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It is a dream that revives every four years and that the soccer teams seek with their best dribbling: to win the World Cup.
Since 1930, 21 World Cups have been played, but only 8 countries have managed to take the trophy home.
A minority that can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Now in Qatar 2022, France and Argentina caress the dream.
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Brazil, the undisputed champion of "jogo bonito": 5 World Cups
The team that has won the most World Cups in the history of football is Brazil, the 5-time champion.
The first World Cup they won was in Sweden 1958, beating the host 5-2 in the final, and then they defended their title in Chile 1962, after beating Czechoslovakia 3-1.
In fact, with Italy they are the only ones who have won the World Cup twice in a row.
Argentina fans celebrate the triumph of their team on top of a tank through the streets of the province of San Luis
verdeamarela rediscovered himself
in Mexico 1970, where he thrashed Italy 4-1 in the last game.
But then he would live a difficult streak in the World Cups and it would take 24 years for him to return to the podium as world champion.
Brazil took the trophy in the United States in 1994, after a final that was defined with the nails in penalties: they won 3-2.
The last time the "canarinha" lifted a World Cup was in Korea Japan 2022, exactly 20 years ago, when they defeated Germany 2-0.
Italy, "la azzurra" that began as a legend: 4 World Cups
The Italian team was the first to win two World Cups in a row: they took their first title in 1934, when they hosted and beat Czechoslovakia 2-1 after extra time, and repeated the feat in France 1938, with a score of 4-2 about Hungary.
It was not until Spain 1982 that "la azzurra" won the title again in a final against Germany that was defined 3-1.
The last World Cup that the Italian team won was Germany 2006 and it was defined by penalties (5-3) against France.
It was the final of Zidane's remembered header.
Germany, the other European champion: 4 World Cups
The first time Germany lifted a World Cup was in Brazil 1954, when they defeated Hungary 3-2 in the final.
And it would take exactly 20 years for them to celebrate as champions again, taking the title again in 1974, when they hosted it, beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the last game.
The selection would consecrate a third time in Italy 1990, after defeating Argentina with the only goal of the match.
His fourth World Cup was added just eight years ago, in Brazil 2014, when the same final that those two teams had played 24 years before was repeated.
Germany beat Argentina again with a score of 1-0, although this time in extra time.
A goal from Mario Götze to bring down the Argentine dream in the tournament in which Messi had been a figure.
Uruguay, the first champion: 2 World Cups
La Celeste made history by winning the first edition of the World Cup in 1930, which it also hosted.
Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final and took the first title of soccer champion.
However, he would only experience that joy once more: in Brazil 1950, when he beat Brazil 2-1.
Since then, the team has not won a World Cup again.
Argentina, a Latin American star: 2 World Cups
Argentina's leadership in soccer cannot be disputed: its stars have made the country dream for generations and it has established itself as one of the favorite teams in Latin America.
But victory in the World Cups has been elusive.
Only in 1978 did it win its first World Cup, which it hosted and which took place under the shadow of the last military dictatorship.
That year, the albiceleste beat the Netherlands 3-1 and fulfilled the dream of entering the list of soccer champions.
A joy that lived again in Mexico 1986, defeating Germany 3-2.
A rival who, since then, has snatched the trophy from Argentina in two finals: Italy 1990 and Brazil 2014.
France, the one that will defend the title: 2 World Cups
The French team was the last to celebrate a World Cup by being crowned champion in Russia in 2018. The team faced Croatia in the final and achieved a 4-2 victory.
It was exactly 20 years of waiting for the country, which lifted its first World Cup in 1998, when it hosted the tournament and defeated Brazil 3-0 with a stellar Zidane.
Spain, a dream that took decades: 1 World Cup
The dream of a World Cup crystallized for Spain in South Africa 2010, when they beat the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time in the last match.
Iniesta's goal is unforgettable.
Before that time, the team had never played a World Cup final.
England, the memory of a local victory: 1 World Cup
The only World Cup that England has won was in 1966, which they also hosted.
It was capped off with a 4-2 victory against Germany.
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