2018 World Cup – Top Teams and Previous Winners
With the 2018 World Cup just a few weeks away, sports fans, punters and football enthusiasts are gearing up for the world’s greatest football tournament. While most fans are intimately familiar with the teams, for those who are thinking of placing a bet online, the more you know about the past winners and the current teams the better.
Take a look at the top teams for the 2018 World Cup and previous winners, and see how they stack up.
Brazil – 5 Titles
At the top of the list for both the number of previous tournaments won and the one team picked to win in 2018, is Brazil. They currently hold the record number of wins, with 5 trophies to their name. The Brazilian’s won their first Cup back in 1958, then again in 1962, 4 years later. They came back in 1970 to claim their third trophy, and their fourth in 1994. Their most recent success came about in 2002. This year, they are picked as favourites to win in Russia, despite finishing fourth in 2014.
Germany – 4 Titles
Germany is the second most successful team next to Brazil. They currently hold 4 titles and they go into Russia as the reigning champions. Germany first won in 1954, then repeated the feat 20 years later in 1974, and again in 1990. They arrive in Russia as one of the strongest European teams and one with the most experience. This will be their 19th appearance in the worlds greatest football tournament, and a chance to equal Brazil’s Record.
Italy – 4 Titles
Italy may not spring to mind as the favourite for the 2018 World Cup, but they certainly have the experience to pull off a championship win. As with Germany, they hold 4 titles, with the most recent win coming in 2006. Their wins have come in gaps though with the first being in 1934, the second in 1938 and the third in 1982.
Argentina – 2 Titles
If there is one team that has the ability to topple the giants of the football world, it is Argentina. While they may online have two trophy wins to their name, they were runners up in Brazil and have the ability and desire to claim victory in Russia. Argentina won their first Cup in 1978, following it up with a win in 1986. They have also been runners up twice since their last win.
Uruguay – 2 Titles
Uruguay is a difficult team to predict as they have two titles to their name, but are possibly the least experienced of all the top sides at the 2018 World Cup. Their first win came in 1930 and their second in 1950. Since then, their best performance was a fourth place in 1970. It has been 48 years since Uruguay has featured in a semi-final or final.
Spain – 1 Title
While they might not have hoisted as many trophies as the other top teams, Spain is certainly one of the best sides in Europe. They have never been runners up, but did manage to win the tournament back in 2010. They showed class, style and determination, beating the Netherlands in the final.
England – 1 Title
England is another side that has the potential to do well at the 2018 World Cup, but have shown erratic performances at the past few tournaments. We have to remember that England’s one and only win came in 1966, over 50 years ago. Since then, their best achievement has been a fourth place in 1990.
France – 1 Title
Having participated in a total of 14 of these tournaments, France also has plenty of experience and the talent to win. In 1998, they stunned the football world, defeating the mighty Brazil 3-0 in the finals to claim their first and only WC win. They were runners up in 2006 and are certainly one of the most dangerous sides going into Russia.