Despite the lack of interest in the sport in the United States, soccer (or football) is ranked as the most popular sport in the world. The ultimate championship of this sport is the FIFA World Cup, which has boasted more viewers than even the Olympic games.
1.013 billion people watched the final of the most recent World Cup, held in 2014 in Brazil. The final was between Argentina and Germany, with Germany eventually taking home the Jules Rimet Trophy.
The FIFA World Cup began in 1930 and has happened every four years since, except in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II. Its history has highlighted some of the sport’s greatest athletes around the world, shown some seriously controversial plays, and featured a theft and a savior in the form of a dog named Pickles.
Here is a timeline showing the history of the FIFA World Cup, from 1930 to the present day. The 21st World Cup will take place in 2018, from June 14 to July 18 in Russia.