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Association football is the most popular sport in nearly every South American country, and 9 members of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) have competed at the sport's biggest event - the men's FIFA World Cup.

Summary of performance

This table shows for each world cup the number of countries at the World Cup, the number of entries (#E) from around the world including any rejections and withdrawals, the number of South American entries (#A), how many of those South American entries withdrew (#A-) before/during qualification or were rejected by FIFA, the South American representatives at the World Cup finals, the number of World Cup Qualifiers each South American representative had to play to get to the World Cup (#WCQ), the furthest stage they reached, their results, and their coaches.
Year Host Size #E #A #A- South American
finalists
#WCQ Stage Results Coach
1930Uruguay13- 7 0 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 13 F(Runner-up) won 1-0 [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;"
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SF: won 6-1 Flag of the United States.svg United States, F:lost 2-4
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || Argentina Francisco Olazar & Juan José Tramutola

|- | Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia || 13 || R1 || lost 0-4 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia, lost 0-4 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil ||Bolivia Ulises Saucedo |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 13 || R1 || lost 1-2 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia, won 4-0 Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia ||Brazil Píndaro de Carvalho Rodrigues |- | Flag of Chile.svg Chile || 13 || R1 || won 3-0 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico, won 1-0 [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France,lost 1-3Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina ||Hungary György Orth |- | Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay || 13 || R1 || lost 0-3 Flag of the United States.svg United States, won 1-0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium ||Argentina José Durand Laguna |- | Flag of Peru.svg Peru || 13 || R1 || lost 1-3 Flag of Romania.svg Romania, lost 0-1 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay ||Spain Francisco Bru |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 13 || F(Winners) || won 1-0 Flag of Peru.svg Peru, won 4-0 Flag of Romania.svg Romania,,
SF: won 6-1 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia, F:won 4-2 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina ||Uruguay Alberto Suppici |- |rowspan=2|1934||rowspan=2|Italy||rowspan=2|16|| rowspan=2|32 ||rowspan=2| 5 ||rowspan=2|3[1] || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||R1|| lost 2-3 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden || Italy Felipe Pascucci |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || R1 || lost 1-3 Flag of Spain.svg Spain ||Brazil Luiz Vinhaes |- |rowspan=1|1938||rowspan=1|France||rowspan=1|16|| rowspan=1|34 ||rowspan=1| 4 ||rowspan=1|3[2] || Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 ||SF|| won 6-5(a.e.t.) Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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QF: won 1-1(a.e.t.)replay match 2-1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovakia, ,,
SF: lost 1-2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy|| Brazil Adhemar Pimenta

