|Number of teams||16 (finals)|
|Current champions||Italy (2nd title)|
|Most successful team|| Uruguay|
Italy (2 titles)
The FIFA World Cup is a football tournament held every four years since 1906.
In the first two World Cups, the World Cup was an invitational tournament in which most of the nations coming from Europe with only Argentina and Uruguay being the two teams to initially come to South America. Everyone thought that the British teams would be strong in the competition as it was the birthplace of modern football. But in 1906 only England qualified through to the Semi Final before getting knocked out by Uruguay who would later win the first World Cup.
But when Uruguay went into Civil War in 1907, it was a wide open draw with England taking home the 1910 crown after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the final. The other British nations though struggled with only one making it through to the Quarter Finals. The third World Cup was the first to have qualifiers with Wrexham being the venue for the Scotland-Wales qualifier. Scotland, Norway, Chile and Italy would go through to the World Cup where Denmark shocked the world by defeating England in extra time while for Italy they would take the first third place playoff defeating Belgium.
WC between the wars
After World War I, the World Cup was effected with only suitable host for the 1922 FIFA World Cup. In December 1920, the Netherlands became the host of the fourth World Cup as they neutral during the war. For the hosts, they would make it all the way to the final where they would lose to Belgium 2-1. In 1926, Uruguay would create history by being the first multiple champion after defeating the Netherlands 3-2 in extra time. Then in the first World Cup held in South America, the Netherlands took home the trophy after two previous final attempts. They defeated first time finalists, Argentina. While for Czechoslovakia they finished in 3rd place with wins over Uruguay in the quarter finals being a shock upset.
Heading into 1934, everyone was predicting that the Netherlands could hold off the competition but after struggling in the WEFF Championship, a elimination in the group stage prove the difference with Italy taking the trophy at home. This also meant that they created history by being the first home team to lift the trophy as they defeated France 3-1. Italy then retook the trophy in Argentina with Portugal being the surprise packet after they defeated Switzerland and Brazil to finish in fourth place after losing to the United States in the third place play-off.
Brief extension to 20 teams
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