FIFA World Cup

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The FIFA World Cup, also called the Football World Cup and usually abbreviated to simply the World Cup is a tournament held every four years under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body. It was known as the Jules Rimet Trophy until 1974, when the name was changed. The competition has been held every four years since 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when it was not held due to the Second World War. It is the most widely-viewed sporting event on television.

The 2010 World Cup was contested in South Africa; the final was held on Sunday 11th July 2010 between The Netherlands and Spain and won by Spain 1-0 after Andrés Iniesta scored in the 116th minute.

The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil.


Winners to date have been:

Year Host Winner Runner-Up
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina
1934 Italy Italy Czechoslovakia
1938 France Italy Hungary
1950 Brazil Uruguay Brazil
1954 Switzerland West Germany Hungary
1958 Sweden Brazil Sweden
1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia
1966 England England West Germany
1970 Mexico Brazil Italy
1974 West Germany West Germany Netherlands
1978 Argentina Argentina Netherlands
1982 Spain Italy West Germany
1986 Mexico Argentina West Germany
1990 Italy West Germany Argentina
1994 United States Brazil Italy
1998 France France Brazil
2002 Japan/South Korea Brazil Germany
2006 Germany Italy France
2010 South Africa Spain Netherlands

The next FIFA World Cup tournament will take place in Brazil in 2014.[1]

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