FIFA World Cup finals

List of FIFA World Cup finals
Founded 1930
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 204 (qualifiers)
32 (finals)
Current champions  Spain (1st 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 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 toWorld War II. The most recent World Cup, hosted by South Africa in 2010, was won by Spain, who beat the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time. The next World Cup is scheduled to be held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.

The World Cup final matches are the last of the competition, and the results determine which country’s team 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 decided by kicks from the penalty mark, commonly called apenalty shootout. The winning penalty shoot-out team are then declared champions. 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.

In the 19 tournaments held, 76 nations have appeared at least once. Of these, twelve have made it to the final match, and eight have won. With five titles, Brazil is the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to haveparticipated in every World Cup finals tournament. Italy have four titles and Germany have three. The other former champions are Uruguay, who won the inaugural tournament, and Argentina, with two titles each, and England and France, who have each won one. The current champions, Spain, took their first title in 2010.

Key to the list of finals
dagger Match was won during extra time
double-dagger Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
List of finals matches, their venues and locations, the finalists and final scores
Year Winners Final score[3] Runners-up Venue Location Attendance
1930 Uruguay  4–2  Argentina Estadio Centenario Montevideo, Uruguay 80,000
1934 Italy  2–1dagger
[n 2]
 Czechoslovakia Stadio Nazionale PNF Rome, Italy 50,000
1938 Italy  4–2  Hungary Stade Olympique de Colombes Paris, France 45,000
1950 Uruguay  2–1
[n 3]
 Brazil Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 174,000
1954 West Germany  3–2  Hungary Wankdorf Stadium Bern, Switzerland 60,000
1958 Brazil  5–2  Sweden Råsunda Stadium Solna, Sweden 51,800
1962 Brazil  3–1  Czechoslovakia Estadio Nacional Santiago, Chile 69,000
1966 England  4–2dagger
[n 4]
 West Germany Wembley Stadium London, England 93,000
1970 Brazil  4–1  Italy Estadio Azteca Mexico City, Mexico 107,412
1974 West Germany  2–1  Netherlands Olympiastadion Munich, West Germany 75,200
1978 Argentina  3–1dagger
[n 5]
 Netherlands Estadio Monumental Buenos Aires,Argentina 71,483
1982 Italy  3–1  West Germany Santiago Bernabéu Madrid, Spain 90,000
1986 Argentina  3–2  West Germany Estadio Azteca Mexico City, Mexico 114,600
1990 West Germany  1–0  Argentina Stadio Olimpico Rome, Italy 73,603
1994 Brazil  0–0double-dagger
[n 6]
 Italy Rose Bowl Pasadena, California,United States 94,194
1998 France  3–0  Brazil Stade de France Saint-Denis, France 80,000
2002 Brazil  2–0  Germany International Stadium Yokohama Yokohama, Japan 69,029
2006 Italy  1–1double-dagger
[n 7]
 France Olympiastadion Berlin, Germany 69,000
2010 Spain  1–0dagger
[n 8]
 Netherlands Soccer City Johannesburg, South Africa 84,490

Results by nation

National team Finalists Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
 Brazil 7 5 2 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 1950, 1998
 Italy 6 4 2 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 1970, 1994
 Germany 7 3 4 1954, 1974, 1990 1966, 1982, 1986, 2002
 Argentina 4 2 2 1978, 1986 1930, 1990
 Uruguay 2 2 0 1930, 1950
 France 2 1 1 1998 2006
 England 1 1 0 1966
 Spain 1 1 0 2010
 Netherlands 3 0 3 1974, 1978, 2010
 Czechoslovakia 2 0 2 1934, 1962
 Hungary 2 0 2 1938, 1954
 Sweden 1 0 1 1958