[FIFA] Word Cup |
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Eric Luis J-C | The FIFA World Cup, occasionally called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simplyas the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of (FIFA), the sport's global governing body.The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, because of World War II. |
| The currentformat of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month – this phase is often calledthe World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for thetournament together with the host nation(s). The World Cup is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watchingthe 2006 final. |
| Of the 18 tournaments held, seven nations have won the title. Brazil are the only team that have played in every tournament and have wonthe World Cup a record five times. Italy are the current champions and have won four titles, and Germany are next with three. The other former champions areUruguay, winners of the inaugural tournament, and Argentina, with two titles each, and England and France, with one title each. |
| The most recent World Cupwas held in Germany in 2006. The next World Cup will be held in South Africa, between 11 June and 11 July 2010, and the 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil. |
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