It’s international week, and as the World Cup approaches, it’s time to shift our focus from league competitions to international football Teams.
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Which national teams from history deserve recognition as Best football team in the World country?
Best football team in the World country
Here, we provide a list of the top 10.
10. Argentina 1986-1990
You will always have a chance to win a World Cup if you have a player like Diego Maradona, who is genuinely a remarkable talent.
English eyes may be drawn to Maradona’s notorious “Hand of God” goal in the tournament’s quarterfinal in Mexico in 1986, but the tiny magician was responsible for much more.
His team defeated West Germany 3-2 in the championship match that year in Mexico City, but four years later, they fell to the same opponents 1-0 in Rome.
9. France 1982–1986
Between 1982 and 1986, France’s Michel Platini led his squad as another international icon.
The French showed potential in 1982 by reaching the World Cup semifinals, but two years later, Platini dominated Europe by scoring an incredible nine goals in five games as France won the European Championship as hosts in 1984.
In the semifinal match, they defeated Portugal 3-2. It was a thrilling game in which Platini scored the game-winning goal in the last second of extra time.
The 1986 World Cup saw Les Bleus advance to the semifinals with Platini against the pulse.
8. Hungary 1950–1966
They were known as the Magical Magyars outside of Hungary, where they were known as The Golden Team.
The Hungarians, motivated by players like Ferenc Puskas, shocked the football world by defeating England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953 and 7-1 in Budapest the following year.
They were widely predicted to win the 1954 World Cup. After the hard-fought victory against Brazil in the quarterfinal and the defending champions Uruguay in the semifinals, they led West Germany 2-0 in the final in Bern before losing 3-2 to their opponents.
It was Hungary’s lone loss when the squad was disbanded in 50 games between 1950 and 1956.
7. Netherlands 1974-1978
While this team faced successive World Cup final losses, it’s essential to appreciate their exceptional style of play. Guided by the legendary John Cruyff, the Dutch team, donning their iconic orange shirts, played a thrilling and attacking brand of football that captured hearts worldwide. Unfortunately, their style didn’t translate into trophies as they finished as runners-up in the 1974 and 1978 World Cups and claimed third place in Euro ’76.
6. West Germany 1970-1976
Between 1970 and 1976, West Germany consistently reached the semifinals in major tournaments. They won the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974. Franz Beckenbauer, the elegant sweeper, played a pivotal role in their success, and Gerd Muller’s goal-scoring prowess was remarkable. This era is considered the zenith of German football.
5. France 1998-2000
In 1998, France’s footballing evolution reached its pinnacle as they hosted and triumphed in the World Cup. The team featured stars like Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, a young Thierry Henry, and the influential Zinedine Zidane. Zidane’s two goals in the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil led to a resounding 3-0 victory, and their success continued with a Euro 2000 win in the Netherlands and Belgium.
4. Italy 1934-38
Despite associations with Benito Mussolini, Italy’s team from 1934 to 1938 left no doubts about their quality. They clinched victory in the 1934 and 1938 World Cups, showcasing their exceptional talent under the revolutionary tactician Vittorio Pozzo. Players like Giuseppe Meazza shone in this era.
3. Brazil 1958-1962
Winning consecutive World Cups is remarkable, and Brazil had the great Pele leading the charge. In 1958, Pele, at just 17, played a crucial role in defeating the hosts Sweden 5-2. Four years later, despite Pele’s absence due to injury, Brazil triumphed again in Chile with an outstanding performance by Garrincha.
2. Spain 2008-2012
Spain, historically underachiever, underwent a transformation in the mid-2000s. Employing “tiki-taka” football, they dominated matches with possession control. They won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, followed by Euro 2012. These victories were characterized by their ability to dictate the game.
In the history of football, confident teams, like Brazil in 1970, stand out. While other teams enjoyed prolonged success, none dominated a tournament quite like Brazil in the 1970 World Cup. This team dazzled the world with technicolour. With legends like Pele and Jairzinho, they played a style of football that left an indelible mark. Carlos Alberto’s goal in the 4-1 final win over Italy defined Brazilian football.
