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The World Football Championship is a popular international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of wikinations, micronations and a few less-successful FIFA countries. The championship has been awarded every four years since 1964, though there were two preceding tournaments in 1952 and 1954. Starting 2000, it has reverted to being held biannually. The most recent tournament was WFC 2012, held in Brunant.

The current format of the tournament involves 16 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month this phase is often called the Micronations finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding year is used to determine the finalists.

HistoryEdit

FIFA had founded the World Cup in 1930 and the best nations in the world. There were still many nations and small territories who were not able to compete at that level. Various small nations sent delegates to the Micronations Congress, first held in Paris (1950) and Koningstad (1951). The nations agreeing to participate were Brunant national football team, Netherlands Antilles, Saarland and Hong Kong. The inaugural tournament was held in France and was won by Saarland in the finals, with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands Antilles. In 1954 a new tournament was held in Saarland, which was won by the hosts after a 4-1 thrashing of Brunant. After this tournament a few organizational issues and difficulties (the reintegration of Saarland into Germany and a Brunanter air disaster), the championship went on hiatus for ten years.

The tournament was historically only limited to small nations, but due to their lack of finances, football development it was decided to invite larger (and generally less-successful nations) while keeping a majority of smaller countries.

ChampionsEdit

The teams with the most wins are Singapore and Brunant, with three wins. Saarland, Traspes and Kemburg are the next most successful with two wins. Brunant and the Insel Islands are the teams with most runner-ups, at 3. The next most is Trinidad and Tobago, with two runners-up.

Year Host(s) Champion Runner-up Score
1952 France Saarland Netherlands Antilles 2-1
1954 Belgium Saarland Brunant 4-1
1964 Denmark Luxembourg Switzerland 1-0
1968 Traspes Traspes Faroe Islands 1-1[1]
1972 Turkey Kemburg Gambia 3-0
1976 Belgium Belgium Brunant 3-1
1980 Yugoslavia Brunant Czechoslovakia 3-2
1984 Mäöres Brunant Poland 5-3[2]
1988 Brunant Romania Brunant 3-0
1992 Libertas Libertas Insel Islands 3-2[3]
1996 Hong Kong-Taiwan Singapore Vietnam 2-2[4]
2000 Switzerland Brunant Trinidad and Tobago 1-0
2002 Caribbean[5] Singapore Trinidad and Tobago 2-1
2004 Kemburg Traspes Singapore 2-1
2006 Chile Kemburg Insel Islands 1-0
2008 Latvia Singapore Saint Kitts and Nevis 4-2
2010 Inselöarna Senegal Brunant 0-0[6]
2012 Brunant Cape Verde Fiji 2-0
2014 Qatar Paraguay Insel Islands 3-1

ReferencesEdit

  1. (3-0 at penalties)
  2. (a.e.t.)
  3. (a.e.t.)
  4. (4-2 at penalties a.e.t.)
  5. WFC 2002 was co-hosted in Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago
  6. (5-4 at penalties a.e.t.)
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