Which World Cup was the best World Cup?

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    PeteManic Full Member

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    Ok. So I'm getting a bit excited about the World Cup this summer. European World Cups are always the best ones.

    So I was thinking what was the best World Cup?

    Before all the English go for 1990, I think the best World Cup was 1998. Huge stars. Genuinely great teams - France, Brazil, Holland, Argentina, England(!?!) - littered with massive players from world football. To keep all you English men and women happy, it was probably England's best squad in the modern era as well.

    The highlight video on youtube is amazing:



    You could probably make a list of 50 truly world class players at this World Cup.

    Last World Cup before the internet as well. Great times.
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    Tincanalley Turns player names into a crappy conversation

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    Schmiznurf Full Member

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    First one that came to mind was 98 when I read the question. Ronaldo, that is all.
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    That I can remember 94 or 98. 94 didn't get the final it deserved obviously, but there were some crackers in the knock-out rounds.
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    1990 for me....

    Toto Schillaci, Roger Milla, Pavarotti, Penalties and Gazza :(
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    U99ted Full Member

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    I enjoyed the 2002 edition. There were quite a lot of upsets, like France and Argentina crashing out in the group stage, Spain and Italy being knocked out by South Korea and Turkey/Korea finishing 3rd/4th. Brazil were incredible, Germany were very good, and England weren't completely useless.
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    Sassy Colin Death or the gladioli!

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    Italia 90, of course.

    Although, I did enjoy France '98
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    PoTMS Full Member

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    2010. Vuvuzela’s, sleepy taka and 12 angry (French) men.
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    Fuzzy Dunlop Full Member

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    94 and 2002 :D:wenger:
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    Pexbo has never watched Star Wars

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    Probably 98 from memory. I was just about at the age where I was mad into football and I got FIFA 98 RTWC.

    I think international tournaments have died a slow death now though, don’t see then next few tournaments being anything other than a chore with off field nonsense taking the limelight.
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    1998 definitely. 1990 was dull in the extreme. Mexico 1986 was a cracker; it’s a shame that all that gets remembered about it nowadays is Maradona.
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    Ian Reus Ended 14 years of Grand National sweepstakes

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    86 for me.

    Pat Jennings in last tournament for norn iron.

    Lineker top goal scorer.

    Laudrup skinning Uruguay 6-1. Our very own Jesper Olsen in the side.

    Spain demolishing Denmark 5-1

    The great semi final stalemate between Brazil and France.

    Maradona hand ball and all.

    Not to forget the other players like:

    • Scifo
    • Rudi Voller
    • Platini
    • Caracas
    • Butragueno
    • Socrates
    • Papin
    • Hugo Sauchez
    Etc
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    RedTiger Full Member

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    Italia 90 and France 98. Both were exciting, both were close to the UK time zone and both had historically brilliant players.

    Special shout out to USA 94, the crowds were phenomenal and the world's best player at the time lost the final due to a shit penalty .
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    2006 for me. Semester holidays and I watched every single possible game.
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    1982. What else? That Brazil team, Socrates, Falcao, Zico. Beautiful French midfield, Schumacher, Rossi, Tardelli, Northern Ireland, Algeria. Magnificent stuff. And I was 12.
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    2002 was the worst looking back.

    Quality of football wasn’t great besides Brazil. Only good thing about it is school started late because of the early morning kick offs.

    But I would hate if there were 7 or 8am kick offs now.

    2014 had the best group stages games. I’d say 2006 overall was the best. I have a fondness for 1998 as it was really the first World Cup I watched. But can’t remember much from it.
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    RedfromIreland New Member

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    1970. That Brazil team was something else.
    The England vs Brazil match was such a tight affair and it took something special from the golden boys to come out on top.
    For anyone who didn't see Pele play, you've missed a special player.
    I know it was a different era and all but that was a wonderful tournament.
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    USA WC 1994.
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    RedDevilCanuck Quite dreamy - blue eyes, blond hair, tanned skin

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    Worst has to be 2010. Messi, Ronaldo, drogba, Rooney all huge let downs.

    Forlan was the only exciting player. Shit final too
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    klsv Full Member

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    My first seems the best for me, 1998, whenever I watch some highlights, it still feels magical. Bergkamp, Suker, Zidane, Vieri, Laudrup, Batistuta...

    I personally loved the 2002 one too, it wasn't great but I remember being so emotionally invested in it. Waking up early every morning although there was no school, watched every single match. Felt like my summer started after final :lol:
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    Has their really been a good one since they went to 32 teams?

    You look at the standard in the 70s and 80s. Without seeing it live Spain 82 always strikes me as the gold standard world cup, Brazil had an amazing team and didn't win and Italy, France and West Germany were all great so you got classic matches in the knock outs.

    Italia 90 was actually a pretty dull world cup but it's skewed due to England being great for once.

    I would agree of the recents France 98 was a pretty good one. Lots of good knock out matches (England-Argentina game of the tournament, Bergkamp's last minute winner v Argentina, France-Croatia) and even the first time qualifiers like Jamaica and Japan were decent teams.

    2002, probably won't get a world cup with as many shocks but really quality wasn't great and some of the ref decisions were bizarre to put it mildly.

    2006, really good group stages but knock outs were a big disappointment bar Germany-Italy which was a cracking result. Final known more for a headbutt than any great skill.

