FIFA World CupFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThis article is about the men's competition. For the women's competition, see FIFA Women's World Cup. For other uses, see World Cup.FIFA World CupFounded1930Number of teams32 (finals)
204 (qualifiers for 2010)Current champions Spain (1st title)Most successful team(s) Brazil (5 titles)WebsiteOfficial website 2014 FIFA World CupTournaments
The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members ofFédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Spain, who won the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
The current format 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 called theWorld Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).
The 19 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy, with four titles; West Germany, with three titles; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France, andSpain, with one title each.