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World Cup Index

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Rankings

Year Rank Teams Stage Reached P W D L F A GD Pts
1930

Did not enter competition

1934
1938
1950 8 13 First Phase Group 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2
1954 7 16 Quarterfinal 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 3
1958 11 16 First Phase Group Playoff 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 3
1962 8 16 Quarterfinal 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 3
1966 1 16 Final 6 5 1 0 11 3 +8 11
1970 8 16 Quarterfinal 4 2 0 2 4 4 =0 4
1974

Failed to qualify for finals

1978
1982 6 24 Second Phase Group 5 3 2 0 6 1 +5 8
1986 8 24 Quarterfinal 5 2 1 2 7 3 +4 5
1990 4 24 Semi-final and Third Place Match 7 3 3 1 8 6 +2 9
1994

Failed to qualify for finals

1998 9 32

Round of 16 Teams

4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 5
2002 6 32

Quarterfinal

5 2 2 1 6 3 +3 6
2006 7 32

Quarterfinal

5 3 2 0 6 2 +4 8
2010 13 32 Round of 16 Teams 4 1 2 1 3 5 -2 4
2014 26 32 First Phase Group 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
2018 4 32 Semi-final and Third Place Match 7 3 1 3 12 8 +4 7

Notes

Except for the 1930 and 1950 tournaments, the final match determined first and second place and the third place match determined third and fourth place.  Rankings beyond those determined by final and third place matches are unofficial and are based on, in order,  stage of the competition reached, points earned, goal difference and number of goals scored.  In 1930, no third place match was held.  In 1950, the championship was conducted through group play rather than semi-final and final matches, and the first four places were determined by points earned in this "final pool" of four teams.

To and including the 1990 final tournament, two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw.  In the 1994 and later tournaments, a win earned three points and a draw one. 

Matches ending with the score level after extra time are recorded as draws under accepted custom.  The ensuing penalty kicks contest determines only which team advances to the competition's next stage, not the result of the match.

World Cup Final Tournament Ranking by Merit 1930-2018
Rank

Team

First Second Third Fourth Finalist Semi-finalist
1 Brazil 5 2 2 2 7 11
2 Germany/
West Germany
4 4 4 1 8 13
3 Italy 4 2 1 1 6 8
4 Argentina 2 3 0 0 5 5
5 France 2 0 2 1 2 5
6 Uruguay 2 0 0 3 2 5
7 England 1 0 0 2 1 3
8 Spain 1 0 0 1 0 2
9 Netherlands 0 3 1 1 3 5
10= Czechoslovakia 0 2 0 0 2 2
Hungary 0 2 0 0 2 2
12 Sweden 0 1 2 1 1 4
13 Croatia 0 1 0 0 1 1
14 Poland 0 0 2 0 0 2
15= Austria 0 0 1 1 0 2
Belgium 0 0 1 1 0 2
Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1 0 2
18= USA 0 0 1 0 0 1
Chile 0 0 1 0 0 1
Portugal 0 0 1 0 0 1
Croatia 0 0 1 0 0 1
Turkey 0 0 1 0 0 1
23= USSR 0 0 0 1 0 1
Bulgaria 0 0 0 1 0 1
Korean Republic 0 0 0 1 0 1

Notes

Because no official third place match was held at the 1930 tournament in Uruguay, we have credited both the beaten semi-finalists, the U.S.A. and Yugoslavia, with a third place finish in that competition (which explains why the table lists 17 third placers and only 15 fourth placers in the 16 final tournaments).

There were no semi-final and final matches at the 1950 tournament in Brazil because the championship was decided by group play between the four teams that survived the first round of the competition--Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden and Spain.  We have counted these teams' participation in this "final pool" as a semi-final appearance, and, since the last match between Uruguay and Brazil, the teams that finished first and second in the final pool, was tantamount to a final match, we have counted that match as a final match appearance.  

