National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup

A map showing all nations to have competed in FIFA World Cup tournaments.
A map showing host nations and the best performance of each team to have competed in FIFA World Cup tournaments.

The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association). The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 when it was not held due to the Second World War.[1] The competition originally featured 16 teams, and later 24, before settling on its current format of 32 teams starting with the 1998 tournament.[2] Teams initially compete in a group stage, with the final 16 progressing to knockout stages to decide the winner.[3]

As of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 79 national teams have competed at the final tournaments.[4] Brazil are the only team to have appeared in all 21 tournaments to date, with Germany having participated in 19, Italy in 18, Argentina in 17 and Mexico in 16.[5] To date, eight nations have won the tournament. The inaugural winners in 1930 were Uruguay; the current champions are France. The most successful nation in the competition are currently Brazil, who have won the cup on five occasions.[6] Five teams have appeared in FIFA World Cup finals without winning,[7] while eleven more have appeared in semi-finals.[8]

Debut of teams[edit]

Each successive World Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time. This table shows the national associations in alphabetical order per year. Teams in parentheses are considered successor teams by FIFA.

Year Debuting teams Successor and renamed teams
Teams No. CT
1930  Argentina,  Belgium,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  France,  Mexico,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Romania,  United States,  Uruguay,  Yugoslavia[a] 13 13
1934  Austria,  Czechoslovakia,[b]  Egypt,  Germany,[c]  Hungary,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland 10 23
1938  Cuba,  Dutch East Indies,[d]  Norway,  Poland 4 27
1950  England 1 28
1954  Scotland,  South Korea,  Turkey 3 31  West Germany[c]
1958  Northern Ireland,  Soviet Union,[e]  Wales 3 34
1962  Bulgaria,  Colombia 2 36
1966  North Korea,  Portugal 2 38
1970  El Salvador,  Israel,  Morocco 3 41
1974  Australia,  East Germany,[c]  Haiti,  Zaire[f] 4 45
1978  Iran,  Tunisia 2 47
1982  Algeria,  Cameroon,  Honduras,  Kuwait,  New Zealand 5 52
1986  Canada,  Denmark,  Iraq 3 55
1990  Costa Rica,  Republic of Ireland,  United Arab Emirates 3 58
1994  Greece,  Nigeria,  Saudi Arabia 3 61  Germany,[c]  Russia[e]
1998  Croatia,[a]  Jamaica,  Japan,  South Africa 4 65  FR Yugoslavia[a]
2002  China PR,  Ecuador,  Senegal,  Slovenia[a] 4 69
2006  Angola,  Ghana,  Ivory Coast,  Togo,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine[e] 6 75  Czech Republic,[b]

 Serbia and Montenegro[a]

2010  Slovakia[b] 1 76  Serbia[a]
2014  Bosnia and Herzegovina[a] 1 77
2018  Iceland,  Panama 2 79
2022  Qatar ≥1 ≥80

* The total number of teams which have participated in the World Cup through 2018 is 79, using FIFA's view on successor teams (e.g., Russia is a successor of USSR and not a separate team, whereas Ukraine is a newer separate entity).

Ranking of teams by number of appearances[edit]

