Finals are the most important matches of a tournament, and the World cup is the most prestigious football tournament in the world. So what football match can be more exciting than a World cup final? Here, we want to review the Best world cup finals ever.
TheFIFA World Cup
or just the World cup is a professional football competition that takes place every four years, in which national teams which are members of the International Football Association(FIFA) compete with each other.
Till now, there have been 21 World cup tournaments hosted by 17 countries. The next World cup will be hosted by Qatar.
League finals are the most-watched matches and have more views than any other match in the seasons. The FIFA World Cup is no exception. Every year many people watch the World Cup final to see who will take one of the most important football trophies home.
During the seasons, some final matches were not that good and their memory faded away after a couple of years but, of course, there have been some amazing finals as well. Some of these finals are the most iconic matches to this day and they are remembered as the
best world cup final matches of all time
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So here's the list of the Best world cup finals of all time. Tune in and enjoy!
For our first final match, we have the 1978 World cup final which took place between Netherlands and Argentina on 25 June 1978. The hosts of that tournament were the Argentines themselves, and the match was played in the Estadio Monumental stadium, Buenos Aires. The attendance of the game was around 71,483.The Netherlands managed to reach the finals by defeating Italy 2–1 in their last group game and, Argentina reached the finals after they beat Peru 6-0. If Argentina had scored less than four goals, their rivals Brazil would have reached the finals.
The start of the match was very controversial as the Dutch accused the Argentines of using stalling tactics and delaying the match. This fueled the anger of the hostile crowd.Eventually, the Argentines came out 5 minutes late. They accused René van de Kerkhof of wearing a plaster cast on his wrist, making even more tension between the teams.
The match lasted till the extra times and was entertaining till the last minute. The game itself was very violent and saw several fouls. Kempes scored the first goal for Argentina in the first half but in the second half, Dick Nanninga equalized the game with a header.The match went to the extra time and, Bertoni scored the third goal in the 115th minute after Kempes scored the leading goal in the 105th minute of the game. The match ended and the Argentines won 3-1.
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The second final match in the list of
Best world cup finals ever
is the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final betweenBrazil
and Sweden. It took place on 29 June 1958 in the Råsunda Stadium, Solna with 49,737 attendance.The host was Sweden itself and, till then, every host that had reached the finals won the trophy. The Brazilians reached the finals by defeating France5–2 and, Sweden won the semi-final by defeating West Germany 3-1.
This match famous for many firsts and records in FIFA World Cup history.Such as the record for most goals scored in a World Cup final, the first time two nations from different continents compete, and so on. It's worth mentioning that this match, was the first World Cup final of the Brazillian legend Pele when he was 17.
In the fourth minute of the match, Sweden took the lead when captain Nils Liedholm scored and became the oldest goalscorer in a World Cup final but Vavá equalized the match and then netted again in the 33rd minute.Then young Pele and Zagallo scored two other goals for Brazil, making the winning of the hosts even harder. The Swedish striker Agne Simonsson netted the second goal for Sweden but it was too late. Eventually, in the stoppage time, Pele scored Brazil's fifth goal and the Little Canary achieved a 5-2 victory in one of the
greatest world cup finals of all time
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The 1982 FIFA World Cup was the 12th World Cup tournament that was hosted by Spain and the final of the competition took place between Italy and West Germany on 11 July 1982 and the match became one of the Best world cup finals ever.Italy and Germany managed to reach the finals by defeating Poland and France in the semi-finals. The game was played in Real Madrid’s stadium, Santiago Bernabéu with 90000 attendants watching the match in the stadium.
The match started with the whistle of the Brazillian referee Arnaldo Cézar Coelho and the first half ended up scoreless even though Italy had the chance to take the lead with a penalty but Antonio Cabrini fired it.In the second half, the match started to be more exciting. Paolo Rossi scored the first goal and took the lead for Italy in the 57th minute.
After that, Marco Tardelli scored the second goal of Italy with a low left-footed shot in the 69th minute. Italy then secured their win after Alessandro Altobelli netted another goal followed by a counterattack. Paul Breitner then scored the only goal of west Germany in the 83rd minute but at the end of the match, Italy won one of the
best-ever world cup finals
3-1 and achieved their third World Cup title.