World Cup Final Tournament Ranking by Points 1930-2018
Rank Team P W D L F A GD Pts FAv AAv Pts% W/L
1

Brazil

109

73 18 18 229 105 +124 164 2.101 0.963 75.2 +55
2

Germany/
West Germany

109

67 20

22

226

125

+101 154

2.073

1.147

70.6 +45
3

Italy

83

45

21

17

126

77

+51 111

1.518

0.928

66.9 +28
4

Argentina

81

43

15

23

137

93

+44 101

1.691

1.148

62.3 +20
5▲

France

66

34

13

19

120

77

+43 82

1.818

1.167

62.1 +15
6▼

England

69 29 21 19 91 64 +27 79 1.319 0.928 57.2 +10
7▼

Spain

63

30

15

18

99

72

+27 75

1.571

1.143

59.5 +12
8

Netherlands

50

27 12

11

86

48

+38 66 1.72 0.96 66.0 +16
9

Uruguay

56

24

12

20

87

74

+13 60

1.554

1.321

53.6 +4
10

Sweden

51

19

13

19

80

73

+7 51

1.569

1.431

50.0 =0
11▲

Belgium

48

20

9

19

68

72

-4 49

1.417

1.50

51.04 +1
12▼

Russia/USSR

45

19

10

16

77

54

+23 48

1.711

1.20

53.3 +3
13▼

Mexico

57

16

14

27

60

97

-34 46

1.053

1.702

40.4 -11
14▼

Yugoslavia

37

16

8

13

60

46

+14 40

1.622

1.243

54.1 +3
15

Poland

34

16

5

13

46

45

+1 37

1.353

1.324

54.4 +3
16▲

Portugal

30

14

6

10

49

35

+14 34

1.633

1.167

56.7 +4
17▼

Hungary

32

15

3

14

87

57

+30 33

2.719

1.781

51.6 +1
18

Czechoslovakia/
Czech Republic

33

12

5

16

47

49

-2 29

1.424

1.485

43.9 -4
19

Chile

33

11

7

15

40

49

-9 29

1.212

1.485

43.9 -4
20

Austria

29

12

4

13

43

47

-4 28

1.483

1.621

48.3 -1
21

Switzerland

37

12

8

17

50

64

-14 32

1.351

1.73

43.2 -5
22▲

Croatia

23

11

4

8

35

26

+9 26

1.522

1.13

56.5 +3
23▼

Paraguay

27

7

10

10

30

38

-8 24

1.111

1.407

44.4 -3
25▲

Denmark

20

9

5

6

30

26 +4 23

1.50

1.30

57.5 +3
26▼

USA

33

8

6

19

37

62

-25 22

1.121

1.879

40.0 -11
27▼

Romania

21

8

5

8

30

32

-2 21

1.428

1.524

50.0 =0
28

Colombia

22

9

3

10

32

30

+2 21

1.455

1.364

47.7 -1
29▼

Korea Republic

34

6

9

19

34

70

-36 21

1.00

2.059

35.3 -13
30▲

Costa Rica

18

5

5

8

19

28

-9 18

1.056

1.556

50.0 -3
31▲

Nigeria

21

6

3

12

23

30

-7 15

1.095

1.429

35.7 -6
32▲

Japan

21

5

5

11

20

29

-9 15

0.952

1.381

35.7 -6
33▼

Scotland

23

4

7

12

25

41

-16 15

1.087

1.783

32.6 -8
34▼

Cameroon

23

4

7

12

18

43

-25 15

0.783

1.87

32.6 -8
35▼

Bulgaria

26

3

8

15

22

53

-31 14

0.846

2.038

26.9 -12
36▲

Peru

18

5

3

10

21

33

-12 13

1.667

1.833

36.1 -5
37▼

Republic of Ireland

13

2

8

3

10

10

=0 12

0.769

0.769

46.1 -1
38▼

Turkey

10

5

1

4

20

17

+3 11

2.00

1.70

55.0 +1
39▼ Ghana 12 4 3 5 13 16 -3 11 1.083 1.333 45.8 -1
40

Northern Ireland

13

3

5

5

13

23

-10 11

1.00

1.769

42.3 -2
41▲

Senegal

8

3

3

2

11

10

+1 9

1.375

1.25

56.3 +1
42▼

Ecuador

10

4

1

5

10

11

-1 9

1.00

1.10

45.0 -1
43

Algeria

13

3

3

7

13

19

-6 9

1.00

1.462

34.6 -4
44▼

Morocco

16

2

5

9

14

22

-8 9

0.875

1.375

28.1 -5
45▼

South Africa

9

2

4

3

11

16

-5 8

1.222

1.778

44.4 -1
46

Tunisia

15

2

4

9

13

25

-12 8

0.867

1.667

26.7 -7
47