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Brazil 21 21 21 1930 2018 Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 Germany 19 17 17 1934 2018 Champions (1954, 1974*, 1990, 2014)
 Italy 18 14 0 1934 2014 Champions (1934*, 1938, 1982, 2006)
 Argentina 17 12 12 1930 2018 Champions (1978*, 1986)
 Mexico 16 7 7 1930 2018 Quarterfinals (1970*, 1986*)
 Spain 15 11 11 1934 2018 Champions (2010)
 France 15 6 6 1930 2018 Champions (1998*, 2018)
 England 15 6 6 1950 2018 Champions (1966)
 Belgium 13 6 2 1930 2018 Third place (2018)
 Uruguay 13 4 3 1930 2018 Champions (1930*, 1950)
 Serbia[a] 12 4 1 1930 2018 Fourth place (1930,[g] 1962)
 Sweden 12 3 1 1934 2018 Runners-up (1958*)
 Switzerland 11 4 4 1934 2018 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954*)
 Russia[e] 11 4 2 1958 2018 Fourth place (1966)
 South Korea 10 9 9 1954 2018 Fourth place (2002*)
 United States 10 7 0 1930 2014 Third place (1930[g])
 Netherlands 10 3 0 1934 2014 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 Hungary 9 4 0 1934 1986 Runners-up (1938, 1954)
 Czech Republic[b] 9 3 0 1934 2006 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Chile 9 2 0 1930 2014 Third place (1962*)
 Scotland 8 5 0 1954 1998 Round 1
 Poland 8 4 1 1938 2018 Third place (1974, 1982)
 Paraguay 8 4 0 1930 2010 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Portugal 7 5 5 1966 2018 Third place (1966)
 Bulgaria 7 4 0 1962 1998 Fourth place (1994)
 Cameroon 7 4 0 1982 2014 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Romania 7 3 0 1930 1998 Quarterfinals (1994)
 Austria 7 2 0 1934 1998 Third place (1954)
 Japan 6 6 6 1998 2018 Round 2 (2002*, 2010, 2018)
 Nigeria 6 3 3 1994 2018 Round 2 (1994, 1998, 2014)
 Colombia 6 3 2 1962 2018 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Australia 5 4 4 1974 2018 Round 2 (2006)
 Saudi Arabia 5 4 1 1994 2018 Round 2 (1994)
 Croatia[a] 5 3 2 1998 2018 Runners-up (2018)
 Tunisia 5 3 1 1978 2018 Round 1
 Iran 5 2 2 1978 2018 Round 1
 Costa Rica 5 2 2 1990 2018 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Peru 5 2 1 1930 2018 Quarterfinals (1970, 1978 (top 8))
 Morocco 5 2 1 1970 2018 Round 2 (1986)
 Denmark 5 2 1 1986 2018 Quarterfinals (1998)
 Algeria 4 2 0 1982 2014 Round 2 (2014)
 Ghana 3 3 0 2006 2014 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Ivory Coast 3 3 0 2006 2014 Round 1
 Norway 3 2 0 1938 1998 Round 2 (1998)
 Honduras 3 2 0 1982 2014 Round 1
 Greece 3 2 0 1994 2014 Round 2 (2014)
 Ecuador 3 2 0 2002 2014 Round 2 (2006)
 Northern Ireland 3 2 0 1958 1986 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1990 2002 Quarterfinals (1990)
 South Africa 3 2 0 1998 2010 Round 1
 Egypt 3 1 1 1934 2018 Round 1
 Bolivia 3 1 0 1930 1994 Round 1
 Senegal 2 1 1 2002 2018 Quarterfinals (2002)
 Turkey 2 1 0 1954 2002 Third place (2002)
 North Korea 2 1 0 1966 2010 Quarterfinals (1966)
 El Salvador 2 1 0 1970 1982 Round 1
 New Zealand 2 1 0 1982 2010 Round 1
 Slovenia[a] 2 1 0 2002 2010 Round 1
 Iceland 1 1 1 2018 2018 Round 1
 Panama 1 1 1 2018 2018 Round 1
 Cuba 1 1 0 1938 1938 Quarterfinals (1938)
 Indonesia[d] 1 1 0 1938 1938 Round 1
 Wales 1 1 0 1958 1958 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Israel 1 1 0 1970 1970 Round 1
 DR Congo[f] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 1
 Haiti 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 1
 Kuwait 1 1 0 1982 1982 Round 1
 Canada 1 1 0 1986 1986 Round 1
 Iraq 1 1 0 1986 1986 Round 1
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 1990 1990 Round 1
 Jamaica 1 1 0 1998 1998 Round 1
 China PR 1 1 0 2002 2002 Round 1
 Angola 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Togo 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Ukraine[e] 1 1 0 2006 2006 Quarterfinals (2006)
 Slovakia[b] 1 1 0 2010 2010 Round 2 (2010)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 2014 2014 Round 1
Breakdown of successor teams
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Czech Republic (since 1998) 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994) 8 3 0 1934 1990 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Germany (since 1994) 7 7 7 1994 2018 Champions (2014)
 West Germany (1954–1990) 10 10 0 1954 1990 Champions (1954, 1974*, 1990)
 East Germany (1954–1990) 1 1 0 1974 1974 Quarterfinals (1974 (top 8))
 Germany (1930–1938) 2 2 0 1934 1938 Third place (1934)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Russia (since 1994) 4 2 2 1994 2018 Quarterfinals (2018*)
 Soviet Union (1930–1990) 7 4 0 1958 1990 Fourth place (1966)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Serbia (since 2010) 2 1 1 2010 2018 Round 1
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Yugoslavia (1994–2002) 1 1 0 1998 1998 Round 2 (1998)
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 7 4 0 1950 1990 Fourth place (1962)
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (1930–1938) 1 1 0 1930 1930 Fourth place (1930[g])

Overall team records[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. 3 points per win, 1 point per draw and 0 points per loss.

