The 1930 FIFA World Cup
was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 July to 30 July 1930. Argentina, Uruguay, United States and Yugoslavia each won their respective groups to qualify for the semi-finals. In the final, hosts and pre-tournament favourites Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people, and became the first nation to win the World Cup.
Argentinian goalkeeper Juan Botasso is
beaten by Victoriano Iriarte (not in picture) for Uruguay's 3rd goal during the 1930 FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, 30th July 1930. Uruguay won 4-2.
1930 FIFA World Cup Final,
Montevideo, Uruguay, 30th July 1930, Uruguay 4 v Argentina 2, The Argentinian team come out to examine the pitch before the game
Belgian referee Jean Langenus holding
the match ball before the kick-off of the first FIFA World Cup Final, between Uruguay and Argentina at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, 30th July 1930. Uruguay won 4-2.
The 1934 FIFA World Cup
was the second FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934. The 1934 World Cup was the first for which teams had to qualify to take part. Thirty-two nations entered the competition, and after qualification, 16 teams participated in the finals tournament. Italy became the second World Cup champions, beating Czechoslovakia 2–1 in the final.
The 1950 FIFA World Cup,
held in Brazil from 24 June to 16 July, was the fourth FIFA World Cup. It was the first World Cup since 1938, the planned 1942 and 1946 competitions having been canceled owing to World War II. It was won by Uruguay, who had won the inaugural competition in 1930, clinching the cup by beating the hosts Brazil 2–1 in the deciding match of the four-team final group (this was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final).
England goalkeeper Bert Williams and
USA's Joe Gaetjens pictured in a Group 2 match at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Gaetjens scored a goal in the 38th minute, giving the USA a sensational victory.
Uruguay's Ghiggia scores the winning
goal past the dive of Brazilian goalkeeper Barbosa to win the World Cup for Uruguay and complete a major by upset by beating hosts and favourites. FInal score: Brazil 1 v Uruguay 2, Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro, 16th July, 1950,
The 1954 FIFA World Cup,
the fifth staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in Switzerland from 16 June to 4 July. Switzerland was chosen as hosts in July 1946. The tournament set a number of all-time records for goal-scoring, including the highest average goals scored per game. The tournament was won by West Germany, who defeated Hungary 3–2 in the final, giving them their first title.
Brazil's Lucas heads the ball
during their 1954 World Cup match against Hungary in Berne, Switzerland, June 28, 1954. The match ended in a riot after several players were sent off by referee Arthur Ellis.
West Germany’s captain and coach,
Fritz Walter and Sepp Herberger, are carried aloft following their reverse of Hungary in the 1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland Final.
The 1958 FIFA World Cup,
the sixth staging of the World Cup, was hosted by Sweden from 8 to 29 June. The tournament was won by Brazil, who beat Sweden 5–2 in the final for their first title. To date, this marks the only occasion that a World Cup staged in Europe was not won by a European team.
Russia's goalkeeper Ivanovich Yashin fails
to stop Derek Kevan scoring the first goal for England while England's Bryan Douglas and Russia's Victor Tsarev look on during their 1958 World Cup match in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 9, 1958.
The 1962 FIFA World Cup
was the 7th FIFA World Cup. It was held from 30 May to 17 June 1962 in Chile. Teams representing 57 national football associations from all six populated continents entered the competition, with its qualification process beginning in August 1960. Fourteen teams qualified from this process, along with host nation Chile and defending champion Brazil, for the finals tournament. The tournament was won by champions Brazil, who claimed their second World Cup title by defeating Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the final, becoming the second team, after Italy in 1938, to successfully defend the world title. Hosts Chile beat Yugoslavia 1–0 to finish third. The 1962 FIFA World Cup was the first World Cup that used goal average as a means of separating teams with the same amount of points. This atmosphere culminated in the infamous first-round match between host Chile and Italy (2–0), known as the Battle of Santiago. The average goals per match dropped to 2.78, under 3 for the first time in the history of the competition (the average has never been above 3 since).
Italian goalkeeper Buffon dives for
a shot from Germany's Seeler with Italy's Salvatori (foreground) moving in during their 1962 World Cup game in Santiago, Chile, June 1, 1962.
Brazilian star Pele, unable to
play in the 1962 World Cup final because of injuries sustained in an earlier game, hugs his replacement Amarildo after Brazil's 3-1 victory over Czechoslovakia in Santiago, Chile, June 18, 1962.
English referee Ashton sends Italian
player Ferrini from the field during their 1962 World Cup match against Chile in Santiago, June 2, 1962. Ferrini is seen with his head bowed as his teammates Salvadore, Janich and Mora argue with Ashton.
The 1966 FIFA World Cup,
the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from 11 to 30 July. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the World Cup. With this victory, England won their first FIFA World Cup title and became the third World Cup host to win the tournament after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.
England's Geoff Hurst scores the
disputed third goal which never crossed the line during their 1966 World Cup final against West Germany at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966.
Queen Elizabeth II presents the
1966 World Cup trophy to England captain Bobby Moore after England beat West Germany in the final at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966.
