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The last FIFA World Cup Competition was in Russia from 14th June to 15th July 2018. The next FIFA World Cup Tournament will be held in Qatar in 2022. Check out the all-time FIFA World Cup Progress Stats and football results of all previous FIFA World Cup Competitions by Year.
 
The FIFA World Cup is organised by the sport’s global governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and is open to every men’s team from its 209 full members, which is a larger number than the United Nations (192) or the International Olympic Committee (205). The championship is played every four years and the first tournament was held in Uruguay in 1930. There were no competitions in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.
 
There are two parts to each tournament, the qualification phase and the final phase (referred to as the World Cup Finals). The three year qualification phase is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. Since the 1998 Finals in France, the competition involves 32 teams at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. In the nineteen tournaments held, only eight nations have won the title.
 
Brazil is the most successful World Cup team, having won the tournament five times and will be the only nation to compete in all 21 Finals. Italy, follows with four titles, while Germany holds three. The other former champions are Uruguay (who won the inaugural tournament) and Argentina with two titles each, and England, France and Spain with one title each.
 
The 2006 World Cup Finals were held in Germany, where Italy were crowned champion after beating France in the final. The 2010 World Cup Finals were held in South Africa. Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the Final. The 2014 World Cup was held in Brazil with Bosnia-Herzegovina becoming the 78th nation to participate in FIFA World Cup Finals since the first competition in 1930.
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