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Here are some interesting stats on this year’s competition:
- The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War.
- The 19 tournaments that have been contested have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won the World Cup a record five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other teams which have won the World Cup are: Italy, with four titles; Germany, with three titles; Uruguay, winners of the inaugural tournament, and Argentina, with two titles each; and England, France, and Spain, with one title each.
- The World Cup is the world's most widely viewed sporting event; in fact, it may turn out that yesterday’s match may become the largest viewed event in world history. An estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006. FIFA World Cup held in Germany and FIFA now estimates the Spain/Holland match viewership at close to 800 million. .
- The next tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will be held in Brazil.