FIFA 18 World Cup is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The 21st edition of the biggest football tournament is just a few weeks away from us and we are way more than just excited. FIFA 18 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia. Finally, Russia joins the legion of the World Cup hosting nations.
FIFA 18 World Cup is probably the most anticipated event right now. And why not? Football is the biggest religion, the most loved and most played sport in the world. All the anticipation is finally coming to an end. Hundreds of countries took a shot but only the finest 32 nations managed to qualify to take part in this prestigious tournament. Now over the course of next one month, 32 teams will compete with one another for supreme glory and to be called FIFA 18 champions.
Now, that we are aware with the competing teams and FIFA 18 World Cup being less than one month away from us, let’s take a look at the history of FIFA World cup along with the winners, top scorers and other record holders.
FIFA World Cup?
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) world Cup is an international which takes place every four years. It was first launched in the year 1930. It features the senior teams from around the world.
From its launch year, the FIFA World Cup has been taking place continuously with 4 year gap with the exception of year 1942 and 1946 because it was interrupted by the World War II.
The process of FIFA World Cup qualification is pretty basic, the teams of the nations under FIFA Confederation are allowed to compete and play in the world cup qualifiers and they must qualify for the final phase of the tournament. The qualifying tournaments are held within the six FIFA continental zones.
FIFA World Cup- Competing teams?
Currently, 32 nations take part in this most prestigious football tournament. But the team count is scheduled to change by 2026 FIFA World Cup as FIFA officials confirmed that FIFA World Cup 2026 will feature 48 teams.
The first edition of the FIFA World Cup featured only 13 teams whereas the team count expanded from 13 to 16 from the year 1934 to 1978. The 1982 World Cup saw 8 more teams, expanding the participants count to 24.
The 32 team format that is being followed today was firstly introduced in the 1998 World Cup in France.
First World Cup Winner?
The host and the winner of the first ever FIFA World Cup in 1930 was Uruguay. In front of a mind-boggling audience of 68,000. Uruguay defeated another South American nation Argentina by 4-2 in the finals which was held at Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario.
The inaugural edition of the World Cup was completely different and unfamiliar of the modern trends. First of all, it featured only 13 teams, out of which seven alone were from South America, four teams from Europe and two North American teams, USA and Mexico.
Team with the most World Cup trophy?
Since the dawn of the FIFA World Cup, it has been organized 20 times and only 8 teams have managed to win the tournament so far. Brazil has won the FIFA World Cup for record 5 times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) in different occassions, making them the most successful team in FIFA World Cup history.
The defending champions Germany along with Italy are the second most successful teams having won the world cup 4 times while Uruguay and Argentina have both won the world cup twice.
Apart from that, England, France and Spain all have won the world cup on one occasion.
You can check out the complete list of the FIFA World Cup winners down below:
|1966||England||England||4-2 (AET)||West Germany|
|1974||West Germany||West Germany||2-1||Netherlands|
|1994||USA||Brazil||0-0 (3-2 P)||Italy|
|2002||Japan & South Korea||Brazil||2-0||Germany|
|2006||Germany||Italy||1-1 (5-3 P)||France|
|2010||South Africa||Spain||1-0 (AET)||Netherlands|
All time Top Goal-Scorer in the FIFA World Cup?
The German Miroslav Klose is the All-time leading top scorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup. In four World Cup tournaments, Klose has scored record 16 goals for Germany.
Former Brazilian legend Ronaldo comes second with 15 goals in three World Cup tournaments and in the third place is another German Gerhard “Gerd” Müller who scored 14 goals over just two world cups.
The only active player in this list is the star German Player who also happens to be the forward of Bayern Munich Thomas Muller who has scored 10 goals in just two World Cups.
Down below we put the list of players who have scored 10 or more goals in World Cup:
|3||Gerd Muller||West Germany||14||13|
|8||Jurgen Klinsmann||West Germany/Germany||11||17|
|9||Helmut Rahn||West Germany||10||10|
Which Player has the most appearence in the World Cup?
Another German grabbed the spot for the most appearances in World Cup. Currently, a German mid-fielder Lothar Matthaus(1979-2000) holds the record for the most appearances in the World Cup. He has played in 25 games over five different tournaments.
And Guess What? The second place is also grabbed by a German, the highest goal scorer in World Cups, Miroslav Klose with 24 appearences. The third spot goes to the Italian legend Paolo Maldini with 23 games, Diego Maradona sits at no. 4 with 21 games in 4 World Cups.
Check out the list we put of the players who have played 20 or more World Cup games:
|1||Lothar Matthaus||West Germany / Germany||25||1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002|
|2||Miroslav Klose||Germany||24||2002, 2006, 2010, 2014|
|3||Paolo Maldini||Italy||23||1990, 1994, 1998, 2002|
|4||Diego Maradona||Argentina||21||1982, 1986, 1990, 1994|
|5||Uwe Seeler||West Germany||21||1958, 1962, 1966, 1970|
|6||Wladyslaw Zmuda||Poland||21||1974, 1978, 1982, 1986|
|7||Cafu||Brazil||20||1994, 1998, 2002, 2006|
|8||Philipp Lahm||Germany||20||2006, 2010, 2014|
|9||Grzegorz Lato||Poland||20||1974, 1978, 1982|
|10||Bastian Schweinsteiger||Germany||20||2006, 2010, 2014|
World Cup Trophy?
FIFA World Cup Trophy is surely as much intriguing as it is astonishing. It is a 14.5 inches tall trophy and it weighs 6.175 kilograms.The winners of the World Cup finals are given the magnificent Gold FIFA World Cup Trophy. But this was not always the case. Prior to 1974, a Jules Rimet trophy was given to the World Cup winners.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy was first introduced at the 1974 World Cup hosted by West Germany. This 18- Karat gold’s exquisite trophy was designed by the Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga. He described his creation saying,”The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory.”
What is a Jules Rimet trophy?
Prior to Gazzaniga’s new take on the World Cup trophy, a different trophy was rewarded to the winners. It was called a Jules Rimet Trophy which has a gold-plated sterling silver and it featured a marble base along.
FIFA appointed a french guy named Abel Lafleur to design the trophy which became the symbol of the World Cups prior to 1974. They named the trophy ‘Victory’ and it has a sculpture of Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike and she holds a octagonal cup above her head.
It was later renamed to the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1946, honouring the former FIFA president Jules Rimet who had an unparalleled role in the establishment of World Cup tournaments.