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Best Team To Not Win Each World Cup

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Will make an exception for those years who had by far and away deserved winners.

Basically a thread of the "best team to not win". Of course I'm not saying the winners were "undeserved" but more that they either weren't the best team or that there was a close second. 

1930: Uruguay (deserved)

1934 and 1938: Italy (deserved)

1950: Brazil

1954: Hungary

1958: Brazil (deserved)

1962: Brazil (deserved)

1966: Portugal

1970: Brazil

1974: The Netherlands

1978: The Netherlands

1982: France/Brazil

1986: Argentina (deserved)

1990: Germany (deserved)

1994: Brazil (deserved)

1998: Netherlands (unsure on this one as France was also very good)

2002: Brazil (deserved)

2006: Italy (deserved)

2010: Germany

2014: Germany (deserved)

2018: Belgium (this one will be controversial)

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Germany ahead of the Spain 2010 side ?

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I agree on Belgium in 2018. I thought they weren't far off France at all - in-fact even the game between the two was very even just settled by a set piece, I also think they'd have beaten Croatia.

France & Belgium were the only two real fancied sides to actually turn up in Russia.

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I've totally misread this, I've assumed you meant the best team in the world cup who didn't win it.

I'm torn. I think Belgium probably played the better football, but when they and France were pitted together France did win the game.

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2 minutes ago, Dan said:

I've totally misread this, I've assumed you meant the best team in the world cup who didn't win it.

I'm torn. I think Belgium probably played the better football, but when they and France were pitted together France did win the game.

To be fair, I think most winners were deserved except maybe Argentina in 1978. So you can also view this as close seconds.

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Argentina should have won in 2010 but they had a cocaine processor as a head coach. The best players weren't even picked ffs.

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Argentinian vs France in 86 final would've been a much greater contest

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On 14/06/2020 at 06:12, CityTheBest said:

2014: Netherlands

That Netherlands side was utterly pathetic. They could barely get past 2 CONCACAF sides and looked bang average outside of the Spain game. 

Take Robben out of that side and they didn't make it out of the groups.

On 13/06/2020 at 13:17, Spike said:

Argentina should have won in 2010 but they had a cocaine processor as a head coach. The best players weren't even picked ffs.

They had a great team on paper for sure. Perhaps their best in this century. However, I still think it was Spain or Germany's to lose in 2010.

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1 hour ago, Mpache said:

That Netherlands side was utterly pathetic. They could barely get past 2 CONCACAF sides and looked bang average outside of the Spain game. 

Take Robben out of that side and they didn't make it out of the groups.

They had a great team on paper for sure. Perhaps their best in this century. However, I still think it was Spain or Germany's to lose in 2010.

No they didn't. They had an awful team that left out nearly all their best players.

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11 minutes ago, Spike said:

No they didn't. They had an awful team that left out nearly all their best players.

Then they DID have a good team, but just didn't take them. That's on Maradona which backs up both our points.

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Just now, Mpache said:

Then they DID have a good team, but just didn't take them. That's on Maradona which backs up both our points.

No they didn't, they had great options but choose a bad team. It can't be a good team if the players aren't on it.

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Just now, Spike said:

No they didn't, they had great options but choose a bad team.

Precisely what I meant. 

Even with the team they took, they were still better than what they have now xD

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Just now, Mpache said:

Precisely what I meant. 

Even with the team they took, they were still better than what they have now xD

Semantics really

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On 13/06/2020 at 09:07, Mpache said:

Will make an exception for those years who had by far and away deserved winners.

Basically a thread of the "best team to not win". Of course I'm not saying the winners were "undeserved" but more that they either weren't the best team or that there was a close second. 

1930: Uruguay (deserved)

1934 and 1938: Italy (deserved)

1950: Brazil

1954: Hungary

1958: Brazil (deserved)

1962: Brazil (deserved)

1966: Portugal

1970: Brazil

1974: The Netherlands

1978: The Netherlands

1982: France/Brazil

1986: Argentina (deserved)

1990: Germany (deserved)

1994: Brazil (deserved)

1998: Netherlands (unsure on this one as France was also very good)

2002: Brazil (deserved)

2006: Italy (deserved)

2010: Germany

2014: Germany (deserved)

2018: Belgium (this one will be controversial)

I disagree on Belgium. France was a better team. 

We also were really unlucky against Belgium, after a slow start Brazil completely dominated that match. 

I've just checked, Brazil had 27 shots, Belgium 9. 

Out xG was 2.45, Belgium's 0.5. 😭

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I would love the Netherlands to win a WC, every time a major international football tournament comes up I will follow them and hope they win it and its a shame they have never won a WC. 

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Portugal will win the WC first than Netherlands

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