Ranking the Best Teams in the History of the World Cup from each Country and Continent

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  1. wfwc

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    There's lots of lists about the very best.
    Why not expand?
    Here is my list based on certain criteria but not only results-wise, for example quality of play, level of the opponent, info etc
    Refereeing, conspiracy theories and stories aside.
    It's also about the tournament teams, not a specific generation.


    Brazil
    1. Brazil 1970: The Greatest World Cup Team Ever. They went to make the beautiful game dream a reality by made it into an art form mixed with results in spectacular fashion.
    2. Brazil 1958
    3. Brazil 1962
    4. Brazil 1982
    5. Brazil 2002
    6. Brazil 1950
    7. Brazil 1986
    8. Brazil 1994
    9. Brazil 1998
    10. Brazil 1938

    Germany
    1. Germany 1954: The most underrated international team of all-time. The best ever German national team, based on historical significance of German football, in that alone, enough to be placed first.
    2. Germany 1974
    3. Germany 1970
    4. Germany 2014
    5. Germany 1990
    6. Germany 1966
    7. Germany 2010
    8. Germany 1958
    9. Germany 1982
    10. Germany 2006

    Italy
    1. Italy 1934: Combination set of strength and phenomenal stamina, in that they went on days less rest and still beat a top quality sides. Giuseppe Meazza had the most influence on the success (arguably the greatest Italian player) ,with a Juventus core to the squad (probably the peak of the first truely great club side of the 20th Century).
    2. Italy 1938
    3. Italy 1982
    4. Italy 1990
    5. Italy 1978
    6. Italy 2006
    7. Italy 1970
    8. Italy 1994
    9. Italy 2002
    10. Italy 1998

    Argentina
    1. Argentina 1930: The pre-1960s were the golden age of Argentinian football, the legends of the 1930s and the 1940s really outstanding, perhaps even most likely that could have been a battle between La Maquina era's v Mighty Magyars as the best ever.
    2. Argentina 1986
    3. Argentina 1978
    4. Argentina 1966
    5. Argentina 2006
    6. Argentina 2014
    7. Argentina 1998
    8. Argentina 2010
    9. Argentina 1982
    10. Argentina 1990

    England
    1. England 1970: Which carries great prestige with more experience, they lost two matches while the performance its at the highest level which rarely seen by the English NT at the World Cup.
    2. England 1966
    3. England 1954
    4. England 1990
    5. England 1982
    6. England 1958
    7. England 2002
    8. England 1998
    9. England 1986
    10. England 1962

    Spain
    1. Spain 2010: No tournament has had a clear-cut favourite since 1954, which speaks for itself.
    2. Spain 1934
    3. Spain 2002
    4. Spain 1986
    5. Spain 1962
    6. Spain 1994
    7. Spain 2006
    8. Spain 1950
    9. Spain 1966
    10. Spain 1990

    Uruguay
    1. Uruguay 1930: They were indeed a successful NT side, who was also the most dominating force at that time.
    2. Uruguay 1950
    3. Uruguay 1954
    4. Uruguay 1970
    5. Uruguay 2010
    6. Uruguay 1966
    7. Uruguay 1986

    France
    1. France 1998: An era in which France would finally step up and achieved World Cup glory, with one of the best defensive sides in the history of football.
    2. France 1986
    3. France 1958
    4. France 2006
    5. France 1982
    6. France 2014
    7. France 1978

    Holland
    1. Holland 1974: Probably the most classy NT side of all-time, who was also the inspiration that changed the world game.
    2. Holland 1978
    3. Holland 1998
    4. Holland 2010
    5. Holland 2014
    6. Holland 1994
    7. Holland 2006

    Soviet Union & Czechoslovakia
    1. Czechoslovakia 1934: European power, Czechoslovakia were a team of two clubs Slavia Prague and Sparta Prague as one of football's biggest and oldest derbies.
    2. Soviet Union 1966
    3. Czechoslovakia 1962
    4. Soviet Union 1958
    5. Soviet Union 1986
    6. Soviet Union 1970
    7. Soviet Union 1982
    8. Soviet Union 1962
    9. Czechoslovakia 1958
    10. Czechoslovakia 1990

