Top Performing Teams At the FIFA World Cup

Brazil is one of the top performing teams at the FIFA World Cup. Editorial credit: Jefferson Bernardes /
Brazil is one of the top performing teams at the FIFA World Cup. Editorial credit: Jefferson Bernardes /

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the global governing body in the sector of football. The key responsibility is to organize and monitor international football tournaments, notable ones being the World Cup and Women’s World Cup. The two commenced in 1930 and 1991 respectively. Founded in 1904, the body initially oversaw competitive football between European countries. Today the body governs football worldwide with 211 member nations. The head office of FIFA is in Zürich, Switzerland.

Football is administered and managed under the guidance of certain rules and regulations. A body known as International Football Association Board is the custodian of the Laws of the game. FIFA is actively involved in running, developing and publicizing the game globally. The governing board may suspend or reinstate a team. When in the field the referee is given full mandate to make decisions and video evidence is not permitted. FIFA has an anthem, which is fully adopted and should be played at the commencement of FIFA matches.

Teams That Have Won The World Cup


The most notable team that has won the World Cup the highest number of times is Brazil. The governing authority in the country, known as the Brazilian Football Confederation, administers football effectively to the extent of enabling the team to win the first place in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002. In 1950 and 1998, Brazil was in second position while in 1938 and 1978 the team was third. However, in 1974 and 2014, the mighty Brazil was position four. The team has therefore won five titles and has twice held the second, third and fourth positions. Brazil is so efficient that it is the only team in the world that has presented players in all the FIFA World Cup editions. Brazil has also won severally outside their continent. Historically, the team has performed exceptionally well in terms of proportional and absolute performance. Brazil has recorded only 17 loses in all the matches it has participated.


The second most successful team is Germany having won the last world cup in 2014 held in Brazil. The team played the final game with Argentina and defeated them 1-0 after Mario Götze, a renowned striker, scored in the 113th minute of extra time. In 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014, the team was first position in FIFA World Cup. In 1966, 1982, 1986, and 2002, the team was runners-up. The team won third position in 1934, 1970, 2006, and 2010. In 1958, the team held third position. The most memorable event was the 1954 game when Germany beat Hungary 8-3 in the finals. The eight goals are the highest defeat to date in World Cup history.


The third best performing team in Italy. The team won in 1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006. In 1970 and 1994, the team was in second position. In 1990 and 1978, the team was position three and four respectively.


Argentina took lead in the World Cup in 1978 and 1986. Thrice has the team been runners-up namely in 1930, 1990 and 2014. Team presence has been observed in all events except in four instances when they missed qualifying to go to the World Cup.

Subseqent World Cups

The 2018 World Cup took place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018, with thirty-two teams participating. The event is the 21st quadrennial tournament. France beat Croatia to win 4-2 to take the cup with Belgium and England coming in third and fourth position respectively. The next FIFA tournament will be in 2022 in Qatar. The 22nd edition is scheduled to take place between November 21 and December 18, 2022. In 2026, the 23rd World Cup tournaments will be held in 16 venues in three countries namely Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Quality inspection committees will be visiting the venue for the events to ensure compliance with international standards. Statistics indicate that the FIFA World Cup final is the most widely viewed event in the world either in the field or through electronic media.

Top Performing Teams At the FIFA World Cup

Rank1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place
1Brazil1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 20021950, 19981938, 19781974, 2014
2Germany/West Germany1954, 1974, 1990, 20141966, 1982, 1986, 20021934, 1970, 2006, 20101958
3Italy1934, 1938, 1982, 20061970, 199419901978
4Argentina1978, 19861930, 1990, 2014
5France1998, 2018
20061958, 19861982
1930, 1950

1954, 1970
1990, 2018
9Netherlands1974, 1978, 201020141998
10Czechoslovakia1934, 1962
11Hungary1938, 1954
12Sweden19581950, 19941938
13Poland1974, 1982

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