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FIFA World Cup and cricket World Cup: Countries to have featured in both

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As FIFA World Cup 2014 reaches its knockout stage, Abhishek Mukherjee goes back in time to find out how the World Cup Cricket participants have performed in FIFA World Cup over the ages.

Both cricket and football were invented by the British. However, as football spread through Europe (and along with them, to the lengths and breadths of Africa and the Americas), cricket remained confined mostly to Commonwealth nations. Despite that, there have been several nations that have made it big in both sports, making it to both World Cups.

England, of course, is the biggest name across both sports mostly because of the heritage of the sports in both countries. However, there have been a few others who have competed rather well. Let us have a look:

Team

World Cup Cricket

World Cup Football

Tournaments

Best result

Football

Best result

Australia

1975, 1979, 1983, 1987,

1992, 1996, 1999, 2003,

2007, 2011, 2015

Champion

(1987, 1999, 2003, 2007)

1974, 2006, 2010, 2014

Second round (2006)

Canada

1979, 2003, 2007, 2011

First round

1986

First round

England

1975, 1979, 1983, 1987,

1992, 1996, 1999, 2003,

2007, 2011, 2015

Runners-up

(1979, 1987, 1992)

1950, 1954, 1958, 1962,

1966, 1970, 1982, 1986,

Champion (1966)

1990, 1998, 2002, 2006,

2010, 2014 (England)

1958 (Wales)

Quarter-final (1958)

Netherlands

1996, 2003, 2007, 2011

First round

1934, 1938, 1974, 1978,

1990, 1994, 1998, 2006,

2010, 2014

Runners-up

(1974, 1978, 2010)

New Zealand

1975, 1979, 1983, 1987,

1992, 1996, 1999, 2003,

2007, 2011, 2015

Semi-final

(1975, 1979, 1992,

1999, 2007, 2011)

1982, 2010

First round

Ireland

2007, 11, 15

Super Eights (2007)

1990, 1994, 2002

(Republic of Ireland)

Quarter-final (1990)

1958, 1982, 1986

(Northern Ireland)

Second round

(1958, 1982)

Scotland

1999, 2007

First round

1954, 1958, 1974, 1978,

1982, 1986, 1990, 1998

First round

South Africa

1992, 1996, 1999, 2003,

2007, 2011, 2015

Semi-final
(1992, 1999, 2007)

1998, 2002, 2010

First round

UAE

1996, 2015

First round

1986

First round

West Indies

1975, 1979, 1983, 1987,

1992, 1996, 1999, 2003,

2007, 2011, 2015

Champion

(1975, 1979)

1998 (Jamaica)

First round

2006 (Trinidad & Tobago)

First round

Notes:

-  The “All” tag next to Australia, England, New Zealand, and West Indies refer to all World Cup Cricket contests: 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015.

-  England is the only team to have reached the final of both tournaments.

-  England and South Africa are the only two teams to have hosted both tournaments.

-  India were invited to FIFA World Cup 1950, but they had to decline the offer: FIFA did not allow them to play barefoot, which was common practice among Indian football stars of the era.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

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