The FIFA World Cup 2022 will soon kick off in Qatar later this year. There is a lot of hype surrounding the competition as most of the top teams will fancy their chances of securing the biggest prize in the world of football come December.
All 32 nations will be hopeful about their chances of finding some success in Qatar when the competition takes place in the Middle East for the first time in its history.
Ahead of the World Cup kicking off on November 20, 2022, let’s take a look at the five most successful countries in the competition’s history.
1. Brazil – 5
Brazil remains the most successful nation in the tournament as they have won the world cup five times so far. The South American country has dominated the men’s edition of the competition throughout the years after winning it in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.
Two decades have passed since Brazil last lifted the famous trophy. However, with world-class players such as Vinicius Junior and Neymar Jr. in their ranks, we can expect them to be eager to do well when they travel to Qatar later this year.
2. Germany – 4
Germany has emerged victorious in the competition four times after winning it in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014. West Germany won the first three while Germany, as a unified country, recently lifted the trophy in Brazil back in 2014.
3. Italy – 4
Italy won its first World Cup back in 1934. Since then, they have gone on to win the competition three more times in 1938 (defending champions), 1982, and most recently in 2006 when they won the final beating France on penalties.
4. Argentina – 2
In 1978, Argentina created history by winning its first World Cup. Eight years, they won the competition once again in Mexico after they defeated West Germany by a 3-2 scoreline.
The South American nation would be optimistic about their chances of success in this edition of the competition as this might be Lionel Messi‘s last every world cup with the Argentine superstar turning 35 earlier this year.
5. France – 2
France won the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil as they beat Brazil in the final. They are currently the defending world champions after their recent success in 2018 when Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and co. lifted the famous trophy in Russia.
In addition to Argentina and France, Uruguay has also won the World Cup two times in its history thus far. They won the first-ever edition of the competition in 1930 before going on to win it again in 1950.