Name
FIFA World Cup

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Established
1930 (87 years old)

First Recorded Event
2014-06-12

Sport
Soccer

Location
International

Gender
Male

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Site
Home / Soccer / FIFA World Cup

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Upcoming Events
Algeria - Nigeria (Monday 06th November)

Latest Results
Ecuador - Argentina (Tuesday 10th October)
Brazil - Chile (Tuesday 10th October)
Portugal - Switzerland (Tuesday 10th October)
Netherlands - Sweden (Tuesday 10th October)
Ukraine - Croatia (Monday 09th October)
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Belgium (Saturday 07th October)
Chile - Ecuador (Thursday 05th October)
Cameroon - Algeria (Monday 02nd October)
Mali - Ivory Coast (Monday 02nd October)
Colombia - Brazil (Tuesday 05th September)

Description

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s), compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.

The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy and Germany, with four titles each; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France and Spain, with one title each.

The World Cup is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet.

The 2014 World Cup took place in Brazil. The next two World Cups will be hosted by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Both choices have been criticised in the media, Russia in light of the 2014 Crimean crisis and Qatar for allegations of vote-buying and poor working conditions for foreign workers.

Schedule
1617 Season 2014 Season

Teams

Algeria

Argentina

Australia

Belgium

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Brazil

Cameroon

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Ecuador

England

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Honduras

Iran

Ireland

Italy

Ivory Coast

Japan

Mali

Mexico

Netherlands

Nigeria

Poland

Portugal

Russia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Ukraine

Uruguay

USA

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