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Let KnowInsider take you through the history of the World Cup!

The World cup is the biggest football competition in the world because it brings different countries from different continents together to compete for one trophy. Every country will do everything humanly possible to play at the world cup and to win the trophy if possible. In fact, many critics opined that any Ballon d’Or winner that has never won the world cup is not a complete champion yet.

It would interest you to know that the World Cup started in 1930 a few years after the first World War. The realists around the world suggest that the League of Nations which happened to be the United body for all countries of the world then should create a platform that will unite people from different countries together. Reasonably, one of the things they established was the World Cup, by its name it means it involves the whole world giving every country and continent a sense of belonging and identification.

Uruguay - the First Country to Win the Football World Cup in History

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Uruguay won the first-ever World Cup. Photo: These Football Times

Uruguay won the first-ever World Cup in the same year that they were celebrating the 100 year anniversary of their constitution. Uruguay had four different scorers in its 4-2 victory over Argentina but was led from behind by the tournament's best player José Nasazzi, and Enrique Ballestrero, the tournament's best goalkeeper.

The first two World Cup matches took place simultaneously and were won by France and the United States, who beat Mexico 4–1 and Belgium 3–0, respectively. The first goal in World Cup history was scored by Lucien Laurent of France. Four days later, the first World Cup hat-trick was achieved by Bert Patenaude of the U.S. in the Americans' 3–0 win against Paraguay. In the final, Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people in Montevideo to become the first nation to win a World Cup.

List of Winners and Year

1903 – Uruguay

1934 – Italy

1938 – Italy

1950 – Uruguay

1954 – West Germany

1958 – Brazil

1962 – Brazil

1966 – England

1970 – Brazil

1974 – West Germany

1978 – Argentina

1982 – Italy

1986 – Argentina

1990 – West Germany

1994 – Brazil

1998 – France

2002 – Brazil

2006 – Italy

2010 – Spain

2014 – Germany

2018 – France

When is the next World Cup and where is it taking place?

The next World Cup host country is not going to happen in Europe, Africa or any of the American continents. Qatar has been unveiled as the host of the 2022 World Cup, Interestingly, it will be the first World Cup to be hosted by an Arab country and a country dominated by Muslims. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the second of its kind in the Asian continent, the first time was back in 2002 hosted by South Korea. Another peculiar thing about the 2022 World Cup is that it will be the first coming during the ending of the year. All World Cup competition is always between May, June or July. But 2022 will be coming in November, the very first of it kind in the history of the World Cup.

As lovers of football, we hope that the coronavirus outbreak doesn’t bring an abrupt end to football as we greatly anticipate for Qatar 2022.

Brazil is the only team in the football World Cup's history to have competed in every single World Cup edition ever since FIFA started, and they have shown that they are the most successful team in World Cup history. They have won five World Cup finals, the most of any of the national teams, and one more than all the South American teams combined. Their first two titles came in 1958 and 1962, with 1958 being the World Cup winning legend Pele's year (beat Sweden 5-2 in the final) and 1962 being Garrincha's year since Pele suffered a season-ending leg injury earlier on in the World Cup tournament (beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in final). The other three titles came in 1970 (beat Italy 4-1 in final), 1994 (beat Italy again 3-2 in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw), and 2002 (beat Germany 2-0 in final). Brazil could have won the tournament on two other occasions in 1950 (the first year they hosted the World Cup) and 1998, but they came up short in both finals games to Uruguay (lost 2-1) and France (lost 3-0) respectively.

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