South Americans hold the upper hand at World Cup


The World Cup final between Argentina and Germany is the 10th (of the 20 finals to date) that has featured a South American country and a European country. South American teams have won seven of the nine finals.

In all 20 World Cups, and following gthe came between Brazil and the Netherlands, there have been 235 games between South American and European teams. The South American countries have won 99 of these, Europe 84, and there have been 52 draws.

Of the seven World Cups held in the Americas, all have been won by South American teams.

In the 19 previous World Cup finals we have only seen eight champions and they were all playing in Brazil. As both Argentina and Germany are previous winners, that number will stay the same for 2018 in Russia.

The roll of honour is: Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002); Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006); Germany (1954, 1974,1990);  Argentina (1978, 1986); Uruguay (1930, 1950); England (1966); France (1998) and Spain (2010).