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FIFA World Cup History

FIFA World Cup History

May 21, 2012

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded May 21, 1904 in Paris. FIFA began with the uniting of the Football Associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. By the time the orginal statutes of FIFA went into effect on September 1, Germany had also joined. By April 14, 1905 England had joined as well. The Federation organized the football tournaments at the 1908, 1912 and 1924 Olympics with the later commanding 60,000 fans for the final between Uruguay and Switzerland. The success of their efforts with the Olympics prompted FIFA to organize its own World Championship. The decision was made to hold the championship in Uruguay in 1930. Several nations pulled out due to economic crisis in Europe and only four European teams attended. The second World Cup, held in Italy, was the first to be broadcast live by radio. The Italians won and would defend their title four years later. The events of World War II would lead to a 12-year lapse before the next World Cup would be held in 1950. FIFA would continue to expand, and by 1954 would have 84 members. Under the presidency of Joao Havelange, elected in 1974, the World Cup would become much more commercial. He increased the number of teams to 24 for the 1982 World Cup and then to 32 for the 1998 World Cup. Today FIFA consists of over 200 countries and the World Cup continues to grow in popularity around the world. FIFA World Cup Winners YEAR Winner Runner-Up Golden Boot Golden Ball 2010 Spain Netherlands Thomas Mueller (GER) Deigo Forlan (URU) 2006 Italy France Miroslav Klose (GER) Zinedine Zidane (FRA) 2002 Brazil Germany Ronaldo (BRA) Oliver Kahn (GER) 1998 France Brazil Davor Suker (CRO) Ronaldo (BRA) 1994 Brazil Italy Oleg Salenko (RUS), Hristo Stoichkov (BUL) Romario (BRA) 1990 Germany FR Argentina Salvatore Schillaci (ITA) Salvatore Schillaci (ITA) 1986 Argentina Germany FR Gary Lineker (ENG) Diego Maradona (ARG) 1982 Italy Germany FR Paolo Rossi (ITA) Paolo Rossi (ITA) 1978 Argentina Netherlands Mario Kempes (ARG) 1974 Germany FR Netherlands Grzegorz Lato (POL) 1970 Brazil Italy Gerd Mueller (GER) 1966 England Germany FR Eusebio (POR) 1962 Brazil Czechoslovakia shared by...