Best FIFA World Cup of All Time

Every World Cup is a special event but, like your children, there's always one that you secretly love a little bit more than the others.

The Top Ten

1 Brazil 2014

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The 20th edition of the greatest show on earth is the best of all. This world cup had everything and Brazil brought out the best out of the world cup. - RedHoundoom

2 Mexico 1986

Argentina were worthy winners, inspired by the genius/devil (delete as applicable England fans) that was Diego Armando Maradona. They exhibited flair and style the whole way through the tournament, culminating in a pulsating 3-2 win against West Germany in the final. And last but not least Maradona's 'Hand of God' and 'Goal of the Century' made it one of the best of all time! - RedHoundoom

3 Mexico 1970


This world cup featured the best team in the game's history as Brazil 1970 triumphed in this tournament. The perfect ending to the Jules Rimet Cup. - RedHoundoom

Won by the team of the tournament, and one of the finest teams to ever play the game, the Brazil side was packed full of legends and pure flair: Carlos Alberto, Pelé, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino and Tostão were all present and correct: they won every single qualifying game and all six games at the finals. Brazil's triumph was beautiful and complete, playing the perfect final, destroying Italy 4-1 and scoring the perfect goal - Carlos Alberto's 4th. - RedHoundoom

4 Korea/Japan 2002

The 2002 World Cup was great precisely because it was so unpredictable, starting with the very first match, when holders France lost 1-0 to Senegal; they would go out after finishing bottom of the group and not scoring a single goal. Hugely questionable refereeing saw South Korea stun Italy in the second round, before overcoming Spain to secure an astonishing semi-final place. Meanwhile the United States shocked Portugal in the first round to send them home, before being edged out by eventual finalists Germany in the second round. As if that wasn't enough, Turkey took advantage of an unexpectedly favourable draw to reach the semi-finals for the first time. But it was Brazil who deservedly lifted the trophy. Led by the real Ronaldo, who won the golden boot with 8 goals, Brazil were the winners, striding through a tournament where many other fancied teams fell, comprehensively beating Germany 2-0 in the final. - RedHoundoom

5 Russia 2018

In my opinion, this World Cup was pretty unpredictable. Not saying it’s a bad thing because I love surprises.
~ AlphaQ

6 Italy 1990


The very first game of the tournament saw Cameroon shock the world champions Argentina with a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win, which featured one of the greatest tackles of all time. Old faithful West Germany may have won it, beating a dour Argentinian side who had struggled to the final via two penalty-shoot out wins, but the stars of the show were the indomitable lions of Cameroon, led by the 40-year-old-but-probably-older Roger Milla. They attacked with flair and gave England a massive fright in the quarter-finals; more than that, they brought African football well and truly onto the world stage. - RedHoundoom

7 France 1998

This world cup was just too sweet! The revolution of French football begun as France triumphed in this world cup. This was also (jointly) the world cup with the most goals. - RedHoundoom

8 USA 1994

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, held in nine cities across the United States from 17 June to 17 July 1994. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on 4 July 1988. Despite the host nation's lack of a national top-level soccer league, the tournament broke the World Cup average attendance record with nearly 69,000 spectators per game. At the final, Brazil won their record fourth world cup by defeating Italy in a penalty shootout. - RedHoundoom

USA were great hosts of the 15th edition of the tournament. The tournament earned more views per match than any other world cup of its time. And at the final, Brazil secured their record fourth world cup defeating Italy in a penalty shootout. - RedHoundoom

9 England 1966

You can't mention the '66 World Cup without referring to England's third goal in the final. Was it over the line or not? Only one thing matters, the Azerbaijani linesman Tofiq Bahramov thought it was in. The tournament also saw a series of incredible performances from the legendary Portuguese striker Eusebio; notable among them inspiring a comeback from 3-0 down against North Korea, to triumph 5-3. And one more thing: There was panic in the build-up to the tournament as the Trophy was stolen from an exhibition but, luckily, a furry friend came to the rescue, as a dog named Pickles discovered it, wrapped in paper, underneath some bushes in London. A new hero was found. - RedHoundoom

10 Argentina 1978

The Contenders

11 Sweden 1958

The three best World Cups were 1954,1958,1970 (the best).
World Cup of 1954 had the highest goalscoring average (5.4).
Worst of all the one in Italy (1990).
Even the final of this Cup was the worst of all.

This is the world cup where Brazil started their reign on the football world. This is also the beginning of the Pele era! - RedHoundoom

12 Germany 2006

This world cup was filled with surprises, amazing matches and great moments. Germany were the best hosts of the world cup history and this one deserves to be in this list. - RedHoundoom

13 Switzerland 1954
14 South Africa 2010

Among the worst with Italy 1990.

Fantastic,beautiful memories

2010 fifa world cup was the best

15 Spain 1982

It was quite good.

16 Germany 1974
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