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2014 World Cup
Host Nation: Brazil
Champion: Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 after extra time July 13, 2014 at Rio de Janeiro
Number of Countries Competing: 32
Average Goals Per Game: 2.7
Average Attendance: 53,592
Golden Ball (MVP): Lionel Messi, Argentina
Leading Scorers: James, Colombia (6)
USA Performance: Qualfied through CONCACAF. Finished second in Group G after defeating Ghana 2-1, tying Portugal 2-2 and losing to Germany 1-0. Lost to Belgium 2-1 after extra time in Round of 16. Goals by Clint Dempsey (2), John Brooks, Jermaine Jones and Julian Green.

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2010 World Cup
Host Nation: South Africa
Champion: Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time July 11, 2010 at Johannesburg
Number of Countries Competing: 32
Average Goals Per Game: 2.3
Average Attendance: 49,670
Golden Ball (MVP): Diego Forlan, Uruguay
Leading Scorers: Thomas Muller, Germany; David Villa, Spain; Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands; Diego Forlan, Uruguay (5)
USA Performance: Qualfied through CONCACAF. Won Group C after tying England 1-1, tying Slovenia 2-2 and defeating Algeria 1-0. Lost to Ghana 2-1 after extra time in Round of 16. Goals by Landon Donovan (3), Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.

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2006 World Cup
Host Nation: Germany
Champion: Italy defeated France 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw July 9, 2006 at Berlin
Number of Countries Competing: 32
Average Goals Per Game: 2.3
Average Attendance: 52,313
Golden Ball (MVP): Zenedine Zidane, France
Leading Scorer: Miroslav Klose, Germany (5)
USA Performance: Qualified through CONCACAF. Lost to Czech Republic 3-0, tied Italy 1-1 and lost to Ghana 2-1 in group play. Goal by Clint Dempsey and an own goal by Italy.

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2002 World Cup
Host Nations: Japan and Korea
Champion: Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 June 30, 2002 at Yokohama, Japan
Number of Countries Competing: 32
Average Goals Per Game: 2.5
Average Attendance: 42,269
Golden Ball (MVP): Oliver Kahn, Germany
Leading Scorer: Ronaldo, Brazil (8)
USA Performance: Qualified through CONCACAF. Lost in quarterfinals 1-0 to Germany after defeating Mexico 2-0 in Round of 16. Defeated Portugal 3-2, tied South Korea 1-1 and lost to Poland 3-1 in group play. Goals by Landon Donovan (2), Brian McBride (2), John O’Brien and Clint Mathis and an own goal by Portugal.

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1998 World Cup
Host Nation: France
Champion: France defeated Brazil 3-0 July 12, 1998 at Paris
Number of Countries Competing: 32
Average Goals Per Game: 2.7
Average Attendance: 43,366
Golden Ball (MVP): Ronaldo, Brazil
Leading Scorer: Davor Suker, Croatia (6)
USA Performance: Qualified through CONCACAF. Lost 2-0 to Germany, 2-1 to Iran and 1-0 to Yugoslavia in group play. Goal by Brian McBride.

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1994 World Cup
Host Nation: USA
Champion: Brazil defeated Italy 3-2 on penalties after 0-0 draw July 17, 1994 at Pasadena
Number of Countries Competing: 24
Average Goals Per Game: 2.7
Average Attendance: 68,982
Golden Ball (MVP): Romario, Brazil
Leading Scorer: Oleg Salenko, Russia and Hristo Stoitchkov, Bulgaria (6)
USA Performance: Qualified as host. Lost in Round of 16 1-0 to Brazil. Tied Switzerland 1-1, defeated Colombia 2-1 and lost to Romania 1-0 in group play. Goals by Eric Wynalda and Earnie Stewart and an own goal by Colombia.

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1990 World Cup
Host Nation: Italy
Champion: West Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 July 8, 1990 at Rome
Number of Countries Competing: 24
Average Goals Per Game: 2.2
Average Attendance: 48,391
Golden Ball (MVP): Toto Schillaci, Italy
Leading Scorer: Toto Schillaci, Italy (6)
USA Performance: Qualified through CONCACAF. Lost to Czechoslovakia 5-1, Italy 1-0 and Austria 2-1 in group play. Goals by Paul Caliguiri and Bruce Murray.