|- |rowspan=5|1950||rowspan=5|Brazil||rowspan=5|15|| rowspan=5|34 ||rowspan=5| 7 ||rowspan=5|3 [3]|| Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia || 15 ||R1|| lost 0-8 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay|| Italy Mario Pretto |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 15 || F(Runner-up) || won 4-0 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico,drew 2-2 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland, won 2-0 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia,
Final Round: won 7-1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden, won 6-1 Flag of Spain.svg Spain, lost 1-2Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || Brazil Flávio Costa |- | Flag of Chile.svg Chile || 15 || R1 || lost 0-2 Flag of England.svg England, lost 0-2 Flag of Spain.svg Spain,won 5-2Flag of the United States.svg United States ||Chile Arturo Bucciardi |- | Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay || 15 || R1 || drew 2-2 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden, lost 0-2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy ||Paraguay Manuel Fleitas Solich |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 15 || F(Winners) || won 8-0 Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia, ,
Final Round: drew 2-2 Flag of Spain.svg Spain, won 3-2 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden, won 2-1Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil ||Uruguay Juan López Fontana |- |- |rowspan=2|1954||rowspan=2|Switzerland||rowspan=2|16|| rowspan=2|45 ||rowspan=2| 4 ||rowspan=2|1 [4]|| Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 ||QF|| won 5-0 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico, drew 1-1(a.e.t.)Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia,
QF: lost 2-4Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary||Brazil Zezé Moreira |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 16 || 4 place || won 2-0 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovakia,won 7-0 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland,
QF: won 4-2Flag of England.svg England,
SF: lost 2-4(a.e.t.)Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary,
3-place match: lost 1-3Flag of Austria.svg Austria||Uruguay Juan López Fontana |- |- |rowspan=3|1958||rowspan=3|Sweden||rowspan=3|16|| rowspan=3|55 ||rowspan=3| 9 ||rowspan=3|1[5] || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||R1|| lost 1-3 Flag of Germany.svg Germany, won 3-1(Ulster banner.svg Northern Ireland, lost 1-6Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovakia||Argentina Guillermo Stábile |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || F(Winners) || won 3-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria,drew 0-0 Flag of England.svg England, won 2-0 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]]
QF: won 1-0Flag of Wales 2.svg Wales,
SF: won 5-2[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France,
F: won 5-2Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden||Brazil Vicente Feola |- | Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay || 16 || R1 || lost 3-7 [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France, won 3-2 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland, drew 3-3 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia||Paraguay Aurelio González |- |- |rowspan=5|1962||rowspan=5|Chile||rowspan=5|16|| rowspan=5|56 ||rowspan=5| 7 ||rowspan=5|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||R1|| won 1-0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria, lost 1-3(Flag of England.svg England, drew 0-0(Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary||Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || F(Winners) || won 2-0 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico,drew 0-0 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovakia, won 2-1 Flag of Spain.svg Spain
QF: won 3-1Flag of England.svg England,
SF: won 4-2Flag of Chile.svg Chile,
F: won 3-1Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovakia||Brazil Aymoré Moreira |- | Flag of Chile.svg Chile || 16 || 3 place || won 3-1 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland, won 2-0 Flag of Italy.svg Italy, lost 0-2 Flag of Germany.svg Germany
QF: won 2-1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]],
SF: lost 2-4Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil,
3-place match: won 1-0Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia||Chile Fernando Riera |- | Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia || 16 || R1 || lost 1-2 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay, drew 4-4 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]], lost 0-5 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia||Argentina Adolfo Pedernera |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 16 || R1 || won 2-1 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia, lost 1-3 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia, lost 1-2 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]]||Uruguay Juan Carlos Corazzo |- |rowspan=4|1966||rowspan=4|England||rowspan=4|16|| rowspan=4|74 ||rowspan=4| 9 ||rowspan=4|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||QF|| won 2-1 Flag of Spain.svg Spain, drew 0-0(Flag of Germany.svg Germany, won 2-0(Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
QF: lost 0-1Flag of England.svg England||Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || R1 || won 2-0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria,lost 1-3 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary, lost 1-3 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal ||Brazil Vicente Feola |- | Flag of Chile.svg Chile || 16 || R1 || lost 0-2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy, drew 1-1 Flag of North Korea.svg North Korea, lost 1-2 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]]||Chile Luis Alamos |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 16 || QF || drew 0-0 Flag of England.svg England, won 2-1 [[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France, drew 0-0 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
QF: lost 0-4Flag of Germany.svg Germany||Uruguay Ondino Viera |- |- |rowspan=3|1970||rowspan=3|Mexico||rowspan=3|16|| rowspan=3|75 ||rowspan=3| 10 ||rowspan=3|0 || Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 ||F(Winners)|| won 4-1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg Czechoslovakia, won 1-0(Flag of England.svg England, won 3-2(Flag of Romania.svg Romania
QF: won 4-2Flag of Peru.svg Peru,
SF: won 3-1Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay,
F: won 4-1Flag of Italy.svg Italy||Brazil Mário Zagallo |- | Flag of Peru.svg Peru || 16 || QF || won 3-2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria,won 3-0 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco, lost 1-3 Flag of Germany.svg Germany
QF: lost 2-4Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil||Brazil Didi |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 16 || 4 place || won 2-0 Flag of Israel.svg Israel, drew 0-0 Flag of Italy.svg Italy, lost 0-1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
QF: won 1-1(a.e.t.)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]],
SF: lost 2-4Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil,
3-place match: lost 0-1Flag of Germany.svg Germany||Uruguay Juan Hohberg |- |- |rowspan=4|1974||rowspan=4|West Germany||rowspan=4|16|| rowspan=4|99 ||rowspan=4| 9 ||rowspan=4|1 [6]|| Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||R2|| lost 2-3 Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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, drew 1-1Flag of Italy.svg Italy, won 4-1Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
R2: lost 0-4Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands,lost 1-2Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil,drew 1-122x20px East Germany ||Argentina Vladislao Cap

|- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || 4 place || drew 0-0 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia,drew 0-0 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland, won 3-0 22x20px [[Zaire {{{altlink}}}|Zaire]]
R2: won 1-022x20px East Germany,won 2-1Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina,lost 0-2Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
3-Place Match : lost 0-1Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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||Brazil Mário Zagallo

|- | Flag of Chile.svg Chile || 16 || R1 || lost 0-1 Flag of Germany.svg Germany, drew 1-1 22x20px East Germany, drew 0-0 Flag of Australia.svg Australia||Chile Luis Alamos |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 16 || R1 || lost 0-2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands, drew 1-1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria, lost 0-3 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden||Uruguay Roberto Porta |- |rowspan=3|1978||rowspan=3|Argentina||rowspan=3|16|| rowspan=3|107 ||rowspan=3| 9 ||rowspan=3|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||F(Winners)|| won 2-1 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary, won 2-1[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France, lost 0-1Flag of Italy.svg Italy
R2: won 2-0Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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,drew 0-0Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil,won 6-0Flag of Peru.svg Peru
F: won 3-1(a.e.t.)Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands||Argentina César Luis Menotti

|- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || 3 place || drew 1-1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden,drew 0-0 Flag of Spain.svg Spain, won 1-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
R2: won 3-0Flag of Peru.svg Peru,drew 0-0Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina,won 3-1Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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3-Place Match : won 2-1Flag of Italy.svg Italy||Brazil Cláudio Coutinho

