The World Cup is the most prestigious and most popular football tournament. It is attended by the "A" teams of the football associations that have qualified after qualifying. The forum is also known as:
- FIFA World Cup
- World Cup
- Mondial (from Spanish - "world")
- World soccer finals
Top facts about the FIFA World Cup:
- The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world, with 1.1 billion people watching the 2002 World Cup final.
- Since 1930, when it was the first official FIFA World Cup , the finals have been held every 4 years (with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to World War II).
- In the history of the 20 world championships held so far, only 8 countries have won the world cup. Brazil is the record holder with 5 titles. Italy and Germany have 4 each, Uruguay, France, Argentina have 2 titles each, and England and Spain have won the trophy once.
- The Brazilian team, in addition to being the record holder for world titles, is also the only one to have participated in the finals of all championships. As the Seleção, it also boasts the most consecutive victories by one team in world finals - 11 (in the period 2002-2006).
- Ten times the world finals have been held in Europe. Only once has a non-European country won the cup (Brazil in 1958).
- At the remaining 10 world championships, teams from South America have won the trophy 8 times, and European teams - 2 times.
- Only once has a team from Brazil, Germany, Italy or Argentina failed to reach the final. It's the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as Spain take on the Netherlands.
- Only twice has a national team from a country not from Europe or South America reached the semi-finals: USA in 1930 and South Korea in 2002.