Starting from 13 teams in 1930, the 20th edition in 2014 World Cup will have 32 teams. Team size increased to 16 teams till 1978, and then 24 teams till 1994, before starting with 32 teams since 1998 in Football World Cup. Overall 8 teams have won the World Cup. South Korea is the only non-European or Non-American team to reach the semifinals. 6 hosts have won the tournament, while 7 hosts failed to reach even the semifinals. Check overall performances by the hosts, top four finishers of every edition and number of teams participating, with interesting facts about the World Cup held so far.
- Maximum Titles: 5 (Brazil), 4 (Italy), 3 (Germany)
Other winners: 2 (Argentina, Uruguay), 1 (France, England, Spain)
10 wins by European Teams (5 countries) 9 wins by South American countries (3 nations)
12 Maximum entry to semifinals by Germany. 10 By Brazil.
7 Maximum entry to Final by Brazil and Germany.
24 Teams have reached the semifinals.
12 Teams have reached the final.
5-2 Biggest margin of win in final (Brazil def Sweden in 1958)
6-3 Maximum goals in semifinals (France def West Germany in 1958)
4-0 Biggest margin of win in semifinal (Sweden def Bulgaria in 1994)
4 finals provided winner in Extra Time.
2 finals needed penalty shoot to provide winner (1994 and 2006)
4 Teams failed to Win Despite reaching Final: Netherlands (3), Czechoslovakia and Hungary (2 each), and Sweden (1).
Hosts: 6 have won, 2 finished 2nd, 3 finished 3rd, 1 finished 4th,
while 7 of them could not reach semifinals.
1994 is the only final that provided no goals.
1930 had no official match for third position.
Hosts in World Cup
- 1930 Uruguay
1974 West Germany
- 1950 Brazil
- 1962 Chile
4th: 2002 South Korea
Did not reach top 4
- 1938 France
2010 South Africa
List of Top 4 at Every Edition