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During the 92-year history of the World Cup, 13 countries have reached the final, eight of which have been crowned champions.

On Sunday, December 18, on the pitch of the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, Argentina will take on 2018 defending champions France for soccer’s most coveted trophy.

The FIFA World Cup, now in its 22nd edition, has been held every four years since 1930, except for 1942 and 1946 due to World War II.

During its 92-year history, 79 nations have battled for the top prize. Of these, 13 countries have reached the final, and eight have been crowned champions.

Only the European and South American teams have reached the final. With eight appearances, Germany have the most World Cup finals to their credit, followed by Brazil (seven times) and Italy (six times).

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Argentina have reached the final on five separate occasions, winning two of them, while France have appeared in three finals, also winning twice.

INTERACTIVE - Teams with the highest number reach the final
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Highest Scoring World Cup Finals

Historically, World Cup finals have had no shortage of goals. Since 1930 a total of 74 goals have been scored with an average of 3.5 goals per game. The only goalless final game was in 1994 between Brazil and Italy, which the South Americans won after a dramatic penalty shootout.

The most goals scored in a World Cup final was in 1958 when Brazil defeated the hosts Sweden by five goals to two.

Only two nations have managed to win back-to-back championship titles: the Italians in 1934 and 1938, and the Brazilians in 1958 and 1962. Defending champions France are hoping to join them.

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INTERACTIVE: The highest score in the history of the World Cup Finals
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How much money do World Cup winners receive?

For 2022, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has allocated $42 million to the winning team, an increase of $4 million compared to four years ago in Russia.

In addition to prize money, the winning team will receive a gold-plated bronze replica of the 18-karat gold trophy, measuring 15 inches (38 cm) tall and weighing 13 pounds (6 kg), designed by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga.

INTERACTIVE: Prize money for the winners of the World Cup from 1982 to 2022 FIFA

How much money will each team receive?

According to FIFA, the total prize money for the 32 nations participating in the 2022 World Cup will be $440 million.

The breakdown is as follows:

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  • Champions: $42 million
  • Runners-up: $30 million
  • Third place: $27 million
  • Fourth place: $25 million
  • 5th-8th place: $68m ($17m per team)
  • 9th-16th place: $104 million ($13 million per team)
  • 17-32nd place: $144 million ($9 million per team)

Additionally, each team would have received $1.5 million prior to the competition to cover preparation costs.

INTERACTIVE - How much money each team receives in Qatar 2022

Who are most likely to win the World Cup?

Kashef, Al Jazeera’s artificial intelligence (AI) bot, has analyzed more than 200 metrics, including the number of wins, goals scored and FIFA rankings, of games played over the past century to see who is most likely to win. win the World Cup final.

Predicting the results of matches is not an easy task. External factors, such as team morale or the physical state of the players, make a big difference in the development of the game.

With 62 matches completed, Kashef has a 68 percent accuracy level. Assessing all the odds, he couldn’t be closer with just 1 per cent separating Argentina and France to each winning their third title.

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However, only one team can emerge victorious. Kashef predicts that France, captained by Hugo Lloris, will overcome Argentina on Sunday to win the 2022 World Cup.

See if you can outwit Kashef and predict Sunday’s winners by playing our AI game here.


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