2022 World Cup: Full list of past winners year-by-year

The 2022 World Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 20, and runs through Sunday, December 18 in Qatar. This year’s tournament features 32 teams competing in 8 stadiums over the course of 29 days.

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Not only is this the first World Cup to be held in November-December, but this year–the 22nd edition of the tournament–marks the first time that the World Cup is being contested in the Middle East. Qatar, which is the smallest-ever nation to host the event, has an average high temperature in June and July of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, FIFA made the decision to move the tournament which is usually held during traditional summer months, to the fall.

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France enters the tournament as the defending champion and could become just the third nation to win back-to-back titles. However, that will only come if they can avoid the fate of the curse thrust upon the last 3 World Cup defending champions, who were each eliminated in the group stage four years later. See below for the complete list of World Cup winners by year.

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Past World Cup Winners by Year

1930 – Uruguay

  • Runner Up: Argentina

  • Third place: United States

1934 – Italy

  • Runner Up: Czechoslovakia

  • Third Place: Germany

1938 – Italy

  • Runner Up: Hungary

  • Third Place: Brazil

1950 – Uruguay

  • Runner Up: Brazil

  • Third Place: Sweden

1954 – West Germany

  • Runner Up: Hungary

  • Third Place: Austria

1958 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Sweden

  • Third Place: France

1962 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Czechoslovakia

  • Third Place: Chile

1966 – England

  • Runner Up: West Germany

  • Third Place: Portugal

1970 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Italy

  • Third Place: West Germany

1974 – West Germany

  • Runner Up: Netherlands

  • Third Place: Poland

1978 – Argentina

  • Runner Up: Netherlands

  • Third Place: Brazil

1982 – Italy

  • Runner Up: West Germany

  • Third Place: Poland

1986 – Argentina

  • Runner Up: West Germany

  • Third Place: France

1990 – West Germany

  • Runner Up: Argentina

  • Third Place: Italy

1994 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Italy

  • Third Place: Sweden

1998 – France

  • Runner Up: Brazil

  • Third Place: Croatia

2002 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Germany

  • Third Place: Turkey

2006 – Italy

  • Runner Up: France

  • Third Place: Germany

2010 – Spain

  • Runner Up: Netherlands

  • Third Place: Germany

2014 – Germany

  • Runner Up: Argentina

  • Third Place: Netherlands

2018 – France

  • Runner Up: Croatia

  • Third Place: Belgium

Which country has won the most World Cup titles?

Brazil has won a total of 5 World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

*All times are listed as ET

  • When: November 20, 2022 – December 18, 2022

  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5 am, 8 am, 11 am, and 2 pm

  • Location: Qatar

  • TV channel in English: Fox

  • TV channels, Streaming en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

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