3 Best Teams that Never Won FIFA World Cup
Football at times can be cruel, and justice is not always given to the best of teams. Here we look at three teams who won everything but the World Cup.
Brazil 1982 squad
Considered as the best Brazilian squad ever to play in the World Cup and perhaps one of the best of all time, the 1982 squad fielded the most charismatic players of that decade. The starting eleven boasted of players who could all dribble including the goalkeeper Peres himself.
The team was dictated by Socrates, the ever so cool midfielder whose silky footwork bedazzled opposition players and with Falcao and Cerezo, the trio dominated the midfield without having to play any dirty football. Leandro and Junior provided the width whenever they had the chance to overlap with the rock-solid pair of Oscar and Luizinho standing tall in defense. The main attraction of this star studded team was Zico. Known as the “White Pele”, he showed immaculate close control and passing with a thunderous right foot. Eder and Serginho came of their own in the tournament and linked up beautifully.
However, as fate would have it, after crushing every opponent with the beautiful football, Brazil bowed out to Rossi’s hat-trick in the second round match. The game ended 3-2 in favor of Italy, and is considered as one of the finest games ever to be played. It is a shame that this Brazil team could not life the trophy.
Netherlands 1974 squad
The tag of chokers does not seem to leave Netherlands anytime soon. It all started when a man named Johan Cruyff led Netherlands and amazed the footballing fraternity with their total football. The idea was developed by Ajax coach Rinus Michels and Cruyff executed it perfectly. The idea was simple, but needed versatility and shrewd game sense.
Whenever a player would start pressing or leave his given position another player would fill in the void leaving no free spaces. The Dutch dazzled the World Cup and breezed past every opponent. However, in the final West Germany somehow kept the Dutch from scoring more than one goal. Cruff and his team was devastated and the World applauded their heroics.
Hungary 1954 squad
Uruguay’s biggest crime was not to let Hungary win the 1954 World Cup edition. The team of Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Koscis, Nandor Hidegkuti among some of the big names in Europe at that time formed a formidable Hungarian team. They played attacking football at the time when no one dared to think of scoring more than two in one game.
Such was their dominance that they remained unbeaten for 36 games starting from post 1950 World Cup. Sadly it was the final where there streak ended. West Germany had their fair share of luck as the advanced boots helped them on a sticky pitch flooded by rain the previous day. The woodwork prevented Puskas’s side to score the third and eventually when they did, the goal was wrongly ruled off as offside. Heartbroken and shattered, Hungary’s best chance of winning the World Cup drowned.