England captain Bobby Moore is
carried on the shoulders of teammates after England beat West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966.
The 1970 FIFA World Cup
was the ninth FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for men's national teams. It took place from 31 May to 21 June 1970 in Mexico, the first World Cup tournament to be staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America. The tournament was won by Brazil, who claimed their third World Cup title by defeating another two-time former champion, Italy, 4–1 in the final, thereby winning the right to permanently keep the Jules Rimet Trophy. The victorious team led by Carlos Alberto, and featuring players such as Pelé, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão, is often cited as the greatest-ever World Cup team. They achieved a perfect record of wins in all six games in the finals, as well as winning all their qualifying fixtures.
The 1974 FIFA World Cup,
the tenth staging of the World Cup, was held in West Germany (including West Berlin) from 13 June to 7 July. The tournament marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded. The host nation won the title beating the Netherlands in the final, 2–1. The victory was the second for West Germany, who had also won in 1954.
The 1978 FIFA World Cup,
the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, quadrennial international football world championship tournament, was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June. The 1978 World Cup was won by Argentina who beat the Netherlands 3–1 after extra time in the final. This win was the first World Cup title for Argentina, who became the fifth team (after Uruguay, Italy, England and West Germany), to be both hosts and world champions. Argentina, the Netherlands and Brazil were the gold, silver and bronze medalists respectively.
The 1982 FIFA World Cup,
the 12th FIFA World Cup, was held in Spain from 13 June to 11 July. The tournament was won by Italy, after defeating West Germany 3–1 in the final. It was Italy's third World Cup win and first since 1938. The holders Argentina were eliminated in the second group round. The tournament's top scorer was Paolo Rossi of Italy with six goals, including a hat-trick in a second group game against Brazil and one in the final.
The 1986 FIFA World Cup,
the 13th FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June. It was won by Argentina (their second title, after winning in 1978). Argentina was captained by Diego Maradona who scored the infamous "Hand of God" goal, as well as another voted "Goal of the Century", in the same quarter-final against England. These were two of the five goals that Maradona scored during the tournament, and he also created another five for his team-mates. Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in the final at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.
Argentina's Diego Maradona beats England's
Peter Shilton to the ball to score the first goal with his hand, which later became known as the "Hand of God“goal, during the 1986 World Cup quarter final in Mexico City, June 22, 1986.
"Hand of God" Argentina v
England, played on 22 June 1986, was a football match between Argentina and England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game was held four years after the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom and was a key part in the already intense football rivalry between both nations. It was also a match which included two of the most famous goals in football history, both scored by Diego Maradona.
Diego Maradona takes on Sansom
and Terry Butcher of England during the World Cup quarter-final, 1986. Maradona scored a second goal, knocking England out of the World Cup.
The 1990 FIFA World Cup
was the 14th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 8 June to 8 July 1990 in Italy, the second country to host the event twice (the first being Mexico in 1986). The tournament was won by West Germany, who claimed their third World Cup title by defeating reigning champions Argentina 1–0 in the final, a rematch of the previous final four years earlier. Hosts Italy beat England 2–1 to finish third after both lost their semi- finals in penalty shootouts. It would be the last tournament to feature a German side representing the divided Germany, with the country being reunified later in 1990.
The 1994 FIFA World Cup,
the 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in nine cities across the United States from 17 June to 17 July 1994. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on 4 July 1988. Brazil became the first nation to win four World Cup titles when they beat Italy 3–2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0–0 after extra time, the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties.
Brazil's goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel celebrates
after Italy's Roberto Baggio failed to score during the final penalty shoot-out during the 1994 World Cup final at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, July 17, 1994. The match was the first time a World Cup final was decided on penalties.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup
was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The tournament was won by France, who beat Brazil 3–0 in the final. France won their first title, becoming the seventh nation to win a World Cup, and the sixth (after Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany and Argentina) to win the tournament on home soil.
Thierry Henry kisses the Fifa
World Cup trophy as team-mates Patrick Vieira and captain Didier Deschamps look on after France defeat Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup final
The 2002 FIFA World Cup
was the 17th staging of the FIFA World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June. It was also the first World Cup held in Asia, and the last in which the golden goal rule was implemented. Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2–0 in the final.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup
was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany. Italy won the tournament, claiming their fourth World Cup title. They defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shootout in the final, after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw. Germany defeated Portugal 3–1 to finish in third place. The 2006 World Cup stands as one of the most watched events in television history, garnering an estimated 26.29 billion non-unique viewers, compiled over the course of the tournament. The final attracted an estimated audience of 715.1 million people.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with
team mates Hugo Viana and Fernando Meira after scoring the winning penalty during their penalty shootout against England in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen, July 1, 2006.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup
was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The matches were played in 10 stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. In the final, Spain, the European champions, defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time, with Andrés Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title, becoming the eighth nation to win the tournament, and the first European nation to win the tournament outside its home continent.
Holland v Spain, the World
Cup final: Iniesta deserves praised not only for his winning goal tonight but for his skill and sang-froid throughout a testing tournament. He and Xavi have been the choreographers of Spain's success
The 2014 FIFA World Cup
will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men's football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950.
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