World Cup Final Tournaments 1930-2014 - Total Rankings


The First Forty Years - Coupe Jules Rimet 1930-1970
The Following Forty Years - FIFA World Cup 1974-2014
The Twenty Tourney Total Table 1930-2014
Points per Match Ratios - Top-Twelves

The First Forty Years - Coupe Jules Rimet 1930-1970

In the first forty years, nine tournaments were held with the Coupe Jules Rimet at stake;
Brazil won it for the third time in 1970 and thus outright, but it was later stolen there
and never found again.

All titles were won by teams from 2 confederations: South America won the cup 5 times by
2 different teams (Brazil 3, Uruguay 2), Europe 4 times by 3 different teams (Italy 2,
Germany and England both 1).

Also all losing finalists came from those two confederations (where we include the final
match between Brazil and Uruguay in 1950, at the end of which one of the two teams was
to lift the cup, as a final): European teams combined for 11 final appearances (Italy 3, 
Germany, Hungary and Czechoslovakia each 2, England and Sweden both 1), South American
teams for 7 (Brazil 4, Uruguay 2, Argentina 1).

The other confederations combined for one solitary semifinal appearance (United States 
in 1930), as opposed to 24 for Europe (by 12 different countries, of which 7 made multiple
appearances at this stage: Germany 5, Italy and Sweden 3, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
and Yugoslavia each 2) and 11 for South America (by 4 different countries, of which 2 made
multiple appearances: Brazil 5, Uruguay 4).

Teams ranked on points (based on 2/win), then fewer matches played, then goal difference.

Rk Country                Part   Pd   W  D  L   GF-GA Pts   Win RU SF QF

 1.Brazil                   9    38  26  5  7  103-49  57    3  1  1  1 
 2.(West) Germany [*1]      7    34  21  5  8   87-59  47    1  1  3  1
 3.Italy                    7    26  15  4  7   48-30  34    2  1
 4.Uruguay                  6    26  14  4  8   56-33  32    2     2  1
 5.Hungary                  6    23  13  2  8   70-34  28       2     3
 6.England                  6    24  10  6  8   34-28  26    1        3
 7.Soviet Union [-]         4    19  10  3  6   30-21  23          1  3
 8.Yugoslavia [-]           5    19   9  3  7   33-27  21          2  2
 9.Sweden                   5    19   9  3  7   40-37  21       1  2  1
10.Czechoslovakia [-]       6    22   8  3 11   32-36  19       2     1
11.Argentina                5    16   8  2  6   31-27  18       1     1
12.Chile                    4    15   7  1  7   22-22  15          1
13.France                   6    17   7  1  9   38-33  15          1  1
14.Spain                    4    15   6  2  7   20-23  14          1  1
15.Austria                  3    12   6  1  5   26-26  13          2
16.Switzerland              6    18   5  2 11   28-44  12             3
17.Portugal                 1     6   5  0  1   17- 8  10          1
18.Mexico                   7    21   3  4 14   19-50  10             1
19.Paraguay                 3     7   2  2  3   12-19   6
20.United States            3     7   3  0  4   12-21   6          1
21.Wales                    1     5   1  3  1    4- 4   5             1
22.Northern Ireland         1     5   2  1  2    6-10   5             1
23.Romania                  4     8   2  1  5   12-17   5
24.Peru                     2     6   2  0  4   10-13   4             1
25.Cuba                     1     3   1  1  1    5-12   3             1
26.North Korea              1     4   1  1  2    5- 9   3             1
27.Belgium                  5     9   1  1  7   12-25   3
28.Turkey                   1     3   1  0  2   10-11   2
29.Israel                   1     3   0  2  1    1- 3   2
30.Bulgaria                 3     9   0  2  7    7-24   2
31.Morocco                  1     3   0  1  2    2- 6   1
32.Colombia                 1     3   0  1  2    5-11   1
33.Scotland                 2     5   0  1  4    4-14   1
34.Poland                   1     1   0  0  1    5- 6   0
35.Norway                   1     1   0  0  1    1- 2   0
36.Egypt                    1     1   0  0  1    2- 4   0
37.Dutch East Indies [-]    1     1   0  0  1    0- 6   0
38.Netherlands              2     2   0  0  2    2- 6   0
39.South Korea              1     2   0  0  2    0-16   0
40.El Salvador              1     3   0  0  3    0- 9   0
41.Bolivia                  2     3   0  0  3    0-16   0
 
   totals                 137   464 198 68 198 851-851 464   9  9 18 28

NB: the tournaments of 1930 and 1950 had 13 (instead of 16) participants; that of 1938
      had 15 entrants (after the withdrawal of Austria following the Anschluß);
    the tournaments of 1930 and 1950 had no quarterfinal stage;
    the bottom-2 finishers in the 4-team final group stage 1950 are credited with a
      semifinal appearance.

