The most important ever World Cup shocks

The biggest ever World Cup shocks

The World Cup has given soccer loads of its biggest ever moments because the very first match was performed in 1930.

It’s all about he finest gamers acting on the largest stage. However the World Cup can be rather more and match soccer has lengthy been a terrific equaliser.

It does not at all times play out as anticipated, with the underdogs typically pulling off the sort of shocks that nobody may have predicted earlier than kick-off.

This is a glance again at 14 of the largest shocks in World Cup historical past…

Uruguay shocked Brazil to win the 1950 World Cup

Uruguay shocked Brazil to win the 1950 World Cup / STAFF/GettyImages

It appeared like Brazil’s divine proper to win the World Cup in 1950, internet hosting for the primary time in a soccer mad nation. By the point they reached the ultimate recreation in opposition to Uruguay – it wasn’t truly a ultimate as we might consider now due to the marginally weird round-robin format – it was clear that they had been the perfect staff throughout the entire match.

However Uruguay, who had received the primary World Cup in 1930, additionally stood an opportunity of constructing it a second title if they may beat Brazil. The hosts, nevertheless, had sufficient of a cushion that they solely wanted to attract the sport to win total.

Brazil, averaging 4.2 objectives per recreation, made the breakthrough early within the second half and seemed on target for World Cup glory. However Uruguay equalised after which Alcides Ghiggia, who was nonetheless alive till 2015, scored one other that broke Brazil’s hearts on the Maracana.

Gelson Fernandes

Spain misplaced their opening recreation in 2010 / Jasper Juinen/GettyImages

Spain received the 2010 World Cup to make sure that each the European and world titles had their dwelling in Madrid throughout a dominant interval for La Roja. However the Euro 2008 winners bought off to a rocky begin in South Africa in 2010 once they had been stung by a shock defeat to Switzerland.

It was Spain’s first recreation and former Manchester Metropolis midfielder Gelson Fernandes scored the one aim early within the second half.

Spain responded to the surprising setback by profitable six consecutive video games – 1-0 in all 4 of their knockout video games – to raise the trophy.

Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie realized the best way to fly in 2014 / Soccrates Pictures/GettyImages

By 2014, Spain had received every of their earlier three worldwide tournaments courting again to 2008 and simply making them among the best groups in soccer historical past.

They had been not at their peak classic, however Netherlands uncovered that in a surprisingly brutal manner and in addition took some revenge for the 2010 ultimate.

Spain did take a primary half lead however had no response for the relentless and fluid 3-5-2 Dutch formation. Robin van Persie equalised with an audacious and iconic diving header, earlier than Netherlands surged by time after time and stored racking up the rating.

Germany were not expected to beat Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final

Germany weren’t anticipated to beat Hungary within the 1954 World Cup ultimate / STAFF/GettyImages

West Germany had been underdogs forward of their first World Cup ultimate in 1954, taking up Hungary’s ‘Magical Magyar’ era that included the likes of Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis and Nandor Hidegkuti at its absolute peak.

The 2 had already within the group stage of the match and a rampant Hungary received 8-3, scoring 3 times within the first 21 minutes alone.

Hungary once more raced into an early lead within the ultimate, with Puskas scoring after six minutes and Zoltan Czibor straight after. However then the Germans got here to life and it was again to 2-2 with lower than 1 / 4 of the sport performed. Helmut Rahn ultimately received it for West Germany within the closing phases.

Archie Gemmill

Archie Gemmill was Scotland’s hero in 1978 / Mike Stephens/GettyImages

Scotland had been no strangers to the World Cup by 1978, having beforehand certified in 1954, 1958 and 1974. However nothing about them recommended they’d pose a menace to Netherlands, finalists in 1974.

The Dutch, albeit with out Johan Cruyff on the World Cup that yr, had been nonetheless a supremely gifted staff filled with world class gamers. Scotland, in the meantime, had solely taken one level from preliminary video games in opposition to Peru and Iran.

An impressed Scottish efficiency, with a brace from Archie Gemmill that included one of many all-time well-known World Cup objectives, secured a three-time win over the eventual 1978 finalists.

East Germany upset their neighbours in 1974

East Germany upset their neighbours in 1974 / -/GettyImages

Though as soon as of the identical nation, West Germany and East Germany was a significant mismatch when it got here to the soccer pitch. After they met on German soil within the 1974 World Cup, there was just one anticipated winner.

The West had a staff packed filled with stars, a lot of whom – together with Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller had simply launched into a run of European Cup dominance with Bayern Munich. Conversely, the East’s gamers had been removed from family names.

That made Jurgen Sparwasser’s winner all of the extra stunning and even put East Germany high of the ultimate first spherical group standings. West Germany nonetheless recovered, nevertheless, and went on to raise the trophy in the long run.

The 1982 World Cup did not go notably nicely for Spain. They scraped into the second group stage after dropping to Northern Eire within the opening spherical and ultimately existed the match on dwelling soil with a whimper.

It was the primary time any Irish staff had certified for a World Cup and Gerry Armstrong, who sarcastically made a post-playing profession as a pundit and co-commentator in Spanish soccer, scored the solitary aim in Northern Eire’s best ever footballing second.

Northern Eire even performed the ultimate half-hour with 10 gamers after Mal Donaghy, later of Manchester United, was despatched off.

