FIFA World Cup Winners: There is no better feeling than winning the most prestigious and coveted award in football history. Players wear their hearts on their sleeves and step on the field of play to win it. This fantastic attitude and hunger have made World Cup a cliffhanger, where roller coaster of emotions makes this a priority in almost everyone’s life. The World Cup has given us many winners, it is time to celebrate their 9victories.
FIFA World Cup Winners – Full List From 1930 to 2014:
The inaugural World Cup or formerly known as the Jules Rimet trophy was held in Uruguay. Thirteen teams participated and it was the host nation that went on to lift the trophy as the first winners after defeating Argentina. 1934 edition saw another host nation, this time Italy clinches the cup in front of their home crowd after making light work of Czechoslovakia. Italy then won the title for the second time on the trot after they defeated Hungary in France.
World War II killed off many dreams and demolished the sporting unity that binds the World. As a result and repercussion, the 1942 and 1946 editions were sabotaged. The 1950 World Cup saw Uruguay pip Brazil in front of the latter’s home crowd. The match embarked the beginning of South America’s biggest sensation Brazilian football. The next one saw West Germany beat Hungary in a roller coaster final in Switzerland.
The days of Jogo Bonito started when Brazil demolished Sweden in their own backyard and made the World aware of their football prowess. The next one followed the same fate with Brazil defeating Czechoslovakia easily and retaining the cup in Chile. England has always stuttered in big events, but the 1962 World Cup remains the only bright spot in their less than ordinary history. They surprised football giants West Germany and were ruthless in the final held in England itself. Pele and Brazil won the World Cup for the third time in four attempts as they cruised past Italy in Mexico. There was no doubt regarding the proficiency of the Brazilians.
West Germany took on Netherlands in one of the best World cup finals ever to take place. The stage was set, and the west Germans clearly considered as underdogs after Cruyff’s Netherlands stunned the World with their own brand of total football. However, the best did not get the cup and West Germany sneaked in their second title. The curse continued for the Dutch as the 1978 edition saw Argentina glide past them in the final held in Argentina. 1982 saw Italy’s rise to prominence after a disappointing decade of football filled with scandals. They defeated the edition’s best side Brazil en route and West Germany proved no match to them at Santiago Bernabeu in Spain. 1986 was Maradona’s World Cup and the title belonged to Argentina. Despite the Hand of God controversy, Argentina was worthy enough to beat West Germany in the finals in Mexico.
1990’s World Cup final was a replay of the last one, and the Germans served the best possible revenge. Tactically brilliant and their will to suppress Maradona worked and they clinched the title in Italy. Brazil after five barren runs clinched the elusive fourth after beating Italy in the Unites States and produced some exquisite and heart-shattering moments which includes Baggio’s penalty miss. 1998 saw the rise of another elite European superpower, France. The team consisted of dynamic young players and resilient experienced men. Zidane stole the show and sent the people of France into delirium as they defeated Brazil comprehensively.
Brazil looked for revenge and they did not have to wait as they bundled Germany in Japan to clinch their fifth title. Italy with their defensive prowess managed to see off France in a controversial final in Germany. It was the Spanish side in South Africa that surprised Netherlands in 2010 after Andres Iniesta rocketed home an extra-time winner. 2014 was a big disappointment for host Brazil after the 7-1 thumping at the hands of Germany. Argentina played well in the final but the resilience and tactical superiority led Germany to their fourth World title.