The FIFA World Cup in History

Events in Sport

  • 1930-07-13 1st-ever football (soccer) World Cup competition begins in Uruguay
  • 1930-07-30 Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for association football's 1st FIFA World Cup in Montevideo
  • 1934-06-10 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 (OT) in footballs 2nd World Cup in Rome
  • 1938-06-19 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats Hungary 4-1 in soccer's 3rd World Cup in Paris
  • 1950-06-29 US beats England 1-0 in a world cup soccer game (next win in 1994)
  • 1950-07-16 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay beats Brazil 2-1 for soccer's 4th World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1954-07-04 FIFA World Cup: West Germany defeats Hungary 3-2 for footballs 5th World Cup in Bern
  • 1958-06-29 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 in football's 6th World Cup in Stockholm
  • 1960-07-16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer
  • 1962-06-17 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Czechoslovakia 3-1 in football's 7th World Cup in Santiago
  • 1966-07-30 FIFA World Cup: England beats West Germany 4-2 for football's 8th World Cup in London
  • 1970-06-21 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Italy, 4-1 to win Football's 9th World Cup in Mexico City
  • 1974-07-07 FIFA World Cup: West Germany beats the Netherlands 2-1 for football's 10th World Cup in Munich
  • 1978-06-25 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats the Netherlands 3-1 in football's 11th World Cup in Buenos Aires
  • 1981-08-16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1982-07-11 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats West Germany 3-1 for football's 12th World Cup in Madrid
  • 1983-12-19 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1986-06-29 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats West Germany 3-2 in football's 13th World Cup in Mexico City
  • 1988-07-24 US & Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1988-08-13 US beats Jamaica 5-1 in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-04-16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-04-30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-05-13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-06-17 US beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-11-05 US plays El Salvador in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-11-19 US beats Trinidad, 1-0 qualifing for 1990 world soccer cup finals it was US' 1st qualification since 1950
  • 1990-06-09 FIFA World Cup: Czechoslovakia beats USA 5-1 in World Cup match
  • 1990-06-12 Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite the Netherlands 1-1 in World Cup game
  • 1990-06-18 After being undefeated in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Cameroon suffer their 1st loss. Soviet Union wins 4-0
  • 1990-07-07 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats England 2-1 in football's World Cup Third Place game
  • 1990-07-08 FIFA World Cup: Germany beats Argentina 1-0 for football's 14th World Cup in Rome
  • 1994-06-17 FIFA World Cup begins with Germany vs Bolivia (1-0) in Chicago
  • 1994-06-18 FIFA World Cup: US ties Switzerland 1-1 in their 1st game of 1994 football World Cup
  • 1994-06-22 FIFA World Cup: USA beats Colombia 2-1 in 1994 world cup match (1st win since 1950)
  • 1994-06-25 FIFA World Cup: 1,500th goal in Cup'd history scored by Caceres of Argentina
  • 1994-06-26 FIFA World Cup: US loses to Romania 1-0
  • 1994-07-03 FIFA World Cup: Romania eliminates Argentina 3-2
  • 1994-07-04 FIFA World Cup: USA loses to Brazil 1-0 in 1994 World Cup quarter finals
  • 1994-07-16 FIFA World Cup: Sweden shuts out Bulgaria 4-0, to finish 3rd in the World Cup
  • 1994-07-17 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Italy 3-2 on penalties, in football's 15th World Cup in Pasadena
  • 1998-07-12 FIFA World Cup: France beats Brazil 3-0 for football's 16th World Cup in Saint-Denis (France's 1st title)
  • 2000-07-09 Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 2002-06-30 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Germany 2-0 for football's 17th World Cup in Yokohama
  • 2006-07-09 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties for football's 18th World Cup in Berlin
  • 2010-07-02 FIFA World Cup: Ghana's Black Stars, the only African team standing in the Quarter Finals of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, are defeated by Uruguay
  • 2010-07-11 FIFA World Cup: Spain beats the Netherlands 1-0 for football's 19th World Cup in Johannesburg (Spain's 1st title)
  • 2014-06-25 Luis Suárez is charged with biting at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • 2014-06-26 Luis Suárez is expelled from the 2014 FIFA World Cup following his biting incident
  • 2014-07-08 FIFA World Cup: Germany defeat Brazil by a record 7-1 in the semi-finals to make it to the final; Miroslav Klose of Germany breaks the World Cup goal scoring record with 16 goals
  • 2014-07-13 FIFA World Cup: Germany beats Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win football's 20th World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Sport awardFootball Awards

2014-07-13 FIFA World Cup Awards: Lionel Messi (golden ball), James Rodriguez (golden boot) and Manuel Neuer (Golden gloves)

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1943-01-05 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960-10-30 Diego Maradona, Argentine football star (World Cup-hand of god), born in Lanús, Buenos Aires

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1960-11-30 Gary Lineker, English soccer player (World Cup 1986)
  • 1982-04-02 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2017-03-26 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Julie Beth Johnston (25) weds NFL player Zach Ertz (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1994-07-02 Andres Escobar, Colombia world cup soccer star, shot for losing to US
  • 2007-02-04 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2014-01-05 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71