Accurate as of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Rank [n 1] Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
1  Brazil 21 109 73 18 18 229 105 +124 237
2  Germany[c] 19 109 67 20 22 226 125 +101 221
3  Italy 18 83 45 21 17 128 77 +51 156
4  Argentina 17 81 43 15 23 137 93 +44 144
5  France 15 66 34 13 19 120 77 +43 115
6  England 15 69 29 21 19 91 64 +27 108
7  Spain 15 63 30 15 18 99 72 +27 105
8  Netherlands 10 50 27 12 11 86 48 +38 93
9  Uruguay 13 56 24 12 20 87 74 +13 84
10  Sweden 12 51 19 13 19 80 73 +7 70
11  Belgium 13 48 20 9 19 68 72 −4 69
12  Russia[e] 11 45 19 10 16 77 54 +23 67
13  Serbia[a] 12 46 18 8 20 66 63 +3 62
14  Mexico 16 57 16 14 27 60 98 −38 62
15  Poland 8 34 16 5 13 46 45 +1 53
16  Hungary 9 32 15 3 14 87 57 +30 48
17  Portugal 7 30 14 6 10 49 35 +14 48
18   Switzerland 11 37 12 8 17 50 64 −14 44
19  Czech Republic[b] 9 33 12 5 16 47 49 −2 41
20  Austria 7 29 12 4 13 43 47 −4 40
21  Chile 9 33 11 7 15 40 49 −9 40
22  Croatia 5 23 11 4 8 35 26 +9 37
23  Denmark 5 20 9 5 6 30 26 +4 32
24  Paraguay 8 27 7 10 10 30 38 −8 31
25  Colombia 6 22 9 3 10 32 30 +2 30
26  United States 10 33 8 6 19 37 62 −25 30
27  Romania 7 21 8 5 8 30 32 −2 29
28  South Korea 10 34 6 9 19 34 70 −36 27
29  Nigeria 6 21 6 3 12 23 30 −7 21
30  Japan 6 21 5 5 11 20 29 −9 20
31  Costa Rica 5 18 5 5 8 19 28 −9 20
32  Scotland 8 23 4 7 12 25 41 −16 19
33  Cameroon 7 23 4 7 12 18 43 −25 19
34  Peru 5 18 5 3 10 21 33 −12 18
35  Bulgaria 7 26 3 8 15 22 53 −31 17
36  Turkey 2 10 5 1 4 20 17 +3 16
37  Ghana 3 12 4 3 5 13 16 −3 15
38  Republic of Ireland 3 13 2 8 3 10 10 0 14
39  Northern Ireland 3 13 3 5 5 13 23 −10 14
40  Ecuador 3 10 4 1 5 10 11 −1 13
41  Senegal 2 8 3 3 2 11 10 +1 12
42  Algeria 4 13 3 3 7 13 19 −6 12
43  Morocco 5 16 2 5 9 14 22 −8 11
44  Saudi Arabia 5 16 3 2 11 11 39 −28 11
45  Ivory Coast 3 9 3 1 5 13 14 −1 10
46  South Africa 3 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10
47  Tunisia 5 15 2 4 9 13 25 −12 10
48  Iran 5 15 2 4 9 9 24 −15 10
49  Australia 5 16 2 4 10 13 31 −18 10
50  Norway 3 8 2 3 3 7 8 −1 9
51  East Germany 1 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
52  Greece 3 10 2 2 6 5 20 −15 8
53  Ukraine 1 5 2 1 2 5 7 −2 7
54  Wales 1 5 1 3 1 4 4 0 6
55  Slovakia 1 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
56  Slovenia 2 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4
57  Cuba 1 3 1 1 1 5 12 −7 4
58  North Korea 2 7 1 1 5 6 21 −15 4
59  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
60  Jamaica 1 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
61  New Zealand 2 6 0 3 3 4 14 −10 3
62  Honduras 3 9 0 3 6 3 14 −11 3
63  Angola 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
64  Israel 1 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
65  Egypt 3 7 0 2 5 5 12 −7 2
66  Iceland 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
67  Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
68  Trinidad and Tobago 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
69  Bolivia 3 6 0 1 5 1 20 −19 1
70  Iraq 1 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
71  Togo 1 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
72  Canada 1 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
73  Indonesia[d] 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0
74  Panama 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
74  United Arab Emirates 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
76  China PR 1 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
77  Haiti 1 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
78  DR Congo[f] 1 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
79  El Salvador 2 6 0 0 6 1 22 −21 0

Source:[9]

