World Cup Warmup

Contributor: Dermot

A little World Cup history.

Year Hosts Winner Runner Up
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina
1934 Italy Italy Czechoslovakia
1938 France Italy Hungary
1950 Brazil Uruguay Brazil
1954 Switzerland WestGermany Hungary
1958 Sweden Brazil Sweden
1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia
1966 England England WestGermany
1970 Mexico Brazil Italy
1974 WestGermany WestGermany Holland
1978 Argentina Argentina Holland
1982 Spain Italy WestGermany
1986 Mexico Argentina WestGermany
1990 Italy WestGermany Argentina
1994 UnitedStates Brazil Italy
1998 France France Brazil
2002 Japan and Korea Brazil Germany

Brazil is the only country to win the World Cup outside its own continental territory, which it achieved on three occasions, in 1958 in Sweden, the United States in 1994 and four years ago in Japan/Korea. North America and South America are now viewed as two separate continents under modern education systems, but historians view North and South American simply as the continent of America. There was no official World Cup final in 1950, given that the championship was decided by a pool system. It was by coincidence that the final game in the pool was played between the only two teams who could have won the World Cup that year. The 1994 World Cup was decided by a penalty shoot out for the first and only time in the history of the tournament, but FIFA history dictates that the final itself was drawn and that the World Cup trophy was decided by penalty kicks. Holland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary share the distinction of being two-times runners up respectively.


One Response to “World Cup Warmup”

  1. Steinar Skjelanger Says:

    If you view North and South America as different continents, why don’t the victories of Brazil (1970) and Argentina (1986) in Mexico count as “outside its own continental territory”?

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