Football is a popular sport which is played worldwide by more than 1.5 million teams and 300,000 clubs. Since football was born, it has changed the world of sport, media and leisure. A lot of men like playing football in their leisure. Some people may not play it, but they still watch it through media. Not only men but also women like this sport. In 1930, a football association was founded. It is called FIFA World Cup which is an international football competition opening to all qualified football teams. This competition has been held every four years since 1930 except 1942 and 1946 because of World War II. World Cup has been held for 19 times already, and here is the list of top 10 World Cup countries:
1. Brazil is the most successful country among all the countries around the world. Brazil has won five titles in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil is also the only country whose national teams have played in every tournament for 19 times of World Cup since 1930 without any qualified playoff. Moreover, Brazil is the most successful national team in the FIFA Confederation Cup with 4 titles; currently, it is the holder of FIFA Confederation Cup after winning the edition of tournaments in 2013. Now, Brazil is the 4th FIFA world ranking team for 2014.
2. Italy is the 2nd most successful national football team who has won 4 World Cup Champions in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. They have appeared in 18 World Cup tournaments since 1934 and appeared in two finals in 1970 and 1994. Italy was also a winner of European Championship in 1968 and the 3rd place of Confederations Cup in 2013. Italy is the 9th FIFA world ranking team in 2014 World Cup.
3. Germany After Brazil and Italy, Germany is also considered as a successful national football team who was the World Cup winner in 1954, 1974 and 1990. Germany has appeared in World Cup tournament for 17 times since its first appearance in 1934. Germany was also the European Championship winner in 1972, 1980 and 1996. Furthermore, Germany was also the 3rd place Confederations Cup in 2005. Recently, Germany has been voted as the 2nd FIFA world ranking who has scored 1340 points.
4. Argentina has appeared in World Cup for 15 times since 1930 and has won 2 World Cup champions in 1978 and 1986. Also, Argentina has attended Copa America for 39 times and won 14 titles. Argentina was also the winner of Confederation Cup champion in 1992. Nowadays, Argentina is the 6th FIFA world ranking.
5. Uruguay firstly joined World Cup in 1930 and has appeared for 12 times. Uruguay was the winner of World Cup champion for 2 times—1930 and 1950. Uruguay also joined Copa America for 41 times and won 15 titles. In Confederations Cup, Uruguay was the 4th place in 1997 and 2013. In 2014 FIFA world ranking, Uruguay is the sixth team on the ranking table.
6. England initially took part World Cup in 1950 and has appeared for 13 times. As a consequence, England won the World Cup champion in 1966. England has also contested in European Championship. England got the 3rd place in 1968 and reached semi-finals in 1996, which is their best performance. For the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014, England is standing for the 11th in the ranking table.
7. France has participated in World Cup competition since 1930 and appeared in the tournament for 14 times. France was the winner of FIFA World Cup title in 1998. In addition, France has appeared 8 times in European Championship and won 2 titles in 1984 and 2000. France was also the winner of Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003. France used to be the top one in FIFA rankings in 2000, and now France stands in the 17th place in 2014 FIFA world ranking table.
8. Spain joined World Cup tournament for the first time in 1934 and has appeared for 14 times already. By the way, Spain has got only one title. Spain is currently the holder of World Cup champion in 2010. Spain has also participated in several football competitions such as European Championship, Summer Olympics and Confederations Cup. Spain has won several titles as well. At the present time, Spain is the top on FIFA world ranking 2014 which has got 1460 points.
9. Portugal was firstly qualified for FIFA World Cup in 1966 and got the 3rd place at that time too. In 2006, Portugal won the 4th place of FIFA World Cup. Portugal was also awarded a FIFA World Cup Most Entertaining Team in 2006. What’s more, Portugal has also taken part in European Championship since 1984 and has appeared in the tournaments for 6 times. Currently, Portugal hosts the 3rd FIFA world ranking team in 2014.
10. Colombia was qualified in participating in FIFA World Cup in 1962. Until now, Colombia has joined World Cup for 5 times already. Besides World Cup, Colombia has also taken part in other football competitions such as Copa America, CONCACAF Gold Cup and Confederation Cup. In 2014, Colombia not only qualifies for World Cup but also stands in the top 5 of FIFA World Ranking 2014. Being as the fifth team of world ranking, Colombia gets 1186 points.