List of teams that went undefeated through a FIFA World Cup final or qualifying tournament

This page lists all association football national teams which managed to remain undefeated in either a FIFA World Cup main tournament, the qualifying process for that tournament, or both.

Fixtures decided by a penalty shootout are counted as draws and not as defeats. The tables only include teams which played at least one match in the particular final or qualifying tournament. They do not include teams which qualified automatically or by walkover, or teams which withdrew or were disqualified without playing any matches.

All but four World Cup winning teams were unbeaten in the finals. The four teams that won the World Cup despite losing a game in the finals were: in 1954 and again in 1974; in 1978; and in 2010.

Another part of the teams listed below were eliminated despite not losing any games in the finals, or failed to qualify despite not losing any qualifying games. They exited the competition by various means: withdrawal; inferior points total or goal difference within a group; drawing of lots, away goals, or penalty shootout.

General statistics

have remained unbeaten in a total of seven World Cup final tournaments, more than any other team, including all five tournaments where they triumphed as world champions. are a close second with six, and are third with three. No other nation has achieved this more than twice.

(including West Germany) have had a record ten unbeaten World Cup qualifying campaigns. In fact the German national team has lost only two World Cup qualifying games in its history: against Portugal in 1985, and against England in 2001.

A number of teams have managed not to record any losses during an entire FIFA World Cup cycle (qualifying and final tournaments).

  • in 1934 and 1998; in 1958, 1970, 1978 and 1986; in 1990; in 2002; and in 2006 all remained unbeaten during both the qualification and the finals (in 1970 Brazil actually did not record any draws either, managing to win every single match en route to the title).
  • in 1930; in 1938 and 1990; in 1962; in 1966; in 1986; and in 1998 all did not have to go through qualifying tournaments, and did not lose any games in the finals (Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1938 did not draw any games either).
  • in 1950 qualified without playing any matches due to the withdrawal of their opponents, and did not lose any games in the finals.
  • Several teams remained undefeated during a qualifying campaign but nevertheless did not appear in the subsequent final tournament. Each of and has had this fate twice. For others, see the tables below.

Legend to the tables

Colouring
Golden background: Team was undefeated in the final competition
Pale blue background: Team was undefeated in the qualification cycle
  • The Result column indicates what stage the team reached in the particular final tournament: 1st = champion, 2nd = second place, 3rd = third place, 4th = fourth place, QF = quarterfinals, R16 = round of 16, GS = group stage, GS2 = second group stage out of two, GS1 = first group stage out of two.
  • Other columns: Pld = matches played, W = matches won, D = matches drawn, L = matches lost, GF = goals scored, GA = goals conceded.
  • The Lost to column indicates what opponent progressed at the expense of the team in question.

By tournament

1930

Main article: 1930 FIFA World Cup
Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Uruguay 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3 qualified automatically

1934

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Italy 1st 5 4 1 0 12 3 1 1 0 0 4 0
 Czechoslovakia 2nd 4 3 0 1 9 6 2 2 0 0 4 1 extra time
 Germany 3rd 4 3 0 1 11 8 1 1 0 0 9 1 regular time
 Austria 4th 4 2 0 2 7 7 1 1 0 0 6 1 regular time
 Spain QF 3 1 1 1 4 3 2 2 0 0 11 1 replay
 Hungary QF 2 1 0 1 5 4 2 2 0 0 8 2 regular time
  Switzerland QF 2 1 0 1 5 5 2 1 1 0 4 2 regular time
 Sweden QF 2 1 0 1 4 4 2 2 0 0 8 2 regular time
 Netherlands R16 1 0 0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 9 4 regular time
 France R16 1 0 0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 6 1 extra time
 Egypt R16 1 0 0 1 2 4 2 2 0 0 11 2 regular time
 United States R16 1 0 0 1 1 7 1 1 0 0 4 2 regular time

1938

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Italy 1st 4 4 0 0 11 5 qualified automatically
 Hungary 2nd 4 3 0 1 15 5 1 1 0 0 11 1 regular time
 Czechoslovakia QF 3 1 1 1 5 3 2 1 1 0 7 1 replay
  Switzerland QF 3 1 1 1 5 5 1 1 0 0 2 1 regular time
 Germany R16 2 0 1 1 3 5 3 3 0 0 11 1 replay
 Norway R16 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 6 5 extra time
 Belgium R16 1 0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 0 4 3 regular time
 Netherlands R16 1 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 5 1 extra time
 Austria qualified but withdrew 1 1 0 0 2 1 withdrawal

