World cup Winners list
The FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup is the world’s most widely celebrated sporting event. Simply known as World Cup, is the international association football competition by the national teams of the members of FIFA. This championship is awarded every four years for FIFA world cup winners since the first tournament in 1930 which was held in Uruguay and was won by the hosts. 19 tournaments held, 76 nations have arrived at least once. With five titles, Brazil is the most victorious World Cup team and also the only nation to participate all the world cup tournaments.
Italy four and Germany have three titles. Other champions are Uruguay, who won the very first tournament and Argentina with two titles each. England and France, who have won one each, Present champions, Spain got their first world cup in 2010.
In the table below, full list of previous FIFA World Cup winners, host country, winning team, runners-up and the score everything is presented.
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(Table: world cup winners list /Previous soccer world cup champions)
A brief History on world cup winners list :
After established in 1904, FIFA tried to arrange an international football tournament in 1906.But the early World Cup tournaments were troublesome due to travel and war. Then some South American teams were agreed to travel to Europe for the 1934 and 1938 tournaments. Brazil was probably the only team to compete in both the tournaments.
The Brazil world cup 1950 was the first to incorporate British participants. Primarily they refused to join but in 1946 the agreed FIFA’s invitation. The 1930 champions Uruguay returned after two world cup boycotts. Unfortunately Uruguay won against the host nation Brazil in the match named Maracanazo.
For the first time 24 teams participated in 1982 and then it expanded to 32 in 1998 to create opportunity for more teams from Asia, Africa and North America. About two hundred teams entered the 2002 qualification rounds and a record 2010 world cup.
From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to the World Cup winning teams. Originally it was known as World Cup or Coupe du Monde. In1970, Brazil’s third time victory in the tournament permitted them to keep the trophy permanently. In the year 1970 a new trophy was designed as FIFA World Cup Trophy. The new trophy is never awarded to the winning nations invariably. Winners have to retain the trophy at the next tournament and are will be awarded another gold-plated replica.
In the year 1954, the World Cup was first televised. Now it can be regarded as the most widely followed and viewed sporting event around the globe. The total audience of all matches of the 2006 World Cup is about 26.29 billion. 715.1 million People watched the final match of this tournament (a ninth of the entire population of the planet).
World Cup strongly impacts the global branding. The host country can foresee a multi-million dollar revenue increase with just this month long event. It is expected that Brazil is expecting to bring in more than $11 billion in revenue for the World Cup 2014.
FIFA introduced its first own mascot or logo in 1966. World Cup Willie was the first world mascot in 1966. Recently official match balls are also specially designed for each world cup.