It is an especially surprising feat, given the country's football scene has been mired in scandal for years. Usually, a range of auspicious factors need to come together for a national football team to have a realistic chance of winning the FIFA World Cup.
The first international tournament, the inaugural British Home Championshiptook place in These were very early days for international football, and the official history of FIFA describes the competition as having been a failure. Great Britain represented by the England national amateur football team won the gold medals.
They repeated the feat at the Summer Olympics in Stockholm. The Lipton tournament was a championship between individual clubs not national teams from different nations, each one of which represented an entire nation.
The competition 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 competition and declined the offer to send a professional team.
West Auckland won the tournament and returned in to successfully defend their title. InFIFA agreed to recognise the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs", and took responsibility for managing the event.
Due to the success of the Olympic football tournaments, FIFA, with President Jules Rimet as the driving force, again started looking at staging its own international tournament outside of the Olympics.
The national associations of selected nations were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay as a venue for the competition meant a long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for European sides. Indeed, no European country pledged to send a team until two months before the start of the competition.
Rimet eventually persuaded teams from BelgiumFranceRomaniaand Yugoslavia to make the trip. In total, 13 nations took part: The issues facing the early World Cup tournaments were the difficulties of intercontinental travel, and war.
Brazil was the only South American team to compete in both. The and competitions, which Germany and Brazil sought to host,  were cancelled due to World War II and its aftermath. Uruguay won the tournament again after defeating the host nation Brazil, in the match called " Maracanazo " Portuguese: In the tournaments between and16 teams competed in each tournament, except inwhen Austria was absorbed into Germany after qualifying, leaving the tournament with 15 teams, and inwhen IndiaScotlandand Turkey withdrew, leaving the tournament with 13 teams.
These teams were usually defeated easily by the European and South American teams. Untilthe only teams from outside Europe and South America to advance out of the first round were: USAsemi-finalists in ; Cubaquarter-finalists in ; North Koreaquarter-finalists in ; and Mexicoquarter-finalists in Since then, teams from these regions have enjoyed more success, with several having reached the quarter-finals: Mexicoquarter-finalists in ; Cameroonquarter-finalists in ; South Koreafinishing in fourth place in ; Senegalalong with USAboth quarter-finalists in ; Ghanaquarter-finalists in ; and Costa Ricaquarter-finalists in Nevertheless, European and South American teams continue to dominate, e.
It cannot be that the European and South American confederations lay claim to the majority of the berths at the World Cup. The competition is to bring all the people of all the world.
In late May, the U. Justice Department announced a count indictment with charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy against 14 people. Department of Justice were announced on the same day.
The U tournament serves as a dress rehearsal for the larger competition. However, the trophy was stolen in and has never been recovered, apparently melted down by the thieves.Jul 07, · The all-European World Cup semifinals at Russia highlight the gap between Europe and the rest of the world.
Closing that gap isn't easy, but . The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, Due to the success of the Olympic football tournaments, FIFA, with President Jules Rimet as the driving force, again started looking at staging its own international tournament outside of the Olympics.
Jul 02, · Watch video · Don't let Russia's World Cup success obscure history of cheating. Russia's World Cup run is celebrated even though soccer players were among those implicated as dopers in investigation. The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Three of the four teams that reached the World Cup semifinals represent Western European societies struggling with immigration and integration.
But the fourth and most surprising consists entirely of local boys from a tiny country.
Croatia’s success has different origins. benjaminpohle.com lists the reasons behind the hosts’ success at the World Cup. A close-knit squad This team has been two years in the making for head coach Stanislav Cherchesov.