The Football World Cup has been held for nineteen times in sixteen nations on five continents. A total of eight countries have won the ultimate reward of FIFA and five of them more than once. But without discussing much about all the great achievements of these teams let us all take a peek at some of the best soccer teams of all times.
- England (1966)
The Englishmen claim to have invented this world famous sport, yet they’ve won the soccer’s prime tournament just once. Even though they’ve achieved this grand success only once they couldn’t have made it much more dramatic. They went unbeaten and won the final of two goals by Geoff Hurst in the only World Cup played in their neighborhood.
- Uruguay (1930)
The very first tournament of the World Cup was almost the smallest; with only 13 nations take part in it. Uruguay was already renowned as the world’s best team on the strength of Olympic titles in 1924 and 1928. They ran through the miniature field triumphant, outscoring their opponents, 15-4, and finally winning the final over Argentina.
- Argentina (1986)
Argentina won its second title in three tournaments. In first, it ended up in a scoreless draw against England. In second half, Maradona got the ball past the goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The second title was even more interesting as Maradona dribbled the ball half the field while dodging five English defenders to score the best goal of the century.
- Spain (2010)
Spain has to be the most proven World Champion of all time. After losing their starter, the Spanish won all four of its knockout games by the score 1-0, including the final, which was 0-0 until Andres Iniesta got the ball through the keeper in 26 minutes sparring.
- Hungary (1954)
This is the only team in the list that hasn’t won the championship even for once. They were beaten as much by the weather as they were by the Germans which became to be recognized as “The Miracle at Bern”. They entered the tournament unbeaten over five years and 32 games. But the finals were played in heavy rain and the Germans as they got flown over by a 2-0 defeat.
- Italy (1982)
Italy made its name after beating Brazil and Argentina before winning the semifinals and finals by two goals margin. Paolo Rossi headed in the tournament with six goals including a hat trick against Brazil to give his country their first World Title since World War II.
- Brazil (2002)
The only Brazilian team to win seven games in one tournament, cruising its way towards the title and outscoring their opponents, 18-4, and gave up only one goal in the knockout round. It was Ronaldo’s best tournament and scored eight times.
- France (1998)
Not only did France was unbeaten in the tournament but they also outscored their opponent 15-2 in just seven games and flooded Brazil 3-0 to win the title being the most one-sided final victory in soccer’s World Cup history.
- West Germany (1974)
This team defeated the ground-breaking Dutch force that brought on the concept of “Total Football” and paved their name as one of the best teams ever. The Germans had a great team including their defender Franz Beckenbauer and goal keeper Sepp Maier who is one of the best keepers ever lived. Their Up front was Gerd Mueller, who scored four goals.
- Brazil (1970)
They had already won two titles and went on to win two more. But the 1970 team that won the third of Brazil’s record five World Cups is generally considered the greatest, winning its six games and outscoring opponents, 19-7, after a lineup that had Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao, Rivelino and Carlos Alberto.