How much do you know about World Cup host countries?

It's official: The United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup. But what do you know about past hosts? Test your knowledge here.

1

Which country hosted the first World Cup?

Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay

Italy

2

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Where did Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt happen?

Italy

Germany

France

Japan

3

There are tons of fans at every World Cup, but which country set the attendance record?

Germany

South Africa

Brazil

the United States

4

Which of these countries has NOT hosted the World Cup twice?

Mexico

Italy

France

England

5

Where did Brazil, featuring a 17-year-old Pelé, win the first of its five World Cups?

Chile

Sweden

Brazil

Argentina

6

What is the highest-ranked team in the current FIFA rankings to never host a World Cup?

Portugal

Chile

Switzerland

Belgium

7

The 1942 World Cup was cancelled after the outbreak of World War II. Which countries had lodged bids to host the tournament?

Argentina, Brazil and Germany

England, Spain and Uruguay

Germany, France and England

Brazil, Italy and the Soviet Union

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Dutch legend Johan Cruyff played in only one World Cup. Where was it?

the Netherlands

Argentina

Mexico

West Germany

9

What is the only country to drop out of hosting a World Cup?

Colombia

Germany

South Africa

Turkey

10

The World Cup currently includes 32 teams. Where was the first World Cup that used a 32-team format?

the United States

South Africa

Italy

France

11

For most of World Cup history, winners automatically qualified for the next tournament, but the practice was eventually abolished. Where was the last World Cup to feature this rule?

France

South Korea/Japan

Germany

Mexico

12

How many times has a country won a World Cup it hosted?

0

3

5

8