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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 10 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 7
2002 6 32

Quarterfinal

5 2 2 1 6 3 +3 8
2006 7 32

Quarterfinal

5 3 2 0 6 2 +4 11
2010 13 32 Round of 16 Teams 4 1 2 1 3 5 -2 4

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 1930-2010
Rank

Team

First Second Third Fourth Finalist Semi-finalist
1 Brazil 5 2 2 1 7 10
2 Germany/
West Germany
3 4 3 1 7 11
3 Italy 3 2 1 1 5 7
4 Argentina 2 2 0 0 4 4
5 Uruguay 2 0 0 3 2 5
6 France 1 0 2 1 1 4
7 England 1 0 0 1 1 2
Spain 1 0 0 1 0 2
9 Netherlands 0 3 0 1 2 4
10= Czechoslovakia 0 2 0 0 2 2
Hungary 0 2 0 0 2 2
12 Sweden 0 1 2 1 1 4
13 Poland 0 0 2 0 0 2
14= Austria 0 0 1 1 0 2
Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1 0 2
16= 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
21= USSR 0 0 0 1 0 1
Belgium 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 1930-2010
Rank Team P W D L F A GD Pts FAv AAv Pts% W/L
1

Brazil

97

68

15

15

210

88

+122 151

2.165

0.907

77.8 +53
2

Germany/
West Germany

99

60

19

20

206

117

+89 139

2.081

1.182

70.2 +40
3

Italy

80

44

21

15

124

74

+52 109

1.55

0.925

68.1 +29
4

Argentina

70

37

13

20

123

80

+43 87

1.757

1.143

62.1 +17
5

England

59 26 19 14 77 52 +25 71 1.305 0.881 60.2 +12
6

Spain

56

28

12

16

88

59

+29 68

1.571

1.054

60.7 +12
7

France

54

25

11

18

96

68

+28 61

1.778

1.259

56.5 +7
8

Netherlands

43

22

10

11

71

44

+27 54

1.651

1.023

62.8 +11
9

Uruguay

47

18

12

17

76

65

+11 48

1.617

1.383

51.1 +1
10

Sweden

46

16

13

17

74

69

+5 45

1.609

1.50

48.9 -1
11

Russia/USSR

37

17

6

14

64

44

+20 40

1.73

1.189

54.1 +3
12

Yugoslavia

37

16

8

13

60

46

+14 40

1.622

1.243

54.1 +3
13

Mexico

49

12

13

24

52

88

-36 37

1.061

1.796

37.8 -12
14

Poland

31

15

5

11

44

40

+4 35

1.419

1.29

56.5 +4
15

Hungary

32

15

3

14

87

57

+30 33

2.719

1.781

51.6 +1
16

Czechoslovakia/
Czech Republic

33

12

5

16

47

49

-2 29

1.424

1.485

43.9 -4
17

Belgium

36

10

9

17

46

63

-17 29

1.277

1.75

40.3 -7
18

Austria

29

12

4

13

43

47

-4 28

1.483

1.621

48.3 -1
19

Portugal

23

12

3

8

39

22

+17 27

1.696

0.957

58.7 +4
20

Paraguay

27

7

10

10

30

38

-8 24

1.111

1.407

44.4 -3
21

Chile

29

9

6

14

34

45

-11 24

1.172

1.552

41.4 -5
22

Switzerland

29

9

6

14

38

52

-14 24

1.31

1.793

41.4 -5
23

Romania

21

8

5

8

30

32

-2 21

1.428

1.524

50.0 =0
24

USA

29

7

5

17

32

56

-24 19

1.103

1.931

32.8 -10
25

Denmark

16

8

2

6

27

24

=3 18

1.688

1.50

56.3 +2
26

Korea Republic

28

5

8

15

28

61

-33 18

1.00

2.179

32.1 -10
27

Cameroon

20

4

7

9

17

34

-17 15

0.85

1.70

37.5 -5
28

Scotland

23

4

7

12

25

41

-16 15

1.087

1.783

32.6 -8
29

Croatia

13

6

2

5

15

11

+4 14

1.154

0.846

53.8 +1
30

Bulgaria

26

3

8

15

22

53

-31 14

