Countries with the most World Cup finals appearances

By Thomas Oakey of IES | Rex Features/Coloursport
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The teams that have appeared in 10 or more World Cups

Ranking the countries with the most World Cup finals appearances See Gallery

Click or swipe through the images above to see the countries with the most World Cup appearances (including 2014), data from Opta and Fifa.com.

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USA: 10 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Third place 1930

Above: USA Goalscorer
Joe Gaetjens is carried off by fans after his side secured a shock 1-0 win over England in 1950.

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Russia (including Soviet Union): 10 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Fourth place 1966

Above: USSR players rush to defend a shot from West German forward
Siegfried Held in 1966.

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Switzerland: 10 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Quarter-finals 1934, 1938, 1954

Above: Switzerland forward Josef Hugi II (right) scores against Austria in 1954.

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Netherlands: 10 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Runners-up 1974, 1978, 2010

Above: Netherlands captain
Johan Cruyff scores against Brazil in 1974.

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Serbia (including Yugoslavia): 11 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Fourth place 1930, 1962 (Fifa counts Serbia as the successor to Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro for the purposes of historical statistics)

Above:
Josip Skolbar (second right) scores for Yugoslavia against Uruguay in 1962.

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Sweden: 11 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Runners-up 1958

Above: Sweden goalkeeper Kalle Svensson (second right) kneels after conceding a goal from Brazil's Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo in the final of the 1958 World Cup.

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Uruguay: 12 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 1930, 1950

Above: Uruguayan forward Juan Alberto Schiaffino scores in 1950

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Belgium: 12 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Fourth place 1986

Above: Belgium forward Jan Ceulemans shoots at goal against Russia in 1986.

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France: 14 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 1998

Above: France's Zinedine Zidane holds the trophy aloft alongside teammates in 1998.

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Spain: 14 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 2010

Above: Andrés Iniesta scores the winning goal against the Netherlands in the 2010 final.

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England: 14 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 1966

Above: England's Geoff Hurst completes his hat-trick against West Germany in the 1966 final.

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Mexico: 15 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Quarter-finals 1970, 1986

Above:
Mexico's Manuel Negrete (right) controls the ball against Bulgaria in 1986.


 

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Argentina: 16 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 1978, 1986

Above: Diego
Maradona of Argentina lifts the World Cup after defeating West Germany in the 1986 final.

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Germany (including West Germany): 18 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 1954, 1974, 1990

Above: Gerd Müller (left) of Germany celebrates scoring against the Netherlands in the 1974 final.

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Italy: 18 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006

Above: Italy's Marco Tardelli (right) celebrates scoring in the 1982 final against West Germany.

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Brazil: 20 World Cup tournaments

Best finish: Winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002

Above: Pelé celebrates scoring against Italy in the 1970 final.