[*1] the German record combines those of Germany (1934-1938) and West Germany (1954-1970):
   West Germany             5    28  18  4  6   73-46  40    1  1  2  1
   Germany                  2     6   3  1  2   14-13   7          1
     note that (West) Germany reached at least the quarterfinal stage at each entry apart
     from 1938 (when their team included a number of former Austrian players); in 1930
     Germany did not enter, in 1950 they were banned due to World War II.

[-] marks countries no longer in existence (Dutch East Indies now known as Indonesia but
    the federation does not recognise the matches from the colonial era).

Trivia notes 1930-1970

Hungary were the most prolific team in this period, averaging more than 3 goals per match;
  only Brazil and Germany scored more goals in total (but played many more matches); given
  the playing records, the most apparent injustice of this era is that Hungary never won
  the Coupe Jules Rimet while England did (when hosting the tournament).

Apart from the top-3 (Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina) no American team managed to achieve
  a positive record (Chile averaged exactly fifty percent, mostly thanks to hosting the
  final tournament in 1962).

Italy entered the final tournament on seven occasions; in three they reached the final
  (winning the first two and losing the last) but they failed to qualify from the group
  stage in their other four appearances.  They share the record of winning successive
  titles with Brazil (Italy did so 1934 and 1938, Brazil 1958 and 1962); no other
  countries reached successive finals during the Coupe Jules Rimet era.  When the two
  met in the 1970 final, it was a direct playoff for the right to keep the trophy.

Sweden made three semifinal appearances in this period (once, as hosts 1958, qualifying 
  for the final), as many as England, France and Spain combined.

The two Low Countries teams (Belgium and the Netherlands) together lost 9 of the 11 matches
  they played, conceding almost 3 goals per match in the process.  Bulgaria failed to win
  any of their 9 matches.

The Following Forty Years - FIFA World Cup 1974-2014

In the following forty years, eleven tournaments were played with the FIFA World Cup at
stake; in 2014 Germany became the first team to win it for the third time, but the trophy
remains in possession of FIFA and is not to be won outright by any country.

All titles were won by teams from 2 confederations: Europe won the cup 7 times by
4 different teams (Germany 3, Italy 2, France and Spain both 1), South America 4 times
by 2 different teams (Argentina and Brazil both 2).

Also all losing finalists came from those two confederations: European teams combined
for 15 final appearances (Germany 6, Italy and the Netherlands both 3, France 2, Spain 1),
South American teams for 7 (Argentina 4, Brazil 3).  

The other confederations combined for one solitary semifinal appearance (semi-hosts
South Korea in 2002), as opposed to 32 for Europe (by 13 different countries, of which
5 made multiple appearances at this stage: Germany 8, Italy and the Netherlands both 5,
France 4, Poland 2) and 11 for South America (by 3 different countries, of which 2 made
multiple appearances: Brazil 6, Argentina 4).

Teams ranked on points (based on 2/win), then fewer matches played, then goal difference.

Rk Country                Part   Pd   W  D  L   GF-GA Pts  (Pt3/APt)  Win RU SF QF

