FIFA World Cup Host Cities

Thirty-seven different cities have hosted at least 8 men's FIFA World Cup matches. How many can you name?
Through and including 2022
Grouped by country. Guess any city to make the country appear.
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Last updated: July 5, 2022
First submittedJune 9, 2014
Times taken23,625
Average score67.6%
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Mexico
23
Mexico City
17
Guadalajara
11
León
8
Puebla
 
 
Qatar
20
Al Rayyan
15
Doha
12
Al Khor
10
Lusail
 
 
Uruguay
18
Montevideo
 
 
France
20
Paris / Saint-Denis
9
Marseille
8
Bordeaux
South Africa
15
Johannesburg
8
Cape Town
8
Gqeberha
 
 
Brazil
15
Rio de Janeiro
12
São Paulo
9
Belo Horizonte
 
 
Argentina
12
Buenos Aires
8
Cordoba
Russia
12
Moscow
 
 
Germany
11
Munich
10
Dortmund
10
Frankfurt
10
Gelsenkirchen
10
Stuttgart
9
Berlin
9
Hanover
8
Hamburg
 
 
England
10
London
Chile
10
Santiago
8
Valparaíso (Viña del Mar)
 
 
Italy
9
Milan
9
Rome
 
 
Spain
8
Barcelona
 
 
United States
8
Los Angeles (Pasadena)
 
 
Sweden
8
Stockholm (Solna)
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Level 54
Jul 2, 2014
That was quite difficult!
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Level 73
Jul 3, 2014
Brilliant!!
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Level 81
Jul 3, 2014
There's a couple I am upset I missed. The 3rd Brazilian one, just knew it was a 2-part name but it escaped me completely. Second, couldn't come up with more German towns. And last, I was quite sure Spain was involved, but after the capital wasn't included I stopped guessing. Duh. -- A great idea for a quiz though, a bit different!
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Level 81
Jul 3, 2014
Oh and how come "Essen" translated to the correct answer? Is it close?
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Level 84
Sep 30, 2014
It's in the Ruhr area, yes, quite close to Essen. The closest big city is Bochum, though.
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Level 61
Apr 26, 2019
No, Bochum is not closer than Gelsenkirchen. Both border Essen. If you come from Kray (Essen), the border Essen-Gelsenkirchen runs through a street with houses so Gelsenkirchen
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2020
Great Quiz! Have to say though that Essen should not be acccepted as an answer for Gelsenkirchen in my opinion. Yes, these two cities border each other, but they are independent cities, they both have football clubs rich in history (Rot-Weiß Essen / Schalke 04), who both have been German Champions recently, playing in their own stadiums. And Essen never hosted a World Cup match. Its like accepting Oakland as an answer for a NFL hosting city while actually meaning San Francisco.
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Level 79
Jul 4, 2014
Nice quiz! Difficult, though.
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Level 66
Dec 9, 2014
28/30. Couldn't get Port Elizabeth (South Africa) and León (Mexico).
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Level 87
Aug 22, 2017
I should really read the caveats.
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Level 70
Aug 22, 2017
Think we made exactly the same mistake. We're dim! Lol
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Level 70
Jul 10, 2022
And I made the same mistake again. Can I suggest a slight reword of the question to help simpletons like me. “Hosted” implies the games have taken place, whereas the Qatar farce of a WC is 6 months away. Can it be changed to ‘have hosted or are scheduled to host’?

Or can you put big alarm bells on it to remind idiots like me to read all the caveats!? Lol.

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Level 82
Aug 22, 2017
Nice quiz, and nice pic of Mexico City.
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Level 76
Aug 23, 2017
Really think the quizmaster should make it clearer that this is about soccer. Nothing wrong with the game of soccer (although I've never liked all the diving and playacting that goes with it).

It has given me an idea though. I may do a similar quiz for Rugby World Cup cities. Not sure as yet where I'd set the qualification bar (possibly 5 games).

