The FIFA World Cup, also known as the World Cup or simply the Senior Men’s World Cup, is an international association football competition. Since the first tournament in 1930, the tournament has been held every four years with the exception of 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.
Although many World Cups have come and gone, each of these football competitions is typically remembered for a variety of things, including the players and events that contributed to the unforgettable experience. But for this article, we’ll be going back in time to highlight the ten World Cup tournaments with the most goals scored.
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1. Uruguay 1930
The inaugural FIFA World Cup was held in 1930. It took place in Uruguay from July 13 to July 30, 1930. FIFA, football’s worldwide governing body, chose Uruguay as the host country because the country would be commemorating the centennial of its first constitution and the Uruguay national football team had successfully defended their championship at the 1928 Summer Olympics.
All matches were held in Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, with the majority of them taking place in the Estadio Centenario, which was built specifically for the tournament. During this year’s event, 70 goals were scored.
2. Italy 1990
The 14th edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in 1990. It took place in Italy from 8 June to 8 July 1990, the second nation to host it twice (the first was Mexico in 1986). Qualification started in April 1988 with teams from 116 national football associations. Along with the host country Italy and the reigning winners Argentina, 22 teams were among those who made it through. For the third time, West Germany took first place in the competition. This year’s competition saw 151 goals scored.
3. France 1938
The third FIFA World Cup, which took place in France from June 4 to June 19, 1938, was known as the 1938 World Cup. Italy defeated Hungary 4-2, retaining its championship. Under the same coach, Vittorio Pozzo, Italy’s 1934 and 1938 teams hold the distinction of being the first men’s national team to win the World Cup twice. This year’s competition saw 84 reported goals scored.
4. Germany 2006
The 18th FIFA global Cup was also known as Germany 2006. Germany, which having earned the right to host the event in July 2000, hosted it from 9 June to 9 July 2006. The qualification process began in September 2003, and teams from 198 national football associations across all six inhabited continents took part. It was Germany’s second time hosting the event and its first time doing it as a single nation. 147 goals were scored during the competition this year.
5. Brazil 2014
The 20th FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014, was the first since the nation won the hosting rights in 2007. It was the fifth time that the competition had taken place in South America and the second time that Brazil had hosted it, the previous being in 1950. There were 171 goals scored during this year’s competition.
6. South Korea/Japan 2002
The 17th FIFA World Cup, commonly known as Korea Japan 2002, was held in 2002. It took place between May 31 and June 30, 2002, with the final match being hosted by Japan at the International Stadium in Yokohama.
This World Cup, which was the first to be held outside of the Americas or Europe and the first to be jointly hosted by more than one country, featured a field of 32 teams. It was also the first to be staged in Asia. During this year’s competition, 161 goals were scored.
7. Spain 1982
The 12th FIFA World Cup, which was held in Spain from June 13–July 11, 1982, was the 1982 edition. Italy won the competition after defeating West Germany 3-1 in the championship match, which took place in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the Spanish capital of Madrid. However, it was Italy’s first World Cup victory since 1938. This year’s competition saw 146 goals scored.
8. South Africa 2010
The 19th FIFA World Cup took place in 2010, commonly known as South Africa 2010. It happened in South Africa between June 11 and July 11, 2010. Only African countries were eligible to participate in the bidding process to host the tournament finals. South Africa became the first country in Africa to host the finals in 2004, winning out over Egypt and Morocco in the FIFA vote. 145 goals were scored during the competition in this year.
9. Russia 2018
FIFA organized its 21st World Cup in 2018, which was held in Russia. Russian Federation was given the hosting rights in 2010, and it was held there from June 14 to July 15, 2018. The championships were held for the first time in Eastern Europe and were being held for the eleventh time in Europe.
It held the record for most expensive World Cup ever until the Qatar World Cup in 2022, which came in at an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion. The competition this year saw 169 goals scored.
10. Qatar 2022
The 22nd FIFA World Cup, organized by FIFA, took place in 2022. From November 20, 2022, to December 18, 2022, it was held in Qatar, the nation that had been given the hosting rights in 2010. It was the second World Cup to be held entirely in Asia after the 2002 competition in South Korea and Japan, and the first to be hosted in the Arab and Muslim worlds. 172 goals were scored throughout the competition.