0.846

2.038

26.9 -12
31

Republic of Ireland

13

2

8

3

10

10

=0 12

0.769

0.769

46.1 -1
32

Turkey

10

5

1

4

20

17

+3 11

2.00

1.70

55.0 +1
33

Northern Ireland

13

3

5

5

13

23

-10 11

1.00

1.769

42.3 -2
34

Japan

14

4

3

7

12

16

-2 11

0.857

1.143

39.3 -3
35

Peru

15

4

3

8

19

31

-12 11

1.267

2.067

36.7 -4
36 Ghana 9 4 2 3 9 10 -1 10 1.00 1.111 55.6 +1
37

Nigeria

14

4

2

8

17

21

-4 10

1.214

1.50

35.7 -4
38

South Africa

9

2

4

3

11

16

-5 8

1.222

1.778

44.4 -1
39

Colombia

13

3

2

8

14

23

-9 8

1.077

1.769

30.8 -5
40

Morocco

13

2

4

7

12

18

-6 8

0.923

1.385

30.8 -5
41

Norway

8

2

3

3

7

8

-1 7

0.875

1.00

43.4 -1
42

Costa Rica

10

3

1

6

12

21

-9 7

1.20

2.10

35.0 -3
43

Australia

10

2

3

5

8

17

-9 7

0.80

1.70

35.0 -3
44

Senegal

5

2

2

1

7

6

+1 6

1.40

1.20

60.0 +1
45

GDR

6

2

2

2

5

5

0 6

0.833

0.833

50.0 =0
46

Ecuador

7

3

0

4

7

8

-1 6

1.00

1.143

42.9 -1
47

Algeria

9

2

2

5

6

12

-6 6

0.667

1.333

33.3 -3
48

Tunisia

12

1

4

7

8

17

-9 6

0.667

1.417

50.0 -6
49

Saudi Arabia

13

2

2

9

9

32

-23 6

0.692

2.462

23.1 -7
50 Ukraine 5 2 1 2 5 7 -2 5 1.00 1.40 50.0 =0
51

Wales

5

1

3

1

4

4

=0 5

0.80

0.80

50.0 =0
52 Côte d'Ivoire 6 2 1 3 9 9 =0 5 1.50 1.50 41.7 -1
53

Iran

9

1

2

6

6

18

-12 4

0.667

2.00

22.2 -5
54

Cuba

3

1

1

1

5

12

-7 3

1.667

4.00

50.0 =0
55 Slovakia 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 3 1.25 1.75 37.5 -1
56

Slovenia

6

1

1

4

5

10

-5 3

0.833

1.667

25.0 -3
57

Honduras

6

0

3

3

2

6

-4 3

0.333

1.00

25.0 -3
58

New Zealand

6

0

3

3

4

14

-10 3

0.667

2.333

25.0 -3
59

DPR Korea

7

1

1

5

6

21

-15 3

0.857

3.00

21.4 -4
60

Jamaica

3

1

0

2

3

9

-6 2

1.00

3.00

33.3 -1
61 Angola 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2 0.333 0.667 33.3 -1
62

Israel

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2 2

0.333

1.00

33.3 -1
63

Egypt

4

0

2

2

3

6

-3 2

0.75

1.50

25.0 -2
64 Serbia & Montenegro/
Serbia
6 1 0 5 4 13 -9 2 0.667 2.167 16.7 -4
65

Greece

6

1

0

5

2

15

-13 2

0.333

2.50

16.7 -4
66

Kuwait

3

0

1

2

2

6

-4 1

0.667

2.00

16.7 -2
67 Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1 0.00 1.333 16.7 -2
68

Bolivia

6

0

1

5

1

20

-19 1

0.167

3.333

8.33 -5
69

Dutch East Indies

1

0

0

1

0

6

-6 0

0.00

6.00

0.00 -1
70

UAE

3

0

0

3

2

11

-9 0

0.667

3.667

0.00 -3
71

Haiti

3

0

0

3

2

14

-12 0

0.667

4.667

0.00 -3
72

Iraq

3

0

0

3

1

4

-3 0

0.333

1.333

0.00 -3
73 Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 -5 0 0.333 2.00 0.00 -3
74

Canada

3

0

0

3

0

5

-5 0

0.00

1.667

0.00 -3
75

China PR

3

0

0

3

0

9

-9 0

0.00

3.00

0.00 -3
76

Congo DR

3

0

0

3

0

14

-14 0

0.00

4.667

0.00 -3
77

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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