History of the World Cup

Unofficial World Cups were held before the first one, although at the time the sport wasn’t commonly played outside the United Kingdom. The first ever World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay, which was won by Uruguay. The rules weren’t quite developed yet, then the 1934 World Cup was hosted in Italy and added qualification stages. The 1942 World Cup was cancelled because of World War 2, and many countries didn’t participate in later world cups for political reasons. Later around 1950, countries such as England decided to participate again. England hosted the World Cup in 1966 and became the first World Cup to feature a mascot, theme, branding, and official logo. In 1986 it was established that all games must take place simultaneously and that three points equals a win. Later it was established that for the knockout phase, whichever two teams with the most goals move on. The country with the most wins is Brazil, with five total wins. Today the World Cup is a modern cultural phenomenon watched by billions across the world.