the fifa world cup It is the most prestigious competition in the world. footballwith the best national teams from around the world competing for the honor every four years.
Initially, only men’s teams competed in the quadrennial showpiece. The FIFA Women’s World Cup was introduced in 1991.
Since the inaugural competition in 1930, when it was called the Jules Rimet Trophy, the men’s FIFA World Cup has produced eight different champions in 21 editions.
Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, France, Uruguay, England and Spain have won the FIFA World Cup trophy.
Uruguay won the first World Cup held in 1930, beating Argentina 4-2 in the final.
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Of the men brazil soccer team have the most FIFA World Cup wins.
Brazil has held the World Cup record five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. It is also the only team to have competed in all 21 editions.
nicknamed ‘The Selection‘, Brazil is also the most successful men’s team at the World Cup in terms of games played (109), games won (73) and goals scored (229).
When Brazil first won the title in 1958, the legendary striker Pele it came to light. He scored six goals in that edition, including two in the final against Sweden.
During his illustrious career, Pelé won three FIFA World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970) and remains the only player to have achieved this feat to date.
Brazilian legend Pelé is the only player to have won the FIFA World Cup three times.
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Hot on the heels of Brazil on the list of most FIFA World Cup wins are Germany and Italy, each winning the trophy four times.
While Germany won it in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, Italy was champion in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006.
Germany’s World Cup run can be divided into three periods, Germany before World War II, West Germany, and today’s reunified Germany. However, the three are considered one nation in the record books.
The European giants have also finished in the top three a record 12 times, including four second-place finishes.
Former German striker Miroslav Close holds the record for the most goals scored at the FIFA World Cup, scoring 16 goals in four editions.
Germany players celebrate their first World Cup win in 1954.
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Meanwhile, Italy lifted the World Cup on its debut in 1934 and successfully defended it in 1938, becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles.
Despite being one of the most successful teams, Italy failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022.
The other nations to have won the FIFA World Cup more than once are Argentina, France and Uruguay, taking home the coveted trophy twice each.
While Argentina triumphed in 1978 and 1986, Uruguay won in 1930 and 1950. The current champion, France, won in 1998 and 2018.
The Netherlands have reached the final three times, 1974, 1978 and 2010, but have yet to add their name to the list of World Cup winners.
Only teams from Europe and South America have won the men’s FIFA World Cup.
At the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the US is the most successful nation, winning the title four times in eight editions and never finishing outside the top three.
The US women’s soccer team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019. It also scored the most goals (138) in the world final.