FIFA World Cups History: Defending Champion Knocked Out in First Round?


The FIFA World Cup was first held in 1930, when FIFA president Jules Rimet decided to stage an international Football tournament. The inaugural edition, held in 1930, was contested as a final tournament of only thirteen teams invited by the organization. Since then, the FIFA World Cup has experienced successive expansions and format remodeling to its current 32-team final tournament preceded by a two-year qualifying process, involving over two hundred teams from all over the world.

The first official international football match was played in 1872 in Glasgow between Scotland and England,[1] although at this stage the sport was rarely played outside Great Britain.

However, by 1900 football had gained ground all around the world and national football associations were being founded. The first official international match outside of the British Isles was played between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo in July 1902.[2]FIFA was founded in Paris on 22 May 1904 –...

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Better luck next time, Spain.

The defending World Cup champions won't be enjoying a repeat victory. All hope was lost for Spain when Chile dominated them in Rio de Janeiro today, winning 2-0 at Maracana Stadium.

The outlook for Spain was rattled after a less than impressive showing against the Netherlands last week. The teams' first game of the World Cup was a rematch of the 2010 final, but it was the Dutch who walked away with a 5-1 win.

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It's the fourth time a defending champion has floundered during the first round of the World Cup.

Led by the legendary Pele, Brazil started strong defending their title at the 1966 tournament in England with a 2-0 win over Bulgaria.

After being roughed up on the field, Pele missed Brazil's next game with Hungary, which resulted in a 3-1 loss. That handed the Brazilians its first defeat...

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Johannesburg (AFP) – FIFA Club World Cup flops Mamelodi Sundowns got back on the winning trail Thursday when they edged Baroka 1-0 away in the final South African Premiership match this year.

After surprisingly winning the CAF Champions League in October, the Pretoria club came off second best against two Asian opponents in the world tournament.

Sundowns lost 2-0 to Kashima Antlers from host nation Japan, then 4-1 to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea and finished a disappointing sixth in the seven-club field.

Seven days after departing the Club World Cup, the African champions needed 84 minutes to overcome bottom club Baroka and climb three places to seventh with games in hand.

Liberian Anthony Laffor, who started the match at rain-drenched Peter Mokaba Stadium on the bench, crossed for captain Hlompho Kekana to score with a powerful close-range header.

“Baroka may be bottom of the table but they have held Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando...

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Written in the journal that Slovakia is qualified for their first FIFA World Cup finals after beating Poland 1-0 thanks to an own goal by Polish player. Although, topping the European zone Group 3, no one takes Slovakia as serious opponent. However, all had changed on Thursday (June 24).

In an incredible and dramatic match, Slovakia beat the defending champion, Italy, knocked the defending champion out of World Cup. In a greatest shock of group action in South Africa FIFA World Cup, Slovakia secured its place in 2nd round but put Italy not only out of the competition but finished last in the group, this is Italy’s worst result since FIFA World Cup 1974.

Slovakia started the game powerfully and showed their domination to led 2 – 0 with Robert Vittek’s goals in 25th and 73rd minutes. Only in the 81st minute did Antonio DiNatale manage to put the ball in the net for the Italians. From there they began to emerge and dominate the play, a furious rally in search of a second...

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Defending champions Spain were eliminated from the 2014 Word Cup after losing 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday.

Following the unfortunate turn of events in Maraca, here is a list of how defending World Cup champions have fared in previous editions of the competition…

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Xabi Alonso of Spain looks on with teammates


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1934 - Uruguay: declined to participate

Uruaguay had won the 1930 World Cup beating neighbours Argentina 4-2.

But poor European attendance at the 1930 World Cup had upset the Uruguayans.

They held on tight to the grudge and decided to boycott the tournament in 1934.

1938 - Italy: successfully defended title

Italy won the 1934 World Cup beating Czechoslovakia 2-1 after extra time in the final.

Four years later, Italy travelled to France and...

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Rio De Janeiro: Spain as defending champion was kicked out of the tournament in the first stage of the world cup. It is an unforeseen end for the title holder. Chile defeated Spain by 2-0 and proceeded into the next round along with Netherlands. Chile in Maracana created the history and beat defending champions in group stages match. Spain, already suffered 5-1 defeat against Netherlands in their first match, had to win against Chile to stay in the competition.

Iker Casillas with his World Cup and EURO Cup winning team stepped in the arena for their pride but success kept on smiling rudely over ill-fated Spain. Men in red, with 63% possession of the ball, have disappointed their fans by their performance.

Chile’s Eduardo Vargas scored the first goal of the match in the 19th minute. Charles Aranguiz scored second goal in 43rd minute of the first half. Spain had only forty five minutes to score 3 goals while retain Chile on 2 to win the contest. Unfortunate Spain could...

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The England national team, the Three Lions, is the joint oldest international side. They share this record with their bitter rivals and neighbours Scotland. Their first match took place in Scotland in 1872 and after this match, the England team would play matches against the four “Home Nations” which became a mini championship from 1883 and was contested until 1984 making it the oldest international tournament until its closure. The England national team finally joined FIFA in 1906 and finally played their first game outside of the British Isles in 1908. The Three Lions are synonymous with Wembley Stadium, often labeled as the home of football, but it wasn’t until 1923 that the famous old stadium was completed and England had a permanent home. Until that date the team moved around the country playing matches, as they would once again whilst the new Wembley Stadium was built between 2000 and 2007. In 1928, the Football Association of England’s strained relationship with FIFA broke...