|- | Flag of Peru.svg Peru || 16 || R2 || won 3-1 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland,drew 0-0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands, won 4-1 Flag of Iran.svg Iran
R2: lost 0-3Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil,lost 0-1Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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,lost 0-6Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina||Peru Marcos Calderón

|- |rowspan=4|1982||rowspan=4|Spain||rowspan=4|24|| rowspan=4|109 ||rowspan=4| 9 ||rowspan=4|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||R2|| lost 0-1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium, won 4-1Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary, won 2-0Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador
R2: lost 1-2Flag of Italy.svg Italy,lost 1-3Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil||Argentina César Luis Menotti |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || R2 || won 2-1 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]],won 4-1 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland, won 4-0 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
R2: won 3-1Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina,lost 2-3Flag of Italy.svg Italy||Brazil Telê Santana |- | Flag of Chile.svg Chile || 16 || R1 || lost 0-1 Flag of Austria.svg Austria,lost 1-4 Flag of Germany.svg Germany, lost 2-3 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria ||Chile Luis Santibáñez |- | Flag of Peru.svg Peru || 16 || R1 || drew 0-0 Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon,drew 1-1 Flag of Italy.svg Italy, lost 1-5 Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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||Brazil Tim

|- |rowspan=4|1986||rowspan=4|Mexico||rowspan=4|24|| rowspan=4|121 ||rowspan=4| 10 ||rowspan=4|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||F(Winners)|| won 3-1 Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea, drew 1-1Flag of Italy.svg Italy, won 2-0Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
Round of 16: won 1-0Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
QF: won 2-1Flag of England.svg England
SF: won 2-0Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
F: won 3-2Flag of Germany.svg Germany||Argentina Carlos Bilardo |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || QF || won 1-0 Flag of Spain.svg Spain,won 1-0 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria, won 3-0 Ulster banner.svg Northern Ireland
Round of 16: won 4-0Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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QF: lost 1-1(pen.3-4)[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;"

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Round of 16: lost 0-3Flag of England.svg England ||Paraguay Cayetano Ré |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 16 || Round of 16 || drew 1-1 Flag of Germany.svg Germany,lost 1-6 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark,
Round of 16: lost 0-1Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina ||Uruguay Omar Borrás |- |rowspan=4|1990||rowspan=4|Italy||rowspan=4|24|| rowspan=4|116 ||rowspan=4| 9 ||rowspan=4|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||F(Runner-up)|| lost 0-1 Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon, won 2-0Flag of the Soviet Union.svg [[USSR {{{altlink}}}|USSR]], drew 1-1Flag of Romania.svg Romania
Round of 16: won 1-0Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
QF: won 0-0(pen. 3-2)Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia
SF: won 1-1(pen.3-2)Flag of Italy.svg Italy
F: lost 0-1Flag of Germany.svg Germany||Argentina Carlos Bilardo |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || Round of 16 || won 2-1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden,won 1-0 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica, won 1-0 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Round of 16: lost 0-1Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina||Brazil Sebastião Lazaroni |- | Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia || 16 || Round of 16 || won 2-0 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates,lost 0-1 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia, drew 1-1 Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Round of 16: lost 1-2(a.e.t.)Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon ||Colombia Francisco Maturana |- | Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay || 16 || Round of 16 || drew 0-0 Flag of Spain.svg Spain,lost 1-3 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium,won 1-0 Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
Round of 16: lost 0-2Flag of Italy.svg Italy ||Uruguay Óscar Tabárez |- |rowspan=4|1994||rowspan=4|USA||rowspan=4|24|| rowspan=4|147 ||rowspan=4| 9 ||rowspan=4|1 [7]|| Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 16 ||Round of 16|| won 4-0 Flag of Greece.svg Greece, won 2-1Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria, lost 0-2Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
Round of 16: lost 2-3Flag of Romania.svg Romania||Argentina Alfio Basile |- | Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia || 16 || R1 || lost 0-1 Flag of Germany.svg Germany,drew 0-0 Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea, lost 1-3 Flag of Spain.svg Spain ||Spain Xabier Azkargorta |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 16 || F(Winners) || won 2-0 Flag of Russia.svg Russia,won 3-0 Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon, drew 1-1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Round of 16: won 1-0Flag of the United States.svg United States
QF: won 3-2Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
SF: won 1-0Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
F: won 0-0(pen.3-2)Flag of Italy.svg Italy||Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira |- | Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia || 16 || R1 || lost 1-3 Flag of Romania.svg Romania,lost 1-2 Flag of the United States.svg United States,won 2-0 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland ||Colombia Francisco Maturana |- |rowspan=5|1998||rowspan=5|France||rowspan=5|32|| rowspan=5|174 ||rowspan=5| 9 ||rowspan=5|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 32 ||QF|| won 1-0 Flag of Japan.svg Japan, won 5-0Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica, won 1-0Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
Round of 16: won 2-2(pen.4-3)Flag of England.svg England
QF: lost 1-2Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands||Argentina Daniel Passarella |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 32 || F(Runner-up) || won 2-1 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland,won 3-0 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco, lost 1-2 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Round of 16: won 4-1Flag of Chile.svg Chile
QF: won 3-2Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
SF: won 1-1(pen.4-2)Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
F: lost 0-3)[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France||Brazil Mário Zagallo |- | Flag of Chile.svg Chile || 32 || Round of 16 || drew 2-2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy,drew 1-1 Flag of Austria.svg Austria,drew 1-1 Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon
Round of 16: lost 1-4Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil||UruguayChile Nelson Acosta |- | Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia || 32 || R1 || lost 0-1 Flag of Romania.svg Romania,won 1-0 Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia,lost 0-2 Flag of England.svg England ||Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez |- | Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay || 32 ||Round of 16|| drew 0-0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria, drew 0-0Flag of Spain.svg Spain, won 3-1Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
Round of 16: lost 0-1(a.e.t)[[File:{{{flag alias-{| align=center border=0 cellpadding=3 cellspacing=3 style="border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; background-color: #F8F8F8; color:black;" |- | style="font-size: 90%" | This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). |}}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] France||Brazil Paulo César Carpegiani |- |rowspan=5|2002||rowspan=5|South Korea & Japan||rowspan=5|32|| rowspan=5|199 ||rowspan=5| 10 ||rowspan=5|0 || Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina || 32 ||R1|| won 1-0 Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria, lost 0-1Flag of England.svg England, drew 1-1Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden||Argentina Marcelo Bielsa |- | Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil || 32 || F(Winners) || won 2-1 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey,won 4-0 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China PR, won 5-2 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
Round of 16: won 2-0Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
QF: won 2-1Flag of England.svg England
SF: won 1-0)Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
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Round of 16: won 2-1(a.e.t.)Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
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Round of 16: won 0-0(pen. 5-3)Flag of Japan.svg Japan
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Competitive record

