World Cup Finals 1930-2002
|1950||Brazil||16 July*||Rio de Janeiro||Uruguay||2-1||Brazil||0-0||199,850||Sweden|
|1954||Switzerland||4 July||Berne||West Germany||3-2||Hungary||2-2||60,000||Austria|
|1966||England||30 July||London||England||4-2||West Germany||1-1||aet||2-2||93,802||Portugal|
|1970||Mexico||21 June||Mexico City||Brazil||4-1||Italy||1-1||107,412||West Germany|
|1974||West Germany||7 July||Munich||West Germany||2-1||Netherlands||2-1||77,833||Poland|
|1978||Argentina||25 June||Buenos Aires||Argentina||3-1||Netherlands||1-0||aet||1-1||77,000||Brazil|
|1982||Spain||11 July||Madrid||Italy||3-1||West Germany||0-0||90,098||Poland|
|1986||Mexico||29 June||Mexico City||Argentina||3-2||West Germany||1-0||115,026||France|
|1990||Italy||8 July||Rome||West Germany||1-0||Argentina||0-0||73,603||Italy|
|1994||USA||17 July||Los Angeles||Brazil*||0-0||Italy||0-0||aet||0-0||94,194||Sweden|
|2002||Japan / South Korea||30 June||Yokohama||Brazil||2-0||Germany||0-0||69,029||Turkey|
* The 1950 tournament was decided on a pool basis, and as such there was no
final, but the Uruguay v Brazil game was the deciding match, and in all but name
is generally considered as a final.
* Brazil won on penalties
Winners: 5 Brazil; 3 Italy, Germany;
2 Argentina, Uruguay;
1 England, France.
Finals: 7 Brazil, Germany; 5 Italy; 4 Argentina; 2 Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Hungary, Uruguay; 1 England, France, Sweden.
Semi-Finals: 10 Brazil, Germany; 7 Italy; 4 Argentina, France, Sweden, Uruguay; 3 Netherlands; 2 Austria, Czechoslovakia, England, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia; 1 Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, USA, USSR.
Appearances: 17 Brazil; 15 Germany, Italy; 13 Argentina; 12 Mexico; 11 Belgium, England, France, Spain; 10 Sweden, Uruguay; 9 Hungary, Yugoslavia; 8 Czechoslovakia, Scotland; 7 Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, USA, USSR; 6 Paraguay, Poland, South Korea; 5 Cameroon; 4 Colombia, Morocco, Peru; 3 Bolivia, Denmark, Ireland, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia; 2 Algeria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, El Salvador, Iran, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Turkey; 1 Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dutch East Indies, Ecuador, East Germany, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kuwait, New Zealand, North Korea, Senegal, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, Wales, Zaire.
Host Nations: 2 France, Germany, Italy, Mexico; 1 Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Uruguay. Co-Host Nations: Japan, South Korea.
Mexico City, Paris and Rome are the only cities to have staged two World Cup Finals.
Of the 14 World Cup Finals since the Second World War, either Brazil or Germany have featured in all but one - in 1978 when Argentina beat the Netherlands.
Brazil is the only nation to have won the World Cup, but not to have won one at home. They have also won the Cup in South America (Chile1962), Central America (Mexico 1970), North America (USA 1994), Europe (Sweden 1958) and Asia (Japan 2002). Apart from Brazil, only Argentina (Mexico 1986) has won a World Cup outside of its own region.
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