The FIFA World Cup’s final between the mighty French and the determined Croatians is almost upon us and the world can’t stop buzzing about it. The fans are both excited and sad at the same time; excited because they get to witness a cracker of a match and sad because the month long football festival is about to end.
Before the results are out and football fans from all over the world react to the ups and downs of the final, let us have a look at the winners of the previous 20 editions of the FIFA World Cup.
1930 – Uruguay
Uruguay won the first edition of the World Cup after beating Argentina in the Final. Photo: FIFA
Host nation Uruguay engraved their name in history as the inaugural winners of the FIFA World Cup by ousting Argentina 4-2 in the Final at the Estadio Centenario, in front of 68,346 people, on 30 July 1930. Uruguay, as a result, managed to win their second consecutive major title after they won football event at the 1928 Summer Olympics.
1934 – Italy
Italy beat the Czech to lift the trophy for the first time. Photo: FIFA
The Italians could not participate in the inaugural edition of the tournament but four years later, the mighty Italians continued the trend of home glory as the hosts lifted the coveted trophy after beating Czechoslovakia 2-1 in the Final of the second edition of the FIFA World Cup. The result meant that Italy became the tournament’s first-ever European winners.
1938 – Italy
Italy successfully defended their championship in 1938. Photo: Pinterest
European dominance continued as Italy once again triumphed in another World Cup Final beating Hungary 4-2. Coach Vittorio Pozzo and four other members lifted the trophy for the second time as the Europeans became the first nation to successfully defend the World Cup.
1950 – Uruguay
Uruguay beat Brazil to win the tournament for the second time. Photo: FIFA
This time the World Cup was snatched by the South Americans as Uruguay won an all-American Final beating neighbors Brazil 2-1 on July 16 1950, to lift the famous trophy for the second time in their history.
1954 – West Germany
West Germany won their first ever World Cup when they beat Hungary in the Final in 1954. Photo: FIFA
The World Cup in Switzerland saw another underdog triumph as West Germany broke Hungary’s four year unbeaten record when they beat them in the Final 3-2 to lift the World Cup for the very first time in their history.
1958 – Brazil
Brazil won their first ever World Cup in 1958. Photo: Pinterest
It was time for South Americans to lift the trophy this time as the Brazilians beat hosts Sweden 5-2 in the Final of the sixth edition of the world-renowned tournament because of which they took home the trophy for the very first time.
1962 – Brazil
Brazil successfully defended their title in 1962. Photo: Pinterest
Brazil proved their class once more when they retained the World Championship after beating Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the Final of the seventh edition that took place at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.
1966 – England
Hosts England won their first ever World Cup when they beat Germany in the Final of 1966 edition. Photo: FIFA
The trophy was to return to Europe after a wait of 8 long years with England claiming the crown this time. The English triumphed at their home turf after ousting opponents Germany 4 goals to 2 after extra time.
1970 – Brazil
Brazil beat Italy in the 1970 Final. Photo: FIFA
Brazil became the leading holders of the coveted trophy when they triumphed against Europeans Italy in the Final of the tournament that was being held in Mexico. Pelle’s men beat Italy 4-1 to claim their third crown.
1974 – West Germany
West Germany lifted the trophy after a gap of 20 years. Photo: Pinterest
It took almost 20 years for the World Cup to return to West Germany when the hosts managed to beat a determined Dutch unit 2-1 in the Final of the 10th edition of the FIFA World Cup.
1978 – Argentina
Argentina won their first title in 1978. Photo: Football Highlights Pro
This time it was time for Argentina to flex their muscles in order to snatch the coveted trophy. They managed to bag the cup following a convincing 3-1 victory over the consecutive finalists Netherlands.
1982 – Italy
Italy were crowned champions for the third time in 1982. Photo: FIFA
Italy equaled the tally for most World Cup wins after they beat West Germany in the Final to lift the trophy for the third time; their first tournament win after a wait of almost 42 years.
1986 – Argentina
Argentina lifted the cup again in 1986. Photo: FIFA
The World Cup returned to Argentina for the second time in as many editions. Argentina beat Germany 3-2 in a closely contested Final to be crowned champions.
1990 – West Germany
West Germany won against Argentina to lift the 1990 World Cup. Photo: Pinterest
West Germany and Argentina battled it out in the Final of the 14th edition of the FIFA World Cup but it was Germany who eventually won the match 1-0 and lifted the much-wanted trophy for the third time in their history.
1994 – Brazil
Brazil lifted the trophy for the 4th time in 1994. Photo: FIFA
Brazil became the most successful team in the tournament’s history when the South Americans lifted the trophy for the fourth time after beating Italy 3-2 in the Final.
1998 – France
France won their first World Cup in 1998. Photo: Sportskeeda
The French denied Brazil a fifth victory when they beat the South Americans 3 goals to nil in the Final of the 16th Edition.
2002 – Brazil
Brazil lifted the trophy for the fifth time in 2002. Photo: FIFA
Brazil triumphed once more when they lifted the trophy for the record 5th time after beating Germany 2-0
2006 – Italy
Italy beat France after a penalty shootout to lift the trophy. Photo: FIFA
The Italians beat France in a Final full of drama following an intense Penalty Shootout to lift the trophy after a long wait of almost 24 years.
2010 – Spain
Spain won their first ever title in 2010. Photo: FIFA
The World Cup stayed in Europe as Spain beat Netherlands in the closely fought final 1-0 to claim the coveted trophy for the very first time in their history.
2014 – Germany
Germany lifted the trophy in 2014. Photo: FIFA
Germany beat Argentina in the Final to lift the trophy after 14 years.