With the 2022 World Cup right around the corner, we’re here to look at the top 5 FIFA World Cup finals of all time. The FIFA World Cup is always a popular event globally and betting on the event is always highly anticipated since it only comes around every four years. So if you’re looking for a new betting site to use during the tournament, this Winnersbet Review could help you make the right decision. They have everything you need to get started with World Cup betting such as competitive odds, mobile app, future markets and more. Here are the Top 5 FIFA World Cup finals of all time.
5. Italy 1-1 France, 2006
Italy’s win over France in the 2006 World Cup final will likely be remembered for a bizarre brain snap by Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. While Zidane opened the scoring for France with a penalty, he was sent off in the second half after headbutting Marco Materazzi and the French basically lost all momentum from that moment onwards. Italy lifted the trophy after winning in a thrilling penalty shootout and Zidane immediately retired from football after the game.
4. Argentina 3-2 West Germany, 1986
The 1986 World Cup was a controversial one for Argentina after Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” against England propelled them to the final. The Argentinians held a comfortable 2-0 lead in the final before West Germany rallied to equalise the game at 2-2. But a brilliant assist by Maradona to Jorge Burruchaga in the 83rd minute sealed Argentina’s second World Cup victory in 8 years (1978 & 1986).
3. England 4-2 West Germany, 1966
England recorded their first-ever World Cup victory in 1966 as they defended their home turf of Wembley Stadium against European rivals West Germany. The two sides were locked at 2-2 after regulation but England got the job done in extras. Geoff Hurst scored two goals in extra time to complete the only hat-trick in World Cup history. England went onto win 4-2 and will be looking to end their World Cup final drought in 2022.
2. Uruguay 2-1 Brazil, 1950
Brazil came to the rescue for FIFA in 1950 as the host nation after World War II had crippled most of Europe. The Brazilians just needed to beat their South American rivals in the last game of the 1950 tournament to lift the trophy. The nation was so confident that local newspapers had already declared victory for Brazil before the game had even started. However, after falling behind 1-0, Uruguay stormed home to score the last two goals of the game to win 2-1. The game was played in front of 173,850 mostly disappointed Brazil fans at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
1. West Germany 3-2 Hungary, 1954
Hungary was a powerful force in the 1950s as they had not lost a game in the four years leading up to the 1954 tournament. They smashed West Germany 8-3 in the group stages and would’ve been confident of another easy victory in the final. They came out of the blocks early with a 2-0 lead after just 8 minutes and the writing was on the wall for the West Germans. However, West Germany produced an incredible comeback as they rallied to equalise the game in just the 18th minute. The final was squared at 2-2 until the 84th minute when West German striker Helmut Rahn scored his second of the game. The 3-2 victory will go down as one of the great comeback stories in World Cup history. The Six Oldest Players at the FIFA World Cup 2022