Top Ten World Cup TeamsThe best ten teams to play in the World Cup and since the World Cup features only the best teams on the planet, in effect, the top ten soccer teams of all time.
I watched the "aging Pele" score 4 goals and added 5 assists (he *MADE* Jairzinho a World Class Striker with his playmaking...Jairzinho scored 7 goals in 1970). With Gerson in midfield and Carlos Alberto on defense, this was a truly great team. To be fair to Italy, they must have been exhausted after a close extra-time win over a tough West German team that had Gerd Muller on it, but I think that even with extra rest (a week intead of 4 days) they might not have done much better.
There isn't a close number two. Pele was at the end of his career, but he was still dominant. Easily beat Italy 4-1 in the Finals. Jairzinho scored seven goals. They could play any team and they wouldn't be beat once.
They were the best.
Only one country has that passion to play perfect football and that's England.
Best team ever
Messi is the best we have seen and I think that Argentina is a very versatile team with a great frontline midfield and defense.
Think about some of the greatest soccer teams in World Cup history. Brazil, Germany and Argentina. Italy 1982 beat them all. Defending champs Argentina, the favorites of the tournament Brazil, and Germany in the Final.
Italy is the best
The 1998 French team was the best in soccer hisrory. The team included stars such as Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Laurent Blanc, Patrick Vieira, Youri Djorkaeff, Thierry Henry and the great Zinedine Zidane. To this day, their 7.5:1 goals scored to goals allowed average is the greatest of any champion. They also played beautifully in every game, leaving no question of luck. Finally, they proved their superiority by doubling uo with a EURO two years later.
Perhaps the best team... Ever
Except for maybe the spain team that took euro 2012
Spain won the world cup
Agreed as a Dutchman.
Best squad ever!
Having won 2 consecutive Olympic GOLD Medals and with 2-time COPA AMERICA MVP Jose Nasazzi leading the team, they'd have given any team trouble and they had a variety of strikers as well as 2 of the best defenders of all-time (Andrade also a great defender). A tough nut to crack for even the greatest modern teams, a true powerhouse for many years, better than Argentina (1930's World Cup finalist with the great Stabile as a striker). they came back after being down at half-time to win convincingly.
Hector Castro - URUGUAY 4 Argentina 2, World Cup final, 1930. The centre-forward scored in the last minute in Montevideo to confirm the hosts as the first-ever world champions.
When Uruguay met Brazil in the last match, the hosts needed only a draw to win the World Cup. They had beaten Sweden by 7-1 and Spain by 6-1 in their two earlier games in the group and were favourites. Uruguay had drawn against Spain and beaten Sweden by a single goal. A World record 200.000 spectators watched the game and couldn't believe the outcome. Uruguay stunned the crowd and won 2-1 after coming from behind.
With a 2-1 victory over Brazil, Uruguay won the title for the second time in the history of the FIFA World Cup,20 years after their initial success in Montevideo. The term "Maracanazo" roughly translated as "The Maracana Blow") has come to be used in reference to this game.
Uruguay beat, against all odds, their Brazilian counterpart at theMaracana stadium, and as a result, the term Maracanazo , roughly translated as "The Maracana Blow") has come to be used in reference to this game.
Only 2 goals conceded (1 own goal, 1 on a dubious penalty call). So many different goal scorers, played like a true team and not as individual stars. After the final the Azzurri had completed 25 consecutive undefeated games.
The Italian 2006 team was really superb. Team line up and defense were extraordinary and they played like a world champions.
Surrendered only two goals during the entire World Cup; one in the final game and an own goal in group play.
Should be much higher on the list. Pirlo and Gattuso are one of the greatest midfield pairings of all time
They played the most entertaining games in the tournament. Gunes was a smart coach...
Was a team growing in confidence. Remember that for a time they pushed Brazil in the group game, perhaps should have gotten a draw there.
Would definitely have been Ukraine in the quarters and then from there, who knows.
The World Cup as always favours the 'BIG' teams at the expense of those still making their way. The penalty given against them was one of the most disgraceful calls of the tournament!
Should have won. Lost semifinal on bad penalty call and were outplaying France until then.
This team had the best players according to Pele.