5) USA vs Iran (1998): For this match, the French officials feared lots of violence since these two countries do not exactly get along, so their was plent of security. Strangely enough, it was never needed. Yes, Iran won the match 2-1, but the real story is the sportsmanship and respect that was shown on that field between the two teams. It was simply astonishing! The two teams even posed for pictures together after the match. Just goes to show that sports really do bring people together!
4) East Germany vs West Germany (1974): Whoever thought that putting these two countries that were only bordered by the Berlin Wall together in the same group probably should have been fired, but what a story it made! Since the World Cup was actually in West Germany this time around, the government of East Germany had to really be careful of who they selected to go, since they feared that most people would defect and not ever come back. East Germany won the match, but West Germany proved they were the better team in the end by winning the 1974 World Cup in front of its home fans.
3) USA Stuns England (1950): This match was your typical “David vs Goliath” match, and to say that England was heavily favored would be putting it too slightly. Not even coach of Team USA gave his team any chance as he told reporters he was leading his sheep to slaughter. Team USA beat England 1-0 that day in a match that some people still say to this day that is the biggest upset ever in Soccer.
2) Pele’s first World Cup (1958): Nobody ever lives up to the hype, right? As far as Pele goes, he not only lived up to the massive hype surrounding him, he exceeded it! His very first World Cup goad came in the tournament’s quarterfinal round, but he really took control of his Brazil squad in the semi-finals as he scored a second half hat trick against France. He wasn’t done however as he scored two more goals in the final match against Sweden, leading Brazil to a 5-2 championship win. Not only did Pele win his first World Cup, but he etched his name in Soccer history, and forever will be the best soccer player in the world!
1) The Very First World Cup (1930): You can’t have a World Cup countdown list without having the very first World Cup on that list. The 1930 World Cup only had a measly 13 teams including the host country Uruguay, but mostly only because not many teams or countries wanted to travel all the way to Uruguay to play in a soccer tournament, especially a tournament most thought was inferior to the Olympic Soccer tournament. The final match say Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in front of 93,000 fans, most of whom were cheering for the home country. That crowd of 93,000 still ranks as one of the biggest crowds in World Cup history!