Country Participations Years
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil  
19
1930,1934,1938,1950,1954,1958,1962,1966,1970,1974,1978,1982, 1986, 1990,1994,1998,2002,2006,2010
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina   <center>15 1930,1934,1958,1962,1966,1974,1978,1982, 1986,1990,1994,1998,2002,2006,2010
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay   <center>11 1930,1950,1954,1962,1966,1970,1974,1986,1990,2002,2010
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay   <center>8 1930,1950,1958,1986,1998,2002,2006,2010
Flag of Chile.svg Chile   <center>8 1930,1950,1962,1966,1974,1982,1998,2010
Flag of Peru.svg Peru   <center>4 1930,1970,1978,1982
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia   <center>4 1962,1990,1994,1998
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia   <center>3 1930,1950,1994
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador   <center>2 2002,2006

Performance at individual World Cups

1930s: The inaugural FIFA World Cup, Uruguay triumph

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 July to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body selected Uruguay as host nation as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution, and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. The first World Cup was the only one without qualification. Seven teams from South America entered the tournament. So many teams from the South America continent never involved in the Fifa World Cup. The 1930 FIFA World Cup Final was contested by the finalists from the 1928 Olympics, Uruguay and Argentina. The final was played at the Estadio Centenario on July 30. The gates were opened at eight o'clock, six hours before kick-off, and at noon the ground was full, the official attendance 93,000.[8] A disagreement overshadowed the build-up to the match as the teams disagreed on who should provide the match ball, forcing FIFA to intervene and decree that the Argentine team would provide the ball for the first half and the Uruguayans would provide their own for the second.[9] The game ended 4-2 to Uruguay (who had trailed 2-1 at half time) who added the title World Cup winners to the mantle of Olympic Champions, as Jules Rimet, president of FIFA, presented the World Cup Trophy, which was later named after him. The game ended 4-2 to Uruguay (who had trailed 2-1 at half time) who added the title World Cup winners to the mantle of Olympic Champions, as Jules Rimet, president of FIFA, presented the World Cup Trophy, which was later named after him.

1934-1938: World Cup without champions, Brazilians 3rd place

As a result, the 1934 FIFA World Cup is the only one in which the reigning champions did not participate.[10] Reigning World Cup holders Uruguay declined to participate, in protest at the refusal of several European countries to travel to South America for the previous World Cup, which Uruguay had hosted in 1930.[11] Participated only Argentina and Brazil. Championship left after the first matches. It's the most unhappy World Cup for South America continent. 1938 FIFA World Cup was the last World Cup to be staged before the outbreak of the Second World War. The decision to hold the second of these, the 1938 FIFA World Cup, in France was controversial, as the American countries had been led to understand that the World Cup would rotate between the two continents. Both Argentina and Uruguay thus boycotted the tournament.[12] Only Brazil participated from South America. Brazilians won 3rd place after victories 4-2 against Sweden.

