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List of FIFA World Cup finals
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Founded 1930
Region International (FIFA)
Number of teams 204 (qualifiers)
32 (finals)
Current champions  France (2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  Brazil (5 titles)

The World Cup final match is the last of the competition, and the result determines which country will be the world champions. If after 90 minutes of normal play the score is a draw, an additional 30-minutes, called extra time, is added. If the game is still tied after extra time, it is then decided by a penalty shoot-out. The team winning the penalty shoot-out are then declared champions. In the 21 tournaments held, 79 nations have appeared at least once. Of these, 13 have made it to the final match, and eight have won. Brazil have won the most titles with five and are also the only nation to have taken part in every World Cup finals tournament. Italy and Germany have four titles. Current champion France, along with past champions Uruguay and Argentina, have two titles each, while England and Spain have one each. The team that wins the finals receive the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and their name is engraved on the bottom side of the trophy.

The 1970 and 1994, together with the 1986, 1990 and 2014 games are to date the only matches competed by the same teams (Brazil–Italy and Argentina–Germany). As of 2018, the 1934 final remains the only finals to have been between two teams playing their first final. The final match of the most recent tournament in Russia took place at the country's biggest sports complex, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The 1930 and the 1966 games are the only ones that did not take place on a Sunday. The former did on a Wednesday and the latter on a Saturday. As of 2018, only nations from Europe and South America have competed in a World Cup final. Six nations have won the final as host: Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany, Argentina and France. Two nations have lost the final as host: Brazil and Sweden.

List of finals

Key to the list of finals
dagger Match was won during extra time
double-dagger Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
  • The "Year" column refers to the year the World Cup was held, and wikilinks to the article about that tournament. The wikilinks in the "Final score" column point to the article about that tournament's final game. Links in the "Winners" and "Runners-up" columns point to the articles for the national football teams of the countries, not the articles for the countries.
List of finals matches, their venues and locations, the finalists, and final scores
Year Winners Final score Runners-up Venue Location Attendance References
1930 Uruguay  4–2  Argentina Estadio Centenario Montevideo, Uruguay 80,000
1934 Italy    2–1dagger
 Czechoslovakia Stadio Nazionale PNF Rome, Italy 50,000
1938 Italy  4–2  Hungary Stade Olympique de Colombes Paris, France 45,000
1950 Uruguay  2–1
 Brazil Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 199,854
1954 West Germany  3–2  Hungary Wankdorf Stadium Bern, Switzerland 60,000
1958 Brazil  5–2  Sweden Råsunda Stadium Solna, Sweden 51,800
1962 Brazil  3–1  Czechoslovakia Estadio Nacional Santiago, Chile 69,000
1966 England    4–2dagger
 West Germany Wembley Stadium London, England 93,000
1970 Brazil  4–1  Italy Estadio Azteca Mexico City, Mexico 107,412
1974 West Germany  2–1  Netherlands Olympiastadion Munich, West Germany 75,200
1978 Argentina    3–1dagger
 Netherlands Estadio Monumental Buenos Aires, Argentina 71,483
1982 Italy  3–1  West Germany Santiago Bernabéu Madrid, Spain 90,000
1986 Argentina  3–2  West Germany Estadio Azteca Mexico City, Mexico 114,600
1990 West Germany  1–0  Argentina Stadio Olimpico Rome, Italy 73,603
1994 Brazil    0–0double-dagger
 Italy Rose Bowl Pasadena, United States 94,194
1998 France  3–0  Brazil Stade de France Saint-Denis, France 80,000
2002 Brazil  2–0  Germany International Stadium Yokohama, Japan 69,029
2006 Italy    1–1double-dagger
 France Olympiastadion Berlin, Germany 69,000
2010 Spain    1–0dagger
 Netherlands Soccer City Johannesburg, South Africa 84,490
2014 Germany    1–0dagger
 Argentina Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 74,738
Upcoming finals
Year Team 1 v Team 2 Venue Location Attendance References
2018 France  4–2  Croatia Luzhniki Stadium Moscow, Russia 78,011
Upcoming finals
Year Team 1 v Team 2 Venue Location Attendance References
2022 Lusail Iconic Stadium Lusail, Qatar
2026 TBD United States


World cup winners
Map of winning countries
Results by nation
National team Wins Runners-up Total finals Years won Years runners-up
 Brazil 5 2 7 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 1950, 1998
 Germany 4 4 8 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 1966, 1982, 1986, 2002
 Italy 4 2 6 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 1970, 1994
 Argentina 2 3 5 1978, 1986 1930, 1990, 2014
 France 2 1 3 1998, 2018 2006
 Uruguay 2 0 2 1930, 1950
 England 1 0 1 1966
 Spain 1 0 1 2010
 Netherlands 0 3 3 1974, 1978, 2010
 Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 1934, 1962
 Hungary 0 2 2 1938, 1954
 Sweden 0 1 1 1958
 Croatia 0 1 1 2018
Results by confederation
Confederation Appearances Winners Runners-up
UEFA 28 12 16
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