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Best World Cup Countries: Stats, Tables, and Facts!

The World Cup takes place every 4 years, so each Champion would reign for 4 years. But it’s interesting to find out the overall best World Cup countries or the team who has won the FIFA World Cup the most.

In this article, we’ll do a complete breakdown of teams who have won the World Cup and then find out the overall best team in the competition history.

Which Team Has Won The World Cup The Most?

See below a detailed breakdown of all teams that have won the World Cup in order of how many they’ve won.

SNCountryWorld Cup TitlesYear(s) Won
1Brazil51958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002
2Italy41934, 1938, 1982 and 2006
3Germany41954, 1974, 1990, and 2014
4Argentina21979 and 1986
5France21998 and 2018
6Uruguay21930 and 1950

Notable Facts About The Best World Cup Countries

  • From the above table, it is clear that Brazil has won the most World Cup titles (5).
  • Italy and Germany are joint 2nd best countries to win the World Cup after brazil. Both teams have won the competition 4 times apiece.
  • England and Spain have won the World Cup just once apiece – the joint-least on the table. But of course, their record is better than those who have never won the World Cup.
  • Only 8 countries have won the FIFA World Cup – Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina, France, Uruguay, England, and Spain.
  • FIFA recognizes 211 national Football Associations out of which just 8 of them have emerged as world champions. That means about 96% of the entire FIFA-recognised-FA are yet to win the World Cup. Just about 4% have won the World Cup since the inception of the competition.
  • Only European and South American teams have won the World Cup. Africa, Asia, and other continents are yet to have a nation to win the competition.

The Best World Cup Runner-ups Countries

See below a detailed list of countries that are World Cup runners-up since the competition started.

SNCountryWorld Cup Runner-upYear
1Germany41966, 1982, 1986, and 2002
2Argentina31930, 1990, and 2014
3Netherlands31974, 1978, and 2010
4Brazil21950 and 1998
5Czech Republic21934 and 1962
6Hungary21938 and 1954
7Italy21970 and 1994

From the above table, it is clear that Germany has emerged as Runners-up the most in World Cup history, having come 2nd 5 times since the tournament started.

Best World Cup 3rd Place Countries

The table below shows the teams that have won the most 3rd place in the FIFA World cup.

SNCountryWorld Cup 3rd PlaceYear Won
1Germany41934, 1970, 2006 and 2010
2Poland21974 and 1982
3Brazil21938 and 1978
4France21958 and 1986
5Sweeden21950 and 1994
12United States11930

From the above table, Germany has won the most 3rd place in the FIFA World Cup.


We would all agree that winning the World Cup is more important than a second or third-place finish.

Therefore, we can simply say that Brazil is the best World Cup country having won the competition 5 times. The next best team is Italy which has won the competition 4 times.

Our detailed article already explains why African countries are yet to win the World Cup.

The Europeans and South Americans have dominated 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the FIFA World Cup to date and it’s something to be worried about.

Hopefully, we’ll have more countries from other continents beyond South America and Europe to win the World Cup.

Finally, you can find out how much the World Cup costs in USD and how the host nation is chosen.

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