Rank the World Cup winning teams you've seen

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1. Argentina 1986, cos Maradona was from a different planet
2. Germany 2014, cos beating Brazil 7-1 in Brazil is nuts
3. Brazil 2002, cos Ronaldinho and Ronaldos recovery
4. France 1998, cos Zidane and Blanc kissing Barthez bald head
5. Argentina 1978, cos Mario Kempes hair and ticker tape
 

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1998 France is a bit overrated compared to 2018 France? 2018 had far better attacking options and 1998 was famous for its defence but 2018 could also defend as shown by shutting off Uruguay and Belgium in the quarters and semis.
 

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1. GERMANY 14
2. SPAIN 10
3. FRANCE 98
4. BRAZIL 02
5. BRAZIL 94
6. FRANCE 18
7. ITALY 06

Aldo I enjoy football history a lot the 94 wc is the first wc I can truly remember aldo I was a small child in 90. So on the basis of that this would be my list.
 

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1998 France is a bit overrated compared to 2018 France? 2018 had far better attacking options and 1998 was famous for its defence but 2018 could also defend as shown by shutting off Uruguay and Belgium in the quarters and semis.
A part of is undoubtedly nostalgia but to be honest the 98 just looks better to the eye, more tough charachters in it as well compared to your pogba and Griezmanns of the world although that doesn't necessarily mean anything in footballing terms.
 

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1998 France is a bit overrated compared to 2018 France? 2018 had far better attacking options and 1998 was famous for its defence but 2018 could also defend as shown by shutting off Uruguay and Belgium in the quarters and semis.
Don't think there's much between them. Both teams were very hard to break down, but France 1998 had arguably the second best international defence of all time behind Italy in 1990. Each of the back four were among the greatest (top 10-15) in their position of all time, whereas I don't think the 2018 team's defence hits the same heights. For what it's worth France 1998 also scored more goals than France 2018, despite not having a functioning striker for the knockout stage.

The Euro 2000 team shits on both of them though.
 

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Don't think there's much between them. Both teams were very hard to break down, but France 1998 had arguably the second best international defence of all time behind Italy in 1990. Each of the back four were among the greatest (top 10-15) in their position of all time, whereas I don't think the 2018 team's defence hits the same heights. For what it's worth France 1998 also scored more goals than France 2018, despite not having a functioning striker for the knockout stage.

The Euro 2000 team shits on both of them though.
Yeah Varane is the only player in 2018 France that is in the calibre of the 1998 defence. But I’d rather Giroud as a non goal scoring striker than Guivarc’h, and Mbappe was far more dangerous than Djorkaeff. In midfield, Pogba and Kanté together were an all-time partnership and Matuidi was also as good if not better than the likes of Karembeau. Pogba in particular at that World Cup was absolutely top class, and maybe better than any French midfielder in the 1998 tournament, but his United spell no doubt sours the opinion of many unfortunately.
 

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Not satisfied with this list at all but I guess it's ok for a preliminary list, besides it's just hard and almost nonsensical ranking diffrent national teams who competed in massively diffrent environments with diffrent opposition etc etc.

Spain 2010 is hard to rank , they should be close to the top if not outright the best on theory but their performance sure left a lot to be desired.
Based on the level of difficulty, I would agree.

It was the most difficult and impressive run from any team in the history of WC. They beat a former WC in Argentina, the best team in the world, a very strong Poland, and a typical West Germany. I get your points, even though I wouldn't rank them as number 1 due to their gs performances.
 

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It's really difficult to rank them due to a load of reasons. I will rank only from post-1970, the first WC that was televised in color.

1. Brazil 1970
2. Spain 2010
3. Italy 1982
4. West Germany 1974
5. West Germany 1990
6. France 1998
7. Germany 2014
8. Brazil 2002
9. Argentina 1986
10. Argentina 1978
11. France 2018
12. Brazil 1994
 

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Based on the level of difficulty, I would agree.

