Countries with the most World Cup wins

Have you had football on the brain for the last few weeks? If so, here’s some trivia for you.

The World Cup has been called many names: the World Cup, World Cup finals, the Cup and so on. Its official title is the FIFA World Cup and it is an international association football competition. In case you weren’t so sure, the sport is contested by the senior men’s national football teams and its governing body: FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).

Played every four years since its inaugural tournament in 1930 in Uruguay, except during 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War, the World Cup has become the most viewed and followed sport in history and continues to do so.

FIFA’s early days began in 1904 when the body made efforts to establish an international football competition between nations outside of the Olympic framework. It was listed a failure. The British FA or Football Association organized for football to become an official game at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. It was a success and the following Summer Olympics (1912) in Sweden saw football return. The England team won on both accounts.

In 1909, an international football tournament was organized by Sir Thomas Lipton (a merchant and the founder of Lipton Tea!) in Turin, Italy for professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Apparently the FA of England chose not to partake in the tournament. This event is known as The First World Cup. Having the first ever World Cup and football being played in the Summer Olympics, it wasn’t until 1914 that FIFA recognized it as a “world football championship for amateurs” and agreed to take responsibility for managing the event thereafter.

Current Format

Its current format allows 32 international teams to take part in the finals. Since teams have to pass the qualification phase in the preceding three years, the tournament boasts high competitive stakes. In the past, FIFA started out with only a dozen or more teams per tournament. The 1950 games saw as little as 13 teams involved when it was held in Brazil for the first time. Its expansion resulted in 24 teams partaking back in 1982 and rose again to 32 teams in 1998. Although there has been talk of FIFA expanding the number of competing teams to 40.

For our football and World Cup fans out there, let’s jog your memory.

Which country has the most World Cup wins?

Brazil5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Italy4 (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
Germany3 (1954, 1974, 1990)
Argentina2 (1978, 1986)
Uruguay2 (1930, 1950)
France1 (1998)
England1 (1966)
Spain1 (2010)

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