Optimism is at an all-time high, and all eyes are on Qatar. For the FIFA 2022 World Cup, 32 of the best football teams in the world and millions of fans will converge in Qatar.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the first to be held on the Arabian Peninsula and the second to be held in Asia, and both locations offer unique opportunities for fans to enjoy the tournament. Here’s a link to Doha flights before we dive deeper into Qatar and this historic worldwide event. Let’s go back in time and out into the fresh air now.
The World Cup: A Condensed History
International Association of Football Associations (FIFA) member countries send their men’s national soccer teams to compete in the annual World Cup tournament.
In the early 1900s, when soccer was still considered a demonstration sport at the Olympics and players were not given medals for their performances, the concept of the World Cup was conceived. In 1904, the International Association of Football Associations was established with the goal of creating a soccer tournament separate from the Olympics. This effort would prove pivotal in shaping the sport’s trajectory and setting the stage for the World Cup’s origin story. A separate soccer tournament was established after the 1928 FIFA Congress in Amsterdam.
In 1930, Uruguay played host to the first World Cup tournament, which featured participation from 13 teams. Because of World War II, the World Cup did not take place from 1942 to 1946. The tournament returned in 1950, with Brazil as host; the final game sold about 174,000 tickets. Unconfirmed reports claim that over 200,000 people witnessed this historic match.
Over the years, the World Cup has undergone numerous rule adjustments, as well as an increase in the total number of competing teams. For instance, the original cap of 24 teams in the tournament was increased to 32 after the initial estimate proved optimistic. To accommodate more teams, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in October 2016 that the 2026 FIFA World Cup could feature 48 participants.
Statistics and records from the World Cup
The FIFA World Cup, like any other competition, has its “best of” compilation. The World Cup has a long and storied history filled with victories, losses, and fierce competition. Highlights and key numbers from this year’s FIFA World Cup are listed below.
All-time highs and records
- Brazil has won more World Cups than any other country (5 times)
- Brazil has made the most appearances at the World Cup (19 times)
- Germany has the second, third, and fourth-highest occurrences (8, 12, 13 times)
- Germany has appeared in more championship matches than any other country (8 times)
- Most appearances in the semi-finals: Germany
- With the most matches ending in a tie, Italy takes the cake (21 times)
- Italia and Brasil hold the record for the most consecutive titles (2 times)
- When it comes to consecutive championships, Germany ranks second, third, and fourth.
- Brazil holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the championship game (19)
- Italy’s long wait between titles is the longest in the championships.
- Mexico has appeared in most finals but has never won (14 times)
- Statistically, Germany has played the most matches (106 times)
- Indonesia has had the fewest matches played (1)
- Brazil has the most goals scored (210)
- Germany has allowed the most goals of any country (117)
- Canada has the fewest goals of any country in the world (0)
- Angola has allowed the fewest goals (2)
- Brazil, Italy, Argentina, and Germany are the most-represented teams in the final game.
- Uruguay was the inaugural World Cup champion (1930)
- France is the current World Cup champion (2018)
- Uruguay (1930), Italy (1934), England (1966), West Germany (1974), Argentina (1978), and France (1978) all had successful runs as hosts (1998).
- South Africa had the worst overall host performance (2010)
- When it comes to World Cup victories, Pele has the record (3 times)
- Miroslav Klose, the tournament’s leading scorer (16)
- Lothar Matthaus has made the most World Cup appearances of any player (25)
- The World Cup manager with the most victories: For the record, Helmut Schön
- To date, Vittorio Pozzo has won more World Cups than any other manager (2)