The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third.
The finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically.
Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the last tournament in 2014, while both Iceland and Panama made their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup.
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France won the match 4–2 to claim their second World Cup title, marking the fourth consecutive title won by a European team.