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  World Cup history
The World Cup
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
USA 1994
France 1998

 
Italy 1934 Italy 1934
Uruguay chose not to sail to Europe to defend their title, and Brazil and Argentina may have wished they didn't, travelling 8,000 miles to play just one game each.

16 teams contested the tournament, with European sides taking all four semi-final places.

World Cup final: Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia

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