1950: World Cup in Brazil, second Uruguay triumph

1950 FIFA World Cup was the fourth FIFA World Cup. This was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final. Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru in South America withdrew after the qualifying draw (in Argentina's case because of a dispute with the (Brazilian Football Association). This meant that Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay qualified from South America by default. The final group stage involved the teams who won their groups: Brazil, Spain, Sweden, and 1930 FIFA World Cup champions Uruguay, who were making their first World Cup appearance since winning the inaugural tournament. The World Cup winner would be the team that managed to finish on top of this group. The final group's six matches were shared between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Brazil played all its final group matches at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio while the games that didn't involve the host nation were played in São Paulo. Brazil won their first two matches with a 7-1 thrashing of Sweden and 6-1 rout of Spain. Eventually, Brazil progressed to the final round, facing Uruguay in the final match of the tournament on July 16, 1950. Brazil only needed a draw to finish top of the group, but Uruguay won the game 2-1, shocking and silencing the hundred thousands who attended the game. This defeat on home soil is a significant event in Brazilian history, being known popularly as the Maracanazo. The official attendance of the game was 199,854, with the actual attendance estimated to be about 210,000.[13][14]

1954: Postponed dreams

Uruguay qualified automatically. Only three teams from South America Conmebol participated in the 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification. Only Brazil participated in the 1954 FIFA World Cup. Brazil lost in the quarterfinals 2-4 by Hungary, Uruguay for 3rd place 1-3 lost by Austria.

1958-1962: Brazilian domination, 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile

At the 1958 FIFA World Cup participated threes nations of South America. Austria appeared for the first time since 1934. This would be Paraguay last finals appearance until 1986. The 1958 FIFA World Cup won by Brazil, who beat Sweden 5–2 in the final for their first title. To date, this marks the only occasion that a World Cup staged in Europe was not won by a European team. The Final holds many records in World Cup history. Pelé became the youngest player to play a World Cup Finals, the youngest scorer in a World Cup Final and the youngest player to win a World Cup Winner's Medal. The team of the tournament voted by journalists was five Brazil players:[15] The 1962 FIFA World Cup was held in Chile. This was third FIFA World Cup at the South America. At the 1962 FIFA World Cup participated five nations of South America. The tournament was won Brazil , who claimed their second World Cup title by defeating Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the final, becoming the second team, after Italy in 1938, to successfully defend the World title. Hosts Chile beat Yugoslavia 1–0 to finish third.

1966: Search for the guilty

At the 1966 FIFA World Cup participated four nations of South America. Argentina and Uruguay lost in the quarter-final. Brazil and Chile championship ended in the Group stage. During that controversial game (for more details see Argentina and England football rivalry), Argentina's Antonio Rattín became the first player to be sent off in a senior international football match at Wembley.[citation needed] Rattín at first refused to leave the field and eventually had to be escorted by several policemen. After 30 minutes England scored the only goal of the match. This game is called el robo del siglo (the robbery of the century) in Argentina.[16]It is one of the worst championship by results for the South American nations. The South American protesters claimed that England, also the hosts, had rigged the whole tournament, with the help of West Germany. They particularly complained about the referees. English officials refereed most of Brazil's games. The England-Argentine match was refereed by a German; it was a bad-tempered match and the England manager, Alf Ramsay, described the Argentinians afterwards as 'animals'. The West Germany-Uruguay match had a British referee and two Uruguayans were sent off. Strong anti-British feeling showed itself all over South America.

1970: The greatest World Cup team ever

At the 1970 FIFA World Cup participated threes nations of South America. Peru qualified for the first time, having made one previous appearance in the 1930 tournament (which did not require qualification). The 1970 FIFA World Cup won by Brazil, who beat Italy 4–1 in the final. With their third World Cup triumph, Brazil were allowed to keep the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently. In the Semi-Final all-South American match, Brazil managed to defeat Uruguay 3–1, finally gaining revenge for their defeat in the deciding match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The Brazilian team, led by Carlos Alberto, and featuring Pelé, Clodoaldo, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão, is often regarded as the greatest World Cup team ever.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

1974: New conspiracy theory

At the 1974 FIFA World Cup participated four nations of South America. The 9 teams were divided into 3 groups of 3 teams each, as Brazil qualified automatically as holders. Argentina, Chile, Uruguay also qualified for 1974 FIFA World Cup. Brazil ranked 4th place, Argentina withdraw in the Second Round, Chile, Uruguay in the First Round. Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card in a FIFA World Cup Opening match. Joao Havelange (former FIFA President from 1974 to 1998) claimed that the 1966 and 1974 World Cups were fixed so that England and Germany would win respectively.[23] "We were the best in the world, and had the same team that had won the World Cup in 1962 in Chile and 1970 in Mexico, but it was planned for the host countries to win.”

