Since 1991, the squad has been known as Germany. Surprisingly, the Soviet Union never won the World Cup or even made it to the Final. The country did, however, win the Olympic Games in 1956 and 1988, as well as the European Championships in 1960.
Brazil is the most successful World Cup squad, with five titles, and the only country to have competed in every World Cup finals competition. Italy and Germany both had four titles....
|Years won||1954, 1974, 1990, 2014|
|Years runners-up||1966, 1982, 1986, 2002|
Brazil Thirteen of them have advanced to the final match, and eight have won. Results. Brazil is the most successful World Cup squad, with five titles, and the only country to have competed in every World Cup finals competition.
|Years runners-up||1934, 1962|
They are the only side to have competed in each FIFA World Cup. Uruguay hosted and won the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, and won it again in 1950, when Brazil hosted the event for the first time. Australia is the first OFC team to have reached the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup, which they achieved in 2006.
Thirteen of them have advanced to the final match, and eight have won. Brazil is the most successful World Cup squad, with five titles, and the only country to have competed in every World Cup finals competition. Both Italy and Germany have four championships (the latter having three as West Germany).
The Dutch first competed in the World Cup in 1934, at Italy. They retain the record for having appeared in the most World Cup finals without ever won the championship as of 2020. The Netherlands also lost both matches they played against Germany (1-5 in 1933 and 1-7 in 1936). Overall, the Dutch have been defeated by Germany in nine out of ten matches they played between those two countries' appearances in World Cups.
In fact, the only match the Netherlands won was on June 15, 2010: 4-2 against Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This victory allowed the Dutch to become the first host nation to advance from the group stage of a World Cup tournament.
Argentina had already qualified before the Netherlands entered the scene, so this win gave birth to some kind of myth or rumor about Dutch football being very difficult to beat. But that's not true at all; it's just that the Argentine team was really bad back then (2010) and didn't deserve to go through to the next round.
Since then, Argentina has won two more matches while the Netherlands hasn't been able to advance further than the quarterfinals of any world cup competition.
So, here we have Denmark as the only country to appear in more World Cup finals without winning the title.
They are also the only national team to win a World Cup despite losing a game in the group stage since 1978. Spain represented the globe in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup as a result of their victory. South Africa, Italy, and France, both 2006 World Cup finalists, were all ousted in the first round of the competition.
Spain won the world cup with three games to spare after defeating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final game of the tournament. It was their second world cup title after they defeated Italy 4-2 in a penalty shootout at the end of the previous tournament. The Spanish squad was able to rebound from their earlier loss to prove critics wrong by coming back from behind twice during the course of the match against the Dutch. David De Gea made several key saves during the match to keep his team in the game until the last moment when Sergio Ramos scored an unstoppable header to win it for Spain.
No other country has been able to repeat Spain's feat of winning the world cup while being eliminated in the group stage. If Spain can continue their good form, they could become the first team to retain the trophy through subsequent tournaments as well.
Brazil's national team has five World Cup victories to their credit, having won the event in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and most recently in 2002. France won the most recent World Cup, which was held by Russia in 2018.
The tournament is contested every four years, and Germany is the current winner following their amazing performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, England, and Germany are the only eight countries that have won the World Cup in its 20-year history.
Brazil became the first country to win the World Cup three times (1970, 1994, and 2002). Only Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) have won successive titles. Only West Germany (1982–1990) and Brazil (1994–2002) have competed in three consecutive World Cup finals.
Italy was the first European side to win the tournament when they beat Sweden 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw during the 1934 final at le Stade de France in Paris. The Azzurri were undefeated during the group stage of that year's competition before losing to Czechoslovakia in the quarterfinals. They went on to defeat both Germany and Hungary before winning the title for the second time with a 3-2 victory over Norway in the finale. It was the first of four championships for Italy between 1934 and 1950, and they remain the most recent European champion.
Germany's second championship came three years later in 1938 but it was their third title in six attempts that truly established themselves as one of the top nations in world football. Led by legendary player Berti Vogts, who was named MVP of the tournament, Germany defeated Austria 6-3 in the final at the Stadion Feuerbach in Munich. This remains their sole championship to date. Germany has been competing in every World Cup since their debut in 1954 and has never been eliminated before reaching the final match.