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Rankings

Year Rank Teams Stage Reached P W D L F A GD Pts
1930

Did not enter competition

1934
1938
1950 8 13 First Phase Group 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2
1954 7 16 Quarterfinal 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 3
1958 10 16 First Phase Group Playoff 4 0 3 1 4 5 -1 3
1962 8 16 Quarterfinal 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 3
1966 1 16 Final 6 5 1 0 11 3 +8 11
1970 8 16 Quarterfinal 4 2 0 2 4 4 =0 4
1974

Failed to qualify for finals

1978
1982 6 24 Second Phase Group 5 3 2 0 6 1 +5 8
1986 8 24 Quarterfinal 5 2 1 2 7 3 +4 5
1990 4 24 Semi-final and Third Place Match 7 3 3 1 8 6 +2 9
1994

Failed to qualify for finals

1998 9 32

Round of 16 Teams

4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7
2002 6 32

Quarterfinal

5 2 2 1 6 3 +3 8
2006 7 32

Quarterfinal

5 3 2 0 6 2 +4 11
2010 13 32 Round of 16 Teams 4 1 2 1 3 5 -2 4
2014 tbc 32 First Phase Group 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1

Notes

Except for the 1930 and 1950 tournaments, the final match determined first and second place and the third place match determined third and fourth place.  Rankings beyond those determined by final and third place matches are unofficial and are based on, in order,  stage of the competition reached, points earned, goal difference and number of goals scored.  In 1930, no third place match was held.  In 1950, the championship was conducted through group play rather than semi-final and final matches, and the first four places were determined by points earned in this "final pool" of four teams.

To and including the 1990 final tournament, two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw.  In the 1994 and later tournaments, a win earned three points and a draw one. 

Matches ending with the score level after extra time are recorded as draws under accepted custom.  The ensuing penalty kicks contest determines only which team advances to the competition's next stage, not the result of the match.

World Cup Final Tournament Ranking by Merit 1930-2014
Rank

Team

First Second Third Fourth Finalist Semi-finalist
1 Brazil 5 2 2 2 7 11
2 Germany/
West Germany
4 4 3 1 8 12
3 Italy 3 2 1 1 5 7
4 Argentina 2 3 0 0 5 5
5 Uruguay 2 0 0 3 2 5
6 France 1 0 2 1 1 4
7 England 1 0 0 1 1 2
Spain 1 0 0 1 0 2
9 Netherlands 0 3 1 1 2 5
10= Czechoslovakia 0 2 0 0 2 2
Hungary 0 2 0 0 2 2
12 Sweden 0 1 2 1 1 4
13 Poland 0 0 2 0 0 2
14= Austria 0 0 1 1 0 2
Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1 0 2
16= USA 0 0 1 0 0 1
Chile 0 0 1 0 0 1
Portugal 0 0 1 0 0 1
Croatia 0 0 1 0 0 1
Turkey 0 0 1 0 0 1
21= USSR 0 0 0 1 0 1
Belgium 0 0 0 1 0 1
Bulgaria 0 0 0 1 0 1
Korean Republic 0 0 0 1 0 1

Notes

Because no official third place match was held at the 1930 tournament in Uruguay, we have credited both the beaten semi-finalists, the U.S.A. and Yugoslavia, with a third place finish in that competition (which explains why the table lists 17 third placers and only 15 fourth placers in the 16 final tournaments).

There were no semi-final and final matches at the 1950 tournament in Brazil because the championship was decided by group play between the four teams that survived the first round of the competition--Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden and Spain.  We have counted these teams' participation in this "final pool" as a semi-final appearance, and, since the last match between Uruguay and Brazil, the teams that finished first and second in the final pool, was tantamount to a final match, we have counted that match as a final match appearance.  

