Every FIFA World Cup - ranked

There have actually been 21 FIFA World Cups played considering that 1930.

Some have actually been absolutely memorable. Filled with fantastic objectives, minutes and gamers.

Some others have actually been, well, not so great.

So with that in mind, we at 90min have actually chosen to attempt and rank every FIFA World Cup ever.


A really bad quality picture of the 1930 World Cup / Hulton Archive/GettyImages

The initially one, and most likely the worst one. It’s not to state this was a catastrophe of a competition, since if it had actually been, we would not be anticipating the 2022 World Cup in December.

However, with just 13 groups completing throughout 18 days and – let’s face it – none of these video games or groups being extensively acknowledged as a few of the very best ever, it’s reasonable to state that the 1930 competition was a bit alarming. 


The Garrincha competition / Central Press/GettyImages

The 1962 World Cup was clearly Mane Garrincha’s competition, however extremely little else. 

Rather than being kept in mind for its amazing objectives and video games, this was a competition mostly kept in mind for what might have been. 

Pele was at the peak of his powers in 1962, however the world was robbed of seeing the best gamer of perpetuity throughout the best duration of his profession by a freak injury throughout a group video game versus Czechoslovakia. 

Had Pele been fit, the 1962 World Cup may be a bit greater on this list.

Vittorio Luigi Pozzo

The World Cup-winning group of 1934 / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

The primary factor this competition has actually been positioned ahead of the 1962 competition is the intrigue in the political influence which shrouded Italy’s initially World Cup win. 

Under the assistance of Vittorio Pozzo – and unofficial under the table assistance from Benito Mussolini’s routine – Italy were crowned world champs in the Stadio Nazionale in Rome on 10 June 1934. 

However, the football played throughout this competition isn’t what makes it traditionally substantial. Rather, it’s the reality that the 1934 World Cup was the very first specific permeation of politics into the sport on a worldwide scale.

Hosted by an Il Duce ruled Italy, the 1934 World Cup showed to be a precursor for what the world would witness simply 2 years later on at the 1936 Summer Olympics: a nation using a sports competition as a propaganda tool. 

Andrés Iniesta

Iniesta was the hero for Spain / Simon M Bruty/GettyImages

“We’ve created the most spherical ball ever.”

“The ball is a sphere – a perfect sphere!”

“Name a more spherical ball – we’ll wait.” 

Big yell out to adidas for producing the most round ball ever and messing up the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Juan Schiaffino

The notorious last / PERSONNEL/GettyImages

The very first post-World War II World Cup, and probably the most substantial competition in footballing history. That isn’t to state it is among the very best or most amusing World Cups ever however, as its putting on this list confirms. 

Significantly nevertheless, the 1950 World Cup was the phase for the best shock in the competition’s history, as the host country Brazil were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay at the Maracana in the last video game, which likewise ended up being a de facto last in the a little strange format.

From this nadir, samba soccer would increase under the assistance of some man called Pele.


Kempes scoring for Argentina / PERSONNEL/GettyImages

“In hindsight, we should never have played that World Cup.” (Leopoldo Luque)

The ticker tape, painted goalposts and team neck football tops made the 1978 World Cup the most visually pleasing competition of perpetuity; however do not let that fool you. 

Just like the 1934 competition, the 1978 World Cup was clearly used by its host country as propaganda. 

Hosted by a nation going through a ‘Dirty War’ under the high-handed guideline of General Jorge Rafael Videla, declared match repairing and war criminal offenses dedicated throughout the summertime of 1978 have actually truly dogged the memory of this competition.  


Meazza pre-match / -/GettyImages

Fun reality for the ‘football hipsters’ of the world: the 1938 World Cup attested to the development of the libero function. 

The competition isn’t simply one for the hipsters, nevertheless, as it likewise was the phase upon which the most violent video game in World Cup history was played: the notorious ‘Battle of Bordeaux’.

The 1938 World Cup had something for everybody.

Mario Goetze, Thomas Müller, Andre Schuerrle, Benedikt Hoewedes

Germany beat Argentina in the last / Simon M Bruty/GettyImages

Mario Gotze’s amazing objective and Lionel Messi’s amazing vanishing act made the 2014 World Cup last one for the ages, however it was another video game that moves the competition into 12th put on this list:

The 7-1.

Oh my god, the 7-1.

One of the most stunning – and excellent – efficiencies in World Cup history happened on 8 July 2014, when Germany absolutely beat Brazil 7-1 in the semi finals of their own competition. 

For their own sake, Brazil actually should not host World Cups.

Foot : 1/2 Final Brazil - Turkey / Wc 2002

Ronaldo which hairstyle / Tim de Waele/GettyImages

It’s the very first thing we think about when the 2002 FIFA World Cup is pointed out, however Ronaldo’s remarkably odd hairstyle wasn’t the only insane aspect of this competition. 

World and European champs France’s stunning group phase exit, referee Byron Moreno’s starring function for South Korea, and the reality Republic of Ireland legally might’ve got to the semi finals of the competition, are simply a few of the other reasons the 2002 World Cup was odd – actually, actually odd. 

Roberto Baggio of Italy

Roberto Baggio missed out on a charge / Simon Bruty/GettyImages

Very couple of FIFA World Cups were specified by one gamer: U.S.A. ’94 was among them. 

The low and high of the competition in U.S.A. – Diana Ross’s hilariously dreadful effort to kick a ball aside – were specified by Roberto Baggio. Il Divino Codino single handedly dragged a below-par Gli Azzurri side to the last, just to fall at the last difficulty.

Due to his charge miss out on, the 1994 World Cup will permanently be kept in mind for a gamer stopping working when on the cusp of achievement. 