1978: The first World Cup title for Argentina

The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in Argentina. This was fourth FIFA World Cup at the South America. At the 1978 FIFA World Cup participated three nations of South America Argentina, Brazil, Peru). The 1978 FIFA World Cup was won by Argentina who beat the Netherlands 3–1 after extra time in the final. This win was the first FIFA World Cup Title for Argentina. Controversy surrounded the host, Argentina, as all of their games in the first round kicked off at night, giving the Argentines the advantage of knowing where they stood in the group. This issue would arise again in Spain 1982, which prompted FIFA to change the rules so that the final two group games in subsequent World Cups would be played simultaneously. In 1978 Argentina needed to beat Copa America holders Peru by four clear goals to reach the final ahead of Brazil. They won 6-0 but their were dark rumours that Peru, who had an Argentine-born goalkeeper, had thrown the game. There are several allegations that the government of Argentina struck a deal with the government of Peru that ensured Argentina would proceed to the final. The deal allegedly encompassed delivery of a large grain shipment to Peru by Argentina and the unfreezing of a Peruvian bank account that was held by the Argentine Central Bank. In exchange, the Peruvian team had to allow Argentina to win in their second-round match with a margin that was large enough to go the next round. That margin was four goals.[24] The final, Argentina vs Netherlands, was also controversial, as the Dutch accused the Argentines of using stalling tactics to delay the match. Mario Kempes opened the scoring for the hosts before Dick Nanninga equalized a few minutes from the end. Rob Rensenbrink had a glorious stoppage-time opportunity to win it for the Netherlands but his effort came back off the goal post. Argentina won the final 3–1 after extra time. The Netherlands, because of the controversial game events, refused to attend the post-match ceremonies after the match ended.[25]Brazil took third place from an enterprising Italy side with Nelinho scoring a memorable goal, and were dubbed "moral champions" by coach Cláudio Coutinho, because they did not win the tournament, but did not lose a single match.

1982: The 'Sarrià Stadium Tragedy'

At the 1982 FIFA World Cup participated four nations of South America Argentina, Brazil,Chile), Peru). As of 2010, this was the last time Peru qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals. 1982 FIFA World Cup was a first for Diego Maradona. Defending champions Argentinalost opening match 0-1 to Belgium, but qualified to the second round. Brazil with Zico, Sócrates, Falcão, Éder and fellows, they boasted an offensive firepower that promised a return to the glory days of 1970. They beat the USSR 2–1 thanks to a 20 metre Éder goal two minutes from time, then Scotland and New Zealand with four goals each. Peru and Chile finished fourth in their groups and withdraw from the 1982 FIFA World Cup. In the second round with Brazil, Argentina and Italy, in the opener, Italy prevailed 2–1 over Diego Maradona's side after a game in which Italian defenders Gaetano Scirea and Claudio Gentile proved themselves equal to the task of stopping the Argentinian attack. Argentina now needed a win over Brazil on the second day, but lost 3–1 — Argentina only scoring in the last minute. Diego Maradona kicked Brazilian player Joao Batista in the groin and was sent off in the 85th minute. The match Brazil vs Italy was won by Italy 2-3 with Italian striker Paolo Rossi scoring a hat trick. The result eliminated Brazil from the tournament. The result was seen by many as not only a defeat for Brazil, but a defeat of their attacking philosophy by the less talented but more organised Italians.[26] This match has since then been labelled by Brasilian press as the 'Sarrià Stadium Tragedy' (br: A tragédia do Sarriá) [27]

1986: The second Argentina Word Cup title

Colombia had been originally chosen to host the competition by FIFA but, largely due to economic reasons, was not able to do so and officially resigned in 1982. Mexico was selected as the new host in May 1983. At the 1986 FIFA World Cup participated four nations of South America Argentina, Brazil,Paraguay), Uruguay). It was won by Argentina (their second title, after also winning in 1978), captained by Diego Maradona who scored the infamous "Hand of God goal", and also a goal voted as "Goal of the Century", in the same quarter-final against England. These were two of the five goals that Maradona scored during the tournament, and he also created another five for his team-mates.[28] Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in the final at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.

The first round of the finals began in Group A, where Argentina beat South Korea 3–1, with Diego Maradona playing a major part. Italy and Argentina drew 1–1, Maradona and Alessandro Altobelli scoring. The final set of matches saw Argentina beating Bulgaria 2–0. Paraguay in Group B defeat 1-0 Iraq and twice drawing Mexico and Belgium. Group D saw Brazil start 1-0 against Spain, 1-0 Algeria, 3-0 Northern Ireland. Uruguay qualified in the second round only 2 points and goal difference(-5).

In the rematch of the 1930 FIFA World Cup Final, Argentina just edged out South American champions Uruguay in Puebla thanks to a 42nd minute strike from Pedro Pasculli. Brazil progressed to the quarter-finals comfortably when they saw off Poland 4–0 while Paraguay lost England 0–3.

In the quarter-finals, three-time world champion Brazil faced France in Guadalajara. Brazil were well on top in the early stages, and Careca put them one up after 18 minutes. Five minutes before half-time, France drew level when Michel Platini scored his 41st goal after converting a cross from Dominique Rocheteau. Brazil had a chance to regain the lead in the second half when Branco was fouled by French keeper Joël Bats in the penalty area. Zico got up to take the kick, but Bats saved Zico's penalty. The match went to extra time, and France had the better of the extra half-hour. No more goals were scored, and so it was time for a penalty shoot-out. Socrates, who had earlier missed an open goal and headed an easy chance straight into the French keeper's arms, failed with the first kick for Brazil. The next six penalties were all converted, and then Platini fired over the bar. Brazil were back on level terms – but not for long. Julio Cesar struck the post with his penalty, and Luis Fernández then scored to put France through 4–3 on penalties.

