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The FIFA World cup marks one of the historic and monumental men’s tournament scheduled for every 4 years since its inception.
Fillabase.com is delight to give out to it’s readers an in-depth history of the most enviable tournament.
Is the world cup made of Gold?
The world cup is made of 18 karat gold and malachite.
Who designed the first world cup?
Designed by Juan Scasso, it was the primary stadium for the tournament, referred to by Rimet as a “temple of football”. With a capacity of 90,000, it was the largest football stadium outside the British Isles. The stadium hosted 10 of the 18 matches, including both semi-finals and the final.
Why is the world cup famous?
It determines the sport’s men’s world champion. It is likely the most popular sporting event in the world, drawing billions of television viewers every tournament.
Why was the world cup created?
The first World Cup took place back in 1930, and was proposed by Jules Rimet, who wanted to create an international competition between men’s football teams (at the time, soccer was not a part of the Summer Games).
Who wins most FIFA World cup?
Many researches have named the Seleção as the favorites in the latest 2022 World Cup. The South American soccer powerhouse has won five World Cups, more than any other country (Germany and Italy have won four)
Which country invented world cup?
The first official World Cup was played in Uruguay 1930, and since when the tournament has been held every fourth year (with exceptions for interruption due to the Second World War). There were, however, unofficial pre-FIFA World Cups already in the late 1800s, in a time when only few national teams existed.
When did FIFA World cup start?
The FIFA World Cup was first held in 1930, when FIFA, the world’s football governing body, decided to stage an international men’s football tournament under the era of FIFA president Jules Rimet who put this idea into place.
Background of the FIFA World cup
Before the World Cup was inaugurated the football tournament arranged as part of the summer Olympics, was given the most prestige.
But in the 1920s, the game was facing a transition to professionalism that wasn’t consistent with the Olympic spirit.
Therefore, the government body, FIFA, made plans to organize a World Cup. The decision of arranging the first edition was officially declared on May 26, 1928.
All World Cup tournaments
The first official World Cup was played in Uruguay 1930, and since when the tournament has been held every fourth years.
Arriving at this point, lets take you through winners and host nations of Fifa World cup since 1930.
World Cup 1930 (Uruguay)
In 1929, it was decided that the first ever World Cup would take place in Uruguay from 13 July to 30 July 1930.
No qualification took place as 13 nations participated after accepting invitations. In 18 matches, 70 goals were recorded including the first hat-trick in World Cup history by Guillermo Stábile.
Uruguay was then crowned the winner as world champions of the maiden competition.
World Cup 1934 (Italy)
Apparently, the next FIFA World cup took place in Europe precisely Italy after the maiden one was held in Southern America. The second World Cup in football took place in Italy between 27 May and 10 June.
16 teams participated after proceeding a qualification phase that hosted 36 teams. The host nation was forced to take part in the the qualification.
The then defending champions Uruguay was on the other hand directly qualified, but declined to participate in protest due to the fact many European teams refrained from travel to South America four years ago when Uruguay had been World Cup host.
FIFA World Cup 1934 gave spectators lots of goals. In total 70 goals were made in only 17 matches, 4.11 goals per match. One player was sent off during the tournament.
The final was played between Italy and Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia took the lead in second half, but Italy equalized and extra time was needed to decide the outcome. Five minutes into the extra time Angelo Schiavio scored for Italy and the match eventually ended 2-1.
World Cup 1938 (France)
The third World Cup in football occurred in France 4-19 June. Argentina and Uruguay boycotted from the the third FIFA World cup after the two Nations realized two World Cups in a row were held in Europe.
FIFA World Cup 1938 included 18 matches in which 84 goals were scored (4.66 per match). Four players were sent of during the tournament
The final was played between Italy and Hungary in front of 45 124 spectators. The match was finally won by Italy after two goals by Gino Colaussi and Silvio Piola. Hence, Italy defended their World Champion title and become the first team with two World Cup titles. Because of the Second World War, the next World Cup had to wait until 1950.
World Cup 1950 (Brazil)
The fourth World Cup in men’s football took place in Brazil between 24 June and 16 July. It was the first World Cup since 1938 – because of the Second World War no World Cup were arranged neither 1942 nor 1948. In 1946 the decision was taken to arrange a new World Cup that would take place in Brazil, far from the war-torn Europe.
Because of the war in the conflict, both Germany and Japan was prohibited from the competition. Because of political reasons, Soviet union, Hungary and Czechoslovakia ceased from taking an interest.
FIFA World Cup 1950 saw 22 matches in which 88 goals were made (4 goals per match). No player was sent off during the tournament.
Uruguay who had chosen not to partake in the 1934 or 1938 tournaments collected their second title out of two participation. And their forward became the first player in World Cup to score in all games he played in.
Sweden scored the Spanish side by 3 goals to nil at the finals.
