The 2002 Soccer World Cup Site for Southern Africa









The Soccer World Cup tournament was the brainchild of two Frenchmen, Henri Delauney and Jules Rimet - after whom the first trophy was named.

The first World Cup, held in Uruguay in 1930 attracted 13 nations. The 2002 tournament has attracted 196 entries. Uruguay, the hosts, won the very first Cup after beating Argentina in the final, 4-2. This was the beginning of the World Cup which was to be held every 4 years.

The next two tournaments were held in Europe (Italy - 1934 and France - 1938). Because of the Second World War, the following World Cup only took place in 1950 in Brazil, where the hosts lost to Paraguay 2-1. Please refer to table below for all the winners.

 
Previous Champions
Year  Champions  Runners-Up  Score  Venue 
 2002            Japan/Korea  
 1998   France   Brazil   3-0   France  
 1994   Brazil   Italy   3-2   United States  
 1990   West Germany   Argentina   1-0   Italy  
 1986   Argentina   West Germany   3-2   Mexico  
 1982   Italy   West Germany   3-1   Spain  
 1978   Argentina   Holland   3-1   Argentina  
 1974   West Germany   Holland   2-1   West Germany  
 1970   Brazil   Italy   4-1   Mexico  
 1966   England   West Germany   4-2   England  
 1962   Brazil   Czechoslovakia   3-1   Chile  
 1958   Brazil   Sweden   5-2   Sweden  
 1954   West Germany   Hungary   3-2   Switzerland  
 1950   Uruguay   Brazil   2-1   Brazil  
 1938   Italy   Hungary   4-2   France  
 1934   Italy   Czechoslovakia   2-1   Italy  
 1930   Uruguay   Argentina   4-2   Uruguay
 
                         
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