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21. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD

YEAR/CHAMPION FINAL SCORE RUNNER-UP
1930 Uruguay 4-2 Argentina
1934 Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia
1938 Italy 4-2 Hungary
1950 Uruguay 2-1 Brazil
1954 Switzerland West Germany 3-2 Hungary
1958 Brazil 5-2 Sweden
1962 Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia
1966 England 4-2 West Germany
1970 Brazil 4-1 Italy
1974 West Germany 2-1 Netherlands
1978 Argentina 3-1 Netherlands
1982 Italy 3-1 West Germany
1986 Argentina 3-2 West Germany
1990 West Germany 1-0 Argentina
1994 Brazil 3-2 penalty kicks Italy
1998 France 3-0 Brazil
2002 Brazil 2-0 Germany
2006 USA (noone takes us seriously )

Most spectators at a sporting event: 199,850 spectators were on hand for the 1950 World Cup final game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Youngest player to score in a World Cup final: Brazilian Pelé, only 17, scored the 1958 winning goal against Wales.

Most victories in World Cup: Brazil. Germany is second.

Most World Cup championships: 5, Brazil.

Most World Cup goals by an individual: 14 by Gerd Muller, Germany. 13 by Just Fontaine, France. 12 by Pelé, Brazil.

22. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Never been one to try to mislead people.

If you want to bet on chokers, bet on Argentina or england. Argentina have some strong players coming through, Tevez springs automatically to mind but they aren't a strong enough unit to warrant favouritism on current qualification positions, dont try to be too clever. I think common sense tells everyone, that when it matters, Brazil will be strongest. Lets be honest, it wont be the first time.

And lets sort something out about englands chances here. In 96 they were at home and still couldnt turn that into an advantage against a SUPERIOR (swallow it) German team. In 98, they were beaten by Argentina, who in turn were beaten by Holland, who were beaten by Brazil, who were in turn beaten by France....close? Get over yourselves, please. 2000, did you even qualify?? All i remember is hooligans getting water blasted by Charleroi police for causing violent disturbances. 2002, beaten comfortably by Brazil, again superior in all aspects and deserved winners. 2004, please dont start. Beaten by Portugal, who were in turn beaten by Greece. Let me say that again. GREECE. They deserved it because they played like a team, whereas england folded under the collective weight of their pants when the hopes placed on boy-wonder crashed against the rocks. Everyone blames the boss. Its not his fault that hes in charge of a nation of bottlers. A winning team needs heroes, youve got prancy wee pretty boys in your ranks. It'll never. Hear this again....NEVER happen.

We're limited in population and funding and we'll win it before you do again. 'Team' is a word long forgotten in english football.

'Misleading'. Hello Mr Pot, im Mr Kettle, you're black.

23. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

I'm 101% behind you WeeJoe!

24. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Quoting WeeJoe

A winning team needs heroes, youve got prancy wee pretty boys in your ranks. It'll never. Hear this again....NEVER happen.

We're limited in population and funding and we'll win it before you do again. 'Team' is a word long forgotten in english football.

'Misleading'. Hello Mr Pot, im Mr Kettle, you're black.

they're fighting words but you can't disagree with the truth,,............... come on you boys in green !!!!

25. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Very noble points Joe, you've conveniently missed out how Ireland are getting to the quarter finals this time round. And by the way, not once in my post did i mention any hard luck stories. We definitely deserved to get beat by Brazil. You obviously didn't watch the England/Germany game because there was nothing in that one, same with Portugal. Don't throw the limited in funding and population in, that is such a weak argument (maybe explains why you look for anyone with Irish grandparents to play for you though!!!!!). Come back next summer and we'll see, but England definitely have a good chance. To single out England and Argentina as bottlers is naive too - Holland, Spain, Italy on occasions, France on occasions, all the top teams have done it.

Most people are pretty happy with Sven as well, we've only been beaten twice in all competitive games under him, not bad really. You shouldn't believe everything you read in the papers. Now i think you need to sit in the corner and stop taking your anti-England pills because you obviously get over excited when you're taking them

26. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Sorry, forgot to respond to the 'team' part

Trivia question:

Who's captain in the last World Cup threw his toys out the pram and flew home, showing a great team spirit???

Answers on a postcard to Joe.

27. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

So... are you all saying that soccer is a big deal where you're from? Sorry, I mean 'football'. How many times did I get corrected in Belfast for that one!

BTW, I saw some game or other late last June in Belfast, where England played some other team that I can't remember, and that's when I learned that the English flag is a red cross on a white backround. Well, who knew!! Probably everyone but me. Anyhow, I came away thinking 'nice uniforms and boy they run fast'. I can't remember anything else of interest that stuck out.

Mind, that may have been the 3 margaritas.

28. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

Europeans and football? theres deffo a true passion there

they're like...a match made in heaven (pun inteneded )

29. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Watch out for Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan?!!

Are u referring to world cup 2006 or 2010?

30. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Hi Joe,
Why the animosity against the English team and the people who believe that England will win the World Cup?
Is it something with their style of play? Or because u support Ireland and this is some kind of a personal Battle of Britain thingy between u and Dave?;)

I support England and naturally i hope to see them winning the cup even though i think they will find it tough against teams that play with flair. Brazil, Portugal, Spain etc.

That said, every country that qualifies for the World Cup in Germany is there on merit and stands as good a chance of winning it as the seeded teams. U see Porto winning the Champions League, Greece with the Euro Cup, and even the Asian teams are making massive inroads..
Who knows? Maybe it's the Americans that get the last laughs.

Aside to Dave: No dissing Roy Keane alrite? He's a machosexual. Although i cant say so on that evidence. (no, i dont support Man Utd. Im waiting for the Liverpool game to start!)