The FIFA World Cup kicks off later this November as fans around the world become optimistic about their favorite nation’s chances of winning football’s top prize.
Qatar will host the World Cup for the first time in its history, with big names including Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar looking to showcase their abilities in the Middle East. This is also the first time that the FIFA World Cup will be held in winter, with the tournament starting on November 20, 2022 and the finals ending on December 18, 2022.
With so much anticipation and hype surrounding the World Cup, let’s take a look at the six countries that have hosted the most World Cups in football history.
1. Mexico – two-time hosts
Mexico has hosted two FIFA World Cups in its history. They top the list because China is about to co-host the 2026 World Cup with the United States and Canada. As a result, Mexico will host three World Cups for the first time in four years.
2. Brazil – two-time hosts
The South American nation has won the World Cup five times and hosted it twice, in 1950 and 2014. Brazil finished runner-up in the former and fourth in the latter.
3. Italy – two-time hosts
The European country hosted the 1934 FIFA World Cup and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The Italian team won the competition in 1934, but only finished third in the 1990 competition.
4. France – two-time hosts
France has hosted the World Cup twice, in 1938 and 1998. They could only reach the quarter-finals in the 1938 edition, but became world champions when they hosted the World Cup in 1998.
5. Argentina – one-time hosts
Argentina once hosted a World Cup in 1978, when they won the tournament for the first time.
6. Uruguay – one-time hosts
The South American nation hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and became the tournament’s champion. However, despite waiting more than 90 years, Uruguay has yet to host the tournament again.
Other countries that have once hosted a FIFA World Cup are England, Chile, Germany, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Uruguay, West Germany and, soon, Qatar.