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Top 10 best teams not to winhe World Cup

เวลาปล่อย:2022/11/26 คลิก:

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Only one country can lift the mens football World Cup every four years - indeed only eight nations have ever achieved that honour.

But does the best team always take home the trophy? There have been some magical sides down the years that have, for varying reasons, fallen just short of claiming the games ultimate prize.

From the Dutch masters of Total Football in the 70s, through the brilliant Brazilians of the 80s to the modern-day Belgian bridesmaids.

But which nearly-nation is the best team not to win the World Cup? Thats the topic discussed by Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards in the latest Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.

You can listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds and have your say by ranking your choices at the bottom of this page.

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Belgium 2018 (Richards: 10, Shearer: 5)

Belgium have never reached a World Cup final, twice losing in the semis - to Argentina in 1986 and France in 2018

Belgium led the Fifa world rankings heading into the 2018 World Cup in Russia and showed mettle to come from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2 in the last 16 before dispatching Brazil in the quarter-finals. However, they failed to reproduce that form in the semi-final, exiting tamely with a 1-0 defeat by eventual champions France.

Richards:They had some top players but I think there were better teams at the time player for player. I didnt think they had enough.

Shearer:We have been saying for a while Belgium could win something with the players they have had like Lukaku, De Bruyne, Hazard.

Argentina 2006 (Richards: 9, Shearer: 9)

Lionel Messis only World Cup final appearance - to date - ended in defeat by Germany in 2014

With then-teenager Lionel Messi their new talisman, Argentina produced some superb football to reach the 2006 quarter-finals in Germany, scoring one of the all-time great World Cup team goals with a 24-pass move in a 6-0 drubbing of Serbia and Montenegro, but were beaten on penalties in the last eight by the host nation.

Richards:Hernan Crespo, what a goalscorer. Riquelme, remember him? Now, thats a proper player.

France 1982 (Richards: 8, Shearer: 10)

France were beaten by West Germany in successive World Cup semi-finals in 1982 in Spain and 1986 in Mexico

Michel Platinis France had some silverware to show for their swaggering, stylish football of the early 1980s as they won the 1984 European Championship on home soil. But the Big One evaded them, their best chance going begging in 1982 when they lost to West Germany on penalties after a 3-3 thriller.

Lineker:I would have had them really high because they were such a good team. I would say they were robbed in the semi-final against Germany. They were unbelievably good, outplaying Germany and walking it and then the goalkeeper [Harald] Schumacher came out and smashed [Patrick] Battiston, no red card, the Germans came back and won on penalties.

England 2002 (Richards: 7, Shearer: 8)

England would have faced Turkey in the semi-finals in 2002 had they beaten Brazil in the last eight

Often labelled Englands Golden Generation, Sven-Goran Erikssons charges memorably thrashed Germany 5-1 in Munich in qualifying, then beat old rivals Argentina in the group stages in Japan. Michael Owen put them ahead against Brazil in the quarter-final only for Ronaldinhos lob of David Seaman to break Three Lions hearts again.

Richards:I had Sven at Man City and I loved him, he gave you all the confidence but maybe didnt give them that extra they need.

Shearer:That was meant to be the generation. They had some top players. Drew with Sweden and drew with Nigeria in group games. Did the players like Sven?

France 2006 (Richards: 6, Shearer: 6)

The 2006 World Cup final was Zinedine Zidanes last match as a professional footballer, having announced his intention to retire before the tournament began

Les Blues squeezed through the group stage in Germany but grew into the tournament as Zinedine Zidanes brilliance helped eliminate Spain, Brazil and Portugal in successive knockout rounds, only for the mercurial playmaker to be sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi near the end of extra time in the final as Italy triumphed on penalties.

Richards:That was a really good team, Zidane and [Patrick] Vieira, what players. [Lilian] Thuram was a proper player as well.

England 1990 (Richards: 4, Shearer: 7)

Englands loss in 1990 would be the first of seven penalty shootout defeats they have suffered in major tournaments

In Sir Bobby Robsons swansong as England manager, the gutsy Three Lions reached their first semi-final since winning the tournament in 1966 but the curse of the penalty shootout would strike for the first time against West Germany to leave Paul Gascoigne, and plenty of other onlookers, in tears.

Lineker:I thought we could go and win this, particularly as the tournament progressed. Gazza was young and in his prime and I honestly think with a fully-fit Bryan Robson we would have won the World Cup in either 1986 or 1990. We went close though.

Shearer:Were the best days gone for a few of the players?

West Germany 1986 (Richards: 5, Shearer: 4)

West Germany would gain revenge on Argentina in the 1990 final as Andreas Brehme (front, second left) scored the winner and skipper Lothar Matthaus (front, right) lifted the trophy

The West Germans, including a young Lothar Matthaus and Rudi Voller, reached the second of three successive World Cup finals by beating Michel Platinis France in the semi-finals in Mexico but lost 3-2 to a Diego Maradona-led Argentina in the final, despite coming back from 2-0 down at one stage.

Lineker:There was a lot of talk that Diego won it on his own but they were a really good team. Diego made them favourites to win that final though. I remember watching that final praying Diego wouldnt score because I got six goals and he got five. Well done West Germany for not letting Diego score, meaning I won the Golden Boot.

The Netherlands 1974 (Richards: 3, Shearer: 2)

The Netherlands would lose a second successive World Cup final in 1978, again to the hosts, this time Argentina

With Johan Cruyff leading their Total Football revolution, the Netherlands swept into the 1974 final in style, thrashing Argentina 4-0 and beating Brazil 2-0 en route. Cruyff famously won a penalty, converted by Johan Neeskens, before opponents West Germany had touched the ball but the host nation fought back to win 2-1.

Lineker:It was like my second World Cup and it was the time you started to realise about Total Football. Cruyff was like a coach in that team. I remember watching that Cruyff turn and thinking woah.

Brazil 1998 (Richards: 1, Shearer: 3)

Ronaldo scored four goals at France 98 but would win both the Golden Boot and World Cup four years later

With Ronaldo, Bebeto and Rivaldo leading the line, 1994 winners Brazil seemed to have a great chance of retaining their crown in France four years later. They beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach the final but fitness and health concerns over Ronaldo overshadowed a shock 3-0 loss to the host nation.

Richards:I used to love Dunga, he kept the midfield together. That was some team.

Shearer:They had some top players but France battered them.

Brazil 1982 (Richards: 2, Shearer: 1)

Socrates (front, second from left) and Zico (front, second from right) were among the stars of the Brazil 82 side

Brazil swept aside their opening group-stage opponents in Spain but were victims of the oft-forgotten second group stage - a concept soon abandoned. In a Group of Death they beat arch rivals Argentina 3-1 but were eliminated by Paolo Rossis hat-trick in a thrilling 3-2 defeat by eventual champions Italy.

Shearer:Zico, Socrates, Falcao, some proper players.

Lineker:One problem, they didnt have a centre forward. The rest of the team was unbelievable. They played Italy, the match was fantastic, and Brazil battered them but Italy scored three. Zico was unbelievable.

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