World Cup Winners List | Football World Cup Champions – 1930-2022
The World Cup winners list reads like a who’s who of the biggest nations in international football.
After the exciting conclusion of the 2022 World Cup, Brazil lead the way with five titles with Germany and Italy one behind on four, and newly crowned World Champions Argentina on three.
France (2), Uruguay (2), England (1) and Spain (1) are the only other teams to lift football’s most prestigious trophy.
Only four times in the last 14 World Cups has the winner been a first-time winner – England (1966), Argentina (1978), France (1998) and Spain (2010).
Despite this monopoly, the excitement generated globally by the World Cup cannot be underestimated.
Every tournament generates its fair share of thrilling matches, controversies, penalty shoot-outs, shock results and noteworthy performances.
Here is the latest World Cup winners list and a short history of different World Cup eras. The next World Cup is in 2026 and will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States.
World Cup Winners List
|2022 Qatar||Argentina||Argentina 3-3 France (4-2 on penalties)|
|2018 Russia||France||France 4-2 Croatia|
|2014 Brazil||Germany||Germany 1-0 Argentina|
|2010 South Africa||Spain||Spain 1-0 Netherlands|
|2006 Germany||Italy||1-1, Italy beat France 5-3 on penalties|
|2002 Japan/S Korea||Brazil||Brazil 2-0 Germany|
|1998 France||France||France 3-0 Brazil|
|1994 USA||Brazil||0-0, Brazil beat Italy 3-2 on penalties|
|1990 Italy||Germany||Germany 1-0 Argentina|
|1986 Mexico||Argentina||Argentina 3-2 Germany|
|1982 Spain||Italy||Italy 3-1 Germany|
|1978 Argentina||Argentina||Argentina 3-1 Holland|
|1974 Germany||Germany||Germany 2-1 Holland|
|1970 Mexico||Brazil||Brazil 4-1 Italy|
|1966 England||England||England 4-2 Germany|
|1962 Chile||Brazil||Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia|
|1958 Sweden||Brazil||Brazil 5-2 Sweden|
|1954 Switzerland||Germany||Germany 3-2 Hungary|
|1950 Brazil||Uruguay||Uruguay 2-1 Brazil|
|1938 France||Italy||Italy 4-2 Hungary|
|1934 Italy||Italy||Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia|
|1930 Uruguay||Uruguay||Uruguay 4-2 Argentina|
Most World Cup Titles – By Country
World Cup History – 1930 to 1938
The inaugural World Cup in 1930 was held in Uruguay, and the hosts took the title with a 4-2 triumph over Argentina.
The host country claimed the World Cup again four years later, with Italy winning the first of their four titles with an extra-time victory over Czechoslovakia.
Uruguay refused to take part in that tournament, making them the only champions to date who did not attempt to defend the trophy.
Italy retained the title by beating Hungary in 1938, before the Second World War put the tournament on the back-burner for 12 years.
World Cup History – 1950 to 1966
The World Cup returned in Brazil in 1950, and Uruguay pipped the hosts to the trophy in the only tournament that did not have a final.
West Germany won the next edition in 1954, before a Pele inspired Brazil led the Samba Kings to their first title four years later.
Pele’s absence failed to stop Brazil winning the World Cup again in 1962, but he was unable to help them out of the group stage in 1966.
England’s success at that tournament saw them become the first host country to win the World Cup title since Italy in 1934.
World Cup History – 1970 to 1990
Pele played in his fourth and final World Cup in 1970 and led Brazil to a third title in 12 years.
West Germany (1974 & 1990) and Argentina (1978 & 1986) won four of the next five tournaments, with Italy;s thrilling success in 1982 sandwiched in between.
The Netherlands become the first team to lose two finals in a row (1974 & 1978) despite having some of the most talented players in the world at their disposal.
West Germany matched the Dutch team by finishing as runners-up in 1982 and 1986 by West Germany, but set the record straight by claiming the trophy in 1990.
World Cup History – 1994 to 2006
Brazil ended their 24-year wait to win the World Cup by edging out Italy in a penalty shoot-out in 1994.
They were beaten by France in the final four years later, but bounced back to secure their fifth title by beating Germany in 2002.
The 2006 edition saw Fabio Grosso cement his status as a World Cup hero with his exploits for Italy during the latter stages of the tournament.
He scored a semi-final winner against hosts Germany before bagging the decisive penalty in the final against France to deliver Italy’s first World Cup title since 1982.
World Cup History – 2010 to 2022
Spain’s golden generation demonstrated their quality by winning the 2010 World Cup, before Germany (2014) and France (2018) took the next two editions.
However, 2022 was only ever going to be Lionel Messi’s year, as Argentina bounced back from an opening-round defeat to Saudi Arabia to march to the final where they met defending champions France. A fascinating back-and-forth game that showcased the two best footballers of the current generation in Messia and Kylian Mbappe, the game was finally won on penalties by Argentina.
While Messi has dominated the headlines in this World Cup you can’t forget Morocco’s thrilling run to the semi-finals and Croatia following up their Euro 2020 final appearance with a World Cup semifinal and third-place win.
You can see our World Cup qualifiers page for details on the next World Cup’s qualification process.
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