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The TV Guide - - FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018 -

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.

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