Top 10 Greatest World Cups in Football History

Greatest World Cups in Football


Greatest World Cups in Football: The football world cup is nothing short of a global phenomenon that is awaited by its fans all around the world with bated breaths. It’s no unknown fact that it is the most followed, most viewed sporting event that has even surpassed the Olympic games. The world cup has been hosted by seventeen countries until now. The countries that have hosted The World Cup twice are –

Brazil, France, Italy, Germany and Mexico.

The countries that have hosted it just once are –

Uruguay, Switzerland, Sweden, Chile, England, Argentina, Spain, the United States, Japan and South Korea (jointly), South Africa and Russia.

The hosts of the 2022 World Cup are decided to be Qatar, while the 2026 one will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and also Mexico.

Now here’s the list of top 10 Greatest World Cups in Football

#10  The World Cup of Russia (2018) | Greatest World Cups in Football

The very recent World Cup took place in Russia. It took place from the 14th of June to the 15th of July. It was not only the most expensive world cup up until now but also the first world cup to use Video Assistant Referee system. BBC’s Steve Rosenberg went on record to say he was very impressed by the host country, Russia. He said that he was pleasantly surprised with absolutely stunning stadiums, easy and free travel availability to reach venues and also the lack of crowd violence and that Russia was the most hospitable and gracious and friendly host, in complete contrast with its political stern streak. Gianni Infantino, who’s the president of FIFA.

Greatest World Cups in Football

talked about what a beautiful and welcoming country Russia is and he has even declared this to be ‘the best World Cup ever.” And truly so, because this particular year proved to be a huge success, with 3 billion people watching it on television and 7 million fans attending fests. What started as the showcasing of Messi, Ronaldo and Salah, quickly switched over to it being about Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe.

Teenager Mbappe scoring in a World Cup final didn’t go unnoticed by 77-year-old Pele who tweeted: “If Kylian keeps equaling my records like this, I may have to dust my boots off again.” Wholesome. Croatia going to the finals was definitely an inspiring moment for all the small countries. And who could forget Panama’s tearful singing of the national anthem in celebration of them scoring their very first World Can goal? It may have not won the game, but it definitely won everybody’s hearts

#9 The World Cup of France (1998)

This 1998 World Cup match between the Argentinian and English team, according to The New York Post, ‘had everything.’ Which if having watched the match, we can all agree on.

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The obvious talent of Michael Owen shined through in this match. There was also that bittersweet David Beckham send off, some major counterattack moves and then finally another England fall. Even with the game going to penalty, the inevitability of how the match would end was almost hanging in the air.

#8  The World Cup Brazil (2014) 

Spain had their rematch of 2010 with the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup. Spain was always known to be a champion in defending and the ‘Dutch onslaught’ that was followed wasn’t what anybody was ready for. Arjen Robben, Stefan de Vrij, Robin Van Persie followed by Robben’s scores led up to the final score being 5-1.

Greatest World Cups in Football

The game between Germany and Brazil definitely belonged to Germany. This semifinal witnessed the utter destruction of the opposite team by Germany that would only go on to be talked about for years to come in the football community, making it one of the greatest performances ever. This win could be said to be because of the faults in Brazil’s defence but you cannot overlook the sheer brilliance of Germany in this match. It all began with Thomas Muller scoring after 11 minutes, following Germany scoring four more goals and finally Andre Schurrle was responsible for the total to go up to seven in the second half.

#7 The World Cup of  South Africa (2010) | Greatest World Cups in Football

The match between Uruguay and Ghana of 2010 World Cup ended with the score 1-1. Everybody who watched the match knows the real drama of the game started after this draw, during the penalty shot.

The World Cup of  South Africa (2010)

The team on the offensive for this penalty shot was Ghana. Asamoah Gyan kicked his shot and the Uruguayan crowd went wild as if this already decided who’s going to come out as winners. Meanwhile, Ghana’s chances looked more and bleaker as their lineup missed their shots. Then it was up to Sebastian Abreu to make the winning score – and win they did.

#6 The World Cup of  Germany (2006)

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