Ask anyone to name a football competition, and the FIFA World Cup will be one of the first to be mentioned, whether by football fans or non-football fans, as it is synonymous with the game.
The FIFA World Cup is the biggest tournament to take place on the football calendar every four years, with millions and millions of people from all around the world tuning in in the hope of witnessing their national team lifting the golden Jules Rimet trophy.
History & Teams
Having started in 1930 in Uruguay, the FIFA World Cup has since been a main fixture on the football calendar, with the competition taking place every four years. It sees some of the best footballing nations compete for the same goal: to become the world’s best football team.
Each competition is hosted in a different place each time, with a different region being chosen as well, although some countries have been able to host numerous FIFA World Cups in the past. Nonetheless, it is still a huge appeal and draw, whilst it gives footballers and fans alike the chance to visit and be within a region that they may never have been or planned to go to before. The 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup -is different to any other as it will be played in the winter when Qatar host it.
Brazil has been the most successful side in the tournament’s history, as they have won the competition five times, having reached the final a total of seven times. Other nations to have won numerous FIFA World Cups include Germany (under the West Germany and Germany names), Italy, Argentina, France and Uruguay, whilst England and Spain have both won it once, as they were both victorious in their only final appearances to date. The Netherlands, in contrast, are perhaps the most unluckiest side as they have reached the final on three occasions and have lost each one.
Best Players & Managers
Unsurprisingly, there have been a number of world-class players to represent their nations at the FIFA World Cup. Of course, countries want to give themselves the best chance to win the Jules Rimet, which is why so many world-class talent have taken to the field over the years.
The early editions of the tournament saw the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Pele, Ferenc Puskas, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Gerd Muller, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, Franz Beckenbauer and many others, whilst more recent editions will have seen the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Harry Kane, Antoine Griezmann, Miroslav Klose, Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti and many, many others all play their hearts out for their countries as they look to bring world glory to their countries.
There have also been some top managers in charge of nations at the FIFA World Cup that have proved successful although only one manager has ever managed to win the competition twice; Italy’s Vittorio Pozzi when he led the Azzurri to victories in 1934 and 1938.
Other managers to have won the competition include Franz Beckenbauer, Didier Deschamps, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Marcello Lippi, Vicente Del Bosque and Joachim Low.
Historic & Memorable moments
The FIFA World Cup is a truly memorable event as it is extraordinary considering that it only takes place once every four years. However, some moments will go down in the annals of history as they will be forever remembered.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup final between Italy and France saw Zinedine Zidane end his playing career with a ferocious headbutt on Marco Materazzi. The 2014 FIFA World Cup saw Germany obliterate Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final of the tournament that was being hosted in front of a Brazilian crowd and Diego Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match with Argentina.