 1.(West) Germany [*1]     11    72  45 15 12  137-62 105  (150/132)   3  3  2  3
 2.Brazil                  11    66  44 12 10  118-53 100  (144/126)   2  1  3  3
 3.Argentina               11    61  34 12 15  100-57  80  (114/ 98)   2  2     4
 4.Italy                   11    57  30 17 10   80-47  77  (107/ 91)   2  1  2  1
 5.Netherlands              8    48  27 12  9   84-42  66  ( 93/ 85)      3  2  1
 6.Spain                   10    44  23 10 11   72-43  56  ( 79/ 72)   1        3
 7.France                   8    42  21 11 10   68-38  53  ( 74/ 66)   1  1  2  1
 8.England                  8    38  16 14  8   45-28  46  ( 62/ 54)         1  3
 9.Poland                   6    30  15  5 10   39-34  35  ( 50/ 37)         2  1
10.Belgium                  7    32  13  8 11   40-41  34  ( 47/ 41)         1  1
11.Mexico                   8    32  11 10 11   38-42  32  ( 43/ 40)            1
12.Sweden                   6    27   7 10 10   34-32  24  ( 31/ 29)         1  1
13.Portugal                 5    20   8  4  8   26-21  20  ( 28/ 27)         1
14.Uruguay                  6    25   6  8 11   24-38  20  ( 26/ 25)         1
15.South Korea              8    29   5  9 15   31-51  19  ( 24/ 24)         1
16.Denmark                  4    16   8  2  6   27-24  18  ( 26/ 23)            1
17.Paraguay                 5    20   5  8  7   18-19  18  ( 23/ 22)            1
18.Romania                  3    13   6  4  3   18-15  16  ( 22/ 21)            1
19.Switzerland              4    15   6  4  5   17-15  16  ( 22/ 22) 
20.Croatia                  4    16   7  2  7   21-17  16  ( 23/ 23)         1
21.United States            7    26   5  6 15   25-41  16  ( 21/ 21)            1
22.Colombia                 4    15   7  1  7   21-16  15  ( 22/ 21)            1
23.Austria                  4    17   6  3  8   17-21  15  ( 21/ 15)            1
24.Cameroon                 7    23   4  7 12   18-43  15  ( 19/ 16)            1
25.Yugoslavia [*2] [-]      3    14   5  4  5   22-15  14  ( 19/ 14)            2
26.Costa Rica               4    15   5  4  6   17-23  14  ( 19/ 17)            1
27.Scotland                 6    18   4  6  8   21-27  14  ( 18/ 14)
28.Chile                    5    18   4  6  8   18-27  14  ( 18/ 18)
29.Soviet Union [*3] [-]    3    12   5  3  4   23-13  13  ( 18/ 13)
30.Nigeria                  5    18   5  3 10   20-26  13  ( 18/ 18)
31.Ireland                  3    13   2  8  3   10-10  12  ( 14/ 14)            1
32.Japan                    5    17   4  4  9   14-22  12  ( 16/ 16)
33.Bulgaria                 4    17   3  6  8   15-29  12  ( 15/ 15)         1
34.Ghana                    3    12   4  3  5   13-16  11  ( 15/ 15)            1
35.Turkey                   1     7   4  1  2   10- 6   9  ( 13/ 13)         1
36.Ecuador                  3    10   4  1  5   10-11   9  ( 13/ 13)
37.Algeria                  4    13   3  3  7   13-19   9  ( 12/ 10)
38.Czechoslovakia [*4] [-]  2     8   3  2  3   12- 9   8  ( 11/  8)            1
39.South Africa             3     9   2  4  3   11-16   8  ( 10/ 10)
40.Norway                   2     7   2  3  2    6- 6   7  (  9/  9)
41.Ivory Coast              3     9   3  1  5   13-14   7  ( 10/ 10)
42.Peru                     2     9   2  3  4    9-18   7  (  9/  7)            1
43.Morocco                  3    10   2  3  5   10-12   7  (  9/  8)
44.Serbia(-Montenegro) [*2] 3    10   3  1  6    9-17   7  ( 10/ 10)
45.Australia                4    13   2  3  8   11-26   7  (  9/  9)
46.Senegal                  1     5   2  2  1    7- 6   6  (  8/  8)            1
47.East Germany [-]         1     6   2  2  2    5- 5   6  (  8/  6)            1
48.Northern Ireland         2     8   1  4  3    7-13   6  (  7/  6)
49.Russia [*3]              3     9   2  2  5   13-13   6  (  8/  8)
50.Greece                   3    10   2  2  6    5-20   6  (  8/  8)
51.Tunisia                  4    12   1  4  7    8-17   6  (  7/  6)
52.Saudi Arabia             4    13   2  2  9    9-32   6  (  8/  8)
53.Ukraine                  1     5   2  1  2    5- 7   5  (  7/  7)            1
54.Hungary                  3     9   2  1  6   17-23   5  (  7/  5)
55.Iran                     4    12   1  3  8    7-22   5  (  6/  6)
56.Slovakia                 1     4   1  1  2    5- 7   3  (  4/  4)
57.Slovenia                 2     6   1  1  4    5-10   3  (  4/  4)
58.New Zealand              2     6   0  3  3    4-14   3  (  3/  3)
59.Honduras                 3     9   0  3  6    3-14   3  (  3/  3)
60.Bosnia-Herzegovina       1     3   1  0  2    4- 4   2  (  3/  3)
61.Czech Republic [*4]      1     3   1  0  2    3- 4   2  (  3/  3)
62.Angola                   1     3   0  2  1    1- 2   2  (  2/  2)
63.Egypt                    1     3   0  2  1    1- 2   2  (  2/  2)
64.Jamaica                  1     3   1  0  2    3- 9   2  (  3/  3)
65.Bolivia                  1     3   0  1  2    1- 4   1  (  1/  1)
66.Kuwait                   1     3   0  1  2    2- 6   1  (  1/  1)
67.Trinidad and Tobago      1     3   0  1  2    0- 4   1  (  1/  1)
68.Iraq                     1     3   0  0  3    1- 4   0  (  0/  0)
69.Togo                     1     3   0  0  3    1- 6   0  (  0/  0)
70.Canada                   1     3   0  0  3    0- 5   0  (  0/  0)
71.United Arab Emirates     1     3   0  0  3    2-11   0  (  0/  0)
72.China                    1     3   0  0  3    0- 9   0  (  0/  0)
73.North Korea              1     3   0  0  3    1-12   0  (  0/  0)
74.El Salvador              1     3   0  0  3    1-13   0  (  0/  0)
75.Haiti                    1     3   0  0  3    2-14   0  (  0/  0)
76.Zaire [!]                1     3   0  0  3    0-14   0  (  0/  0)

                          288  1208 452   452        1208             11 11 22 40
                                       304    1528-1528   (1660/1490)   

NB: Pt3 indicates points total adjusted to 3 points/win; 
    APt indicates actual points total (2 points/win until 1990; 3 points/win since 1994).

