Winning the World Cup is every country’s dream. Hoisting the trophy in different continents is a feat reserved for the great. Read here to find out if a national team has done it.
Throughout the history of the world Cup, there were incredible records that seemed impossible to reach. For instance, Brazil becomes the first team to win three tournaments (1958, 1962, 1970) and obtains the right to retain the Jules Rimet trophy.
The three rounds is another incredible challenge that has never been done. Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil (1958, 1962) are the only national teams that have come close in winning the tournament in two consecutive editions. However, three consecutive times could be an unreachable record for eternity.
Another difficult challenge for any national team is to win the world Cup in different continents. For many decades, the America–Europe rivalry almost depended on who did it first. Read here to find out if any country has conquered this massive enterprise.
How many teams have won the World Cup on different continents?
In the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, Brazil conquered what seemed impossible. For the first time in history, a national team has won the trophy outside of its home continent. Uruguay won in America (1930, 1950), Italy did it in Europe (1934, 1938) and Germany also (1954).
The greatness of this feat led by a 17-year-old Pele came into its own when decades began to pass and no one could repeat the feat. So, Brazil did it again. In the 2002 World Cup in Japan-South Korea, the Verdeamarela became the first and only team to win the trophy in three different continents (America, Asia and Europe).
In 2014, Germany finally broke that barrier too. The Mannschaft gave a spectacular performance in Brazil and became the second team win the world Cup in two different continents. Now in Qatar 2022they could join Brazil with a title on three continents.