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World soccer's supreme title
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 competition contested by the men's national football teams of the member nations of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

In the eighteen tournaments held, only seven nations have won the title. Brazil is the most successful World Cup team, having won the tournament five times. The current World Champions, Italy, follows with four titles, while Germany holds three. The other former champions are Uruguay (who won the inaugural tournament) and Argentina with two titles each, and England and France with one title each.

The most recent World Cup Finals were held in Germany, where Italy was crowned champions after beating France in the final. The next World Cup Finals will be held in South Africa, from June 11, 2010 to July 11, 2010, and the 2014 Finals will be held in Brazil.
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FIFA World Cup groups Europe:

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5
Portugal Greece Czech Republic Germany Spain
Sweden Israel Poland Russia Turkey
Denmark Switzerland Northern Ireland Finland Belgium
Hungary Moldova Slovakia Wales Bosnia Herzegovina
Albania Latvia Slovenia Azerbaijan Armenia
Malta Luxembourg San Marino Liechtenstein Estonia
Group 6 Group 7 Group 8  Group 9   
Croatia France Italy Holland  
ENGLAND Romania Bulgaria Scotland  
Ukraine Serbia Republic of Ireland Iceland  
Belarus Lithuania Cyprus Norway  
Kazahkstan Austria Georgia Macedonia  
Andorra Faroe Islands Montenegro    

World Cup Tournament News

#FICWC pioneers revealed

The first six clubs to take part in the inaugural FIFA Interactive Club World Cup were announced on Thursday 20 July. Players from Brondby, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Schalke, Sampdoria and Valencia will all be present in London on 5 August in the hope of claiming the last two tickets to the FIWC 2017 Grand Final.

Leopards on the prowl again

Climbing to an all-time high in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, Congo DR are chasing the dream of a return to the FIFA World Cup, more than four decades since they last set foot at the global finals.

Bonucci completes AC Milan switch

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has sealed a move to AC Milan after signing a deal which keeps him with the Rossoneri until 2022 on Thursday.

First six clubs confirmed for Interactive Club World Cup

24 eSports players from 19 professional football clubs will compete at the first ever FIFA Interactive Club World Cup. The tournament will take place in London on 5 August 

African hopefuls set sights on France 2018

With just two berths up for grabs, African qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 is set to be fierce, with the first match-ups getting going on 21 July as 17 sides jostle for a place at the finals.

Magic in Marseille from brilliant Bergkamp

In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week, we look back at a memorable moment in Dutch football from Dennis Bergkamp in 1998.   

Favourites prevail as last-four takes shape
FIFA.com reviews the opening two 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals as continental heavyweights Costa Rica and USA progressed with narrow wins.
Students graduate from the 17th edition of the FIFA Master
Students who successfully completed the 17th edition of the FIFA Master course were honoured in a graduation ceremony on 14 July.
Colombia’s brave new world hailed a success
FIFA.com hears from those involved in Colombia’s new women's league, Liga Aguila Femenina, which - thanks partly to FIFA's financial backing - is already thriving.
Perez committed to the Paraguay cause

Paraguay's Hernan Perez speaks in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com about his tattoo history and La Albirroja's prospects in their upcoming Russia 2018 qualifiers.

Ciman: It was my turn to make a sacrifice
Belgium and Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman knows where his priorities lie. Speaking with FIFA.com, 'The General' talks about how putting his family first led to his move to Canada.
Bearzot’s Blues of ’82 in numbers
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, classical painters and Panini stickers feature in FIFA.com’s statistical review of Italy’s conquest of Spain 1982, along with a scream, a drought and a treble.
Behind the World Cup record: Roger Milla
Continuing our series on FIFA World Cup record-holders, FIFA.com looks at how Roger Milla became the competition's oldest goalscorer at the age of 42.
Smoothing the path to the future

More than 150 female graduates of FIFA and UEFA's leadership programmes gathered in Amsterdam to discuss and develop the FIFA Leadership Programme further to aid in promoting women in football.

England hungry to continue Young Lions success

After winning the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the UEFA European U-19 Championship and reaching the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals, England U-17 have plenty of inspiration to draw from ahead of India 2017.

Big names set stage for knockout drama
FIFA.com wraps up the group-stage action at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup where there was no shortage of tight contests, but little in the way of upset results.
Numbers add up for free-scoring Miedema

UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 kicks off this coming Sunday in the Netherlands and the tournament hosts will be looking to young striker Vivianne Miedema to fire their challenge. Since bursting on to the senior scene, the 20-year-old Dutch sensation has put together some very impressive statistics, as FIFA.com reveals. 

The Week in Quotes
This week features Wayne Rooney sharing some insight into his move back to Everton, Xavi makes his next career move clear and Syria captain Ahmad Al Salih talks about his country's incredible Russia 2018 qualifying campaign.
Paraguay hosts FIFA-CONMEBOL Professional Football Conference
On 12 and 13 July 2017, FIFA staged a two-day Professional Football Conference in Asuncion, Paraguay, in collaboration with CONMEBOL, welcoming senior representatives of South America’s ten national associations.
PSG's Brazilian history and a Canadian wunderkind
Brazilians' love of ‘The City of Lights’ feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with an outrageous flick, missed kicks, leopards and a wunderkind.

 

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20 Aug 08 Kazakhstan v Andorra
6 Sep 08 Andorra v ENGLAND
6 Sep 08 Croatia v Kazakhstan
6 Sep 08 Ukraine v Belarus
10 Sep 08 Croatia v ENGLAND
10 Sep 08 Andorra v Belarus
10 Sep 08 Kazakhstan v Ukraine
11 Oct 08 ENGLAND v Kazakhstan
11 Oct 08 Ukraine v Croatia
15 Oct 08 Belarus v ENGLAND
15 Oct 08 Croatia v Andorra
1 Apr 09 ENGLAND v Ukraine
1 Apr 09 Andorra v Croatia
1 Apr 09 Kazakhstan v Belarus
6 Jun 09 Kazakhstan v ENGLAND
6 Jun 09 Croatia v Ukraine
6 Jun 09 Belarus v Andorra
10 Jun 09 ENGLAND v Andorra
10 Jun 09 Ukraine v Kazakhstan
19 Aug 09 Belarus v Croatia
5 Sep 09 Ukraine v Andorra
5 Sep 09 Croatia v Belarus
9 Sep 09 ENGLAND v Croatia
9 Sep 09 Belarus v Ukraine
9 Sep 09 Andorra v Kazakhstan
10 Oct 09 Ukraine v ENGLAND
10 Oct 09 Belarus v Kazakhstan
14 Oct 09 ENGLAND v Belarus
14 Oct 09 Kazakhstan v Croatia
14 Oct 09 Andorra v Ukraine

 

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