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 previous tournament in , while both Iceland and Panama made their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities. France won the match 4—2 to claim their second World Cup title , marking the fourth consecutive title won by a European team. The bidding procedure to host the and FIFA World Cup tournaments began in January , and national associations had until 2 February to register their interest.