National teams world champions (football)

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This article collects the national teams world champions FIFA. The two competitions that award said official[1] title was the two Olympic Tournaments of 1924 and 1928 (organised by the IOC together FIFA) and the current FIFA World Cup (from 1930).[2]

History[change | change source]

Uruguay in the international plane has attained two World Cup (the first edition of 1930 and the edition of 1950) and has won two Gold Medals in the Olympic Games (in 1924 and 1928), the two only editions recognised by FIFA like championships of the world (until 2021, when the recognition was placed sub iudice).[3] The decision took in 1924.[4][5]

Although the FIFA does not promote the statistical unification of the tournaments, the legitimacy of the titles also was coming confirmed by the fact that the world-wide federation allowed to the National football team of Uruguay to show 4 stars in the T-shirt (also in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, unlike other teams that are used to plant the stars to evoke continental triumphs, as traditionally they do the African selections). According to the regulation of the FIFA, each star is equivalent to a world-wide conquered.[6]

Another confirmation was coming from of a book published by the FIFA and that contains a section that certifies, with vintage official documents, the position of Uruguay like four times "World Champion of the FIFA".[2]

In 2021, FIFA asked the Uruguayan federation to remove 2 stars from the game uniform. This was confirmed by the director of competitions and member of the Executive Council of the Uruguayan Football Association, Jorge Casales. Casales stated that the AUF will try to appeal the decision, showing that the two championships Olympics of 1924 and 1928, were recognized as world championships. The media wrote that the decision would be made by the FIFA Council as in the case of the Intercontinental Cup.[7] In October, FIFA definitively recognized the world titles in question as official.[8][9]

List by winners[change | change source]

Team Titles Years
Brazil 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Germany 4 (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
Italia 4 (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
Uruguay 4 (1924, 1928, 1930, 1950)
Argentina 3 (1978, 1986, 2022)
France 2 (1998, 2018)
England 1 (1966)
Spain 1 (2010)
  • Olympic tournament (official name in English)
  • Men's Olympic Football Tournament)
  • Officially recognized by FIFA as the world-wide title.

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  1. "Official (plural officials), from the Latin officiālis.1. The official word is also used to refer to what is recognized or derives from an authority. cfr. "Official, definition". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) 2. Approved by the government or someone in power. cfr. "official". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) It is synonymous with legal, legitimate, approved. cfr. "Synonyms for official". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 (ed.). "London 2012: "No doubts exist. Uruguay are four time FIFA World Champions"". Archived from the original on July 13, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  3. El País de Madrid, ed. (June 5, 2016). "Uruguay: dos Mundiales, cuatro estrellas". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved Aug 28, 2019.
  4. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (ed.). "FIFA WORLD CUP™ ORIGIN" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on February 24, 2021. Retrieved November 29, 2007.
  5. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (ed.). "Orígenes de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived (PDF) from the original on July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  6., ed. (June 30, 2018). "¿Por qué Uruguay tiene cuatro estrellas en su escudo si sólo ha ganado dos Mundiales?" (in Spanish).
  7., ed. (August 3, 2021). "La FIFA pidió que se saquen las cuatro estrellas de la camiseta de Uruguay" (in Spanish).
  8., ed. (October 1, 2021). "Uruguay mantiene las cuatro estrellas en su escudo" (in Spanish).
  9., ed. (October 1, 2021). "La selección de Uruguay continuará exhibiendo las cuatro estrellas en su escudo" (in Spanish).