World Cup

The crème de la crème of football cups is the FIFA World Cup or the World Cup that most football enthusiasts refer it to. That is currently the highest-ranking football competition Cup for men in the world. Although, there is an equal top competition for the women, The FIFA Women’s World Cup. However, for this article, all references are in regards to the men’s Cup. The Cup as such has been rolling like a steam train since 1930 when the inauguration took place. And are on a four-year schedule. Meaning that the main event only goes down every 4th year, in the same manner as the UEFA Euro. And the government body of the said Cup doesn’t involve any guesswork, as it is literally written on the label, Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA for short. With that information at hand, let’s get going.

Quick history

We already know the first year of the World Cup, but when did the country versus country football actually start? In the early record, we find that the first international game took place in 1872 between England and Scotland. But it was not until 1883/84 we saw a tournament-style competition, the British Home Championship. That included Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England that stretched to the 100’d edition in 1983/84. Which was an indirect birth of FIFA (1904), when football as and sport attracted attention across the globe. As a result, for the 1904 Summer Olympics football was held as a demonstration sport to feed the need, and measure the interest. And FIFA organised a tournament outside the Olympics framework in 1906. That according to FIFA historians were a complete failure. And that’s just about how crude and boiled-down concentrate version we can get of FIFA and the competition.

How many teams include in the World Cup?

The World cup has seen explosive growth since the start. And to give you the best overview we are going to list the expansion and the hosting country in chronological order. First is Uruguay in 1930 (13). Followed by Italy in 1934 (16) then France in 1938 (15). But it was not until 1950 in Brazil (13) the tournament once again commenced, due to war times. Leading us to 1954 in Switzerland, Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, England 1966, Mexico 1970, West Germany 1974, and Argentina 1978 all with 16 teams. Accompanied by 24 teams in Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, Italy 1990, and USA 1994. That expanded to 32 for 1998 in France, Japan/South Korea 2002, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, Russia 2018, and Qatar in the future 2022 event. Plus, the 2026 three nations host Canada, USA, and Mexico Cup will play with 48 teams.

A season of World Cup

To get into the final tournament, the teams need to go through a qualifier. That has been in place since the 1934 World Cup. That plays on all continental plates including in FIFA’s administration, which includes Europe, Oceania, the America (North, South, Central), Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. As such widespread playground, the qualifier is overseen by the respective governing body. And normally, the qualifier starts almost 3 years before the main event. Meaning that the FIFA machine never stops operating. That brings the “winning” teams to the 32 team group steps followed by the knockout stage. Explained further in the topic, Euro. That has been the case since 1998. However, for the 2026 and the 48 team participation, the rules will slightly change. Where early indication tells us that there will be 16 groups of 3. Seemingly making the groups unbalanced, but still, too early to say.

Who owns the League?

The World Cup’s sole owner is the FIFA with its headquarter in Zürich, as such it structured under the laws of Switzerland. That oversees by the FIFA congress and constructs by its members, meaning that all nations that are part of the organisation have voting rights. With a pecking order as any company would have. Telling us, there is a President, Vice President(s) alongside elected representatives from the member associations. In the end, the surrounding event and its financial revenue are in large portion pushed back into the world of football. Especially offer financial aid to the less fortunate associated members. All in the spirit to keep the worlds football scene flourishing.

World Cup competition champions

Since the start of the World cup, Brazil is the nation that has commanded and conquered the rest the most times. In fact, Brazil, with its “Ginga” style football has come out victorious on 5 occasions. First in 1958 (Sweden), 1962 (Chile), 1970 (Mexico), 1994 (USA), and 2002 (Japan/South Korea). In second place and 4 wins, we have Italy 1934 (Italy), 1938 (France), 1982 (Spain), and 2006 (Germany). As a split nation, Germany has to count as the 3rd place holder. Also with its 4 wins, first as West Germany in 1954 (Switzerland), 1974 (West Germany), 1990 (Italy) and once as Germany in 2014 (Brazil).World Cup

Extraordinary moments in World Cup

That Brazil is a brilliant football nation is an understatement, to say the least. That has captivated the rest of the world with its free flow and seemingly ball-bending abilities, known as Ginga. Which has not only brought them the record of most World Cup wins. But Brazil as a nation is the only competitor that so far has competed in all the 21 events. Although there is a treasure trove of outstanding moments when it comes to the World Cup. And we could literally be here all day listing wow happenings, so let’s instead continue with the top goal scores.

Top goal scorers and record keepers in World Cup

In the spirit of the worldwide competition, let’s list the nations that manage to produce most goals combined in the duration of all the final tournaments. And to no surprise, Brazil is topping the list with 4 top one positions (1950, 1962, 1970, 2002) with a total of 73 Goals. Germany is in second place with an equal number of top positions as Brazil (1990, 2006, 2010, 2014) but a slightly lower goal total of 63. The final position is France with 3 number one spots (1958, 1982, 1998) with its 54 goals.

Live viewership and the home audience

Hold on to your jaw, according to FIFA, the last 2018 tournament in Russia saw a record-breaking number of around 3.5 Billion views, yes that’s Billion with a capital B. Just think about it for a minute, that’s almost half of the population on earth. Where the finale between France and Croatia by itself draw 1.12 Billion. Although, these numbers are only reachable due to its widespread accessibilities, like TV-broad casts and other digital media. That placed the World cup in second place as the most viewed broadcasted event of all time. In fact, only the summer Olympics draw bigger crowds.

Can you place bets on World Cup?

If you can’t find bets on the Cup, you are definitely giving your action to the wrong bookmaker. And you are urged to move on and find new betting sites. As you should expect, not only to find bets on the final tournament, but you should also find bets on the qualifiers and the different group stages leading up to the main event. Also, in the same manner, as the Euro offers tailor-made betting bonuses, you will find all type of special promotions as well on the World Cup. And we mentioned it before, but think it’s worth a second mention, take advantage of the bookmakers plentiful offering during the competition.