Countries That Have Won The World Cup

Today I thought I would publish a list of countries that have won the World Cup since the official FIFA tournament began in 1930. Down the years I have been to 4 World Cups, not including the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. I actually attended quite a few Milk Cups from around 1992 – 1997, that’s a story for another day.
2007 – I attended 2 matches of the under 20s World Cup in Canada.
2014 – I attended 2 matches of the full level World Cup in Brazil.
2018 – I attended 1 match of the full level World Cup in Russia.
2019 – I attended 2 matches of the under 20s World Cup in Poland.

Kissing the FIFA World Cup.

On my backpacking trip, I also did a lot of World Cup related wacaday trips, aside from the obvious World Cups themselves and the 100 + caps I have as a Northern Ireland supporter…

Dad and I in Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup Final

2003 – I visited the Luis Casanova Stadium in Valencia where Gerry Armstrong scored the 1-0 winner against Spain for Northern Ireland (back in 1982).

arconada armstrong 1982

Gerry Armstrong BANGS the ball past Luis Arconada in 1982 and just over a decade later I sold fanzines in Belfast, named after this moment in football history…

Loving my experience visiting the Mestalla while backpacking in Valencia back in 2003.

Loving my experience visiting the Mestalla while backpacking in Valencia back in 2003.

2007 – I watched England live at Wembley stadium, where they won the World Cup in 1966.
Jonny Blair and Shaun Schofield on Estonian TV

Being interviewed at a football match at Wembley in 2007, with Shaun Schofield. It was for Estonian TV!

2010 – I visited La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors where Maradona all began.

Diego Maradona statue, La Bombonera

Diego Maradona statue, La Bombonera

2010 – I visited Estadio Centenario in Montevideo where the World Cup all began.

Flying the Northern Ireland flag inside Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2014 – I visited Estadio Azteca in Mexico City where Maradona scored 2 goals against England in 1986, notably the Hand of God and the master dribble from his own half.

Doing the Maradona at the Hand of God end! Mexico City.

Doing the Maradona at the Hand of God end! Mexico City.

So here in the wake of Diego Armando Maradona’s death, let’s not forget who won the World Cup down the years. Here’s the full list, including the 1942 and 1946 World Cups. (football, mens, full level).
1930 – Uruguay
1934 – Italy
1938 – Italy
1950 – Uruguay
1954 – West Germany
1958 – Brazil
1962 – Brazil
1966 – England
1970 – Brazil
1974 – West Germany
1978 – Argentina
1982 – Italy
1986 – Maradona
1990 – West Germany
1994 – Brazil
1998 – France
2002 – Brazil
2006 – Italy
2010 – Spain
2014 – Germany
2018 – France
2022 – Northern Ireland
There’s only one person this post can be dedicated to. Diego Armando Maradona. Rest in peace.

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