Summary: World Cup Soccer is the international competition of national soccer teams of member nations of FIFA
The World Cup is the epitome of soccer; it is every footballer’s ultimate dream. If a player becomes skilled enough he will be asked to join a team representing the country for a bid to the World Cup facing the best teams of the world.
World Cup Soccer is an international football competition among national football teams of member nations of FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association. FIFA is the sport’s global governing body. World Cup Soccer is sometimes called Football World Cup, FIFA World Cup or just World Cup, though the term World Cup could define any sport besides soccer. FIFA World Cup Soccer holds both men’s and women’s World Cup Soccer on a separate schedule. The first World Cup Soccer was held in 1930 on the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. Except in 1942 and 1946 (World War), FIFA World Cup Soccer was held every four years until the latest tournament in 2006.
The final stage of World Cup Soccer is where the sporting event reaches its highest pinnacle. This stage is competed by 32 deserving national teams in a group stage and knockout stage for over a month within the host nation. About 28.8 billion audiences watch the proceedings of the World Cup Soccer Finals making this event the most anticipated since its first television appearance in 1954.
The most successful World Cup Soccer team is Brazil who won the championship five times. Germany and Italy is next behind with three titles each and Uruguay and Argentina with two titles each and lastly, England and France with one title each. Here is the breakdown of the past World Cup Soccer winners.
The World Cup Soccer Years
Year Host Winner Runner-up
2006 Germany Italy France
2002 South Korea/Japan Brazil Germany
1998 France France Brazil
1994 Brazil Brazil Italy
1990 Italy West Germany Argentina
1986 Mexico Argentina West Germany
1982 Spain Italy West Germany
1978 Argentina Argentina Netherlands
1974 West Germany West Germany Netherlands
1970 Mexico Brazil Italy
1966 England England West Germany
1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia
1958 Sweden Brazil Sweden
1954 Switzerland West Germany Hungary
1950 Brazil (Maracanazo) Uruguay Brazil.
1946 world war.
1942 world war.
1938 France Italy Hungary.
1934 Italy Italy Czechoslovakia.
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina.
World Cup Soccer Trivia.
* Players with the most goals.
The reason behind Brazil’s successes is through their dynamic players who are considered to be among the best. Brazilian Ronaldo leads the most goals with 15 from 4 world cups (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) with Gerard Müller from Germany with 14 in 2 world cups (1970, 1974). Frenchman Just Fontaine has 13 in 1 world cup (1958) followed by the legendary Pelé with 12 in 4 world cups (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970).
* The player with the most World Cup Soccer appearances is Lothar Matthäus of Germany with 25.
* The biggest victory is in 1954 between Hungary and South Korea 9-0. Also in 1974 between Yugoslavia and Zaire 9-0. the 1982 victory of Hungary over El Salvador has 10-1.