07 Oct FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup, often just called the World Cup, is an worldwide association football competition contested by the older men’s national groups of the members of their F??d??ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship was given every four years since the inaugural championship in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 as it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
The present format of the competition involves a eligibility period, which currently takes place within the previous three years, to determine which teams qualify for the championship phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. Next, 32 teams, including the mechanically qualifying host country (s), compete in the tournament period for the title at places within the host nation(s) within a span of roughly a month.
The 21 World Cup championships have been won by eight national teams. Brazil have won five occasions, and they are the only group to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Germany and Italy, with four titles each; Argentina, France and inaugural winner Uruguay, with just two titles each; and England and Spain with one title each.
The World Cup is the most prestigious institution football tournament in the world, as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative viewership of matches of the 2006 World Cup was estimated to become 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a continuation of the entire population of Earth. 
17 states have hosted the World Cup. Brazil, France, Italy, Germany and Mexico have each hosted double, while Uruguay, Switzerland, Sweden, Chile, England, Argentina, Spain, the USA, Japan and South Korea (jointly), South Africa and Russia have each hosted formerly. Qatar are intended as hosts of this 2022 finals, also 2026 will be jointly hosted by Canada, the USA and Mexico, which will give Mexico the distinction of becoming the first country to have hosted matches in 3 finals.
The world’s first international football game was a challenge match played in Glasgow in 1872 between Scotland and England, which ended in a 0–0 draw. The first global tournament, the British Home Championship, happened in 1884.  As football grew in popularity in other parts of the world at the onset of the 20th century, it had been held as a demonstration game with no medals awarded at the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics (however, the International Olympic Committee has retroactively updated their status to official events), and at the 1906 Intercalated Games. 
Following FIFA was founded in 1904, it strove to organize an global soccer tournament involving nations away from the Olympic framework in Switzerland in 1906. These were very early days for international football, and also the official history of FIFA clarifies the rivalry as having been a failure. 
At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, soccer became a formal contest. Planned by The Football Association (FA), England’s soccer governing body, the occasion was for amateur players only and was regarded suspiciously as a series as opposed to a contest. Great Britain (represented by the England national amateur soccer team) won the gold awards. They repeated the feat at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
Together with the Olympic event continuing to be contested between amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton organised the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy tournament in Turin in 1909. The Lipton tournament was a championship involving individual clubs (not federal teams) from various countries, each one of which represented an entire nation. The contest is sometimes described as The First World Cup, and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland, but the FA of England refused to be associated with the rivalry and declined the offer to send a team. Lipton invited West Auckland, an amateur side from County Durham, to represent England instead. West Auckland won the tournament and returned in 1911 to successfully defend their title.
Back in 1914, FIFA consented to recognise the Olympic championship as a”world soccer championship for amateurs”, also took responsibility for managing the event.  This paved the way for the world’s first intercontinental football competition, in the 1920 Summer Olympics, contested by Egypt and 13 European groups, and won by Belgium.  Uruguay won the following two Olympic soccer tournaments in 1924 and 1928. Those were the initial two open world championships, as 1924 was the start of FIFA’s professional age.