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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.
There had been concerns that many great players were barred from competing at the Olympics due to the advance of professionalism, in what had rapidly become the world's most popular sport. Rimet's dream was for an event to not only celebrate the game but to crown, beyond dispute, the best national team on the planet.
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
VENUE (FINAL)
WINNERS
RUNNERS-UP
1930
Uru (Montevideo)
URUGUAY
Argentina       
1934
It (Rome)
ITALY
Czechoslovakia
1938
France (Paris)
ITALY
Hungary
1950
Bra (Rio de Jan)
URUGUAY
Brazil
1954
Swi (Berne)
WEST GERMANY
Hungary
1958
Swe (Stockholm)
BRAZIL
Sweden
1962
Chl (Santiago)
BRAZIL
Czechoslovakia
1966
Eng (London)
ENGLAND
West Germany
1970
Mex (Mexico C)
BRAZIL
Italy
1974
Frg (Munich)
WEST GERMANY
Netherlands
1978
Arg (Buenos A)
ARGENTINA
Netherlands
1982
Esp (Madrid)
ITALY
West Germany
1986
Mex (Mexico C)
ARGENTINA
West Germany
1990
Italy (Rome)
WEST GERMANY
Argentina
1994
Usa (Pasadena)
BRAZIL
Italy
1998
Fra (Paris)
FRANCE
Brazil
2002
Jap/Kor (Yokohama)
BRAZIL
Germany
2006
Ger (Berlin)
ITALY
France
2010
Rsa (Jo'burg) SPAIN Netherlands
2014 Bra (Rio de Jan) GERMANY Argentina
2018 Rus (Moscow) FRANCE Croatia

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