  1. ^ Teams are ranked by total points, then by goal difference, then by goals scored. Note that this column does not represent any official rankings.
Breakdown of successor teams
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Czechoslovakia (1934–1990) 30 11 5 14 44 45 −1 38
 Czech Republic (since 2006) 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Germany (1934–1938) 6 3 1 2 14 13 +1 10
 West Germany (1954–1990) 62 36 14 12 131 77 +54 122
 Germany (since 1994) 40 28 5 7 81 33 +48 89
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Soviet Union (1958–1990) 31 15 6 10 53 34 +19 51
 Russia (since 1994) 14 4 4 6 24 20 +4 16
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Yugoslavia (1930) 3 2 0 1 7 7 0 6
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 30 12 7 11 48 35 +13 43
 Yugoslavia (1998) 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0
 Serbia (since 2010) 6 2 0 4 4 7 −3 6

Comprehensive team results by tournament[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and 1986–present: knockout round of 8)
  • R2 — Round 2 (1974–1978, second group stage, top 8; 1982: second group stage, top 12; 1986–2022: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1 (1930, 1950-1970 and 1986-present: group stage; 1934-1938: knockout round of 16; 1974-1982: first group stage)
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned / Entry not accepted by FIFA
  •    — Hosts
  •     — Not affiliated to FIFA
  •  % — Success rate of reaching the World Cup Finals, only counting the times the team entered the tournament

The team ranking in each tournament is according to FIFA.[10] The rankings, apart from the top four positions (top two in 1930), are not a result of direct competition between the teams; instead, teams eliminated in the same round are ranked by their full results in the tournament. In recent tournaments, FIFA has used its world rankings for seeding in the final tournament draw.[11]

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament are shown (in parentheses).