World Cup Final Tournament Ranking by Points 1930-2014
Rank Team P W D L F A GD Pts FAv AAv Pts% W/L
1

Brazil

104

70 17 17 221 102 +119 157 2.125 0.981 75.5 +53
2

Germany/
West Germany

106

66 20

20

224

121

+103 152

2.113

1.142

71.7 +46
3

Italy

83

45

21

17

126

77

+51 111

1.518

0.928

66.9 +28
4

Argentina

77

42

14

21

131

84

+47 98

1.701

1.091

63.6 +21
5

England

62 26 20 16 79 56 +23 72 1.274 0.903 58.1 +10
6

Spain

59

29

12

18

92

66

+26 70

1.559

1.119

59.3 +11
7

France

59

28

12

19

106

71

+35 68

1.778

1.259

57.6 +9
8

Netherlands

50

27 12

11

86

48

+38 66 1.72 0.96 66.0 +16
9

Uruguay

51

20

12

19

80

71

+9 52

1.569

1.392

51.0 +1
10

Sweden

46

16

13

17

74

69

+5 45

1.609

1.50

48.9 -1
11

Russia/USSR

40

17

8

15

66

47

+19 42

1.65

1.175

52.5 +2
12

Mexico

53

14

14

25

57

91

-34 42

1.075

1.717

45.1 -11
13

Yugoslavia

37

16

8

13

60

46

+14 40

1.622

1.243

54.1 +3
14

Belgium

41

14

9

18

52

66

-14 37

1.268

1.61

45.1 -4
15

Poland

31

15

5

11

44

40

+4 35

1.419

1.29

56.5 +4
16

Hungary

32

15

3

14

87

57

+30 33

2.719

1.781

51.6 +1
17

Portugal

26

13

4

9

43

29

+14 30

1.654

1.115

57.7 +4
18

Czechoslovakia/
Czech Republic

33

12

5

16

47

49

-2 29

1.424

1.485

43.9 -4
19

Chile

33

11

7

15

40

49

-9 29

1.212

1.485

43.9 -4
20

Austria

29

12

4

13

43

47

-4 28

1.483

1.621

48.3 -1
21

Switzerland

33

11

6

16

45

59

-14 28

1.364

1.788

42.4 -5
22

Paraguay

27

7

10

10

30

38

-8 24

1.111

1.407

44.4 -3
23

USA

33

8

6

19

37

62

-25 22

1.121

1.879

40.0 -11
24

Romania

21

8

5

8

30

32

-2 21

1.428

1.524

50.0 =0
25

Denmark

16

8

2

6

27

24

=3 18

1.688

1.50

56.3 +2
26

Korea Republic

31

5

9

17

31

67

-36 19

1.00

2.161

30.6 -12
27

Croatia

16

7

2

7

21

17

+4 16

1.313

1.063

50.0 =0
28

Colombia

18

7

2

9

26

27

-1 16

1.444

1.50

44.4 -2
29

Scotland

23

4

7

12

25

41

-16 15

1.087

1.783

32.6 -8
30

Cameroon

23

4

7

12

18

43

-25 15

0.783

1.87

32.6 -8
31

Costa Rica

15

5

4

6

17

23

-6 14

1.133

1.533

46.7 -1
32

Bulgaria

26

3

8

15

22

53

-31 14

0.846

2.038

26.9 -12
33

Nigeria

18

5

3

10

20

26

-6 13

1.111

1.444

36.1 -5
34

Republic of Ireland

13

2

8

3

10

10

=0 12

0.769

0.769

46.1 -1
35

Japan

17

4

4

9

14

22

-8 12

0.824

1.294

35.3 -5
36

Turkey

10

5

1

4

20

17

+3 11

2.00

1.70

55.0 +1
37 Ghana 12 4 3 5 13 16 -3 11 1.083 1.333 45.8 -1
38

Northern Ireland

13

3

5

5

13

23

-10 11

1.00

1.769

42.3 -2
39

Peru

15

4

3

8

19

31

-12 11

1.267

2.067

36.7 -4
40

Ecuador

10

4

1

5

10

11

-1 9

1.00

1.10

45.0 -1
41

Algeria

13

3

3

7

13

19

-6 9

1.00

1.462

34.6 -4
42

South Africa

9

2

4

3

11

16

-5 8

1.222

1.778

44.4 -1
43

Morocco

13

2

4

7

12

18

-6 8

0.923

1.385

30.8 -5
44

Norway

8

2

3

3

7

8

-1 7

0.875

1.00

43.4 -1
