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The Netherlands, the runners-up in 2010, failed to make this year’s Football World Cup. The Netherlands needed to finish in the top two in its European qualifying group but was out-gunned by France and Sweden. Italy also missed out (for the first time since 1958) after a playoff defeat against Sweden.
Uruguay won the first World Cup in 1930 and repeated the feat in 1950. However, it has not made a final since then.
The first-ever World Cup match was held on July 13, 1930 when France beat Mexico 4-1.
The trophy awarded from 1930 to 1970 was the Jules Rimet Trophy, named after the Frenchman who originally proposed the tournament. The cup was permanently given to Brazil after it won for a third time in 1970. A new trophy, the Fifa World Cup, was then put up for competition.
Although Brazil is the only country to have appeared in all 20 World Cup tournaments so far (ahead of Germany and Italy on 18 each), Germany has played the most number of matches. It has taken part in 106 games for 66 wins, 20 draws and 20 losses. Brazil has played 104 matches for 70 wins, 17 draws and 17 losses.