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|Number of teams||16 (finals)|
51 (eligible to enter qualification)
|Current champions||Brazil (1st Title)|
|Most successful team||Brazil (1 Title)|
The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Federação Internacional de Futebol Associado (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1906, except in 1910 and 1914 when it was not held because of the Great War. The current champion is Brazil, which won its first title at the 1906 tournament in Brazil.
The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. 16 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation, compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.