These teams hold a special place in football history, with each era leaving its unique imprint on the beautiful game.
UEFA Champions League Excellence
In football, we have a lot of swift athletes, and once they get by you, good luck trying to catch them. The top ten UEFA Champions League 2022–2023 football players are listed below.
Porto, or FC Porto or simply Porto, is a professional sports team from Portugal. It was founded in 1893 and is based in the city of Porto.
The Portuguese giants have won two UEFA Champions League titles (in 1987 and 2004), two UEFA Europa League titles (in 2003 and 2011), one UEFA Super Cup, and two Intercontinental Cups, totalling seven international tournaments. However, Chelsea, SL Benfica, and Nottingham Forest are two other teams that have won the UEFA Champions League title.
Juventus Football Club, commonly referred to as Juventus or Juve, is a professional football club founded in 1897 and located in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. It competes in Serie A, the top division of Italian football. Juventus is one of the top clubs with a rich history of success, having won the UEFA Champions League twice, in 1984 and 1995.
8. Inter Milan
Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly known as Inter or Inter Milan, is an Italian professional football club founded in 1908 and based in Milan, Lombardy.
In 1964 and 1965, Inter clinched back-to-back Champions League titles and repeated the feat in 2010. With this achievement, they became the first Italian club to secure a treble of domestic titles (Scudetto, Coppa Italia, and Serie A). Additionally, the club has won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup.
7. Manchester United
Manchester United Football Club was established in 1878 in Old Trafford, England. The club has won the Champions League three times. The first victory came in the 1967–1968 season when United defeated Benfica 4-0 at Wembley Stadium.
The second time, they triumphed over Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League 1999. Manchester United’s third and most recent Champions League title came in 2008 when they defeated Chelsea.
Ajax Amsterdam is a Dutch professional football team based in Amsterdam, competing in the Eredivisie, the top Dutch football league. It is one of Europe’s most successful football clubs. They have won the Champions League four times, including three consecutive titles in 1971, 1972, and 1973. Ajax secured their fourth European Cup by defeating Milan 1-0 in the 1995 UEFA Champions League final.
FC Barcelona is a professional football team from Spain, founded in Barcelona in 1899. The Catalan club has won the UEFA Champions League five times in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2015. While the club is one of Spain’s most successful sports teams, it ranks fifth among all European teams with the most Champions League victories.
4. FC Bayern Munich
Established in 1900, FC Bayern Munich is a football club based in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Since the 1960s, Bayern has been a formidable force in UEFA tournaments, claiming six Champions Cup/Champions League titles. Bayern Munich’s six UEFA Champions League victories have further solidified their dominance in the Bundesliga. They reached eleven European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals, making them Germany’s most successful club. Their recent Champions League wins came in 2019-20, 2012-13, 2000-01, 1975-76, 1974-75, and 1973-74.
Liverpool Football Club, established in 1892, is a professional football club in Liverpool, England. Liverpool has won the UEFA Champions League six times, in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, and 2019. The club has secured a total of fourteen European and international trophies since 1964, surpassing any other British team’s achievements.
2. AC Milan
AC Milan has claimed the UEFA Champions League title seven times, starting with their first win in 1963 and their most recent triumph in 2007. In 1955 Milan became Italy’s first team to enter the European Cup. AC Milan has the second-highest number of Champions League trophies among Italian teams. The club has existed for 120 years, with their most recent Champions League victory in Greece in 2007. AC Milan’s championship victories occurred in 1963, 1968, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, and 2007.
1. Real Madrid
The most recent UEFA Champions League champions are Real Madrid. They have dominated domestically and on the continent, securing 14 European Cups. Real Madrid is widely recognized as the most outstanding team to have competed in the European Cup. They clinched the championship in the years 1955–1956, 1956–1957, 1957–58, 1957–59, 1959–60, 1961–1963, 1964–1965–66, 1980–81, 1997–1998, 1999–2000, 2001–2002, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, and 2021–2022.