It was the most difficult and impressive run from any team in the history of WC. They beat a former WC in Argentina, the best team in the world, a very strong Poland, and a typical West Germany. I get your points, even though I wouldn't rank them as number 1 due to their gs performances.
To be fair Italy usually seems to be slow to get in form when it comes to world cup but that's a fair point, their meager gs performance puts them down on the dominance factor.
 

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Yep just saw it, the top 3 is pretty much nailed on (although I can't bring myself to rank Spain that high) although I find it interesting how you rank Argentina 86 and Germany 90 on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Also France 2018 was surely not that bad.

A neat list nonetheless as expected.
 

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This just isn’t true. That Spain team were so defensive that Mourinho wouldn’t be able to watch them.
How?

Unlike Mourinho, their opponents to a man conceded any sense of attacking intent in the games. They just parked massive buses and gave Spain the ball. Even after Spain went 1-0 up, they made no attempt to force the game.

How does Spain get classified as "so defensive"?

Tbf the Alonso/Busquets double pivot was unnecessarily defensive when they had the tried and tested Barca trio. Still it won them the tournament but in a boring fashion.

David Villa is still to this day massively underrated. Was the most important player at the tournament for the carry job he did of the entire Spanish attack
Didn't Iniesta play most games (just further up instead of in the midfield 3)? And Alonso could progress the ball forward well. Busquets' role was more defensive.

Agreed on Villa.
 

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Unlike Mourinho, their opponents to a man conceded any sense of attacking intent in the games. They just parked massive buses and gave Spain the ball. Even after Spain went 1-0 up, they made no attempt to force the game.

How does Spain get classified as "so defensive"?
Spain only scored 8 goals thought the campaign in 2010 (the lowest of any winner in history). They only faced one previous winner (Germany in the SF).

How can they stand against the others? Argentina winning it in 1986, facing one previous winner at every single round except Belgium in the semis... Or Brazil from 2002, winning 7 in 7 and scoring 21 goals.
 

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How?

Unlike Mourinho, their opponents to a man conceded any sense of attacking intent in the games. They just parked massive buses and gave Spain the ball. Even after Spain went 1-0 up, they made no attempt to force the game.

How does Spain get classified as "so defensive"?



Didn't Iniesta play most games (just further up instead of in the midfield 3)? And Alonso could progress the ball forward well. Busquets' role was more defensive.

Agreed on Villa.
Not entirely true that every opponent just parked the bus. Chile went toe to toe with typical Bielsa football and looked good doing it, until a harsh sending off took a tactical toll on them. Germany and Netherlands didn't park the bus either, albeit Germany were very soundly contained by Spain's undeniably conservative possession approach for the game, and the Netherlands played dirty, cynical football, but they had been doing that in all of their other games too.
 

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France 1998
Italy 2006
Germany 2014

Brazil 2002 didn't particularly interest me, while Spain 2010 and France 2018 were super boring to watch.
 

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Don't think there's much between them. Both teams were very hard to break down, but France 1998 had arguably the second best international defence of all time behind Italy in 1990. Each of the back four were among the greatest (top 10-15) in their position of all time, whereas I don't think the 2018 team's defence hits the same heights. For what it's worth France 1998 also scored more goals than France 2018, despite not having a functioning striker for the knockout stage.

The Euro 2000 team shits on both of them though.
For me it would be in that order 2000, 1998, 2006 and 2018. I think that the 2018 is the one being overrated.
 

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Unlike Mourinho, their opponents to a man conceded any sense of attacking intent in the games. They just parked massive buses and gave Spain the ball. Even after Spain went 1-0 up, they made no attempt to force the game.

How does Spain get classified as "so defensive"?
Because they’re the single most defensive team ever. Pretty simple really.
 

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Spain only scored 8 goals thought the campaign in 2010 (the lowest of any winner in history). They only faced one previous winner (Germany in the SF).