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FIFA World Cup 2006 Knock Out Stages

Several records were set in the knock out phase. David Beckham became the first England player to score in three World Cups, while Valentin Ivanov issued a record number of yellow and red cards in the "Battle of Nuremburg." Switzerland became the first team in the history of the World Cup to be eliminated without conceding a goal and the first to fail to score in a penalty competition.

The most important record was set by Brazil's Ronaldo who became the highest scorer in the history of the World Cup finals with his 15th goal against Ghana, beating the previous record set by Gerd...

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2007 Schools Wikipedia Selection. Related subjects: Sports events

The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974.

The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international football (soccer) competition contested by the men's national football teams of the member nations of...

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THE TOURNAMENT REPLAYED – Real Madrid took the honours at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 to make it three titles for the year. In lifting the trophy for a second time, Los Merengues extended Europe’s domination of the competition, with the continent having now provided nine of its 13 champions.

“Kashima surprised us. They’ve got players who could easily play in Spain,” said Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane after a hard-fought final. “The important thing was, though, that we came through and were champions.”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick, which fired him to the adidas Golden Ball, gave the European champions a rather deceptive 4-2 win over surprise finalists Kashima Antlers, who fell behind after nine minutes but came back to take the lead and then pin their opponents against the ropes at the end of normal time. It was only in extra time that Ronaldo ended the hopes of the J.League champions, for whom goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata had a superb tournament.


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More than 100 guests watched the first of eight live FIFA 17 tournaments at Sportsbar 1904, in the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich on Tuesday 13 December 2016. The winner has the chance of securing a “wildcard” entry to the European qualifiers for the Grand Final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017 (FIWC17). His name? Bruno Bardelas.

In a thrilling final showdown, two of Switzerland’s brightest eSports stars met as 23-year-old Bardelas, a player with FC United Zurich, beat Swiss champion Luca Boller, 24, from bPartGaming, 2-1. Playing as France, Bardelas took a 2-0 lead before half-time. Although his opponent Boller, playing as Portugal, was able to find the net couldn’t manage an equaliser in the breathtaking final minutes.

“I am very happy! Luca was able to win the Swiss championships so today I get to celebrate a little revenge,” said Bardelas, speaking after the final. The victor secured the first of eight spots in the Final live tournament at the FIFA...

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Defending World and European champions were knocked out of the World Cup 2014 in the first round by a spirited Chile who triumphed 2-0 with two 1st half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz. Spain had scores of chances to make a match out of this but failed to convert any of it.

Chile qualified through to the 2nd round along with Netherlands who beat Australia earlier in the day. This is the first time a defending champion have been eliminated having just played two matches.

Here we look at all the heroes and the villains of the match.


Iker Casillas: 4/10 – Flop of the match

The Spain captain had another disastrous outing on the field, with his weak punch from Sanchez’s free-kick leading to Chile’s second goal. Iker Casillas future with the La Roja remains a serious doubt.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6/10

The right back did not do an awful lot wrong but was dragged out of position for Vargas’s goal. He lacked the energy and...

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2006 World Cup champion: The Italian team with captain Fabio Cannavaro holding the FIFA World Cup trophy

World Cup 2006 Facts

2006 World Cup poster

Date: 9 June – 9 July Final: Italy – France 5-3 (penalties) 3rd place: Germany – Portugal 3-1 Teams: 32 Stadiums: 12 Host cities: 12 Matches played: 64 Goals: 147 Attendance: 3,359,439 Top scorer: Miroslav Klose (Germany) (5 goals)

World Cup 2006 Background

5 countries initially showed interest in hosting the 18th World Cup. The countries were Germany, South Africa, England, Morocco and Brazil. At the end only 4 countries placed their bid since Brazil withdrew. 3 voting rounds were needed before the winner was announced which was a first. Both England and Morocco were eliminated with 0 votes. The winner would be Germany or South Africa.

On July 6 2000 in...

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The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th FIFA World Cup, was held in Spain from 13 June to 11 July 1982.

The tournament was won by Italy, after defeating West Germany 3–1 in the final in the Spanish capital of Madrid. It was Italy's third World Cup win and first since 1938. The holders Argentina were eliminated in the second group round. Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait and New Zealand made their first appearances in the finals.

The tournament featured two of the greatest matches in World Cup history: Italy's sensational win over Brazil in a second round game and West Germany's semi-final defeat of France via the first ever penalty shoot-out in World Cup competition.[1][2]

In the first round of Group 3, Hungary defeated El Salvador 10–1, equalling the largest margin of victory ever recorded in the finals (Hungary over South Korea 9–0 in 1954, and Yugoslavia over Zaire 9–0 in 1974).

Host selection[edit]

Spain was chosen as the host nation by FIFA...

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Below is a list of the World Cup Soccer winners and details from past events in history.

1930 FIFA World Cup Winners: Uruguay

Hosted by the country of Uruguay, the first ever FIFA World Cup was held eight years after the international game was first recognized through Olympic competition. It was in 1929 that a group voted that the country of Uruguay should be the first nation to host a FIFA World Cup. This tournament started out small, as only thirteen nations were to compete. Four of the countries were from Europe, eight came from South America and the Untied States took part as well.

As far as the games went, Uruguay held strong against its opponents, as they swept through group play, defeating both Peru and Romania via shutouts. Once in the knockout round, Uruguay's team continued its strong play defeating Yugoslavia in the Semifinals, 6-0, and it conquered Argentina in the Championship game, 4-2. Uruguay's tournament success can be attributed to its...

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