Football World Cup

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A four-yearly football tournament between national teams. It is the most widely-viewed and followed sporting event in the world, bigger than the Olympic Games.

National teams around the world compete in regional qualification games, the 32 successful national teams proceeding to the finals, held over a three-week period in a host country.

In 1970, Brazil's third victory in the tournament entitled it to keep the Jules Rimet trophy. A new trophy was then designed, which has been in use ever since.

The next World Cup finals will be held in two countries, Japan and South Korea, in 2002.

Football World Cup Tournaments
YearLocationWinnerRunner upComments
1930UruguayUruguayArgentina 
1934ItalyItalyCzechoslovakia 
1938FranceItalyHungary 
1950BrazilUruguayBrazil 
1954SwitzerlandWest GermanyHungary 
1958SwedenBrazilSweden 
1962ChileBrazilCzechoslovakia 
1966EnglandEnglandWest Germanysee 1966 World Cup Final
1970MexicoBrazilItaly 
1974West GermanyWest GermanyNetherlands 
1978ArgentinaArgentinaNetherlands 
1982SpainItalyWest Germany 
1986MexicoArgentinaWest Germany 
1990ItalyWest GermanyArgentina 
1994United StatesBrazilItaly 
1998FranceFranceBrazil 
2002Japan and South Korea