World Cup 1954 (Switzerland)
The 1954 FIFA World Cup occurred in Switzerland 16 June to 4 July. Altogether, 16 groups took part in what was the last phase of the competition and 26 matches were played. It was the fifth time for the World Cup competition and it would be the maiden world cup that was televised.
The FIFA World Cup 1954 hosted 26 matches in which 140 goals were made (5.38 goals per match). Three players were sent off during the tournament.
West Germany became the winners of the tournament after beating Hungary in a tense game with three goals to two.
World Cup 1958 (Sweden)
The sixth FIFA World Cup was played in Sweden 8-29 June. In total, 51 national teams had tried to qualify from three regions: Latin America, Europe and Great Britain and 16 teams from different Nations entered the final tournament.
FIFA World Cup 1958 included 35 matches in which 126 goals were made. The Brazilians humiliated the host nation by five goals to two a record in a world cup final. (the former record was six goals in the 1930 final).
World Cup 1962 (Chile)
The world witnessed the seventh men’s world cup in Chile from May 30 to June 17. The qualifications that had started two years earlier included 57 national teams. Of these, 14 teams manage to go on to the final tournament together with the automatically qualified host nation Chile and reigning champions Brazil.
FIFA World Cup 1962 saw 32 matches in which 89 goals were made. The 2.78 goals per match were by far the lowest in a World Cup tournament and reflected a new tendency in the game where tactics had become more focused on defense.
By winning in 1962 Brazil defended its title and became the second nation ever to do that – Italy had been the first winning in 1934 and 1938.
World Cup 1966 (England)
England was the number eighth country to host the world cup in England 11-30 July in 1966. The qualifications for the final tournament included 70 national teams (Africa was boycotting the tournament due to a new rule that forced the winners from the continent to partake in a play-off against Asian teams). Of these, 14 teams succeed to qualify for the final phase of the World Cup along with the automatically qualified host nation England and the reigning champions Brazil.
32 matches were played in which 89 goals were made (2.78 goals per match), numbers that peculiar enough were identical with the previous tournament. Five players were sent off during the tournament.
In the final England scored West Germany in a dramatic and unforgettable match by four goals to two.
World Cup 1970 (Mexico)
When the ninth World Cup was played in Mexico it was the first time the tournament wasn’t played in Europe or South America. The dates for the tournament were 31 May-21 June.
The qualifications for the final tournament included 75 national teams and among these 14 teams qualified for the World Cup final tournament (Israel was the first representatives of the Asian-Confederation in the history of the tournament, and El Salvador and Morocco made also their first appearances).
In addition, the automatically qualified host nation Mexico and England as the reigning champions were included.
FIFA World Cup 1970 included 32 matches in which 95 goals were made (2,96 goals per match).
In the final Brazil beat Italy with 4 goals to 1.
World Cup 1974 (West Germany)
Between June 13 and July 7, the 10th World Cup was played in West Germany. The qualifications for the last competition included 98 national teams. For the final tournament, 16 teams were contending for the trophy. Australia, East Germany, Haiti and Zaire had their debut as the host country, West Germany was consequently qualified as was Brazil as the champion.
The tournament witnessed 38 matches in which 97 goals were scored (2.55 per match). Five red cards and 83 yellow cards were shown during the tournament.
In the final the home nation West Germany faced off Netherlands as West Germany won in the end by 2-1.
World Cup 1978 (Argentina)
The eleventh World Cup was played in Argentina 1-25 June. A total of 107 national teams were involved in qualifications for the final tournament from which 15 were advance to the final tournament.
For the first time only the host nation was automatically qualified and not the title holder. The next world cup was then planned to extended its horizon to 24 teams.
FIFA World Cup 1978 incorporated 38 matches in which 102 goals were made (2.68 goals per every match). Three red cards and 65 yellow cards were displayed during the competition. Another measurable truth was that the initial match between West Germany and Poland was the fourth World Cup opening match in a row ending 0-0.
Argentina won the final match with 3-1 versus Netherlands.
World Cup 1982 (Spain)
The twelfth World Cup was played in Spain from 13 June to 11 July. The final phase of the FIFA World Cup had expanded from 16 to 24 teams, which was natural due to the increase of participating nations in the qualifications (a total of 103 teams for the 1982 World Cup in comparison with 57 twenty years earlier). The enlarged proportions of African and Asian nations were especially noticeable (in 1994 FIFA decided to give yet another place to Africa).
FIFA World Cup 1982 included 52 matches in which 146 goals were made (2.80 goals per match). Five red cards and 100 yellow cards were shown during the tournament. The Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff became the oldest player (40 years and 122 days) to win the tournament.
Italy won the final against West Germany with 3-1.
World Cup 1986 (Mexico)
Mexico had the second chance to host the enviable tournament in 1986 between 31st May to 29th June. In the final phase of the FIFA World Cup 24 teams were participating after a qualification that included 121 nations.