The quarter-final between Argentina and England was featured two very different goals by Diego Maradona: the first was scored illegally, as he punched the ball into the goal past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The referee did not see the handball and the goal was given as valid. After the game, Maradona claimed the goal was scored "A bit with the head of Maradona and another bit with the hand of God"; it became known as the "Hand of God" goal. For his second goal, voted "Goal of the Century" in 2002 on the FIFA website, Maradona dribbled half the length of the field past five English players before scoring. In Argentina, the game was seen as revenge for the Falklands War.[29]

In the other semi-final, Maradona struck twice in the second half as Argentina beat Belgium 2–0.

Jose Brown put Argentina one up midway through the first half of the final, and when Jorge Valdano scored a second for the South Americans in the 55th minute, Argentina looked to be strolling to victory. West Germany then staged a spirited comeback. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled one back in the 74th minute, and six minutes later Rudi Völler hit the equaliser. With seven minutes remaining, a pass from Maradona gave Jorge Burruchaga the chance to score the winner for Argentina. Eight years on from their home triumph, Argentina regained the world title and 30 million people in Argentina celebrated in the streets after the final victory. Maradona was the Golden Ball winner as the best player of the tournament.

1990: Chile incident, Argentina reaches Final

At the 1990 FIFA World Cup participated four nations of South America Argentina, Brazil,Colambia, Uruguay). One of the most bizarre incidents in World Cup history occurred on 3 September 1989. During the Brazil vs Chile CONMEBOL qualifying match in Rio de Janeiro. Chile needed victory to retain any hope of qualification, but trailed 0–1 to Brazil. Around twenty minutes into the second half, Chilean goalkeeper Roberto "Cóndor" Rojas fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead. A firework, thrown from the stands by a Brazilian fan named Rosemary de Mello, was smouldering about a yard away. After carrying Rojas off the pitch, the Chilean players and coaches refused to return claiming conditions were not safe, and the match went unfinished. After studying video footage of the match showing that the firework had not made contact with Rojas, FIFA awarded Brazil a 2–0 win, eliminating Chile from the 1990 World Cup. As punishment, Chile were barred from the qualifying process for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and Rojas was banned for life (subsequently lifted in 2001).

Argentina lost first game 0-1 against Cameroon, defeat USSR 2-0, drew 1-1 Romania and finished thirdt in group as one of the best third-placed teams. Braziltook maximum points from the group(agains 2-1 Sweden, 1-0 Costa Rica, 1-0 Scotland. Colombia and Uruguay also qualified to the second round.

The all-South American game in the second round was won for Argentina by a goal from Claudio Caniggia with ten minutes remaining after a run through the Brazilian defence by Diego Maradona and an outstanding performance from their goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea. Uruguay 0–2 lost Italy. Colombia 1-2(a.e.t.) lost Cameroon.

Argentina reached the semi-finals after a goalless stalemate and winning the penalty shoot-out 3–2, despite Maradona having his penalty saved. A second Argentine miss (by Pedro Troglio) looked to have eliminated them until goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea – playing because first choice Nery Pumpido broke his leg during the group stage – rescued his side by stopping the Yugoslavs' final two spotkicks.

The first semi-final pitted the host nation, Italy, against the world champion, Argentina. 'Totò' Schillaci scored to put Italy ahead in the 17th minute, but Claudio Caniggia equalised midway through the second half, There were no further goals, but a series of serious fouls saw five yellow cards and a red issued, largely to Argentina: the game went to a shootout which Argentina won 4–3, after Roberto Donadoni and Aldo Serena both had their kicks saved by Sergio Goycochea. Argentina's decisive penalty had been converted by Diego Maradona, who playing in his club "home city" of Naples had urged locals to support him rather than their homeland, creating a more muted atmosphere than Italy's previous games in Rome.

The final between West Germany and Argentina has been cited as the most cynical and lowest quality of all World Cup Finals.[30][31] In the 65th minute, Argentina's Pedro Monzon was sent off for a foul on Jürgen Klinsmann, the first player ever to be sent off in a World Cup Final.

Argentina, weakened by suspension and injury, offered little attacking threat throughout a contest dominated by the West Germans, who struggled to create many clear goalscoring opportunities. The only goal of the contest arrived in the 84th minute when Mexican referee Edgardo Codesal awarded a penalty to West Germany, after a foul on Rudi Völler by Roberto Sensini. Andreas Brehme, who later said there was no foul, converted the spot kick to settle the contest. In the closing moments, Argentina were reduced to nine after Gustavo Dezotti received the second red card of the game when he hauled Jürgen Kohler to the ground during a stoppage in play. The 1–0 scoreline provided another first: Argentina were the first team to fail to score in a World Cup Final.