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The next final game which is among the best world cup final matches of all time is the last World Cup final in 2018. It was hosted by Russia and took place in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on 15 July 2018 between Croatia and France.Croatia made it to the finals by defeating England 2-1 and France reached the finals by beating Belgium 1-0.
The match began at 18:00 local time. In the first minutes of the match, Croatia had the majority of ball possession. Then, in the 18th minute of the game, Mario Mandžukić scored an own goal and gave the lead to France when a free kick by Antoine Griezmann was diverted to the left corner of Croatia’s net by his head. But then, Ivan Perišić equalized ten minutes later with a left-footed shot.In the 38th minute, France won a penalty after Perišić's handball was reviewed by VAR. Griezmann scored the penalty and France finished the first half 2-1.
In the second half, Croatia’s counter-attack was stopped because of several pitch invaders. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé scored two other goals for France and in the 69th minute of the match, Mandžukić scored the second goal of Croatia. The match ended in a 4-2 win for France and they earned their second trophy in one of the Best world cup finals ever.
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In the continuation of the Best world cup finals ever list, we have the 2006 FIFA World Cup final between Italy and France. The tournament was the 18th edition of the World Cup and it was hosted by Germany. France and Italy managed to reach the finals by beating Germany and Portugal.
The match took place on 9 July 2006 in the Olympiastadion, Berlin, with 69000 attendants in the stadium.This final match was very controversial and was a key match in the rivalry that France and Italy had throughout history.
The match started very excitingly as both teams scored in the first 20 minutes of the game. Seven minutes after the start of the match, France was awarded a penalty kick, and Zinedine Zidane manages to make this opportunity into a goal. Italy succeeded in equalizing the game when Marco Materazzi scored in the 19th minute with a header.
The first half ended and in the second half, although France had was largely in control of the match, neither side managed to score.The game went on to extra time and in the 110the minute of the game, one of the most controversial incidents in football accrued. Zidane head-butted Materazzi's chest after he provoked him by pulling at Zidane's jersey.Zidane was sent off, the extra time was finished and Italy managed to win in the penalty shoot-out when David Trezeguet fired his penalty and all the Italian penalty takers scored theirs.
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The 1970 World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA World Cup hosted by Mexico and its final was one of the
Best world cup finals of all time
. The final took place on 21 June 1970 after Brazil and Italy reached the finals by defeating Uruguay and West Germany.
The game was played in Estadio Azteca, Mexico City in front of 107,412 attendants.10 minutes after the start of the game, Brazil took the lead when Pele headed the Rivelino'a cross into Italy's net.Around 20 minutes later, Roberto Boninsegna equalized for Italy and the first half was over. In the second half, Gérson scored the second goal of Brazil in the 66th minute of the game and a few minutes later Jairzinho netted the third goal with an assist by Pele.It's worth mentioning that the game was the last World Cup match for him so he would retire from the national team one-year after and with his superb performance, he is one of the reasons that this match is considered as
Best world cup finals ever
Brazil managed to score another goal and win the match 4-1 after a total of seven Brazilians passed the ball until Captain Carlos Alberto hammered the ball into the corner of the Italian net.
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The 1986 FIFA World Cup Final is among the greatest world cup finals of all time. The match was played between Argentina and West Germany on29 June 1986 in Estadio Azteca, Mexico City. It's worth mentioning that this tournament was also hosted by Mexico.Argentina beat Belgium and West Germany defeated France in the semi-finals and, they faced each other in front of 114,600 attendants to see who will take the trophy home.
The game started with the whistle of the Brazillian referee Romualdo Arppi Filho and the first goal of the match came in the 23rd minute when José Luis Brown scored with a header.No other goals were scored in the first half.In the second half, Jorge Valdano succeeded in netting the second goal of Argentina in the 56th minute of the game with a low side-foot finish.
