January 21, 2022
The FIFA World Cup, often just the World Cup, is an international football competition. According to the current competition system, 32 national teams participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the most numerous of which are teams from the European continent (13 + hosts), then from Africa (5), Asia (4.5), South America (4.5) ), North / Central America with the Caribbean (3.5) and from Australia and Oceania (0.5). The final number of participants from some of these continents was obtained through the playoffs, the so-called barrage. The competition has been held every four years since the first World Cup in 1930. The only period in which the competition was not held was between 1942 and 1946, due to the Second World War. The current world champion is the French national team, which won the 2018 championship. The current format of the competition includes 32 teams competing in the stadiums of the host country for a period of about a month. This phase is usually called the final of the World Cup Finals. The qualifying phase, which lasts about 3 years, serves to determine which national teams will join the host team in the final tournament. So far, 21 tournaments have been held, which have won eight selections. Brazil has won a record 5 tournaments and are the only team to have participated in all the finals. Other winners are Italy and Germany with 4 each, Argentina, Uruguay and France with 2 each and England and Spain with one title each. The World Cup is the most watched sporting event, with about a billion people watching the final match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The next two World Cups will be held in Qatar in 2022 and in the United States, Mexico and Canada in 2026, which will be the first time in history that the World Cup has been held in three countries. Since 1991, FIFA has also organized the Women's World Cup every four years.