soccer City Johannesburg, South Africa 84,490 [44][45]
2014 Germany    1–0dagger
[n 11]
 Argentina Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 74,738 [46][47]
2018 France  4–2  Croatia Luzhniki Stadium Moscow, Russia 78,011
Upcoming finals
Year Team 1 v Team 2 Venue Location Attendance References
2022 Lusail Iconic Stadium Lusail, Qatar
2026 MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, United States

Results[edit]

Map of winning countries
Results by nation
National team Wins Runners-up Total finals Years won Years runners-up
 Brazil 5 2 7 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 1950, 1998
 Germany 4 4 8 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 1966, 1982, 1986, 2002
 Italy 4 2 6 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 1970, 1994
 Argentina 2 3 5 1978, 1986 1930, 1990, 2014
 France 2 1 3 1998, 2018 2006
 Uruguay 2 0 2 1930, 1950
 England 1 0 1 1966
 Spain 1 0 1 2010
 Netherlands 0 3 3 1974, 1978, 2010
 Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 1934, 1962
 Hungary 0 2 2 1938, 1954
 Sweden 0 1 1 1958
 Croatia 0 1 1 2018
Results by confederation
Confederation Appearances Winners Runners-up
UEFA 28 12 16
CONMEBOL 14 9 5

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This follows FIFA's consideration that the national teams of West Germany/Germany, Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic, Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia, and USSR/Russia are combined respectively for record-keeping.[3]
  2. ^ Technically the 1958 final was also between two first timers, but Brazil's 1950 group game defeat is generally counted as a previous "final" appearance for the team.
  3. ^ Score was 1–1 after 90 minutes.[9][10]
  4. ^ The 1950 FIFA World Cup did not have a final, rather, the tournament was decided by a 4-team round robin phase.
  5. ^ Not the final but the decisive match of the final group stage.
  6. ^ Score was 2–2 after 90 minutes.[22][23]
  7. ^ Score was 1–1 after 90 minutes.[28][29]
  8. ^ Score was 0–0 after 120 minutes. Brazil won 3–2 on penalties.[36][37]
  9. ^ Score was 1–1 after 120 minutes. Italy won 5–3 on penalties.[42][43]
  10. ^ Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes.[44][45]
  11. ^ Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes.[46][47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ "Laws of the Game" (PDF). FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Finals since 1930" (PDF). FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "All-time FIFA World Cup Ranking 1930-2010" (PDF). FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "World Cup Spotlight on Brazil". CNN. Retrieved 29 January 2007. 
  5. ^ "Taça da Copa do Mundo chega ao Brasil (World Cup trophy arrives in Brazil)". Globo TV. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  6. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/11174070/Russias-Luzhniki-Stadium-ahead-of-schedule-for-2018-World-Cup-Final.html
  7. ^ "1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "World Cup history – Uruguay 1930". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "1934 FIFA World Cup Italy". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 23 March 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "World Cup history – Italy 1934". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "1938 FIFA World Cup France". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "World Cup history – France 1938". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  13. ^ Janela, Mike (June 12, 2018). "World Cup Rewind: Largest attendance at a match in the 1950 Brazil final". Guinness World Records. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  14. ^ "1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "World Cup history – Brazil 1950". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  17. ^ "World Cup history – Switzerland 1954". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "World Cup history – Sweden 1958". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "1962 FIFA World Cup Chile". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  21. ^ "World Cup history – Chile 1962". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  22. ^ a b "1966 FIFA World Cup England". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  23. ^ a b "World Cup history – England 1966". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  24. ^ "1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  25. ^ "World Cup history – Mexico 1970". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  26. ^ "1974 FIFA World Cup Germany". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  27. ^ "World Cup history – West Germany 1974". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  28. ^ a b "1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  29. ^ a b "World Cup history – Argentina 1978". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  30. ^ "1982 FIFA World Cup Spain". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  31. ^ "World Cup history – Spain 1982". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  32. ^ "1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  33. ^ "World Cup history – Mexico 1986". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  34. ^ "1990 FIFA World Cup Italy". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  35. ^ "World Cup history – Italy 1990". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  36. ^ a b "1994 FIFA World Cup USA". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  37. ^ a b "World Cup history – USA 1994". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  38. ^ "1998 FIFA World Cup France". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  39. ^ "World Cup history – France 1998". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  40. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  41. ^ "World Cup history – Japan & South Korea 2002". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  42. ^ a b "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  43. ^ a b "Zidane off as Italy win World Cup". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  44. ^ a b "2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  45. ^ a b "Netherlands 0–1 Spain (aet)". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  46. ^ a b "Estadio Do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 18 January 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  47. ^ a b McNulty, Phil (13 July 2014). "Germany 1–0 Argentina". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 

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