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: Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 in the inaugural event in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1934-06-10 FIFA World Cup Final: Angelo Schiavio scores the winner in extra time as Italy beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 in Rome, Italy
  • 1938-06-19 FIFA World Cup Final: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary 4-1 in Paris, France
  • 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: Alcides Ghiggia scores a 79th minute winner as Uruguay beats Brazil 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 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: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary 3-2 in Bern, Switzerland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

  • 1982-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final: Italy beats West Germany 3-1 in front of 90,000 at the Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain
  • 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: Argentina beats West Germany 3-2 in ffront of 114,600 at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City
  • 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: 85th minute penalty by Andreas Brehme gives West Germany 1-0 win over Argentina in Rome, Italy
  • 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: 0-0 a.e.t. but Brazil beats Italy 3-2 on penalties at the RoseBowl in Pasadena, California
  • 1998-07-12 FIFA World Cup Final: Zinadine Zidane scores twice as France wins first WC beating Brazil 3-0 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis
  • 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 Final: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beats Germany 2-0 in Yokohama, Japan, to win record 5th title, first World Cup held in Asia
  • 2006-07-09 FIFA World Cup Final: 1-1 a.e.t. but Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties in Berlin, Germany
  • 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: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands 1-0 in Johannesburg, South Africa for 1st WC 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: Mario Götze scores an extra time winner as Germany beats Argentina 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-07-15 FIFA World Cup Final: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the third man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia 4-2 in Moscow

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1941-04-12 Bobby Moore, English footballer, team captain (World Cup 1996), born in Barking, Essex, England (d. 1993)
  • 1943-01-05 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)

Person of interestDiego Maradona

1960-10-30 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (World Cup captain 1986, 91 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1960-11-30 Gary Lineker, English soccer player (World Cup 1986)
  • 1968-01-22 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • 1972-06-23 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France
  • 1982-04-02 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer (goalkeeper), born in Frascati, Italy
  • 1985-02-05 Cristiano Renaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (4th to score in 4 World Cups, Real Madrid), born in Funchal, Portugal

Deaths in Sport

  • 1993-02-24 Bobby Moore, English footballer, team captain (World Cup 1966), dies at 51
  • 1994-07-02 Andrés Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (51 caps, World Cup own goal vs US), dies of a gunshot wound at 27
  • 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