Football - FIFA World Cup

The most famous sporting tournament of the lot, football's World Cup was the brainchild of a Frenchman - Jules Rimet. Rimet became the President of the world governing body, FIFA, in 1920 and at his first congress in charge the idea of an international competition outside the Olympic Games was developed. Eventually, during the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, FIFA grasped the nettle and resolved to organise the first World Cup two years later where teams would compete for the Jules Rimet Trophy. Brazil, on claiming the prize three times in 1970, were granted the honour of keeping the cup and the present FIFA World Cup was inaugurated in West Germany four years later.

YEAR
WINNERS
RUNNERS-UP
1930
URUGUAY
Argentina       
1934
ITALY
Czechoslovakia
1938
ITALY
Hungary
1950
URUGUAY
Brazil
1954
WEST GERMANY
Hungary
1958
BRAZIL
Sweden
1962
BRAZIL
Czechoslovakia
1966
ENGLAND
West Germany
1970
BRAZIL
Italy
1974
WEST GERMANY
Netherlands
1978
ARGENTINA
Netherlands
1982
ITALY
West Germany
1986
ARGENTINA
West Germany
1990
WEST GERMANY
Argentina
1994
BRAZIL
Italy
1998
FRANCE
Brazil
2002
BRAZIL
Germany
2006
ITALY
France
2010
SPAIN Netherlands
2014 GERMANY Argentina
2018 FRANCE Croatia

Finals at:  
Montevideo 1930
Rome 1934, 90
Paris   1938, 98
Rio de Janeiro 1950, 2014
Berne 1954
Stockholm 1958
Santiago   1962 
London 1966
Mexico City 1970, 86
Munich 1974 
Buenos Aires 1978
Madrid 1982
Los Angeles 1994
Yokohama 2002
Berlin 2006
Johannesburg 2010
Moscow 2018

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