The last 10 host countries of the FIFA World Cup

Published on: 18 May 2020

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is coming with Qatar being the host country. This marks the first time in history that a Middle East country becomes a host to this tournament. Now, let’s take a look at a list of FIFA World Cup host countries in the past years.

#1: Russia: FIFA World Cup 2018

Russia has been known for the cold winters, the beauty of St Basil’s Cathedral with colourful domed roofs. Once you come to this country, you will be able to visit the famous Red Square or the State Hermitage Museum that includes 360 rooms where more than three million items are displayed. In 2018, the country was proud to be a host of the World Cup tournament. The country got its 12 stadiums ready for this global event. Most matches occurred at the Luzhniki Stadium and Saint Petersburg Stadium which are the two largest in the country.

Fifa World Cup Russia 2018. Source: ty le keo nha cai


#2: Brazil: FIFA World Cup 2014

Brazil is the most successful team in history of FIFA World Cup with 5 times being a champion. This country is famous for the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro which is 30-metre tall and massive. In addition, when Brazil is mentioned, it comes along with The Carnival of Brazil where there are colourful costumes, dancing and good food.

Brazil is the most successful team in history of World Cup

In 2014, Brazil became host of the FIFA World Cup for the second time. Not only does it hold the most titles, but it is also the home country of a lot of talented football players, such as Pele, Ronaldinho, Neymar and Ronaldo.

#3: South Africa: FIFA World Cup 2010

Everyone must still remember the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup: “Waka Waka” with the typical melody and dancing of the South Africans. This country is known for untouched natural beauty including the Kruger National Park and Table Mountain. Also, if you are a big fan of Victoria Secret fashion show, you should know angels Behati Prinsloo and Candice Swanepoel. They both come from South Africa.

The 2010 World Cup marks the first time Africa hosting this tournament and Spain getting its first World Cup Final win.

#4: Germany: FIFA World Cup 2006

Not only does Germany have the best beers in the world, it is also known for great foods like sausages. Visiting this country, you would want to come in October because it has the Oktoberfest that everyone wants to join. In addition, the country is famous for the picturesque grounds that many couples choose for their pre-wedding shoots.

Germany is also the country that holds 4 World Cup titles and produces many talented football stars such as Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus. The World Cup 2006 in Germany had plenty of great goals scored. Munich and Berlin were the two cities that held the opening match and the final match.


#5: Japan & South Korea: FIFA World Cup 2002

The two powerful countries in Asia had their first time ever playing co-hosts for the World Cup in 2002. One of the many reasons why these two countries were selected to be hosts is that they had extensive public transportation systems. Also, both Korea and Japan are known for their beautiful landscapes with amazing street foods.

In this World Cup tournament, audiences had a chance to see the fastest goal scored in a World Cup match by a Turkish player. In a match against South Korea, he scored within the first 11 seconds of the game


#6: France: FIFA World Cup 1998

“France 98” are the two words that remind every football lover about the most exciting and electrifying World Cup tournament in history. This country is known for its romance, the symbolic Eiffel Tower, the original Mona Lisa, and of course, the “France 98”. In this World Cup tournament, there were about 1.3 billion people tuned in for the World Cup Final match. Also, a golden goal was scored this year by French player Laurent Blanc when the team played against Paraguay. More importantly, the host country won the World Cup title for the first time this year.

France got their first World Cup title in 1998

#7: US: FIFA World Cup 1994

The US has been a leading country in many areas, but not football. Although football is not a popular sport in the country, it was proud to be host of the FIFA World Cup tournament in 1994. The diverse cultures are what make the country different to others. It is also known for the Golden Gate Bridge, the Lady Liberty and of course the Holywood. In this World Cup, Germany’s midfielder Stefan Effenberg was dropped from the team as he gave fans the finger.


#8: Italy: FIFA World Cup 1990

Italy is a beautiful country with many historical places. It also holds four World Cup titles as Germany. You might not know that Italy produced the actual World Cup trophy. In the final match, Germany won and became the champion.


#9: Mexico: FIFA World Cup 1986

World Cup 1986 was the second time Mexico became a host of the tournament. This country is known for delicious food and the most popular one is taco. One interesting thing about this tournament is that there were two English football players that had the same name. This coincidence confused everyone, including commentators and audiences.

#10: Spain: FIFA World Cup 1982

Spain is the country that offers football lovers the exciting derby between the two Madrid football clubs. This country also produced a lot of talented players such as Sergio Ramos, David de Gea, Andrés Iniesta, Iker Casillas. Also, one of the most popular tourist attractions is the Bernabeu Stadium, which is the home field of Real Madrid.

One interesting thing about the Spain national team is that it is a strong team that has always been expected to win, but the team wasn’t that successful during big tournaments. Although Spain just got one World Cup title, the national team did win European Championship in 2008 and successfully defended their crown in 2012.

Above is the last 10 host countries of the Fifa World Cup. Which host country of fifa world cup do you like best? For prediction players, head on over to page to learn more about what’s out there.