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Football World Cup Wins 1930-2014

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Despite having 211 national associations in world’s football organization Fifa, this map reveals the domination of Europe and South America in the tournament (in participation, as well as in the world cup winners), those regions with football being among the most popular sports. This inequality in the football worldcup can be explained by having a look at how the qualification process is organised: “For each tournament, FIFA decides the number of places awarded to each of the continental zones beforehand, generally based on the relative strength of the confederations’ teams” (see here). The football may be of global significance, but it is far from being a global game. The world map of football looks different than the map of the world.
At the end of 2014, Brazil is leading the ranking of all-time World Cup with five wins (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), ahead of Germany (in 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and Italy (in 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) both with four wins and Argentina (in 1978, 1986) and Uruguay (in 1930, 1950) with two wins each. England, France, and Spain have all won the trophy once.

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Technical Notes

This map shows the countries proportional to their total number of Football World Cup wins between 1930 and 2014.

Data sources
This map uses data by Worldfootball.net (last accessed May 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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