1950

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Uruguay 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5 qualified by walkover
 Sweden 3rd 5 2 1 2 11 15 2 2 0 0 6 2 points
 Spain 4th 6 3 1 2 10 12 2 1 1 0 7 3 points
 Yugoslavia GS 3 2 0 1 7 3 5 3 2 0 16 6 points
  Switzerland GS 3 1 1 1 4 6 2 2 0 0 8 4 points
 England GS 3 1 0 2 2 2 3 3 0 0 14 3 points
 Mexico GS 3 0 0 3 2 10 4 4 0 0 17 2 points
 Turkey qualified but withdrew 1 1 0 0 7 0 withdrawal

1954

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 West Germany 1st 6 5 0 1 25 14 4 3 1 0 12 3
 Austria 3rd 5 4 0 1 17 12 2 1 1 0 9 1 regular time
 Brazil QF 3 1 1 1 8 5 4 4 0 0 8 1 regular time
 England QF 3 1 1 1 8 8 3 3 0 0 11 4 regular time
 Yugoslavia QF 3 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 0 0 4 0 regular time
 Italy GS 3 1 0 2 6 7 2 2 0 0 7 2 play-off
 France GS 2 1 0 1 3 3 4 4 0 0 20 4 points and
 Belgium GS 2 0 1 1 5 8 4 3 1 0 11 6 points
 Mexico GS 2 0 0 2 2 8 4 4 0 0 19 1 points and
 Czechoslovakia GS 2 0 0 2 0 7 4 3 1 0 5 1 points and
 South Korea GS 2 0 0 2 0 16 2 1 1 0 7 3 points

1958

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Brazil 1st 6 5 1 0 16 4 2 1 1 0 2 1
 France 3rd 6 4 0 2 23 15 4 3 1 0 19 4 regular time
 Yugoslavia QF 4 1 2 1 7 7 4 2 2 0 7 2 regular time
 England GS 4 0 3 1 4 5 4 3 1 0 15 5 play-off
 Austria GS 3 0 1 2 2 7 4 3 1 0 14 3 points
 Mexico GS 3 0 1 2 1 8 6 5 1 0 21 3 points
 Sudan withdrew during qualifying 2 1 1 0 2 1 withdrawal

1962

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Brazil 1st 6 5 1 0 14 5 qualified automatically
 Yugoslavia 4th 6 3 0 3 10 7 4 3 1 0 11 4 regular time
 Hungary QF 4 2 1 1 8 3 4 3 1 0 11 5 regular time
 Soviet Union QF 4 2 1 1 9 7 4 4 0 0 11 3 regular time
 West Germany QF 4 2 1 1 4 2 4 4 0 0 11 5 regular time
 England QF 4 1 1 2 5 6 4 3 1 0 16 2 regular time
 Italy GS 3 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 0 0 10 2 points
 Argentina GS 3 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 11 3 goal average
 Spain GS 3 1 0 2 2 3 4 3 1 0 7 4 points
 Uruguay GS 3 1 0 2 4 6 2 1 1 0 3 2 points
 Colombia GS 3 0 1 2 5 11 2 1 1 0 2 1 points

1966

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 England 1st 6 5 1 0 11 3 qualified automatically
 West Germany 2nd 6 4 1 1 15 6 4 3 1 0 14 2 extra time
 Argentina QF 4 2 1 1 4 2 4 3 1 0 9 2 regular time
 Hungary QF 4 2 1 1 8 7 4 3 1 0 8 3 regular time
 Uruguay QF 4 1 2 1 2 5 4 4 0 0 11 2 regular time
 North Korea QF 4 1 1 2 5 9 2 2 0 0 9 2 regular time
 Mexico GS 3 0 2 1 1 3 8 6 2 0 20 4 points

1970

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Brazil 1st 6 6 0 0 19 7 6 6 0 0 23 2
 Italy 2nd 6 3 2 1 10 8 4 3 1 0 10 3 regular time
 West Germany 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 10 6 5 1 0 20 3 extra time
 Uruguay 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5 4 3 1 0 5 0 regular time
 Soviet Union QF 4 2 1 1 6 2 4 3 1 0 8 1 extra time
 Israel GS 3 0 2 1 1 3 4 3 1 0 8 1 points
 Tunisia did not qualify 5 1 4 0 4 3 lottery

