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Number of occasions qualified for the finals

Italy 13 Did not participate in 1930, qualified as defending champions in 1938 and 1986 and as hosts in 1990, eliminated in qualifiers in 1958
Germany 11 Did not participate in 1930, excluded from World Cup finals in 1950, qualified as defending champions in 1958, 1978 and 1994 and as hosts in 1974 and 2006
Spain 11 Did not participate in 1930, excluded from World Cup finals in 1938, qualified as hosts in 1982, eliminated in qualifiers in 1954, 1958, 1970 and 1974
Brazil 10 No South American qualifying competition in 1930, 1934 or 1938, qualified as hosts in 1950 and as defending champions in 1962, 1966, 1974 and 1998
England 10 Did not take part in the World Cup prior to World War II, eliminated in qualifiers in 1974, 1978 and 1994, qualified as hosts in 1966 and as defending champions in 1970
Sweden 10 Did not take part in 1930, qualified as hosts in 1958, eliminated in qualifiers in 1954, 1962, 1966, 1982, 1986 and 1998
Mexico 10 No qualifying competition in 1930, eliminated in qualifiers in 1934,1938, 1974 and 1982, qualified as hosts in 1970 and 1986, banned in 1990