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World soccer's supreme title
The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the men's national football teams of the member nations of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

In the eighteen tournaments held, only seven nations have won the title. Brazil is the most successful World Cup team, having won the tournament five times. The current World Champions, Italy, follows with four titles, while Germany holds three. The other former champions are Uruguay (who won the inaugural tournament) and Argentina with two titles each, and England and France with one title each.

The most recent World Cup Finals were held in Germany, where Italy was crowned champions after beating France in the final. The next World Cup Finals will be held in South Africa, from June 11, 2010 to July 11, 2010, and the 2014 Finals will be held in Brazil.
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FIFA World Cup groups Europe:

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5
Portugal Greece Czech Republic Germany Spain
Sweden Israel Poland Russia Turkey
Denmark Switzerland Northern Ireland Finland Belgium
Hungary Moldova Slovakia Wales Bosnia Herzegovina
Albania Latvia Slovenia Azerbaijan Armenia
Malta Luxembourg San Marino Liechtenstein Estonia
Group 6 Group 7 Group 8  Group 9   
Croatia France Italy Holland  
ENGLAND Romania Bulgaria Scotland  
Ukraine Serbia Republic of Ireland Iceland  
Belarus Lithuania Cyprus Norway  
Kazahkstan Austria Georgia Macedonia  
Andorra Faroe Islands Montenegro    

World Cup Tournament News

Mexico out to banish bogeymen blues

If the the head-to-head record between the two sides is anything to go by, Mexico will have their work cut out when they meet Germany in the semi-finals at Russia 2017.

Germany-Mexico: Six things to watch out for

As the current kings of world football prepare to square up with CONCACAF's latest conquerors for a spot in the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 final, we look at six points to watch out for as Germany meet Mexico.

Ter Stegen, heir to Germany’s goalkeeping throne

Germany’s match against Cameroon officially marked the end of their goalkeeper rotation policy, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen can consider himself one of the team's biggest winners in Russia and the heir apparent to Manuel Neuer’s throne.

An equal playing field, atop a mountain

FIFA.com takes a closer look at a remarkable undertaking by the Equal Playing Field Initiative: the highest altitude football match in the game's history, to raise awareness of gender equality.

FIFA World Football Museum introduces new cultural programme
Podium discussions, readings, film evenings and a special exhibition: The FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich is set to launch its first cultural programme in July 2017.
Preview: Germany v Mexico
The second semi-final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 sees reigning world champions Germany take on CONCACAF kings Mexico.
The dream is real for Bruno Alves
Bruno Alves speaks to FIFA.com about his joy at representing Portugal and why a final in Saint Petersburg would hold particular significance for him.
Sport 4 Life, football for all

FIFA.com visited Sport 4 Life UK to see the impact the UK-based charity - backed by FIFA's Football For Hope programme - is having on young people, improving their employability and life skills through the power of football.

Preview: Portugal v Chile

The reigning European champions meet the reigning two-time Copa America champions at the Kazan Arena at 21:00 (local time) on Wednesday to fight it out for a place in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

Group stage deemed a success by FIFA and LOC
After ten days and 12 matches played, the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 came to its first rest day, when representatives from FIFA and the Local Organising Committee provided the media with a wrap-up of the group stage. 
Confederations Cup set for memorable Closing Ceremony
It is not yet known which teams will walk out at the Saint Petersburg Stadium to fight it out for the Tournament of Champions winners’ trophy, but one thing is for sure: the fans can expect a memorable Closing Ceremony.
Werner stakes his claim as Klose's successor

Timo Werner looked to have fired another blank in his fourth senior international outing for Germany, but eventually netted his first two goals for the side in the victory over Cameroon. He spoke about his performance afterwards, while Joachim Low praised the Leipzig striker's showing.

Ambitious Socceroos hailed by the best

Australia may have missed a ticket to the Confederations Cup semi-final but they have grown enormously after three challenging matches in Russia, which augers well for their upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Hudson: We can reach the World Cup
Despite a winless Confederations Cup, New Zealand are looking ahead and are more confident than ever of overcoming the odds to return to Russia next summer.
Chile make their point

After Chile’s 1-1 draw with Australia on Sunday saw them advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, we take a closer look at the match and at their chances of progressing past Portugal.

Lions take away the positives

After picking up a point in Russia, Cameroon and Hugo Broos leave the FIFA Confederations Cup with sights set on being back in 12 months time, a stronger unit for it.

El Tri: A team of two halves

Mexico performed far better in the second halves of their group-phase matches at Russia 2017 than in the first. We look at the reasons why.

Germany ease through, Aussies make Chile sweat

While both Group B favourites at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 successfully navigated their way to the semi-finals, Germany and Chile enjoyed very different matches against Cameroon and Australia respectively. FIFA.com rounds up the action.

Germany beat ten-man Cameroon to win group

Germany defeated Cameroon 3-1 to finish top of Group B at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi in front of 30,230 fans.

Point enough for Chile to progress
Chile reached the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-finals after coming from behind to draw 1-1 against Australia in front of 33,639 fans in Moscow.

 

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20 Aug 08 Kazakhstan v Andorra
6 Sep 08 Andorra v ENGLAND
6 Sep 08 Croatia v Kazakhstan
6 Sep 08 Ukraine v Belarus
10 Sep 08 Croatia v ENGLAND
10 Sep 08 Andorra v Belarus
10 Sep 08 Kazakhstan v Ukraine
11 Oct 08 ENGLAND v Kazakhstan
11 Oct 08 Ukraine v Croatia
15 Oct 08 Belarus v ENGLAND
15 Oct 08 Croatia v Andorra
1 Apr 09 ENGLAND v Ukraine
1 Apr 09 Andorra v Croatia
1 Apr 09 Kazakhstan v Belarus
6 Jun 09 Kazakhstan v ENGLAND
6 Jun 09 Croatia v Ukraine
6 Jun 09 Belarus v Andorra
10 Jun 09 ENGLAND v Andorra
10 Jun 09 Ukraine v Kazakhstan
19 Aug 09 Belarus v Croatia
5 Sep 09 Ukraine v Andorra
5 Sep 09 Croatia v Belarus
9 Sep 09 ENGLAND v Croatia
9 Sep 09 Belarus v Ukraine
9 Sep 09 Andorra v Kazakhstan
10 Oct 09 Ukraine v ENGLAND
10 Oct 09 Belarus v Kazakhstan
14 Oct 09 ENGLAND v Belarus
14 Oct 09 Kazakhstan v Croatia
14 Oct 09 Andorra v Ukraine

 

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