World Cup History

The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious soccer competition in the world. Played every four years, the World Cup hosts the top 32 national teams in a month long tournament. The host country is selected by FIFA's Council. The full list of World Cup Winners is listed below. For a list of past World Cup individual player awards visit the World Cup Awards page.
Year Host Champion Runner Up Third Place Teams Matches Played Goals Scored Avg Goals Per Game
2018 Russia France Croatia Belgium 32 64 169 2.6
2014 Brazil Germany Argentina Netherlands 32 64 171 2.7
2010 South Africa Spain Netherlands Germany 32 64 145 2.3
2006 Germany Italy France Germany 32 64 147 2.3
2002 South Korea, Japan Brazil Germany Turkey 32 64 161 2.5
1998 France France Brazil Croatia 32 64 171 2.7
1994 United States Brazil Italy Sweden 24 52 141 2.7
1990 Italy West Germany Argentina Italy 24 52 115 2.2
1986 Mexico Argentina West Germany France 24 52 132 2.5
1982 Spain Italy West Germany Poland 24 52 146 2.8
1978 Argentina Argentina Netherlands Brazil 16 38 102 2.7
1974 West Germany West Germany Netherlands Poland 16 38 97 2.6
1970 Mexico Brazil Italy West Germany 16 32 95 3.0
1966 England England West Germany Portugal 16 32 89 2.8
1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia Chile 16 32 89 2.8
1958 Sweden Brazil Sweden France 16 35 126 3.6
1954 Switzerland West Germany Hungary Austria 16 26 140 5.4
1950 Brazil Uruguay Brazil Sweden 13 22 88 4.0
1938 France Italy Hungary Brazil 15 18 84 4.7
1934 Italy Italy Czechoslovakia Germany 16 17 70 4.1
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina United States 13 16 70 3.6