These are two big events that happen in the world every four years, but which one is bigger and what do you like watching more?
History of the FIFA World Cup Previous international competitions The world's first international football match was a challenge match played in Glasgow in between Scotland and England which ended in a 0—0 draw.
The first international tournament, the inaugural British Home Championshiptook place in These were very early days for international football, and the official history of FIFA describes the competition as having been a failure. Planned by The Football Association FAEngland's football governing body, the event was for amateur players only and was regarded suspiciously as a show rather than a competition.
Great Britain represented by the England national amateur football team won the gold medals. They repeated the feat at the Summer Olympics in Stockholm. The Lipton tournament was a championship between individual clubs not national teams from different nations, each one of which represented an entire nation.
The competition is sometimes described as The First World Cup,  and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland, but the FA of England refused to be associated with the competition and declined the offer to send a professional team.
West Auckland won the tournament and returned in to successfully defend their title. InFIFA agreed to recognise the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs", and took responsibility for managing the event. Those were also the first two open world championships, as was the start of FIFA's professional era.
Due to the success of the Olympic football tournaments, FIFA, with President Jules Rimet as the driving force, again started looking at staging its own international tournament outside of the Olympics.
The national associations of selected nations were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay as a venue for the competition meant a long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for European sides.
Indeed, no European country pledged to send a team until two months before the start of the competition.
Rimet eventually persuaded teams from BelgiumFranceRomaniaand Yugoslavia to make the trip. In total, 13 nations took part: The issues facing the early World Cup tournaments were the difficulties of intercontinental travel, and war.
Brazil was the only South American team to compete in both. The and competitions, which Germany and Brazil sought to host,  were cancelled due to World War II and its aftermath. British teams withdrew from FIFA inpartly out of unwillingness to play against the countries they had been at war with, and partly as a protest against foreign influence on football,  but rejoined in following FIFA's invitation.
Uruguay won the tournament again after defeating the host nation Brazil, in the match called " Maracanazo " Portuguese: In the tournaments between and16 teams competed in each tournament, except inwhen Austria was absorbed into Germany after qualifying, leaving the tournament with 15 teams, and inwhen IndiaScotlandand Turkey withdrew, leaving the tournament with 13 teams.
These teams were usually defeated easily by the European and South American teams. Untilthe only teams from outside Europe and South America to advance out of the first round were:England; FIFA World Cup; FOX Sports Southwest; FOX Sports Southwest - Top Headlines. Jun 29, · Uruguay and Portugal will feature in the second game of FIFA World Cup knockout stage when they meet in a round-of duel at the Fisht Olympics Stadium in .
England thrashed Panama to cruise through to the knockout rounds. Now it's over to Group H and Senegal vs. Japan. The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (), the sport's global governing regardbouddhiste.com championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in , except in and when it .
Spot the Difference: Summer Olympics in Moscow vs FIFA World Cup. For more great photos, visit the Sputnik International website. Jul 11, · SportsPulse: Fox Sports contributor Grant Wahl previews the World Cup final between France and Croatia, and why all the pressure is on Croatia's golden generation to .