    2010, a very forgettable world cup if only for those Vuvuzelas!

    2014, little bit similar to 2006. Exciting group games but knock out stages were pretty hard going with Argentina defending their way to the final which stifled Messi. The 7-1 though....

    Think 2018 problem will be a bit of decline in the group stages due to plenty of big hitters like Chile, U.S. Italy and Holland not being there.
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    has to be Italia 90!

    also fond memories of WC2002 for me as I went out to Japan for a few weeks of it
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    Acole9 Outstanding

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    Always baffles me when people go for 1990, blatantly just for England getting to the semi final. The tournament itself was incredibly dull. I think 1998 or 2006 was the best.
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    RedRom "Where's Lingard?"

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    1994 was and still is my favourite best and favorite one, so many iconic players and goals.
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    KGBhoy Full Member

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    I personally don't like World Cups, but 1990 and 1998 are my favorites.
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    Inter Yer Nan Full Member

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    I barely remember 1990 really just England losing on pens to Germany. 1994 really stands out for me in the old memory bank. I remember me and my best mate the night of the opening game asking his dad who he was picking he said Colombia, we were like WTF? We were at my house later and same answer, Colombia. England weren't in it so had no natural rooting incentive but I went with Spain since I used to watch Barca whenever they were on DSF (back when Sky didn't have La Liga) and they had a good run and played some good stuff and ended up being proper unlucky against Italy. That World Cup, I really enjoyed Bulgaria and Stoichkov and the Romanian's with Hagi.

    1998 was great too because I felt there were 7 or 8 teams that were great or borderline great and even the other teams like Yugoslavia were very good. The Dutch were great at this world cup, but unfortunately Spain went home early which put a bit of a damper on it for me since I've always had a soft spot for them. 98 was IMO the last great world cup.

    I've lived in the States for the last two and 2010 was a bit dull for me but I enjoyed 2014 but I am looking forward to this world cup the most since 2006.
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    Gio 6 times Redcafe Draft Winner

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    In the 24 and 32 team era, there is a lot to love about 1982 and 1986 with a number of the greatest of all time hitting their stride and plenty of attacking verve lighting them up. In '82 Brazil, France and Poland were superb to watch and contrasted superbly with the more defensive-minded teams they came up against (who themselves made defending an art form). The quality of attacking play in 1990 wasn't great, and it was the most negative of them all, but it was full of drama and might be the most iconic World Cup after 1970. And it has the single best day in World Cup history that Friday evening when Argentina mugged Brazil before West Germany turned over the Dutch in a second round fit for the semis. USA '94 was decent, but the heat and general reliance on collective team play takes its edge off in a historical comparison. Where 1998 stands out is the quality of the knockout stages where a lot of big teams clashed creating some of the best international games of the modern era with the head-to-heads involving Holland, Argentina, Brazil, England and Denmark. In contrast, 2002 was the opposite with only Brazil turning up amongst the big boys after a bloated European season and one of the first tournaments where the over-designed ball had a negative impact on some of the attacking play. I thought 2006 was a good tournament on the back of a really strong group stage with Argentina tearing it up. It fizzled out a wee bit as the European teams ground their way towards the final, but it still carries the gravitas of a proper tournament. Like 2002, 2010 was a damp squib and never really got going with a few sides stuck between generations. Alternating again, 2014 was definitely the best since 2006 and arguably 1998, with plenty of attacking football and a number of memorable games. Overall I'd put 1982 up top followed by 1998.

    Earlier than that, I'm not a huge fan of the 1978 tournament with a few teams again stuck between two generations and the dark cloud hanging over the whole show. 1970 and 1974 were excellent though. Mexico '70 remains the gold standard - big teams clashing, legends at the top of their game, and a great team enshrined into everyone's memory in glorious technicolour.
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    2002- that Brazil side might be the most exciting side I've seen show up to a WC.

    It was full of surprises. Senegal beating France on the opening day, South Korea knocking out Italy, Argentina not showing up and Turkey coming third.

    The only downside was that was the tournament they started using these balls that behave like floaters.
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    2002, mainly because of Ronaldo.

    I found 2006 great too. 2010 and 2014 were boring
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    I wonder why so many say 2002. That was a terrible World Cup. Brazil was exciting and that’s it. Germany were terrible but Kahn magically kempt them in it, for them to lose it in the finale through his mistakes, and South Korea took out two top teams due to the shadiest refereeing I’ve ever seen on this stage.
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    Gio 6 times Redcafe Draft Winner

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    Yeah it was a stinker. I struggled to accept it at the time having been so excited for it with France and Argentina just looking sensational beforehand, with Portugal and Italy hopefully building on their Euro 2000 campaigns. But Brazil apart it lacked quality. And the nature of Spain's defeat was hard to swallow.
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    2006 for me. I thought 2014 was decent too
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    2002. England/Brazil. Seaman and Ronaldinho :lol:

    2014 was great though.

    Objectively speaking, '86 is probably the best for Maradona's performance. Or '58 for Pele's emergence. '70 for that Brazil team.
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    1998 for me. Watched pretty much every game in my bedroom at my nans house.

    France, Brazil and Holland stand out to me in that tournament for some reason.
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    1970 for me. That final goal in the tournament scored by Brazil's Carlos Alberto was a fitting finish. A beautiful goal scored by a beautiful team.