World Cup History

This isnt mine ..but is worth sharing.. Something for Football fans like me around the world… “People say Football World Cup is about Life And Death; but actually it’s much more than that…” World Cup 1930 Image Courtsey: Allsport Winners: Uruguay Teams: 13 Teams in qualifiers: N/A Notable absentees: Of the major European countries, only France took part Surprises: USA, who finished third Golden Boot: Guillermo Stábile (Argentina) – 8 Stats: A total of 70 goals were scored (3.89 per match); Argentina (18) scored the most Format: One group of four and three groups of three in the qualifying stage, with the top from each group going into the semi-finals Number of matches: 18 World Cup 1934 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Italy Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 32 Notable absentees: Holders Uruguay, England Surprises: Egypt Golden Boot: Oldrich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia) – 5 Stats: A total of 70 goals were scored (4.12 per match); Italy (12) scored the most Format: Straight knockout, replays for drawn matches Number of matches: 17 World Cup 1938 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Italy Teams: 15 Teams in qualifiers: 37 Notable absentees: Argentina, England, Spain, Uruguay Surprises: Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Cuba Golden Boot: Leônidas (Brazil) – 7 Stats: A total of 84 goals were scored (4.67 per match); Hungary (15) scored the most Format: Straight knockout, replays for drawn matches Number of matches: 18 World Cup 1950 Image Courtsey: Allsport Winners: Uruguay Teams: 13 Teams in qualifiers: 34 Notable absentees: France, Germany, Hungary Surprises: Bolivia Golden Boot: Ademir (Brazil) – 9 Stats: A total of 88 goals were scored (4.00 per match); Brazil (22) scored the most Format: Four groups, with the winners of each progressing to a four-team round-robin final group. Withdrawals meant there were two groups of four, one of three and one of two Number of matches: 22 World Cup 1954 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: West Germany Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 45 Notable absentees: Spain Surprises: Korean Republic Golden Boot: Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 11 Stats: A total of 140 goals were scored (5.38 per match); Hungary (27) scored the most Format: Four groups of four with two seeded and two unseeded teams in each group. However, the teams played just two matches per group rather than the usual three, with the seeded sides facing unseeded sides. Where teams ended up tied for the second qualifying position by points, they required a play-off. The two teams finishing at the top of their group went through to the quarter-finals Number of matches: 26 World Cup 1958 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Brazil Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 45 Notable absentees: Italy, Uruguay Surprises: Wales, Northern Ireland Golden Boot: Just Fontaine (France) – 13 Stats: A total of 126 goals were scored (3.60 per match); France (23) scored the most Format: Four groups of four, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals Number of matches: 35 World Cup 1962 Image Courtsey: Allsport Winners: Brazil Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 56 Notable absentees: Sweden Surprises: Colombia Golden Boot: Garrincha, Vavá (Brazil), Leonel Sánchez (Chile), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia), Flórián Albert (Hungary), Valentin Ivanov (USSR) – 4 Stats: A total of 89 goals were scored (2.78 per match); Brazil (14) scored the most Format: Four groups of four, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals Number of matches: 32 World Cup 1966 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: England Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 70 Notable absentees: None Surprises: North Korea Golden Boot: Eusébio (Portugal) – 9 Stats: A total of 89 goals were scored (2.78 per match); Portugal (17) scored the most Format: Four groups of four, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals Number of matches: 32 World Cup 1970 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Brazil Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 75 Number of matches: 32 Notable absentees: Argentina, France, Portugal, Spain Surprises: Morocco, the first African qualifiers since World War II Golden Boot: Gerd Muller (Germany) – 10 World Cup 1974 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: West Germany Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 99 Notable absentees: England, France, Hungary, Spain, USSR Surprises: Australia, Haiti and Zaire Golden Boot: Grzegorz Lato (Poland) – 7 Stats: A total of 97 goals were scored (2.55 per match); Poland (16) scored the most Format: Four groups of four in the qualifying stage, with the top two from each group going into a second round of two four-team groups and the winners facing each other in the final Number of matches: 38 World Cup 1978 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Argentina Teams: 16 Teams in qualifiers: 107 Notable absentees: England, Czechoslovakia, USSR Surprises: Iran, Tunisia Golden Boot: Mario Kempes (Argentina) – 6 Stats: A total of 102 goals were scored (2.68 per match); Argentina and Netherlands (15) scored the most Format: Four groups of four in the qualifying stage, with the top two from each group into a second round of two groups of four, the top side in each progressing into the final Number of matches: 38 World Cup 1982 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Italy Teams: 24 Teams in qualifiers: 109 Notable absentees: Netherlands, Mexico Surprises: Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait, New Zealand Golden Boot: Paolo Rossi (Italy) – 6 Stats: A total of 146 goals were scored (2.81 per match); France (16) scored the most Format: 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 Number of matches: 52 World Cup 1986 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Argentina Teams: 24 Teams in qualifiers: 121 Notable absentees: Netherlands Surprises: Canada, Iraq Golden Boot: Gary Lineker (England) – 6 Stats: A total of 132 goals were scored (2.54 per match); Argentina (14) scored the most Format: Six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16, plus four best third-place finishers Number of matches: 52 World Cup 1990 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: West Germany Teams: 24 Teams in qualifiers: 116 Notable absentees: Denmark, France, Portugal Surprises: Costa Rica, Republic of Ireland, UAE Golden Boot: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy) – 6 Stats: A total of 115 goals were scored (2.21 per match), which was the lowest goals-per-match ratio in World Cup history; West Germany (15) scored the most Format: Six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16, plus four best third place finishers Number of matches: 52 World Cup 1994 Image Courtsey: Allsport Winners: Brazil Teams: 24 Teams in qualifiers: 147 Notable absentees: England, France Surprises: Greece, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia Golden Boot: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria), Oleg Salenko (Russia) – 6 Stats: A total of 141 goals were scored (2.71 per match); Sweden (15) scored the most Format: Six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16, plus four best 3rd place finishers Number of matches: 52 World Cup 1998 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: France Teams: 32 Teams in qualifiers: 174 Notable absentees: Russia Surprises: Jamaica, Japan, South Africa Golden Boot: Davor Suker (Croatia) – 6 Stats: A total of 171 goals were scored (2.67 per match); France (15) scored the most Format: Eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16 Number of matches: 64 World Cup 2002 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Brazil Teams: 32 Teams in qualifiers: 199 Notable absentees: Netherlands Surprises: Senegal, South Korea, Turkey Golden Boot: Ronaldo (Brazil) – 8 Stats: A total of 161 goals were scored (2.52 per match); Brazil (18) scored the most Format: Eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16 Number of matches: 64 World Cup 2006 Image Courtsey: GettyImages Winners: Italy Teams: 32 Teams in qualifiers: 198 Notable Absentees: Cameroon, Nigeria Surprises: Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago Golden Boot: Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5 Stats: A total of 147 goals were scored (2.30 per match); Germany (14) scored the most Format: Eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16 Number of matches: 64 World Cup 2010 ????? 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