    Hungary & Austria
    1. Hungary 1954: Arguably the greatest international team to ever exist on this planet. Make no mistakes, in that particular tournament minus the greatest European footballer (behind Cruyff and maybe Beckenbauer) or at least being unfit due to an injury.
    2. Austria 1934
    3. Hungary 1938
    4. Austria 1954
    5. Hungary 1966
    6. Hungary 1962
    7. Hungary 1934
    8. Austria 1978
    9. Austria 1982
    10. Hungary 1958

    Rest of the British Isles & Ireland
    1. Wales 1958: The most impressive team of the least fashionable sides in World Cup history, a country of just two million people has not only appearing for the first time but also managed to make it to the quarter-finals.
    2. Scotland 1974
    3. Ireland 1990
    4. Northern Ireland 1958
    5. Northern Ireland 1982
    6. Ireland 2002
    7. Ireland 1994
    8. Scotland 1982
    9. Scotland 1978

    Yugoslavia
    1. Yugoslavia 1950: Completely forgotten. It has been said that the match between Brazil and Yugoslavia was the actual final in terms of quality play and Yugoslavia had the upper hand in that match while Barbosa's heroically saves his team. Otherwise, was capable of going all the way up to the final.
    2. Yugoslavia 1990
    3. Croatia 1998
    4. Yugoslavia 1954
    5. Yugoslavia 1962
    6. Yugoslavia 1974
    7. Yugoslavia 1958
    8. Yugoslavia 1930

    Sweden, Denmark & Norway
    1. Sweden 1958: Sweden's golden era and their reputation as one of the most famous European football nations still remains.
    2. Sweden 1994
    3. Sweden 1950
    4. Denmark 1986
    5. Sweden 1974
    6. Denmark 1998
    7. Sweden 2002
    8. Norway 1998
    9. Denmark 2002
    10. Norway 1994

    Portugal, Switzerland & Belgium
    1. Portugal 1966: Portugal's spectacular football show has been closely tied to that of Benfica successful era.
    2. Switzerland 1938
    3. Belgium 1990
    4. Portugal 2006
    5. Belgium 1986
    6. Switzerland 1954
    7. Belgium 2014
    8. Belgium 2002
    9. Switzerland 1950
    10. Switzerland 2006

    Rest of Central & Eastern Europe
    1. Poland 1974: They were the second most fascinating team in the tournament but obviously overshadowed by the Dutch, extremely difficult to beat.
    2. Bulgaria 1994
    3. Romania 1994
    4. Poland 1982
    5. Turkey 2002
    6. East Germany 1974
    7. Romania 1998
    8. Romania 1990
    9. Poland 1938
    10. Greece 2014

    Rest of South America
    1. Peru 1970: The best Conmebol team possibly since 1954 (excluding Brazil and Argentina), a side which looks top quality with more of an offensive flair.
    2. Chile 1962
    3. Chile 2014
    4. Paraguay 2010
    5. Colombia 2014
    6. Peru 1978
    7. Colombia 1990
    8. Paraguay 1998
    9. Ecuador 2006
    10. Chile 2010

    Africa
    1. Egypt 1934: Very much underrated, most people forget that Egypt were among the best international teams in the 1920s as the perfect second tier team. Unfortunately for them, they were drawn against one of the elite European sides in the first round.
    2. Ghana 2010
    3. Nigeria 1994
    4. Tunisia 1978
    5. Algeria 1982
    6. Morocco 1986
    7. Cameroon 1982
    8. Cameroon 1990
    9. Algeria 2014
    10. Senegal 2002

    North, Central American & Caribbean
    1. Mexico 1994: In 15 finals appearance, that 1994 team is the best Mexican side ever. This team has quality players and their undeniable spirit that can match-up against possibly the world's best.
    2. Costa Rica 2014
    3. USA 2002
    4. Mexico 2014
    5. Mexico 2002
    6. Mexico 1986
    7. Mexico 1998
    8. Honduras 1982
    9. Mexico 1970
    10. USA 2010

