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1. Brazil 1970
Often described as the best football team of all time. It had individual world class players all over like Pelé, Jairzinho, Tostao, Rivelino and Carlos Alberto. They won all their six games in the 1970 World Cup as the mythical blue and yellow kit was visible for the first time world-wide in colour TV.
2. Netherlands 1974
The Dutch revolution, Total Football, was launched on the world stage and had lasting impact on the game for decades to come. Rinus Michels was the mastermind on the bench and Johan Cruijff the orchestrator on the field. They scored 15 goals in the tournament and only let in one goal on their way to the final and that was an own goal. Cruijff, Neeskens, Rep, Rensenbrink, Krol and van Hanegem thrilled the world, and could with a little more luck have won the cup. They had all the qualities.
3. Spain 2010
The modern day trendsetters. Spain's possession oriented tiki-taka football has brought them huge international success after decades of being underachievers. The World Cup triumph in South Africa was the pinnacle of this great generation of Iniesta, Xavi, Torres, Villa, Puyol, Pique and Casillas.
4. Hungary 1954
The Magical Magyars, led by Ferenc Puskas, steamrolled their opponents in the 1950s. It took a miracle to beat them - and that's what happened in Berne when West Germany upset them in the final of 1954. Hungary scored an incredible 27 goals in the 1954 World Cup and hadn't lost in 30 games before the final.
5. Brazil 1958
The first team that won the World Cup on a foreign continent had plenty of talent like Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Mario Zagallo and a 17 year-old wonderboy named Pelé. This team was also one of the first to be successful with the 4-2-4 system.
6. West Germany 1974
A superb team with Franz Beckenbauer as leader in defence and behind him was Sepp Maier, one of the best goalkeepers of all time. Wolfgang Overath, Paul Breitner and Rainer Bonhof were also quality players and of course the notorious Gerd Müller up front, who averaged more than a goal a game for the Germans, and scored the winning goal in the final itself against the Dutch at home in Munich.
7. Italy 1982
They started the tournament with three draws, but then found form and beat Argentina, Brazil, Poland and West Germany in consecutive matches. Coach Enzo Bearzot spent years moulding his World Cup winning team which showed great promise already in 1978. 40 year old Dino Zoff was the instrumental captain and goalkeeper. Key players were Gaetano Scirea, Antonio Cabrini, Claudio Gentile, Bruno Conti, Marco Tardelli and up front was Paolo Rossi in top form as the tournament progressed, and scored six times in Italy's last three matches.
8. Uruguay 1930
Having dominated international football by winning the Olympics in 1924 and 1928, Uruguay made it a hat-trick of world titles by capturing the inaugural World Cup at home beating arch rivals Argentina in the final. Pedro Cea, Hector Scarone, Jose Andrade and Jose Nasazzi were some of the key players.
9. Brazil 1982
One of the most spectacular teams ever seen with a midfield dreams are made of. Socrates, Zico and Falcao did not capture the title, but won many hearts and made a huge impression on fans around the world in the five matches they played. 15 goals they scored in total, most of them works of art.
10. France 1998
A tactically strong team with Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, Laurent Blanc, Lilian Thuram and Thierry Henry put the icing on the cake with a solid 3-0 win over Brazil in the final. This team would two years later also achieve a "double" winning the Euro 2000.


A more detailed look at each of the 10 teams is under construction.


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