45 Côte d'Ivoire 9 3 1 5 13 14 -1 7 1.444 1.556 38.9 -2
46

Australia

13

2

3

8

11

26

-15 7

0.846

2.00

26.9 -6
47

Senegal

5

2

2

1

7

6

+1 6

1.40

1.20

60.0 +1
48

GDR

6

2

2

2

5

5

0 6

0.833

0.833

50.0 =0
49

Greece

10

2

2

6

5

20

-15 6

0.50

2.00

30.0 -4
50

Tunisia

12

1

4

7

8

17

-9 6

0.667

1.417

50.0 -6
51

Saudi Arabia

13

2

2

9

9

32

-23 6

0.692

2.462

23.1 -7
52 Ukraine 5 2 1 2 5 7 -2 5 1.00 1.40 50.0 =0
53

Wales

5

1

3

1

4

4

=0 5

0.80

0.80

50.0 =0
54

Iran

12

1

3

8

7

22

-15 5

0.583

1.833

20.8 -7
55

Cuba

3

1

1

1

5

12

-7 3

1.667

4.00

50.0 =0
56 Slovakia 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 3 1.25 1.75 37.5 -1
57

Slovenia

6

1

1

4

5

10

-5 3

0.833

1.667

25.0 -3
58

New Zealand

6

0

3

3

4

14

-10 3

0.667

2.333

25.0 -3
59

DPR Korea

7

1

1

5

6

21

-15 3

0.857

3.00

21.4 -4
60

Honduras

9

0

3

6

3

14

-11 3

0.333

1.556

16.7 -6
61

Bosnia & Herzegovina

3

1

0

2

4

4

-0 2

1.333

1.333

33.3 -1
62

Jamaica

3

1

0

2

3

9

-6 2

1.00

3.00

33.3 -1
63 Angola 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2 0.333 0.667 33.3 -1
64

Israel

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2 2

0.333

1.00

33.3 -1
66

Egypt

4

0

2

2

3

6

-3 2

0.75

1.50

25.0 -2
67 Serbia & Montenegro/
Serbia
6 1 0 5 4 13 -9 2 0.667 2.167 16.7 -4
68

Kuwait

3

0

1

2

2

6

-4 1

0.667

2.00

16.7 -2
69 Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1 0.00 1.333 16.7 -2
70

Bolivia

6

0

1

5

1

20

-19 1

0.167

3.333

8.33 -5
71

Dutch East Indies

1

0

0

1

0

6

-6 0

0.00

6.00

0.00 -1
72

UAE

3

0

0

3

2

11

-9 0

0.667

3.667

0.00 -3
73

Haiti

3

0

0

3

2

14

-12 0

0.667

4.667

0.00 -3
74

Iraq

3

0

0

3

1

4

-3 0

0.333

1.333

0.00 -3
75 Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 -5 0 0.333 2.00 0.00 -3
76

Canada

3

0

0

3

0

5

-5 0

0.00

1.667

0.00 -3
77

China PR

3

0

0

3

0

9

-9 0

0.00

3.00

0.00 -3
78

Congo DR

3

0

0

3

0

14

-14 0

0.00

4.667

0.00 -3
79

El Salvador

6

0

0

6

1

22

-21 0

0.167

3.667

0.00 -6

Notes

The points totals have been calculated on the basis of two points for a win and one for a draw, the practice to and including the 1990 tournament, rather than three points for a win and one point for a draw, the practice in World Cup tournaments since 1994.  Again, matches ending with the score level after extra time are recorded as draws under accepted custom since the ensuing penalty kicks contest determines only which team advances to the competition's next stage, not the result of the match.

Where teams have the same number of points, we have given the higher ranking to, in order, the team that has played the fewer matches, the team with the higher number of wins, the team with the better goal difference, the team with the more goals scored, then those with the least goals conceded.

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