The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition established in 1930. It is contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The tournament has taken place every four years, except in 1942 and 1946, when the competition was cancelled due to World War II. Themost recent World Cup, hosted by South Africa in 2010, was won by Spain, who beat the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time. The 2014 World Cup is currently being held in Brazil until 13 July 2014.
The World Cup final matches are the last of the competition, and the results determine which country's team is declared world champions. If after 90 minutes of regular play the score is a draw, an additional 30-minute period of play, called extra time, is added. If such a game is still tied after extra time it is decided by kicks from the penalty shoot-out. The winning penalty shoot-out team are then declared champions. The tournament has been decided by a one-off match on every occasion except 1950, when the tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). Uruguay's 2–1 victory over Brazil was the decisive match (and one of the last two matches of the tournament) which put them ahead on points and ensured that they finished top of the group as world champions. Therefore, this match is regarded by FIFA as the de facto final of the 1950 World Cup.
In the 20 tournaments held, 77 nations have appeared at least once. Of these, 12 have made it to the final match, and eight have won.[n 1]With five titles, Brazil is the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have participated in every World Cup finals tournament. Italy has four titles and Germany has three. The other former champions are Uruguay and Argentina with two titles each, and England, France, and Spain with one each. The current champions, Spain, took their first title in 2010. The team that wins the finals receive the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and their name is engraved in the bottom side of the trophy.
List of finals
|Match was won during extra time|
|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.
Results by nation
|National team||Finalists||Winners||Runners-up||Years won||Years runners-up|
|Brazil||7||5||2||1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002||1950, 1998|
|Germany||7||3||4||1954, 1974, 1990||1966, 1982, 1986, 2002|
|Italy||6||4||2||1934, 1938, 1982, 2006||1970, 1994|
|Argentina||4||2||2||1978, 1986||1930, 1990|
|Netherlands||3||0||3||–||1974, 1978, 2010|
Results by confederation