NB: the 2 tournaments of 1974 and 1978 had 16 entrants; the 4 tournaments from 1982 to 1994
      had 24 entrants; the 5 tournaments since 1998 had 32 entrants;
    the tournament of 1982 had no quarterfinal stage;
    the group runners-up of the quarterfinal stage in 1974 and 1978 (which played off for
      third place) are credited with a semifinal appearance.

[*1] the German record combines those of West Germany (1974-1990) and Germany (1994-2014):
   Germany                  6    38  27  5  6   79-31  59  ( 86/ 86)   1  1  2  2
   West Germany             5    34  18 10  6   58-31  46  ( 64/ 46)   2  2     1
     note that (West) Germany reached at least the quarterfinal stage in every tournament.
[*2] Yugoslavia's total does not include the 1998 tournament, when Serbia and Montenegro
     still used the former federal name; the totals for that tournament are included under
     Serbia(-Montenegro); FIFA considers the football federation of Serbia as the rightful
     successor of that of Yugoslavia; the combined record of the two entities is:
   Yugoslavia/Serbia        6    24   8  5 11   31-32  21   (29/ 24)            2
     we do not follow that convention here as in particular Croatian players made significant
     contributions to the performances of the Yugoslavia national team;
     note that the Serbia(-Montenegro) total above combines the records of "Yugoslavia" (1998),
     Serbia and Montenegro (2006) and Serbia (2010).
[*3] FIFA considers the football federation of Russia as the rightful successor of that
     of the Soviet Union; the combined record of the two entities is:
   Soviet Union/Russia      6    21   7  5  9   36-26  19  ( 26/ 21)
     we do not follow that convention here as in particular Ukrainian players made significant
     contributions to the performances of the Soviet Union national team.
[*4] FIFA considers the football federation of the Czech Republic as the rightful successor
     of that of Czechoslovakia; the combined record of the two entities is:
   Czech(oslovak)ia         3    11   4  2  5   15-13  10  ( 14/ 11)            1
     we do not follow that convention here as Slovak players made significant contributions
     to the performances of the Czechoslovakia national team.

[-] marks countries no longer in existence.
[!] Zaire is now known as Congo DR (Congo-Kinshasa).

Trivia notes 1974-2014

Among the regular entrants, the three most prolific teams are Germany (1.90 goals/match),
  Brazil (1.79) and the Netherlands (1.75); given the playing records, the most apparent 
  injustice of this era is that the Netherlands never won the FIFA World Cup while France
  did (when hosting the tournament).

Germany are on an ongoing series of four successive semifinal appearances (2002, 2006, 2010
  and 2014), a record; West Germany (1982-1990) and Brazil (1994-2002) are the only teams
  to reach three successive finals; the only other teams to reach successive finals during
  this period are the Netherlands (losing to the tournament hosts in both 1974 and 1978)
  and Argentina (playing West Germany in both 1986 and 1990).

Apart from the top-2 (Brazil and Argentina) no American team managed to achieve a positive 
  record (Colombia and Mexico won as many matches as they lost; Uruguay lost almost twice 
  as many as they won).

Regular entrants Cameroon, South Korea and the United States all lost 3 times as many matches
  as they won in spite of all three reaching the quarterfinal stage on one occasion; Honduras
  failed to win any of their 9 matches.

The Twenty Tourney Total Table 1930-2014

Overall, twenty tournaments have been held so far with the World Championship at stake.
All titles were won by teams from 2 confederations: Europe claimed it on 11 occasions
by 5 different teams (Germany and Italy both 4, England, France and Spain each 1), and
South America 9 times by 3 different teams (Brazil 5, Argentina and Uruguay both 2).

Also all losing finalists came from those two confederations (where we include the final
match between Brazil and Uruguay in 1950, at the end of which one of the two teams was to 
lift the cup, as a final): European teams combined for 26 final appearances (Germany 8,
Italy 6, the Netherlands 3, Czechoslovakia, France and Hungary all 2, England, Spain
and Sweden each 1), South American teams for 14 (Brazil 7, Argentina 5, Uruguay 2).