Team
1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total Qualifying percentage
 Algeria Part of France × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
TBD TBD 4/13 30.8
 Angola Part of Portugal × R1
23rd
TBD TBD 1/9 11.1
 Argentina 2nd R1
T-9th
× × × R1
13th
R1
10th
QF
5th
R2
8th
1st R2
11th
1st 2nd R2
10th
QF
6th
R1
18th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd R2
16th
TBD TBD 17/18 94.4
 Australia × × × × × × × R1
14th
R2
16th
R1
21st
R1
30th
R1
30th
TBD TBD 5/14 35.7
 Austria × 4th ••[h] × 3rd R1
15th
× R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
TBD TBD 7/18 38.9
 Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4th R2
11th
R2
11th
R1
19th
R2
14th
QF
6th
3rd TBD TBD 13/20 65
 Bolivia R1
12th
× × R1
13th
× R1
21st
TBD TBD 3/18 16.7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia[a] × R1
20th
TBD TBD 1/6 16.7
 Brazil R1
6th
R1
14th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
1st 1st R1
11th
1st 4th 3rd R2
5th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
6th
4th QF
6th
TBD TBD 21/21 100
 Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R2
15th
4th R1
29th
TBD TBD 7/19 36.8
 Cameroon Part of France × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
TBD TBD 7/13 53.8
 Canada × × × × × × × R1
24th
TBD q 1/14 7.1
 Chile R1
5th
× × R1
9th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
11th
R1
22nd
× R2
16th
R2
10th
R2
9th
TBD TBD 9/18 50
 China PR Republic of China × × × × × × × R1
31st
TBD TBD 1/11 9.1
 Colombia × × × R1
14th
R2
14th
R1
19th
R1
21st
QF
5th
R2
9th
TBD TBD 6/16 37.5
 Costa Rica × × × × × R2
13th
R1
19th
R1
31st
QF
8th
R1
29th
TBD TBD 5/16 31.3
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd TBD TBD 5/6 83.3
 Cuba QF
8th
× × × × × × × TBD TBD 1/13 7.7
 Czech Republic[b] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
TBD TBD 9/19 47.4
 Denmark × × × × × × R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
R2
11th
TBD TBD 5/15 33.3
 DR Congo[f] Part of Belgium × × R1
16th
× TBD TBD 1/12 9.1
 East Germany[c] Part of Germany × × R2
6th
Part of Germany 1/9 11.1
 Ecuador × × × × × × R1
24th
R2
12th
R1
17th
TBD TBD 3/15 20
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
R1
31st
TBD TBD 3/14 21.4
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total Qualifying percentage
 El Salvador × × × × × × R1
16th
R1
24th
TBD TBD 2/13 15.4
 England × × × R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1st QF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4th R2
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R2
13th
R1
26th
4th TBD TBD 15/18 83.3
 France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
•• R1
11th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th 3rd 1st R1
28th
2nd R1
29th
QF
7th
1st TBD TBD 15/21 71.4
 Germany[c] × 3rd R1
10th
× 1st 4th QF
7th
2nd 3rd 1st R2
6th
2nd 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
7th
2nd 3rd 3rd 1st R1
22nd
TBD TBD 19/19 100
 Ghana Part of the United Kingdom × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
TBD TBD 3/13 23.1
 Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
13th
TBD TBD 3/19 15.8
 Haiti × × × × × R1
15th
× TBD TBD 1/14 7.1
 Honduras × × × × × × × R1
18th
R1
30th
R1
31st
TBD TBD 3/14 21.4
 Hungary × QF
6th
2nd × 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
TBD TBD 9/19 47.4
 Iceland × × × × × × × × R1
28th
TBD TBD 1/13 7.7
 Indonesia[d] × × R1
15th
× × × × × × TBD TBD 1/13 7.7
 Iran × × × × × × × × R1
14th
× × R1
20th
R1
T-25th
R1
28th
R1
18th
TBD TBD 5/10 50
 Iraq × × × × × × × × × R1
23rd
TBD TBD 1/11 9.1
 Israel[i] × R1
12th
TBD TBD 1/20 5
 Italy × 1st 1st R1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2nd R1
10th
4th 1st R2
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R2
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
TBD TBD 18/20 90
 Ivory Coast Part of France × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
TBD TBD 3/11 27.3
 Jamaica Part of the United Kingdom × × × R1
22nd
TBD TBD 1/12 8.3
 Japan × × × × × × R1
31st
R2
9th
R1
T-28th
R2
9th
R1
29th
R2
15th
TBD TBD 6/15 40
 Kuwait × × × × × × × × × R1
21st
TBD TBD 1/12 8.3
 Mexico R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
11th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
16th
QF
6th
× R2
13th
R2
13th
R2
11th
R2
15th
R2
14th
R2
10th
R2
12th
TBD q 16/19 84.2
 Morocco Part of France × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
TBD TBD 5/14 35.7
 Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R2
15th
QF
7th
4th R2
11th
2nd 3rd TBD TBD 10/18 55.6
 New Zealand × × × × × R1
23rd
R1
22nd
TBD TBD 2/13 15.4
 Nigeria Part of the United Kingdom × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
TBD TBD 6/14 42.9
 North Korea Part of Japan × × QF
8th
× × × × R1
32nd
TBD TBD 2/10 20
 Northern Ireland × × × QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
TBD TBD 3/18 16.7
 Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R2
15th
TBD TBD 3/18 16.7
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total Qualifying percentage
 Panama × × × × × × × × × × R1
32nd
TBD TBD 1/11 9.1
 Paraguay R1
9th
× × R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
13th
R2
14th
R2
16th
R1
18th
QF
8th
TBD TBD 8/19 42.1
 Peru R1
10th
× × × × QF
7th
R2
8th
R1
20th
R1
20th
TBD TBD 5/17 29.4
 Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
TBD TBD 8/18 44.4
 Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R2
11th
R1
18th
R2
13th
TBD TBD 7/20 35
 Qatar × × × × × × × × × × q TBD
 Republic of Ireland[j] × QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
TBD TBD 3/20 15
 Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
TBD TBD 7/20 35
 Russia[e] × × × × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
R2
7th
R2
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
TBD TBD 11/16 68.8
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × R2
12th
R1
28th
R1
32nd
R1
T-28th
R1
26th
TBD TBD 5/11 45.5
 Scotland × × × •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
TBD TBD 8/18 44.4
 Senegal Part of France × × × × QF
7th
R1
17th
TBD TBD 2/11 18.2
 Serbia[a] 4th[g] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
TBD TBD 12/20 60
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia[b] R2
16th
TBD TBD 1/6 16.7
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × R1
30th
R1
18th
TBD TBD 2/6 33.3
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
TBD TBD 3/7 42.9
 South Korea Part of Japan × R1
16th
× × R1
20th
R1
22nd
R1
20th
R1
30th
4th R1
17th
R2
15th
R1
27th
R1
19th
TBD TBD 10/15 66.7
 Spain × QF
5th
× 4th R1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R2
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st R1
23rd
R2
10th
TBD TBD 15/19 78.9
 Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R2
13th
R2
14th
QF
7th
TBD TBD 12/20 60
  Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
R2
14th
TBD TBD 11/20 55
 Togo Part of France × × × × × R1
30th
TBD TBD 1/10 10
 Trinidad and Tobago Part of the United Kingdom R1
27th
TBD TBD 1/14 7.1
 Tunisia Part of France × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
TBD TBD 5/14 35.7
 Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd TBD TBD 2/17 11.8
 Ukraine Part of Soviet Union[e] × QF
8th
TBD TBD 1/6 16.7
 United Arab Emirates × × × R1
24th
TBD TBD 1/9 11.1
 United States 3rd[g] R1
16th
× R1
10th
R1
23rd
R2
14th
R1
32nd
QF
8th
R1
T-25th
R2
12th
R2
15th
TBD q 10/20 50
 Uruguay 1st × × 1st 4th R1
13th
QF
7th
4th R1
13th
R2
16th
R2
16th
R1
26th
4th R2
12th
QF
5th
TBD TBD 13/19 68.4
 Wales × × × QF
6th
TBD TBD 1/18 5.6
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total Qualifying percentage


