As the battle continues between the respective groups, there are interesting facts about all the previous World Cups. One of them is knowing which countries have won the World Cup the most times.
It’s a difficult cup to win because, firstly, it only happens once every four years, and with it comes the controversy. Case in point, this year’s world cup with the whole human rights drama and beer that the Qatar 2022 world cup is all about.
Previously on SportsNS, we discussed the players who have scored the most for the World Cup as well as top Premier League players who didn’t make it. This cup is meant for people to not only look forward to tomorrow but also to remember the past as it has been around since the 1930s.
According to Nbc New York, there are 32 teams around the world that are competing in this World Cup. Additionally, they also stated which countries have won the most times in FIFA history.
Number five, France
France is not commonly known for their soccer skills, but they actually won the 2018 and 1998 World Cups. They played Brazil in the final match at home and scored 3-0 against the Latin American country.
Before France hosted the cup in 1998, the last time they hosted was in 1938. That’s a whole 60 year gap they had between hosting the FIFA World Cup. Also, they finished in the Third placed in 1958, 1982 and 1986.
Number four, Argentina
Similar to France, they have won the World Cup twice, however, they won before France. Like much before. In 1978 and 1986 to be exact. Argentina have been runners-up for the cup three times. Namely in 1930, 1990 and 2014.
They have an impressive record with 47 wins in 82 games. A number that many countries are unable to beat. They have been present for all but four of the World Cups which shows their determination with football.
Number three, Italy
Italy he has won more cups than Argentina and France, four to be exact. They won the cup in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. They competed in 18 out of 22 tournaments and reached six finals during the time they played for the cup.
They beat France in the 2006 tournament, which at the time was considered one of the most watched sporting events ever with 700 million views. In 1938, they beat Hungary in a match 4-2.
Number two, Germany
Germany it is slightly more complicated as East Germany, which was another frequently disqualified Germany, cumulative victory is only calculated for the West team. They have won the same number as Italy, which is four times.
Quite an impressive feat given their country was split in two during most of the World Cup. The history of Germany is divided into three segments which are the era of Nazi Germany, the era of West Germany and the current era of reunified Germany.
They have won the tournament in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. Throughout FIFA’s history, Germany has always finished third or higher, from the 1930s until today.
Number one, Brazil
Brazil it is considered the best cream of the crop as it has won five World Cups throughout history. They have won the cup more times than France and Argentina combined. Brazil won the tournament in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
They have a record of winning 73 times in 109 games. It is an impressive record compared to other countries participating in the tournament. Decades ago, their biggest rivals were Argentina as they came from the same region.
World Cup 2022
It is uncertain who will win this year’s tournament, moreover with Qatar having a number of controversies to their credit. However, will five of these countries win the cup or will a new country take home the trophy this year? We’ll have to wait and find out.
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