Two other confederations managed a solitary semifinal appearance (the United States for
North and Central America in 1930 and semi-hosts South Korea for Asia in 2002), compared
to 56 for Europe (by 18 different countries, of which 13 made multiple appearances at
this stage: Germany 13, Italy 8, France and the Netherlands both 5, Sweden 4, Austria, 
Czechoslovakia, England, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Yugoslavia all 2) and 22 
for South America (by 4 different countries, of which 3 made multiple appearances:
Brazil 11, Argentina and Uruguay both 5).

Teams ranked on points (based on 2/win), then fewer matches played, then goal difference.

Rk Country                Part   Pd   W  D  L   GF-GA   Pts   Pt3   APt   Win RU SF QF

 1.Brazil                  20   104  70 17 17  221-102  157   227   183    5  2  4  4
 2.(West) Germany [*1]     18   106  66 20 20  224-121  152   218   179    4  4  5  4
 3.Italy                   18    83  45 21 17  128- 77  111   156   125    4  2  2  1
 4.Argentina               16    77  42 14 21  131- 84   98   140   116    2  3     5
 5.England                 14    62  26 20 16   79- 56   72    98    80    1     1  6
 6.Spain                   14    59  29 12 18   92- 66   70    99    86    1     1  4
 7.France                  14    59  28 12 19  106- 71   68    96    81    1  1  3  2
 8.Netherlands             10    50  27 12 11   86- 48   66    93    85       3  2  1
 9.Uruguay                 12    51  20 12 19   80- 71   52    72    57    2     3  1
10.Sweden                  11    46  16 13 17   74- 69   45    61    50       1  3  2
11.Mexico                  15    53  14 14 25   57- 92   42    56    50             2
12.Belgium                 12    41  14  9 18   52- 66   37    51    44          1  1
13.Soviet Union [*3] [-]    7    31  15  6 10   53- 34   36    51    36          1  3
14.Poland                   7    31  15  5 11   44- 40   35    50    37          2  1
15.Yugoslavia [*2] [-]      8    33  14  7 12   55- 42   35    49    35          2  4
16.Hungary                  9    32  15  3 14   87- 57   33    48    33       2     3
17.Portugal                 6    26  13  4  9   43- 29   30    43    37          2  
18.Chile                    9    33  11  7 15   40- 49   29    40    33          1  
19.Austria                  7    29  12  4 13   43- 47   28    40    28          2  1
20.Switzerland             10    33  11  6 16   45- 59   28    39    34             3
21.Czechoslovakia [*4] [-]  8    30  11  5 14   44- 45   27    38    27       2     2
22.Paraguay                 8    27   7 10 10   30- 38   24    31    28             1
23.United States           10    33   8  6 19   37- 62   22    30    27          1  1
24.Romania                  7    21   8  5  8   30- 32   21    29    26             1
25.South Korea              9    31   5  9 17   31- 67   19    24    24          1  
26.Denmark                  4    16   8  2  6   27- 24   18    26    23             1
27.Croatia                  4    16   7  2  7   21- 17   16    23    23          1  
28.Colombia                 5    18   7  2  9   26- 27   16    23    22             1
29.Scotland                 8    23   4  7 12   25- 41   15    19    15        
30.Cameroon                 7    23   4  7 12   18- 43   15    19    16             1
31.Costa Rica               4    15   5  4  6   17- 23   14    19    17             1
32.Bulgaria                 7    26   3  8 15   22- 53   14    17    17          1  
33.Nigeria                  5    18   5  3 10   20- 26   13    18    18        
34.Ireland                  3    13   2  8  3   10- 10   12    14    14             1
35.Japan                    5    17   4  4  9   14- 22   12    16    16        
36.Turkey                   2    10   5  1  4   20- 17   11    16    15          1  
37.Ghana                    3    12   4  3  5   13- 16   11    15    15             1
38.Northern Ireland         3    13   3  5  5   13- 23   11    14    13             1
39.Peru                     4    15   4  3  8   19- 31   11    15    11             2
40.Ecuador                  3    10   4  1  5   10- 11    9    13    13        
41.Algeria                  4    13   3  3  7   13- 19    9    12    10        
42.South Africa             3     9   2  4  3   11- 16    8    10    10        
43.Morocco                  4    13   2  4  7   12- 18    8    10     9        
44.Norway                   3     8   2  3  3    7-  8    7     9     9        
45.Ivory Coast              3     9   3  1  5   13- 14    7    10    10        
46.Serbia(-Montenegro) [*2] 3    10   3  1  6    9- 17    7    10    10        
47.Australia                4    13   2  3  8   11- 26    7     9     9        
48.Senegal                  1     5   2  2  1    7-  6    6     8     8             1
49.East Germany [-]         1     6   2  2  2    5-  5    6     8     6             1
50.Russia [*3]              3     9   2  2  5   13- 13    6     8     8        
51.Greece                   3    10   2  2  6    5- 20    6     8     8        
52.Tunisia                  4    12   1  4  7    8- 17    6     7     6        
53.Saudi Arabia             4    13   2  2  9    9- 32    6     8     8        
54.Wales                    1     5   1  3  1    4-  4    5     6     5             1
55.Ukraine                  1     5   2  1  2    5-  7    5     7     7             1
56.Iran                     4    12   1  3  8    7- 22    5     6     6        
57.Cuba                     1     3   1  1  1    5- 12    3     4     3             1
58.Slovakia                 1     4   1  1  2    5-  7    3     4     4        
59.Slovenia                 2     6   1  1  4    5- 10    3     4     4        
60.New Zealand              2     6   0  3  3    4- 14    3     3     3        
61.North Korea              2     7   1  1  5    6- 21    3     4     3             1
62.Honduras                 3     9   0  3  6    3- 14    3     3     3        
63.Bosnia-Herzegovina       1     3   1  0  2    4-  4    2     3     3        
64.Czech Republic [*4]      1     3   1  0  2    3-  4    2     3     3        
65.Angola                   1     3   0  2  1    1-  2    2     2     2        
66.Israel                   1     3   0  2  1    1-  3    2     2     2        
67.Jamaica                  1     3   1  0  2    3-  9    2     3     3        
68.Egypt                    2     4   0  2  2    3-  6    2     2     2        
69.Kuwait                   1     3   0  1  2    2-  6    1     1     1        
70.Trinidad and Tobago      1     3   0  1  2    0-  4    1     1     1        
71.Bolivia                  3     6   0  1  5    1- 20    1     1     1        
72.Dutch East Indies [-]    1     1   0  0  1    0-  6    0     0     0        
73.Iraq                     1     3   0  0  3    1-  4    0     0     0        
74.Togo                     1     3   0  0  3    1-  6    0     0     0        
75.Canada                   1     3   0  0  3    0-  5    0     0     0        
76.United Arab Emirates     1     3   0  0  3    2- 11    0     0     0        
77.China                    1     3   0  0  3    0-  9    0     0     0        
78.Haiti                    1     3   0  0  3    2- 14    0     0     0        
79.Zaire [!]                1     3   0  0  3    0- 14    0     0     0        
80.El Salvador              2     6   0  0  6    1- 22    0     0     0        
                                