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1986 World Cup
Host Nation: Mexico
Champion: Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 June 29, 1986 at Mexico City
Number of Countries Competing: 24
Average Goals Per Game: 2.5
Average Attendance: 46,020
Golden Ball (MVP): Diego Maradona, Argentina
Leading Scorer: Gary Lineker, England (6)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1982 World Cup
Host Nation: Spain
Champion: Italy defeated West Germany 3-1 July 11, 1982 at Madrid
Number of Countries Competing: 24
Average Goals Per Game: 2.8
Average Attendance: 40,552
Golden Ball (MVP): Paolo Rossi, Italy
Leading Scorer: Paolo Rossi, Italy (6)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1978 World Cup
Host Nation: Argentina
Champion: Argentina defeated Holland 3-1 (OT) June 25, 1978 at Buenos Aires
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 2.7
Average Attendance: 44,358
Leading Scorer: Mario Kempes, Argentina (6)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1974 World Cup
Host Nation: West Germany
Champion: West Germany 2, Holland 1 July 7, 1974 at Munich
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 2.6
Average Attendance: 47,630
Leading Scorer: Grzegorz Lato, Poland (7)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1970 World Cup
Host Nation: Mexico
Champion: Brazil defeated Italy 4-1 June 21, 1970 at Mexico City
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 3.0
Average Attendance: 52,840
Leading Scorer: Gerd Muller, West Germany (10)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1966 World Cup
Host Nation: England
Champion: England defeated West Germany 4-2 (OT) July 30, 1966 at London
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 2.8
Average Attendance: 45,780
Leading Scorer: Eusebio, Portugal (9)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1962 World Cup
Host Nation: Chile
Champion: Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1 June 17, 1962 at Santiago
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 2.8
Average Attendance: 27,900
Leading Scorer: Drazen Jerkovic, Yugoslavia (5)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1958 World Cup
Host Nation: Sweden
Champion: Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 June 29, 1958 at Stockholm
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 3.6
Average Attendance: 23,411
Leading Scorer: Just Fontaine, France (13 – record)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1954 World Cup
Host Nation: Switzerland
Champion: West Germany defeated Hungary 3-2 July 4, 1954 at Berne
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 5.3
Average Attendance: 33,358
Leading Scorer: Sandor Kocsis, Hungary (11)
USA Performance: Did not qualify

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1950 World Cup
Host Nation: Brazil
Champion: Uruguay defeated Brazil 2-1 July 16, 1950 at Rio de Janeiro
Number of Countries Competing: 13
Average Goals Per Game: 4.0
Average Attendance: 47,489
Leading Scorer: Ademir, Brazil (7)
USA Performance: Qualified. Lost to Spain 3-1, defeated England 1-0 and lost to Chile 5-2 in group play. Goals by Joe Gaetjens, Joe Maca, John Souza and Frank Wallace.

The World Cup was not held in 1942 or 1946 due to World War II

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1938 World Cup
Host Nation: France
Champion: Italy defeated Hungary 4-2 June 19, 1938 at Paris
Number of Countries Competing: 15
Average Goals Per Game: 4.7
Average Attendance: 20,889
Leading Scorer: Leonidas, Brazil (8)
USA Performance: Did not qualify.

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1934 World Cup
Host Nation: Italy
Champion: Italy defeated Czechoslovakia 2-1 (OT) June 10, 1934 at Rome
Number of Countries Competing: 16
Average Goals Per Game: 4.1
Average Attendance: 21,235
Leading Scorer: Angelo Schiavio, Italy; Oldrich Nejedly, Czechoslovakia; and Edmund Conen, Germany (4)
USA Performance: Qualified by beating Mexico 4-2. Lost to Italy 7-1 in first-round match. Goal by Aldo Donelli.

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1930 World Cup
Host Nation: Uruguay
Champion: Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 July 30, 1930 at Montevideo
Number of Countries Competing: 13
Average Goals Per Game: 3.8
Average Attendance: 32,739
Leading Scorer: Guillermo Stabile, Argentina (8)
USA Performance: Invited. Lost to Argentina 6-1 in Semifinals. Defeated Belgium 3-0 and Paraguay 3-0 in first round matches. Goals by Bert Patenaude (3), Bart McGhee (2), James Brown and Thomas Florie.