Test Top 10 Teams - Part 2

5. West Germany 1974 – With talent like the great Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller it was not surprising that host nation West Germany ended up with the new-look FIFA World Cup trophy in their clutches. Regardless of the controversy surrounding the final and the penalties awarded therein, this German team beat a Netherlands side whose brand of football was widely considered to be the best. For that they must be recognised and applauded.

4. England 1966 – Comb-overs, names like Nobby, and a pair of brothers from the North - well not much has changed since the Rimet trophy was abandoned for the new one with the golden girls on it. Still, it would be nice for modern England fans for their team to get further than the quarters. Classy opposition in the form of Portugal and the ever dangerous West Germans had to be overcome before the hosts were crowned champions back in '66. Respectful captain Bobby Moore was fearful of ‘dirtying’ the Queen’s glove before his congratulatory handshake, and of course the final commentary is as legendary as the final match itself.


3. Hungary 1954 – While Hungary's never been much of a force since, fans who witnessed Puskas and co can wax lyrical about this side for hours if not days. Known as the ‘Golden Team’, they were the overwhelming favourites to win the 1954 World Cup, battering teams in the group stages with scorelines you’d expect to see in Sunday League play. After an unbeaten run spanning 32 matches and under controversial circumstances (doping claims, poor refereeing), they lost the final to West Germany, 3-2, in a match dubbed ‘the Miracle of Bern’ by the Germans.


2. Netherlands 1974 – Only a German Bomber could stop them taking the World Cup home. In Neeskens, Cruyff, Rep and Krol, the Netherlands possessed four of the most formidable footballers on the planet. This brand of football should be studied throughout the world and celebrated forever. Total Football!


1. Brazil 1970 – If poetry, perfection and the Beautiful Game could physically combine, this Brazil World Cup squad would be the result. Whichever XI coach Mario Zagallo fielded the outcome was the same - victory. They won all six games (against Czechoslovakia, England, Romania, Peru, Uruguay and Italy) on their way to winning the trophy for the third time. When Brazil attacked with the likes of Pele, Carlos Alberto, Clodoaldo, Gerson, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino it was an absolute joy to behold.

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