                          425  1672 650   650          1672  2322  1956   20 20 40 68  
                                       372    2379-2379                           

NB: Pt3 indicates points total adjusted to 3 points/win; 
    APt indicates actual points total (2 points/win until 1990; 3 points/win since 1994).

NB: the tournaments of 1930 and 1950 had 13 (instead of 16) participants; that of 1938
      had 15 entrants (after the withdrawal of Austria following the Anschluß);
      the other tournaments from 1934 to 1978 had 16 entrants; the tournaments from 1982
      to 1994 had 24 entrants; the tournaments since 1998 had 32 entrants;
    the tournaments of 1930, 1950 and 1982 had no quarterfinal stage;
    the bottom-2 finishers in the 4-team final group stage 1950 are credited with a
      semifinal appearance;
    the group runners-up of the quarterfinal stage in 1974 and 1978 (which played off for
      third place) are credited with a semifinal appearance.

[*1] the German record combines those of Germany (1934-1938, 1994-2014) and West Germany (1954-1990):
   West Germany            10    62  36 14 12  131- 77   86   122    86    3  3  2  2
   Germany                  8    44  30  6  8   93- 44   66    96    93    1  1  3  2
     note that (West) Germany reached at least the quarterfinal stage at each entry apart
     from 1938 (when their team included a number of former Austrian players); in 1930
     Germany did not enter, in 1950 they were banned due to World War II.
[*2] Yugoslavia's total does not include the 1998 tournament, when Serbia and Montenegro
     still used the former federal name; the totals for that tournament are included under
     Serbia(-Montenegro); FIFA considers the football federation of Serbia as the rightful
     successor of that of Yugoslavia; the combined record of the two entities is:
   Yugoslavia/Serbia       11    43  17  8 18   64- 59   42    59    45          2  4
     we do not follow that convention here as in particular Croatian players made significant
     contributions to the performances of the Yugoslavia national team;
     note that the Serbia(-Montenegro) total above combines the records of "Yugoslavia" (1998),
     Serbia and Montenegro (2006) and Serbia (2010).
[*3] FIFA considers the football federation of Russia as the rightful successor of that
     of the Soviet Union; the combined record of the two entities is:
   Soviet Union/Russia     10    40  17  8 15   66- 47   42    59    44          1  3
     we do not follow that convention here as in particular Ukrainian players made significant
     contributions to the performances of the Soviet Union national team.
[*4] FIFA considers the football federation of the Czech Republic as the rightful successor
     of that of Czechoslovakia; the combined record of the two entities is:
   Czech(oslovak)ia         9    33  12  5 16   47- 49   29    41    30      2      2
     we do not follow that convention here as Slovak players made significant contributions
     to the performances of the Czechoslovakia national team.

