The first-ever FIFA World Cup was played in Uruguay in the year 1930. The first matches included France defeating Mexico 4-1 and the United States defeating Belgium 3-0 on July 12, 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The tournament was expanded to include 24 teams in 1982, before finally reaching the current 32 teams format in 1998. In 2013, talks of a 48 team World Cup were started, which lead to a decision in January 2017 confirming that the 2026 World Cup will have 48 finalist teams.
The FIFA World Cup has been held once every 4 years since 1930 except for the years 1942 and 1946 due to the World War II, making the 2022 FIFA World Cup the 22nd edition of this tournament. Over the years there have been 8 different FIFA World Cup winners(9 if you count West Germany and Germany as different countries), with Brazil wining it 5 times, the most by any country. A list of all FIFA World Cup winners is shown in the table.
|1942||Not held because of World War II|
|10||1974||West Germany||West Germany|
Out of all the FIFA World Cup winners Brazil holds the record for most World Cups won but the first World Cup was won by Uruguay, who were incidentally also the host. Uruguay triumphed over Argentina with a 4-2 win in 1930 to win the first ever World Cup.
It took Argentina 48 years to reach another final which saw them lift their first ever FIFA World Cup trophy. Winning any football tournament requires you to score goals, and World Cup winner Miroslav Klose knows that very well. He holds the record for the most goals scored in the history of this tournament with 16 goals in total.