Saudi Arabia

16

3

2

11

11

39

-28 8

0.688

2.438

25.0 -8
48▼

Australia

16

2

4

10

13

31

-18 8

0.813

1.938

25.0 -8
49▼

Norway

8

2

3

3

7

8

-1 7

0.875

1.00

43.4 -1
50▼ Côte d'Ivoire 9 3 1 5 13 14 -1 7 1.444 1.556 38.9 -2
51

GDR

6

2

2

2

5

5

0 6

0.833

0.833

50.0 =0
52

Greece

10

2

2

6

5

20

-15 6

0.50

2.00

30.0 -4
53▲

Iran

15

2

4

9

9

24

-15 6

0.60

1.60

20.0 -7
54▼ Ukraine 5 2 1 2 5 7 -2 5 1.00 1.40 50.0 =0
55▼

Wales

5

1

3

1

4

4

=0 5

0.80

0.80

50.0 =0
56▲ Serbia & Montenegro/
Serbia
9 2 0 7 6 17 -11 4 0.667 1.889 22.2 -5
57▼

Cuba

3

1

1

1

5

12

-7 3

1.667

4.00

50.0 =0
58▼ Slovakia 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 3 1.25 1.75 37.5 -1
59▼

Slovenia

6

1

1

4

5

10

-5 3

0.833

1.667

25.0 -3
60

New Zealand

6

0

3

3

4

14

-10 3

0.667

2.333

25.0 -3
61

DPR Korea

7

1

1

5

6

21

-15 3

0.857

3.00

21.4 -4
62▼

Honduras

9

0

3

6

3

14

-11 3

0.333

1.556

16.7 -6
63▼

Bosnia & Herzegovina

3

1

0

2

4

4

-0 2

1.333

1.333

33.3 -1
64▼

Jamaica

3

1

0

2

3

9

-6 2

1.00

3.00

33.3 -1
65▼ Angola 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2 0.333 0.667 33.3 -1
66▼

Israel

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2 2

0.333

1.00

33.3 -1
67▼

Egypt

7

0

2

5

5

12

-7 2

0.714

1.714

14.3 -5
68▲

Iceland

3

0

1

2

2

5

-3 1

0.667

1.667

16.7 -2
69▼

Kuwait

3

0

1

2

2

6

-4 1

0.667

2.00

16.7 -2
70▼ Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1 0.00 1.333 16.7 -2
71▼

Bolivia

6

0

1

5

1

20

-19 1

0.167

3.333

8.33 -5
72▼

Dutch East Indies

1

0

0

1

0

6

-6 0

0.00

6.00

0.00 -1
73▼

UAE

3

0

0

3

2

11

-9 0

0.667

3.667

0.00 -3
74▼

Haiti

3

0

0

3

2

14

-12 0

0.667

4.667

0.00 -3
75▼

Iraq

3

0

0

3

1

4

-3 0

0.333

1.333

0.00 -3
76▼ Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 -5 0 0.333 2.00 0.00 -3
77▼

Canada

3

0

0

3

0

5

-5 0

0.00

1.667

0.00 -3
78▼

China PR

3

0

0

3

0

9

-9 0

0.00

3.00

0.00 -3
79▲ Panama

3

0

0

3

0

11

-11 0

0.00

3.667

0.00 -3
80▼

Congo DR

3

0

0

3

0

14

-14 0

0.00

4.667

0.00 -3
81▼

El Salvador

6

0

0

6

1

22

-21 0

0.167

3.667

0.00 -6

Notes

The points totals have been calculated on the basis of two points for a win and one for a draw, the practice to and including the 1990 tournament, rather than three points for a win and one point for a draw, the practice in World Cup tournaments since 1994.  Again, matches ending with the score level after extra time are recorded as draws under accepted custom since the ensuing penalty kicks contest determines only which team advances to the competition's next stage, not the result of the match.

Where teams have the same number of points, we have given the higher ranking to, in order, the team that has played the fewer matches, the team with the higher number of wins, the team with the better goal difference, the team with the more goals scored, then those with the least goals conceded.

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