FIFA World Cup History

Events in Sport

  • 1930-07-13 1st-ever football World Cup competition begins in Uruguay
  • 1930-07-30 1st FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay: Uruguay beats Argentina, 4-2 in the inaugural event
  • 1934-06-10 FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome, Italy: Angelo Schiavio scores the winner in extra time as Italy beats Czechoslovakia, 2-1
  • 1938-06-19 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris, France: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary, 4-1
  • 1950-06-29 US beats England 1-0 in a world cup soccer game (next win in 1994)
  • 1950-07-16 FIFA World Cup Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Alcides Ghiggia scores a 79th minute winner as Uruguay beats Brazil, 2-1
  • 1954-06-27 The so-called "Battle of Berne" occurs during the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Hungary as the game descends into an all-out brawl
  • 1954-07-04 FIFA World Cup Final, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary, 3-2

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1958-06-29 FIFA World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Vavá & Pelé each score 2 goals as Brazil beats Sweden, 5-2

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • 1960-07-16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer
  • 1962-06-17 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile: Brazil go 1-down early but recover to beat Czechoslovakia, 3-1
  • 1966-07-30 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time
  • 1970-06-21 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412
  • 1974-07-07 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Striker Gerd Müller scores 43rd minute winner as West Germany beats the Netherlands, 2-1
  • 1978-06-25 FIFA World Cup Final, El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Striker Mario Kempes scores 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands, 3-1 after extra time
  • 1981-08-16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)

  • 1982-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Italy beats West Germany, 3-1 in front of 90,000
  • 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 Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Argentina beats West Germany, 3-2 in front of 114,600
  • 1988-07-24 US and 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
  • 1990-06-12 Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite the Netherlands 1-1 in World Cup game
  • 1990-07-08 FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: 85th minute penalty by Andreas Brehme gives West Germany, 1-0 win over Argentina
  • 1994-06-22 FIFA World Cup: USA beats Colombia 2-1 in round match at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 1st WC win since 1950
  • 1994-06-25 FIFA World Cup: 1,500th goal in Cup'd history scored by Caceres of Argentina
  • 1994-07-03 FIFA World Cup: In a huge upset Romania eliminates Argentina 3-2 from the round of 16 at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • 1994-07-04 FIFA World Cup: A Bebeto strike saves Brazil from embarrassment, beat USA 1-0 at Stanford
  • 1994-07-17 FIFA World Cup Final, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Brazil beats Italy 3-2 on penalties; 0-0 after extra time
  • 1998-07-12 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Zinadine Zidane scores twice as France wins first World Cup beating Brazil, 3-0
  • 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

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2002-06-30 FIFA World Cup Final, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beats Germany, 2-0 to win record 5th title; first World Cup held in Asia

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
  • 2006-07-09 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany: Italy beats France, 5-3 on penalties; 1-1 after extra time
  • 2010-07-02 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, only African team remaining in last 8, are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Uruguay; Netherlands upset Brazil 2-1
  • 2010-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final, Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands, 1-0 for first World Cup 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 Final, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Mario Götze scores an extra time winner as Germany beats Argentina, 1-0

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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
  • 2017-11-13 Italy fails to qualify for 2018 Football World Cup (first time since 1958), after play-off defeat against Sweden
  • 2018-06-13 FIFA Congress votes to award 2026 World Cup to joint bid by US, Canada & Mexico
  • 2018-06-13 The Spanish Football Association sacks coach Julen Lopetegui just 2 days out from first World Cup game after he agreed to manage Real Madrid

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2018-06-14 21st FIFA World Cup opens at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia with British singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performing

  • 2018-06-15 World Cup: Portugal 3. Spain 3 - Cristiano Renaldo scores hat-trick - 4th player to score in 4 different WC's - 1st to score in 8 consecutive major tournaments
  • 2018-06-16 World Cup: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is used for the first time, awarding France a penalty in 2-1 win over Australia in Kazan
  • 2018-06-20 FIFA World Cup: Portugal superstar Cristiano Renaldo heads a goal against Morocco to become the all-time leading European goalscorer (85) in international competition

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2018-06-30 FIFA World Cup: Kylian Mbappé (19) becomes only 2nd teenager (Pelé 1st 1958) to score twice in a world cup match as France eliminate Argentina 4-3 in Kazan

Footballer Kylian Mbappé
Footballer
Kylian Mbappé

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2018-07-15 FIFA World Cup Final, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the 3rd man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia, 4-2

Football Player and Coach Didier Deschamps
Football Player and Coach
Didier Deschamps

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2018-09-24 Real Madrid midfielder & Croatian World Cup captain Luka Modrić is named world's best male player at the FIFA Awards in London; Brazil & Orlando Pride forward Marta best female player; France's Didier Deschamps best men's coach

Footballer Luka Modrić
Footballer
Luka Modrić
Football Player and Coach Didier Deschamps
Football Player and Coach
Didier Deschamps