How can they stand against the others? Argentina winning it in 1986, facing one previous winner at every single round except Belgium in the semis... Or Brazil from 2002, winning 7 in 7 and scoring 21 goals.
A big reason is because they won the European Championships either side of the World Cup, and European teams were the strongest in the world at the time - as shown by 3 of the 4 teams in the 2010 WC being European.

It was also the way they won it, their control. After the first game, they never went behind. Bad football to watch, but really effective with the players they had.

You just feel if you put them in a one-off match with a lot of the previous winners, they would eventually grind them down and win.

However, style wise they are one of the most boring World Cup teams ever. Defensive tika taka, as someone said no need for a double pivot of Busquets and Alonso, with Xavi ahead. Part of that was also the way teams set up against them, teams sat back and a tedious enough defence vs attack dynamic played out often.
 

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1. Spain 2010 - Greatest team ever.

2. Brazil 2002 - Their attack was out of this world

3. Germany 2014 - Good solid team

4. France 2018 - Similar to Germany

5. Italy 2006 - Probably a bit lucky in many ways
 

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That Spanish team is so overrated. Got smashed 3-0 by the worst Brazil of all time. Greatest NT of all time, jesus christ..
 

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Brasil 2002 - pretty on the eye, fantatstic team, far the best wc winner in my lifetime
Brasil 1994 - Maybe they werent pretty on the eye but were damned functional and effective
Germany 2014 - great team which produced some great football
Spain 2010 - one of the best teams ever on paper but their football in the WC wasnt pretty. Effective as hell, sure, but not one to enjoy definitely
France 1998 - Nothing special about them, stumbled to the win
Italy 2006 - Queitly won the world cup although there wasnt anything special about them either
France 2018 - defensive team with the ugly way of playing, worst WC winner since I've been watching football by a mile.
 
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I am surprised to see Spain 2010 so high. I think that they were the worst of the three Spain teams that won glory in 2008-2012.

Lost against Switzerland in group stage. Then in KO:

1-0 against Portugal with an offside goal.
1-0 against Paraguay with Paraguay losing a penalty.
1-0 against Germany.
1-0 against Holland with Robben missing two sitters.

They kept the ball forever and bored everyone to death. But I think they were extremely lucky to win it all.
 

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The 82 Italian side would take some beating but by today's standards they would not make half time with half their team on the pitch.
It's interesting that all of them can also play very good football. Gentile was a very good player too.
 

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Brazil 2002 had some crazy talent.
1982 Italy
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2010 Spain
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Brazil 2002 is the best for me - that side had 2 balon'dor winners and another 2 future balon-dor winners (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Kaka, though the latter only played a bit). Don't think any team can say they had that.
 

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That Spanish team is so overrated. Got smashed 3-0 by the worst Brazil of all time. Greatest NT of all time, jesus christ..
Yep, it does seem that people are adding their performances at the Euros in 2008 and 2012 to elevate what they did in 2010.
 

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Brazil 2002 and Germany 2014 were a joy to watch.

Spain dead last as they were such a snooze fest. They were lucky multiple times and probably the most boring WC of all time.
 

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Lothar Matthäus at his peak. Klinsmann and Völler in attack.
Lots of players in that team featured for the big italien clubs during the height of italien club football.
 

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France 1998
Spain 2010
Brazil 2002
Germany 2014
West Germany 1990
France 2018
Brazil 1994
Italy 2006

I rank France top because i think Brazil 1998 was the best team of the lot and if Ronaldo hadn't had his fit they would have won that final, but he did and they didn't, and it was France that beat them.
 

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Brazil 2002 and Germany 2014 were a joy to watch.

Spain dead last as they were such a snooze fest. They were lucky multiple times and probably the most boring WC of all time.
Fully agree with your list in every aspect.
 

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Brazil 2002 is the best for me - that side had 2 balon'dor winners and another 2 future balon-dor winners (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Kaka, though the latter only played a bit). Don't think any team can say they had that.
But also Roque Junior and Kleberson.
 
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