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World Cup Winners: The Definitive List Of Winning Nations

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So you want to know which nations are World Cup winners and when they won. You want to know how many times nations have won it too? We’ve got all that info for you have a look below.

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World Cup Winners By Number of Trophies


Brazil – 5          🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Germany – 4    🌟🌟🌟🌟

Italy – 4            🌟🌟🌟🌟

Argentina – 2   🌟🌟

Uruguay – 2     🌟🌟

France – 1       🌟

England – 1     🌟

Spain – 1         🌟


World Cup Winners By Year


1930 – Uruguay 🌟


The first world cup was one with no qualification stage. Out of all 13 FIFA affiliated teams, Argentina, Uruguay, The United States and Yugoslavia won their groups to reach the semi-finals. Hosts and favourites of the time Uruguay won the Final against Argentina 4-2.


1934 – Italy 🌟


The participating teams were raised to 36 in the 1934 games and were whittled down to 16 and 1934 hosts Italy won the second ever World Cup beating Czechoslovakia 2-1 in the final. As the first European team to win a World Cup (led by Giuseppe Meazza).


1938 – Italy 🌟


France ’38 was the third world cup and the reigning champions Italy did well to retain their title with Silvio Piola scoring the decisive goal in the final, putting the game to bed when a Hungarian comeback looked on. (During WWII the Italian vice president of FIFA hid the world cup under his bed in a shoe box of that occupying troops wouldn’t steal it!)


1950 – Uruguay 🌟


The world cups of 192 and 1946 were called off due to WWII and resumed in 1950 with Uruguay getting the glory again after 12 years of no tournament. Two group stages meant more revenue for tickets than having a knockout round that we are used to. This is why the tournament was decided in a league format rather than knockout stages. Brazil pushed for this and threatened to leave if it wasn’t set up in this way. FIFA succumbed and Brazil were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in the final with goalkeeper Rosque Masopoli impressing, being voted as best keeper in the competition. I guess that’s what you get for throwing your toys out of the proverbial pram.


1954 – West Germany 🌟


The amateur German team did miraculously well to defeat Hungary 3-2 in a hotly contested final. It was one of the biggest giant killings in football history. For context, Hungary actually beat West Germany 8-3 earlier in the group stage and also managed to rack up a 17+ goal difference. Helmut Rahn’s two goals secured the win for the Germans however with a high scoring sheet for the German forwards (four players racked up at least four goals).


1958 – Brazil 🌟


Hosted in Sweden this tournament was the debut for the then 17 year old football maestro that is Pele. Sweden made it to the final and did well to score within 4 minutes. However, they eventually received a 5-2 battering by the historically electric Brazil side. Goals were scored by Pele (2), Vava (2) and Zagallo. The Sweden team still hold the unfortunate record of being the only nation to host a World Cup tournament, make it to the final and lose.


1962 – Brazil 🌟


Defending champs Brazil protected their dominance over world football by defeating Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the tournament final, hosted by Chile. Garrincha and Vava were prolific scorers in this tournament with Pele being injured very early on.


1966 – England 🌟


As the third country to do so, England won the World Cup on home turf. This is the only World Cup England have won with Bobby Charlton scoring three goals and being voted best player. England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final with it being 1-1 at full time. Geoff Hurst’s astonishing hat trick settled things by scoring two goals in extra time.


1970 – Brazil 🌟


Held in Mexico and the first World Cup to be held in North America, Brazil eventually became the winners. 75 nations competed with 16 teams making it to the games. Brazil decimated the tournament with a 12 plus goal difference and thrashing Italy 4-1 in the final. Pele was voted best player with four goals and Captain Carlos Alberto scored one of the best world cup goals.


1974 – West Germany 🌟


Winning their second ever tournament, West Germany also became the fourth nation to do so on home soil. Seven players scored in the tournament and this was also the first tournament to use the World Cup trophy that we are familiar at looking at today. Gerd Muller scored the winning goal of the tournament.


1978 – Argentina 🌟


As the fifth country to win on home soil, it seems like that plays a major factor in the winning mentality of teams! Argentina beat the Netherlands 3-1 in the final with Mario Kempes leading the attacking threat. Winning the golden boot award, Kempes scored two goals in the final and a whopping six goals overall.


1982 – Italy 🌟


At this point Italy beat two time winners, Germany, 3-1 to secure their third title. The Italians were headed up in attack by Paolo Rossi who scored a big six goals in the tournament.


1986 – Argentina 🌟


This will always be a salty memory for England football fans.  The “Hand of God” was Diego Maradona’s first and highly controversial goal in the final against the three lions. That was the handball goal that set England back. However, there was no doubt about his second goal, a solo charge from the Argentina half, was of remarkable quality and has often been described as goal of the century.


1990 – West Germany 🌟


Held in Italy, this World Cup was the second cup to be hosted twice by a nation. This cup is commonly known as the poorest World Cups for entertainment value. With 2.21 goals per game, it’s a record that still stands as the lowest World Cup goals average. Anyway, West Germany won for the last time before German unification. They did so by beating Argentina with a modest 1-0 coming from a penalty coming from Andreas Brehme.


1994 – Brazil 🌟


Brazil defeated Italy 3-2 on penalties.  This made them the first national team to so in a shootout. Romario bagged an impressive five goals to secure the Golden Boot award in the USA hosted tournament. Greece, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria also made their first appearances in a World Cup.


1998 – France 🌟


France ’98. The first World Cup with golden goals. France beat Brazil 3-0  in the final, making them the seventh nation to win a world cup (and sixth to do it on home soil). Zizou (Zenedine Zidane) was in his prime and led this France side to glory from an attacking midfield position. Risk taking goalkeeper Fabien Barthez only conceded two goals in the tournament. This is impressive but ultimately easier when you have the likes of Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly and Lilian Thuram in front of you.


2002 – Brazil 🌟


Hosted in Korea and Japan, this was the year of Ronaldo (no, not Cristiano). Scoring freely all competition and both goals in the final against Germany, this was one of the many World Cups in which Brazil showed their footballing dominance. England fans will also shudder to remember Ronaldinhos looping free kick over David Seamans fabled ponytail in the quarter-finals when everything looked so possible in the Beckham era…


2006 – Italy 🌟


Although on German soil with a German golden boot winner (Miroslav Klose with five great goals), Italy took this one home. It culminated in a final between Italy and France with Zidane opening the scoring with a penality and Materazzi equalising for Italy. This tournament, final and last ever game for Zidane will always be remembered for the infamous headbutt from Zidane against Materazzi in which Zidane was sent off. With France dominating the run of play before being reduced in numbers they did well to hang on before losing to five deft penalties from Italy in the shootout.


2010 – Spain 🌟


South Africa 2010. The tournament of high spirits, vuvuzelas and total Spanish domination. Between 2008 and 2012 Spain were the hardest team to beat in football. In the final of this tournament they beat the Netherlands 1-0 with an Andreas Iniesta goal in extra time giving the tiki-taka specialists the upper hand.


2014 – Germany 🌟


Brazil 2014. Everyone expected Brazil to win this tournament, or at least do remarkably well. However they didn’t bank on Germany winning their fourth world cup title and being handed a soul destroying 7-1 thrashing in the semi by the football technicians. Miroslav Klose became the third player in history to score in four world cups. The final against Argentina headed up by Lionel Messi was a sorry affair for the World’s best player as they lost 1-0 AET to a goal from Mario Gotze. At least Messi still got a golden boot award this year…

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