Quiz! Can you guess all 54 nations to have ever played a World Cup knockout?

Gabriel Batistuta of Argentina celebrates after scoring in the World Cup group H game against Japan at the Stade Municipal in Toulouse, France. Argentina won 1-0.
(Image credit: Stu Forster/Allsport)

You have 10 minutes to pick 51 nations.

Remember to tweet your scores @FourFourTwo (opens in new tab), and challenge some friends while you're at it.

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The knockouts are where the memories are truly made. Sure, the group stages are fun – but now we're getting serious.

This is where the magic happens: if you're somewhat disappointed with the number of goalless draws in the knockout stages, then we have some good news. We need winners by this point of the competition.

Most of the greatest moments in World Cup history happened at this stage. It's likely that we'll get some more in 2022.

We've listed out every single nation to have played at the tournament. All you have to do is to pick the 51 who have played a knockout fixture. Easy. 


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.