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Who Will Win the World Cup?
There have been a total of 20 World Cup Finals football tournamments. They are held every four years and the inaugural World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930. We should be up to 22 competitions except that the 1942 and 1946 tournamnets were not staged due to World War II.
World Cup Statistics
World Cup Statistics
The record shows that the Brazilians have won the World Cup more often than any other country. Only eight countries have won the World Cup and five of them have won the cup on more than one occasion.
World Cup Rule in Detail
Results to date indicate that the winner of the World Cup will be either the host country or will be a previous winner. However the host country will only win if it has a strong footballing tradition. Of the eight countries that have won the World Cup it is highly unlikely that two of these countries will win the tournament again any time soon.
Although Uruguay have won the World Cup twice, in 1930 & 1950 (when the number of teams involved and the format was radically different to today) it is highly unlikely that they can win the tournament again. With a population of less than 3.5m the odds are greatly stacked against this proud country with a great football tradition. Uruguay have not reached a World Cup final since their last victory in 1950.
Similarly, England has not reached a world Cup final since their one and only victory in 1966. Despite their population and football tradition the English simply aren't producing enough players of a quality to take them all of the way. With the massive influx of foreign talent into the Premier League in recent years English players are becoming increasingly marginalised.
So if you are someone that likes to place a bet then the statistics strongly suggest that you should not look beyond the host country or a previous winner for the next winner.
Health Warning: In 2014 this World Cup rule strongly suggested that hosts, and five-time winners, Brazil should have been red-hot favourites to win the tournament. However they were knocked out of the tournament in the semi-finals by Germany, suffering they're heaviest defeat ever!
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