Results of host nations[edit]

No. Year Host Nation Finish
1 1930  Uruguay Champions
2 1934  Italy Champions
3 1938  France Quarter-Final
4 1950  Brazil Runners-up
5 1954   Switzerland Quarter-Final
6 1958  Sweden Runners-up
7 1962  Chile Third Place
8 1966  England Champions
9 1970  Mexico Quarter-Final
10 1974  West Germany Champions
11 1978  Argentina Champions
12 1982  Spain Round 2 (top 12)
13 1986  Mexico Quarter-Final
14 1990  Italy Third Place
15 1994  United States Round of 16
16 1998  France Champions
17 2002  South Korea Fourth Place
 Japan Round of 16
18 2006  Germany Third Place
19 2010  South Africa Group Stage
20 2014  Brazil Fourth Place
21 2018  Russia Quarter-Final
22 2022  Qatar TBD
23 2026  Canada TBD
 Mexico TBD
 United States TBD

Results of defending champions and runners-up[edit]

The defending World Cup champions were formerly granted an automatic spot in the Cup finals field. As of the 2006 tournament, this berth is no longer guaranteed.[13] However, no defending World Cup champion has yet failed to qualify. Automatic berths have never been given for defending World Cup runners-up. Defending runners-up are 15-for-18 in qualification efforts for the following World Cup.

Year Defending champions Finish Defending runners-up Finish
1934  Uruguay Did not enter  Argentina Round of 16
1938  Italy Champions  Czechoslovakia Quarter-Final
1950  Italy Group Stage  Hungary Did not enter
1954  Uruguay Fourth Place  Brazil Quarter-Final
1958  West Germany  Hungary Group Stage
1962  Brazil Champions  Sweden Did not qualify
1966 Group Stage  Czechoslovakia
1970  England Quarter-Final  West Germany Third Place
1974  Brazil Fourth Place  Italy Group Stage
1978  West Germany Round 2 (top 8)  Netherlands Runners-up
1982  Argentina Round 2 (top 12) Did not qualify
1986  Italy Round of 16  West Germany Runners-up
1990  Argentina Runners-up Champions
1994  Germany Quarter-Final  Argentina Round of 16
1998  Brazil Runners-up  Italy Quarter-Final
2002  France Group Stage  Brazil Champions
2006  Brazil Quarter-Final  Germany Third Place
2010  Italy Group Stage  France Group Stage
2014  Spain  Netherlands Third Place
2018  Germany  Argentina Round of 16
2022  France TBD  Croatia TBD

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil5229
2 Germany44412
3 Italy4217
4 Argentina2305
5 France2125
6 Uruguay2002
7 England1001
 Spain1001
9 Netherlands0314
10 Czech Republic0202
 Hungary0202
12 Sweden0123
13 Croatia0112
14 Poland0022
15 Austria0011
 Belgium0011
 Chile0011
 Portugal0011
 Turkey0011
 United States0011
Totals (20 nations)21212163

Results by confederation[edit]

AFC[edit]

South Korea have appeared at ten FIFA World Cup tournaments, more than any other AFC team. They finished fourth in 2002, a confederation record.
North Korea were the first AFC team to advance beyond the first stage of a FIFA World Cup tournament, reaching the quarter-finals in 1966.
Japan have competed in the FIFA World Cup six times, progressing to the knockout stage thrice, in 2002, 2010, and 2018.
1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 5 37
Top 16 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 6
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0[k] 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th South Korea 1

CAF[edit]

Cameroon were the first CAF nation to reach the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup, the highest stage a team from the confederation has reached, in 1990.
Nigeria have participated in six FIFA World Cup tournaments, just one behind the CAF record holders Cameroon.
1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
Total
Teams 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 5 44
Top 16 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 10
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[l] 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

CONCACAF[edit]

United States finished in third place in the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, which remains the only semi-finals appearance by a CONCACAF team.
Mexico have participated in 16 FIFA World Cup tournaments, behind only Brazil (21), Germany (19), Italy (18) and Argentina (17).
1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
Total
Teams 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 4 3 42
Top 16 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 1 14
Top 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0[m] 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 5
Top 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd United States 1
4th 0

CONMEBOL[edit]