1994: Bolivia returns to the World Cup, The Colombia's tragedy, The fourth Brazil Word Cup title

At the 1990 FIFA World Cup participated four nations of South America Argentina, Brazil,Colambia, Bolivia. Chile could not take part in qualification as it was still banned by FIFA. Boliviaqualified for the first time since 1950 FIFA World Cup. The tournament saw the end of Diego Maradona's World Cup career, having played in the 1982, the 1986 — where he led Argentina to the World Cup title — and the 1990 World Cups, where he led them to the final. Maradona was expelled from the tournament after he failed a drug test which uncovered ephedrine, a weight loss drug, in his blood. Colombia, despite high expectations due to their style and impressive qualifying campaign, disappointed in the tournament, failed to advance from the round robin. The team was supposedly dogged by influence from betting syndicates and drug cartels, with coach Francisco Maturana receiving death threats over squad selection. Defender Andrés Escobar was a tragic figure of this tournament, as in the group stage match against the United States national team, he scored an own goal which eliminated his team 2–1. Escobar was shot to death outside a bar in a Medellín suburb only ten days after the match, apparently in retaliation for the own goal.[32]

Colombia finished top of their qualifying group without having lost a match, which included a historic 5–0 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. Expectations of the team were high, some even naming them as favourites to win the tournament. The match in group A between Colombia and Romania was the first game for either side in the group phase. Colombia lost 1-3 Romania. The team went into their second group game against the United States knowing they had to win to have any chance of progressing. On the 35th minute Andrés Escobar attempted to cut out a cross but accidentally deflected the ball into his own net. Earnie Stewart took the US two goals in front after scoring in the 56th minute. Valencia scored a consolation goal for Colombia in the closing minutes of the match. They did win their final group match 2–0 over Switzerland, but it was not enough to help them progress. In group B Brazil won over Russia, Cameroon also one draw agains Sweden and qualified Round of 16. Bolivia draw 0-0 against South Korea, lost 0-1 opening match Germany, 1-3 Spain. In the next stage did not qualified. Argentina collected a maximum of six points from their opening two matches after beating Greece 4–0 in Foxboro before coming from behind to overcome the feisty Nigerians 2–1 on the same field four days later, yet still only finished third, since lost 0-2 Bulgaria.

Argentina, who were shorn of Diego Maradona who was thrown out of the tournament for taking drugs faced in round 2 Romania. Romanian scores twice in the first twenty minutes. In between, Gabriel Batistuta scored a penalty, but after half-time Romania netted a superb third on the counterattack, with Hagi beating goalkeeper Luis Islas. Abel Balbo pulled one back, but Romania held on for a shock win. Brazil in round of 16 defeat 1–0 hosting nations United States. Brazil would normally win easily, but United States were playing at home, in their National Day. Leonardo was sent off immediately, which increased Brazil's uncertainty. Later, Leonardo declared that he acted by instinct, without any intention to harm. Brazil won that match thanks to the usual: Aldair and Márcio Santos effective in the defense, Romário and Bebeto effective in the attack. Bebeto scored the sole goal at 28 minutes of second half.

In quarter-final Brazil won against Netherlands. In the second Brazilian goal, Romário was clearly off side, but he pretended he had not seen the ball, the referee considered that Romário was not participating of that play, and Bebeto scored. The match was an easy 2-0 for Brazil, but in ten minutes Netherlands scored two goals. Then, in a long free kick, Branco scored. Branco was a veteran, who had participated of the cups in 1986 and 1990, who was much admired by the Brazilians for his braveness. FIFA considered this Brazil - Netherlands to be a classic match.

Brazil won the semi-final against Sweden by 1-0, after Jonas Thern had been sent off with a red card Romário scored the only goal of the game in the 80th minute.

Brazil and Italy played the final of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. This time, not even Romário could help Brazil win. For the first time in the History of World Cups, a final ends in 0-0, and must be decided in penalty kicks. This happened because both Brazil and Italy had a scheme which privileged first the defense, and, luck allowing, the attack. Brazil won in the penalties. The Italians missed three of four kicks. Brazil was four times champion. The trophy was handed to captain Dunga from the hands of the vice-president Al Gore. Brazil's Romário, with five goals, won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. Brazilians refer to this cup as the Cup that Romário won for Brazil.

References

  1. During qualification for the 1934 FIFA World Cup, Uruguay refused to participate and defend their title because Italy had snubbed their tournament in 1930, Peru & Chile withdrew from the qualification.
  2. It was originally intended that the World Cup would be held alternately between the continents of South America and Europe. However Jules Rimet, the creator of the World Cup, convinced FIFA to hold the competition in France, his home country. Because of this controversy, many American countries, including Argentina (the most likely hosts if the event was held in South America), Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Dutch Guiana, Uruguay, and the United States all withdrew or refused to enter.
  3. Argentina, Ecuador and Peru in South America withdrew after the qualifying draw (in Argentina's case because of a dispute with the Brazilian Football Association). This meant that Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay qualified from South America by default.
  4. Peru withdrew from the qualification.
  5. Venezuela withdrew from the qualification.
  6. Venezuela withdrew from the qualification.
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