Legendary football teams in the history of World Cup
The FIFA World Cup, an international association football competition contested by the men’s national teams of FIFA members. This is the most widely-viewed sports event in the world. People all over the world are looking forward to watching the upcoming 2010 World Cup which will be held in South Africa. Before waiting for the important event taking place, let’s have a review at the legendary football teams in the history of the FIFA World Cup.
France, the host nation of the 1998 FIFA World Cup won the title, beating Brazil 3-0 in the final. France became the seventh nation to win a World Cup, and the first host nation to win the tournament since Argentina in 1978.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup champion
The 1986 FIFA World Cup was won by Argentina who beat West Germany 3-2 in the final at Estadio Azteca, Mexico. Eight years on from their home triumph, Argentina regained the world title. Maradona was the Golden Ball winner as the best player of the tournament, Gary Lineker of England won the Golden Boot as the leading scorer with six goals.
Maradona was the Golden Ball winner as the best player of the tournament
West Germany 1974
The 1974 FIFA World Cup, which was held in West Germany, marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was awarded. The host nation won the title, beating the Netherlands in the final, 2-1.
The West Germans beat their bitter rivals
Brazil won the 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of the World Cup which was hosted by Sweden. Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in the final for their first title. The 1958 Word Cup marked the first appearance of unknown 17 year-old Pele on the world stage.
The World Cup marked the debut on the world stage of a precocious and unknown player Pele.
West Germany and Netherlands in the final of the 1974 World Cup in West Germany were undoubtfully the best teams in the world at that time. West Germany defended European champions. However, Netherlands still shone with best players like Johann Cruff, Neeskens, Rep, and Resenbrink.
The Dutch line-up for the final of the 1974 World Cup
The 1978 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Argentina was won by the host who beat the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time in the final. Argentina became the fifth team after Uruguay, Italy, England, and West Germany to be both hosts and world champions.
Kempes scored his second goal of the match.
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