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Level 76
Aug 23, 2017
Here goes - Same quiz for rugby. Fewer cities appear as the Rugby World Cup has only been going since 1987. Rugby World Cup Host Cities
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Level 76
Aug 23, 2017
@RogerM Not really a debate I can be bothered with. Rugby World Cup is the official name of the tournament that I am referring to. I don't even think about league to be honest. Game is dying in NZ.
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Level 48
Nov 30, 2017
Does this include qualifiers or is it just for world cup finals?
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Level 55
Apr 20, 2018
This doesn't include qualifiers, because then we would have 100s of cities in here
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Level 65
Apr 20, 2018
Any chance you could pair Viña del Mar up with Valparaíso like you did with Paris, LA, and Stockholm? Also, I'm curious about the reason you used / for Paris, but () for Stockholm and LA.
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Level 68
Apr 20, 2018
Because all the matches played in Stockholm and Los Angeles were not exactly in the city proper but in their metro area (Solna and Pasadena respectively). Paris instead hosted matches in more than one stadium: Parc des Princes Stadium is in Paris municipality, while Stade de France is in the suburb of Saint-Denis (and the Olympique Stadium in Colombes).
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Level ∞
Jul 5, 2022
Yes, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are now paired.
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Level 68
Apr 20, 2018
I found some possible mistakes in this quiz. Two cities are missing for sure: Cordoba (8 matches, Argentina 1978) and Bordeaux (2 matches and 1 replay in 1938 + 6 matches in 1998 = 8 matches total, 9 if we count the replay). Toulouse hosted 1 match and its replay in 1938 and 6 matches in 1998, so the total is 7 but could become 8 if we count the replay (I don't know if we have to count them or not!). Also, if we sum up Monterrey and San Nicolas de los Garza, which are the same metro area, the total for Monterrey becomes 8 (4+4 in 1986). Other less relevant mistakes: Mexico City hosted 23 matches (26 if we sum up all the extended metro area); Paris 20 + 1 replay (maybe you forgot to count the 3 matches played at the Olympic Stadium in 1938?); Leon hosted 11 matches, not 14.
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Level 67
Apr 21, 2018
J'accuse!
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Level ∞
Jul 5, 2022
Added the missing cities and correct the numbers.
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2018
moscow has not hosted any fifa world cup matches... does not belong to the anwers for this quiz
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Level 61
Apr 26, 2019
They did though a couple of weeks after you wrote your comment
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Level 81
Oct 3, 2020
Córdoba in Argentina is missing. It hosted eight matches during World Cup 1978. Five in the First Round and three in the Second Stage of the tournament.
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Level 87
Jan 25, 2021
Los Angeles? I wonder if anyone in the U.S. was aware while it was happening.
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Level 87
Jul 11, 2022
You mean the 1994 World Cup that still holds the attendance record, even though the tournament is now 32 teams instead of 24? The tournament that basically launched MLS in 1996 in the US? The one where the host nation qualified for the knockouts and lost 1-0 to eventual champions Brazil? Yeah, you could say that the US was aware of it.
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2021
Port Elizabeth isn't a place anymore, it has been renamed to Gqeberha, though Port Elizabeth should still be accepted as an answer
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Level ∞
Jul 5, 2022
Okay, updated.
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Level 66
Jul 6, 2022
What is about the hosts Switzerland (1954) and Japan/Southkorea (2002) ?
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Level 82
Jul 6, 2022
None of their host cities hit the 8-game threshold mentioned in the main question.
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Level 76
Jul 6, 2022
I didn't read the caveat' I only saw 'have' hosted. Qatar World Cup hasn't happened yet
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Level 40
Jul 6, 2022
You allow 'Belo' for other quizzes. Please accept it here.
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Level ∞
Jul 6, 2022
We actually don't allow Belo. We used to a long time ago, but then Brazilian people said no one calls it that. BH, however, is accepted.
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Level 65
Jul 6, 2022
Except that it is not a real world cup in Qatar (i mean for true football lovers)
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Level 82
Jul 7, 2022
Qatar has more than one city??? I'd ignore FIFA this year except Canada is actually there, along with the Orange.
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Level 72
Jul 11, 2022
Ar Rayyan should be a type-in for Al Rayyan.