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How many times has France won the World Cup? Past titles, appearances and results

Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola analyze all the keys to the 2022 World Cup final and predict a winner between France and Argentina.

The quarterfinal meeting between France and England was one of the mostly highly anticipated of the 2022 World Cup and it absolutely delivered, with Kylian Mbappe and co. taking the 2-1 victory over Harry Kane and the Three Lions and adding another chapter to England’s troubled history with penalty kicks along the way. Then in the semifinals, France took down Morocco, to make it back to the final for the second consecutive tournament. It will be a tough test for the French, who will take on Lionel Messi and Argentina in the hopes of becoming the third nation in history to win consecutive men’s World Cups. Before that thrilling final, see below for a look France’s World Cup history, including their wins and results year-by-year.

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How many times has France won the World Cup?

France has won the World Cup twice, and is in fact the defending champion after winning the 2018 edition held in Russia, a 4-2 victory over Croatia. France’s first World Cup win came in 1998, when they defeated Brazil 3-0 in the final as the host nation, playing at the Stade de France, just north of Paris. The team has already avoided the curse of the defending champion: before France in 2022, the previous three straight defending champions were eliminated in the group stage of the following World Cup.

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How many times has France played in the World Cup?

The French team has competed in 16 World Cups, including the inaugural edition in 1930 and the 2022 tournament in Qatar. France was the runner-up in 2006 and has finished 3rd twice (1958, 1986). They’ve also hosted the tournament twice (1938, 1998). France last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1994 - in fact, they did not play in the tournament for 12 years after missing out in both 1990 and 1994, but returned in 1998 to win it all on home soil.

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If Les Bleus get past Morocco and go on to successfully defend their title from 2018, they’d be just the third country in history to win consecutive men’s World Cups. They’d join Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil (1958, 1962), meaning they’d be the first side to accomplish the feat in 60 years.

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France World Cup finishes by year

1930: Eliminated in group stage

1934: Eliminated in round of 16

1938: Eliminated in quarterfinals

1950: Did not compete

1954: Eliminated in group stage

1958: Third place

1962: Did not qualify

1966: Eliminated in group stage

1970 - 1974: Did not qualify

1978: Eliminated in group stage

1982: Fourth place

1986: Third place

1990 - 1994: Did not qualify

1998: Tournament champions

2002: Eliminated in group stage

2006: Runners up

2010: Eliminated in group stage

2014: Eliminated in quarterfinals

2018: Tournament champions

How to watch World Cup final - Argentina vs France

Kick off: 10am ET – Sunday, December 18
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)