June 10th, 2018The 2010 World Cup was held on the African continent for the first time, with South Africa chosen as the host nation.
The tournament was noted for its highly defensive opening matches, controversies surrounding goal-line technology, and the introduction of the much-criticised vuvuzela plastic horn.
June 9th, 2018Germany was selected to host the 18th World Cup tournament amid accusations of corruption and bribery.
Countries that that had supported Germany's candidacy were allegedly awarded lucrative business contracts while Franz Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner as both a player and a coach, was also accused of being involved in 'persuading'...
June 9th, 2018The 17th World Cup had a number of differences from the previous tournaments.
It was the first time that the Finals were held in Asia but what really stood out was that it was jointly hosted by two countries, South Korea and Japan.
June 8th, 2018The 1998 World Cup returned to France after an absence of 60 years.
After four straight tournaments featuring 24 teams, FIFA expanded the event to 32 nations to allow a greater representation from the weaker confederations.
June 6th, 2018Italy hosted the 1990 World Cup, becoming the second country to stage the global showpiece for a second time after Mexico.
The tournament began with a bang as defending champions Argentina were beaten 1-0 by unfancied Cameroon.
May 29th, 2018The 1982 World Cup was hosted by Spain and featured 24 teams instead of 16, the first expansion since 1934.
The teams were divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the second round, where they split into four groups of three.
The winners of each group advanced to the semi-finals.
May 28th, 2018The 1978 World Cup was held in Argentina and kicked off under a cloud due to a brutal military dictatorship in the country.
Thousands of people had been killed and even Omar Actis, president of the World Cup Organising Committee, was assassinated by guerrillas.
May 23rd, 2018The 1974 World Cup was hosted by West Germany and featured another change to its format.
A second group stage replaced the knock-out rounds after the preliminary first round, with both winners playing in the World Cup final.
May 8th, 2018The 1962 World Cup in Chile was marred by violent play especially in the group stages. In the opening eight days alone it featured four red cards, three broken legs, a fractured ankle and cracked ribs.
May 5th, 2018Pelé is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time. Born on October 23, 1940, in Três Corações, Brazil, soccer legend Pelé first made his mark with stunning performances in the 1958 World Cup.
May 1st, 2018Switzerland was chosen as host nation for the 1954 edition of the tournament to mark the 50th anniversary of Swiss-based FIFA’s formation.
World football’s governing body also changed the format, going back to a group stage and knockout system featuring 16 teams. They were divided into four groups with two teams in each group...
April 29th, 2018The first World Cup to be held after World War II was hosted by Brazil in 1950, with much of Europe still recovering from hostilities around the continent.
Enthusiasm for the game in Brazil, already huge before the war, was by now fanatical.
April 25th, 2018Just as Mussolini used Italy in 1934, Hitler used the 1936 Olympics as a weapon of propaganda.
So, to avoid any further political controversy, FIFA chose a so-called neutral venue: the federation's birthplace of France for the 1938 edition of the tournament.
April 21st, 2018Welcome to our second (of 20) series on the history of the World Cup.
Today we take a look at 1934 World Cup that was hosted by Italy and was the first World Cup to include a qualification stage.
Sixteen teams qualified for the tournament, a number which would be retained until the expansion of the finals tournament in 1982.
April 16th, 2018The inaugural FIFA World Cup took place in 1930 and was held in Uruguay.
FIFA President Jules Rimet came up with the idea of a tournament featuring the world’s best international sides and Uruguay, the holders of the Olympic football title, were the only country to volunteer as host nation.
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