    Asia & Oceania
    1. South Korea 2002: Asia's most frequent representatives in the finals, they have played the tournament five times before without winning one single game, and then that actually turns out to be one of the biggest fairy-tale at the World Cup.
    2. North Korea 1966
    3. Australia 2006
    4. Japan 2010
    5. Saudi Arabia 1994
    6. Japan 2002
    7. South Korea 2010
    8. Israel 1970
    9. South Korea 1994
    10. New Zealand 2010
     
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  2. Boavista1976

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    Over-all

    Most titles won: 5 - Brazil
    Most tournament participations: 20 - Brazil
    Most games won: 70 - Brazil
    Most overall points: 227 - Brazil


    South America

    See above


    Europe

    Most titles won: 4 - Germany/West Germany & Italy
    Most tournament participations: 18: Italy & Germany/West Germany
    Most games won: 66 - Germany/West Germany
    Most overall points: 218 - Germany/West Germany

    CONCACAF

    Most titles won: 0
    Most tournament participations: 11 - Mexico
    Most games won: 14 - Mexico
    Most overall points: 56 - Mexico

    Asia

    Most titles won: 0
    Most tournament participations: 9 - South Korea
    Most games won: 5 - South Korea
    Most overall points: 24 - South Korea

    Africa

    Most titles won: 0
    Most tournament participations: 7 - Cameroon
    Most games won: 5 - Nigeria
    Most overall points: 19 - Cameroon

    Oceania

    Most titles won: 0
    Most tournament participations: 2 - Australia & New Zealand
    Most games won: 1 - Australia
    Most overall points: 5 - Australia

    (Australia in Oceania until 2006)


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    Best Finish


    Europe

    Champions: 11 (Germany/West Germany X4. Italy X4, France X1, Spain X1, England X1)
    Runner-up: 15 (Germany/W. Germany X 4, Holland X3, Italy X2, Czech X2, Hungary X2, Sweden X1, France X1)
    Third place: 16 (Germany/W. Germany X4, France X 2, Sweden X2, Poland X2, Italy X1, Holland X1, Portugal X1, Austria X1, Croatia X1, Turkey X1)


    South America

    Champions: 9 (Brazil X5, Argentina X2, Uruguay X2)
    Runner-up: 5 (Argentina X3, Brazil X2)
    Third place: 3 (Brazil X2, Chile X1)


    Asia

    Champions: 0
    Runner-up: 0
    Third place: 0
    Best finish: 4th place (South Korea X1)


    CONCACAF

    Champions: 0
    Runner-up: 0
    Third place: 1 (USA X1)


    Africa

    Champions: 0
    Runner-up: 0
    Third place: 0
    Best finish: QF (X3) (Cameroon X1, Ghana X1, Senegal X1)
     
  3. HomokHarcos

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    AFC and OFC

    10.Australia 2010
    9.New Zealand 2010
    8.South Korea 2006
    7.South Korea 2010
    6.Japan 2002
    5.Saudi Arabia 1994
    4.Australia 2006
    3.Japan 2010
    2.North Korea 1966
    1.South Korea 2002

    CONMEBOL (minus Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay)
    10.Colombia 1999
    9.Chile 2010
    8.Paraguay 1998
    6.Chile 2014
    5.Peru 1978
    4.Paraguay 2010
    3.Peru 1970
    2.Colombia 2014
    1.Chile 1962

    CONCACAF
    10.United States 2014
    9.United States 2010
    8.Mexico 2002
    7.Mexico 1998
    6.Mexico 2014
    5.Mexico 1970
    4.United States 1930
    3.United States 2002
    2.Costa Rica 2014
    1.Mexico 1986

    CAF
    10.Algeria 1982
    9.Algeria 2014
    8.Ghana 2006
    6.Morocco 1986
    5.Nigeria 1998
    4.Nigeria 1994
    3.Senegal 2002
    2.Ghana 2010
    1.Cameroon 1990
     
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  4. HomietheClown

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    It would have been interesting to see Chile 2014- Colombia 2014. If only Pinilla would have scored that one chance against Brazil.