Brazil are the most successful team in FIFA World Cup history, having won the tournament five times in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. They also finished as runners-up in the 1950 and 1998 tournaments. They are the only team that has played in every FIFA World Cup.
Uruguay hosted and won the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, and later won again in 1950 when Brazil hosted the final tournament for the first time.
1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
Total
Teams 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 85
Top 16 4 4 2 4 2 3 5 5 4 33
Top 8 0 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2[n] 2 1 1 2 1 2 4 3 2 35
Top 4 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 22
Top 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 14
1st Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Brazil Brazil Argentina Argentina Brazil Brazil 9
2nd Argentina Brazil Argentina Brazil Argentina 5
3rd Brazil Chile Brazil 3
4th Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Uruguay Brazil 5

OFC[edit]

Australia are the only OFC team to have advanced to the FIFA World Cup knockout stage, which they did in 2006.
1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
Top 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[o] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

UEFA[edit]

Italy were the first UEFA team to win the FIFA World Cup, which they did at the second tournament in 1934. They would later also win in 1938, 1982 and 2006.
Germany (including West Germany) have also won the FIFA World Cup four times. They are the European team with the most appearances in the FIFA World Cup.
1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
Total
Teams 4 12 12 6 12 12 10 10 9 9 10 14 14 14 13 15 15 14 13 13 14 245
Top 16 10[p] 10 10 10 10 9 10 6 6 10 91
Top 8 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 6 5 5 6 7 6 4 6 3 4 6 100
Top 4 1 4 3 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 4 60
Top 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 28
1st Italy Italy West Germany England West Germany Italy West Germany France Italy Spain Germany France 12
2nd Czechoslovakia Hungary Hungary Sweden Czechoslovakia West Germany Italy Netherlands Netherlands West Germany West Germany Italy Germany France Netherlands Croatia 16
3rd Germany Sweden Austria France Portugal West Germany Poland Poland France Italy Sweden Croatia Turkey Germany Germany Netherlands Belgium 17
4th Kingdom of Yugoslavia Austria Sweden Spain West Germany Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Soviet Union Italy France Belgium England Bulgaria Netherlands Portugal   England 15

Droughts[edit]

This section is a list of droughts associated with the participation of national football teams in the FIFA World Cups. With the exception of 1942 and 1946, does not include droughts when the tournament was not held due to World War II.

Longest active World Cup appearance droughts[edit]

Does not include teams that have not yet made their first appearance or teams that no longer exist.

Team Last appearance WC Missed
 Cuba 1938 17
 Indonesia 1938 17
 Wales 1958 15
 Israel 1970 12
 DR Congo 1974 11
 Haiti 1974 11
 El Salvador 1982 9
 Kuwait 1982 9
 Canada 1986 8
 Hungary 1986 8
 Iraq 1986 8
 Northern Ireland 1986 8
 United Arab Emirates 1990 7
 Bolivia 1994 6
 Austria 1998 5
 Bulgaria 1998 5
 Jamaica 1998 5
 Norway 1998 5
 Romania 1998 5
 Scotland 1998 5
 China PR 2002 4
 Republic of Ireland 2002 4
 Turkey 2002 4
 Angola 2006 3
 Czech Republic 2006 3
 Togo 2006 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 3
 Ukraine 2006 3
 New Zealand 2010 2
 North Korea 2010 2
 Paraguay 2010 2
 Slovakia 2010 2
 Slovenia 2010 2
 South Africa 2010 2
 Algeria 2014 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 1
 Cameroon 2014 1
 Chile 2014 1
 Ecuador 2014 1
 Ghana 2014 1
 Greece 2014 1
 Honduras 2014 1
 Italy 2014 1
 Ivory Coast 2014 1
 Netherlands 2014 1
 United States 2014 1

Longest World Cup appearance droughts overall[edit]