[-] marks countries no longer in existence (Dutch East Indies now known as Indonesia but
    the federation does not recognise the matches from the colonial era).
[!] Zaire is now known as Congo DR (Congo-Kinshasa).

Trivia notes 1930-2014

The top-2 of the ranking, Brazil and Germany, never failed to qualify for the final
  tournament (Germany did not enter in 1930 and were banned in 1950).  They both hosted
  the final tournament twice but only one of their nine combined wins was achieved at
  home (West Germany 1974); the two lead all other countries in final, semifinal and
  quarterfinal appearances.  They only met twice in the history of the tournament,
  Brazil winning the 2002 final 2-0 but losing 1-7 in a 2014 semifinal (a record loss
  by any team in a World Cup semifinal).  Brazil are the only non-European country to
  have won the tournament in Europe (Sweden 1958); Germany are the only non-American
  country to have won the tournament in America (Brazil 2014).

Behind the top-2, Italy and Argentina may be considered the all-time semifinalists,
  combining for 11 final appearances (Italy 6, twice against Brazil, losing both while
  winning their other four finals, all against European opposition; and Argentina 5,
  three times against Germany, winning once and losing twice).  Apart from Germany vs
  Argentina and Brazil vs Italy, no other final pairing occurred more than once.

Three countries won four or more World Cup titles; all three had to wait exactly 24
  (or 4!=4x3x2x1) years between their third and fourth titles: Brazil from 1970 to
  1994, Italy from 1982 to 2006 and (West) Germany from 1990 to 2014.

Following the top-4 are four European teams (the 3 one-time winners England, France
  and Spain, and the one 3-time finalists the Netherlands) with nearly identical point 
  totals; they may be considered the all-time quarterfinalists; England in fact hold
  a record with their 6 quarterfinal eliminations (not including their group stage
  eliminations in 1950 and 1982 which may be considered last 8 appearances as well);
  the Three Lions won one match less at final tournaments than the Netherlands in
  spite of playing at four more tournaments and in twelve more matches (they also
  scored fewer goals than Oranje).

Uruguay went undefeated in the first two tournaments (1930 and 1950) they entered and
  won but have meanwhile declined to the extent that their overall record barely beats
  fifty percent.  A similar observation may be made for Hungary, whose two final and 
  three further quarterfinal appearances all date back to the first eight tournaments.

Sweden are one of the eleven countries (the top-12 in the all-time ranking apart from
  the Netherlands) to have played in more than half of the final tournaments, reaching 
  the quarterfinals in more than half of their entries and the semifinals four times,
  as often as England and Spain combined.  Like the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, they
  had a positive record in the Coupe Jules Rimet era, clearly outperforming France and
  Spain, but have a negative record since (which also applies to the two disintegrated
  Eastern European states if one, like FIFA, adds the records of the main successor
  countries Russia and Serbia).

Mexico entered more final tournaments than any other country outside the top-4 but
  have only two quarterfinal appearances (both as hosts) to show for their efforts;
  they lost two thirds of their matches in the Coupe Jules Rimet era but have a fifty
  percent record since the FIFA World Cup is at stake.  A similar observation may be
  made for Belgium, whose best showing dates back to the 1986 tournament in Mexico,
  where they reached the semifinals for the only time in their history.

Poland, Portugal, Austria and Czechoslovakia all finished among the last four on two
  occasions.  Austria did so during the Coupe Jules Rimet era, twice losing semifinals
  to the eventual winners, both neighbours (hosts Italy 1934 and West Germany 1954),
  Poland did so during the FIFA World Cup era, also twice losing out to the eventual
  winners (curiously enough, also to West Germany, the 1974 hosts, and to Italy 1982),
  and Portugal did so once during the Coupe Jules Rimet era (losing to hosts England
  in 1966) and once playing for the FIFA World Cup (losing to France in 2006).
  Czechoslovakia won both semifinals they played, both by 3-1 (against Germany 1934
  and Yugoslavia 1962) but went on to lose both finals (to Italy 1934 and Brazil 1962).
  In spite of that performance, they lost roughly half their matches in both the Coupe
  Jules Rimet and FIFA World Cup eras (irrespective of whether or not one follows FIFA
  in adding the one entry by the Czech Republic) and did not manage a positive record
  in either.

Among the countries to have played at least 20 matches at final tournaments, all of
  the United States, South Korea, Scotland, Cameroon and Bulgaria lost more than half
  their matches, with all five conceding around 2 goals per match.  In spite of this,
  three of them (United States, South Korea and Bulgaria) once played a semifinal.

Cuba, Wales and North Korea all reached one quarterfinal in spite of winning only one
  World Cup match in their entire history (against, respectively, Romania, Hungary
  and Italy).

