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Number of appearances in World Cup preliminary competitions (1934-2006)

Republic of Ireland 17 all preliminary competitions from 1934 to 2006
Luxembourg 17 all preliminary competitions from 1934 to 2006
Portugal 17 all preliminary competitions from 1934 to 2006
Sweden 16+1 qualified as hosts in 1958
Switzerland 16+1 qualified as hosts in 1954
France 14+3 qualified as hosts in 1938 and 1998, as defending champions in 2002
Italy 14+3 qualified as hosts in 1938 and 1986, as defending champions in 1990
Brazil 10+7 no qualifiers for South America in 1934 or 1938; qualified as hosts in 1950 and as defending champions in 1962, 1966, 1974 and 1998
5 associations 16 Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Serbia (Yugoslavia)
Spain 15+1 qualified as hosts in 1982
Hungary 15+1 no qualifying matches in 1954
USA 15+1 qualified as hosts in 1994
Czechoslovakia 13+3 replaced by successor football associations of Czech Republic and Slovakia since 1998
Uruguay 13+3 qualified as defending champions in 1934 (but did not take part) and 1954, no qualifying matches in 1950
Germany 11+5 qualified as defending champions in 1958, 1978 and 1994 and as hosts in 1974 and 2006
8 associations 15 Israel, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Austria, Poland, Scotland, Wales
Paraguay 14+1 no qualifying matches in 1950
Romania 14+1 no qualifying matches in 1938
England 13+2 qualified as hosts in 1966 and as defending champions in 1970
Mexico 13+2 qualified as hosts in 1970 and 1986

Table includes all teams that have played in at least 15 preliminary competitions or could have done had it not been for their automatic qualification for the final tournament