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World Cup History Timeline

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FIFA World Cup History Timeline
Winners of the Tournament, Important Years, and Dates
FIFA World Cup is Played Every 4 Years, in Different Countries

World Cup History Timeline starts with the first ever FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay, year 1930.

Only 13 teams participated in the first World Cup Tournament, including 7 from South America, 4 from Europe and 2 from North America.

Uruguay became the First World Cup Champion, after beating Argentina 4-2 in the final.

1934 World Cup History Timeline

This tournament was held in Italy where the Italians also became Champions for their 1st time.

Italy met Czechoslovakia in the final, winning the game 2-1 at the sound of the last whistle. 

1938 Soccer World Cup

This World Cup was held in France.

During this FIFA World Cup, 36 Nations participated, compared to only 7 nations 8 years earlier.

Italy was the Champion once again after beating Hungary 4-2 in the final.

1942 and 1946 World War 2 - Sad Moment in World Cup History Timeline 

These 8 years are the only time that World Cup was put on hold due to World War II.

1950 World Cup continues after the World War II with many Countries still recovering from the war.

This World Cup was held in Brazil, and it also had one of the most spectacular finals in the history of the World Cup.

In front of 200,000 people, Uruguay beat Brazil 2:1 in the final, making this the most attended World Cup final in the history of FIFA World Cup. 

1954 World Cup held in Switzerland

The Champion of this tournament was West Germany, after beating Hungary 3-2 in the final.

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1958 World Cup held in Sweden

World Cup History Timeline continues with the first World Cup appearance for the soccer legend PELE.

At 17 years old, Pele played for Brazil, scoring 2 goals to help them win this years tournament.

Brazil came victorious, after beating Sweden 5-2 in the final.

1962 World Cup held in Chile

Another World Cup Title for the Brazilians, after beating Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the final.

1966 FIFA World Cup held in England

This World Cup Champion was England, after beating West Germany 4-2 in the final.

1970 World Cup held in Mexico

This World Cup is said to have inspired people all around the world to play more soccer or to START playing soccer, because this tournament was Televised in different parts of the world.

1970 tournament would also mark the last World Cup for soccer legend Pele, who retired from International soccer shortly after winning this World Cup once more with Brazil.

Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in the final.

1974 World Cup held in Germany

This World Cup was known as the Rock & Roll era of soccer.

All of the players participating in this tournament had beards and long hair :)

This World Cup also introduced the great Dutch game of "complete soccer".

After all was said and done, Germany came out a winner, after beating the Dutch 2-1 in the final.

1978 World Cup held in Argentina

This World Cup Champion was the host Argentina, after beating Netherlands 3-1 in the final.

1982 World Cup held in Spain

The Champion was Italy, after beating West Germany 3-1 in the final.

1986 World Cup held in Mexico

Argentina won this world cup due to amazing performance of Maradona, after beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

This is where Diego Armando Maradona showed off his talent, almost on his own leading Argentina to the finals and win.

1990 World Cup was held in Italy

This World Cup Champion was West Germany, after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final.

1994 World Cup held in United States

United States welcomed soccer although it was not a very popular sport at the time.

This was the first World Cup to take the final match into extra time and eventually penalties.

This World Cup Champion was Brazil, after beating Italy in the final, on penalties.

Score ended 0:0 in regular time.

1998 World Cup was held in France

France won the tournament after beating Brazil 3:0 in the final match.

Zinedine Zidane was the player most responsible for French success with superb performances and 2 goals in the final. 

2002 FIFA World Cup held in Korea & Japan

This is the first tournament in the history of the world cup that was split between two Nations.

Brazil came out Champions once more, after beating Germany 2:0 in the final.

Ronaldo The Phenomenon, as they called him in Brazil, scored both goals in the final and was a spark in Brazil's squad throughout the tournament. 

2006 World Cup held in Germany

This was the last World Cup for one of the greatest players in the history of this game, Zinedine Zidane.

He finished his professional soccer career with a bang, literally. 

After an altercation with Marco Materrazi during the final game against Italy, Zinedine Zidane is shown a red card for Headbutting Marco in the chest.

France goes on to lose the game on penalties and Zinedine Zidane walks down the game tunnels for the last time on International Stage. 

FIFA still recognized Zidane as the best player of the tournament, awarding him with the Golden Ball.

His red card came in 110th minute of extra time. 

2010 World Cup held in South Africa

Spain was crowned Champion after beating Netherlands 1:0 in the final.

2014 World Cup held in Brazil

Germany takes the spot of the Champions once again, after beating Argentina 1:0 in the final.

This World Cup final went to extra time. 

German Mario Goetze managed to score a very late goal in 113th minute of extra time to deny Lionel Messi chance to add World Cup Trophy to his collection. 

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