Since its creation in 1930, FIFA World Cup has showered us with unforgettable winning moments. The tournament may only happen every four years, but the time spent in waiting is well compensated with action-packed games between participating nations.
World Cup would not be the most anticipated soccer tournament in the world if not for its momentous championship. Below are some of the best winning teams in the history of World Cup.
1970 was not only a remarkable year because it was the first World Cup shown on color TV; it also features one of the greatest World Cup winners.
The Seleção managed to outsource their opposition 19-7 in winning all six of their matches; big credit of this goes to Pelé (four goals) and Jairzinho (seven) on offense.
Group-stage wins over Romania (3-2) and England (1-0) were the only wins by one goal. Brazil certainly did not give their competition an easy fight; crushing down their competition during the knockout rounds was seemed to be a habit. Before they destroyed Italy 4-1 in the final, they first knocked out South American rivals Peru 4-2 and Uruguay 3-1.
They gave their 107,412 fans at the Azteca in Mexico City the finest football performance during the finals. Pelé opened the scoring within 20 minutes and Carlos Alberto closed it out five minutes from time with a brilliant team goal.
Spain may have scored just eight goals, but their first World Cup win was certainly beautiful. The Spain national football team La Furia Roja was in the midst of a four-year run in 2010. Thanks to their sublime midfield and strong defensive corps, they won not just the World Cup but also The Euros twice.
Their 2010 World Cup performance was one in the books. While Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol were manning the back, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi were controlling the tempo of a match like never before.David Villa scored just enough up front for Spain to record four straight 1-0 victories in the knockout rounds.
The Spain holds the record for the joint lowest goal differential of all World Cup winners. This is because the men of Vicente del Bosque would rather focus on defensive possession than attacking intent and thus did not dominate on the scoreboard. Nevertheless, they still stand as one of the most cohesive groups to ever win the World Cup.
Diego Maradona may have dominated Argentina in 1986, but their championship is also more than the El Pibe de Oro. Yes, he won the Golden Ball and scored five goals, but we should not forget Jorge Valdano’s contribution as well. This Argentine defense added four goals and allowed 0.71 goals per match.
After a 1-1 draw with reigning champion Italy in the group stage, Argentina was unstoppable with five straight wins in Mexico to win it all, including the memorable quarterfinal victory over England. Unsurprisingly, Maradona lead his team La Albiceleste as he scored goals in both the quarterfinals and semifinals.
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Germany was always close to winning; they were runners-up in 2002 and finished third in 2006 and 2010. They finally get ahold of the World Cup trophy in 2014, and boy, their first victory was arguably its best. The phrase “7-1” is already impressive; add 18-4 advantage in total goals to that and it gives you a mind-blowing championship.
Despite the 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage, 2014 World Cup pictures a good portrait for Germany. They showed the world that they are not an easy team to beat. They may have taken extra time to beat Algeria, but let’s not forget that it’s the German that have France its only loss of the tournament in the quarterfinals.
One of the most remarkable score lines in World Cup history is the 7-1 demolition of Brazil. Beating Lionel Messi and Argentina in the finals is not an easy feat.
2018 World Cup is a momentous time for France as they were named champions in the recently concluded tournament.
Getting this championship was not easy though. They had to face hard and challenging path before crossing the finish line. Les Bleus took out two-time champion Argentina and Lionel Messi in the Round of 16, two-time champion Uruguay 2-0 in the quarterfinals, 2018’s best offense Belgium 1-0 in the semifinals and Croatia 4-2 in the final.
They may have gone to Russia with one of the youngest teams in the tournament; France has a strong spine in midfield and central defense. They also use the strength of their young team members to their advantage.
The N’Golo Kante-Paul Pogba duo in midfield even managed to outplay Ivan Rakitic and Golden Ball winner Luka Modric in the final. Les Bleus has a strong defense system as evident in handing Belgium it’s only shutout and an impressive attack as evident in the 4-2 and 4-3 wins over Croatia and Argentina.
West Germany (1990)
Diego Maradona successfully led Argentina to a second straight World Cup. With the likes of future USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann, Rudi Völler, Lothar Matthäus and Andreas Brehme, West Germany managed to outscore their opponents 15-5.
The 1990 tournament showcased strong contenders in the semifinals, with Italy, England and Argentina showcasing a spectacular performance. West Germany needed penalties to see off England before a penalty kick goal in the 85th minute from Brehme lifted West Germany to the title and avenged a loss to La Albiceleste in the 1986 final.
The team’s biggest downside was that they did not get to face perhaps the next best team at the tournament which was Italy.
These championships are certainly etched not just in the history of World Cup but also in the hearts of all soccer fans. All the hard works and challenges are nothing compared to the exhilaration of being handed the World Cup trophy.
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