Only includes droughts begun after a team's first appearance and until the team ceased to exist updated to include qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Team Prev. appearance Next appearance WC Missed
 Cuba 1938 active 17
 Indonesia[d] 1938 active 17
 Wales 1958 active 15
 Israel 1970 active 12
 Turkey 1954 2002 11
 Norway 1938 1994 11
 Egypt 1934 1990 11
 DR Congo[f] 1974 active 11
 Haiti 1974 active 11
 North Korea 1966 2010 10
 Bolivia 1950 1994 10
 United States 1950 1990 9
 El Salvador 1982 active 9
 Kuwait 1982 active 9
 Peru 1982 2018 8
 Canada 1986 active 8
 Hungary 1986 active 8
 Iraq 1986 active 8
 Northern Ireland 1986 active 8
 Australia 1974 2006 7
 South Korea 1954 1986 7
 United Arab Emirates 1990 active 7
 Honduras 1982 2010 6
 New Zealand 1982 2010 6
  Switzerland 1966 1994 6
 Colombia 1962 1990 6
 Paraguay 1958 1986 6
 Netherlands 1938 1974 6
 Poland 1938 1974 6
 Algeria 1986 2010 5
 Romania 1938 1970 5
1998 active
 Austria 1998 active 5
 Bulgaria 1998 active 5
 Jamaica 1998 active 5
 Scotland 1998 active 5
 Morocco 1998 2018 4
 Iran 1978 1998 4
 Tunisia 1978 1998 4
 China PR 2002 active 4
 Republic of Ireland 2002 active 4
 East Germany[c] 1974 dissolved 4
 Senegal 2002 2018 3
 Greece 1994 2010 3
 Portugal 1986 2002 3
 Chile 1982 1998 3
 Belgium 1954 1970 3
 Argentina 1934 1958 3
 Angola 2006 active 3
 Czech Republic 2006 active 3
 Togo 2006 active 3
 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 active 3
 Ukraine 2006 active 3
 Saudi Arabia 2006 2018 2
 Sweden 2006 2018 2
1978 1990
1958 1970
 Russia[e] 2002 2014 2
1970 1982
 Costa Rica 1990 2002 2
 Uruguay 1990 2002 2
1974 1986
1930 1950
 Denmark 1986 1998 2
 France 1986 1998 2
1966 1978
 England 1970 1982 2
 Spain 1966 1978 2
 Mexico 1930 1950 2
 Serbia[a] 1962 1974 2
1930 1950
 Mexico 1930 1950 2
 Slovakia 2010 active 2
 Slovenia 2010 active 2
 South Africa 2010 active 2
 Croatia 2006 2014 1
 Ecuador 2006 2014 1
2014 active
 Cameroon 2002 2010 1
1982 1990
2014 active
 Nigeria 2002 2010 1
 Italy 1954 1962 1
2014 active
 Germany[c] 1938 1954 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 active 1
 Ghana 2014 active 1
 Ivory Coast 2014 active 1

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p The Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1930) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified eight times from 1930–1990 under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup in 1992 by the secession of many of its constituent republics. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified once in 1998 under the name Yugoslavia, then changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, first qualifying under that name in 2006. All of these teams are considered the predecessors of the current Serbia team by FIFA, which first qualified under that name in 2010. The other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the SFR Yugoslavia in 1992 — Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia — are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also competes separately after independence in 2006 and Kosovo was recognized by FIFA in 2016. Cite error: The named reference "Yugoslavia" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Czechoslovakia qualified eight times prior to being divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. FIFA considers the Czech Republic as the successor team of Czechoslovakia. The other national team which resulted from the breakup of the Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, is considered a distinct entity from the Czechoslovakia team. The Czech Republic national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time as a separate nation in 2006, with Slovakia doing the same in 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany since 1949, has been represented by the same governing body, Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), since 1904. After World War II and the division of Germany, the DFB was re-admitted to FIFA after the 1950 World Cup as West Germany. Saar competed in the 1954 World Cup qualifying before joining West Germany in 1956. East Germany fielded teams from 1958 to 1990 of their own before joining with West Germany and the DFB in the German reunification. FIFA officially attributes all international results of the DFB team since 1908 to Germany, including the results of West Germany from 1954–1990.
  4. ^ a b c d e Indonesia competed as the Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i The Soviet Union qualified seven times prior to being dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  6. ^ a b c d e The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed as Zaire in 1974.
  7. ^ a b c d e There was no third place match in 1930. The USA and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. Both captains received bronze medals. Currently, FIFA recognizes USA as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 World Cup.[12]
  8. ^ Austria qualified in 1938, but withdrew to play as part of Germany after being annexed.
  9. ^ Israel competed as Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) in 1934 and in 1938, with a team consisting exclusively of Jewish and British footballers from the Palestine Mandate.
  10. ^ Republic of Ireland competed as the Irish Free State in 1934 and then as Ireland in 1938 and 1950.
  11. ^ In 1982, the second round has 12 teams of which 4 progressed to the semi-finals.
  12. ^ In 1982, the second round has 12 teams of which 4 progressed to the semi-finals.
  13. ^ In 1982, the second round has 12 teams of which 4 progressed to the semi-finals.
  14. ^ In 1982, the second round has 12 teams of which 4 progressed to the semi-finals.
  15. ^ In 1982, the second round has 12 teams of which 4 progressed to the semi-finals.
  16. ^ In 1982, the second round has 12 teams of which 4 progressed to the semi-finals.

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