Even though there were international soccer tournaments before, it was not until 1930 that the inaugural FIFA World Cup tournament was played in Uruguay. It was contested by 13 teams from North America, Europe, and South America. The first two matches were played simultaneously on 13 July 1930. One match that pitted France against Mexico ended 4-1 in favor of France, while the other match between the US and Belgium ended 3-0 in favor of the United States. In the finals, the host, Uruguay, carried the day, beating Argentina 4–2.
During the early years of the championship, war and intercontinental travel greatly hindered the tournament's success. For example, few South American teams had the will to travel to Europe for the 1934 tournament, while some countries boycotted the 1938 World Cup. Then came the second World War, which led to the cancellation of the 1942 and 1946 tournaments.
Luckily, after the end of the war, FIFA ironed out several issues, and the 1950 World Cup became a success. It was the first tournament to include British teams, which had withdrawn from FIFA in 1920.
Most successful teams in the World Cup
Brazil remains the most successful team in this tournament, having won it a record 5 times, and is the only team that has participated in all the World Cup tournaments. Italy and Germany follow it with 4 titles apiece.
The current champion is France, who clinched their second title in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament hosted in Russia. The team walked away with the coveted trophy, USD35 million in prize money, and the rights to brag with the FIFA Champions Badge until the next World Cup.