Then in the 74th minute, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled a goal back for West Germany, and followed by that, Rudi Völler scored a header and West Germany equalized.But Argentina won the game after Diego Maradona assisted Jorge Burruchaga with a superb pass in the 86th minute and Burruchaga slid the ball into the corner of the net.
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Next on, we have the 1966 World Cup Final which was also contested by West Germany but this time, their opponents were England. This match is regarded as one of the Best world cup finals ever and it's United Kingdom's most-watched television event ever. It's worth mentioning that this tournament's host was actually England itself.
The match took place on 30 July 1966 in the Wembley Stadium, London with a total of 96,924 attendants watching the game in the venue. In the 12th minute, Helmut Haller scored the first goal of the match for West Germany but England equalized when Helmut Haller scored with a downward glancing header.
The game went on to the second half and in the 78th minute England took the lead with a goal by Martin Peters but West Germany scored another goal as well when Wolfgang Weber scored in the 89th minute after an exciting battle between teams for the ball.
The match went on to the extra time and both sides tried desperately to take the lead and win but it was England that managed to score another goal when the ball hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down, and was cleared. The referee awarded the goal although he was uncertain.The game was very Thrilling till the end of it and that's why it is among the best-ever world cup finals. Germans tried with all they had got to equalize but in the last minute scored another goal and England won 4-2.
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For the next final match in the Best world cup finals ever list we have the 1974 World Cup Final which, was contested between West Germany and Netherlands.The match took place on 7 July 1974 and Wes Germany was the host of that tournament so the game was played in Olympiastadion, Munich. The number of attendants for that match was about 75,200.
After only two minutes from the start of the match, the English referee Jack Taylor awarded the Dutch a penalty after Johan Cruyff was brought down by Uli Hoeneß in the penalty area. The Dutch managed to take the lead after an ensuring penalty by Johan Neeskens.
However, Germans had their own penalty shootout and equalized. in the 25th minute after Bernd Hölzenbein was fouled within the Dutch area.The match continued and in the 43rd minute of the game, Gerd Muller scored his last international goal and West Germany took the lead.
In the second half, both teams had chances, Müller thought he had scored when he put the ball in the net, only to be denied by the linesman flagging for offside, and the Dutch opportunity to award with another penalty was denied by the referee and West Germany won 2-1.
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This match is remembered as one of the biggest upsetting losses in football history as well as almost the greatest word cup fianl game. Some people commit suicide because of the result of this match.This game was the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final and the tournament was hosted by Brazil. So the host reached the finals. Uruguay also reached the finals. So they faced each other to see who is the true champion.
The match took place in the famous Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro and almost 190000 Brazillian came to the stadium to see their strong national team, which played amazingly within the tournament, lift the trophy.
First Friaça gave Brazil by scoring in the last minutes of the first half and the first half was finished 1-0.
In the Second half, Uruguay took control of the match and equalized in the 66th minute with a goal by Schiaffino. The game continued and in the 79th minute, Ghiggia scored the second goal of Uruguay and won the match and final. The loss was very shocking and unexpected.
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some consider this match the greatest word cup fiianl game because of how unexpected the result of it was. In Germany, this final is known as the miracle of Bern.This final was the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final which, took place in Switzerland. The venue for this game was located in Bern and its name was Wankdorf Stadium.
's team was a favored team in the tournament. They had remained unbeaten in 31 games. They were also the reigning Olympic Champion and winner of the Central European International Cup in 1953 so everyone was expecting Hungary to take the trophy home.
The match started and Hungary scored two goals within the first 10 minutes of the match. The goals were scored by Puskás and Czibor. However, the Germans managed to pull back and equalized during the second ten minutes of the game.
The second half began Hungary came out attacking in the second half and created plentiful chances but there was no goal.
With six minutes left, Schäfer dispossessed Bozsik and played a high cross into the penalty box. Rahn picked up Lantos' short clearance, feinted a pass to center forward Ottmar Walter that wrong-footed the Hungarian defenders, moved into the penalty box, and drove the ball hard and low past Grosics for the third German goal. And that's how Hungary's unbeaten run was ended.
So these were the
Best world cup finals ever
.Hope you enjoyed it.