Mbappe starred at the World Cup / GABRIEL BOUYS/GettyImages

The World Cup in which football almost got back, however, you understand, didn’t.

Instead, Kylian Mbappe – with assistance from Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and co. – brought it to France by playing effective and high quality football.

Also, shoutout to Luka Modric for being absolutely fantastic in the 2018 World Cup.

David Platt of England

David Platt scored a popular objective / Getty Images/GettyImages

From Luciano Pavarotti’s performance of ‘Nessun Dorma’, to Gazza and Diego Maradona’s tears, Italia ’90 showed to be among the most unforgettable World Cups in history.

The football played was likewise quite fantastic too. Roberto Baggio scored a superb objective versus Czechoslovakia, Salvatore Schillaci remarkably starred, and most notably, Ireland got across the quarter finals.

Oh, and Germany used the best football set in the history of the world.

Soccer - 1998 World Cup - Final - France vs Brazil

Zidane scored a brace in the semi-final / Dimitri Iundt/GettyImages

The packages, the boots, the Zinedine Zidane, the Ronaldo. This competition had all of it. 

Zidane’s 2 marvelous headers in that France set, while using those adidas Predators suffices for this World Cup to break the leading 10 alone. 

Coupled with among the very best finals in current memory, Davor Suker likewise stunned the world and directed Croatia to the semi finals throughout this competition, and Dennis Bergkamp scored among the best objectives of perpetuity.


Pele in action / PERSONNEL/GettyImages

The FIFA World Cup throughout which some 17-year-old Brazilian striker won his nation its very first Jules Rimet prize. 

He likewise won the competition in 1962…and once again in 1970.

Apparently he was great. Really, actually great. He’s most likely the best footballer of perpetuity in fact.

Horacio Marcelo Elizozondo, Zinedine Zidane, Marco Materazzi

Zidane was dispatched in the last / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Any competition with an Italy vs. Germany semi last is bound to be a traditional.

This competition is finest kept in mind for Zinedine Zidane’s extremely ruthless headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the last, however it needs to likewise be kept in mind as a competition which saw a variety of so-called ‘golden generations’ fight it out for World football’s leading reward.

France had Zidane, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry; Italy had Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti and Andrea Pirlo; Brazil had Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka; and England had David Beckham, Steven Gerard and John Terry.

These ‘golden generations’ didn’t dissatisfy. The competition was awash with stunning minutes (Graham Poll’s triple reservation of Josip Simunic), fantastic objectives (Argentina’s group objective versus Serbia & Montenegro) and extremely dazzling video games of football (Italy vs. Germany).

Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Ray Wilson, George Cohen, Bobby Charlton

Moore raising the World Cup / Evening Standard/GettyImages

The Three Lions’ masterpiece, and an accomplishment that the English population have actually declined to let the remainder of the world forget.

The competition itself was – in fairness – quite dazzling.

North Korea (yes, NORTH Korea) stunned the world with an amazing win over Italy and Eusebio scored a million approximately objectives versus essentially every nation on the planet.

However, the primary factor this competition is ranked so extremely, is the last in between England and West Germany – even if England won it. 


The 1954 World Cup / -/GettyImages

There’s an actually great factor the 1954 World Cup has actually burglarized the leading 5 in this list: there were approximately 5.4 objectives per video game.

Also, the world attested to the traditionally dazzling Hungarian ‘Magical Magyars’, and the traditionally stunning method which they lost to West Germany in the last.

Diego Maradona, Peter Shilton

Maradona’s ‘hand of god’ / Getty Images/GettyImages

Like the 1994 World Cup, the Mexico ’86 was specified by one gamer. This time nevertheless, it was a gamer who directed his country to magnificence.

Diego Maradona, essentially solitarily, dragged Argentina to their 2nd World Cup accomplishment. 

Through his extremely, uproarious ‘Hand of God’ objective versus England, and his subsequent solo effort, which was extremely, extremely fantastic, ‘El Diego’ all at once made himself the most substantial footballer of his generation, and the 1986 World Cup among the very best ever. 


Muller was on fire in 1974 / PERSONNEL/GettyImages

In the summertime of 1974, Total Football was developed and after that rapidly taken apart by the 2 finest German footballers of perpetuity: Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller. This story alone makes the ’74 World Cup worthwhile of its location in the leading 3. 

Johan Cruyff had actually led probably the most interesting group in history to the World Cup last, where they would deal with the hosts West Germany. While the Dutch had actually won kudos worldwide for their extensive design of play, Beckenbauer and Muller showed to be a bridge too far for Cruyff and co. 

Tarcisio Brugnich, Pele

A well-known last / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

The finest group of perpetuity.

The finest gamer in World Cup history.

The finest objective ever scored.

The ‘Match of the Century’. 

But it’s not the very best World Cup ever? Surprisingly, no. 

Despite not being top on this list, the 1970 World Cup is certainly a traditional. Pele led the best football group ever to magnificence in the Azteca Stadium. They were so great in reality, that they were permitted to keep the Jules Rimet prize after winning the competition.*

*Maybe that’s a lie, however they did get to keep the prize, and they were actually great. 

Dino Zoff

Zoff with the prize / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

This competition is simply the very best. It simply is. There’s no disputing it. It’s the very best. Here are a few of the reasons:

– Italy vs. West Germany is the best World Cup last of perpetuity.

– Marco Tardelli’s event.

– The groups at this World Cup were so great that a Brazilian side which boasted the similarity Socrates, Zico and Falcao didn’t even make the semi finals.

– The France vs. West Germany semi last.

– Paulo Rossi’s astounding hat technique versus Brazil.

Due to the previously mentioned, the 1982 FIFA World lacks concern, the best worldwide competition ever.

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