1974

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Scotland GS1 3 1 2 0 3 1 4 3 0 1 8 3 goal difference
 Netherlands 2nd 7 5 1 1 15 3 6 4 2 0 24 2 regular time
 Yugoslavia GS2 6 1 2 3 12 7 5 3 2 0 8 4 points
 Argentina GS2 6 1 2 3 9 12 4 3 1 0 9 2 points
 Italy GS1 3 1 1 1 5 4 6 4 2 0 12 0 goal difference
 Bulgaria GS1 3 0 2 1 2 5 6 4 2 0 13 3 points
 Belgium did not qualify 6 4 2 0 12 0 goal difference
 Hungary did not qualify 6 2 4 0 12 7 goal difference and
 Colombia did not qualify 4 1 3 0 3 2 goal difference

1978

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Brazil 3rd 7 4 3 0 10 3 6 4 2 0 17 1 goal difference
 Netherlands 2nd 7 3 2 2 15 10 6 5 1 0 11 3 extra time
 Poland GS2 6 3 1 2 6 6 6 5 1 0 17 4 points
 Austria GS2 6 3 0 3 7 10 6 4 2 0 14 2 points
 Iran GS1 3 1 0 2 2 8 12 10 2 0 20 3 points
 East Germany did not qualify 6 3 3 0 15 4 points
 Morocco did not qualify 2 0 2 0 2 2 penalties

1982

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Italy 1st 7 4 3 0 12 6 8 5 2 1 12 5
 England GS2 5 3 2 0 6 1 8 4 1 3 13 8 points
 Cameroon GS1 3 0 3 0 1 1 8 5 1 2 16 5 goal difference
 West Germany 2nd 7 3 2 2 12 10 8 8 0 0 33 3 regular time
 Poland 3rd 7 3 3 1 11 5 4 4 0 0 12 2 regular time
 Brazil GS2 5 4 0 1 15 6 4 4 0 0 11 2 points
 Soviet Union GS2 5 2 2 1 7 4 8 6 2 0 20 2 goal difference
 Peru GS1 3 0 2 1 2 6 4 2 2 0 5 2 points
 Chile GS1 3 0 0 3 3 8 4 3 1 0 6 0 points
 Somalia did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1 away goals
 Libya withdrew during qualifying 2 1 1 0 2 1 withdrawal

1986

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Brazil QF 5 4 1 0 10 1 4 2 2 0 6 2 penalties
 Argentina 1st 7 6 1 0 14 5 6 4 1 1 12 6
 Mexico QF 5 3 2 0 6 2 qualified automatically penalties
 England QF 5 2 1 2 7 3 8 4 4 0 21 2 regular time
 Algeria GS 3 0 1 2 1 5 6 5 1 0 13 3 points
 Canada GS 3 0 0 3 0 5 8 5 3 0 11 4 points
 Tanzania did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1 away goals

1990

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 West Germany 1st 7 5 2 0 15 5 6 3 3 0 13 3
 Italy 3rd 7 6 1 0 10 2 qualified automatically penalties
 England 4th 7 3 3 1 8 6 6 3 3 0 10 0 penalties
 Yugoslavia QF 5 3 1 1 8 6 8 6 2 0 16 6 penalties
 Brazil R16 4 3 0 1 4 2 4 3 1 0 13 1 regular time
 Belgium R16 4 2 0 2 6 4 8 4 4 0 15 5 extra time
 Netherlands R16 4 0 3 1 3 4 6 4 2 0 8 2 regular time
 Sweden GS 3 0 0 3 3 6 6 4 2 0 9 3 points
 South Korea GS 3 0 0 3 1 6 11 9 2 0 30 1 points
 Honduras did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1 away goals

1994

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Brazil 1st 7 5 2 0 11 3 8 5 2 1 20 4
 Saudi Arabia R16 4 2 1 1 5 6 11 6 5 0 28 7 regular time
 Colombia GS 3 1 0 2 4 5 6 4 2 0 13 2 points
 Greece GS 3 0 0 3 0 10 8 6 2 0 10 2 points and
 Tunisia did not qualify 6 3 3 0 14 2 points
 Syria did not qualify 6 3 3 0 14 4 goal difference