Ahn Jung hwan

Ahn Jung-hwan knocked Italy out of the 2002 World Cup / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

South Korea had grow to be World Cup regulars by the point they co-hosted with Japan in 2002 however had nonetheless by no means received a recreation at 5 earlier tournaments. Simply getting a win in opposition to Poland was a significant achievement, whereas beating Portugal to high the group was much more big.

Had they been thrashed by Italy within the final 16, that squad would nonetheless have been nationwide heroes. However in a massively controversial tie that noticed Francesco Totti proven a second yellow card for diving and a would-be Italy winner disallowed for offside, South Korea it even additional.

Ahn Jung-hwan scored the 117th minute golden aim to ship the Italian superstars packing. Awkwardly, Ahn was taking part in his membership soccer for Perugia on the time and had his contract cancelled the subsequent day by a bitter proprietor.

This wasn’t even Italy’s worst World Cup defeat to a aspect from the Korean peninsula…

Saleh Al Shehri

No one anticipated a lot from Saudi Arabia / Soccrates Pictures/GettyImages

As they kicked off their 2022 World Cup marketing campaign, Argentina had been among the many favourites to raise the trophy and had been unbeaten in 36 worldwide video games. Saudi Arabia, ranked exterior the world’s high 50 by FIFA, ought to have posed no menace to Lionel Messi et al.

It seemed to going as anticipated too. Argentina dominated the primary half and located the web a number of occasions, solely to see an offside flag rule them out. Messi’s first half penalty was the one distinction on the interval.

However Saudi Arabia got here out a distinct staff within the second half, scoring virtually instantly by Saleh Al-Shehri. Salem Al-Sawsari then scored a positive second and the minnows held on for greater than 40 minutes.

Cameroon beat the holders in the opening game in 1990

Cameroon beat the holders within the opening recreation in 1990 / STAFF/GettyImages

Argentina had it even worse in 1990, coming in as holders after Diego Maradona impressed the Albiceleste to glory in 1986 and dropping to a Cameroon aspect that nobody gave an opportunity to.

This wasn’t truly the sport that made 38-year-old Roger Milla a World Cup legend. He was on the bench and solely got here on within the closing phases – his time would got here later within the match.

As an alternative, Francois Omam-Biyik’s towering header that squirmed underneath the physique of goalkeeper Nery Pumpido was the decisive second. Benjamin Massing was additionally despatched off late on for what roughly constituted assault on Claudio Cannigia.

 Billy Wright; Ed McIlvenny

USA surprised England in 1950 / Keystone/GettyImages

Having declined to even be part of FIFA and never compete at any of the primary three World Cups all through the Nineteen Thirties, England ultimately embraced the worldwide recreation in 1950 – however misplaced to a USA aspect made up of novice gamers.

The US had been second finest on the day, however goalkeeper Frank Borghi had the sport of his life and England could not discover a manner by. In the meantime, American ahead Joe Gaetjens scored a scrappy winner.

With the World Cup not televised in these days, legend lengthy claimed that newspaper editors again dwelling getting phrase of the consequence assumed it should have been a mistake and it was reported as a 10-1 win as an alternative – nevertheless, that a lot at the very least has since been outed as a fable.

France were second best to Senegal in 2002

France had been second finest to Senegal in 2002 / Gary M. Prior/GettyImages

In 2002, France had been imperious over the earlier 4 years, turning into one of many few groups in historical past to carry each World Cup and European Championship titles on the identical time. They hadn’t truly misplaced a recreation at a significant match in 90 or 120 minutes since 1992.

However a golden era of Senegal gamers modified all that on a outstanding day day in Seoul in Might 2002.

France had been lacking Zinedine Zidane by harm and had been caught chilly by a Senegal aspect buoyed by the event. The late Papa Bouba Diop scored the one aim and the Lions of Teranga celebrated like that they had received the cup.

Pak Doo-ik is a World Cup legend for his goal against Italy

Pak Doo-ik is a World Cup legend for his aim in opposition to Italy / Central Press/GettyImages

North Korea had by no means been a World Cup previous to 1966, whereas Italy had received it twice – albeit three many years earlier – and nonetheless boasted most of the finest gamers round, together with a number of that had lately received back-to-back European Cup titles with Inter.

Italy had received their opener in opposition to Chile, whereas North Korea had been overwhelmed by Soviet Union. Italy additionally misplaced to the Soviets, whereas the Koreans then improved by drawing in opposition to Chile.

It meant it was all to play for once they met in Middlesbrough within the ultimate group recreation. But it surely was nonetheless a rare shock for Pak Doo-ik to attain within the first half and North Korea maintain on. Italy had been knocked out and their gamers had been pelted with tomatoes once they arrived again dwelling.

No one predicted Brazil's almighty collapse in 2014

Nobody predicted Brazil’s almighty collapse in 2014 / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

It wasn’t the consequence that makes this the largest World Cup shock of all time as a result of Germany had been completely worthy winners of the 2014 match as an entire once they ultimately beat Argentina within the ultimate.

However nobody ever may have ever predicted simply how one-sided the semi-final could be in opposition to a Brazil aspect on dwelling soil and with expectations that they’d go on to raise the trophy and make up for heartbreak 64 years earlier the final time that they had hosted in 1950.

As Brazil followers wept within the stadium and at dwelling, the world watched on in astonishment as Germany raced right into a 5-0 lead inside half-hour. The tempo of the objectives slowed within the second half, however it was 7-0 earlier than Brazil managed even a comfort proper on the finish.

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