FIFA World Cup 101: The Best 10 Teams In The History Of World Cup
Throughout the history of World Cup 75 national teams were able to represent their countries in the biggest, most popular sporting event in the world.
However, few of these teams have left a mark and a legacy. These teams made the rich history of the World Cup and created an elite group of countries which will always be there to try and win—not just to represent their nations.
Here, we present to you the best 10 teams in the history of the FIFA World Cup, from when it all started back in 1930 all the way to last chapter in 2006.
10: Soviet Union/Russia
Russia was the main building block in all the Soviet Union's "USSR" teams before the end of the Cold War. In 1966, USSR achieved their best result in WC history finishing in fourth place.
USSR gave the world one of the best goalkeepers of all times in Yashin.
Played: 37 Won: 17 Drew: 6: Lost: 14 Goals Scored: 64 Goals Conceded: 44.
9: The Netherlands
The Netherlands has always been hailed as being the best team that never managed to win the World Cup. They finished as runner-up on two consecutive occasions (1974, 1978), and they introduced to the world the concept of "Total Football".
The country produced legends that are considered amongst the best in history. One above all the others is Johan Cruyff.
P: 36 W: 16: D:10 L:10 GS: 59 GC:38
In the picture: Arjen Robben
He is the star that shines the brightest at the moment, but Wesley Sneijder is also one of many players who are oozing with talent and can take the limelight while leading their team to glory.
This might be a surprise for a lot of people, but Sweden has always been a consistent team when playing in the World Cup. Their best result was second place in 1958 in the tournament they hosted. They also finished third place twice (1950, 1994) and once finished at fourth (1938).
Unfortunately for the Swedes, they are going to miss on the trip to South Africa, as they failed to get through the qualification round.
P: 46 W: 16 D: 13 L: 17 GS: 74 GC: 69
In the picture: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibra will miss out on the trip to South Africa along with his nation.
Spain are the eternal under-achievers, a team that always boosts some of the best talent on show but never lives up to expectations.
For a change, Spain has broken the curse and won their first major title in a long time. Winning the latest European Championship, Spain go to South Africa as one of the hottest favorites for the ultimate prize.
Surprisingly, Spain's best achievement was fourth place back in 1950. Can they write history this year?
P: 49 W: 22 D: 12: L: 15 GS: 80 GC: 57
In the picture: Fernando Torres and Andreas Iniesta.
A brilliant striker and fantastic midfielder. Can they, with their teammates, prove that Spain no longer choke on big occasions?
Despite having Platini in the 80's and the fact that a French guy was behind the concept of the World Cup, France had to wait until 1998 to win their first World Cup.
Therefore, as previous champions, France can never be ruled out. They are the defending runner up of the latest version, but from the look of it, such an achievement this year will be very hard to repeat. France finished third in 1958 and 1986 while finishing fourth in 1982.
P: 51 W: 25 D: 10 L: 16 GS: 95 GC: 64
In the picture: Franck Ribery
He is considered to be the best French player at the moment. Ribery is a speedy and crafty winger who will be hoping to repeat the success that the great Zidane "Zizou" has achieved for his country.
The English are the inventors of the game in its current format.
England have one of the best squads in their history, and indeed they boast one of the best in the coming World Cup.
Previous champions from 1966, England have the players and the coach in Capello necessary to win the World Cup. Known for their WAG's and high salaries, can they repeat the successes of the past? England finished fourth in 1990 but have never finished second or third.
P: 55 W: 25 D: 17 L: 13 GS: 74 GC: 47
In the picture: Wayne Rooney.
Rooney is one of the best strikers in the world and a contender for this year's European Golden Boot. England also have the likes of Lampard and Gerard, who are considered two of the best midfielders out there. They have Ferdinand and Terry, as well, who are also considered two of the best defenders.
The Tango team: Argentina are a team that is all about talent, flair, artistry, and magic on the ball.
Argentina is the motherland of the best player in history, Diego Armando Maradona. Currently the Argentinian head coach, Maradona seems to have dragged the team down. Considering the ridiculous amount of talented players they have, Argentina look shaky and susceptible. The Argentinians have been winners twice (1978, 1986) and runner up in 1930 and 1990.
P: 65 W: 33 D: 13 L: 19 GS: 113 GC: 74
In the picture: Lionel Messi.
The Ballon D'Or FIFA World Player of the year and the Messiah of Barcelona, Messi is considered by many to be the best player the world has seen since Maradona. Some even argue that he will soon surpass everyone else to become the best in the world.
If Maradona can build his team to utilize Messi's talent, many believe that Argentina will walk away with the cup. The thought is tempting when you consider that the supporting cast includes the likes of Higuain, Aguero, Tevez, Di Maria, and Milito.
One of the most successful teams in the history of the World Cup and the masters of defense, Italy have always been considered to be the team that can not be written off. They can win a the Cup when you least expect it.
Italy are the current Cup holders and will be hoping to retain it. However, with an aging squad and few changes from the team that won the tournament last time, it looks very unlikely that they will win it this year. Then again, that has always been the case. They were never clear favorites. Italy has four titles to its name (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006). They also came second on two occasions (1970, 1994), third once (1990), and fourth once (1978).
P: 77 W: 44 D:19 L: 14 GS: 122 GC: 69
In the picture: Andrea Pirlo.
The team doesn't have a clear star. None of the players shine brighter than the othesr, and if Italy are going to achieve something in this tournament, it would be by team effort, just like they did in 2006.
Germany is a team of steel. They say that when you play Germany, you play against 22 players instead of 11. They are well known for being as relentless as they are efficient and ruthless.
In the past few years, Germany was not as impressive as they used to be in the 90's, 80's and 70's. Still, they always find a way to reach the semifinals.
Like Italy, Germany cannot be written off. They are always a legitimate contender, and when teams play against them, they never feel safe until the final whistle is blown. They are three time holders (1954, 1974, 1990), with four finished in second place (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002), three in third place (1934, 1970, 2006), and one in fourth place (1958).
P: 92 W: 55 D: 19 L: 18 GS: 190 GC: 112
In the Picture: Michael Ballack.
The center midfielder is one of 23 hard-working players who are guaranteed to run tirelessly all over the pitch for the full duration of the match. This team is not about talent as much as it is about discipline and desire.
Brazil is the only team that never missed one edition of the FIFA World Cup.
They are a team that is, like their neighbors in Argentina, well known for the flair and their entertaining brand of football. Brazil gave the footballing world some of the best names that played the game: Pele, Ronaldo, Socrates, Zico, Ronaldinho and others.
Currently heading FIFA Rankings, Brazil are one the hot favorites, along with Spain and England, to win this tournament. Already with five titles to their name (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), Brazil will shoot for a sixth title. Their current coach has dramatically changed the basis of the team from a group of artists to a united tactical unit that is the embodiment of discipline and commitment.
Brazil finished second twice (1950, 1998), third twice (1938, 1978), and fourth once (1974).
P: 92 W: 64: D: 14 L: 14 GS: 201 GC: 84
In the picture: Luis Fabiano
The Seville star will lead the samba's striking force, and with a naturally talented supporting cast, Brazil have a good chance to add a sixth title to their haul.