1998

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Italy QF 5 3 2 0 8 3 10 6 4 0 13 2 penalties
 France 1st 7 6 1 0 15 2 qualified automatically
 Belgium GS 3 0 3 0 3 3 10 7 1 2 23 13 points
 Germany QF 5 3 1 1 8 6 10 6 4 0 23 9 regular time
 Romania R16 4 2 1 1 4 3 10 9 1 0 37 4 regular time
 Norway R16 4 1 2 1 5 5 8 6 2 0 21 2 regular time
 Spain GS 3 1 1 1 8 4 10 8 2 0 26 6 points
 Morocco GS 3 1 1 1 5 5 6 5 1 0 14 2 points
 Cameroon GS 3 0 2 1 2 5 6 4 2 0 10 4 points
 Tunisia GS 3 0 1 2 1 4 8 7 1 0 15 2 points
 Australia did not qualify 8 6 2 0 34 5 away goals
 Angola did not qualify 8 4 4 0 12 5 points
 Saint Kitts and Nevis did not qualify 4 2 2 0 8 3 away goals
 Burundi withdrew during qualifying 2 2 0 0 2 0 withdrawal

2002

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Spain QF 5 3 2 0 10 5 8 6 2 0 21 4 penalties
 Brazil 1st 7 7 0 0 18 4 18 9 3 6 31 17
 Republic of Ireland R16 4 1 3 0 6 3 12 8 3 1 25 6 penalties
 Denmark R16 4 2 1 1 5 5 10 6 4 0 22 6 regular time
 Sweden R16 4 1 2 1 5 5 10 8 2 0 20 3 golden goal
 Italy R16 4 1 1 2 5 5 8 6 2 0 16 3 golden goal
 South Africa GS 3 1 1 1 5 5 8 7 1 0 13 3 goals scored
 Portugal GS 3 1 0 2 6 4 10 7 3 0 33 7 points
 Croatia GS 3 1 0 2 2 3 8 5 3 0 15 2 points
 Tunisia GS 3 0 1 2 1 5 10 8 2 0 28 5 points
 Slovenia GS 3 0 0 3 2 7 12 6 6 0 20 11 points
 Kazakhstan did not qualify 6 4 2 0 20 2 goal difference
 Bermuda did not qualify 4 2 2 0 15 2 away goals

2006

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 France 2nd 7 4 3 0 9 3 10 5 5 0 14 2 penalties
 Italy 1st 7 5 2 0 12 2 10 7 2 1 17 8
 Argentina QF 5 3 2 0 11 3 18 10 4 4 29 17 penalties
 England QF 5 3 2 0 6 2 10 8 1 1 17 5 penalties
  Switzerland R16 4 2 2 0 4 0 12 5 6 1 22 11 penalties
 Portugal 4th 7 4 1 2 7 5 12 9 3 0 35 5 regular time
 Spain R16 4 3 0 1 9 4 12 6 6 0 25 5 regular time
 Netherlands R16 4 2 1 1 3 2 12 10 2 0 27 3 regular time
 Croatia GS 3 0 2 1 2 3 10 7 3 0 21 5 points
 Saudi Arabia GS 3 0 1 2 2 7 12 10 2 0 24 2 points
 Serbia and Montenegro GS 3 0 0 3 2 10 10 6 4 0 16 1 points
 Morocco did not qualify 10 5 5 0 17 7 points
 Israel did not qualify 10 4 6 0 15 10 goal difference
 Cuba did not qualify 4 2 2 0 8 4 away goals

2010

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 New Zealand GS 3 0 3 0 2 2 8 6 1 1 15 5 points
 Spain 1st 7 6 0 1 8 2 10 10 0 0 28 5
 Netherlands 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 8 8 0 0 17 2 extra time
 Germany 3rd 7 5 0 2 16 5 10 8 2 0 26 5 regular time
 South Korea R16 4 1 1 2 6 8 14 7 7 0 22 7 regular time
 Ivory Coast GS 3 1 1 1 4 3 12 8 4 0 29 6 points
 Italy GS 3 0 2 1 4 5 10 7 3 0 18 7 points
 Nigeria GS 3 0 1 2 3 5 12 9 3 0 20 5 points
 British Virgin Islands did not qualify 2 0 2 0 3 3 away goals

2014

Qualifying is currently in progress.

Team Final tournament Qualifying procedure How the team was eliminated
Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Lost by Lost to
 Netherlands to be determined 10 9 1 0 34 5 TBD TBD
 Germany to be determined 10 9 1 0 36 10 TBD TBD
 Belgium to be determined 10 8 2 0 18 4 TBD TBD
  Switzerland to be determined 10 7 3 0 17 6 TBD TBD
 England to be determined 10 6 4 0 31 4 TBD TBD
 Italy to be determined 10 6 4 0 19 9 TBD TBD
 Spain to be determined 8 6 2 0 14 3 TBD TBD
 Bahamas withdrew during qualifying 2 2 0 0 10 0 withdrawal

External links

  • FIFA
  • Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
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