52 matches in which 132 goals were made (2.54 goals per match). Eight red cards and 135 yellow cards were shown during the tournament.
Argentina defeated West Germany in the final by 3-2.
World Cup 1990 (Italy)
The 14th World Cup was played in Italy from 8 June to 8 July. A total of 116 national teams had participated in the qualification and 24 were able to make it to the final phase of the competition including the automatically qualified home team (Italy) and reigning champions (Argentina).
Meanwhile, Costa Rica, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates made their first appearances.
1990 FIFA World Cup 1990 had 52 matches in which 115 goals were made. The 2.21 goals per match was a new bottom record.
16 red cards (a new record) and 163 yellow cards were shown during the tournament.
West Germany won over Argentina by 1-0 in the final and become the new world champions.
World Cup 1994 (United States Of America)
The United States Of America in the first time had the opportunity to host the FIFA world cup in 1994.
The said tournament was slated between 17th June to 17th July. The final stage of FIFA World Cup was preceded by a qualification that included 147 national teams.
Among 147 nations, 24 made it to the World Cup final tournament, including the automatically qualified United Stated as the home team and Germany. Greece, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia had succeeded in qualifying for the first time.
After 54 matches played, 141 goals were made (2.71 goals per match). A new record in the tournament’s history was made by Russian Oleg Salenko who became the first player to score five goals in one match.
Another record was set by the Cameroonian Roger Milla, who became the oldest player (42 years and 39 days) to play in the tournament.
Italy lost in the final game to Brazil during a penalty shoot out.
World Cup 1998 (France)
The 16th World Cup was played in France States from 10 June to 12 July. The World Cup had expanded from the previous 24 teams to 32. The main reason was that the amount of involved nations in the qualification stages had increased to 174 nations, 27 more than in the previous World Cup.
The FIFA 1998 world cup had 64 matches in which 171 goals were made (2.67 goals per match). 18 red cards were shown in the tournament (a record, but the expansion of teams had also led to more playing minutes). The 250 yellow cards were a new record as well.
Brazil lost to France in the final by 3-0.
World Cup 2002 (Korea & Japan)
The 17th World Cup was played in South Korea and Japan from 31st May to 30th June. For the first time the World Cup tournament was held in Asia and for the first time was the host ship shared by two nations.
A total of 199 nations, a record, were involved in the qualification. Finally, 32 teams were to be competing in the final tournament (including the three automatically qualified nations – the both host nations plus the reigning champions). China, Ecuador, Senegal and Slovenia entered the tournament for the first time.
FIFA World Cup 2002 included 64 matches in which 161 goals were made (2.52 goals per match).
France humiliated Brazil in the final with 3-0, the biggest goal difference in a World Cup final since 1958.
World Cup 2006 (Germany)
The 18th World Cup was played in Germany from 9 June to 9 July in 2006. After a qualification phase including total of 198 nations, 32 teams were scheduled to be competing in the last phase of the tournament.
Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Serbia and Montenegro made their first ever appearance in the most enviable world trophy.
FIFA World Cup 2006 saw 64 matches in which 147 goals were made (2.30 goals per match). The final was seen by approximately three billion, no television event ever before had gathering that amount of people simultaneously.
Italy beat France in the final with 5-3, after a penalty shootout.
World Cup 2010 (South Africa)
The 19th World Cup was played in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July. After a qualification phase, including a total of 204 national teams (a record), 32 teams were given a place in the final tournament, including the automatically qualified host nation South Africa. Slovakia and Serbia made their maiden appearance in the tournament.
2010 FIFA World Cup saw 64 matches in which 145 goals were made (2.27 goals per match).
A strike from Iniesta crowned the Spanish champions of the 2010 world cup after beating the Netherlands by a goal to nil.
World Cup 2014 (Brazil)
The 20th World Cup in football was held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July in 2014. It was the second time Brazil hosted the biggest football tournament on earth, the first time was World cup. After a qualification phase including 207 teams (the team of Brazil as host nation didn’t need to qualify), a sum of 32 teams were participating in the World Cup final stage (Bosnia and Herzegovina did partake for the first time).
After 64 matches played, 171 goals were made (2.67 goals per match).
Germany humiliated Argentina in the final with 1-0, after extra time.
World Cup 2018 (Russia)
The 21st FIFA World Cup was held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July in 2018. It was the first time Russia hosted the tournament. After a qualification process including 210 teams, a new record, it was finally 32 teams left to compete for the trophy (the team of Russia as host nation was automatically qualified). Iceland and Panama managed to qualify for the first time.
FIFA World Cup 2018 included 64 matches in which 171 goals were made (2.64 goals per match).
France won the final against Croatia with 4-2 (most goals in a World Cup final during ordinary time since 1958).
World Cup 2022 (Qatar)
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an association football tournament, contested by the men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations and the 22nd FIFA World Cup. It will take place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022.
This will be the first World Cup to be held in the Arab World, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan