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FIFA World Cup finals all-time: Every men’s championship match in history

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The 2022 World Cup final will conclude a ground breaking tournament in Qatar in the 22nd edition of the tournament.

FIFA’s controversial decision to grant hosting duties to Qatar has been met with fierce criticism throughout the competition.

The move to switch to a winter schedule, alongside concerns over human rights abuses and LGBTQ+ laws, dominated the build up to Qatar 2022, before a ball was kicked in the Middle East.

However, as attention turns to the final on December 18, the Arab nation will be hoping for a strong end, to match up with previous iconic finals.

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FIFA World Cup Finals

The World Cup final is the showpiece event from the tournament with major expectation heading in the 2022 version as Lionel Messi chases history with Argentina.

FIFA World Cup Finals
Year Winner Runner Up Final Score Stadium (City)
1930 Uruguay Argentina 4-2 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia 2-1 (AET) Stadio Nazionale, Rome
1938 Italy Hungary 4-2 Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris
1950 Uruguay Brazil 2-1 Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
1954 West Germany Hungary 3-2 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
1958 Brazil Sweden 5-2 Rasunda Stadium, Solna
1962 Brazil Czechoslovakia 3-1 Estadio Nacional, Santiago
1966 England West Germany 4-2 (AET) Wembley Stadium, London
1970 Brazil Italy 4-1 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
1974 West Germany Netherlands 2-1 Olympiastadion, Munich
1978 Argentina Netherlands 3-1 (AET) Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
1982 Italy West Germany 3-1 Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
1986 Argentina West Germany 3-2 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
1990 West Germany Argentina 1-0 Stadio Olimpico, Rome
1994 Brazil Italy 0-0 (AET) Brazil 3-2 on pens Rose Bowl, Pasadena
1998 France Brazil 3-0 Stade de France, Saint-Denis
2002 Brazil Germany 2-0 International Stadium, Yokohama
2006 Italy France 1-1 (AET) Italy 5-3 on pens Olympiastadion, Berlin
2010 Spain Netherlands 1-0 (AET) Soccer City, Johannesburg
2014 Germany Argentina 1-0 (AET) Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
2018 France Croatia 4-2 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

World Cup Finals that went to extra time

The prospect of extra time is an added bonus for neutrals but stressful for fans and players alike in the biggest game in international football.

From 21 FIFA World Cup finals, seven have gone to extra time, including three of the last four, ahead of Qatar 2022.

  • Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia – 1934
  • England 4-2 West Germany – 1966
  • Argentina 3-1 Netherlands – 1978
  • Brazil 0-0 Italy – 1994 (Brazil win on pens)
  • Italy 1-1 France – 2006 (Italy win on pens)
  • Spain 1-0 Netherlands – 2010
  • Germany 1-0 Argentina – 2014

World Cup Finals that went to penalties

Extra time is nothing compared to the nerve-shredding situation of a World Cup final going to penalties.

Thankfully, only two finals have gone the full distance to spot kicks, with Brazil winning in 1994, and Italy in 2006.

  • Brazil 0-0 Italy – 1994 (Brazil win 3-2 on pens)
  • Italy 1-1 France – 2006 (Italy win 5-3 on pens)

Roberto Baggio famously missed Italy’s last spot kick in the 1994 final at the Rose Bowl but the Azzurri did bury that ghost in 2006, as Fabio Grosso slotted home to edge them past France.

World Cup Final attendances

Tickets for World Cup finals are like gold dust for fans, and Qatar 2022 could set a new record, if the Lusail Stadium reaches capacity.

The 88,966-capacity arena will break new ground, if full for the final, making it the highest attended final since the 1994 showpiece in the USA.

World Cup Final Attendances (FIFA confirmed)
Year Attendance Winner Runner Up Final Score Stadium (City)
1930 68,346 Uruguay Argentina 4-2 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
1934 55,000 Italy Czechoslovakia 2-1 (AET) Stadio Nazionale, Rome
1938 45,000 Italy Hungary 4-2 Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris
1950 173,850* Uruguay Brazil 2-1 Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
1954 62,500 West Germany Hungary 3-2 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
1958 51,800 Brazil Sweden 5-2 Rasunda Stadium, Solna
1962 69,000 Brazil Czechoslovakia 3-1 Estadio Nacional, Santiago
1966 96,924 England West Germany 4-2 (AET) Wembley Stadium, London
1970 107,412 Brazil Italy 4-1 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
1974 75,200 West Germany Netherlands 2-1 Olympiastadion, Munich
1978 71,483 Argentina Netherlands 3-1 (AET) Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
1982 90,000 Italy West Germany 3-1 Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
1986 114,600 Argentina West Germany 3-2 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
1990 73,603 West Germany Argentina 1-0 Stadio Olimpico, Rome
1994 94,194 Brazil Italy 0-0 (AET) Brazil 3-2 on pens Rose Bowl, Pasadena
1998 75,000 France Brazil 3-0 Stade de France, Saint-Denis
2002 69,029 Brazil Germany 2-0 International Stadium, Yokohama
2006 69,000 Italy France 1-1 (AET) Italy 5-3 on pens Olympiastadion, Berlin
2010 84,490 Spain Netherlands 1-0 (AET) Soccer City, Johannesburg
2014 74,738 Germany Argentina 1-0 (AET) Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
2018 78,011 France Croatia 4-2 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

*The 1950 World Cup did not feature a final, as FIFA opted for a round-robin tournament, with Uruguay confirmed as winners. Their final round clash with Brazil drew in 173,850 spectators at the Maracana Stadium but the 114,600 attendance for Argentina’s win over West Germany in Mexico ’86 is the record for a ‘final’.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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