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
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.
FIFA World Cup 1934 Italy, Sweden vs Argentina 3:2
Three Spanish defenders combine to clear the ball from a Brazilian attack, 1934 FIFA World Cup. 27th May, 1934
1934 World Cup Final, Rome, Italy, Italy 2 v
Czechoslovakia 1, 10th June, 1934, Italian
goalkeeper and captain Combi shakes hands
with Czechoslovakian goalkeeper and captain
Planicka before the match
The 1938 FIFA World Cup was the third staging of the World Cup, and was
held in France from 4 June to 19 June.
Italy retained the championship, beating Hungary 4–2 in the final.
19th June 1938: Members of the Italian football team embracing each other, at the end of their 4-2 victorious World Cup final against Hungary in Paris.
Titkos score Hungary's first goal in the 1938 FIFA World Cup Final against Italy.
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's humbled by Uncle
Sam, 1950 Brazil 1950
England v USA, Belo
Horizonte, Group stage
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
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
The Miracle of Bern, 1954 West
Germany v Hungary, Bern, Final
Switzerland 1954 West Germany
v Hungary, Bern, Final
Uruguayan forward Miguez rushes past fallen England goalkeeper Merrick during their 1954 World Cup match in Switzerland, June 26, 1954. Uruaguay
won by four goals to two.
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
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.
Teenage Pele sets the
world alight, 1958 Brazil
v Sweden, Stockholm,
Seventeen-year old Pele weeps on the shoulder of team-mate Didi after Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in the 1958 World Cup final in Stockholm, Sweden, June 30,
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.
Garrincha and Pele help Zagallo back to his feet after the latter’s goal against Sweden in the 1958 FIFA World Cup Final.
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.
Ken Aston seems to be taking cover as the Battle of Santiago goes on around the English refereee.
Ken Aston tries to bring order after fighting breaks out. Chile's Sánchez, 11, lies injured after an Italy foul.
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
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.
Bobby Charlton's bolt from
the blue, 1966 England
1966 England v Mexico,
London, Group stage
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
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
England captain Bobby Moore swaps
shirts with Pele of Brazil after their 1970
World Cup match at Jalisco Stadium in
Mexico, June 7, 1970.
Germany's Franz Beckenbauer makes a sliding tackle on England's Alan Ball during their 1970 World Cup quarter final at Guanajuato Stadium in Mexico, June
Brazil captain Carlos Alberto holds up the 1970 World Cup trophy after Brazil beat Italy in Mexico City, June 24, 1970.
Bonetti's disaster v W Germany,
1970 Mexico 1970 England v
West Germany, Leon,
Bobby Moore tackles Pele,
1970 Mexico 1970 England
v Brazil, Guadalajara, Group
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.
Germany's Franz Beckenbauer fouls a Dutch defender during their 1974 World Cup final against Holland at Olympic Stadium in West Berlin, July 7, 1974.
Johan Cruyff of the Netherlands runs at an opponent during their 2-0 victory over Uruguay in their 1974 FIFA World Cup curtain-raiser.
a strike, 1974 West
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
Argentina's Daniel Passarella is carried by jubilant fans after Argentina beat Holland in the 1978 World Cup final at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, June
Archie Gemmill's 'Trainspotting'
moment, 1978Argentina 1978
Scotland v Holland, Mendoza,
Argentina captain Daniel Passarella celebrates with the Trophy after a 3-1 victory over the Netherlands in the 1978 FIFA World Cup Final.
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.
Italy's Paolo Rossi celebrates after scoring their second goal against Poland during the 1982 World Cup semi final in Barcelona, July 8, 1982.
The Sheikh is stirred, 1982
Spain 1982 France v Kuwait,
Valladolid, Group stage
Rossi lays waste to Brazil, 1982
Spain 1982 Italy v Brazil,
Barcelona, Group stage
Tardelli celebrates his goal in the
1982 final Spain 1982 Italy v West
Germany, Madrid, 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
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.
Jürgen Klinsmann dives into
infamy, 1990 Itay 1990 West
Germany v Argentina, Rome,
Argentina's Diego Maradona and West Germany's Lothar Matthaus lead their teams out for the 1990 World Cup Final in Rome, July 8, 1990.
West Germany lift the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final in Rome, July 8, 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.
Andres Escobar's fatal own goal,
1994 USA 1994 Colombia v USA,
Pasadena, Group stage
Roberto Baggio's spot of
bother, 1994 USA 1994 Brazil
v Italy, Pasadena, Final
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.
Fifa World Cup 1998 France Action GoalKeeper Barthez with Ronaldo
Zinedine Zidane heads in France's first goal against Brazil during the 1998 World Cup final in France, July 12, 1998.
Ronaldo and the 1998 World Cup
final France 1998 France v Brazil,
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.
Cameroon players make their way to the pitch to play Saudi Arabia during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, June 6, 2002.
USA players celebrate their victory over Portugal during the 2002 World Cup in Suwon, Korea, June 5, 2002.
Rivaldo Ronaldo: kiss the World Cup trophy after their win in the 2002 tournament.
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
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.
Francesco Totti of Italy takes a corner kick against Germany during the 2006 World Cup semi final in Dortmund, July 4, 2006.
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.
Italy's Marco Materazzi falls on the pitch
after being head-butted by France's
Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World
Cup 2006 final in Berlin, July 9, 2006.
Fans celebrate Italy's 2006 World Cup victory outside the Colosseum in Rome, July 9, 2006.
Ronaldo’s moment of history, 2006
Germany 2006 Brazil v Ghana,
Dortmund, Second round
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.
De Jong sees orange,
2010 South Africa 2010
Holland v Spain,
Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates scoring during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City
Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Holland v Spain, the World Cup final: Spain are the World Champions! Iniesta drops to his knees in delight - his goal has realised the ambitions of a nation
Spain's captain Iker Casillas lifts the World Cup trophy after the 2010 World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City stadium in
Johannesburg, July 11, 2010.
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
Holland v Spain, the World Cup final:Cheer up lads, only four years to go until the World Cup in Brazil !
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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