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Which country has won the most World Cups?

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Brazil has won the most Football World Cups – 5 times, since the first World Cup held in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. Brazil has won in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002. Brazil is the only country to have played in all World Cups since the inaugural 1930 event.

Brazil – 5 titles
1958 in Sweden: 
Brazil beat Sweden 5-2. Goal scores for Brazil – Pelé (2), Vava (2), Mario Zagallo (1); Sweden – Nils Liedholm (1), Agne Simonsson (1).

Team Captain: Brazil – Bellini; Sweden – Nils Liedholm

This World Cup is remembered for the world discovering the magical talent of Pelé. The other player who stood out in this Cup was the Frenchman, Fontaine, who scored 13 goals.

1962 in Chile:
Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1. Goal scorers for Brazil – Amarildo (1), Zito (1), Pelé (1); Czechoslovakia – Josef Masopust (15)

Team Captain: Brazil – Mauro Ramos; Czechoslovakia – Ladislac Novac

Brazil went in strong to defend their title, but it wasn’t the magic of Pelé, who got injured early in the tournament, but little Garrincha who made his mark, ensuring Brazil retained their title. The other player to stand out in the tournament was Florian Albert of Hungary.

1970 in Mexico:
Brazil beat Italy 4-1. Goal scorers for Brazil – Pelé (1), Gerson (1), Jairzino (1), Carlos Alberto (1); Italy – Roberto Boninsegna (1).

Team Captain: Brazil – Carlos Alberto; Italy – Giacinto Facchetti

Pelé was back and already established as a world class player, but the tournament stands out for Gerd Muller of West Germany (FRG) who won the Golden Boot Award, scoring ten goals in the tournament. The young player to shine in the tournament was Teofilo Cubillas of Peru.

1994 in the USA:
Brazil beat Italy 3-2 on penalties. Goal scorers for Brazil – Romario, Branco, Dunga; Italy – Albertini, Alberigo Evani.

Team Captain: Brazil – Dunga; Italy – Franco Baresi

The tournament is remembered for Brazil returning to championship form once again, and for Bulgaria reaching the semifinals for the first time beating heavy favorites, Germany. Unfortunately, Maradona tested positive for drugs and had to return home.

2002 in Korea/Japan:
Brazil beat Germany 2-0. Goal scorers for Brazil – Ronaldo (2).

Team Captain: Brazil – Cafu; Germany – Oliver Kahn

It was Brazil’s fifth title win, and Ronaldo was the outstanding player of the tournament. He ended the tournament with eight goals, the second highest after Germany’s Gerd Muller turned in a terrific performance with ten goals in the 1970 tournament.

The other winners of the FIFA World Cup are:
Italy has won the World Cup 4 times – 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006.
Germany too has won the World Cup 4 times – 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014.
Uruguay has won the Cup twice – 1930, 1950.
Argentina, too, has won the Cup twice – 1978, 1986.

Other countries to win the World Cup:
England – 1966
France – 1998
Spain – 2010

Countries with maximum Runners-up titles:
Germany – 4.

Germany made it to the finals in 1966, 1982, 1986, 2002. In 1966, Germany led by Uwe Seeler lost 2-4 to Booby Moore’s England in the finals. In 1982, Germany captained by Karl Heinz Rummenigge played Dino Zoff’s Italy in the finals and lost 1-3. In 1986, Germany, once again captained by Karl Heinz Rummenigge lost 2-3 to Diego Maradona-led Argentina in the finals. Germany again made it to the finals in 2002 where it faced Brazil. It lost 0-2, making it a total of four Runners-up titles to date.

Other countries with Runners-up titles:
Argentina – 3; 1930, 1990
Netherlands – 3; 1974, 1978, 2010
Brazil – 2; 1950, 1998
Hungary – 2; 1938, 1954
Czechoslovakia – 2; 1934, 1962
Italy – 2; 1970, 1994
Sweden – 1; 1958
France – 1; 2006

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