    With the way James was playing I don't know if the Chilenos would have been able to stop him like Brazil was able to with all the hatcheting and physical play. I think Chile would have played it a bit more wide open which could have been their downfall (Much like the Holland match).

    (We will never know.)
     


  5. condor11

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    I would have Paraguay 98 higher than Paraguay 2010 (even if the 2010 team made quarters)
     
  6. kamalondo

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    Algeria better than Senegal for beating South Korea? cmon
    In Africa we recognize Senegal 2002 as the best then Ghana. Then you have Nigeria mid 90s team and Cameroon 90s team. But this list is not fair at all.
    In Africa, The Africa Cup of Nations is the benchmark, not World Cup
     
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    LOL so you're saying that Africans would be more happy with their country winning the AFCON than winning the World Cup?
     
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    African countries are not winning the World Cup. It's not going to happen any time soon. And with only five qualification slots to World Cup most countries look up to AFCON.
     


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    I guess it's a different view from what Mexicans and Americans have.
     
  10. wfwc

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    As for Algeria 2014, mainly because the Germany match.
    That was Germany's hardest game.
     
  11. kamalondo

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    Yes, because those two countries are assures WC qualifications and the heritage of football in the rest is not too great
     
  12. jus2nang

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    How on earth have put a side that didn't win or draw a game as Africa's top team? You also said "It's also about the tournament teams, not a specific generation."
    There's no way in a million years that Egypt '34 are even in the top 5, let alone the very top.

    1. Ghana 2010
    2. Cameroon 1990
    3. Senegal 2002
    4. Nigeria 1994
    5. Morocco 1986
    6. Algeria 1982
    7. Ghana 2006
    8. Nigeria 1998
    9. Algeria 2014
    10. Nigeria 2014
     
  13. wfwc

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    I made it clear from the very beginning, also said "level of the opponent" & "not only results-wise", in case not readable!
    Even a loss against the top team with a great performance, it is also important to take into consideration eg Algeria 2014 (Germany), Nigeria 1994 (Argentina, Italy).. etc
    1934, a 16-team competition with a straight knock-out format (hardly any team were of inferior quality).
    Read the 'Complete Book of the World Cup' by Cris Freddi if you want a source for Hungary-Egypt match report.
     
  14. jus2nang

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    Yep, I read that. I still can't see how Egypt '34 are number one - you did say it was about tournament teams and whilst results weren't the only factor they were still a factor right?

    So a team that played one game and lost is Africa's best ever? No matter how well they played, I doubt they'd be in many (if any) people's top 5 (apart from Egyptians perhaps).

    Nigeria '94 and Algeria '14 are legitimate choices though.
     
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  15. wfwc

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    Well, then it's a matter of opinions.
    Someone would argue that it can't be a failure higher than the champs.. and so on.
    However, it need to be knowledgeable about every team from all the previous World Cup competitions of books, articles etc, with more games to watch as much as possible (speaking for myself, every world cup match since 1966), in order to create overall ranking, otherwise it remains incomplete.
    Cannot rank just by looking at the results (to me at least).

    As for Egypt, I think you're heavily underrate them at that time. Yes, you are right they lost the match with zero points but that's one game against Hungary a top class team, that team had some of best players of that decade such as Gyula Lazar, Geza Toldi, Antal Szabo, Laszlo Sternberg
    Egypt were miles ahead of any other team in Africa into the first half of the 20th century, the first truly great African team (excluding Egypt) which is Ghana during the 1960s, when they had Osei Kofi, Baba Yara, Edward Acquah, Wilberforce Mfum.. (its arguably golden generation of players). Still though, their toughest continental opponents was Egypt (1960 Olympiad Qualifying & 1964 Olympiad Tokyo), that's probably can give you a better idea about Egypt during their golden age of the 1920's & the 1930's.

    Cheers
     
  16. pipinogol

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    IMO the best two squads Argentina has taken to a world cup were the 1982 and 2002 teams, regardless of their performances at the actual tournament.

    The 1982 team was the best of the 1978 team + Maradona and Ramon Diaz. The 2002 team was absolutely STACKED, only Bielsa and his ruthless training methods on season-tired players and Veron signing for United managed to ruin it.
     

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