In contrast, Scotland entered the final tournament on eight occasions but failed to
  qualify for the quarterfinal stage each and every time.  In this failure statistic
  they are followed by Japan and Nigeria, who both entered five times without ever
  reaching the last eight.  Six more countries had four such unsuccessful showings:
  Algeria, Australia, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.  Unsurprisingly, all
  nine countries lost more than half of their matches.

Ireland and Northern Ireland both reached the final tournament on three occasions,
  both played exactly 13 matches and both once reached the quarterfinals; Ireland
  are the only country to have entered the final tournament more than once and drawn
  more than half of their matches.

Both North Korea and South Korea qualified for their only ever quarterfinal thanks
  to a win over Italy.  North Korea then lost their 1966 quarterfinal to Portugal
  after taking a 3-0 lead, while South Korea (who had beaten Portugal in the group
  stage) beat Spain on penalties in their 2002 quarterfinal at home before losing
  to Germany.

El Salvador and Honduras, who went to war following a qualifying match for the 1970
  final tournament in Mexico, together played 15 matches at final tournaments, drawing
  3 (all by Honduras) and losing 12 (both six), while (together) conceding 9 goals for
  every single one they scored.

Five countries hosted the tournament twice, but none managed to win the tournament
  more than once at home: Mexico (hosted 1970 and 1986, playing Belgium both times)
  and Brazil (hosted 1950 and 2014, playing Mexico both times) failed to win either
  tournament; (West) Germany (hosted 1974 and 2006, playing Sweden at both events)
  and Italy (hosted 1934 and 1990, playing Austria at both events) won the first
  time they hosted but were eliminated in the semifinals on the second occasion,
  with West Germany winning in Italy 1990 and Italy in Germany 2006; while France
  (hosted 1938 and 1998, playing Italy at both tournaments) won at home at their
  second attempt only.  Turkey played (and defeated) both host nations at the 2002
  tournament in Japan and South Korea.

Among the one-time hosts, Switzerland were (in footballing terms) the weakest ever
  European nation to welcome the footballing elite (in 1954) and Chile the weakest
  South American one (in 1962); both had their best ever World Cup run at home: Chile
  reached the semifinals while not reaching the quarterfinals in any other tournament,
  while Switzerland reached the quarterfinals for the third and last time in their
  history, having previously done so in neighbouring countries with which they shared
  an official language (in Italy in 1934 and in France in 1938, when they became the
  first and so far only country to eliminate Germany prior to the quarterfinal stage);
  they failed to repeat that performance in Germany 2006, in spite of becoming the first
  and so far only country to finish a World Cup tournament without conceding a single
  goal.  After twenty tournaments, both Chile and Switzerland have entered about half
  of them, each playing 33 matches, winning exactly one third and losing almost half.

Points per Match Ratios - Top-Twelves

Top-12 countries according to points/match ratio

NB: based on 2 points/win; countries which played fewer than 10 matches in italics

Coupe Jules Rimet 1930-1970

Rk Country                       Average  Part   Pd  Pts
 1.Portugal                        1,667     1    6   10
 2.Brazil                          1,500     9   38   57
 3.(West) Germany                  1,382     7   34   47
 4.Italy                           1,308     7   26   34
 5.Uruguay                         1,231     6   26   32
 6.Hungary                         1,217     6   23   28
 7.Soviet Union                    1,211     4   19   23
 8.Argentina                       1,125     5   16   18
 9.Sweden                          1,105     5   19   21
   Yugoslavia                      1,105     5   19   21
11.England                         1,083     6   24   26
   Austria                         1,083     3   12   13

FIFA World Cup 1974-2014

Rk Country                       Average  Part   Pd  Pts
 1.Brazil                          1,515    11   66  100
 2.(West) Germany                  1,458    11   72  105
 3.Netherlands                     1,375     8   48   66
 4.Italy                           1,351    11   57   77
 5.Argentina                       1,311    11   61   80
 6.Turkey                          1,286     1    7    9
 7.Spain                           1,273    10   44   56
 8.France                          1,262     8   42   53
 9.Romania                         1,231     3   13   16
10.England                         1,211     8   38   46
11.Senegal                         1,200     1    5    6
12.Poland                          1,167     6   30   35

Overall 1930-2014

Rk Country                       Average  Part   Pd  Pts
 1.Brazil                          1,510    20  104  157
 2.(West) Germany                  1,434    18  106  152
 3.Italy                           1,337    18   83  111
 4.Netherlands                     1,320    10   50   66
 5.Argentina                       1,273    16   77   98
 6.Senegal                         1,200     1    5    6
 7.Spain                           1,186    14   59   70
 8.England                         1,161    14   62   72
   Soviet Union                    1,161     7   31   36
10.Portugal                        1,154     6   26   30
11.France                          1,153    14   59   68
12.Poland                          1,129     7   31   35


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